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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Blazer engine problems

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1996 Chevrolet Blazer Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 082002

Blazer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

At 30 mph accelerator pedal got stuck, consumer applied more pressure and pedal went to the floor. Then, got stuck in that position. Consumer had to apply brakes hard, shifted to neutral, and shut off engine. Dealer stated the engine was damaged, and had to be replaced.

- Cortland, NY, USA

problem #5

May 052001

Blazer

  • miles
While driving 55 mph downhill on wet pavement, the accelerator suddenly depressed to the floor. My foot was on the pedal lightly at the time, and the pedal moved from beneath my foot. I attempted to apply the brakes several times, but the accelerator had apparently overriden them. My speed was nearing 90 mph when I resorted to turning off the engine, and coasted to a stop on the highway shoulder. This sequence of events spanned about 20 seconds. As the vehicle neared its stop, I heard the accelerator pop free. With the engine off, both petals then seemed to depress normally, so I drove to the nearest automotive repair shop. All appeared to be normal under the hood at that point. I contacted GM about the problem, and though they expressed sympathy, they told me that because there were no injuries or property damage, there was nothing that I could do. I was extremely fortunate that my young child was not with me, that the roads were not icy (it had recently snowed), that there was no nearby traffic in the vicinity, and that I did not panic. I was, however, scared out of my wits. This situation occurred several months after our local GM dealership performed ABS recall maintenance on the vehicle, and I cannot help but wonder if the two events are related. I have noticed that other consumers have experienced similar problems in the recent past. Please let me know if you are seeing a growing pattern, and if GM plans to take any action. This is my winter vehicle; it has only 24,000 miles on it and I now fear getting behind its wheel, especially under adverse winter conditions.

- Eagle River, AK, USA

problem #4

May 052001

Blazer

  • miles
While driving 55 mph downhill on wet pavement, the accelerator suddenly depressed to the floor. My foot was on the pedal lightly at the time, and the pedal moved from beneath my foot. I attempted to apply the brakes several times, but the accelerator had apparently overriden them. My speed was nearing 90 mph when I resorted to turning off the engine, and coasted to a stop on the highway shoulder. This sequence of events spanned about 20 seconds. As the vehicle neared its stop, I heard the accelerator pop free. With the engine off, both petals then seemed to depress normally, so I drove to the nearest automotive repair shop. All appeared to be normal under the hood at that point. I contacted GM about the problem, and though they expressed sympathy, they told me that because there were no injuries or property damage, there was nothing that I could do. I was extremely fortunate that my young child was not with me, that the roads were not icy (it had recently snowed), that there was no nearby traffic in the vicinity, and that I did not panic. I was, however, scared out of my wits. This situation occurred several months after our local GM dealership performed ABS recall maintenance on the vehicle, and I cannot help but wonder if the two events are related. I have noticed that other consumers have experienced similar problems in the recent past. Please let me know if you are seeing a growing pattern, and if GM plans to take any action. This is my winter vehicle; it has only 24,000 miles on it and I now fear getting behind its wheel, especially under adverse winter conditions.

- Eagle River, AK, USA

problem #3

Nov 272000

(reported on)

Blazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The throttle is only about 1 inch away from the brake pedal, the consumer has hit the throttle when wanting to use the brake pedal because they are too close together.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #2

Jan 082000

Blazer

  • miles
Accelerator pedal sticks in idle position. It seems to be worse the first time the pedal is pressed after the engine is first started. However, since 5 months have elapsed since the problem was first noticed, it seems to stick now almost every time the pedal goes back to the idle position. It feels as though something is holding the accelerator in the idle position, as if it is snagged on something. After you apply extra force to overcome the sticking, it travels smoothly with no other snagging. A co-worker owns a 1997 Blazer and is having the same problem. I have driven at least 2 different company vehicles which were 1998 and 1999 model GM minivans with a similar sticking accelerator. All of these vehicles, including mine, stick only in the idle position. The problem results in the driver having to use excessive force to accelerate from a stop and thus it is difficult to keep from gunning the engine when starting from a stop.

- Lufkin, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 011998

Blazer 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
When stepping off the accelerator pedal, the engine does not slow down, but continues to remain at given RPM without a reason, vehicle rpms stay up until vehicle is stopped completely. Dealer had been contacted, and vehicle been checked for repair. Consumer feels this is a serious safety hazard which could eventually cause an accident.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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