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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,339 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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2003 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 172013

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • 137,209 miles


Upon personal inspection of my vehicle I discovered my spare tire was missing and the cable had snapped due to cable fraying or corrosion. The exact time and speed of this failure is unknown but the danger could be potentially hazardous for the following reasons¿¦ a: the tire could pose a hazard to traffic behind the vehicle. B: the tire could roll into lanes of traffic or pedestrians. C: the tire could fall at such an angle to lift and deflect the rear end of the vehicle causing damage and unexpected loss of control. D: the operator could find themselves stranded without a spare tire.

- Pembroke , MA, USA

problem #7

Jan 112013

S-10 Pickup

  • 70,000 miles
Cable rusted underneath truck, spare tire came off, caused traffic tie-P.

- Glenview, IL, USA

problem #6

Nov 152006

S-10 Pickup

  • 60,000 miles
While driving my 2003 Chevy S10 the assembly that holds the spare tire underneath of the vehicle disengaged when the cable snapped. The tire became wedged between the road and the rear bumper causing my vehicle to fishtail. No accident occurred despite the tire bouncing across 4 lanes of traffic and down a side street where it came to rest against a curb. The "priority" dealership said this was not covered by the warranty. This is the 3rd case I have heard about this happening in my area.

- Norfolk , VA, USA

problem #5

May 152008

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


Cable on tailgate of 2003 S-10 broke.

- Petersburg, VA, USA

problem #4

Oct 012007

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 28,000 miles
Door bushings are worn-out, door pins do not rotate in them and have elongated and cut through the side of the bushings, making it hard to open and close doors.

- La Porte, IN, USA

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problem #3

May 092007

S-10 Pickup 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,500 miles
Opening third door at food store. The third door handle broke. Unable to open door. Replaced handle and it broke also. Broken part is available. Plastic squeeze handle broke.

- Burlington, IA, USA

problem #2

Jun 112004

S-10 Pickup 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Chevrolet S-10 ZR2's four wheel drive automatically engaged causing accidents. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but they were unable to find a problem. The transmission slipped. The engine would also miss. The vehicle also exhibited problem with the driver's side window, headlights, taillights, windshield wipers, cruise control and trim. The vehicle cruise control activated once while driving. The tailgate had to be adjusted.

- Keyesport, IL, USA

problem #1

Feb 012005

S-10 Pickup 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Contact purchased a vehicle two years ago that was to low to the ground. The dealership said the vehicle needed to be higher. The dealership ran the VIN, and the vehicle had no record showing it had been lowered. She contacted the manufacturer, but has not heard back from them. The vehicle is at dealership waiting to be repaired.

- Lodi, CA, USA

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