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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Chevrolet Blazer suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Chevrolet Blazer Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 052001

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles


When turning the steering wheel, there is a vibration and a loud groaning sound. This began in March 01, and continues. At this point it is almost constant. A GM service manager said it was the ball joint and that he was surprised that there was not a recall. We have tried to keep up with the recalls, but there haven't been any regarding this matter. We are concerned that it might be a safety hazard, but at this point we have no other option than to drive this vehicle.

- Fairbanks, IN, USA

problem #3

Apr 262003

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
Right front ball joint collapsed at highway speed, causing loss of steering/tire damage, and near collision.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #2

Feb 122003

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
Upper and lower ball joint failure. If the upper or lower ball joint fail on a 1997 prior to 8 years or 100,000 miles they will be replaced according to your system. This would lead me to believe that they should not fail within 100,000 miles. My Chevrolet Blazer has failed at aproxamately 87,000 miles.

- Cambridge, VT, USA

problem #1

Jul 012002

Blazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When turning left or right, there is a loud noise. Took vehicle to the dealer for an oil change, mechanic stated that ball joints were shot. Consumer indicated that there was a recall for same part on 1996 and 1997 models.. consumer was informed by manufacturer that vehicle was not included in recall due to the VIN.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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