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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-08-2000, 08:26 AM
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S-10 Blazer/GMC Jimmy

I will be shopping for a used S-10 Blazer or GMC Jimmy within the next few months. I'm primarily looking for a 1989-1993, either 2 or 4 door (I prefer the 2door, nicer lines), with the 4.3 V6 (with low miles!). My question is, can anyone give me a few pointers...any trouble spots, chronic issues, experiences, preferences, words of caution, anything will help. I usually owned Musclecars (70 LeMans and 73 Cuda, but I do not have any experiences on owning a truck. Thank you.....(New York City)

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 02-08-2000, 09:58 AM
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Re: S-10 Blazer/GMC Jimmy

If you do go out and get this truck there are some things you should look for, but I notice on these trucks is that you should look at the body mounts and frame I noticed on these that they do let go just like in mine I only notice the mount is broken when someone gets in on the passenger side.besides that check the oil and lubricants in you motor,transmission,rear-end,and transfer-case, if they look beat up and burnt I`d ask some questions. check out front end see that it`s not all beat to piss and loose(axles, c.v. joints,)and foremost put it in 4x4 and take a drive and don`t be afraid to change gears a lot from high to low listen to the axles see if they knock(wheel turned all the way in drive and reverse) and remember it`s not your truck yet if something breaks it`s
better that it happens now then after you sign all the papers.

I`d rather push a Chev than drive a Ford
Hachey, 88 Blazer 4x4
post #3 of (permalink) Old 02-11-2000, 03:49 PM
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Re: S-10 Blazer/GMC Jimmy

I own a 95 S10 Blazer so I know that it is a few years newer than you are looking for but most parts are still the same. Big issue about these trucks is that they put Monte Carlo sized brakes, rotors and drums in them. In other words you will go through brakes much faster and have to replace the rotors about every 3rd or 4th brake pad visit because the truck (especially with the extra transmission for 4x4 hanging on it) weighs more than a car. Brake pads tend to last about 12K to 15K on my truck. I do lots of Washington DC stop and go city driving so consider that also with the quick brake wear. Second issue is engine vacuum. The 4x4 engages with a vacuum diaphragm that pulls a cable engaging the front diff. I had a bad main vacuum tube from the engine which caused problems such as the air circulation in the cab switching from the vent position to the defrost position under heavy acceleration. This vacuum leak also produced poor engine performance and gas mileage, as well as not engaging the front wheels for 4x4. Otherwise the trucks are tough especially the engines. I had mine hydro-locked (yes I thought it could go underwater), they pulled out the plugs, squeezed out the water and drained the oil pan and the engine runs like new again! Hope this helps.

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