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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,105 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Blazer Owner Comments

problem #19

Dec 272008

Blazer 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 100,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer. The contact was driving approximately between 40-45 mph on a country roadway. There was pressure applied to the accelerator pedal, followed by an unintended increase of acceleration. The driver was able to resume to normal operation. In addition, the "engine" warning light illuminated on the instrument panel intermittently. The identical failures occurred on three separation occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection. The head gasket was blown as a result of the failures. The vehicle was repaired for the malfunctions. The failure mileage was 100,000. Updated 08/24/10. The consumer stated there were 2 incidents of the accelerator sticking; putting in the clutch and kicking the accelerator corrected the problem at the time. On January 19, 2010 a piece from the cruise control came loose on the engine and the accelerator became stuck in the open position. Updated 08/25/10

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #18

Jul 272005

Blazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles
This was the second complaint consumer filed on same issue on same vehicle. This was the second time vehicle had malfunctioned, and consumer did not have the ODI number for the original failure. Consumer stopped at a red light with vehicle in drive engine rpms red lined and brake pedal went to the floor. Vehicle then started pulling away and going through red light. Consumer pulled vehicle into park and vehicle stopped moving, and engine red lined until it stopped on its own after about two seconds. Consumer tapped the gas pedal a few times with vehicle in park and vehicle went back to normal idle. When this happened consumer was not in the same place as the last time but vehicle acted exactly the same as last time.

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #17

Jan 012005

Blazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1996 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer engine started revving while consumer was stopped with brake pedal depressed. The consumer stated the vehicle started to move forward into the intersection. When he placed the gear into park everything returned to normal. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. No mechanical or electrical failure could be found nor were any trouble codes stored in the computer.

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #16

Jan 012005

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The vehicle experienced sudden acceleration while driving. Owner had to put the vehicle into neutral in order to stop. Owner will notify manufacturer.

- Valley Stream, NY, USA

problem #15

Jun 302004

Blazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles
While driving at 80 mph and attempting to pass another vehicle throttle stuck open. Consumer depressed the brakes, but there was no response. Also, emergency brakes failed to respond as well. To avoid a collision with another vehicle consumer detoured into a dry river bed. Vehicle finally stopped on its top against a fence.

- Pacific Palisades, CA, USA

problem #14

May 052002

Blazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was turned on and lunged forward while in park. This was the first time happening.

- Kerhonskson, NY, USA

problem #13

Feb 242002

Blazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While traveling on the highway vehicle accelerated without prior warning, dealership is aware of the problem.. consumer stated when she took her foot off the accelerator to slow the vehicle down, the vehicle stayed at the same speed, consumer tried downshifting and pumping the brakes, she had to slam on the brakes and use the emergency brake to slow the vehicle down enough to get off of the freeway, consumer stated the dealer replaced the accelerator cable, brakes, shoes, calipers and rotors.

- San Leandro, CA, USA

problem #12

Jan 252002

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
This is my second report for the same problem in the same vehicle. The first occurrence was in may, 2001. (see ODI id 561620) the most recent occurrence was 1/25/02. In this case, I was driving 30 mph and accelerated slightly to change lanes. As soon as I pressed the accelerated, it depressed to the floor of the vehicle, causing a dramatic increase in speed. I pressed the brake, but it was rock-hard and did not depress one bit. Remembering the previous occurrence, I shut off the engine and coasted to a stop. Only after I reached a complete stop did the brake pedal depress for me. I restarted the engine and it ran smoothly, so I drove to the nearest parking lot and inspected the ccruise and accelerator cables. They were clean and in no way kinked or appeared to have stuck for any other reason. The last time this happened, I drove to a local service shop, where my intelligence was questioned and the whole incident dismissed as driver error. Took the vehicle to the dealership shortly thereafter, and was told that since they could not duplicate the problem, they could not fix it. I fear that I am stuck with an otherwise nice, low mileage deathtrap. It is the primary means of transportation for (pregnant) me and my 4-year-old. Must one or all of us be injured or die for this to be taken seriously? if I choose to sell it, I certainly feel a moral obligation to let any potential buyers know what has happened. Please help me! and this time, please send the signature form (I did not receive one last time) that allows you to report this to the dealership and manufacturer.

- Eagle River, AK, USA

problem #11

May 292001

Blazer

  • miles
The vehicle accelerated on its own, the consumer was trying to stop the brakes failed causing accident, the air bag did not deploy upon impact.

- Billerica, MA, USA

problem #10

Jun 122001

(reported on)

Blazer

  • 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 #9

Apr 042001

Blazer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle accelerated suddenly and unexpectedly, resulting in a collision. *note: On June 19th, the consumer called again to state that the dealership found the source of the problem for sudden acceleration in the vehicle. The dealership stated that the idle air control was the defective component and needed to be replaced. Operator 920. Please provide any additional information/attachment.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #8

Aug 201997

Blazer

  • miles
Throttle fails to close completly when accellerator pedal is released for a period of time up to 5 seconds. Inspected 5 times due to intermittent burning rubber smell. Dealer contacted and cannot remedy the problem, problem still exists.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #7

Apr 171997

Blazer

  • miles
Bulkhead plug failed, causing problems with cruise control.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #6

Jun 281998

Blazer

  • miles
While shifting vehicle from reverse position into drive position the vehicle suddenly accelerated. Also had no braking ability in which the brake pedal went to the floor, almost causing an accident. Had to be in a park position in order to stop the vehicle.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #5

Jun 011996

Blazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Cruise control failed.

- Mentone, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 281998

Blazer

  • miles
While driving the Blazer at 40 mph, the Blazer speeded up without pressing the gas pedal, driver tapped the brakes and Blazer went faster. Driver put both feet on the brakes, engine continued to go faster. Pulled emergency brake, engine continued to go even faster. Blazer slowed down and driver put Blazer into park. Dealer could not duplicate the problem.

- Arlington, MA, USA

problem #3

May 111997

Blazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was at complete stop, at idle position vehicle was in drive, and went into open throttle position, impact 12:00. Brakes were applied but had no impact.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #2

Dec 051996

Blazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle was in the park position, consumer placed the vehicle from park to drive and the vehicle accelearated in drive. Consumer applied force to the brake pedal and the vehicle accelerated again in reverse, causing the consumer to have a collision.

- La Mirada, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 241996

Blazer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driving vehicle at speed 20mph, applied ABS brakes, pedal went to the floor and vehicle went into open throttle position, impact 1:00 position, lost control, vechile flipped over. Consumer was injured in accident.

- Gatlinburg, TN, USA

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