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1997 Chevrolet Blazer SUV

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Bye-bye, Chev! Never again...
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By Blazerhater
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1997 Chevrolet Blazer SUV LT 4dr SUV 4WD


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Afvter the amount of issues with this vehicle - and past GM's - I will NEVER purchase another General Motors product. Right now I am replacing my third water pump. I have spent enough money at dealerships to have purchased this vehicle twice now. I have had seven things blow in the last 6 months - rear window wiper motor, water pump, ignition module, idler arm, vacuum heater, transmission, mirror console - and three oil leaks from somewhere. Always changed oil to reccomendations and always dealer serviced once per year.


Best Features

I like that the vehicle has no water drip molding so that I may be refreshed during any amount of precipitation - because it is blowing in even if you have you window just slightly open. I also like the use of the cheapest parts available because it has given me a chance to truly understand my SUV.


Worst Features

First, fire your whole design team. Next, fire your whole quality control department. Send the CEO to Honda, Nissan or Toyota for 6 months to learn something. Make executive pay based on amount of recalls and customer dissatisfaction. Sue whomever ran the company in 1997 for gross negligence.


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Good Ol' Girl
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By chevy4ever
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1997 Chevrolet Blazer SUV LT 4dr SUV 4WD


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I bought this Blazer from someone who wanted absolutely nothing to do with it anymore for stupid reasons. I got it cheap, and stuck about 2000 dollars more into it with new fluids of every sort, water pump, floor mats, 4WD vaccuum, and some other things. Mostly things went wrong because it litterally sat a whole year without moving. Since I have had no problems. She was a little sluggish at first, understandable, but has since really picked up. It's been a pleasure to own and drive! I also got 24 miles per gallon highway, but it was twisty, hilly roads that I took to visit family, so I thought that was pretty good.


Best Features

Push button 4WD, fold down back seat, impressive gas mileage for it's size, very gutsy, comfortable, the overhead console with compass, etc., sunroof.


Worst Features

None


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Old faithful
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By teton
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1997 Chevrolet Blazer SUV LS 2dr SUV 4WD


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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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Not a bad car
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By kate
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1997 Chevrolet Blazer SUV 4dr SUV 4WD


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I think that my car is very reliable. It has had its problems like replacing the tranny. After I bought the vehicle the check engine light came on and has been on ever since. I have had a misfire in the engine and after replacing the spark plug wires and the distributer cap it has run smoothly. The light is still on. I like the driver's seat options. I am a massage therapist and the option for posture is great. I think that it has helped me to be more aware of how I drive. The seats fold down enabling me to move a lot of my junk from place to place. I had to move from Mason City, IA. to Forest City, Ia. and I did it in 3 trips. So the space inside is roomy. I love my car!


Best Features

Lumbar support, 4-wheel drive buttons, back seats fold down easily-back hatch opens with a button from the front dash or back button. I just like my car. I also like the above compartments and for us directionally challenged people, the compass up above is real helpful!


Worst Features

Mileage could be improved, back seats could be made more comfortable, transmission problematic. Other than that, pretty good.


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It'll get me by for a while.
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By Tommy
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1997 Chevrolet Blazer SUV LT 4dr SUV 4WD


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I bought it because it was cheap and I needed a little work truck/commuter. The tranny has been replaced, the AC has a leak but works if charged, the gas guage doesn't work so I have to keep an eye on mileage (270 miles per tank on average 15-16 MPG in town) The driver door spring broke off but the door still works. The ball joints need to be replaced, and the engine leaks oil pretty bad. Other than that the engine runs strong (especially after injector cleaner added to fuel). Overall, I don't mind my little beater, but it is definitely a short term solution.


Best Features

Fold down rear seats. Sound system isn't bad. Roof rack


Worst Features

Better ball joint quality, better build quality


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