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


Compact family truck


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

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