Chevrolet Blazer Reviews from Germany

1997 Chevrolet Blazer LT 4.3 Vortec

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.3 Vortec Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 kilometres
Most recent distance255000 kilometres
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

I still love it!

Faults:

At 146000km, I had the mods made to run it on liquid petrol gas.

The alternator burned out twice (+ each time a new battery), the first at 190000km, the second at 215000km.

The door spring always made a hard popping noise when opening it (since I bought the car).

The idle went rough at 254000km, I replaced the air intake gasket. It also seems that the car has less power than it should... I think I`ll have to clean the ERG.

At 255000km the ABS light went on, it would run only in 2nd gear; I cleaned all electrical contacts and now it seems to work. I`ll also have to check the front ABS sensors and the speed sensor.

All other parts replacements were made in the usual service intervals.

General Comments:

I like the car, and I think all that has happened is rather normal at more than 250000kms in a cars life.

In Germany it is not easy to drive American cars; the parts are very expensive, and so is the gas. It is also hard to find qualified mechanics: that is why I had it modified to run on LPG, and why I have to do most of the repair by myself.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2007

1996 Chevrolet Blazer LX V6 Vortec

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission V6 Vortec Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles

Summary:

A nice small SUV

Faults:

Transmission slips sometimes, jumps from drive to overdrive and back a lot.

Will not shift into overdrive if the weather is 40 Degrees Fahrenheit or lower.

Poorly designed braking system.

Extremely poor fuel economy around town, OK on highway.

General Comments:

The performance of this vehicle is better than I expected.

The blazer handles very nicely. The ride is quiet and comfortable.

The fuel mileage is good on the highway, but around town is the worst I have ever seen on any vehicle I have ever owned.

I estimate 5-7 mpg around town, this is with a tuneup, properly inflated tires and taking it easy, as in not flooring it and driving fast.

15 MPG on highway at best.

The brake system is poor, when compared to other vehicles I own. I have replaced front and back, everything and still the brakes are poor. Not a good design I suppose.

The interior is nice and comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2005

21st Jul 2005, 21:32

I just wanted to say that I can get 16 mpg around town, and about 20 on the highway. You did say something about your transmission slipping though, that could very well be where the problem lies. Good Luck.

26th Aug 2005, 09:19

I'm checking on the transmission now... but compared to my Explorer they both run the same miles per hour at the same rpms...example... 100 mph 2900 on both vehicles... but I do feel it slip when I take off, like I'm towing a boat behind me...

4th Dec 2005, 21:18

There must be something wrong to get only 5-7 mpg from one of these little Blazers. That's the kind of mileage you expect from a 7.2 L 1969 Roadrunner racing at every stoplight.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews