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6.9

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,778 miles

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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 252003

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 79,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer had the same problem as the recall on the ABS light illuminating. Dealer would not repair because VIN was not included. The vehicle check engine light illuminated and the dealer indicated that the oxygen sensor was bad, the radiator leaked, the head gasket had blown and the water pump leaked.

- Montross, VA, USA

problem #8

Mar 192002

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
While driving engine completely shutdown, cause unknown. Air bag light illuminates on dash, and brake booster malfunctioned. Also, water pump went out.

- Poplar Bluff, MO, USA

problem #7

Nov 072000

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Mechanics evaluation is that possible failure could be from dex-cool coolant eroding gaskets.

- Pittsgrove, NJ, USA

problem #6

Feb 032000

S-10 Pickup

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The bolt on the drivers seatback sheared causing the back of the seat to fall to a horizontal position./coolant became rusty causing the radiator to become cloged which caused the water pump to fail.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 031998

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Have had problems with the windshield wipers from the beginning. I would be driving in pouring-down rain and the wipers would go out causing me to have to pull over. Right now they do not work at all. I had to work on my brakes the first year and a couple of times thereafter. I recently had to have my air-conditioner done. The latest was my water pump that I fixed myself. The worse was my motor. I had been stalled a number of times till finally it wouldn't go at all. I had it towed to michael holley Chevrolet in lakeland (the town I worked in). They refused to honor my smartcare saying I had not changed the oil. That was not true since I had changed it myself and had it changed also. They wanted over 3000 for a new motor. I am and was still paying on my truck and did not have that much cash. I had to tow it at my mothers and park it. I was able to change the oil and noticed that the Chevrolet dealers had removed the alternator belt and had left it loose. That did not give me any confidence in them. 4 months later my mother's car was totalled and she paid for me to get a motor from an amoco dealer. In September of 1999 my mother was surfing the net and found out that there had been recalls on this vehicle almost from the first and I have never been notified at all. I wrote to the home office in early September but received no answer. I still owe 2 years payments. If I had been traveling on the highway when my motor went out on me something bad could have very well happened. I feel sure that I will never trust in Chevy's products again.

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

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problem #4

Jun 221999

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Vehicle rides great. Just stays in the shop more than on the road! no safety defect indicated in the summary.

- Huntsville, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 171999

S-10 Pickup 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Coolant system turns colors and gets griddy. Manual states no maintenance for 5yrs or 50,000 miles. Manufacturer contacted, with case #990212859, nothing done to remedy problem. Problem still exists.

- Utica, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 231996

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Water pump failed.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 261996

S-10 Pickup

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Water pump failed.

- Vicksburg, MS, USA

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