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Chevrolet S10 Blazer Parts and Chevrolet S10 Blazer Accessories

Little Bundles of Facts You Might Not Know about the Chevrolet S-10 Blazer

  • The Chevrolet S-10 Blazer was marketed as a recreational lifestyle enhancer rather than a determined workhorse. The S-10 was offered in a number of high-comfort civilian guises, including top-of-the-line Tahoe package that included bucket seats and a comprehensive gauge package. Two-tone paint was also a popular option for the model back then.

  • Isuzu began selling a version of the American Chevrolet S-10 Blazer as its own "Hombre" in the United States during the 1996 model year. The Hombre replaced the P'Up, the last Japanese-made compact pickup truck sold in the U.S., as both Toyota and Nissan had set up shop in the U.S. to produce their small trucks. This Spanish impersonator is the Chevrolet S-10 LS Extended Cab.

  • Misspelling is always a good way to attract attention. The Chevrolet S-10 Blazer did that for the 1999 model year by introducing the S-10 Xtreme package, an appearance package of Chevrolet S-10 Blazer accessories like fancy wheels, foglamps, monochromatic paint, and ground effects plastic body panels that went atop a regular or extended cab S-10 (with either the Fleetside or Sportside short bed) equipped with the ZQ8 suspension.

  • An interesting thing about the S-10's engineering was t the front suspension was basically a direct lift from General Motors' "A-car" line, which included the Chevrolet Malibu and El Camino. This trivial fact became apparent a decade later when Chevrolet S-10 Blazer parts like aftermarket spindles intended to lower the front of the S-10 were found to also fit the A-cars.

  • The Vortec 4.3-liter V6 engine was hooked up to a new Getrag-designed five-speed manual transmission for 1990, making for the quickest Chevrolet S-10 Blazer yet.

  • Motor Trend reports that "the S-10 is all new for 1994" upon the next-generation truck's introduction, and according to Kurt Ritter, marketing manager for Chevrolet trucks, "this redesign represents the most extensive use of customer input in GM history". What GM's customers wrought was a vehicle more circular, more spacious in accommodations, noticeably quieter, and generally more powerful. But it was pretty much the same truck as before.

  • General Motors' Corporation also brought out its twin to the S-10 Blazer, the S-15 Jimmy. The trucks were identical, save for different grille styling and rear-end garnishment. Like the S-10 Blazer, three trim levels (base Sierra, up-level Sierra Classic, and sporty Gypsy Sport) were offered. Also, S-15 Jimmy equipment levels mirrored those of the S-10 Blazer models, meaning, for example, that a Sierra Classic was equal to the Tahoe. Yearly changes that occur for the S-10 Blazer also apply for the S-15 Jimmy.

Chevrolet S10 Blazer Articles

  • Chevrolet S-10 Blazer Common Problems

    17 January 2013

    The Chevrolet S-10 Blazer is a midsize sport utility vehicle (SUV) from General Motors that was manufactured in 1983 all through 2005. Playboy magazine awarded the S-10 Truck of the Year for 1995. But even with this great honor, it is undeniable that the S-10 Blazer had been known to have some problems. Here are some of them.


    Engine

    The early years of the S-10 model were focused on creating competition for Asian small trucks. Its lineup of engines included a heavy, iron cast 2.5-liter four-cylinder; a diesel motor; and a 2.8 V-6 engine from the car divisions of General Motors. All were woefully underpowered, with the V-6 notorious for being unreliable as a truck motor. The V-6 suffered from heat-related head failure, computer-controlled carburetor issues, and low torque. The 2.8-liter motor was replaced with the 4.3-liter, which proved a more robust power plant that was ideally suited for low-torque truck applications, evolving until it was the only engine choice for the Jimmy (the Chevy Blazer's twin) and Blazer S-10 variants. This V-6 had its problems, including a design flaw that caused "loping" at idle. The 2.2-liter four-cylinder was the replacement for the 2.5 "iron duke" motor.


    Transmission

    The Blazer jerks from first to second gear; it's worse on wet days because it will jerk harder on that upshift. Also, Blazers have had problems with the computers that make its fuel gauge meter work.


    Brakes

    The S-10 brake system was originally a front-disc, rear-drum setup, which changed for the 1998 model to four-wheel discs. The addition of anti-lock braking systems as standard equipment in 1992 made the S-10's brakes more complex. Recalls for the newly developed ABS plagued the braking systems for the S-10 line. Problems with the rear parking brake that was incorporated into the disc brake design were common. The hydraulic master cylinder design had not changed much during the production.


    Interior

    On first-generation models, interior dash and panel materials were of higher quality and secured with sturdier mounts; the second generation's loose, plastic panels often squeaked and rattled, unlike the previous model's construction techniques. These changes were spurred by a need for lower manufacturing costs and a new dashboard platform for General Motors' Chevrolet S-10 Blazer parts.


    Heating and air conditioning

    The vehicle was charged with R-12 refrigerant which isn't manufactured anymore-there are still some stocks around that are a part of the remaining Chevrolet S-1- Blazer accessories, but they are very expensive ($25 to $50 per pound, 2 to 5 pounds per vehicle).