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Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
89,749 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. rebuild transmission or replace transmission (1 reports)
2003 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 062007

S-10 Pickup ZR5 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,600 miles


Took my truck in for 90K service. Told them my transmission was slipping. Chevrolet service department said it was bad spark plug wires. After 2 days in for service truck was returned. One day later same symptoms occurred. Problem became worse over the next week. Finally transmission slippage became worse. I was forcing 5000 rpm to get 25 mph. Took truck back and complained that truck was not repaired. They said my transmissions 3rd gear had failed. They also said it was hard to diagnose an intermittent problem. The cost to repair was $2K to repair transmission or $3K for a new transmission. I don't think a transmission should fail at 88600 miles.

- , Longview, WA, USA

problem #2

Dec 052007

S-10 Pickup LX 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,647 miles

This transmission problem started back in november of 2005. The truck at that time had 66,450 miles on it when it suddenly went out. After fighting with GM they agreed to pay for parts but not labor. Which still cost me $1,400.00 in labor. Then on december 5th of 2007 the damn thing did it again, and it only has 88,674 on it. When I called the dealer that fixed it they said it was only covered for one year or 12,500 miles. So apparently after 22,000 miles you have to replace/repair the transmission. Chevy used to be a very good truck, but now they build nothing but crap and they know it! I will be selling this truck as soon as possible and assure you I will never buy another piece of sh*t chevy product!

- , Lake In The Hills, IL, USA

problem #1

Dec 232005

(reported on)

S-10 Pickup

  • 92,000 miles

Yes, I drive a lot- but mostly, I would say 75%, were highway miles! So why is my truck having transmission problems? Why am I hearing from other S10 owners that they had problems with their transmissions, and in each case- before they reached 70,000 miles? Mine started slipping a short time ago, but it has gotten to the point where I can only use it to go to the local store and back-and that is only if I shift it manually- It is an automatic transmission!!!!! Who ever heard of cars and trucks having transmission problems first! My freakin battery lasted longer than the trans! My shocks outlasted my trans! My alternator lasted longer than my trans! I have 2 and 1/2 years of payments close to 400 a month plus full coverage for a truck I baby'd - I changed the fluids regularly, I cleaned it constantly, and I never, ever carried any weight in my truck! There is no excuse, GM- Please stand behind your product , ok? Pardon? What did you say? Tough sh*t? Kiss your what? Oh, you mean buy foreign next time.... well,ok. I see how it is now. I was blinded by my foolish, baseless pride in the BUY AMERICAN slogan that encouraged me to make the most disappointing and expensive commitment of my life. Never again will Chevy get my money-ever. Not unless they stand behind the product they sold me. Which is what they should do. Do you think they will?

- , Van Nuys, CA, USA

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