1996 Chevrolet Blazer s-10 donno from North America


Nice SUV, but very unreliable


The first thing that I noticed was the screaming sound coming from under the hood. My husband informed me that it was the compressor to the A/C and to expensive to fix. Next to go were that brakes (again). Also the drivers side door is messed up and the door ajar buzzer will not go off. VERY ANNOYING to go on a 300 mile drive with that screaming all the way. Now the thing will not even start. We replaced the battery, fuel filter, checked the relays and the fuel pump. Checked the Blazer with a scan tool and there is no codes. The thing will just not start.

General Comments:

I love the Blazer style and the way mine drives, but it is a lemon that we are putting more money into than it is worth. Seats are wearing and I cannot even sit in them to drive it, b/c it won't start...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2004

1996 Chevrolet Blazer LX V6 4.3L from North America




I have had numerous problems with my 96 all wheel drive Blazer. Rear main seal replaced - still leaks, dealer now says it's the intake manifold gasket and I can't find any evidence of oil around the manifold. The only place that I can see oil is on the very bottom of the bell housing near the drain plug.

Air conditioning compressor replaced, oil lines replaced, oxygen sensor apparently bad, the garage where I bought vehicle wants to replace all three. I have been told if only the bad one is replaced, it is common for the others to go shortly after, is this true?

I recently installed a cat back system to try to increase power. Could this affect the O2 sensors?

Clicking noise coming from speedometer.

Hinge pins replaced in drivers side door.

I bought this Blazer to replace a 98 3.8L Ford Windstar (mint condition) to improve towing and found no difference in power, I've regretted it ever since.

Did I mention the bad power mirror switch? $108. I'll be rolling down the window and using my thumb!

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

Review Date: 27th August, 2004

17th Jun 2005, 11:07

I have had almost identical issues with my 96 Blazer. I actually bought it from a guy who had the engine replaced twice within two weeks from the dealer for a leaking intake manifold gasket issue and related other issues. When I bought it I thought having a new engine was a good thing. What I didn't count on is the new engine having the same problems to old one had. The blazer is in the shop as we speak and will cost $1800 to repair including the intake manifold gasket which supposedly is leaking. I am also have the alternator replaced (for the second time in 10 months). What have I gotten myself into?

1996 Chevrolet Blazer LT 4.3 VORTEC from North America




I've had the brakes and rotors replaced twice. Ball joints and wiper motor (recalls). Fuel lines and fuel pump at 105000 miles. I changed the heater core myself (9 hours). Rear wiper motor is shot. Tailgate latch is shot. 4wd has been fixed twice, is messed up again (won't engage). A/C is shot. Ball joints are going again. Only reason I bought this was it was from my dad. 2 lessons learned: 1-never buy from a family member...2-never buy a GM product again...JUNK!!!

General Comments:

I'll never buy a a GM product again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th August, 2004

1996 Chevrolet Blazer LT 4.3L from North America


A money pit


Great, reliable vehicle - at first.

Within the first month of owning it, it needed:

-ball joints.

-wheel bearings.

-alternator (left me stranded, just up and died)

-plugs & wires.

-radiator shroud.


-new fuel lines.

-and more...

I bought it with a two year warranty, but it was only powertrain (go figure)

Just when I thought everything seemed to be going great for a few weeks, I was exiting the QEW when I went to stop and the truck wouldn't! It kept going faster! I put it in nuetral to try and stop, when the RPM's went up to 6000 instantly, so I turned the truck off. Turns out the accelerator was stuck on, and the motor might have blown up in the process!!! (I find out next week the total damage, hopefully its covered under my trusty warranty!!!)

General Comments:

The only great thing about this vehicle is the acceleration speed and handling.

(Oh, yeah - the 4x4 is awesome too)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2004