2003 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3 V6 from North America


A real beauty and great to drive off the lot, but take it back in 1 week..


OK, here it is.

I just went to a dealer with a large sum of money, and said I want that Blazer, and wow I loved it at first (1000 miles), then it began...

The front upper and lower ball joints on both sides are bad, and then I went to a dealer and he said there was nothing wrong. I went to a service station and they said it's perfect, but I heard this awful sound, so I took it to a 3rd place, and they showed me what I really bought was a nightmare; it needed a new parking brake, new front rotors, and obviously the brakes were switched from the outside in, and were squealing.

Then I saw my transmission pan leaking really bad, and the bushings on everything up front were dry rotted. I had to have a estimate, yup you guessed a lot... then I went back to the other place and told them they lied and I wanted my money back, and they did, and then I ran out of there... went back to the dealer and showed him paperwork, and now here's the problem:

The 03 Blazer loaded with all options that I purchased had a new inspection and emission sticker, but the shop said it never should have passed. I was being nice, I stated that this was something I wasn't aware at the time of purchase, but it makes a noise and needs replacing, and they fought with me for days until I mentioned that since the ball joint clearance was way too much, he could lose his job, his license and company for selling vehicles with slapped on stickers. So they did replace it, although I found out that the original fuel filter was still on there after 76,000 miles - wow!!!

So I got that replaced, and then with 292 miles left on my warranty the transmission started to slip, so I'm going to do this fix myself and run it for 100 miles, and if I so much as hear a slip or feel a slip, I'm taking it to a shop and making good use of my warranty... wow that's a close one... but I really think the filter has never been changed...

I was really mad at the estimate over thousands to fix all this stuff, but I was never told anything at the dealer and I paid a lot of money; in fact I paid in full for the 03 Blazer 4x4 loaded, all power options, everything... 76,000 miles and paid upfront and drove off the lot.

Another thing that got me mad is it took 4 hours to do the paperwork. Can you imagine how much time they wasted... wow!!!

I'm thinking that I'll trade this in (1 month thank God), that I'll get another brand of vehicle.

General Comments:

Well what can you tell someone, unless you think ball joints going bad is an isolated case. I've found transmissions also go bad amongst other things...

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

Review Date: 24th November, 2008

2nd Aug 2015, 23:13

This review doesn't have much to do with the vehicle itself. This is more of a comment on a dealership engaged in poor sales and maintenance practices. Under these circumstances, this could have happened with any vehicle.

2003 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4.3/V6 from North America


Performance is sorely lacking


Not long after we purchased this vehicle, the brakes began to squeal. When we notified the dealer, they said that it's typical of a new vehicle and that we'd have to "break" it in. They also said they wouldn't touch the engine if it was under 3,000 miles. Since then the following has been happening:

1. the truck shakes at a hard break (when contacted the dealer, again, he said it was typical)

2. gas leak in gas tank.

3. when making a full turn, (as in a U-turn) you can hear the wheels "pop" as you turn.

4. when accelerating, the engine sounds as if I'm driving a diesel truck.

General Comments:

It is generally a nice looking vehicle, but it has many problems.

If the dealer would fix the problems listed, I think I would enjoy the vehicle more.

As it is now, I'm afraid that something very wrong will happen with it.

We have owned GM vehicles for as long as I can remember and this is the first time that we are extremely disappointed in it's performance.

It really adds a huge seed of doubt in American made cars.

Unfortunately, I'm pretty certain that our next vehicle will be foreign.

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

Review Date: 9th February, 2004

18th Jun 2004, 07:21

Thank you for your Chevy Blazer review. I too, am afraid after reading other reviews that something will go wrong with my 2004 Blazer. Already, at only 13.000 miles, the air conditioning is having problems. I have it in the shop and we'll see what they say later today.

For ten years I drove Mitsubishi products. Never a problem. I'm pretty sure this will be my first and last Chevy product.