bought used at tax time,140k,no more explorers.im happy with my choice,ive had zero issues.i have noticed a lag in take off,although issue was cured when we drained trans fluid,and put on new filter..2/2012.i have the loaded edition,all leather,sunroof,tow package,power windows and locks.love the embroydted head rests and interior door logo.
the big differance,ive noticed is it drives more like a car than a 4x4 truck..love it>>>>>>>>>>
These cars are great to use as stunt vehicles to be driven off a cliff and explode on impact.
If there was a trophy for the junkiest cars on the market, these would be among the top competitors. I have owned 3 GM vehicles, and after going through numerous adventures I can honestly say that GM builds their cars specifically to break down in various places over and over again, so the owner would be obliged to have it fixed repeatedly. This probably keeps the gm business somewhat afloat through the money invested into parts and labor. for anyone who wants to avoid headaches and frustration, buy Japanese cars that have proven themselves Reliable, Efficient, and Long-lasting,you will be happier
The only strong point in these cars I have seen is good engines and transmissions, they seem to last and not degrade over time. The interior is also somewhat comfortable. But these are not worth the trouble that one will have with all the other parts of this car.
If I wanted to explain all the problems I have faced I would need to write a novel, but briefly put: from fuel pumps replaced, catalytic converters, fuel intake systems, cooler lines, Radiator leaks, Repetitive brake,ball joint, axle and bearing problems,
electric malfuntions of power windows and mirrors. Numerous minor detail issues that will drive you Nuts, such as door hinges breaking and fuel gauge going bad, or the seat adjustment level coming off and leaving your seat unadjustable. All these minor problems require money and time to fix. and it really tells you how little GM is concerned for building quality, they rather wanna make profits.
I bought my blazer in 2008, from the dealership, the gas gauge did not work.
The first big investment was the intake gasket that went bad.
It was replaced with a metal gasket, and shouldn't need replacing ever again.
After that, it started acting very strangely...it would be going down the road, and start hesitating, or lose power suddenly.
I went through and replaced plugs, wires, distributer cap and rotor, air filter, gas filter, battery, cat, and exhaust, the fuel pump sounds like it's screaming, it gets terrible gas mileage, and the front dash squeaks.
So far to fix the hesitation issue, i've dumbed a bottle of sea foam in the gas tank, which has helped for now.
I had purchased my blazer, i needed the extra room, so i got it. This blazer has everything electronic, and leather seats. All the bells. My engine is the 4.3 V6 Vortec. Now i got to drive for two weeks. Then the intake gaskets went out, followed by the whole head. I had to purchase a new motor. Then the rear brakes went out. For those who have this model Blazer, watch out , because it is VERY common for these things to go out.
Run a better motor with better factory gaskets and heads. The throttle body could probably use some work too.
I have to say I bought this car in April and I have had to replace a couple of minor things. Ac needed to be recharged. Pvc value replaced. Fuel filter. But these are small. Now need to do the rear diff. Flush radator and do a trans flush. Drives good. Family has plenty of room on road trips. Would like better gas mileage. A radio that worked. Outside of all that if you can get one at the right price it is a ok deal. 4wd still works. Have used to move a friend into a different apt and it moved all of his stuff fine. Lots of space . Seats fold down. Great for kids who play sports !
space .. comfort ...
better audio deck ... better mpg ... better interior/exterior ... bigger engine ... v-6 to small ... this truck needs an 8 based on weight of this truck!