1996 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3 Vortec from North America
Very well designed and built
40,000 replaced front brake pads.
60,000 miles fuel pump failed.
75,000 power steering pump failed.
80,000 thermostat failed also flushed cooling system. Also had all brake pads changed.
90,000 belt tensioner idler pulley.
This has been the best vehicle we have ever owned. We have had some problems as listed above, but they have been relatively inexpensive to repair and not unusual for the miles, most I did myself or had a local (non dealer) mechanic repair them. I make sure all fluids are changed per the manual. We have heard about others having problems with the Blazer, but our experience has been great.
We pull a 3,000 lb boat and also pull a wood hauling trailer a lot. The 4.3 has plenty of power for this.
Comfort is good, but passenger foot room could be better. In the winter cold air comes in through the door handles.
We average 19 to 21 MPG and have gotten as high as 25 MPG on trips. I feel this is good for the weight and power of this vehicle.
The blazer is tight with no rattles and looks and drives like it only has half the miles on it. I plan on keeping this Blazer for quite a while yet.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th February, 2002