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Old 12-19-2017, 02:25 PM
 
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Hey yall, I'm looking at a 1992 Chevy S-10 2.8L V6 right now for pretty cheap, and they claim there's nothing wrong with it. I'm not too great with older cars and was wondering if anyone could tell me any major issues these trucks/motors tend to have, and how expensive it is to fix if they DO have issues? I really want this truck for off-roading in the desert once a month or so, and our next trip is at the end of the month.
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Old 12-19-2017, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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The old 2.8 V-6 is not very powerful, but it is long-lived and reliable. In general these trucks are easy to work on.

That said, I am not looking at your particular truck, which might be in decent shape for it's age, or might be a "fright pig" that you want to run away from, not just walk away from.

Welcome to the forum, BTW.
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Old 12-19-2017, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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We had a V8 S-10 4 speed and sold it after 115,000 miles. Used it as a work truck. The only problem was at 102,000 the plastic throw-out bearing had to be replaced. Other than regular maintenance, tires, shocks and serpentine belt there were no problems except the TO bearing. Was a great vehicle.
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Old 12-20-2017, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Michigan
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Had a 2.8 in my old Chevy 1989 Eurosport celebrity good car.
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Old 12-20-2017, 06:38 AM
 
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I had a 2.8 in a 1998 S10. As mentioned, it was reliable but was rather low on power.
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Old 12-20-2017, 06:50 AM
 
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Could be a good project truck depending on structure condition. The 2.8 was the midrange engine outside of special sport models. Top engine was the 4.3. For basic off road fun the 2.8 is not a bad start. What transmission does it have, what differential, any towing or suspension package? Do you want high power off road dune jumping, slow and steady roll through the woods and mountains, or mud bogging? I’m sure there are some off road truck enthusiasts who could give you tips based upon your needs.
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Old 12-20-2017, 07:16 AM
 
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I had a 2.8 in a 1998 S10. As mentioned, it was reliable but was rather low on power.
I had a 1987 S-10 Blazer. I put 160,000 miles on it. Zero to 60 was measured in geological time. I sure hope it's a manual transmission or it will be even slower.

Unless I wanted to be a perpetual shade tree mechanic, there's no way I'd consider an S-10. I had a 5/unlimited GM extended warranty. It lived at the dealer and they did many thousands of dollars of warranty repairs. It's not like GM improved their quality between 1987 and 1992.

Mine had totally shot valves and rings after 160,000 miles and needed a rebuild.
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Old 12-20-2017, 09:43 AM
 
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I have owned several S-10's and a Jimmy with the 2.8. I currently have a 2003 S-10 with the 4.3 V6 and it is basically stock with only a performance chip added to the computer. It has plenty of HP, the chip made a big difference in performance.
My truck is immaculate and just like new, always garaged and only has about 21 K miles on it. My Jimmy was also a low mileage beauty, which I sold when the company gave me a vehicle and I couldn't see letting it set and never driven.
During my working days I was in charge of a government fleet and we had many s-10 and they were excellent vehicles.
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Old 12-20-2017, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I had an '86 S-10 2.6 that I towed small trailer from St Petersburg to Seattle and back twice, plus St Pete to Nova Scotia and back.

I had the alternator die in Colorado Springs and the heater core spring a leak here in Florida. Auto trans was fine.
It had aftermarket AC, so I put in a heavy duty radiator from the NAPA store.

The Xterra that I bought 20 years later was much more comfortable.
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