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Top-notch North American SUV
By Walt Levesque on
2005 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4WD 2dr SUV (4.3L 6cyl 5M)
The best mid-sized ol'school SUV in an up-to-date body style available new until 2005 being its last production year. Bought new Nov, 2004 and have driven just over 30,000 miles combined city, highway and off-road. Average 23 mpg hwy and 14 mpg city. No major snags other than: wipers intermittent function (changed wiper arm selector which contains resistors), steering box (seal leak), CD player (ate first CD played), engine thermostat (failed open, low temp) and poor park brake adjustment (partially stuck on). Currently empty-nesters who enjoy getting off the beatin' path on beautiful Vancouver Island and couldn't do it in confidence and comfort without our good ol' Chevy Blazer.
Excellent body style for 2 and superb 4 wheel drive operation and performance without requirement for after-market add-ons. Probably the best 6 cyl power plant available, albeit not the best fuel economiser (you can't beat the Chevy 350 cu in with 2 cyl's cut off). Take care of it and it will you.
None, as long as one's aware of its blind-spots. (rear tire mount) side mirrors and defensive driving work fine to compensate. Its fuel economy (don't buy an SUV if you expect to get 35 mpg), its maintenance requirements (follow recommended Chevy maintenance program and you'll avoid potential probs)