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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,909 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup electrical problems

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2003 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #11

Apr 222011

S-10 Pickup

  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet S-10. The contact stated that when attempting to start the vehicle, it failed to turn on. The contact also stated that a clicking sound would come from the steering column when the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician diagnosed there was a possible ignition failure. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Waikoloe , HI, USA

problem #10

Jan 152015

S-10 Pickup

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet S10. The contact stated that while driving at 60 mph, all the vehicle gauges went to zero and all the warning lights illuminated. Additionally, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Wentzville, MO, USA

problem #9

Mar 102014

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Parked truck, turned ignition off, noticed fuel gauge, temp gauge and volt gauge were still on. I then put the key back in the ignition switch but did not turn it- before key was fully inserted gauges went off. Wiggled key in slot and gauges were back on.

- Wilmette, IL, USA

problem #8

Apr 272012

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • miles


Ipc (instrument panel cluster) gauge fluctuation after key-off. ( NHTSA item number - 10007235 ) after the key is off the gauges fluctuate. Loud popping sounds when I turn"?"

- Delhi, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 012012

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
2003 Chevy S10 zr-2 window stops working randomly is there a safety recall?

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #6

Oct 012010

S-10 Pickup

  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet S10. The contact stated that the instrument cluster failed and the gauges gave inaccurate readings; the gauges also shut off and back on without warning. The contact called the dealer who stated that there were no related recalls. The manufacturer offered no assistance when contacted. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The current mileage was approximately 24,000 and the failure mileage was approximately 23,000.

- Daleville, AL, USA

problem #5

Aug 012010

S-10 Pickup

  • 105,000 miles


Speedometer quit working or showing 70 miles per hours sitting still. Car has 105,000 miles on it.

- Texarkana, TX, USA

problem #4

Dec 012008

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
I am have the same problems everyone else is with GM's pass locksystem. I have a 2003 Chevy S10 pick up. Security light comes on and wont start leaving me stranded. I have taken it to the dealership once and they reprogrammed the computer and that worked for 8 months. Now it wont start again at all.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #3

Mar 152009

S-10 Pickup

  • 28,000 miles
I have a 2003 S-10 with 28,000 miles. I have had to replace both CO2 sensors and now it won't start. It just started jerking and the fuel pump and filter work fine. Its getting gas and has a new battery. The check engine light is on. It wants to start but it doesn't. also the radio comes on when I turn it off. What gives? this is my 3rd S-10....

- Joelton, TN, USA

problem #2

Jun 112004

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Chevrolet S-10 ZR2's four wheel drive automatically engaged causing accidents. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but they were unable to find a problem. The transmission slipped. The engine would also miss. The vehicle also exhibited problem with the driver's side window, headlights, taillights, windshield wipers, cruise control and trim. The vehicle cruise control activated once while driving. The tailgate had to be adjusted.

- Keyesport, IL, USA

problem #1

Sep 092003

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,000 miles
The interior and exterior lights flickered intermittently. The dealership performed a diagnostic test, but no failure code was found. The manufacturer was aware of the problem, but no solution was found.

- Tupelo, MS, USA

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