At idle it rolls out the tailpipe in a ringing metallic bass, and roars at full throttle all the way to the 5100-rpm redline where it lunges ahead to the next gear. Ride quality, on-road handling, fuel mileage and ease of climbing in all suffer as a result of its off-road orientation. Chevy starts with a frame not only more rugged than the standard frame, but also broader for a 100-millimeter nearly 4 inches wider track. A bulge in the floor, apparently for the catalytic converter, robs a bit of foot room, however. It rattled, tires were worn out and the engine vibrated when you let off the gas.
Our Take on the 1999 Chevrolet S-10 The 1999 Chevrolet S-10 Xtreme was so disappointing, it reminded me of Gloria. The front buckets are covered in velour with patterned inserts. The steering wheel comes with the new minipack air bag and has a delightfully small hub. Two- and four-wheel drive is available. In terms of visual impact for the price, it certainly ranks high.
Of course, to a real truck driver, a full-time system would be effete. Buying an Xtreme demanded that you make some tough choices. Firm shock absorbers keep the unsprung wheel-and-tire mass in check, but relay every bump in the road. The automatic transmission makes the going easier in the dirt. The flares do only a limited amount of good. Because it is very specialized: It has a special frame, special tires, special wheels, special shocks, special springs. Driving it on the interstate was a bad idea, it would not accelerate like it should, I would not buy this pickup.
Apply too much power, particularly on slick or dusty pavement, and the rear end will come scooting out. The engine definitely provides enough torque. It is a freak, nothing goes wrong, and it has no end in sight. And oodles of options, all served at a cost conscious price—totally rad. It already had 98,000 miles.
Gloria winked, smiled, nodded and squeezed my hand in a way that only a teenage boy could love. I now have 248,000 miles, have done next to nothing to it, and even as a 2wd drive has gotten me through Denver winters. The performance of the V-6 was shocking, it had great power. There are regular cab models with short and long beds and an extended cab with a short bed. The rest of the Chevy S-10 line has considerably wider appeal. Although the body appears standard issue, it actually has unique front and rear outer fenders. The floor is a full 2 feet from the ground, a rather healthy step up.
Firm springs keep the suspension from bottoming in the outback, but they also pass along every dimple and bump on the road. It packed monochrome ground-hugging bodywork—cool. Leather wrapped, it feels good to hold, and the tilt wheel offers a generous range of adjustment. Drive train components are tougher than standard and feature a lower 3. To the guy or gal who owned one in high school or college — again, these were significantly cheaper than the similarly styled — a low mileage S-10 Xtreme could be quite the hot ticket. The first muddy puddle provides all the ammunition needed to bespatter the flanks—and even the side windows. We had a date--a school dance, one of those events where nuns and priests walk around keeping male and female bodies apart.
Walkaround This is one brawny little truck, with chubby chunks of deeply treaded rubber at all four corners, only partially shaded by aggressive matte-black flares. Because the four-wheel-drive is a part-time system, it will not provide handling assistance like a full-time system. The front seat passenger gets a grab rail on the dash and over the door, and can slide easily into the bucket. I had a crush on Gloria. She was pretty, hot and tempting, and she liked me, too. Our truck came equipped with a sliding rear window, floor mats, and air conditioning.
Chevy adds an underbody guard-a skid pan-to protect the tender bits underneath. They all appear plucked from the same bin. Little did I know, this little maroon truck would last forever and keep going. Mary's Academy, a black all-girls Catholic high school in New Orleans. . Grab the wheel and hoist yourself in.