1996 Chevrolet Blazer LX V6 Vortec from Germany
A nice small SUV
Transmission slips sometimes, jumps from drive to overdrive and back a lot.
Will not shift into overdrive if the weather is 40 Degrees Fahrenheit or lower.
Poorly designed braking system.
Extremely poor fuel economy around town, OK on highway.
The performance of this vehicle is better than I expected.
The blazer handles very nicely. The ride is quiet and comfortable.
The fuel mileage is good on the highway, but around town is the worst I have ever seen on any vehicle I have ever owned.
I estimate 5-7 mpg around town, this is with a tuneup, properly inflated tires and taking it easy, as in not flooring it and driving fast.
15 MPG on highway at best.
The brake system is poor, when compared to other vehicles I own. I have replaced front and back, everything and still the brakes are poor. Not a good design I suppose.
The interior is nice and comfortable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st July, 2005
21st Jul 2005, 21:32
I just wanted to say that I can get 16 mpg around town, and about 20 on the highway. You did say something about your transmission slipping though, that could very well be where the problem lies. Good Luck.
26th Aug 2005, 09:19
I'm checking on the transmission now... but compared to my Explorer they both run the same miles per hour at the same rpms...example... 100 mph 2900 on both vehicles... but I do feel it slip when I take off, like I'm towing a boat behind me...
4th Dec 2005, 21:18
There must be something wrong to get only 5-7 mpg from one of these little Blazers. That's the kind of mileage you expect from a 7.2 L 1969 Roadrunner racing at every stoplight.