2005 Chevrolet Blazer 4.3 V6 from North America
'My Baby' as long as the wheels stay on!
At 18,000 km, one of the tabs holding plastic panel on lower rear hatch door dislodged when I used that to close the hatch. Dealer replaced it when reported, without a problem.
Totally different experience than earlier negative Blazer commenter's. Has Chev. improved the product or was I just lucky?
This vehicle pulls well over its weight without a grunt. After a year of all sorts of driving, it is tight and all factory finishes, inside and out, are in good shape. Had electronic rust inhibitor installed as option; after 2 Canadian winters, still no surface oxidation and little underneath.
The powerful 4.3L engine combined with 5sp. standard has enough range that I can shift at 2000rpm or lower and drive comfortably slightly above speed limit & maintain economy that amazes me.
Several times did calculations right around 30mpg (Imperial). The dealership checked my numbers and suggested lighter 2dr. body might contribute as these motors aren't known for low fuel consumption, but feel its mostly due to ultra-conservative driving style.
'93 Cherokee (straight 6 + auto.) that preceded this Blazer, also had impressive torque and and off-road abilities, but that's when they both become 'heavy drinkers.'
The coupe is definitely not good to carry kids, though. For me, it serves as my 'panel truck;' I've built a tool tray that sits on the hinge-down rear door when needed & slides back under cover for travel or storage. Strongly recommend, as easier to access and lock up than most under-size half ton arrangements, yet just as roomy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd January, 2007
4 years later, still driving this vehicle, now with 128K.
All interior features are working fine, with no special treatment. Still giving better than average mileage for an SUV, when driven moderately.
Only difficulties have been the need to monitor & maintain the braking system closely: I drive lots of side roads and some off-road. Sand & gravel collects in wheel parts, along with salt-induced rust; in combination, these necessitate bi-yearly attention. More than other similar vehicles? Maybe.
150K now - still runs like a bear. Now that I'm not travelling the gravel roads as much, it needs a great deal less brake maintenance: just disassemble & lube semi-annually; otherwise pads, etc., as all other makes & models. Can't argue with other fella's experiences... might be they just need to spend more time maintaining? Anyway, happy motoring!