1996 Chevrolet Blazer Reviews - Page 7 of 19

1996 Chevrolet Blazer from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1995
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 miles
Most recent distance101300 miles
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Faults:

Wow! Rear differential-screw is stripped and rusted, $1000.00, no pick up, bad brakes.

Inherited the vehicle from my dad who didn't drive it much. I noticed problems with it out of the gate! He is strictly an American car driver, me foreign.. I'm sorry, I think I'll stick with the Honda.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th March, 2006

1996 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3 Vortec from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4.3 Vortec Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.5 / 10
Distance when acquired125000 kilometres
Most recent distance165000 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Firebird

Summary:

Garbage Can

Faults:

Rear wiper doesn't work. It makes a horrible griding noise.

Front wipers only work when they feel like it and when they are on, they won't turn off. Sometimes they won't turn on at all.

Replaced the transmission at 160,000k.

Air conditioning doesn't work.

Heater core has a leak, 160,000k.

Heater switch is broken.

Alternator is on its way out.

General Comments:

This could have been a nice vehicle. It's not too big and the 4x4 works beautifully in the snow. Unfortunately, it has more problems than good points. The only good thing about all this is I've gotten to know my mechanic a lot better.

Quality is cheap.

Not very fuel efficient. I can't pump the gas fast enough to keep it full.

Underpowered for the size of the vehicle.

Too many repair bills to maintain it. Just over $3000 last year in repairs alone.

The thing that upsets me most is I tried to trade it in, but I can't get anything for it because it has too many problems. But if I fix the problems, I'm out a couple thousand dollars again. Either way, I'm getting rid of it!

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

Review Date: 7th March, 2006

1996 Chevrolet Blazer SL 4.3L from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 4.3L Automatic
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles

Summary:

Rotten

Faults:

Brakes every 18,000 to 20,000 miles.

Head gasket at 53,000.

Transfer case blew at 72,000.

Muffler dropped off at 60,000.

Electric window switch burned out.

Cruise Control broke.

Rear wiper failed to operate.

Rear window rattled.

A/C compressor went.

Had to replace first gear.

General Comments:

This 1996 Chevy Blazer 4x4 4-door was without question the worst vehicle ever built.

Vehicle looked good, but that is all I can say positive about it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd January, 2006

1996 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3 Liter V6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.3 Liter V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance103000 miles
Previous carSubaru Loyale

Summary:

It taught me two lessons. Buy and import and do the work yourself

Faults:

Intake manifold gasket blew.

Ball joints needed replacing.

Tie rods needed replaced.

Alternator and water pump were replaced.

Wheel bearing needed replaced.

Universal joint needed replaced.

Fuel pump was replaced.

Air intake temperature sensor was replaced.

All new plugs, wires, and cap and rotor were needed.

Constant "Check Engine" lights.

Faulty O2 sensors.

Oil pump went, which was the end of the Blazer.

General Comments:

Although the previous owner failed to properly take care of this S10 Blazer, many of the problems I faced were common problems, that all S-10's have. After a few $500+ trips to the garage I learned how to replace the parts myself. The wheel bearing was going to cost over $300, I was able to buy and install it for under $150. The Blazer had problems starting on cold mornings, after breaking the ice of the door of my Subaru, the Subaru started right up. Once it completely failed to start and the garage charged me over $300 to replace the plugs, wire, cap, and rotor, which I had already replaced when I got it, in order to improve the performance. The gas mileage was around 15mpg on a good day. The parts were cheap to buy from the local auto parts store, so if you are able to do the work yourself, I would recommend it. The two door style was nice, but it was hard for some people to get into the back seat, and the head room was not great in the back seat. The engine was strong and the 4 wheel drive was a nice feature to have. In conclusion the S-10 Blazer is a good truck for maybe a teenager, who is able to do the work himself, and does not need a reliable vehicle.

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

Review Date: 30th October, 2005

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