9th Feb 2009, 18:29
Hi - I bought a used 1999 Chevy Blazer. Had to replace the ball joints / bearings / pinion / fuel pump / intake manifold / transmission - - Now in 2009 it has 90,000 miles on it. Hopefully it will hold together until I get to 130,000 miles. The car looks wonderful & runs well - until something goes wrong.
I went out to price a Hyundai - some crap salesmen give.
I appreciate your comments here - because it gives me hope that my 1999 Blazer might last to 130,000 miles, until I can find a steady job.
Thanks - Kandi.
16th Feb 2009, 23:44
I have a 99 Chevy Blazer 2d 4wd 122,000 miles. I have to replace upper and lower ball joints both sides, pittman arm, idler arm and my intake manifold needs to be sealed. I run it without; it's like riding a bicycle, no power whatsoever. But it has never stalled. It's well worth every dollar you put in it, she's built to last. Chevy like a rock.
Phillip - Ohio.
7th Mar 2009, 13:00
I own a 99 Chevy Blazer LS and I must say the next time I purchase a vehicle, it will most certainly not be a Chevy. It was my first purchased vehicle, so I babied it. I thought I would make my father proud, being that it was American made - big mistake. I have kept it regularly maintained, but the moment it comes out of the shop for routine maintenance, I have to take it back in within a month for serious repairs. I have lost count on the repair list, excluding normal wear and tear, this vehicle has been awful. I swear it's a lemon.
The laundry lists of replacements listed on this forum all sound really familiar: especially the annoying seat handles. Design flaw, they say. When I bought this vehicle, I said I was going to drive it until it dies. But I could have a brand new, fault free vehicle for the monthly cost of repairs this Blazer is running me!
I just wanted to get this off my chest. I feel better now knowing mine ISN'T a lemon, that it isn't personal as the majority seem to have the same problems.
7th Mar 2009, 19:02
I have a 1999 Blazer. I've owned it for 2 years now and I've had to replace the fuel pump once already. Now I've come across another problem, when slowing down for a red light or a stop sign the truck will just shut off. I've noticed that this only occurs when the gas gage reads a little below 1/4 of a tank. Does anyone know what may cause this problem?
20th Apr 2009, 09:42
My 2wd 99 Blazer has 135,000 miles on it, has been used on a rural mail route for the last 40k (runs 40 miles/day... 5 days/wk... 4 1/2 hrs/day... 600 stops/starts avg... transmission has not been touched.)
Some of the usual engine problems, ball joints, control arm bushings, starter, leaking oil cooler lines, air conditioning compressor failed, leaking intake manifold gasket... but nothing is perfect, just wish there was a little better attention to detail in the construction/engineering. I paid $6000 for it in 2004 with 88k on odometer... all in all, still beats payments on a new SUV.
23rd Jul 2009, 09:21
I bought a 99 Blazer with 110,000 miles on it. So far it has been a pretty good vehicle. My gas gauge went out of course (2 weeks after I bought it). Now it doesn't seem to be riding as smooth as when I bought it? It seems like there is a bump on my left wheel hitting the pavement when the tire rotates? And now there is a ticking sound coming from the dashboard? WHAT IS THAT TICKING SOUND??!! GRRRRR.
I am a perfectionist with all my vehicles, and I like to have them perfect. Any advice on any of the above?
24th Aug 2009, 02:06
Greetings researchers and other venters...
I received my 1999 Blazer from my mom - needed something to get to and from college. It has been on very long drives with my mom and even though I drive it a lot, I don't think it compares to how she drove it.
Mileage - 161K
Issues beyond regular car maintenance:
Broken seat levers
Replaced 2 times: idler and Pittman arms, ball joints, bearings, and whatever else is involved in the front steering (not axle!)
ABS (front drivers side) sensor going bad - MANY times
Timing chain - very loose (replaced)
Cover of timing chain replaced with GM made (after market made oil leak bad)
Conditioner hose blew (when mom owned it and drove it long distances in HOT weather)
Rear brake fluid hose drying up??
Digital Mileage not showing right away
Many gaskets replaced
Most recent issue - Alternator is going bad.
Likely more problems but I'm not 100% sure what.
I can't wait to get a new car!!!
5th Mar 2010, 21:01
Got a 99 Blazer LS last year with 100,000 miles on it. Now it's at 120,000 miles. If I took the time to list all the stuff I had to replace, you would be reading this for hours. They are junk junk junk. I am a big time Chevy fan, but what changed my mind was this. I traded in a 99 Ford Ranger extended cab with a 4.0 V6 for this hunk of tin. I ran the Ranger hard on and off road. Even had it in mud bog competition, and never had one problem with it. I drive the Blazer like a little old lady going to church, and all it does is let me sit. I'm going to use it for target practice, so if anyone wants what is left of it, let me know.
22nd Nov 2010, 13:12
I have a '99 Blazer LS 4X4. I bought it with 90,000 miles and wanted to bash it with a sledgehammer after 6 months. I replaced:
Probably a lot more that are too painful to recall at this point.
After I replaced all of those things, by 160,000 it was like a second round, bearings, ball joints, and cooling lines.
After that, I have reached 202,000 miles with just some minor replacements, and it runs like a top! I'm not sure why it took so long for it to even out, but I off-road constantly as an avid outdoorsman, and I tow a lot of trailers and boats and it has done very well. I'm still getting about 18-20 MPG on highway (in-town mileage sucks) and I've never had a tranny problem to date.
If you can keep your sanity and hang on long enough, it will pleasantly surprise you in the long haul.
2nd Apr 2011, 02:12
My experience with Chevys is that there is one bolt that goes into a water port that will leak. Use sealant on that bolt and let sit for 24 hours before putting coolant in it. Hope this helps.
4th May 2011, 21:18
I have a 1999 LT 4X4 - replaced the transmission at 40k (not certain it was necessary, as I don't have a lot of faith in this dealer, but it was under warranty), alternator at 40k, broken passenger seat motor (actually fell off) at 45k, broken driver side mirror at 65k, water pump at 75k, battery cables at 75k (shorted on frame near starter), A/C system at 83k, fan clutch at 83k, front right end rattles like crazy when going over bumps (not sure what this is).
The vehicle still reliable and running strong. Have had it since new, and may be slightly biased as this was my 1st new car and it's the LT with all upgrades (alarm, windows, sun roof, stereo etc.)
Did not ever do much 4x4. Used it mostly for driving in the snow in the Sierras, and when relocated to MN and then MA.
I have found this vehicle is compact, but fairly easy to work on if mechanically inclined.