1997 Chevrolet Blazer Reviews - Page 7 of 24

1997 Chevrolet Blazer from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Previous carChevrolet Lumina

Summary:

Great buy for the money

Faults:

I purchased my Blazer from an estate sale for $500 dollars. The vehicle had no body damage, but when I got it home and started looking under the hood, the neglect was obvious.

Examples of this; brake fluid was almost like used oil, engine coolant has rust particles in it, obvious signs of leakage spray in engine compartment, transmission fluid was dark and smelled burnt, oil on AC fluid lines from ac system, over sized non factory spec tires on the vehicle (contributes to premature wear of steering components), brake calipers frozen in mount, wouldn't slide.

The list goes on.

General Comments:

I read this post, and realized that people expect to put their keys in vehicles and just go forever (my spouse). I can tell you that after I replaced everything that was neglected, all vital fluids, hacked battery cables, leaky AC, high quality tune up, properly repaired braking system, proper tires the same exact it came with when bought new, wire from alternator to battery properly repaired, new best battery from Johnson controls, I brought this vehicle back from the dead.

My spouse has been driving this vehicle for 47000 miles without a problem; maintenance is key.

It sounds as if a lot of people neglect their blazers for so long that by the time you get it in the shop, it costs a small fortune to fix. My cost to bring my Blazer back up to needing only preventative maintenance was 2700 dollars. This is parts only; I performed all labor myself. If I was to pay a mechanic I would have been looking at closer to 7000 dollars.

My advice to you; educate yourself on your vehicles needs, and don't depend on your shop to tell you and look to see what needs done. Most of all, get it done.

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

Review Date: 7th June, 2008

1997 Chevrolet Blazer LS from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

I don't drink. I do now

Faults:

My main problems with my 97 Chevy Blazer are:

1. The gurgling water sounds coming from somewhere under the dash.

2. The moment I turn the engine off, the last sound it makes is a kind of a something loose sound underneath, maybe the catalytic or muffler area. Weird.

And the last sound I want to tell you about is, while driving along I can give it some gas and I hear a kind of clicking sound. The kind of sound your fan makes if it were to hit the shroud, but the sound clicking is coming from underneath the Blazer somewhere. Thanks for some help. Tony.

General Comments:

All cars are to expensive because they don't last for the price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st April, 2008

1997 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.3 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance198000 miles

Summary:

I'm satisfied

Faults:

Ignition changed only because I parked on a hill, locked the steering wheel column, and then let my foot off the brake, allowing it to roll.

Had the fuel pump replaced.

Had the tranny replaced.

I need a new AC compressor, & a new pit arm on driver side I will have changed.

Tires brakes and shocks are regular maintenance & I change my oil every 5-6000 miles.

General Comments:

Considering the truck is 10 years old, I'm the second owner, & the first owner hauled a boat, I'm good.

My only complaint now is that my trunk latch doesn't pop the trunk window. Does any body have a clue what my options are on this?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2008

1997 Chevrolet Blazer LS 3.4 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.4 Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.3 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 miles
Most recent distance124000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Lumina

Summary:

Don't buy this car

Faults:

Seem to have the same problems as everyone, and a few others.

Have replaced the alternator, air compressor, mirrors shake, new tranny, new wires, distributor cap, fuel filter; basically a complete tune up.

It needs new brakes, catalytic converter, and door bushings, but I don't want to replace any of these.

After doing the tune up and the new tranny, it still loses power in the mid range and can barely make it up a hill.

The shop tested the fuel pressure and said it tests fine. The mechanics are scratching their heads. Any ideas would be helpful. I am ready to sell it as well, but right now it won't pass a test drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st April, 2008

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