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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,617 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Blazer electrical problems

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1996 Chevrolet Blazer Owner Comments

problem #17

Apr 222016


  • 142,185 miles


The contact owns a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer. While driving at various speeds, an abnormal noise was heard from the brakes when the brake pedal was depressed. There were no warning lights illuminated. The steering wheel began to seize and the turn signals began to malfunction. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the struts, and both driver and passenger side brake pads and rotors failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred numerous times. The manufacturer was not aware of the failures. The failure mileage was approximately 142,185.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #16

Jun 092008


  • 150,000 miles
Car accident was May 2008 was reported to usaa insurance and nc commissioner. I am former us army spouse and contractor 15 years. I am back at home of record. I have lost over $5000 to this incident and I deal with added medical disabilities from this dealing with chronic back, tbi ptsd and brain injury to left side. Confirmed with cat scan and army womack hospital. Did not have health care at the time. I have had ignition switch. The light bulb dealing with nc testing issues costing me with testing. Ohio thanks goodness not. But brights don't come on. Radio clock stays on drained battery in the past. Also, there was a problem with the brakes. I tried to get a service but didn't know where in dayton, Ohio.....updated10/20/15

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #15

Mar 012013

Blazer 6-cyl

  • 147,000 miles
I have a 1996 Chevy Blazer 4WD 4.3L central port fuel injection. The #4 fuse which is my gauge fuse keeps blowing and when it blows my instrument cluster zeros out and I have no clue what my speed is what my rpms are what my fuel level its, etc. My alternator stops charging and my vehical eventually stalls out due to the battery draining.

- Two Rivers, WI, USA

problem #14

Sep 292012


  • 24,000 miles


Put the cigarette lighter in. Got out of my car and walked to the front of the car. By the time got back to the door of the car to get my things out for work the dashboard of my car was on fire.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #13

Jun 162010


  • 173,052 miles
On my 1996 Chevy Blazer it was recently brought to my attention that I had no rear brake lights. I brought the vehicle to my regular mechanic and I was told that the multifunction switch was defective, as I had no rear hazards either. The only operational brake light was the overhead center light. I had the item replaced and received the car back yesterday, but decided to google the item and came up with the recall #01V364000. This recall only covers GMC related vehicles during calendar years 2000-2002. I have the receipt for work and have the defective part in my possession.

- Glendale, NY, USA

problem #12

Oct 072008


  • miles
I have a 96 Chevy Blazer. My brake lights are doa, the top strip is working but the brake lights itself are not. I changed everything that has to do with the brake lights and still nothing. I went online and also saw other people with the same problem and frustration. I called the dealership and there was a recall on that part but for a 2001. They also estimated that the switch and the labor would cost $700!!!! I went online and found the part itself for $369. I have not yet fixed the problem. This a problem to many Chevy lovers and Chevy should be liable to fix it cause it was an engineering problem.

- Orlando , FL, USA

problem #11

May 062006

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles


Recently investigated a fire on a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer. Fire origin is at the driver side front door panel at the power mirror switch. If any one else has experienced a fire in this location please contact me at 610-392-xxxx and nhsta.

- Kutztown, PA, USA

problem #10

Mar 182006

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,253 miles
Vehicle stalls at stop lights, stop signs, and while at stop with engine idling. Outside temperature is over 70 degrees. It has been to a mechanic 5 times in the last month. Parts replaced - fuel pump one year ago, mass airflow sensor, egr has been cleaned once and replaced once. Throttle position sensor has been replaced. Two other sensors have been replaced - problem still exists.

- Hays, KS, USA

problem #9

May 012004

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
Consumer received several recalls for 1996 Chevrolet S10 Blazer. The vehicle's heating/cooling system and transmission failed prematurely. During a routine check the consumer noticed that the dex cool coolant had turned into a reddish clay-like substance. Given the condition of the coolant the consumer proceeded to flush the system. After the system was flushed both the radiator and heater core began to leak. The transmission also failed and as a result only first gear and reverse were operational. The dealer replaced the transmission with a rebuilt one and replaced the vcm.

- Pataskala, OH, USA

problem #8

Apr 212003

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles
I was driving down the highway when my 1996 Chevy Blazer began to smoke under the hood. The temperature gauge showed the car was not over heating. I pulled off the highway to allow the smoke to clear and pulled the hood release. After 5 minutes the car continued to smoke. I got out of the car to check under the hood. I noticed a black spot on the hood and had the sense to realize the car was on fire without trying to lift the hood. I yelled to my mother to get out of the car. I called 911 to reach the police. When they came they could not put out the fire. The policeman called the fire department to put out the fire. I thank god my 3 year old was not with me strapped in his car seat as he usually travels with me. The car was a total loss in a matter of minutes.

- Mount Pocono, PA, USA

problem #7

May 242003

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles


Mirror control switch fire on a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer.

- Revere, MA, USA

problem #6

May 012003


  • miles
While driving the vehicle caught on fire and large flames came from under the hood.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #5

Mar 102003


  • 89,000 miles
The heater switch started to smoke, because the electrical system failed.

- Elmwood, WI, USA

problem #4

Jan 151997


  • miles
Vehicle has a continual problem with battery going dead, dealer can not find the problem even after disconnecting everything to see what was draining the battery.

- Beltsville, MD, USA

problem #3

Dec 101998


  • miles
Electrical system failure causing fuses to blow and vehicle stalling. Mjs

- Lookout Mo, GA, USA

problem #2

Aug 131996


  • miles
Faulty starter resulted in vehicle catching fire under hood, replaced starter and the next day the vehicle caught fire again, possible electrical system problem.

- Pleasanton, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 121999

(reported on)


  • miles
The altenator went out and the lights on the car had gotten dim. Also, dealer says the belt tensioner needs to be replaced.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

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