1994 Chevrolet Blazer S10 4.3 liter vortec from North America


Has been a good performer


Head gasket at 74,000.

Have had continued electrical issues with my 1994 s10 Tahoe blazer including power seat, hatch, and locks not working. Most recently power seats, locks, and 4 wheel drive switch. When I depress the 4 wheel drive switch I hear a loud clicking noise behind the glove box. I have messed with fuses, etc. without success. Still working on this problem and looking for help. Any input appreciated.

General Comments:

The vehicle has been good and fairly reliable. although I have not put many miles on it myself.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2003

1994 Chevrolet Blazer LT Standard Vortec from North America


It has some faults, but I love my truck!


Battery, Alternator (in quick succession). About a $400 repair total.

Four-wheel drive switch failed (just when I needed it most). Stuck between two and four-wheel drive. $500 repair.

Transmission failed at 250000km. This is estimated at $2200 to repair, so I am now looking for a new (well, new to me) Blazer.

Door-bottom rust and some minor body rust around hood and handles are the only signs of age.

Have replaced the hatch-lifts twice.. a small, but very annoying problem.

General Comments:

Average yearly maintenance (at the wonderful local garage) has been in the area of $1300 including all maintenance and repairs over the past 3-4 years.

You have to get used to the brakes in this vehicle and allow more stopping distance. Have had brake-work done, but suspect it's just the way it handles.

Driver space seems a bit restricted, even for this medium-framed lady-driver.

Cup holders do not hold the extra-large Tim Hortons tea-cups. Have spilled many a 20-oz cup on the passenger floor while turning corners!

The leather seats are nice, but very cold in winter.. for my next Blazer I'll make sure there are seat warmers for the leather interior.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th July, 2003

1994 Chevrolet Blazer 350 ci from North America


An awesome truck for anyone!


The only thing that has gone wrong with my Blazer is the windshield wiper motor. The reason being is that the computer board cover over the motor was loose and dirt had infiltrated into the computer chip area. I cleaned it and it works like new!

General Comments:

This truck runs smooth even at 138,000 miles and will last me even longer than that!

However, the truck is black, but any car is a pain in black paint!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th July, 2003

1994 Chevrolet Blazer XLT Tahoe 4.3 V6 from North America


A car that will keep on trucking for a long time


The Blazer is knock on wood and running strong.

The only problem is that the encoder motor quit working, and I have to replace it.

The window motor on the passenger quit working, but I fixed it with a couple of bangs on the panel and a few miles, and it started working and has never stopped.

The defrost wire has broken at least twice since I have owned it.

I put in a cold air intake and a performance chip, and I almost doubled my gas mileage from 17 to 30 miles per gallon.

Other than that, everything is working.

General Comments:

The problem with the encoder and why it costs so much, is that the encoder motor is a code sender to the front transfer case. When the motor starts to get a few miles on it, it starts to have problems and sends bad codes to the transfer case, causing it not to work, and the reason why it costs so much, is that you have to remove the transmission to even touch the thing with a wrench, then you have to remove the oil pan guard to remove it, but the motor is only about 100.00$, but the labor to remove it is what kills me.

I have found the solution is to keep the encoder motor running longer, saving the Blazer owners a few hundred bucks. If your 4 wheel drive will not kick out, stays in, or just will not go into 4 wheel drive, then you need to keep reading.

The steps are as follows: take out the fuse for the 4 wheel drive, then start the car for about a minute. Then put the fuse back in, and start the engine back up, and keep on going. This will cause the encoder to reset itself, allowing it to send good codes to the front transfer case.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2003

10th Nov 2003, 08:26

I was wondering if we are talking about the same encoder motor. I have a 1999 Chevy Blazer and I have the same problem as you described. I can get the Blazer to shift into 4 wheel drive no problem, but has a tough time trying to get it back into 2 wheel drive. Now I have been told that it is the encoder motor and I have taken it off, but had none of the work to take it off as you explained. I just had to remove a skid plate and there it was, on the back-end of the transfer case, a little motor about the size of a wiper motor. Three bolts later and it was off, about 15 minutes work, but I have been told the thing cost $1000.00.Could you let me know where you can get them for $100.00?Would the difference in the year of the vehicles be the difference in the labor involved in removing them I wonder?

31st Jan 2014, 08:05

Where did you get the cold air intake and performance chip? Please email cherrygrovetech@gmail.com