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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,625 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Blazer drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1996 Chevrolet Blazer Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 222004

(reported on)

Blazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Most of the problems that surfaced had already been repaired at least once. Most of the problems had already been repaired at least once under warranty and have recurred. The A/C seal leaked and needed a pump. There were problems with the idler pulley, oil filter lines, crank shaft, door hinges, power steering, throttle positioner sensor 2, left front axle seal, and the differential side covers.

- Sturgeon Bay, WI, USA

problem #7

Jul 272003

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
Both rear wheels and axles separated from the rear differential while traveling at 55 mph on highway. Loss of vehicle control and braking due to severed brake lines and rear wheels separated from rear differential.body damage incurred when rear wheel and axle jammed under rear bumper.

- Leominster, MA, USA

problem #6

Jun 122001

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission was slipping out of gear when accelerating from stop or RPM's will rev high, but vehicle will not move as fast as it should. Consumer took vehicle back to Pontiac dealer where vehicle was purchased, and was told a power train control module needed to be replaced. Advised consumer to go to a Chevrolet dealer to perform repair because it still fell under manufacturer's warranty. Consumer took vehicle to Chevrolet dealer, and was told a tsb was issued for a harness jumper kit which was causing the defect. Chevrolet dealer did not inspect vehicle to determine if that was the actual cause.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #5

Mar 012000

Blazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Differential failed. Nlm

- Odenton, MD, USA

problem #4

Sep 011998

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
This is my first Chevrolet Blazer, I have a Ford Ranger that has 210,000 miles with no problems, however, this Blazer has spider gears that are out at less than 45,000 miles on it. So I'm hoping that there is a assembly flaw or manufacturing discrepency involved to correct this matter. I know that there are some problems with the Chevy and GMC full size trucks, I have a couple of friends that have gone through a few rear ends already. It was found that there was a discrepency in the machining of the axle. I'm hoping that this is a related incident and that other people are having this same problem? I don't hardly ever use 4WD and I'm not hard on my vehicles, so I just don't understand why these spider gears would be going out on a 2 year old vehicle.

- Shell Rock, IA, USA

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problem #3

Nov 291997


  • miles
In 15 mos. This car has left me more than all others together !!! have lost thousands of dollars in income. Most unreliable unsafe car I've ever owned. I see hundreds of people in my feild of work and I tell them all not to get a Blazer !! it can't stay on the road and the co. Is unwilling to help. Very unhappy with the product and handling of complaint. Read E-mail sent to get the jest of problems this car has had. If my daughter or I die as a result of this faulty car you can be assured you will be sued !!! I've tryed to let someone know since 1-2 mos. After purchase that it was a problem. To no avail Chevy does'nt care !!!!!

- Aynor, SC, USA

problem #2

Sep 061997

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
Differential seal leakage. Mjs

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 011998

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
Serpentine belt replaced twice. Also, front brake rotors/differential/alternator and front axle failed. In addition, engine sluggish/hesitates.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

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