2003 Chevrolet S-10

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of the 2003 Chevrolet S‑10. Base trim shown.

2003 Chevrolet S-10 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Chevrolet’s compact pickup truck sees only a handful of changes for the 2003 model year, including a new fuel-injection system for its 4.3-liter V-6 engine. The seats and door panels get new cloth trim. During the 2002 model year, a Flame/Heat decal was added to the Xtreme models and a ZR5 Sport Appearance Package became available for the Crew Cab trucks.

Two-wheel-drive (2WD) models may be equipped with either a four-cylinder engine or the 4.3-liter V-6, while four-wheel-drive (4WD) trucks come only with the V-6. A rear-hinged third door is standard on the driver’s side of extended-cab versions. Chevrolet also offers regular-cab models and a Crew Cab body, which has four full-size front-hinged doors. GMC’s Sonoma is closely related to the S-10.

For 2004, the new Colorado midsize pickup will replace the S-10, which has a long history in Chevrolet’s truck lineup.

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 overall and ride a 108.3-inch wheelbase. The 2WD regular-cab Long Box S-10 rides a 117.9-inch wheelbase and stretches to 206.1 inches long overall. 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. Extended-cab and Crew Cab pickups are 204.8 inches long overall with a 122.9-inch wheelbase.

Sporty exterior packages attract younger buyers. The ...
Vehicle Overview
Chevrolet’s compact pickup truck sees only a handful of changes for the 2003 model year, including a new fuel-injection system for its 4.3-liter V-6 engine. The seats and door panels get new cloth trim. During the 2002 model year, a Flame/Heat decal was added to the Xtreme models and a ZR5 Sport Appearance Package became available for the Crew Cab trucks.

Two-wheel-drive (2WD) models may be equipped with either a four-cylinder engine or the 4.3-liter V-6, while four-wheel-drive (4WD) trucks come only with the V-6. A rear-hinged third door is standard on the driver’s side of extended-cab versions. Chevrolet also offers regular-cab models and a Crew Cab body, which has four full-size front-hinged doors. GMC’s Sonoma is closely related to the S-10.

For 2004, the new Colorado midsize pickup will replace the S-10, which has a long history in Chevrolet’s truck lineup.

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 overall and ride a 108.3-inch wheelbase. The 2WD regular-cab Long Box S-10 rides a 117.9-inch wheelbase and stretches to 206.1 inches long overall. 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. Extended-cab and Crew Cab pickups are 204.8 inches long overall with a 122.9-inch wheelbase.

Sporty exterior packages attract 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 turn heads as they zip down the road,” the 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 has “ZR2” decals and includes Bilstein shocks, 31-inch on-/offroad tires and extra-wide argent wheel flares. A new ZR5 option for Crew Cab trucks includes black aluminum bed rails, side steps, a roof rack and wheel flares.

Interior
Regular-cab models seat two or three occupants, extended cabs hold three or four people, and Crew Cabs are built for five passengers. Seating choices include 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 a folding rear jump seat. Crew Cab models have two front buckets and a three-place rear bench seat. Air conditioning and a tachometer are standard.

Under the Hood
2WD 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 in 4WD models. The V-6 produces 180 hp in the 2WD installation and 190 hp with 4WD. A five-speed-manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is optional, but Crew Cab models come with the automatic gearbox only.

Crew Cab models come only with the Insta-Trac 4WD system, which allows push-button shifting between 2WD and 4WD on the move.

Safety
Dual front airbags, antilock brakes and daytime running lights are standard.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2003 Buying Guide
Posted on 1/29/03

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(3.8)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(3.7)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(2.0)

Great truck when it starts!

by JR from Athol,MA on July 18, 2018

This trucks security system has totally locked the fuel system and it will not start anymore. We have tried all the resets and nothing. Always loved Chevy but not so much now. Read full review

(4.0)

Dependable beast

by S10 Owner on June 23, 2018

It?s never been a prom queen but always been there when I need it. Cheap materials on interior and a large turning radius have been my only complaints Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2003 Chevrolet S-10 currently has 4 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2003 Chevrolet S-10 has not been tested.

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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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