2nd Mar 2004, 19:54

I bought a 2002 ZR2 2 door, 4WD on April 15, 2002, brand new with 23 miles on it. Guess what by 28,000, we had it in for a blown actuator, the thing that controls the heat vents, by 35,000, we had a brand new transmission in it, now at 43,000, we have another problem with the actuator, (The tech at the dealership says there was a recall on the entire HVAC system {???} but then adds it would cost $1200.00 to replace HVAC system.) Luckily, before the 35000 and the transmission, I purchased an extended warranty up to 100k miles. Best thing I have bought yet from what I am reading.

Oh yeah, also had leased a 1999 Chevy Blazer, 4 door, 4WD and had the same problems with the seat handles. They are made from refurbished metal. (The joint area where they all snap off at.)

I can say though that I am surprised there has not been recalls on these things yet!!!

I can also say that I have always been a Chevy owner, 2 Cavaliers, and 2 Blazers, and have not had the problems that my Dad has had with his FORD products!!!

Good luck to all!!!

29th May 2004, 03:20

I have a 1999 Chevy blazer and wish I did not. The transmission and 4 wheel drive were both replaced at 65,000 and are still slipping between gears. It has had oil changes faithfully as well as transmission flushed and fluids leak from both. Engine light is always on, although no one seems to know why. I occasionally have a grinding noise when in reverse with jerking motions. I can definitely say I will not purchase another.

23rd Jul 2004, 17:00

I have a 1999 Blazer with 85,000 miles on it. I purchased the extended warranty with my vehicle. The warranty company is American Guardian Warranty Services. The dome lights stopped working in the vehicle and a problem with the upper control arm. Took it to the shop to find out that that the main wiring harness had melted destroying most of the wires, etc. The warranty company came out and determined that they would pay for the wiring harness and the upper control arm. While preparing to install the wiring harness, the shop noticed that in addition, the Body Harness was also destroyed. The warranty company came out again, but stated THEY WOULD NOT COVER THE BODY HARNESS. They stated that the Body Harness rubbed against the AC Case Housing and caused a wire to chafe and they are stating that this is normal wear and tear. We are fighting this one to the end. There was nothing that we could have done to prevent this. GM also was no help with this matter, so be careful with those extended warranties.

16th Aug 2004, 12:01

BUYER BEWARE!! I have a 1998 Blazer and at 120,000 am on my 3rd transmission! I live in the country and almost all my miles are driven on highways not in the city. My 4x4 failed at 90,000, Ball joints failed at 60,000, seat handle broke at 15,000, back speakers are gone, intermittent wipers failed at 70,000...Like most people here I will never buy another GM product ever!!

19th Aug 2004, 12:38

Glad to see that I do not have the only POS 99 Blazer. Let me begin the list : 1. the heater quit at 45K 2. BOTH wheel bearings at 58K 3. Fuel Pump at 59K 4. Thermostat at 62K 4. The good ol' drivers seat handle broke at 15k 5.Ball joints in the NEAR future or until they snap and kill me.

I am the PROUD owner of a 93 300zx with 85k and NO problems what-so-ever. I see a pathfinder in my future :)

2nd Jan 2005, 17:20

OK I have a 2000 blazer. My break were griding for about a week or so until I got new pads, a rotor and a new caliper. The day I fixed all of this there was brake fluid leaking out of the broken caliper. Two days later the service engine soon light came on. Could this have anything to do with my breaks. If so what should I do.

22nd Feb 2005, 23:30

We inherited our 1998 Blazer. I did not want it, because Consumer Reports has it on its "Worst Cars to Avoid" list. There is a reason. At 70,000 miles, the 4WD has gone out, the ball joints had to be replaced, the seat handles fell off, the head lights flicker, the wind shield wipers won't turn off, and there is a clicking sound near the glove compartment. Chevy ought to be ashamed of themselves because it is obvious that they don't try to improve things. I'm thinking they do this to keep their service men always working.

22nd Jun 2005, 10:33

I have an 1996 Chevy Blazer and I love it. I've only replaced stuff on it due to poor maintenance from the previous owner. The ball joints, and u-joints were never greased. Those were replaced.

I have AWD (yes All Time ALL Wheel Drive). Which has cause some wear on the front in which include the pitman arm and idler arm.

Besides this I love this truck Its got awd leather power everything. I wouldn't trade it in for anything.

I think the 98-2001 were the worse year made. I'm glad I bought a 96.

29th Aug 2006, 12:46

I have a 1999 Blazer 4wd. One week after the warranty went out the engine light came one. So far I have had to replace two oxygen sensors, a water pump, thermostat, EGR valve, both front seat handles (I milled these out of aluminum and use a lock collar to attach them to what was left of the broken shaft). Currently, the vehicle continues to over heat although I can find no coolant leakage, The Transmission is stuck in Four wheel drive, at idle the car runs rough and tends to stall out. I too am dissapointed in GM. GM has been absolutely no help. I am taking consumer reports advice and purchasing a Honda. I will no longer waste my hard earned money on GM or Ford.

8th Oct 2006, 21:15

I bought a 1999 Blazer at auction 14 months ago with 104,000 miles on it. It now has 113,000. Since getting it I have put on fuel pump, ball joints, the seat levers were gone when I got it. The heater does not work this year so I'm going to try a new thermostat. Hopes this solves this problem. Need heat in Michigan. Wish I would have ran across this page before I bought it.

24th Oct 2006, 08:27

I have a 99 2wd 4 door blazer.

We had a small issue at about 30 k that went to the regional GM of Chevy, he offered a 100k warranty and to fix the issue. Took the warranty - all has been fine with the vehicle. The worst thing has been the seat handles - sheer crap - had to fix a few times.

Otherwise runs like a champ at 134k! I see many issues with the 4wd, but since we live in the carolina's we have no need. So the 2wd seems to be OK.

31st Dec 2006, 08:00

I was so happy to find this site to comment on my 1999 blazer, 4WD, lovely POS. Purchased in March of 2006, 86k on it, within 72 hours of purchase, the tranny blew, the 4wd was shot, transfer case needed replacing, heater fan went out, rear wiper motor was shot, drivers door did not close properly (dealer said that it was OK). Well, I purchased it from a Ford dealer, it took them 3 1/2 weeks to get the vehicle fixed, but the door was still not taken care of, now it is falling off the hinges $500. to fix, factory re-built tranny put in, but dealer states no warranty, now the tranny is giving me trouble... Check engine light has been on and off and on and off... so much, just found out that there is a misfire in the engine, wiring harness melted, air injection system is melted, hoses, valves and solenoids and air box melted, do not know how long this has been occurring, as I have been good at getting oil changes, etc. And, yes, the seat handles were broken just as soon as I left the car lot - I guess that's what the small vice grips were made for. The repairs for the above will be approx $1500, and the ball joints will probably fall off before I can get in to get the repairs done. The alternator died at 100k - that wasn't too bad. Hope I can eek this one out to get the money for the repairs before I have a fire in the hole!!!

Thanks for your time, I will NEVER purchase another GM vehicle, and if I could dump this thing, I would, however, I am on Social Security disability, and can't afford another vehicle. Buyer beware!