I bought a 2000 Chevy Blazer in 2003. Vehicle had 19,700 miles on it and had some minor repairs by the selling dealer to satisfy me (all under warranty.)
Since purchase, some front end work at 78,000 miles for ball joints, the heater core plugged up and had to be replaced (Dex-cool is junk!) and just a couple days ago the wheel bearing / hub assembly on driver and passenger sizes had to be replaced at 104,000 miles.
All things considered, average wear and tear parts IMO. Engine still sounds brand new (only run synthetic in it since I purchased it) and it had to have the typical tune up at about 100,000 miles with an oxygen sensor that tune up.
Best investment I made was buying an OBD-II scanner so I know when the check engine light comes on if its serious or just something that needs looked at in the next couple weeks. The mechanic I deal with actually appreciates having an idea, from the code I tell him, what may be wrong with my vehicles.
All things considered, I'd say its still a 7.5 / 10.
I have 150,000 miles and very few problems, Yeah the fuel gauge is only good for a half a tank but that's OK, it just means I have to fill up more keeping my fuel pump cooler. The bearing hub had to be changed also, but that is typical maintenance. GOOD LUCK.
2000 LS bought new 45000 miles. Heater core replaced at 40000 $800 and now ball joints and idler arms needed $500. Same thing with the reclining seat levers breaking off. Otherwise it has been an OK.
I too own a 2000 Blazer, and am plagued with the same problems. Fuel gauge going from full to empty, ball joints, the list goes on.
You would think GM would at least recall the fuel pump. I've had other Blazers over the years; 4 to be exact, and never had to change the pump on one.
If anyone knows a remedy for this, other than replacing the pump, let me know.
Bought new off show room floor... junk from start... never will buy general motors again bob 4-27-08.
I've got a 2000 4WD Blazer. I'm having my front wheel bearings replaced for the third time. I've had the ball joints replaced twice. And I have most of the other common problems too. The fuel gauge doesn't work. Dome light doesn't turn on. Rear wiper doesn't spray fluid. The book value is only like $2000 at this point so is really worth pouring more and more money into the same old problems. No more Blazers for me!
I have had all of the above problems with my 2000 LS Blazer. Bought the vehicle new. Talked to Chevrolet several times and was basically told the vehicle was my problem. Well that was true, but since then I have bought a 2006 Mustang and a 2008 Scion. I had never owned anything but General Motor vehicles and I am 54. They lost a life long customer over the Blazer problems and never wanting to fix any of the problems. Ford has really been great with the Mustang. Scion is basically new so no problems there yet. Own five vehicles at this time, so GM has lost a good customer. I hope it was worth it to them to not care about the problems I had with the Blazer. I also tell everyone who will listen about the way I was treated and I tell them how well Ford has treated me. The tongue is mightier than the sword!
Wow I wish I had read all these posts before my husband and I bought our 2000 Blazer back in 2004. I am having the same problems as most of the above:
Fuel gauge won't work (goes to full when tank is full but never goes below half tank even if it's empty)
Both recline handles are broke.
Pin and bushing need replaced on driver door.
Window motor had to be replaced on driver door.
Transmission pan gasket had to be replaced 3 times.
Radiator cap gets corroded often.
Transmission is acting funny (rpms go up way too high when I'm first taking off and no I don't slam the gas :)
And worst of all gas mileage sucks! I get 13-14 mpg.
I bought a 2000 Blazer 4x4 for my son. Boy he loved it... Word of warning though... they flip very easy and the roof support is not great... He had it 6 months and flipped it on the interstate, flipped 2 times and the roof did not hold up, broke his neck and killed him, he was 24. I do know the roof support is not very good in them (found that out too late though), but want everyone to know to drive very careful in them since there is so many of these reported cases out there. Please slow down, turn with care and be careful!
I have a 2001 Blazer. I have 140,000 thousand miles on it. The mileage is very good 19 city and 25 hwy. I have had to replace the tires and brakes at appropriate intervals, but have had no other problems. I work for a local government agency that purchased 75 of these vehicles. After speaking with the mechanics who work on these vehicles, they convinced me it would be a good purchase.
I really have no complaints. I have owned many vehicles over the years and would consider the Blazer average in that group.
2000 Blazer LS Bought in May, 2004
Windy, then leaky driver's door.
Electric windows would stop working - dealer said it was my imagination - but finally replaced one motor.
Passenger recline handle - right after warranty was up.
Mirror doors on driver's side broke off right after warranty was up, the other mirror door just broke off. Keep the CD holder on it so the light doesn't stay on.
Gas gauge went right after the problem with the high sulfur fuel - I was buying gas at the same station that wasn't on the list - but the gauge ticks like a geiger counter - I use the trip odometer.
Heater core went and we had it replaced. 80K then the smell of antifreeze would not go away. The heater core was on its way to being plugged again - completely flushed out dex cool and now use prestone.
Rear winder defroster wire broke off - 40K would have to replace the back window to fix it.
Replaced the alternator twice, 0 first time right out of warranty.
Got the bouncy, shimmy thing going down the road.
We replaced brakes and rotors - twice within a few months - had the alignment recently checked - no abnormal tire wear.
Second set of tires - still in decent shape.
The plastic trim around rear windows pitted, while still under warranty. Service considered it abuse - ???
Except for the old people who backed into me at work, the body is holding up well.
Sure, I am disappointed that things that I would not think of breaking, are broken. The Blazer has always been well maintained. GM is way too proud of their replacement parts - $350.00 for a lighted sun visor, wanted me to replace the entire passenger seat and rear window.
GM has always had characteristic flaws, either from design or from the plants that supplied the component. Sadly, they do not consider it a problem, even when hearing the same complaints. But then, the US has lost its way when it comes to consumer satisfaction.