1997 Chevrolet Blazer Reviews - Page 6 of 24

1997 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3L V6 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.3L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance159000 miles

Summary:

Something is always going wrong with it!

Faults:

Eveything!

Fuel pump assembly, on my 2nd altenator, starter, fuel gauge.

Ball-bearing joint on the front driver's side rusted through and the car collapsed when on the road.

Intake manifold gasket blew, and I ran out of coolant and almost overheated the engine.

I'm sure I missed some stuff that I can't think of.

And of course brakes seem to wear faster than normal.

I've had this thing for about 3 years, and have spend about double what it is worth just to fix the car, but I can't afford a new one, so I'm FU***D!

General Comments:

The car is made of cheap plastics inside and is very unreliable. The only thing I can say that is good, is that these S-10 Blazer have somewhat good ground clearance and with 4x4, it goes okay in mud and snow. Gas mileage is like 19 highway and 15 city.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th November, 2008

1997 Chevrolet Blazer 4.3 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.3 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance92000 miles

Summary:

Wonderful

Faults:

Water pump.

Driver window motor.

Ignition switch.

Power lock relay.

Radio.

Climate control motor.

Fan clutch.

General Comments:

I love this thing, I bought it from my ex father in law, after all but 6 inches of it was under water in a flood. Paid 500.00 for it, changed the motor oil, tranny fluid, battery and away we went.

I have made two 1,000 mile trips in it with no problems.

I think some of what the other posts state is more them being taken than anything, because a flood car should have 100 times the problems of a a non flood car.

All the parts I replaced were directly related to it being flooded.

Good luck guys, cause I had 78,000 when I bought it water logged, and now have 92,000 on it and haven't had it a year.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2008

1997 Chevrolet Blazer LS from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance158000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

It must have been put together on a Sunday night on third shift in Detroit

Faults:

I knew I was in for it when after the first snowfall, three months after purchase. I pushed the 4WD button on the dash and it broke. I didn't know if I was in 2 or 4WD.

Windshield motor went soon after.

The front end looked like it was off-center. I think it was a widespread problem with this model.

Gas gage registered 1/2-3/4 full after two years, no matter how much gas was in it.

Rear wiper washer leaked in the back of the vehicle.

The washer fluid tank leaked since day one.

Replaced brakes after the first year.

Finally had to buy lifetime warranty brakes after about three sets.

Belts squeaked and broke at random times.

All this and more with less than 50000 miles on it. It is the biggest lemon I have ever owned. Couldn't pay someone to take it off my hands or it would be long gone by now.

I have bought parts and labor enough to buy myself two new vehicles in the last ten years.

Transmission jumps, air conditioner goes out every summer.

The heater never did work right. Had to get that replaced.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th September, 2008

1997 Chevrolet Blazer LT 4 Dr 4wd 4.3L from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.3L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance150250 miles

Summary:

Fun and sporty

Faults:

Never, never, never purchase a Blazer at 75,000 miles; that is the part wear and tear period.

Water pump, and thermostat, with complete flush - 75,000.

Hood hinge springs -- 76,800.

Alternator and battery -- 79,000.

Intake manifold gasket -- 81,780.

Drive belt and idler pulley -- 95,000.

All the above covered under 25,000 warranty. Now I have to do the rest.

Ignition switch -- 103,000.

Heater core (Large pain in the ***) -- 115,000.

Idler and pitman arms -- 138,000.

Upper and lower ball-joints x 2 (time consuming) -- 141,000.

Brakes, front and rear -- 143,000.

Fuel pump -- 148,000.

Ignition coil -- 149,500.

General Comments:

The Blazer is honestly a automotive technician's dream. It should NEVER be your daily driver, and it needs to be thoroughly cared for and maintained, or it will slowly get out of hand.

I have a black with black leather LT 4WD 4 door, with a sunroof and tinted windows. It's a pretty truck, and I have put dual exhaust and a push-bar on the front with driving lights. I use this vehicle mostly for pleasure after work, and as a pick-up for cargo transport and driving my dog around. I also use it in the winter for getting through the snow; the 4wd is EXCELLENT and has never failed me, and trust me, I have tested it to the best of its ability.

I would only recommend this vehicle to those who will take care of it and don't abuse it. It's amazing to see all the Blazer's on the road in terrible shape. If you can't afford to maintain it, don't buy it.

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

Review Date: 8th June, 2008

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 89 reviews