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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,186 miles

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2002 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #19

Nov 282005

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact stated immediately after stepping off the tailgate the cables broke simultaneously. He purchased the parts to fix the vehicle himself. He contacted the manufacturer, but they offered no assistance.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #18

Sep 172005

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 42,500 miles
I own a 2002 Chevrolet S-10 pickup. I was helping a friend move some small furniture when at the end of our last run I noticed my tailgate was resting on my bumper. Apparently the tailgate cables snapped. Upon further inspection the site of failure where the cable snapped was rusted through. Now this is a cable that is entirely encased in plastic from the factory and it still managed to rust. I have open and closed my tailgate perhaps two dozen times in the course of three years so this is certainly not a wear issue.. I feel that GM should extend the tailgate recall it has for its full size trucks(which experience the same problem) to include their mid-size S-10 trucks as well.

- League City, TX, USA

problem #17

Oct 132005

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,789 miles
I own a 2002 Chevrolet S-10 crew cab pick-up 4 X 4. I would like to report failure of the tail gate cables. The cables had corroded in the center and then broke. Chevrolet has a recall on cables for the larger pick ups, but does not have a recall for the S-10's.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #16

Sep 032005

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2002 Chevrolet S10. The consumer states the cables that hold the tailgate both snapped simultaneously. There was nothing on the tailgate when this happened. The cables were not showing any sign of wear. The dealership and manufacturer were contacted about the problem. The manufacturer told the consumer after sending in the parts they would determine whether or not the parts should be reimbursed.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #15

Jul 202005

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 21,000 miles
2002 Chevy S10 3 door pickup truck, 22,000 miles, one owner. Rear tailgate cables rusted and broken.

- Hickory, NC, USA

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problem #14

Aug 012005

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
Consumer stated 2002 Chevrolet, S-10 tailgate cables broke at the same time. Consumer was loading straw, and set a bale of straw on the tailgate. When the weight was applied to the tailgate both cables snapped. There was corrosion on the outside of the cable. The cables snapped underneath the rubber coating on the bottom of the cable. The tailgate was dented after the tailgate fell, no damage to the bumper. Consumer going to contact the dealer and the manufacturer today. Consumer was going to call and see if GM was willing to repair the damage before he fixed it.

- Milan, MI, USA

problem #13

May 272005

S-10 Pickup 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer states the tailgate on the Chevrolet S10 the cables broke. Chevrolet fixed the cables but would not fix the tailgate where it was dented from hitting the bumper. Consumer's 14 year old daughter was unloading the bed when this happened. The cables were rusting, but the consumer did not notice the problem until after it occurred.

- Claremont, IN, USA

problem #12

Jun 132005

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 56,000 miles
The cables that hold the tailgate level rusted and broke. Tailgate goes up but consumer cannot let it down because it rides on the bumper. Contacted Chevrolet, they said there was no recall on a S-10.

- Desoto, KS, USA

problem #11

Feb 022005

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,896 miles
On February 2, 2005 I was unloading a twenty-five pound pail from the back of my Chevy S-10 pick up truck. I opened the tail gate, and as I slid the pail on to the tailgate, both of the tailgate support cables snapped. I fell backwards onto the garage floor, and I injured my back. I called the dealership where I purchasde my truck, and they said there was nothing they could do because there was no recall. On March 17,2005 as I was driving, I heard a loud bang. The tailgate had fallen into the middle of the road. A woman with a van full of children had to swerve into the opposite lane to avoid hitting the tailgate. The tailgate was dented and badly scratched. I again called the dealership and explained what had happened, and again they told me they would do nothing, because there was no recall for the S-10 pick up regarding the tailgate supports or the tailgate. I have the broken tailgate support cables, and the tailgate.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #10

Apr 142005

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,200 miles
The tailgate straps broke while the consumer was closing the tailgate. The tailgate slipped out of the consumer's hand and the straps broke. The manufacturer offered no help. The manufacturer did offer to pay for the labor but not the parts.

- Elyria, OH, USA

problem #9

Apr 022005

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles


I was loading my riding lawn mower into the back of my pickup when both safety cables on the tailgate broke.

- Kings Mountain, NC, USA

problem #8

Feb 052005

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 39,600 miles
Both support cables on the tailgate broke while loading. This caused the tailgate to drop without warning. Both cables showed sign of corrosion. The dealer was notified.

- Canal Fulton, OH, USA

problem #7

Jul 062004

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
While loading the rear the tailgate straps broke without warning. No injuries reported.

- Shelocta, PA, USA

problem #6

Dec 282004

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
Opened tailgate and saw that right tailgate support cable broke. Truck not used for heavy hauling. No wear indication. Replacement of cables requires replacement of entire latch assembly. 34000 miles, 38 months. Ordered new latch/cable through dealer. Have not yet installed.

- Council Bluffs, IA, USA

problem #5

Aug 152004

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
1. use of the tailgate in order to put cargo in pickup box. 2. the tailgate cables broke, made from poor material, also same as the recalled Silverado tailgate cables 3. dealer gave me the option of paying 5 times more than aftermaket for the cable or wait until enough complaint are received in order for recall.

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #4

Nov 282004

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
One of the two tailgate support cables on my 2002 Chevrolet S-10 has prematurely broken. Less than 3 years old and under 40000 miles.

- Gwynn Oak, MD, USA

problem #3

Dec 062004

S-10 Pickup 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The tailgate straps broke off, keeping the tailgate from maintaining upward position. Dealer will repair at consumer's expense.

- Metamora, IL, USA

problem #2

Nov 262004

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While opening the tailgate both support tailgate cables broke. Suddenly the tailgate dropped to the floor. The cause ha not been determined. Consumer will contact the dealer in the near future.

- Ashland City, TN, USA

problem #1

Apr 022004

S-10 Pickup

  • 70,000 miles
While standing on the tailgate left/right tailgate support straps snapped. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Bloomington, MN, USA

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