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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,548 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 transmission problems

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2002 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 052008

S-10 Pickup

  • 49,500 miles


I have a 2002 Chevy S10 ext. Cab pickup truck with a vortex 4.3 litre eng. With automatic transmission. While baking out of driveway I noticed I had no reverse gear, it is also slipping in all other gears. This truck has never hauled anything heavy and only has 49,500 miles on it. I got down to the stop sign and tried to proceed and the forward gears started to slip and I couldn't get out of the way of oncoming traffic and almost got hit by an oncoming car. I have heard and talked to many other people who own these vehicles with the 4L60E/4O65E transmissions. I feel these could be dangerous. They seem to all have the same sun shell and sun gear problems. I feel General Motors should re-call them.

- Selma, IN, USA

problem #7

Jan 272007

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,461 miles
In 2003 with 17600 miles the reaction sun shell broke in my 2002 Chevy S10 pickup. It was repaired under warranty. On January 27 2007 with 56000 miles the same failure occurred. The truck has not been repaired and the part is still in the truck.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #6

May 192006

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,150 miles
: the contact stated while attempting to back up the vehicle would not shift into reverse. This happened without warning. The vehicle was driven to the dealer where the transmission was replaced.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #5

Jul 132004

S-10 Pickup 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,312 miles


Powertraun automatic transmission failure. Vehicle was in park and would not go into reverse. Could shift to "R" but vehicle would not go into reverse. Vehicle had to be towed to certified transmission, Lincoln, ne. Will be repaired. This retail business, is averaging 10 repairs a month on this make and model and failure.

- Palmyra, NE, USA

problem #4

Oct 092003

S-10 Pickup

  • miles
While driving vehicle jumped out of gear causing vehicle to stop completely.

- Beacon, NY, USA

problem #3

Dec 072002

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,960 miles
The vehicle was in park with the engine running, when all of a sudden the vehicle rolled backwards.. consumer was injured when he tried to get back in the vehicle to stop it.

- Gadsden, AL, USA

problem #2

Jun 252002

S-10 Pickup 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At 90 degrees or above the vehicle will, at times, lose power to the transmission making entering traffic a safety hazard. Engine RPM's are adequate but vehicle will not shift gears and accelerate. Dangerous condition when entering heafy traffic. Manufacturer technical assistance cannot assist dealer in fixing the problem. Dealer experianced this problem in a test drive but could not repair at this time.

- Lockport, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 062002

S-10 Pickup

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle jumps out of gear 2 and gear 4 while driving, when applying brakes vehicle pulls to the right. Dealer cut rubber boot around floorshift down to correct the defect; but, it did not solve the problem.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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