2001 Chevrolet Blazer LS 4WD 4dr SUV (4.3L 6cyl 4A)
I have a 2001 Chevy Blazer that has been in our family for the last 17 years. It has accumulated around 161,800 miles today. This has always been a very sturdy vehicle, and has never left any of us stranded anywhere. The only time we were never able to get it to start was at our house, and it was a super easy fix (cracked rotary cap and moisture in the gas tank). The only major repair we have had to do on this car was get a new transmission (at around 155,000 miles). The trucks handling isn't the best, but it handles extreme weather really well, especially here in MN. The overall comfort of the vehicle is fair, it's not terrible, but definitely could be better. A lot of people seem to forget that this is an SUV, not a fancy sedan or anything. You're gonna feel most of the bumps and what not when going down the road. For gas mileage, I'm usually able to get around 17-19 mpg. Overall, I would really recommend this vehicle to someone who was looking to buy their teen a car, or even just to use it during the winter. If you can find one in a decent shape, and really make sure to keep up on the general maintenance, you should really have no issues with this vehicle. With our Blazer's age and the shape that the body is in, you can tell she's starting to get worn out, and I'm currently on the hunt for finding a new daily driver. However, I have no intentions in getting rid of our Blazer. You can't find a car any more reliable than her!
2001 Chevrolet Blazer LT 4WD 4dr SUV w/OnStar (4.3L 6cyl 4A)
I bought this car a year ago, and it has been nothing but unreliable. First the transfer case, then the transmission, and then the fuel pump. Not to mention electronic 4wd was hesitant and didn't ever feel right. All the repairs together cost me way too much. I'm not just a broke college student anymore, I'm a broke college student with a broken car. I also see people talking about getting 20+ mpg but my blazer has seen 13 mpg tops and that's driving conservatively. My mechanic said the same exact thing happened to his Jimmy...I'd recommend something else.