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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup engine problems

engine problem

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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #31

Jul 112002

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles

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

Vehicle will lose all power will in operation. Engine will turn off, lights off, every thing will turn off. Had vehicle checked, had computer diagnostic completed. No problems found. Vehicle will still lose all power. For example, driving down paved city street. Lose all power. Start to coast to side of road. Vehicle starts up again on own. Back out of parking stall, vehicle lose all power. Push vehicle back in parking stall. Vehicle starts up. Driving down road, night time, vehicle lose all power, everything goes out. Pull to side of road. Vehicle will not start, call tow truck. Tow truck driver arrives, vehicle starts. Take to mechanic, no problem found on system. Take vehicle home park it. Try to go some place else the next day. Vehicle will not start, try in 20 mim. Vehicle starts. Checked battery, good. Checked ground wire, good. Computer check good. Don't know, can you help? this is the second computer in vehicle. The orignal computer would not let the ABS work. Chevrolet changed computer at 60-65000 miles. At a lose, in gilroy.

- Gilroy, CA, USA

problem #30

Jun 062002

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
This is not the first time we have heard of this problem happening. No safety defect listed.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #29

Sep 252001

S-10 Pickup 4WD

  • miles
Consumer states while driving the check engine light came on, the transmission fluid was changed and oil was changed, and for awhile the light went off, until October 1, 2001 the engine light has come on again the vehicle was put on a machine an a code of 1103 appeared the dealer was called and stated there is no such code, ppossible engine problems, but as of now no one knows what the problem is.

- Millbrook, AL, USA

problem #28

Mar 152000

S-10 Pickup

  • miles

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

At 61,000 miles the head gasket blew. At the time there was no recall for this item. I called the dealer and was informed that this repair would be over $900. With no choice at hand, I did the repair myself. I completed the job in about 14 hours, plus the expenses of the parts. I didn't save my receipts because I didn't have any reason to believe I would need them. However, I did save the head gasket.some months later, I received a letter from Chevrolet stating this was a factory defect and would be reimbursed for the work. I proceed to contacted the dealer and the Chevrolet customer assistance center who issued me a case # of 06762207. They informed me that I would receive nothing without a receipt. Any assistance in this matter that you may be able to provide will be greatly appreciated.

- Bridgewater, NJ, USA

problem #27

Mar 252002

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
I purchased truck from Saturn dealer a division of GM. As a truck just outof lease with20697miles. No safety defec tlisted.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #26

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 #25

Dec 192001

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles

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

In the past year, windshield wipers have to be manually started, then they don't always work. The truck engine will just stop while your driving leaving you fighting to brake & steer.

- Bethalto, IL, USA

problem #24

Sep 252001

S-10 Pickup 4WD

  • miles
Consumer states while driving the check engine light came on, the transmission fluid was changed and oil was changed, and for awhile the light went off, until October 1, 2001 the engine light has come on again the vehicle was put on a machine an a code of 1103 appeared the dealer was called and stated there is no such code, ppossible engine problems, but as of now no one knows what the problem is.

- Millbrook, AL, USA

problem #23

Sep 112000

S-10 Pickup

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
When driving in damp weather truck will just stop running, engine will not run it will turn over but will not start, if vehicle is left for a few hours it may start, after restart motor will race, speedometer will go from 0 to 80 mph heater motor will race up and down, vehicle has been taken in on numerous occasions to have electrical system checked out, but dealer was unable to find problem with electrical system, possibily engine related.

- Albrightsville, PA, USA

problem #22

Oct 092000

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Engine quit on me going 65mph, couldn't get motor started for 45 minutes, brought into shop several times and they didn't know what was wrong so I ended up getting rid of it.

- Manitowoc, WI, USA

problem #21

Feb 072001

S-10 Pickup

  • miles

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

No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Vermilion, OH, USA

problem #20

Feb 152000

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Anti-freeze leaked into engine, causing damage to cylinders. Engine had to be re-bored.

- Southbridge, MA, USA

problem #19

Mar 022000

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
While driving at 55mph engine cut off, causing the steering to lock up and vehicle to flip over. Dealer has not seen vehicle.

- Fitzgerald, GA, USA

problem #18

Jan 102000

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Vehicle sometimes stalls while being driven, and can be very dangerous. Also, it may not even start. Dealer has checked vehicle out, and cannot find anything wrong with it. They have run tested the vehicle, but result was negative.

- Brooklyn Park, MN, USA

problem #17

Dec 081999

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine leaking oil, unable to determine failure. Mjs

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #16

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

problem #15

Jun 091998

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Intermittently while driving vehicle stalls unexpectedly which may cause an accident. Been to dlr numerous times. Dealer cannot determine the problem. Problem still exists.

- Pavilion, NY, USA

problem #14

Mar 121999

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Vehicle expriencing intermittent stalling problem while driving. Dealer notified, and informed consumer that the problem could not be duplicated. Seeking help from NHTSA in this mater.

- Avon, MA, USA

problem #13

Dec 241998

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
When letting off the gas, vehicle will cut off and sometimes the vehicle will stall, which can result in an accident. Consumer lost power, vehicle kept slowing down. Dealer can't determine the problem.

- Hinesville, GA, USA

problem #12

Dec 111998

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
The vehicle cuts off at high and low speeds, and takes a few minutes to get started again. Dealer has replaced the computer 3 times.

- New Berlin, WI, USA

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