1998 Chevrolet Blazer Reviews

1998 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4.3 Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance118000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Mirage

Summary:

Another example of a very poor engineering

Faults:

Seat adjust broken.

Leaky oil cooler return lines.

Premature injector replacement.

Bad shifting algorithm on transmission.

Stereo stopped working early.

Windshield wiper mechanism flaky.

Slipping transmission from day one - no one has been able to solve.

Holes punched to mount front end off, so dealer cannot bring the front end into alignment all the way.

Replaced the entire AC.

Replaced intake manifold gasket.

General Comments:

The 4.3L engine is gutless.

Will never buy a GM product again...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th August, 2010

31st May 2013, 03:02

I agree with this and other comments, this is all in all a great example of bad engineering, with the addition of using low quality parts. There has always been something to fix on mine, and at 265000 miles it was time to get a new car.

My 1988 S10 however, has been completely reliable and is now approaching 300,000. I have owned it 17 years, and it's my daily driver.

1998 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4x4 4.3 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4.3 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

Tough little SUV

Faults:

My sway bars broke last fall at 125k. Cheap fix, $90.00, I have an awesome uncle.

145k, need to replace both lower ball joints. $175.00.

155k, need an alignment and replace tires. $580.00.

Driver window stopped working today, and tachometer works for a while then goes black. That's next on the list.

General Comments:

Overall, I've had good luck with this SUV. Enjoy driving it, but does use a lot of gas in the winter, but most cars do in -25 temps.

My only complaint is the wind will catch you and blow you around a bit. Startles you on the ice a little.

I have drove through lots of snow with this car, and I have never been stuck goes through a lot.

Overall I would probably buy one again. I've owned other company's cars with worse issues.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2010

1998 Chevrolet Blazer LT 4.3L from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.3L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired71000 miles
Most recent distance135000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

Good small SUV

Faults:

Air and water leak near passenger side front door A pillar.

Roof mounted tail light gasket leak allows water inside during heavy rain.

Driver's interior trim and door panel plastic developed multiple cracks.

Heater mixer door motor failed.

Throttle butterfly jammed because of failed rivet on cold running deflector.

Passenger exterior door handle bolt came loose.

Transmission torque converter failed around 125000 miles.

General Comments:

Good SUV for the money that I paid. Strong engine and smooth transmission. Tows a utility trailer easily. Radio and other electronics are nice and work well.

My only complaint is that a large person like myself feels that the interior room from a driver seating perspective is a bit cramped. The steering wheel and dash just seem too close... giving a slight sense of being in a smaller vehicle. However, the seats and the driving position are comfortable and the rear seat is fairly roomy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2009

1998 Chevrolet Blazer LT 4.3 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.3 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance246000 miles
Previous carBuick Century

Summary:

Would buy another one in a minute

Faults:

Fuel pump at 135,000 miles.

Idler arm at 100,000 miles.

Wheel bearing at 225,000 miles.

Alternator at 115,000 miles.

Door bushings at 100,000 & 210,000 miles.

General Comments:

I love this car. It has had some work needed, but it has been at higher mileage. I liked it enough that I have 3 Blazers and 2 S-10 trucks.

I agree with some of the comments elsewhere on this site, that if you do not do the maintenance, stuff will go bad like lubing the door bushings and ball joints.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2009

1998 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3 from Costa Rica

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.3 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired210000 kilometres
Most recent distance260000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Stable and comfortable, but repair costs and fuel consumption are really high

Faults:

Air conditioning.

Brake pads.

CD player.

Battery.

Alternator had to be fixed twice in 3 months.

Fuel pump twice.

It dripped engine and transmission oil all the time.

One of the fog lights never worked again, even after putting in new bulbs.

One of the power windows.

Sparkplug cables very often.

Distributor cap.

Electric seat stopped working.

Third stop light.

Electric mirrors.

Digital compass and thermometer inside.

General Comments:

As you can see I had this car for only 50000 km, even so I had to do a lot of maintenance and spend a lot of money on it. Also, you need your own gas station.

The car is comfortable and I really liked how it looks, also it's reliable and stable when driving at 70MPH or more. But even so, I spent too much money on the car and it never was 100% OK, always had something to fix. After 2 years I decided to sell it and now I am happy with my Honda Accord.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th July, 2009

Average review marks: 5.7 / 10, based on 69 reviews