1976 Chevrolet Blazer Reviews

1976 Chevrolet Blazer K5 350 from North America

Model year1976
Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 350 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance193000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Lumina

Summary:

Unstopable, unbeatable, unequaled, and unbelievable, a true testament to American automotive genius

Faults:

The body had serious rust problems. The floor, rocker panels, driver door, hood, and both quarter panels were all repaired or replaced.

The window crank for the tailgate glass wore out by about 140,000 miles (the lock actually fell out one day).

General Comments:

This machine was a tank. It plowed snow, pulled trailers and campers, and yanked stumps from the yard.

It was possibly the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. Even when it was near 190,000 miles, I always felt confident that it would get me to my destination. 5 hour, 265 mile trips to the mountains of north central Pennsylvania were common, and I can only remember a weak fuel pump delaying one trip.

No, it wasn't great on gas (15 mpg on the road), but it could do so much.

The back seat sat higher than the front seats. Great for my kids to see everything.

The transmission was exceptionally smooth.

When I traded it in in 2002, I wondered if I was making a mistake. It had no squeaks or rattles, and the drive train performed like new (quiet and smooth).

The best vehicle I have ever owned in 40 years of driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2010

24th Sep 2012, 01:00

So you only drove it 40,000 miles in 40 years of driving?

14th Dec 2013, 01:47

They owned the car from 1996 to 2002.

1976 Chevrolet Blazer Full Size 5.7 Liter 350 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 5.7 Liter 350 V8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance11885 miles
Previous carChevrolet Celebrity

Summary:

Here comes the MONSTER!!

Faults:

I received this car as a gift from a friend, and it was in fair/poor condition at the time. The engine was in the process of being rebuilt, and the power steering pump finally ceased to function. Other than that, it was mechanically perfect.

General Comments:

This truck has ENDLESS potential as far as after market add-ons and replacement body parts are concerned. The body was rusted in the usual places (rocker panels, quarter panels) but was fixed with a little elbow grease and some Bondo. The interior was more or less a basket case when I got it and still is from what I have heard. The performance was somewhat poor, but the low-end torque was amazing! The exhaust note was something from a horror movie and the truck took over the road like a monster with wheels.

4x4 handling was bumpy, but this is a not-for-comfort vehicle! I used this vehicle as a temporary driver in the summer and to go 4-wheeling primarily. In the time I had it, the Blazer was what made me realize that old Chevy's were true beasts. This vehicle, with 33 inch mudders and a 4 inch lift, scared my neighbors beyond belief. On the road and off, this vehicle was unstoppable. Under the hood housed enough space for 2 men sitting comfortably. The addition of a removable top made the vehicle great for driving on the beach or in the dirt. I eventually had to make room for my new Honda so I gave it back to my friend, who refuses to let go of it. This truck is a monument to how trucks should be, and nothing comes close by today's standards.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2002

22nd Jan 2005, 02:13

You gave it up for a HONDA??

14th Dec 2013, 14:18

I had one as well; slightly newer and very sharp. I replaced a lot of body panel parts, rockers etc. I owned mine from 1986-88. I painted it black, which meant extra care with the body and sanding. We then laid down very nice black Imron paint to match my Corvette C3 done in a non factory black.

I resisted the urge to add anything tacky and aftermarket; just tastefully done with nice deep chrome wheels. Straight to back nice dual exhaust setup. You can understate a vehicle or older truck and actually make it very appealing. The less the better. Mine had nice factory chrome trim.

I towed a 22 foot boat very easily to the Chesapeake Bay on weekends. When I sold it, I recouped my investment even with the labor. And then started the process all over again with some neat toys since.

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews