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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,455 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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1997 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup engine problems

engine problem

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1997 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 032009

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles


The contact owns a 1997 Chevrolet S10. While driving home he noticed a bubble on the right side of the hood. He continued driving, and then the vehicle caught on fire. The fire department extinguished the flames. The fire fighters could not identify the cause of the failure. The current and failure mileages were 200,000. Updated 12/07/09 the consumer stated GM placed an oversized 6 cylinder motor in the vehicle. Updated 12/09/09

- Vandergrift, PA, USA

problem #4

Feb 242004

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
While driving vehicle stalled, and sometimes would restart on its own. Also, sending unit malfunctioned, causing the fuel gauge not to register the correct amount of gasoline in the tank.

- Candler, NC, USA

problem #3

Jan 282004

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • 49,773 miles
While driving engine made a choking noise like it was about to stall then, it stopped accelerating. Dealership replaced engine gasket, seals, and the intake manifold because they were defective. Also, at 49,773 rear windshield wiper quit working because of a electrical short in the motor.

- Euclid, OH, USA

problem #2

Mar 202001

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,500 miles
After oil intake manifold gasket was replaced, grinding noise w/ vibration came from dashboard. Happens mostly when accelerating and when idling on cold days. Vibration can be felt in gas pedal. Repeated trips to the dealer found no problem, noise continues.

- Horsham, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 011997

S-10 Pickup

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Engine failed, previous repairs made, however problem continues.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

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