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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,275 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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2002 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 122017

S-10 Pickup

  • miles


Truck or vehicle shut down while driving.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #7

Aug 102015

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet S-10. The contact stated that while driving, the air bag on light was illuminated. The contact merged to the shoulder of the road and powered off the air bag with the switch. The contact stated that suddenly the vehicle failed to restart and was pushed back to the residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #6

Apr 022008

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
Started with ABS warning light and brake light staying on the fuel gauge says low fuel and fuel gauge reads empty and the indicator that tells what gear the vehicle is in no longer visible.

- Myrtle Creek, OR, USA

problem #5

Jul 032005

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer states that his vehicle caught on fire on July 3, 2005. The consumer was driving the vehicle, he had smelled and saw smoke coming from the dash. According to the insurance company and the fire department, the fuse box had shorted out in the vehicle. There was a fire report filed. The insurance company has not yet determined whether the vehicle is totaled.

- Richmond, KY, USA

problem #4

Nov 022003

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Vehicle will just stop running. The fuel pump has been replaced. After being replaced it quit 15 miles from the dealership that repaired it. They could not diagnose. Vehicle will start again after sitting several hours. They told us to drive until it quit again. Frustrated, we took it to a more sophisticated dealership who also could not diagnose the problem and told us to drive it until it acted up again. The vehicle has quit 2 more times, but on the weekend but starts in a few hours.

- Luther, OK, USA

problem #3

May 152003

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,200 miles
My fingers were burnned when I touched the inside right-side wall of the ash tray in my 2002 Chevrolet S-10 pickup. Later on I figured out it's a design flaw. When you drive the car more than 20 minutes at night, the illuminating light inside the ash tray heats the inside right-side wall to extremely hot, which has the potential to cause a fire. To prevent the bad thing happens, I keep the ash tray opened to let heat dissipate out.

- Swedesboro, NJ, USA

problem #2

Dec 022002

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Computer chip constantly fails which causes a chain reaction of failures to occur. The truck is unreliable with various brake failures and constant towing back to the dealership. The dealership is patching the truck with minor repairs instead of actually doing a thorough inspection.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 012002

S-10 Pickup 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver fell asleep while driving 75 mph, vehicle left the road, rolled a few times and caught on fire. Driver suffered minor injuries. Vehicle was totalled. Consumer states that he doesn't believe that there was steering failure and feels that it probably was the fuel shut off mechanism (electrical)that failed, in which the gas continued to feed the initial fire.

- Motley, MN, USA

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