2003 Chevrolet Blazer ZR2 4.3L V6 from North America
Don't even look at them, run away!!!!!
The ball joints fail on a regular basis!!!
Factory front shocks are too short!!! They self destruct!!!
Oil cooler leaked and failed once already!
Hard on gas. Really hard on gas!!!
Front end never stays straight.
Interior plastics fall apart, and just crack and rattle.
Remote oil filter assembly cracked and fell off. Found it sitting in my skid plate. If the skid wasn't there, the oil lines would have ripped off and the Blazer would have ran itself right dry. All the oil would have ran onto the highway.
CD player not long works, just skips all the time.
The Transfer Case Control Module corrodes easily, wires just rot away. Failed in a restaurant parking lot.
Weak 4x4 system.
It's so hard on gas I average 12.5 MPG in the city!! Would put up with it if it had 230 HP, but it doesn't; the 4.3L only packs about 190 HP.
The engine is so cheap, so cheap! Casts are so crude to the point that I've seen better jobs done on frying pans. Oh yeah the valve covers are plastic; will probably start leaking soon.
The factory front shocks are too short for the suspension they have. So short that when the suspension drops down, the shocks have to take ALL (!!!) the stress. They get pulled apart!
The ball joints are too small and can't handle much. They burn left, right and center; just part of the big list of known problems with these things.
Remote oil filter assemblies always crack and split. So bad to the point that the only thing keeping them from falling off the vehicle is the rust and corrosion they cause to the chassis.
The interior is the cheapest yet I've ever seen. I'm sure drink bottles are made from better materials.
I could write a novel on the issues with the electronics behind the 4x4 system.
No logic went into the wiring of it all. Wires rot all the time, and there are a lot of them.
No issues with the fuel injection yet! Another known problem with this generation of GM engines across the board.
Chevy really dropped the ball on these trucks.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th August, 2015
12th Aug 2015, 00:12
You bought a 12 year old vehicle with high mileage which probably wasn't maintained, and you are upset that it needs repairs?
Your "review" contains way too many sweeping statements (and exclamation points) to take seriously.
12th Aug 2015, 12:07
Your review is certainly in line with my own research. When my Ramcharger rusted away and I was in the market for a new 4x4, I took a very close look at these smaller Chevy Blazers. On the surface, they look great, they look tough, but my research told a story of failed ball joints, failed transfer cases, failed transmissions, and other instances of shoddy parts. Apparently they were made to project an image, but do not live up to that image.
16th Aug 2015, 02:48
The ball joints alone disqualify the vehicle as worthy of purchase.
The rest of the issues bury it.