1997 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3 from North America


Many minor flaws, devalues faster than Worldcom stock


I brought this car when it was 1 year old.

Gas-gauge failed at 18000 miles.

Rear View mirror fell off while it was parked in a office building garage.

Transmission went at 32000, pulled in to 7-11 for a coke and then reverse stopped working.

Under-hood light, driver side power window went at 35000.

Found right rear window to be leaking at 37000.

Rear view mirror fell off again while driving on level road. After I made the dealer put it back on the first time.

Rear window sprayer leaks when tailgate is down.

Front window wipers work all the time in dry sunny days and intermittently when raining.

I found that the cheap plastic parts in the interior rattles like mad after 50000, and that the lumbar support, well, doesn't.

General Comments:

I have had import cars in my past and finally jumped on the SUV bandwagon, but I am bitterly disappointed.

My next car will be a Toyota.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st August, 2003

11th May 2004, 04:22

Wipers missing up, water comes through passenger door and the door makes a lot of noise. I love America, I hate the cars (trucks).Don't think I want another one.

1997 Chevrolet Blazer LT V6 from North America


Reliable, but lots of little flaws.. and one HUGE flaw!


Weld on frame broke while cornering at low speed, causing the right front wheel to fall off and resulting in massive front end damage. Although (barely) out of warranty, after much posturing and threatening on my part, Chevrolet paid for the repairs. Dealership took several weeks to make repairs, didn't align the front end right and severely scratched my door. They also didn't attch the CV joint boot correctly, causing it to spin all it's grease out. They then told me they would replace the entire axle assembly, but I marked the axle with tape, and they replaced ONLY the boot. Community Chevrolet in Burbank is a terrible place for service... they shamelessly lie, and do shoddy work.

Compass has never worked correctly, and resists all calibration attempts.

Driver seat mount has slop, and rocks forward/back very slightly. It's been like this since new.

Parking brake release sticks. Also like this since new.

Cargo net anchor broke, the plastic looks dried out and fatigued.

At 40K, the serpentine belt tensioner started squealing. Upon examination, it had broken internally and would have shortly given out completely. I replaced both the tensioner and belt.

At about 20K, the gas gauge got quite unreliable. When the tank gets close to empty, the gauge starts going up!

Rear glass hatch doesn't always latch securely... I have to leave the cargo light off or risk a drained battery when the hatch doesn't latch. The hatch also squeaks loudly while driving.

Sunroof mechanism sticks slightly.

Detent spring on ventilation fan control snapped one day with an audible "ping" sound. The control still works, but with no detents on the four fan speeds... feels sloppy now.

Cheapo vinyl side panels on the "leather" driver seat have started crackling and crumbling.

General Comments:

While I do enjoy the vehicle, it sure doesn't speak well for American engineering and quality control.

Terrible gas mileage, and combined with the undersized gas tank, the vehicle has a very small range. (About 250 miles.)

I despise the roaring noise the auxiliary cooling fan makes when it kicks in... I feel like suddenly I'm driving a Mack truck. It seems to switch on at inappropriate times.

Apart from the wheel falling off (!!!) it has actually been quite reliable. Of course I don't have many miles on it, considering the model year.

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

Review Date: 15th August, 2003

1997 Chevrolet Blazer LS from North America


It's a piece of junk


Apparently, I'm not alone in this nightmare. The fuel guage sensor went out at 55,000 miles - 1 1/2 years after warranty. The dealer was willing to replace it for $600, but it would be guaranteed for life. What about the one that came with the vehicle? If the part is good enough to last for life the second time I buy it, it should be good enough to last forever the first time I purchase it!

At the same time, the air conditioner developed a slow leak... still not fixed.

The pulley holding the serpentine belt blew apart while driving.

The windshield wipers work intermittently, but GM says they'll fix even out of warranty until February 2004.

The ball joints have been replaced once under warranty; once after.

The worst is the transmission. It hard shifts between 1st and 2nd. Spent $380 to have the lower valve unit replaced. Seems that may not have been the problem, still doesn't shift properly.

Talked to General Motor's "customer care" center. Their response to all problems has been "What do you expect, it's an old vehicle". What good will those 100,000 mile spark plugs do for us?

General Comments:

I will never again own a General Motors product. The next vehicle will be a Honda.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th July, 2003