1997 Chevrolet Blazer Consumer Review: Old faithful

1997 Chevrolet Blazer - Consumer Review

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LS 2dr SUV (4.3L V6 4x4 5-speed Manual)

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Old faithful
By teton on


1997 Chevrolet Blazer LS 2dr SUV 4WD


While I certainly have many gripes, it has been a very reliable vehicle. I bought it new and it now has 162,xxx miles. It's never quit on me! I drive it in all conditions including plenty of off-road and snow. Outside of the typical repairs for this many miles (fuel pump, ball joints, alternator) and routine maintenance, I've had only a couple issues, but none major and it always starts. I keep expecting more problems but they haven't come yet. I have felt a few hard shifts from the tranny, but considering the too-tall gearing I'm amazed it got this far. Gas mileage is ok for a V6 SUV - avg about 20 combined.

Best Features

Engine, compass and outside temp, fold flat rear seats, a real tailgate you can sit on!, bomb-proof (ex. accidentally launched off snowbank and no damage except fender crease), surprisingly good on Jeep roads, still on original tranny, engine, diffs, shocks, many other parts, push button 4x4

Worst Features

Interior rattles, lower gearing (top gear on the automatic is useless unless you're going 65+ on flat roads with a tailwind), auto 4WD, suspension doesn't handle washboard gravel roads well, stereo, manual tranny mode,
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