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8.7

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,969 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1996 Chevrolet Blazer cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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1996 Chevrolet Blazer Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #12

Dec 222000

Blazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Anti-freeze coolant clogged engine. The dex-coolant was replaced with regular anti freezer but the problem was not solved.

- Golden Valley, MN, USA

problem #11

Nov 282000

Blazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving in the rain, consumer put on brakes and felt ABS kicking in, but there was a delay in stopping, consumer has also been to the dealer regarding an excessive brake squeak, dealer had replaced brake pads twice and rotors once. Right rear door won't always unlock from inside, dealer found no problem, pins at driver's door hinges rusted. The seal around right rear window holds water after rain. Rear passenger seat will not fold down, dealer found cable binding up. Water collects in rear light lense when washing vehicle, dealer replaced taillight lense, center high mount lense collects moisture, dealer replaced 3rd light brake assembly. Consumer flushed radiator and 12 months later it needed flushed again, dealer performed, consumer paid to have the first flush down and is requesting reimbursement.

- Glen Bernie, MD, USA

problem #10

Dec 151999

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
Heater failure; heater/defroster blows cold air; thermostat, sensor, and connector replaced with no improvement; hoses and coolant levels tested ok.

- Boothbay, ME, USA

problem #9

Nov 011999

Blazer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Michelin tires did not last 20,000 miles, they lasted 17,000 miles, radiator cooling system clogged up at about 25,000 miles, door light will come on and off at times, possible electrical problem, dealer found not problem

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #8

Jun 202000

Blazer

  • miles
My son has a 1996 GMC jimmy that has had the same problems. He has had to have his radiator removed and cleaned out twice and have the water pump replaced once. General Motors knows of this problem but has not issued a recall. There is a label in front of the radiator that states that the coolant does not require service for 100,000 miles. This coolant causes some of the engine components to rust ( ex. Heater nipple) someone at the dealership admitted that they see many vehicles every day with this problem.

- Selma, AL, USA

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problem #7

Jun 022000

Blazer

  • miles
Radiator clogged at 75000 miles(car is 4 years old). Radiator fluid is not scheduled to be replaced until 100000 based on owners manual.

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #6

Mar 092000

Blazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Radiator plugged with rust and grit, causing car to overheat. Consumer told by dealer that the rust and grit could be due to a manufacturing error in which foundry core sand was left in the block after castings. Correction of problem not under warranty, but consumer wants Chevrolet to cover the cost of repairs.

- River Hills, WI, USA

problem #5

Jan 192000

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
I know of four other people with the same complaint of their vehicle radiator core being plugged. They were all serviced at shottenkirk's and upset about having to pay a cost of $294.09. I had previously had the same vehicle to shottenkirk's because of no heat and they put in a new thermostat. That did not solve the problem, and I had to pay $64 for the thermostat and labor. Besides taking two days off, driving sixty miles one way to shottenkirk's and having to pay for the services because the extended warranty would not cover the cost, I am a little upset with Chevrolet. I went thru the proper channels to give my complaints and this is where joel, from the executive office at General Motors instucted me to complain. It is not fair to the consumer to have to pay for a faulty core.

- Memphis, MO, USA

problem #4

Jan 192000

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
I know of four other people with the same complaint of their vehicle radiator core being plugged. They were all serviced at shottenkirk's and upset about having to pay a cost of $294.09. I had previously had the same vehicle to shottenkirk's because of no heat and they put in a new thermostat. That did not solve the problem, and I had to pay $64 for the thermostat and labor. Besides taking two days off, driving sixty miles one way to shottenkirk's and having to pay for the services because the extended warranty would not cover the cost, I am a little upset with Chevrolet. I went thru the proper channels to give my complaints and this is where joel, from the executive office at General Motors instucted me to complain. It is not fair to the consumer to have to pay for a faulty core.

- Memphis, MO, USA

problem #3

Sep 101999

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
The inside of the radiator erupted and caused the transmission fluid and antifreeze to mix. This caused water to flow in the transmission. The radiator, resevoir and the transmission had to be replaced. The alternator had to be replaced due to this failure. I was traveling on I-95 when this incident happened with no warning. There must be a defect in the raditor to erupt inside, please investigate, if requested, I can provide repair bills.

- Temple Hills, MD, USA

problem #2

Jul 091999

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
Entire radiator system replaced, 4 mos later entire engine replaced, 7 days later, distributor replaced. No diagnosis for any of these problems. Closed dexcool radiator system was filled with black syrup and had no fluid but showed no signs of leaking!? engine lost power and sputtered prior to engine replacement(which may have been unneccessary!) and showed identical symptoms 7 days later, for which a distributor replacement fixed symtoms. Now my "service engine soon" light is on for my engine with 600 miles on it! I am getting a 3rd dealer's opinion today. Please help if you can.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #1

Feb 281998

Blazer

  • miles
Radiator dip stick and tubing is rusting out, and causing rust to go into the radiator. Dealer contacted, there is no recall and cannot duplicate the problem.

- Midway, KY, USA

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