1999 Chevrolet Blazer Reviews - Page 18 of 22

1999 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.3L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S10

Summary:

Junk!

Faults:

WHERE do I get replacement front hub bearings?? I read in several postings that they bought bearings and replaced the two sealed ones themselves...

BUT I cannot find any... HiLo and Autozone says not available... the 4 wheel version is, but they don't fit on the 2WD model..

Gawd I hate my Blazer... Hub bearings, seat recliner handles, washer motor, the AC clutch (rattles like crazy when engaged... if it was the other way around, I wouldn't mind!), now I hear a slight whine when accelerating in 2nd gear, and the heater has quit putting HOT air out (kinda lukewarm... I had the cooling system flushed a while back to get rid of the gurgling noise)...

General Comments:

See above...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th November, 2003

1999 Chevrolet Blazer S10 4.3L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.3L V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance73000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

Generally good with some annoying design issues

Faults:

Recline levers for both passenger and driver seats have each broken twice (4 levers in all)

CV joint boot destroyed itself ~ 60,000 miles.

Short in steering column wiring caused turn signal click assembly to click constantly. Apparently, this is a common issue in GM SUVs around this production year, but dealership wanted $400 to fix.

Upholstery wearing badly after 3.5 years.

Rear lift-glass latch assembly requires nearly constant lubrication to maintain proper operation.

Rear differential started to develop problems around 70,000 miles.

Manual transmission has tendency to spontaneously pop out of reverse.

General Comments:

Engine reliability is good. Still starts/idles/runs like new after 73,000 miles.

Drive-train seems a little loose. Clunks and such are frequent. Have had some minor to fairly significant drive-train issues.

Seat recline lever mechanism is terrible. The handle's shear off with very little force. Extremely poor construction quality.

There is apparently a design flaw in the steering column wiring that frequently leads to a short in the turn signal electrical system. Happened to me and several other owners I know after less than 3 years/50,000 miles. In one case, led to smoke coming out of the steering column. GM is generally unsympathetic and wants to charge around $400 to fix the problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th October, 2003

14th Jun 2004, 14:57

Almost everyone has the problem of the seat recliner handle breaking off!!! How much did it cost to repaire it???

1999 Chevrolet Blazer S10 LT V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired14 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carDodge Caravan

Summary:

This Blazer is the worst purchase I ever made

Faults:

I bought my 199 Blazer off the lot with 14 miles on it.. Every ten thousand miles I have to replace components of the four wheel drive: encoder, module, pinions, seals yolks you name it what ever the 4 wheel drive had its been replaced 9 times, it was even proved as a lemon. I have to replace repeatedly the wiring in the 4 wheel drive. The heater core went. at 50 thousand miles, not a good thing in October, especially when my "Ultimate Warranty" don't cover it> had to replace warped rotors, ball joints, rocker idler arm... well I think you get the big picture on my p.o.s. Blazer.

General Comments:

These 1999 S10 LT Blazer's seriously need to be recalled.

I have invested way too much time in rental cars.

Time loss from work, and too many hours in the service department.

Not to mention to much time on the phone with the warranty department.

I seriously regret buying this Blazer.

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

Review Date: 30th September, 2003

1st Jan 2007, 13:36

The delco battery leaks acid, which destroys the shifter cable for the 4x4. GM vehicles also eat alternators, power steering units, A/C compressors, heater cores, intake manifold gaskets, fuel pumps, injectors, starters, batteries, computers, power windows, transmissions and engines.

Bottom line is, if you own a GM trade it. Ford and D/C are no better, and the European stuff is even worse. It's sad to say, but the Asians offer better cars that don't break (as often).

1999 Chevrolet Blazer LS 2WD 4D 4.3L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 4.3L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired24 miles
Most recent distance49000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

Compact family truck

Faults:

No floor defrost. Actuator replaced.

Window lock switch failed. Had to jumper it till repaired.

Idler pulley replaced and in need of replacement (Harmonic balancer not balanced)

Brake cable not working in reverse. Stretched I think.

Alternator went out at >30k. Think it didn't help I ran it in foot of water at high speeds. Lights dimmed and everything several times. ;)

Radiator cap corroded.

Fuel pump died at 35k.

Handles both broke off.

Luggage rack suffering extreme wind damage.

Chevy failed to install rear pass. bump stop. Informed shop and they didn't know what I was talking about till I pointed out. Given rental and on 3rd day due to parts, was asked what the trouble was. Idiots "assumed" I was talking about the front spring pop issue and replaced tons of parts on the front end even though it never suffered from problems (like my S-10).

Muffler sounds like it is leaking. Replaced and then brought back where header seals replaced. Ongoing, but hardly noticeable except to me.

Temp gauge 7+ degrees off.

General Comments:

Kinda scared after reading the other reviews.

I have not had noise or loose indication in front suspension for ball joints yet.

Hubs seem OK.

S-10 had several annoying faults like this. However for the most part it has been a good truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2003

Average review marks: 5.9 / 10, based on 80 reviews