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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,647 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 232007

S-10 Pickup

  • 64,720 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet S10. The contact stated that the lower hinge pin on the passenger side door continued working its way upward which caused the door to rattle abnormally. The vehicle had not been taken to the dealer in regards to the issue. In addition, the contact stated that the plastic rear door handle continued to fracture from the vehicle. The door handle was replaced with the same type of plastic door handle. The contact was concerned because there was not a metal replacement handle available and believed the plastic would only continue to fracture. The failure mileage was 64,720 and the current mileage was 84,780.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #7

Oct 012007

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 28,000 miles
Door bushings are worn-out, door pins do not rotate in them and have elongated and cut through the side of the bushings, making it hard to open and close doors.

- La Porte, IN, USA

problem #6

May 092007

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,500 miles
Opening third door at food store. The third door handle broke. Unable to open door. Replaced handle and it broke also. Broken part is available. Plastic squeeze handle broke.

- Burlington, IA, USA

problem #5

Sep 022007

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The 3rd door handle/latch on our extended cab 2003 Chevy S-10 recently broke for the fourth time. This occurs approximately every 8-10 months. The vehicle is used for personal use only. The 3rd door is opened/closed approximately 10 times a week. The dealer has worked with us on this and we do not believe that it is a service department issue. We believe that the part is either designed improperly or manufactured from substandard material. We are deeply concerned that this is a safety issue. If a person or animal was being transported in the extended cab area and the handle/latch failed in an emergency where a speedy exit from the vehicle was critical, loss of life could occur. We believe this problem is important and requires an immediate solution. *updated 12/12/07 updated 12/12/07

- Butner, NC, USA

problem #4

Jul 252007

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 11,000 miles
2003 Chevrolet S10 third door extended cab door latch breaks routinely, the current case makes the 4th such case, made of cheap plastic, unsafe, cannot access door.

- Oakland, FL, USA

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problem #3

Dec 252006

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Third door handle broke again 3 times so far and the dealer said I need to push the door in while I pull the latch. I did a search on the internet and found two companies that are offering replacements but I feel that I should not have to purchase not factory parts for a factory part.

- Ely, IA, USA

problem #2

Dec 132006

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,958 miles
The third door handle has broken twice in one week, all under normal operation, part was replaced but broke instantly.

- Ely, IA, USA

problem #1

Jun 012004

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The door latch keeps breaking off of the 3rd door.

- Lafountaine , IN, USA

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