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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,968 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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2001 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup brakes problems

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2001 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #8

May 052010

S-10 Pickup

  • 120,000 miles


The emergency brake is missing the teeth for holding the brake in place. Also the ABS light is always on and they say it is the master that needs replacement at over $1,200. This is only a danger if using the cursor control on wet pavement which I never use due to the ABS not working.

- Albany, OR, USA

problem #7

Feb 262015

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
I was turning left and another car coming from the opposite direction made a right turn in front of me and I hit my brakes and tried to stop but my ABS did not kick in and I slid about thirty feet and hit there car.

- Sylacauga, AL, USA

problem #6

Aug 152014

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
Our ABS light keeps coming on and when it does the ABS don't work. It comes on whenever it wants. It is the same issues as the 2000 are having and they have a recall. It recently caused the back wheel not to move at all. We were told the spring inside the module is going out. It also affects the air bag from going on. Also, the ignition won't work the truck won't start. It takes several tries to get it to start. We were just told that it's the starter. The seatbelt locks intermittently and won't let me move.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #5

May 202014

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • 81,000 miles


The brake lines have rotted causing brake to travel to the floor and barely stop. This is the 2nd time my brake line has failed.

- Portsmouth, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 122011

S-10 Pickup

  • 130,146 miles
My 2001 S10 Chevrolet pick up ABS light has been on for ever and the brake shops and the tire store mechanics tell me there are a lot of Chevrolet trucks with this problem. The repair estimates I have received range from $1000 to $1500. After internet research I have found this is a big problem and it has to do with two solder points in the ABS control circuit board at the ABS head. Some folks take this unit apart and solder these two points and they work/repaired the problem, sometimes General Motors fixing these problems??

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #3

Jul 222013

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • 55,600 miles
As I was driving I was approaching a four way stop and applied the brakes any the brake pedal went to the floor. The brakes worked fine for the stop before this one. I tried to pump the brakes and the pedal still went to the floor and the vehicle finally started to slow down, I had to down shift to stop in time. I was able to get the vehicle to a Firestone service station down the street. They found one of the main brake line shad corrosion and had rusted through and the brake fluid leaked out as I applied the brakes. I was lucky. I had my 2 year old son in the car at the time. I think my years of driving experience allowed me to avoid a serious collision. There was no warning about the failure of the brake lines. Also the mechanic noticed serious rusting of the rear disc backing plates, these will also need replacing. So far the cost is about $500. For just the brake lines.the truck has under 60,000 miles. I hardly drive it.

- Brooks, KY, USA

problem #2

Jan 232013

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
The parking brake is inoperable. The rachet mechanism does not work--I.e. does not hold the brake in a set position. Worked the prior time set on a hill 5 months earlier.

- Annandale, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 012004

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
ABS brake system continuously becomes inoperable and the light comes on with the red brake light. The dealer says it trash in the system and doesn't think it needs to be replaced. Now the lights stay on all the time and inspection is due. Due to this manufacturer defect, the part cost $900 and then labor, job will be $1300. I have a 2000 Ford Windstar van with the same problem. Is there something that can make the manufacturer pay for the repair? this is a closed system that has never been touched or serviced.

- Newport News, VA, USA

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