1999 Chevrolet Blazer LT 4.3 from North America


Maintained appropriately is a good vehicle


I have had to replace on ball joint from failure to properly grease it. Reading all the other article have been disappointing. I have a 1999 Chevy Blazer bought it brand new. I have had no major problems to include all other previously listed ones. It sounds as if most of the people with these problems have failed to have their vehicle properly maintained and appropriate intervals. I have had everything from a ford to a Toyota. I have been satisfied with the performance and durability of the Blazer over all others. I would purchase another and would continue to maintain it at the factory specified intervals or otherwise contact dealer when unlisted problem occur such as door molding and 4 wheel drive sticking. For those who purchased vehicle used, you can't always tell how the previous owner handled the vehicle. Rough handling of the gas pedal will wear a transmission out quicker than anything else. GM designed the shifting for a person who would not give it more than 2 to 2,500 rpm (GM tech - 1995 2001).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st September, 2003

22nd Sep 2004, 19:47

While reading these articles I find myself thinking that not everyone is born with common sense. If you drive a blazer LIKE a blazer instead of a sports car, you'll be bound to make the transmission, brakes, tires, and a lot of other things last longer. If you want a fast car, go buy one, don't think you're "BAD" just because you got an SUV. I bought my blazer in 99, I live in Missouri where the winters are pretty bad and the summers are pretty hot. The blazer does fine in either type. However, I also take care of it and have had no major problems through the years after 167,000 miles it still runs like my baby! I've had this thing since I was 18. Treat your car right and it will treat you right!!

1999 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3 Vortec gas from North America


Capable all-around SUV


Both front wheel bearings at 70000km. Cost: $1100 CAN.

Both front lower ball-joints at 75000km.

Cost: $500 CAN.

Accessory belt at 85000km. Cost: $39 CAN.

Both front seat adjustment levers (snapped off very easily). Cost: unknown, not yet fixed.

General Comments:

This is a pure truck, with plenty of vibration and harshness.

The engine is quite powerful with a lot of low-end torque for quick acceleration and good towing capability (up to 5000lbs).

The part-time 4X4 works great on and off-road. It handles terrible winter driving conditions very easily and steadily. I never feel like I am going to lose control with the system in 4x4.

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

Review Date: 12th July, 2003

1999 Chevrolet Blazer LT 4.3L 262cid V6 from North America


High line luxury 4X4 requires high line of credit


Unfortunately, I must report that this little truck has just cost me a new transmission. Also, about two months ago, the steering column was opened up to replace the complete control module unit that includes the multi-function lever and emergency flasher button. Failure of this unit resulted in an intermittent, yet frequent ticking from the flasher module under the right side of the dashboard. Imagine the sound of the turn signal ticking away for sometimes an hour straight without the lever being clicked on.

General Comments:

I wish to impress upon owners of similar vehicles with the 4L60E automatic transmission that the problem originates in a faulty valve body causing hard shifting from first to second gear. The engine light comes on, and code P1870 will be rendered upon performing a diagnostic scan. At this point the friction material on the lock-up portion of the torque converter is mostly burnt away. Also, within the transmission body, the improperly hardened sun-shell gear teeth have begun to grind themselves smooth. This will now cost you a complete rebuild. Smile while GM and it's dealers denounce any knowledge of this common condition, as they suggest that the problem may lie within the driver and/or lack of maintenance. Otherwise, this is peppy luxury sport-utility that achieves acceptable fuel economy, gobbles the snow like candy, and starts in any weather thus far.

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

Review Date: 11th June, 2003

14th Oct 2003, 14:54

I have a 1999 Chevy Blazer LT with 56k miles on it. With the exception of the front wheel bearings, I haven't had anything done other than routine maintenance. I'm not sure what happened with the writer above. As far as handling, accelration, or ride, I have no complaints. The blazer has good pickup and handles better than the other SUVs that I test drove. The automatic 4 wheel drive option is worth having. It stays in 2wd until it detects slippage. When it detects slippage, the 4wd kicks in. This is great when driving in the rain and it doesn't kill your mileage. Gas mileage is average to slightly better for an SUV. I get 15-16 mpg city and 18-22 mpg on highway driving, long trips. If you drive with a heavy foot, you'll find yourself getting 12-14 mpg depending on how much you gun it. I'd definitely buy another one.