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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,650 miles

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2001 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup body / paint problems

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2001 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #34

Aug 212005

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,889 miles


The support cables on my 2001 Chevy S10 broke unexpectedly while I was sitting on the tailgate. Both cables were corroded at the same point where they bend. As a result of the breakage, the tailgate hit the bumper and was dented in two places. These were the first dents ever for my truck.

- Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #33

Aug 132005

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
The caller said the strap on the left side of truck that holds the tailgate broke. There was a recall on other trucks but not this said this truck is not involved in the recall. Manufacturer said the samething.

- Bremen, KY, USA

problem #32

Aug 092005

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
Tailgate cables snapped.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #31

Jul 312005

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles


The cables which support the tailgate on my S-10 broke suddenly on both sides damaging the tailgate.

- Belchertown, MA, USA

problem #30

May 192005

S-10 Pickup

  • 29,200 miles
2001 Chevrolet S10 pickup tail gate cables pulled apart. The tailgate can no longer be opened with damaging the vehicle paint.

- Charleston, SC, USA

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problem #29

Jun 072005

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,500 miles
The tailgate cables snapped and the consumer fell on the ground. The consumer was sitting on the tailgate when both right and left cables broke at the same time.

- Severn, MD, USA

problem #28

Jun 062005

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,620 miles


Consumer has a problem with the tailgate cord fraying. Consumer had this problem repaired at own expense. Similar larger trucks have had this problem recalled. Consumer has smaller truck.

- Voorheesezille, NY, USA

problem #27

May 092005

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
Both tailgate cable broke on my 2001 chevrolete S10 crew cab pick up. I have since brought it to my dealer and had it repaired. These are the same type cables that gn has recalled on the large pick ups. I am wondering why they have not recalled the small trucks as well.

- Belmont, NH, USA

problem #26

May 182005

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 77,000 miles
I have a 2001 Chevy S10 pickup, was sitting on my tailgate whenone of the tailgate straps broke, throwing me off of the tailgate. I was suprised, but not injured.. upon examination, I notice that the tailgate strap cable was rusting out on the inside of the coating that had been placed over the cablem. Many of the calble strands had rusted though. There is a recall on tailgat straps for full size pickups, but not the S10. I believe that the same problem of the tailgate straps rusting through and causing an injury if both fail at the same time exists in the S10 line of pickups also.

- Taylor Mill, KY, USA

problem #25

Apr 012005

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
Both tailgate support cables on my 2001 S10 pickup that has a Blazer VIN # have broken in half due to rust and corrosion. I went to my dealer and that said that the recall only applies to fullsize pu/U's and other tailgate vehicles. My vehicle is not listed. I am seeing that the Blazer S10 has a recall on these items. Why wouldn't mine" can you help me get these repolaced"

- Belmont, NH, USA

problem #24

Oct 282004

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles


While loading materials in the bed of the pickup truck the cable support failed, causing the tailgate to fall. The tailgate stayed loosely attached to the vehicle.

- Rochester, NH, USA

problem #23

Jul 012004

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
Tailgate cable failure both sides on GM, S10 truck.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #22

May 012004

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles
Right hand support cable snapped while myself and another were sitting on the tailgate last year. Not sure of exact date. No injuries. Just noticed article in media and thought that I would add another to the list. At this time, locating another cable and leaving the tailgate closed.

- Auburn, GA, USA

problem #21

Jan 062005

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,368 miles
Tailgate strap, 1 broke about 2 months before the other one broke, nothing has been done to correct this, I figure they recalled all the full size truck to replace them, they should replace these at no charge. Also, it is a good thin I was not standing on it when they broke. I could have gotten hurt by falling off when the tail gate fell to the bumper.

- Alexandria, IN, USA

problem #20

Mar 262005

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
Owner was standing on the tailgate unloading his truck when the support cables snapped, causing the owner to fall to the ground. Owner later contacted the manufacturer, and was told that this vehicle was not being recalled for this defect, and there was nothing else they could do. The tailgate support brackets broke.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #19

Jan 122005

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
The tailgate straps on my Chevrolet S-10 gave way while I was kneeling on the back of the truck, my knees were hurt for several weeks. GM knows that their tailgate straps are defective yet they do not warn that they may just give out like they do.

- Windsor, 00, USA

problem #18

Aug 072004

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 74,000 miles
Passenger side tailgate strap on the bed of a 2001 Chevrolet S-10 broke at the bend.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #17

Jan 012005

S-10 Pickup

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The galvanized steel tailgate support cables that retain the tailgate in the full open horizontal position corroded /weakened, and fractured. The tailgate suddenly dropped, and struck the top surface of the rear bumper.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #16

Jan 292005

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,880 miles
On Jan 29,2005 we were preparing to load groceries into the bed of the truck. We opened the tailgate and both of the support cables snapped causing the tailgate to fall onto the bumper. We haven't made arrangements for repair yet as I was checking to see if there has been any type of recall. I had known of the recall for the Silverado and thought the S-10 may be included.

- Kent, IL, USA

problem #15

Jan 272005

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,455 miles
Tailgate cables broke when lowering tailgate.

- Parsons, KS, USA

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