1979 Chevrolet Blazer Cheyenne K5 5.0 (305)

Summary:

A true rock hopper

Faults:

Nothing

General Comments:

First saw it 3 years ago and fell in love with it. I finally saw it again this year and bought it without hesitation.

The vehicle is solid, like a rock. It is running on 35" in the rear and 33" in front. I love the tilt steering.

Interior is ample, enough for my wife, our kid and myself. With current fuel prices, I guess I am just lucky I bought it with LPG system.

It is like a monster on the road, and most vehicles will just stop for you when you steer in traffic jams, to allow you to shift lanes.

I LOVE IT.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th September, 2013

6th Oct 2014, 18:35

Update from owner: The day I drove it home, the previous owner told me "I guess there must be a way to make her go faster". He was right. The vehicle was really slow. After one week in use, I decided to put in a new thermostat (the car did not have one), which helped with maintaining steady temps; I also did a full tune up, including new spark plugs and wires. Finally, I ended up replacing the clutch, which helped a lot. Rear brakes needed some work too, especially one of the hand-brake cables, which was rusted beyond repair and needed replacement.

Performance has improved greatly, although it still lacks some power going uphill. Next time I get some spare time, I will take apart and wash the LPG condenser.

The car is truly a gem. I replaced all the lights in the dashboard, easy. Since it did not have a thermostat, the temp gauge was not working, and that was one of my fears. The gauge works accurately. I also had been working solely on LPG for more than 2 years; I finally changed the fuel filter and poured in some gas... no problems, it works just fine! Fuel gauge, fuel pump, fuel lines... the thing is unbreakable!!! As it is now, I am getting almost the same mileage (cost wise) as my 1996 Suzuki Sidekick (1.6L)... so I guess that, by cleaning the condenser, it will improve both mileage and power...

On the road, the car is just impressive, and usually I get questions from older folks who grew with those things. The interior is fine, the upholstery needed a few missing screws, all sorted out. I redid the wiring for the stereo, installed speakers and a new antenna, and the car is ready to go.

I can say, I really like it and plan to drive it forever.