1996 Chevrolet Blazer Reviews - Page 5 of 19

1996 Chevrolet Blazer LT 4.3L V6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.3L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired200 miles
Most recent distance190000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Delta 88

Faults:

Nothing not routine wear. Most recently the idler pulley failed at 188,000 miles. ONe fuel pump at over 120,000 miles. Brakes have worn out (front) every 40,000 or so miles and rear were only replaced about 1,000 miles ago. The left side rear axle wore a groove into the area of the bearing and had to be replaced, but not until about 175,000.

Overall it has been a good car that gets regular use and maintenance in a Middle Atlantic Climate.

I use it to haul a boat and a utility trailer as well as other people's cars on a time or two.

The car has been used in 4WD in winter and to get out of soft soils. It has pulled trees around our property and generally been very good.

My intention is that it is likely to stay with us as my last utility vehicle.

My experience with GM is very different than some I read as I have had mostly GM cars in my 60+ years and bought a Cadillac CTS in 2003 to add to our fleet. I have never sold, traded or given away a GM car with less than 200,000 miles. several have gone over 300,000 before I retired them.

I do as much work on them as I can and oil and lube is about all they need. Occasionally a battery and brakes, but these ARE supposed to wear out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th March, 2007

1996 Chevrolet Blazer 4X4 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi L200

Summary:

The Devil would not even drive this piece of crap

Faults:

Motor Blown at 90,000 miles

New Brakes at 100,000

O2 Sensors at 120,000.

General Comments:

The worst GM car I have ever owned. A real money Pit and very expensive to maintain. The car rattles, squeeks and has the devil under the hood. Last week I turned the ignition key, it backfired and caued $900 damage to the oxygen sensors.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2006

28th Oct 2006, 09:02

I agree. My previous vehicle was a 1996 Chevy Blazer LS, and it too was a money pit.

I owned the Blazer for about 6-7 months and put over 1500.00 dollars into it. I understand your pain.

The O2 sensors are a lot cheaper if you can fix them yourself.

1996 Chevrolet Blazer LS ZR2 4.3L V6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4.3L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles

Summary:

Poor parts, poor quality

Faults:

A lot of things have gone wrong, and often at almost the same time resulting in costly repair.

Water pump went out around 120,000.

Radiator busted around the same.

Intake manifold gasket too.

Seat hardware worn through the fabric, since 80k miles.

Side mirrors break off incredibly easy by themselves.

Interior rattles worse than any car I've heard.

Spare tire rack rattles a ridiculous amount.

A/C hasn't worked in years.

Alternator (not a big deal though)

General Comments:

The car would be alright with better parts and quality, but wouldn't they all?

The Blazer needs an alignment, but to due so requires replacement of most front suspension components, costing over $1000.

The A/C doesn't work, and for repairs to make it work, yet another $1000, yes that one-thousand dollars.

The ZR2 package was new in 95-96, and lends the Blazer to good off-road performance, which I have put to the test and can give some praise.

Unfortunately, a decade later, the car is nearly undrivable due to interior/spare tire rattles, and the fear of another costly repair.

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

Review Date: 26th September, 2006

1996 Chevrolet Blazer V6 4.3 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission V6 4.3 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance215000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Summary:

My 1996 S-10 Blazer has been a great vehicle

Faults:

Transmission went up at 160,000 miles.

General Comments:

This is my second S-10 Blazer, this one is loaded. My last one was about 10 years old when I sold it and bought a brand new one. This one, 1996, has 215,000 miles on it, has all the electronic windows and such in good working order and still runs great. It has been a very dependable vehicle. I had to replace the transmission at 160,000 miles, OK.

The only 1 problem I have is the rear speakers are shot, probably from playing it to loud.

I still think I have gotten my monies worth out of this truck and will purchase another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2006

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