1996 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3 V6 Vortex from North America


A solid, dependable vehicle


There were factory recalls for the ABS brake switch and for the 4WD switch, both of which had begun acting up.

At 78,000 miles, had a complete front end job done at cost of $1,200.

At the same time, replaced all (original) shocks, and the tires that came on the vehicle when I bought it. This is normal wear and tear on the vehicle.

The air conditioning refrigerant leaks, but the compressor functions normally. Only requires a recharge once a season.

In recent days, I have noticed a few drops of oil under the truck. Not a problem yet.

General Comments:

This has been an extremely dependable vehicle. Never fails to start and has never broken down on me or given me serious difficulty, other than the front end, although I suspect part of the problem was lingering undiagnosed damage from an accident, in which the vehicle jumped a large curb.

Just prior to the front end work, it was getting a little sloppy in handling of course, but since the repairs, is nice and tight.

Basically the turning radius is lousy and and the truck can't get out of it's own way, unless you punch it, but it IS a truck, after all. Buy a car if you want better.

My husband wants to sell my truck because we need the cash, and I am heartbroken. I'm hoping he will change his mind, because I love my truck. I love the 4WD in the winter. I love the color (teal and silver).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2003

1996 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3L V6 from North America


Don't trust it


Everything important with the vehicle has gone bad more than once, starting with the alternator, which left me stranded on the side of the road for 2 hours. The next thing to go on the car was the power sunroof, which wasn't really that bad, but I didn't pay for a sunroof that worked only when it wanted to work. Next the transmission went on the car leaving my brother stranded at work for about an hour. That little repair cost about $1700 dollars. Then the next thing to go wrong with the car was the thermostat leaving my brother freezing all the way to and from work this past winter. That was fixed. Next to go on the car was the the water pump. That repair was about $300 dollars. Next to go with the car was the rear end. The gears were completely stripped. That repair was pretty costly as well. Then what do you know, the brakes have to be replaced. Next were the rear ball joints. Finally the anti-lock braking system itself had a glitch here and there. The anti-lock braking system never really worked when I needed them, resulting in three accidents, including 1 fatal accident involving my brother (owner of the vehicle). Apparently the seatbelt didn't do a good job securing him either. Other than those problems, the truck was pretty quick when you needed that extra boost of power, but it didn't help him none.

General Comments:

The car itself is not worth the hassle of going to the repair shop every few weeks. If I could see that this car was going to be the death of someone I love, I would've never have driven it.

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

Review Date: 3rd April, 2003

8th Apr 2003, 16:54

I'm afraid I have to agree with Steven. I have driven Blazer for 15 years. I started with a 1988 and then upgraded to a 1998, although they are a very comfortable vehicle, and easy to drive, I have had alternator troubles with both of my Blazers. Four alternators in the first Blazer and in the second one I just ended up walking to work yesterday when my alternator went on the way there.

13th Dec 2007, 19:02

In response to "don't Trust it" article about a 1996 Cevy blazer. THEY DO NOT HAVE REAR BALL JOINTS.