1996 Chevrolet Blazer Reviews - Page 9 of 19

1996 Chevrolet Blazer S-10 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission Automatic
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.3 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Nissan 200SX

Summary:

Convinces me to never buy another GM

Faults:

Fuel pump (have to drop the gas tank to replace)

Transmission (some value between the transfer case and the torque converter)

Air conditioning.

Water pump (Most fans are bolted to the water pump. Smart GM decides bolt it AND screw it on. So you have to have a "special" tool to remove it)

Radiator.

Leather seat cover (The seat hardware wears through the leather)

Brakes (learn to replace them your self. This car likes to eat them)

Air Bag.

I'm sure there are plenty more.

General Comments:

I originally bought this car in hopes that it would last me for a very long time. Was I wrong. This car has become a money pit. Every year it has become more and more expensive to maintain. Love the car WHEN it works. It's not too big, but have a lot of room. What good is that when it's sitting DOA in my driveway. It has become a very unreliable vehicle. I use to have a '84 Nissan that was better engineered, more reliable and I was much harder on it. Plus had a lot more miles on it when it died. I'm really disappointed in this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd January, 2005

19th Feb 2006, 19:42

I totally agree. Our 1996 Chevy Blazer has given us nothing but problems! There have been so many problems with this vehicle and has cost us several thousand dollars for repairs. This vehicle is junk and I would NEVER buy another Chevy!!!

21st Sep 2006, 20:19

I purchased this vehicle from a G.M. dealer with less than 60,000 miles on the odometer, and opted for the extended warranty. Lucky I did!.Within the first month the water pump was leaking and the ABS light was on, as well as the intake manifold gasket had to be replaced. Shortly after the tailgate lock mechanism went south. Since the extended warranty expired I have replaced almost everything except the motor and transmission. i. e ball joints, front end parts, u joints, rear diff, serpentine belt pulleys, air conditioning, brakes, brake booster, alternator, etc., etc. Absolutely the worst vehicle I have ever had the misfortune to own. At the time I write this the air bag code comes on intermittently and the transmission is shifting hard. Good bye Blazer!

1996 Chevrolet Blazer from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carDodge Stratus

Summary:

Great

Faults:

Nothing major, other than typical wear and tear, i.e, tires, brakes, A/C recharge. Its going to happen with a vehicle.

General Comments:

Wear and tear happens to a vehicle. It sounds like you got a lemon, so, if you kept the vehicle after, having it 7,500 miles of usage, the car was junk. Why would you keep it for another 2000+ miles? You invested more than you should. Or, perhaps you aren't being very honest with this. Maybe you don't take care of your vehicles. New or not, things can go wrong, and they probably will. Its like they've said before, a vehicle is the most expensive investment you'll ever make. choose wisely. If you don't want to go with Chevy, than maybe you should go foreign, because that's the next best thing youll find. It has nothing to do with American pride, it has to do with preference. I wouldn't knock a vehicle you didn't look into very much before purchasing. If this vehicle was as new as you claim to have purchased it, you had a warranty with it. So, how much money did you really invest, compared to how much the dealership? I had my mother get a Dodge Stratus from a dealer. Things kept going wrong, kept bringing it back under warranty. After five times in two months, they gave her a new vehicle. check your lemon laws, or take better care of your vehicles. If you want to have new, then, well, keep it running. Don't let things "just go".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th October, 2004

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