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Chevrolet S10 Pickup Parts and Chevrolet S10 Pickup Accessories

Six Cool Facts about the Chevrolet S-10 Pickup

  • From its debut in 1982, there were only two generations of the Chevrolet S-10 ever produced bearing its nameplate. The first gen S-10 was almost identical to its GMC counterpart, the S-15, except for its grille, tailgate, and insignia. The second gen, on the other hand, was only a better version of the first gen; the suspension and axles were enhanced, but in general, it is still the same in terms of chassis components.

  • When the Chevrolet S-10 was discontinued in North America in 2004, the second gen of the S-10 was produced in Brazil. This Brazilian S-10 is powered by either a 2.8-liter diesel engine with 140 hp or a 2.4-liter Petrol/E-96h ethanol FlexFuel engine with 147 hp. However, it made a comeback in North America as the second gen Chevrolet Colorado.

  • A high-performance version of the Chevrolet S-10 by the name of Chevrolet S-10 SS was launched in 1994. Its remarkable features are lowered suspension, new grille, body-colored bumper, and 16-inch wheels. Only 3,000 units of this sportier S-10 were produced every year for four years. The SS was discontinued in 1998 and was replaced by an S-10 Xtreme the year after.

  • The predecessor of the Chevrolet S-10 is the 1972 Chevrolet LUV, which stands for light utility vehicle. It is the rebadged variant of the Isuzu Faster, until the Chevrolet S-10 was launched in 1982. However, the LUV lasted for fourth generations, and it is now the rebadged version of the Isuzu D-Max.

  • Did you know that Chevrolet produced a rare version of the S-10? This limited edition is named Chevrolet Cameo S-10, which was manufactured in United States and Brazil in 1989 until 1991. It boasted of its round driving lamps, a sport suspension, complete ground effects kit, and high-back bucket seats. Only 2,198 units of Cameo were ever produced.

  • An off-road package was also produced under the Chevrolet S-10 nameplate in 1994 as part of the S-series. The Chevrolet S-10 ZR2 sported a 4-inch wider track width, larger wheel and axle bearings, tougher 31-inch all-terrain tires, and a higher suspension lift.

Chevrolet S10 Pickup Articles

  • Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Problems 26 February 2013

    Looking at the tough but compact body of the Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck would make you think that it is suitable for all your hauling and towing needs. There is no need to question the power of this pickup in terms of hauling and towing, but it is inevitable that even this massive truck also has flaws in some areas. Here are some of the common problems experienced by Chevrolet S-10 pickup owners with their ride:


    Brakes

    There are several complaints related to the braking assembly of the Chevrolet S-10. Some of which are concerned with the brake fluid condition, damaged mechanical parts, and anti-lock system issues. These problems were attributed to the use of low-grade materials that are not that durable and prone to premature wear.

    Several recalls were issued for certain batches of the S-10 due to brake problems, most of which were due to the failure of the anti-lock system. For one, about 10,000 units of the 2000 model Chevrolet S-10 were reported to have an out-of-specification spring clip that could cause misalignment with the motor bearing. This defect could cause the entire brake assembly to malfunction, which could result to accidents.


    Engine

    Some Chevrolet S-10 models were said to be underpowered in terms of engine performance. The early S-10 models that were equipped with V6 engines were reported to be prone to overheating and having a low torque. However, when the engine was upgraded from 2.8 liter to a better 4.3 liter version, these problems became minimal.


    Fan blade

    A recall was issued to 1995 Chevrolet S-10 models due to an engine cooling issue. The fan blade rivet of this particular batch was reported to possibly break and cause the fan blade to be dislocated. The blade could possibly injure the vehicle's passengers if neglected. Over 70,000 units of this batch were targeted by this recall.


    Interior

    The use of low-quality materials for the Chevrolet S-10's interiors has been one of the common complaints of truck owners, particularly those who own the 1993 models. Loose plastic panels that squeak and rattle were some of their woes. This problem was attributed to the low production costs of General Motors, which was changed immediately.