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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,156 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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1997 Chevrolet Blazer electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 Chevrolet Blazer Owner Comments

problem #9

Feb 192003

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

I purchase my 97 Blazer in Dec 2000 with 35000 miles from a local dealer, I believe it was a previous lease vehicle. Within one year I had to replace ball joints but was told that I did not qualify for a recall. In Feb of 2003 I lost my heat and spent close to 2000 dollars replacing first the water pump, then the radiator. After that didn't solve the problem, the dealership told me that the system needed to be flushed with a special machine that would cost another 400 dollars. The system had to be flushed twice to get marginal heat. According to the dealership, the next move is to replace the heater core. Now the wipers stop working and only restart by flipping the switch back and forth. Not real good on the highway in rush hour traffic. I recently had the alternator replaced and the dealership stated that the serpentine belt was old and cracked and needed to be replaced. It actually had less than 5000 miles on it as they replaced it in February when the water pump was done, there was nothing wrong with it. The combination of lousy service from 2 different dealerships, a vehicle that has had nothing but ongoing problems will be enough to stop me from buying another GM product again.

- Holbrook, MA, USA

problem #8

Feb 231998

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,400 miles
The transmission in my vehicle has a defective valve body and it caused my transmission to break, I went to the dealer when I first had the problem of a hard shift from first to second gear when the vehicle was being driven long distances. The dealer said the vehicle is shifting fine and to bring it back when it does it again. This was back on 08/19/02 and now I have a code 1870 on the computer and the transmission is shot. I found out the transmission is a 4L60E and it is very unreliable. Also I already had to change my water pump and alternator and my gas gauge does not work and there is a problem with my windshield wipers also.

- Whitestone,Ny, NY, USA

problem #7

Oct 052001

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
GM won't reimburse ball joints due to replacement not by GM dealer.

- Pryor, OK, USA

problem #6

Jul 082000

Blazer

  • miles

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

Alternator replaced.

- Fayettevil, NC, USA

problem #5

Aug 312000

(reported on)

Blazer

  • miles
Alternator failure resulted in rear end collision, the seat belts failed during collision resulting in injuries.

- St.Louis, MO, USA

problem #4

Feb 151999

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
Car towed in three times last summer 6/28/ car stalled, electrical system problems, replaced battery, alternator,7 /27 reprogrammed PCM, 9/16 brakes failed replaced master cylinder. We've had other problems with this car from the start. Chevy can't figure out why the car engine started smoking and eventually caught on fire. Car has always been maintained, we have extended 8 year warranty. It was very dangerous, my daughter had taken the car just 1/2 mile to the shopping center and back when it started smoking. The car is totalled, she was not hurt and a neighbor was helpful by called the fire department. This was exceedingly dangerous.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #3

Jan 011997

Blazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

When filling the fuel tank, there is a strong odor in the engine compartment, and the vehicle may have a no start condition. Dealer replaced fuel canister and alternator.but problem is still occurring.

- Dunmore, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 081999

(reported on)

Blazer

  • miles
Starting system--alternator, battery, switching alarm module.

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 011998

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
No summary

- Leonia, NJ, USA

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