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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,800 miles

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2001 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup engine problems

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2001 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #10

Jan 222007

S-10 Pickup

  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet S10. While coming to a stop, the vehicle drove over a small bump in the road, and the brake pedal extended to the floor. The brakes had to be pumped in order to stop the vehicle. The failure occurred on four separate occasions. The engine and ABS lights illuminated intermittently on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic and no failures were found. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Hurst , TX, USA

problem #9

Aug 162006

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
1) tail gate cable broke on my '01 S-10 pick up have not replaced the part yet, the other side is supporting by itself currently 2) at 80000 miles in Jan. Of this year the motor had to be replaced at a cost of $1000. It was a used motor. It was knocking, missing and running rough. Pieces of bearing were in the engine oil.

- Elkhorn, WI, USA

problem #8

Jan 102006

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
I am smelling a strong odor and smoke of oil burning on the exhaust of my 2001 Chevy S-10. It is coming from the engine compartment I went to the auto hobby shop at the us naval base and put the vehicle on a lift to see where the leak was coming from. The technician at the hobby shop has an S-10 also. His was doing the same thing. His was coming from a leaky valve cover gasket that would drip oil down the back of the engine on to the exhaust. I could not get a clear look. I did see oil collecting on a brace on the frame near the exhaust. I an afraid that the oil will catch fire. I haven't driven the vehicle since I noticed the problem. I am scheduling an appointment with the local Chevy dealer to have it checked out.

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

problem #7

Aug 012003

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet S-10. The contact stated that the check engine light will periodically come on, and the engine will choke out. When the consumer was driving the vehicle and stopped at a stop-light or a stop sign the vehicle would seem to choke out when the consumer would accelerate. The consumer stated that if the vehicle was turned off and back on the vehicle will drive normal. The consumer stated that this did not happen every time the vehicle stopped or every time that the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle has not been inspected by a service dealer to determine the problem. The contact contacted the service department, and they told the contact to bring the vehicle in when the check engine light was on because that would be the only way they could determine the cause of the problem. The contact has not contacted the manufacturer yet.

- Woodberry, GA, USA

problem #6

Dec 102004

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
1)motor mount broke. 2) day after purchasing used vehicle for dealership, truck was in gear and top speed was about 15mph for about 50 foot. Engine would die then have a hard time starting. Happened for 30 miles. After that, after running engine for more than 1 1/2 hour, the truck would die. I have to pull over and let it sit for a few seconds before it will start again. Happens numerous times.

- Bay City, TX, USA

problem #5

Oct 282003

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
Consumer stated that vehicle in the last 3 months in repair shop for transmission problems 9 times. After bringing vehicle to repair shop shop everything else started to break down. Also, fuel pump was replaced 3 times. Fuel gauge operated poorly, and vehicle died/stopped while driving on the road.

- Kihei, HI, USA

problem #4

Jun 262003

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • 47,003 miles


While driving at 55/70 mph vehicle will stall out without warning. The dealership has replaced the catalytic converter, fuel pump, and sending unit.

- Platte City, MO, USA

problem #3

Jun 162003

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
While traveling on the highway and without prior warning vehicle will stall and shut down.

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 212003

S-10 Pickup

  • 30,000 miles
The vehicle stalled, when the vehicle reached the speed of 50 mph.

- Eastport, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 082003

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
The engine light illuminated. The dealer replaced a part in the evaporative system. Dealer parked vehicle. And then the vehicle caught fire.

- Morton, IL, USA

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