1982 Chevrolet S-10 User Reviews

1982 Chevrolet S-10 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 5 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:2 out of 5 stars2 out of 5 stars2 out of 5 stars2 out of 5 stars2 out of 5 stars 2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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Greg writes:
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4

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Great gas mileage.  Could squeeze 3 college students in the front cab.  Got me through HS and first couple years of college.  Could fit everything that went into my dorm room in the bed of the truck.  

Cons

No power; 1.8 L 4 cylinder engine.  

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Great First Truck. — When I was in HS, we lived out in the country and we "needed" a truck to haul the firewood, take the dogs to the Vet, etc. We could have done this with the family's mini-van, but definitely not my Mom's CRX or Prelude. Plus, I needed a dependable set of wheels to get me to school, football practice and work. Enter the '82 Chevy S-10, which was ~8 years old when I got her. What I wanted was the big C-10 on the lot, but the S-10 found its way home instead. So, I made the most of it. Not that we were able to go fast, but I fit the entire O & D line in the S-10. Three of us in the cab (windows open, arms hanging out) and the rest in the back...my poor shocks, but she got us from the weight room to the practice field. During HS, we put as much wood in the bed as we could fit w/o it falling out, which was ~1/2 a cord of wood; pre-split. I learned how to drive backwards / in reverse in that truck, backing up the country lane with a full bed of wood. She got me through the first couple years of college. Many of my classmates thought that I had a 4x4 with the way she handled in the snow; I just had ~450 lbs of concrete blocks in the back over the axle and treated the snow / ice with the respect it deserves. But, one thing that she couldn't do very well was go up Route 56 to Johnstown nor keep up on the PA Turnpike. Granted, I did my level best, but she just couldn't keep up with a v6 or full-size with an 8 cylinder under the hood and horsepower to spare. But, the S-10 was a good truck. She got me through HS and early college years w/o any major issues. We were able to haul just about whatever we wanted in the bed. I had a couple nice sound-systems in the cab, including a 2 x 10" truck-box and amplifier. When I replaced the S-10, she stayed in the family and was passed down to my sister as her first vehicle. She then sold the S-10 to someone in the late '90s who swapped out the 4 for a v6 and put a 3" lift kit on it. She said she saw the S-10 around town a few times and the new owner had done a good job with it. Great truck for a HS / college student. It wouldn't be my choice for a family vehicle, unless it were just my wife & me. If you need a light-duty, low-cost truck to haul stuff: 1/2 cord of wood, light 8' trailer, couple dog crates, etc., then the '82 S-10 will do you well. I'd look into replacing the 4 cylinder with something that has a bit more power, but would be OK on the flats and not trying to keep up with highway traffic. Great option for a sound-system platform, as the cable runs are easy to manage and a blow-through would be a viable option with a cap, if not sticking with just an 8 - 10" truck-box (maybe a slim-line 12" could fit behind the seats, but not much more than a standard sized 10" truck box for someone ~6').

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psmeds writes:
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MPG, cargo space, cheap to maintain and everything can be done yourself

Cons

Underpowered, small seating capacity

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Good All Round Little Pick Ups — Good overall, could use more power, and they should have made more 4wd, and they should have made a full 4 door S-10. I should note my views are biased (i did a frame off restoration and made it a show truck so I love it)

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Mitch writes:
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5

Pros

Burns The Tires All Day Long

Cons

Exhaust Droan On The Highway

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355 S10 — 355 small block chevy 400+ HP fully built 700 R4 Transmission 4:11 LSD Lowered 4/3 Custom Interior With Buckets Dual 3'' Flowmaster Exhaust Full Set Of Stewart Warner Gaugues B&M Pro Ratchet Shifter MSD Iginition System (6al2)

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Damien writes:
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I built this truck and is very dependable

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lots of time and work in it

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82 S10 4.3 — I build this truck pretty much and its does pretty good. The motor is a 4.3 so its alot better than the 2.8 but in my opinion a 350 and higher is better than it but the 4.3 on my scale ranks a high 4. The apearance isn't quite finished yet so its not all that perfect

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Peter writes:
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5

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Fairly Reliable, Old but hasn't needed much work to keep it on the road

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Rust Covered and could use More Power

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An Oldy But A Goodie — Awsome Truck!! First Vehicle I owned. It is now Rust Red and Steel Grey. Great Performance, though I would like more power for that much funner of a drive. For an '82 it is in decent mechanical condition, though I did just need to do some work on the Starter. Also considering the age it gets decent milage, about 600-700km per 60L tank. A fun vehicle to drive, and as I fix it up it will only get better.

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2004 Chevrolet S-10 Reviews

Great Overall Truck By Cakana

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2003 Chevrolet S-10 Reviews

Great Little 4x4 Extended Cab Truck By Cars25c

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2002 Chevrolet S-10 Reviews

My S10 By chuckman

I bought this as my third S 10. It was in another state and we went and bought it. it has been a great truck a work horse when needed and a family vehicle as well. I used it for long and short trips. Read More

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2001 Chevrolet S-10 Reviews

Great Truck By Kyle_Long

Wasn't sure about the truck at first. Bought it for my son, then he got wife's Yukon after she graduated college. I drove it for the last year, and was surprised of the gas mileage, and actually how... Read More

Fun To Drive By RICH1LT

Loved taking it to car shows and winning trophies took 1st & 2nd place alot. the only neg thing was it was a 4 cyl and when the air was on it cound not get out of its own way. but i loved working on... Read More

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2000 Chevrolet S-10 Reviews

7 Of 10 Overall By treedoc

its a great truck likes ball joints good gas mileage its a little small but great to run around town in. I wish all car were a little simpler to work on . so you don't have to go to a computer to find... Read More

S10 By bwiles711

Breaking was quick, vision was good (small blind spot areas), the manual transmission was fun to drive. Great gas milage for a 4WD vehicle. Had a bed liner for hauling whatever you want to, and had ... Read More

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