2001 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3 Vortec from North America
Reliable even when vehicle was having issues and was always a fairly simple fix and cost not to much
The reverse on my transmission went out at about 90,000 miles.
Headlight needed adjusting at one point.
Starting the vehicle, it hesitates for a good ten seconds before firing up. Once running it runs well, heats up pretty fast so I'm warmed up within 5-10 minutes on a cold Minnesota day.
The tires that came with the vehicle lasted about to 145k miles and I ran 'em until each was showing metal and they have been replaced along with the brake pads and rotors for a second time now.
The spare tire no longer holds up the spare as it rusted out.
My 4wd buttons have had a mind of their own until I learned to trick the computer into getting it back to 2wd and unplugging the whole 4wd switch until it was absolutely needed for the snow, and it has worked fine since.
The gas gauges do jump from time to time, but work, and I have ran out of gas when it showed I had at least 30 miles or so to go on tank.
When I park the vehicle, it tends to shut off when shifting into park, but always starts back up, except for those in my vehicle who use that passenger side mirror light or front end console lights for more than 15 minutes or even have the door open; it would drain my battery dead every time, but they never listened to my fair warnings about that.
I don't mind having no reverse, since it really isn't that bad to just think ahead and pull through a parking space or park at the pump and or on a hill or inclined parking spot.
I love the Blazer, it's been dependable and a lil' bit of a pain to deal with at times, but every car seems that way when you're the only one fixing it and maintaining it. I would get another Blazer, which I did so I can take the parts off it (which I am) and it only cost me $300 and got a new set of tires out of it, brake pads, rotors, shocks, tranny, seats, pretty much everything except the engine, yet a lot of the parts were still good to use.
I hope my Blazer runs at least 250k miles or better, because Chevrolet cars rule!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th December, 2016