30th Jul 2002, 18:56

I own a 97 Blazer. All six fuel injectors were replaced at 57k miles as well as O2 sensor. Just recently, at 108k, the fuel pump went ($500) and passenger window motor failed ($250). I had a good 50,000 mile stretch of low maintenance. I am seriouly considering selling it before it costs me more.

28th Aug 2002, 22:37

I am selling my 1997 Blazer, it was 2 years old when I replaced the transmission. The driver window doesn't want to go up or down anymore, the "door open" buzzes while you are driving down the road. In 2 1/2 years I have also replaced the brakes twice and they still don't work correctly..it's takes too long to come to a stop, air conditioner, master cylinder,...list goes on. I'm going to a Ford Expedition and very excited to.

31st Dec 2002, 22:37

I come from a General Motors family. However, my experience with a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer has me shopping elsewhere for its replacement.

I purchased the one owner vehicle with 28,000 miles in 1998. I now have 96,000 expensive miles on this vehicle. I have gone through two transmissions and most recently a defective encoder motor, which allows me to switch into 4WD. I have also noticed a gurgling sound from under the dash. Some searching on the web reveals an expensive problem with the cooling system and the Dex-Cool coolant.

26th May 2003, 21:37

I've had my '97 LT Blazer for 3 years now, and the only problem I've had is the Transmission vent tube clooged up. Otherwise, its been a very good truck.


10th Feb 2004, 16:35

I recently acquired a 1997 Chevy Blazer from my parents. They were the first owners and took very good care of it. After about 43,000 miles I have had transmission problems, I have been told today that my encoder motor is shot, and I have a gurgling sound coming from the dash/floor area. I read in a previous comment that this may be a coolant problem. My entire family has driven Chevy's for years. We might have to rethink this.

29th Feb 2004, 14:16


I have just bought a 1997 Chevy blazer and took it to the keys. I think the truck is great, sure hope it continues that way. the only problem I encountered was it slamming into second gear after being driven 75 for over 200 miles.

I'm thinking of putting a transmission cooler in.

Good idea?

14th May 2004, 12:09

I bought a 97 blazer 2 wheel drive last year. Overall it has been a good truck. A Few problems here and there. O2 sensors (3 of them at 60k) A/C I need to jumper the accumulator to get it to take a charge... Maybe Ill do that today. (only 225. for the compressor worst case scenario) I need to work on the passenger front seat, it won't stay in the track.. I been doing all the work on it and I'm not a mechanic. Front bearing pack, shocks, Not just Oil changes. Its actually not that hard and very rewarding. I agree that if you treat something well, it will treat you well back. Some things happen on all vehicles, I just try to Keep up or stay ahead of it, and because of that I should have a nice truck for another 100k. One thing though, remember when they told you plastic will be around forever? What about that stuff in the dash and the vibrating trim pieces!!Why can't they make the cheap parts out of THAT plastic. I LIKE my Blazer.

1st Sep 2004, 11:32

I am having this exact problem with my 97 LS with 60,000mi. on it as the referenced comment from 3-1-02.

I bought it with 59k miles. 7-20-04.

Has run like a champ till 8-25-04.

Quit suddenly a few times, but would restart.

Then 8-27 shut off to fuel and hasn't restarted yet.

I've noticed that all electrical (wipers, heater fan, headlights, etc. and starter) all work fine, but, the "idiot lights" (ABS, oil, check engine, etc.) in the dash do not come on.

I have tried replacing the ignition module. Not it.

Any suggestions?

17th Oct 2005, 21:31

I have a 97 Blazer. My brother bought it with 10,000 miles on it in 1998. His wife drove it until Feb 2001. I bought it from them with 73,000 miles on it. I now have 125,000 on it and it looks like new. I registered my VIN with Chevrolet and get all the bulletins. I've had the recall on the windshield wiper motor done (bad circuit board), new ignition switch installed, and had to put an alternator on it after towing a trailer a few times (could have been the problem). The fuel gauge has never worked exactly right... will start on full with a full tank and drop down to 1/4 as normal then it will go back to full or close to it... but that's not major to me to deal with. I replaced the original back brake shoes at 110,000 only because I thought it was time, but the ones I put on didn't look any better than the originals. The Blazer has had 3 sets of brake pads on the front... My brother put a set on at 50,000, I put a set on at about 80,000 and I went ahead and put new front ones on when I did the back brakes. I've been very happy with the truck.

1st Apr 2009, 09:22

I purchases a 97 Blazer when it had 42,000 miles on it.

Exactly 92 days after I purchased it, the transmission went. When they were replacing the transmission, they discovered that it had been replaced before.

After having that fixed, exactly 1 week later the motor went. Since then the fuel pump has gone bad, the drivers side window stopped working, and now the A/C heater blower has stopped working, the light on the back roof is rusted out and leaking into the back. They did a recall on the Blazers for this problem, but it doesn't cover all of them, and so my VIN isn't under the recall.

I have to replace the ball joints again, which I have had to do every year since I have owned it.

Only 1 speaker inside the vehicle works, and the idiot light for my brakes won't go out.

I have so much money invested into it that I can't afford to get rid of it. I definitely wouldn't buy another Chevy product, and that is sad because my sister works for a Chevy Garage as a Body Shop Manager.

29th May 2009, 23:45

May 29, 2009

I purchased a Chevy Blazer 4WD in Sept. of 2008, and it has been in various shops for everything except the transmission, which did some crazy stuff today :(

I absolutely love this vehicle, and the way it drives and rides (when not in a shop being repaired.) It has 129,000 miles on it, but looks almost brand new. I think it's sad that Chevy actually sold a car that had so many things waiting to go wrong.

The drivers' door has problems to where the door actually won't open due to some clips inside breaking near the door handle, and because the vehicle is electric, the parts for the door are near $300, and the repair is about 5-6 hours because of the way that Chevy put the door (s) together -- VERY sad. There are only 3 things left to replace on this vehicle, and it will have all 2009 parts, except for the body. Hopefully, these parts will last long enough to turn it into a "classic".

Thank you all for your prior comments, because it helps to know that others have had a bit of trouble too. :)