1996 Chevrolet Blazer Reviews - Page 2 of 19

1996 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3 Litre V6 Vortec from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.3 Litre V6 Vortec 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 acquired196432 miles
Most recent distance198666 miles

Summary:

Mini APC

Faults:

Just normal wear and tear on the car, but it's still one of the best running vehicles out there.

General Comments:

Very comfortable car, runs like a beast for a V6, good on gas, and the 4X4 is amazing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2010

1996 Chevrolet Blazer LS from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired200000 miles
Most recent distance204000 miles

Summary:

Crazy car... but it gets me to point A and B

Faults:

When I first bought it, I was in love with it. Took it to Firestone to get a car check, and the only problem I had was a cut hose. Got that fixed.

The next day the car would not start, it powered on, but would not start. Let it sit for an hour and tried it again, and it started. Took it back up to Firestone and there was still no problem.

One day, I went to the store to buy food, and when I came out, the car would not start, not to mention that this happens to me every day. So I tried starting it, and it still would not start, and then the battery died.. so I had it towed to the place where I bought it, and they said it was the starter; great, wish Firestone would have told me... so I got that fixed.

Got an oil change at 203,000 miles, the car was still in good shape.

One day, after a long day of work, I went home and the next day the car was completely dead. So I called AAA to come and give me a jump, cause I thought it was the battery. They came, took an hour, everything was good, but I needed a new battery.. that was a 2008 battery. So I got a new battery. Then I took it to the shop, Firestone, which I go to all the time, cause it's the closest to my home, and I got another car check, and I needed a brake fluid flush. OK, so I got that and a transmission flush.

The next day, while driving, the pedal was acting like it wouldn't stop.. scary. So I was able to get home safely and it was the brake fluid. So I put more in there, and it drained every two days.

So I took it back up to Firestone, but not for that problem; I needed an O2 sensor. And I got one replaced cause only one was bad. So he called me and said I should replace all 4, and I denied, and he said that the check engine light will come on in a week/ and he also said I need a fuel line cleaner, but did not request it.. so OK, got the O2 sensor put, in went home and was out of brake fluid; so then I took it up there for that problem, cause they messed up.

So they called me the next day and said I had a leak somewhere... whatever he said, and that he had to order the piece, cause they didn't have it locally.

OK, got that done, now the car is OK, but the check engine light is on.. I was to get an O2 sensor, but then again, I want to get this 204,000 engine rebuilt..

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

Review Date: 28th January, 2010

29th Nov 2010, 19:48

I would honestly sell the car before you put too much money into it. The car you have sounds like it's just going to drain your wallet.

Write down all the parts you put into it and all the money you spent to get it road ready and configure it into a price to sell. Plus even if you rebuild the engine, the interior and exterior will still have the usual wear and tear. Thus you will have a great engine and a crappy looking outside. :(

If I were you I would go for a Subaru WRX or something like that is good on gas and will still have your AWD for snow and such. Trust me. I fell in love with my 96 Chevy Blazer too and was thinking of doing the same thing but I am very glad I sold when I did.

Subaru WRX is a whole different story man, climb behind the wheel in one and you will know what I am talking about. Make sure if you do, go 5 speed automatic. Big difference. ;)

Best of luck on whatever choice you make. I also recommend the STI, you will get a nicer turbo.

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 62 reviews