6th Sep 2005, 20:35
I have a 1999 Chevy Blazer LT with 24000 miles on it. I purchased it brand new in June of 1999. I am currently having the front end serviced once again, this time having the ball joints replaced. Already the idle arm has been replaced and electrical problems including the power seats, AWD switch and stereo problems have occurred. This vehicle has never been taken off road, is garage kept, and is maintained beyond belief. The brakes started pulsating, but no one can find a reason why. This vehicle is a money pit. Talking to Chevy dealers is like talking to a wall. No one cares. I'm done with American cars. The quality gets worse every year.
9th Sep 2005, 11:26
I just replaced the alternator on September 7th, (bad diode) and previously the serp. belt and battery were changed. The belt went at 13000 miles. Is Chevy even thinking about a recall on these vehicles? My friend is a dealer mechanic and he said these Blazers are the modern day Yugos.
15th Mar 2007, 13:09
I just bought a 2003 chevy blazer. My problems are that the oil valve cover is leaking around the nuts and the dealer tells me this is normal, and when I go from neutral to reverse or drive to reverse there is a very load clunking sound. I have had my own mechanic look at it and told me this was not normal. I brought the vehicle back to the dealer and they said this was a normal sound. They removed the drive shaft to check u-joints and pinion -all OK. Do you have any suggestions on what I can do about this or what the problem might be? Any helpful hints would be great.
11th May 2007, 09:45
I have a 1999 chevy blazer, with the same wheel bearing problems. I was going to replace the whole assembly, but after reading some of the forums, I think I am just going to replace the bearing. The left one went out about 100,000 miles and should have had the right one done, because now its making a bunch of noise after 10,000 more miles. Another thing I noticed was the transmission, it went out at about 100,000 miles. The mechanic said that is usual for those blazers. Another thing I wanted to bring up, anybody found a cheap and easy fix for the seat handles breaking?
14th May 2007, 16:49
1999 4DR 4WD Blazer bought with ~6000 miles on it in 2000. Pretty much trouble-free since then, did have to replace one wheel bearing at ~60K and get the drivers door hinge repaired (under ext warranty). Change fluids regularly (oil @ 3K, Tranny fluid every 30K). Has remained surprisingly rust free here in Pennsylvania (where road salt eats cars for breakfast. Would buy again.
24th Jul 2007, 21:01
Have a 99 Blazer with 93k. Have had idler arm/wheel bearing problems and disk brake problems. To be honest, most of my problems though have been shady dealers/repair shops. I have put about 3k into it in three years, but for the most part I do like the vehicle.
13th Nov 2007, 12:32
'99 Blazer here. For my broken seat handles, I leave vice grips permanently attached. My Blazer shakes & shimmies pretty bad on the freeway - got two completely different expensive estimates. They each would fix different things. Forget that. A/C's been out for a long time. Got an estimate over 2k for that. My transmission fluid leak just got a lot worse and got an estimate of 1.5k - I think I'm just going to trade it in now. I will say this though, I LOVE the interior and exterior styling of these blazers. Much better looking to my eye than the Envoys & TrailBlazers.
27th Apr 2008, 23:59
Barrings 2 times and Ball joints. Heater core clogs and you get no heat. Seat handles broke. Fuel gage replaced (in gas tank) 2 starters an alternator, water pump, Throttle control sensor, Cam shaft sensor. Brake dust could choke a horse. Oil leak and more.
Sad thing is I LOVE this truck. It just doesn't like me. hehe
22nd Jun 2008, 19:38
I'm supposed to get my first car tomorrow, and it is a 99 Chevy Blazer. After reading all these things, I don't know if I even want one... but we all ready paid, so I hope that it works out well for me. It's all ready at 123,000 miles, so hopefully the wheel bearing doesn't mess up...
27th Jul 2008, 17:33
Like many others here I've replaced ball joints (twice), idler arm, cv joints (twice), cv boots, been through rotors front and rear, and the seat handle is broken on the passenger side (twice) - first time was replaced under warranty. When I got the receipt for the warranty replacement back in 2001 it said it was 400+ to fix it, almost all labor (covered by warranty). They have to take the seat out, take the cover completely off, then take it apart to replace the handle.
I like the vehicle but I have a feeling that I've been lucky that my bearings haven't gone out yet. I do have a bit of a "sag" on the passenger side rear shock. I have a feeling that'll be a fun one to replace too.
14th Aug 2008, 16:10
I have had my 99 blazer for a little over 6 years now. I've had my ups and downs. Barrings a couple times, A/C problems twice, just had to replace all four brake setups ($870). I have a little dashboard flickering now. I was wondering if anyone knew what the amperage of the stock alternator is? I've heard 120 and 105 and 100.
Overall though, I love my blazer. its quick for its size and is definitely visually appealing. Its at 129k and I'm hoping it lasts another 50k.
2nd Dec 2008, 19:13
I bought a 2000 Chevy Blazer 4wd about a year ago. It was in amazing condition for about three months, everything worked perfectly, it ran like a top.
Then comes the fuel pump problems (replaced), brakes (replaced), alternator (replaced), and then the washer fluid starts leaking into the interior from the back hatch.
I can handle replacing brakes, pumps etc. due to normal wear and tear, but this week my heat has gone, and the radiator will not hold fluid, I've lost all power and the engine is "wobly" when idling, I have antifreeze in my oil (Blown head gasket)...
Yeah, I think it's safe to say that this will be the very last GM auto I buy. I can only imagine the quality of all of our "domestic" manufacturers will just get worse with bankruptcy looming.
Thanks for letting me vent. I just feel like GM could at least started of with a soft kiss on the back of the neck to make the act a little less painful.
1st Jan 2009, 23:50
After reading these posts and from other sites here are my conclusions... and I just picked up my 99 Blazer LT this morning...
The clicking sounds you hear, or the dashboard lights flickering is due to a faulty relay switch (should be recalled!!) you have to take apart the whole steering column to fix it. If you can do it yourself, it's free... nothing has to be bought. It is the grease in the relay leaking and causing a connection between the pads. The fix is to take all apart and clean the pads in the relay switch.
As for the battery alternator problems... I see that a lot of people are experiencing this... mechanics suspect the battery, but replacing doesn't help nor is there a fault with the alternator... where or what is draining the battery!?? My guess is it goes back to the relay switch. I haven't looked at the schematics to see if it is hooked up to the aux power, but my guess is yes and that is what is draining the battery. I have only had my 'new' car for a day but looking at all of the problems others had had... hopefully it won't be so bad. I do know that the owner replaced the engine after 100k (I know bad sign..).
Hopefully this helps some people out there!