Chevrolet Complaint - Chevy S-10 oil pan
DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA -- I have a '95 Chevy S-10, extended cab, V-6, automatic that has NEVER given me any trouble. I bought it new and have over 170,000 miles on it. Needless to say, I have been thrilled with it...until yesterday. Someone stripped the oil pan plug and I was told that the only way to fix it is to replace the oil pan, which costs $108 for the pan. The problem is that, in order to put the pan in, they must lift out the entire engine, which means they must disconnect the a/c unit, disconnect the radiator, etc. What's the total cost to install this $108 part? Are you ready for this...$2,600!
All auto manufacturers must know that stripped oil plugs are a common occurrence and I can't believe that Chevy designed theirs in such a way that the entire car needs to nearly be disassembled in order to put one in. It is a true disappointment.
I have had some people tell me that Chevy does this intentionally so that you will just buy a new car rather than replace the oil pan. And you know what? They're right. I went out looking at new trucks last night -- Toyota Tocomas.