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10.0

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

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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup lights problems

lights problem

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1996 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #11

May 212005

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,000 miles

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

1) the head lights on my 1996 Chevrolet S10 have never worked right. At first, when I turned on the igh beams, they would stay on for less than a minute, then I would lose the dashboard lights and the daytime running lights would come on. This situation is getting steadily worse. Now the low beams are exhibiting the same problem. 2) the headlights don't work, meaning that I can't drive it at night or when it rains. State law requires that the headlights be on when you use the windshield wipers. 3) I have spent thousands trying to get this problem corrected, but the service personnel just take the money and never solve the problem.

- Windsor, CA, USA

problem #10

Feb 292004

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Headlights turn off intermittently while driving. Lights remain off for a few seconds and then come back on.

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #9

Aug 232000

S-10 Pickup

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving with the headlights on the headlights would periodically turn off without prior warning. While headlights were off, running lights inside the vehicle were still on. Dealer replaced light switch, but the problem still occurs. Defect allows poor or no visibility.

- Franklin, IN, USA

problem #8

Feb 011996

S-10 Pickup

  • miles

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

Headlight effectiveness is extremely poor on both high and low beams. Checked voltage to lamps: Solid 14.2V under all conditions. Contacted dealer and reviewed problem w. service manager. Unable to recommend a solution and there is no factory recall on record. (have checked back several time since; still nothing from GM). Replaced both headlamps with Napa after-market units at about 10,000 miles; this change resulting in minor improvement, due mostly, I think, to wider beam spread, but over all performance is still the worst I have ever had on a vehicle (including my 6-volt 1934 Plymouth with no voltage regulator), and I have owned a lot of old vehicles with marginal lights.

- Deer Park, WA, USA

problem #7

Oct 011999

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
I have been having this problem off and on for the last 40000 miles, the dealer claims not to be able to locate anything wrong with the vehicle.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

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problem #6

Oct 121999

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
While driving headlights will spontaneously cut off and stay off fof a couple of seconds to a couple of minutes. When light switch gets warm contact is open and lights fail until switch cools slighty.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #5

Jul 231999

S-10 Pickup

  • miles

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

No summary

- Hopewell Jct., NY, USA

problem #4

May 011999

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
No summary listed for this vehicle.( dot number: Tire size: P23575R15 )

- Cascade, ID, USA

problem #3

Dec 011998

S-10 Pickup

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Headlights and dash lights will turn on and off intermittently, causing poor visibility. The head light switch has been replaced, and problem has not reoccurred since.

- Gering, NE, USA

problem #2

Dec 121998

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Headlights briefly went out for no reason - complete darkness - very dangerous could easily cause a crash - Chevrolet said it would cost 85 dollars to replace and that I would have to pay for it.....

- Albany, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 011996

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Daytime running light failure.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

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