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great machine - i've owned this car longer than any
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By chevyonlyfon
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1997 Chevrolet Blazer SUV LS 4dr SUV


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This has been the most enjoyable car I have ever owned. i usually et rid of cars around 5 years - because they are uncomfortable or just not pleasureable any longer. This car i have never tired of is so comfortable and ergonomic - i have yet to find a car that makes me feel at such ease driving - minus the poor breaking. The reliability has been nothing short of astounding . though i have put some into repairs.. 400 for an ignition switch - 700 for a fuel pump. i spent 55 bucks for a wiper motor - which later was reimbursed for under recall. and i did have the dex cool problem- cost me 141 bucks to replace the radiator - 1300 $ in 14 years.. amazing..


Best Features

nice sound system - nice ride. which rides as well as the day i bought it 14 years ago. good gas milage - gets as good gas milage as my 07 nissan altima 2.5 s rated at 26-35mpg( no the nissan dosnt get that ) its gets a couple more than the blazer 16-22 is what i get..ac-on going into the wind loaded car.


Worst Features

make the beautiful and functional dog ear mirrors stronger so they dont fall off the doors aftrer normal use. . make the fuel pump easier to access so it doesnt cost so much to replace - make it cheaper too.. stick to the basics - dont play games with coolant that has been used for decades..


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Good Power, Reliability Questionable
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By MJWACK
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1997 Chevrolet Blazer SUV LT 4dr SUV 4WD


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Drove the Blazer for one-year and sold it thinking to upgrade, but probably let it go too cheap. The 4.3 V6 was a powerful engine, the LT trim was awesome, but I ran into drivetrain problems and it began to leak out of the rear main seal at around 115k, then it started leaking anti-freeze from the head gaskets. Also had to replace a leaky CV axle, then just started leaking again from the front differential. Also a vacuum line disconnected and the electronic 4x4 wouldn't engage. The AC had some problems too. Overall this was a good car, but with over 100k I wasn't ready to accept the maintenance costs and got sick of leaking fluids.


Best Features

Trim: Sunroof, power accessories; Powerful for a V6.


Worst Features

Fuel Economy, Drivetrain Reliability


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ok truck
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By jay
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1997 Chevrolet Blazer SUV LS 4dr SUV 4WD


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this truck was a good vehicle, it was reliable, considering that this website states a lot of problems, only problems it had were because of me. It hardly needed anything other than the usual, oil change. gas was bad seen it wasted more gas then my Tahoe (v8).the power was bad as well considering engine size 4.3 and only 190hp


Best Features

4x4


Worst Features

styling, more power and torque, fuel economy


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First Suv
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Jeserfen
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1997 Chevrolet Blazer SUV LT 4dr SUV 4WD


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This was my first SUV purchased. I enjoyed it, while it ran. Bought it used in 2004 (7 yrs old) with 70k miles. Around 85K alternator went out. 90k fuel pump out. 100k seat adjust handles broke and started having electrical problems with stereo. Randomly switches sound from speaker to speaker, they never work at the same time anymore. Have had to rebuild transmission, 2 alternators, 3 batteries (in 5 years) brake rotors, rear window wiper stopped working, starter, cargo net posts broke. Very much a plastic interior that breaks when you touch it. However the exterior is solid, I have hit a vehicle and only got a dent while other person had to buy a new front end clip.


Best Features

Push button 4WD is great for poor weather. I like the storage unit on the interior ceiling (sunglasses, cds etc). The rear wiper was nice while it worked.


Worst Features

Starter is in a terrible hard to reach place. Not enough room for a large battery. Interior might as well be made of porcelain. Improve transmission, it has a very short life span.


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4wd nice, guzzles gas and breaks often
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By Gary
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1997 Chevrolet Blazer SUV LT 4dr SUV 4WD


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bought with 45000, since replaced brakes twice, engine, alternator, starter X 2, wiring problems numerous, check engine soon light has been on at least a half dozen times and required many different repairs. The Blazer just turned 100000 and I am having serious transmission problems. I have always loved Chevys, but I doubt I'll ever buy another after this one. The 4.3 is a slug. wife has a Saturn Vue with the 3.5 Honda engine and it will smoke the 4.3 and gets good MPG. Stay away from the Blazer.


Best Features

touch 4wd, sunroof, comfortable seats (front only)


Worst Features

MPG, 4.3 is a dog, too many repairs


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