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2002 Chevrolet S-10

$1,170 — $10,070 USED
Truck
2-5 Seats
15-25 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Vehicle Overview
A third door is now standard on extended-cab versions of Chevrolet’s compact pickup truck, which eases loading and access to the cargoA third door is now standard on extended-cab versions of Chevrolet’s compact pickup truck, which eases loading and access to the cargo area on the driver’s side. Air conditioning and a tachometer have also joined the standard-equipment list. The two-wheel-drive, regular-cab, long-bed S-10 has been dropped.

Trucks sold in selected northern states now include a Cold Climate option group. Crew Cab models, with four full-size doors that open like regular passenger-car doors, joined the lineup in 2001. This year, the S-10 is available with a Graphite leather-trimmed interior. With the exception of archrival Ford, compact pickups from other manufacturers also offer the crew-cab configuration. The SuperCab Ford Ranger has narrow back doors that swing toward the rear and cannot be opened unless the front doors are opened first.

Two-wheel-drive S-10 models can be equipped with a four-cylinder engine or a 4.3-liter V-6, whereas four-wheel-drive trucks come with a V-6 power plant only. GMC offers a similar compact pickup, called the Sonoma, which is due for a redesign along with the S-10.

Exterior
Chevrolet’s compact pickup is offered in four configurations. Regular-cab models have a 6-foot cargo bed, come only with 2WD, measure 190.1 inches long and ride a 108.3-inch wheelbase. Extended-cab models also have a 6-foot bed ...
Vehicle Overview
A third door is now standard on extended-cab versions of Chevrolet’s compact pickup truck, which eases loading and access to the cargoA third door is now standard on extended-cab versions of Chevrolet’s compact pickup truck, which eases loading and access to the cargo area on the driver’s side. Air conditioning and a tachometer have also joined the standard-equipment list. The two-wheel-drive, regular-cab, long-bed S-10 has been dropped.

Trucks sold in selected northern states now include a Cold Climate option group. Crew Cab models, with four full-size doors that open like regular passenger-car doors, joined the lineup in 2001. This year, the S-10 is available with a Graphite leather-trimmed interior. With the exception of archrival Ford, compact pickups from other manufacturers also offer the crew-cab configuration. The SuperCab Ford Ranger has narrow back doors that swing toward the rear and cannot be opened unless the front doors are opened first.

Two-wheel-drive S-10 models can be equipped with a four-cylinder engine or a 4.3-liter V-6, whereas four-wheel-drive trucks come with a V-6 power plant only. GMC offers a similar compact pickup, called the Sonoma, which is due for a redesign along with the S-10.

Exterior
Chevrolet’s compact pickup is offered in four configurations. Regular-cab models have a 6-foot cargo bed, come only with 2WD, measure 190.1 inches long and ride a 108.3-inch wheelbase. Extended-cab models also have a 6-foot bed but are offered with either 2WD or 4WD. Crew Cab 4x4 models have a 4.5-foot bed. Crew Cab pickups are 204.8 inches long overall with a 122.9-inch wheelbase — the same dimensions as a 4WD extended cab. The 2WD extended-cab S-10 rides a 117.9-inch wheelbase and stretches to 206.1 inches long.

Sporty exterior packages let Chevrolet aim its S-10 toward younger buyers. The Xtreme Sport Suspension Package imparts a “low-rider” look with a ride height that’s 2 inches lower than normal. Said to be “for those who want to change their image,” Xtreme pickups are fitted with 270-degree ground-effects body components and a front air dam with fog lamps. Striping is optional. The ZR2 Wide Stance offroad package for the extended-cab 4x4 now has “ZR2” decals and includes Bilstein shocks, 31-inch on-/offroad tires and wide, argent wheel flares.

Interior
Regular-cab models seat two or three occupants, while extended cabs hold three or four and Crew Cabs are built for five passengers. Quite a selection of seating options is available, including bucket seats, a three-place front bench in either vinyl or cloth, and a split front bench with a folding center armrest. Extended-cab models add two folding rear jump seats, but if the optional third door is installed, the jump seat on the driver’s side is deleted. Crew Cab models have two front buckets and a three-place rear bench.

Under the Hood
Two-wheel-drive pickups have a standard 120-horsepower, 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine. Most buyers choose the 4.3-liter Vortec V-6, which is standard on 4WD models and optional with 2WD. The V-6 produces 190 hp in the 4WD installation and 180 hp with 2WD versions. A five-speed-manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is optional, but Crew Cab models come with the automatic only.

Crew Cab models come only with the 4WD Insta-Trac system, which allows push-button shifting between 2WD and 4WD on the move. Dual front airbags, antilock brakes and daytime running lights are standard. area on the driver’s side. Air conditioning and a tachometer have also joined the standard-equipment list. The two-wheel-drive, regular-cab, long-bed S-10 has been dropped.

Trucks sold in selected northern states now include a Cold Climate option group. Crew Cab models, with four full-size doors that open like regular passenger-car doors, joined the lineup in 2001. This year, the S-10 is available with a Graphite leather-trimmed interior. With the exception of archrival Ford, compact pickups from other manufacturers also offer the crew-cab configuration. The SuperCab Ford Ranger has narrow back doors that swing toward the rear and cannot be opened unless the front doors are opened first.

Two-wheel-drive S-10 models can be equipped with a four-cylinder engine or a 4.3-liter V-6, whereas four-wheel-drive trucks come with a V-6 power plant only. GMC offers a similar compact pickup, called the Sonoma, which is due for a redesign along with the S-10.

Exterior
Chevrolet’s compact pickup is offered in four configurations. Regular-cab models have a 6-foot cargo bed, come only with 2WD, measure 190.1 inches long and ride a 108.3-inch wheelbase. Extended-cab models also have a 6-foot bed but are offered with either 2WD or 4WD. Crew Cab 4x4 models have a 4.5-foot bed. Crew Cab pickups are 204.8 inches long overall with a 122.9-inch wheelbase — the same dimensions as a 4WD extended cab. The 2WD extended-cab S-10 rides a 117.9-inch wheelbase and stretches to 206.1 inches long.

Sporty exterior packages let Chevrolet aim its S-10 toward younger buyers. The Xtreme Sport Suspension Package imparts a “low-rider” look with a ride height that’s 2 inches lower than normal. Said to be “for those who want to change their image,” Xtreme pickups are fitted with 270-degree ground-effects body components and a front air dam with fog lamps. Striping is optional. The ZR2 Wide Stance offroad package for the extended-cab 4x4 now has “ZR2” decals and includes Bilstein shocks, 31-inch on-/offroad tires and wide, argent wheel flares.

Interior
Regular-cab models seat two or three occupants, while extended cabs hold three or four and Crew Cabs are built for five passengers. Quite a selection of seating options is available, including bucket seats, a three-place front bench in either vinyl or cloth, and a split front bench with a folding center armrest. Extended-cab models add two folding rear jump seats, but if the optional third door is installed, the jump seat on the driver’s side is deleted. Crew Cab models have two front buckets and a three-place rear bench.

Under the Hood
Two-wheel-drive pickups have a standard 120-horsepower, 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine. Most buyers choose the 4.3-liter Vortec V-6, which is standard on 4WD models and optional with 2WD. The V-6 produces 190 hp in the 4WD installation and 180 hp with 2WD versions. A five-speed-manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is optional, but Crew Cab models come with the automatic only.

Crew Cab models come only with the 4WD Insta-Trac system, which allows push-button shifting between 2WD and 4WD on the move. Dual front airbags, antilock brakes and daytime running lights are standard.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide;
Posted on 4/15/02

Consumer Reviews

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(4.0)
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(4.1)
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(4.4)
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Perfect homeowner p/u

by bunghole from manchester nh on September 22, 2018

Used for towing jet ski, trips to home improvement store for supplies, trips to transfer station to dispose of items, junior moving van, and plowing driveway Read full review

(5.0)

Im still own this 2002 S10 great power no issues.

by rober from California on May 13, 2018

buy this 02 S10 new 0 miles and today after 16 years with me is still the powerful engine that was when I had 0 miles, what a pity that they stopped producing it would buy another S10. Read full review

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The S-10 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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