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OT 99 S10 vs 2011 Malibu
Posted by: Horndoc ()
Date: February 18, 2018 03:05PM

Hi guys,
I have a 2011 Malibu 2.4 with 62K miles on it. It’s like new and paid for. I have 28K left on an extended warranty. It’s like new.
I have a chance to buy a well maintained 99 S10 2.2 liter automatic standard cab 2wd LS model. Cheap!
It has always been a New York truck. It was meticulously maintained by its 96 year old owner. I checked it over carefully. The body really is amazing. It has no rust through anywhere. Underside is pretty good. There is of course some scale on the frame.new fuel lines. Here’s what it needs that I can see.
Battery, tires, rear shocks, catalytic converter, and possibly a front end issue as the owner thinks it doesn’t feel as tight as it should be. There is also an oil leak coming from somewhere, perhaps valve cover. So, it’s a well maintained truck that now needs a lot of work. I could probably get it for 500.00.
The thing is, I would have to sell my Malibu. I can’t have another vehicle in addition to my 3 Corvairs. I have always wanted an S10. Is this a stupid emotional thing, or not?
How much do you guys think it would cost me to fix this thing up and am I stupid for even considering?
Interested in thoughts / opinions.

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Re: OT 99 S10 vs 2011 Malibu
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: February 18, 2018 03:11PM

Foolish!!

1 you want an extended cab unless you are small.

2 never loose a known good car!!





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Re: OT 99 S10 vs 2011 Malibu
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: February 18, 2018 03:14PM

Put the S10 in the same category as your Corvairs. It may not be a great daily driver like the Malibu, but a good parts hauler for 2 Vairs. It is almost 20 years old, so it needs maintenance and time on your part. How many projects do you have and do you have time for another one?

Al Lane
Ellabell GA

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Re: OT 99 S10 vs 2011 Malibu
Posted by: Horndoc ()
Date: February 18, 2018 03:15PM

Kind what I’m thinking!

If anyone wants this truck, it has to go. Located 40 minutes south of Rochester NY. This is a really nice looking truck which when fixed would make a good driver for someone.

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Re: OT 99 S10 vs 2011 Malibu
Posted by: aircooled6 ()
Date: February 18, 2018 03:20PM

Ugh. Stick with the devil you know. Although that s10 may have been taken care of, it sounds like it's still a money pit waiting to suck you into its grasp.

They werent all that great anyhow.

Everett Wilson
North Richland Hills TX
(Now, South of 820!!)
64 Greenbrier 110 with 95 heads/PG

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Re: OT 99 S10 vs 2011 Malibu
Posted by: moomba32 ()
Date: February 18, 2018 03:32PM

I bought the same S10 new except it was 96, same truck. Positives; it has a great ride, cab even though not extended has more room than the older square body trucks, it ran as good as most any vehicle I've owned, no breakdowns or anything. Negatives; it's slow, under powered, 20 mpg, it's a Japanese engine, can't remember which, I've heard they were a problem but mine wasn't.
I think it would make a good extra vehicle but doubt you'll like it as much as the Malibu.

Don Marlowe
66 Monza 2Dr 140/pg
64 Spyder convertible now, 110/pg
Eutawville SC

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Re: OT 99 S10 vs 2011 Malibu
Posted by: Horndoc ()
Date: February 18, 2018 03:55PM

Thanks Don for that assessment. I was only thinking about it because I need a parts hauler and this comes with a trailer. The Malibu sucks for carrying stuff.
I gotta day, the Malibu rides really nice and the 2.4 ecotec is more than adequate for everyday driving.

Thanks for talking me down guys smiling smiley

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Re: OT 99 S10 vs 2011 Malibu
Posted by: streblerm ()
Date: February 18, 2018 04:41PM

I tell our customers all the time to remember that cars age in dog years. Once they are over 20 years old they cease being transportation that you can take for granted and become projects.

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Re: OT 99 S10 vs 2011 Malibu
Posted by: toms73novass ()
Date: February 18, 2018 05:02PM

Had one also, but fortunately mine was a 5 speed. It still was a dog for any type of acceleration. The autos were much worse.

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Re: OT 99 S10 vs 2011 Malibu
Posted by: kenzen ()
Date: February 18, 2018 05:54PM

I have a 99 S10, 2.2, 5speed. I'm short so the regular cab is fine for me. No real problems except the brake lines all had to be replaced. It's snail slow but a great truck for general use. I drive it daily.

kenzen
66 Monza Coupe 110/PG
Bel Air, MD

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Re: OT 99 S10 vs 2011 Malibu
Posted by: Darrin ()
Date: February 19, 2018 02:43AM

I inherited my Dads 97 Sonoma, same truck. Has extended cab with third door (for tools) and 4.3 v6 auto...lots of power and really drives/rides nice. Has sat for years and working through one small problem after another, but no big deal.

I really like it but am happy I have a newer daily driver.

Darrin Hartzler
Bethesda, MD

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Re: OT 99 S10 vs 2011 Malibu
Posted by: curt ()
Date: February 19, 2018 07:37AM

My son sold cars inthe mid 90's. We had a chance to purchase a 6 cylinder S10, it leaked oil. My son saidthe S10 had a lot if problems with the rear seal. We ended up with a 15 year old Ranger. Fine truck and sold it 14 years later with 55,000 more miles ...138,000 miles total. Our Ranger had 4 cylinders, & a four speed with overdrive.

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Re: OT 99 S10 vs 2011 Malibu
Posted by: moomba32 ()
Date: February 19, 2018 10:56AM

The 4.3 in a S10 is a beast and gets as good or better fuel economy as a weak 4 cylinder. I had a 1984 with 2.8, not great but went a quarter million miles.

Don Marlowe
66 Monza 2Dr 140/pg
64 Spyder convertible now, 110/pg
Eutawville SC

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Re: OT 99 S10 vs 2011 Malibu
Posted by: cepak ()
Date: February 19, 2018 11:03AM

I once owned a '98 S10 with the 4.3L V6 with automatic. It was not an extended cab but was a long bed. It got an average 22mpg city/highway. I sold it because the cab was too small and couldn't take more than one other person with me. I'd stick with the Malibu.


Tom Cepak
DFW, TX

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Re: OT 99 S10 vs 2011 Malibu
Posted by: Horndoc ()
Date: February 19, 2018 05:04PM

Yup, it’s a no brainer!
I’d still like to see someone save this truck and maybe do a V8 swap.

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