1988 Chevrolet Blazer Reviews

1988 Chevrolet Blazer Sierra Classic 4.3 Liter 262 V6 3/4 350 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.3 Liter 262 V6 3/4 350 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired250000 miles
Most recent distance275000 miles
Previous carChevrolet C1500

Summary:

A Corvette with a back seat and a luggage rack

Faults:

The truck was worn out. Purchased it from a coworker who had the engine rebuilt. They tried everything to get it running and replaced most of the major components on the engine. I bought it and found low fuel pressure and replace the fuel pump. The truck ran great after that. Then the tranny went out. rebuilt it and upgraded it with hardened clutch cases and larger hardened 4x4 gears. Intalled headers, throttle body spacer, MSD Ignition, Pulley underdrive kit, rebuilt the A/C for $175 added heater core bypass valve for better cooling and a Flexalite Flexfan for better idle cooling which made the A/C Work 10 times better, rebuilt the entire front end, Moog ball joints and Energy Suspension bushings, steel braided brake lines that increased stopping power by 30% or 30 foot shorter stopping distance from 100 MPH to stop. Belltech 2" drop spindles in the front and 3" drop blocks in the rear which makes the truck feel safer due to a lower center of gravity, helwig helper springs for a tighter ride in the rear, new shocks.

General Comments:

I paid $600 for the truck and sank $3000 more in parts and it is the BEST automobile I have ever owned. I can outrun the new Nissan 350Z with no problem it handles like a Corvette and rides like a Cadillac. I hate to see bad things written about this truck and to for the record CHEVROLET produces a great product it the morons that drive them that is the problem.

Top speed 165

14 second quarter mile

26 MPG Highway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2007

10th Nov 2008, 14:54

So is this a 2wd? Didn't notice that anywhere, but sounds like it might be.

Good for you, treat the truck right and it will run forever right... I love Blazers of all shapes, sizes and years.

1988 Chevrolet Blazer High Country 4.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.3 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired193637 miles
Most recent distance193722 miles

Summary:

It's the worst first car I ever owned =)

Faults:

Engine fire at 193,680 miles.

Became aware of rust after blobs of bondo fell out, leaving huge rust holes on both left and right rear fenders.

Cruise control does not work.

Right door will not unlock.

The rear window lifts do not keep the window up in position.

Power windows beginning to fail.

Oil pan cracked while sitting in drive way, do not really know how.

General Comments:

When I first saw the vehicle I did not want it as the vehicle had nearly 200,000 miles, but at only eleven hundred dollars it would easily fit into my budget. When I met the owner he was honest and told me his son was the actual owner, and was told by his son it had been very well taken care of. He did explain all the problems to his knowledge, all this time I kept in mind the vehicle was only eleven hundred dollars. I purchased the vehicle the next day.

Very quickly things started to deteriorate. I was waxing the the vehicle when on closer inspection I saw a huge piece of bondo covered by a thin layer of low quality spray paint, the same on the other side of the vehicle. It just goes down hill from there. With less a hundred miles of driving it died silently in the night with an unexplained cracked oil pan, which thankfully I caught before starting it.

I am not saying not to purchase a S-10 Blazer, in fact I know many people who have owned them for many trouble free years, it's just that I got a really rotten lemon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th March, 2004

15th Nov 2008, 17:59

WOW $1,100??? I might have paid 500.. I've bought newer cars in perfect shape for less than 1100...

22nd Feb 2009, 11:25

I have a 90 Blazer High Country 4x4 with 202,000 miles and I paid $350, and that's with a 3inch Lift and new 31 inch TSL's.

7th Oct 2010, 06:40

I owned a High Country Blazer for about 3-4 years, that time was a whole lot of fun. I could get all four tires in the air, go through about anything and never did need a tow. I literally beat this thing daily, never a problem.

I paid $1700 drove it for 25-30k miles and still sold it for $500. The guy I sold it to had just as much fun as I did.

The skid plates that must be stock made it one tough machine. I guess I did cause 1 tiny problem/broken cv joint from jumping out of a ditch a little too high.

I would buy another one any day if I could find one. To those of you that did not enjoy yours, that sucks.

Now I have a 2000 4 door 4x4, which is easily the worst vehicle I have ever driven. 80s versions were tanks, others are junk as far as I have seen.

4th Nov 2010, 02:07

Man you got hosed. 1100 dollars is way too much money. I just picked up a 1988 full size Blazer with a 350 V8 and a 700r4 transmission with 98000 original miles for $500.

1988 Chevrolet Blazer S-10 Tahoe 4.3 Liter from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 4.3 Liter Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance147000 miles
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

An awesome truck

Faults:

Never have had to replace anything but the starter (112.00) and regular oil changes every 3000 miles. All the other things I've added have been performance things, and a stereo system.

I love this truck and they will be my favorite forever. As soon as this engine dies I'm buying a 350 V-8.

General Comments:

Awesome performance.

350 V-8 after this engine.

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

Review Date: 6th June, 2001

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 3 reviews