I bought this car in April 2007 owned it until it was totalled on October 28th 2007. This SUV saved my daughter's life. She was cut off on the freeway and She veered to the left to avoid a collision. Consequently when she turned to avoid the collision. The Blazer went in an extreme arc to hit the center divider with most of the force of impact on the right front end of the truck. That impact then sent the car careening end over end, slightly kiddy corner completing at least a total of three revolutions then bouncing into the weeds on the exact opposite of the freeway with the truck coming to rest on its wheels, and still running, , facing oncoming traffic. She only sustained a concussion.
This vehicle was rock solid, and ran like a charm. You could feel its bulk when turning. We loved the fact that it was made of metal instead of today's plastic. We never did get to go 4 wheeling in it, however it proved it's handling and durability in the accident. The frame held up incredibly well.
The spare tire was always in the rearview mirror- annnoying--that of course has been addressed in newer models. It had 189,117 miles when it was totalled. Wish all cars ran this long and well.