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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,820 miles

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2002 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup accessories - exterior problems

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2002 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #10

Apr 222008

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles


I purchased this vehicle in new form from gallucci Chevrolet in medina, oh. While still under warranty, the third door handle used to open the rear third door broke approximately three times. While still under warranty, I took it in the dealership to have it repaired on each occasion. When the vehicle ran out of warranty, the third door handle again broke, and to date has not been repaired due to cost. This incident apparently is widely known to be a problem with Chevy, as the mechanics told me this is common in my vehicle, and upon speaking with others with the same vehicle, nearly every one has had the door handle break. This prohibits a third passenger from entering or exiting the vehicle or for me to open the back seat for groceries, etc.

- Elyria, OH, USA

problem #9

Nov 022007

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
My 3rd door latch has failed again!!! this is the 2nd time. The dealership I bought my truck from told me they keep a box load of these latches in stock because they break so often. Bad design!!!! Chevy needs to step up and provide a reliable replacement. If my son was back there and there was an emergency I would be unable to open the 3rd door.

- Sheboygan, WI, USA

problem #8

Mar 282006

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet S10. The contact stated that the handle on the third door is made of plastic. The plastic is not strong enough and has been replaced three times. He notified the dealer on all three occasions to have the handle replaced, but the failure persists. The dealer and the manufacturer stated that this will be the last time they replace the handle free of charge. The contact feels that this is a serious hazard because one would be unable to exit the vehicle due to the vulnerability of the handle. The current mileage is 27,000 and failure mileage was unknown.

- The Villages, FL, USA

problem #7

Feb 252007

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Third door on my 2002 Chevy S10 pickup will not open, it was been fixed twice, and once again I am not able to open this door without extreme difficulty. Should I need easy access it would next to impossible to gain access quickly.

- Pinckney, MI, USA

problem #6

Nov 282006

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 64,809 miles
3 times my 3rd door latch has had to be replaced on my 2002 S10 pickup.

- Seabrook, NH, USA

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problem #5

Feb 092006

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Third door latch breaks occasionally, preventing access, or egress to the rear seat. Latch must then be replaced before door can be opened. A person in that rear seat would be trapped. Part: Door latch and handle replaced; old parts not available.

- Abingdon, MD, USA

problem #4

Oct 092006

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,175 miles


The third door latch has failed three times on my 2002 S10 Chevrolet pickup VIN:1gcs19W629114870 as follows: 1st at 10,842 miles, 2nd around 40,000 miles repaired on 10,842 miles and the third time today at 57,175. I believe this presents a sever safety hazard should there be a fire and someone was in the rear seat because they may not get out as the door will not open. This door latch is non-metal and apparently prone to failure.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #3

Mar 312006

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,412 miles
Drivers door latch has failed. No longer can latch, this could have been a issue at highway speeds of door coming open or rounding a curve. On 9-13-04 my 3rd door latch was also replaced due to breakage of to this date I have to replace the passenger door latch with the same failure of drivers door. The electronic system is not great and plastic latches. Some type of spring failure from dirt and water intrusion.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 152005

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles
Door handle failure.

- Advance, NC, USA

problem #1

Mar 072003

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,800 miles
The third latch broke on the vehicle. After being fixed the door opened, but will not open or release at the bottom catch. Scc

- Hanover, PA, USA

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