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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
1,920 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 engine problems

engine problem

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1996 Chevrolet Blazer Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Mar 062004

Blazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

On several occasions, the Blazer suffers from sudden acceleration as I depressed the brake pedal. It has happened at least 6 times in the last year. I have also noticed the sudden acceleration when I come to a full stop at a stoplight.

- Downers Grove, IL, USA

problem #24

Jun 272003

Blazer

  • miles
Vehicle engine caught on fire while driving. The consumer stopped at middle ridge service plaza and noticed smoke coming from the engine. The fire was extinguished with a fire extinguisher. Damage to the vehicle consisted of hoses, wires and insulation under hood. Consumer had no recent engine problems.

- Sebring, OH, USA

problem #23

Sep 242003

Blazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
Replaced head gaskets at 48K and again at 80K. Either dexcool eats the gaskets, or the gaskets go bad and let air into the cooling system which causes the dexcool to go bad. I read a lot of complaints about dexcool, head gaskets, and 1996 Blazer. There must be a connection.

- Comstock Park, MI, USA

problem #22

Nov 012002

Blazer

  • miles

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

Consumer stated vehicle over heated, due to a blown head gasket.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #21

Feb 152002

Blazer

  • miles
Enough oil is not being supplied to engine. Dealer has been notified,

- Provo, UT, USA

problem #20

Sep 012001

Blazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There is a constant oil leak coming from under the hood, mechanic states oil gasket malfunctioned.

- Supply, NC, USA

problem #19

Jan 012002

Blazer

  • miles

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

Dip stick is extremely rusty. Consumer feels rust that build up could be a result of dirt falling into the oil pan. Dealer has been contacted.

- Hazel Park, MI, USA

problem #18

Sep 212001

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
On my way home from work on Sept. 21, 2001, I had to sit on I-435-E- freeway for an hour because of a car accident. I was moving no more than 5 to 10 miles an hour. When I got to I-71-N and I took I-71 to the linwood exit going 55 to 60 miles an hour and then 45 to 50 miles an hour and then 55 to 60 and then 45 to 50. I exited linwood to the East, over to Indiana (linwood is the 32nd hundrend blook). I went South on Indiana to 3318 Indiana. I parked my car and went in the house. I was in the house about 2 to 3 minutes before my neighbors came to my door and said my car was on fire. They were using their water holes to put out the fire. My better-half (trinidad medellin) came out side and open the hood of the Blazer. By the time the fire department came, the fire was out. Superior Chevrolet had informed trinidad medellin that severe oil leak was present from oil filter adapter housing and both oil cooler lines and this leak constitutes a safety and reliability issue. Trinidad did not see any leaks. If this data was known to the NHTSA under recalls, why weren't the customers informed, per ODI id: 978897?

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #17

Jun 302001

Blazer

  • miles
Medford engine gasket blewout, and coolant ran from undernea vehicle.also, there was a noise coming from front of the vehicle due to bearings being defective. Dealership was aware of problems.

- South Ozone Park, NY, USA

problem #16

Feb 282001

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
No major safety problems. However, signficant mechanical problems with very moderate mileage. Mechanical problems include steering linkage, water pump, starter, head gasket.

- Roslindale, MA, USA

problem #15

Dec 201999

Blazer

  • miles

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

Consumer tried to stop at an intersection and idler pulley/serpentine belts were replaced. Then, steering locked up, and brakes failed, consumer stated that recall 98V193000 concerning ABS brakes was never done.

- Greece, NY, USA

problem #14

Jan 012000

Blazer

  • miles
Windshield wipers works intermittently, they turn off and on. Dealership is aware of the problem. Also, pulley belt had to be replaced.

- Selinsgrode, PA, USA

problem #13

Mar 052000

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
Sewell Cadillac, Chevrolet dealer, @ 701 baronne at girod, new orleans, Louisiana. Quoted me $2900 to fix, said a valve failed and have to replace whole system. The replacement looks nothing like what I had. Am I the only one this has happened to? also I was in new orleans at the time of the failure, I was in the middle of mardi gras parade traffic, for 2 1/2hrs. Of stop and go cars, & people walking in front of my Blazer. I was extremely lucky that no one was hurt because of this failure, with the exception of my nerves.I don't feel that the system should have failed, on such a young vehicle. God forbid it would have gone while on the highway. Thankyou for hearing me out. Also, I presently have a file # with Chevy about this situation, the number is 000107487.quinta daniels was the representative I spoke with, on Monday, March 6,2000.

- Cross Plains, WI, USA

problem #12

Mar 052000

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
Sewell Cadillac, Chevrolet dealer, @ 701 baronne at girod, new orleans, Louisiana. Quoted me $2900 to fix, said a valve failed and have to replace whole system. The replacement looks nothing like what I had. Am I the only one this has happened to? also I was in new orleans at the time of the failure, I was in the middle of mardi gras parade traffic, for 2 1/2hrs. Of stop and go cars, & people walking in front of my Blazer. I was extremely lucky that no one was hurt because of this failure, with the exception of my nerves.I don't feel that the system should have failed, on such a young vehicle. God forbid it would have gone while on the highway. Thankyou for hearing me out. Also, I presently have a file # with Chevy about this situation, the number is 000107487.quinta daniels was the representative I spoke with, on Monday, March 6,2000.

- Cross Plains, WI, USA

problem #11

Jul 021999

Blazer

  • miles
Engine developed knocking sound because of head gasket problem.

- Grand Isla, NE, USA

problem #10

Dec 181999

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
Engine failure at 61000 mi. 2 qts of coolant/antifreeze found in engine. Was told cause was either a head gasket or intake gasket. Needed new engine. GM refused "goodwill" warranty extension per GM bulletin 57-05-01

- Prairie Du Sac, WI, USA

problem #9

Oct 151996

(reported on)

Blazer

  • miles
Abnormal oil consumption--recall, but dealer didn't have the parts. Air conditioner--compressor suction hose assembly leaking. Emergency brake cable rerouted--improperly installed, caused squeaking noise. Dash panel tightened--leaking cold air into driver's lap. Rear bumper strip had to be reinstalled. Air bag didn't deploy in accident.

- Grapevine, TX, USA

problem #8

May 011999

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
I have been told by the dealership that I purchased my vehicle new from that my entire engine needs to be replaced because of head gasket problems, overheating and rust in my radiator. The SUV is only 3 years old and I have done the best to maintain this vehicle properly. GM/Chevrolet motors said that the warranty on the vehicle was only for 3 yrs/36,000miles. I cannot see paying for a new engine for a 3 year old vehicle when it clearly seems to be defective or a bad design from the beginning if the engine is shot. It has 76,000 miles on it and again only 3 years old. I would like this matter to be investigated and hope to have GM/Chevrolet cover this problem that is not my fault whatsoever. Is this issue a reality of "Chevy SUVS last only 3 years then the engine goes bad?"

- Pleasant Garden, NC, USA

problem #7

Apr 011996

Blazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Valve seal failed.

- Encinitas, CA, USA

problem #6

Oct 271997

(reported on)

Blazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Piston rings failed.

- Encino, CA, USA

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