2003 Chevrolet Blazer Reviews

2003 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4x4 4.3 Vortec V6 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 4.3 Vortec V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance157000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Summary:

Most dependable small SUV

Faults:

Considering how much I beat on this, it hasn't had too much go wrong.

Right front brake caliper got stuck and burned out the disc; replaced it at 147,000.

After going through a 30 ft mud hole, I cracked the distributor and got it wet, causing a misfire, which dumped unburnt fuel into the cat, and I burned that out. Cost $1200 to repair all the damage.

Bent frame rail after a nasty incident on a two track where it got a few feet off the ground.

Fuel pump went out at 153,000.

Broke right front tow hook towing it home after the distributor went out.

General Comments:

This is a bulletproof vehicle. I've driven this like it were meant for a rally, I've had it on 2 wheels more than once, and I've put it in the ditch with very little damage.

The 4.3 Vortec is a monster, and has plenty of power to push this Blazer through any mud hole or up any hill.

After the abuse on the trails, I can drive home on the interstate at 90 mph comfortably, but after a few hours my butt will get sore.

I owned a 95 Blazer as well, and I flipped that over on a trial, got my friend to put it back on its wheels, then I drove it home. The Blazer has never let me down, and it continues to amaze me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 2013

2003 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3 Liter Vortec from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 4.3 Liter Vortec Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance220000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

'Johnny on the spot' never lets me down

Faults:

The truck had a blown radiator at about 175,000 miles.

Also, regular (typical) wear of the universal joints.

General Comments:

I have owned the car since brand new, and it's been wonderful.

It has never failed me outside of the blown radiator.

It now has 220k miles and still runs like a champ, in addition to having NO rust (in Michigan!).

The only real work outside of the radiator has been routine: brakes, oil changes, universal joints.

I even treated myself two years ago to a massively upgraded sound system, which made the car even better. It is a tragedy that GM no longer makes these workhorses.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th March, 2012

2003 Chevrolet Blazer LS 2.4 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.4 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance73000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Summary:

Awsome cruising machine! Long live GM

Faults:

Simple things went bad at first, like tail lights, and that's it!

General Comments:

I love the vehicle. It is a great cruising machine, and very solid on road. Lots of room and great handling for an SUV.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th May, 2011

2003 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3 Liter V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4.3 Liter V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles

Summary:

Cheap to buy, reliable, but nothing fancy

Faults:

Ball joints have needed replacement.

Drivers side, behind the door completely has rusted out in just 7 years. Rust forming everywhere.

Headlight will just dim while driving for no reason, then kick back on.

Had to replace spark plugs and wires at 60000 miles.

Currently the front end shakes like the front tires are ovals instead of circles, don't know what is wrong.

Dome light in cabin stopped working for a while, then started again.

CD player broke and doesn't read CDs since about 50000 miles.

General Comments:

Let's start by saying this has overall been a good truck. Never has it stranded us, always delivers adequate performance.

I purchased this used as a rebuild because it had been in a bad collision.

Good:

With just a V6, this is spunky, the take off time is quick, has plenty of power to tow a 16 foot fiberglass boat, and gets around well.

Small enough to handle city driving.

Stops very quickly.

Plenty of room for the driver, I am over 6' 5" and love the seats because I can fit easily. However, I would rather walk than ride in the back seats.

BIGGEST DOWNSIDE: For the small engine it has, I get 15.7 miles per gallon, no matter what. Driving it easy or hard, that's it. This is not a big vehicle, and that is ridiculously low mileage for what the car is, engine revs up to about 3000 RPM before shifting. Thirsty thirsty vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2010

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 10 reviews