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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,583 miles

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1997 Chevrolet Blazer suspension problems

suspension problem

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1997 Chevrolet Blazer Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 082006

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


Owning this vehicle has been a nightmare and a financial drain. Windshield wipers worked when they chose, replaced wiper motor due to defective part. Upper and lower ball joints all had to be replaced. Wheel bearings had to be replaced. A/C stopped working, had it looked at and recharged and it still doesn't work. Fuel gage didn't work, replaced fuel sensor and sending unit. Rear wiper quit working, replaced rear wiper motor, a few days later it does not work again. Replaced water pump, have replaced ABS only to get a recall after the fact with no reimbursement. Wears through brake pads entirely too fast. Replaced alternator and battery twice. Rear hatch does not unlock with key. Headlights are so dim they might as well not exist. Water leaks into interior on drivers side due to a bad seal. Idler arm needs to be replaced. Gas pedal sticks. Now heater fan works sometimes. Reading through the complaints we are all experiencing the same problems and nothing is being done about it. Recalls issued on some vehicles but not all? now I hear GM put a bad intake manifold gasket on these as well as several other cars (1997) and did not issue a recall because it is not a safety matter! this causes antifreeze to leak into the engine and ultimately ends in a repair of at least $1500. After my experience with this vehicle I will be purchasing soon and it most likely will not be GM. Sad since my dad worked for them for 30 years. They should be held accountable for putting a bad product on the market and leaving us to dry.

- Traverse City, MI, USA

problem #5

Apr 202005

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Owner noticed after washing the car that the windshield wipers don't work. Owner has to stop and get out and hit the windshield wiper motor in order to get the windshield wipers to work. Sometimes the owner has to get out and wipe off the windshield. The auto parts store told the owner that there was no seal in the motor of the windshield wipers and this allows water to enter the motor. The owner has checked with Chevrolet and they stated owner would have to pay for diagnosis and the repair. The consumer believes the vehicle also has inferior ball joints.

- Mountain Top, PA, USA

problem #4

Feb 022002


  • 57,000 miles
When driving over a bump, a noise came from the vehicle, the consumer believed the problem was related to the ball joint recall.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #3

Mar 312003

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,500 miles


While driving a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer with under 34,000 miles on it with no prior warning the left front ball joint snapped causing the wheel to bend inward causing me to lose control of the vehicle narrowly avoiding an accident. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic that found the other three ball joints to be loose and in poor condition as well. He was shocked to find such a condition on such a low mileage vehicle as well.

- Barrington, IL, USA

problem #2

Aug 151998

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
After approximately 30,000 miles, my leased S-10 Blazer developed a vibration that is noticeable when driving above 60 mph. The vibration is most noticeable at 65 to 70 mph. The local dealer in roanoke, va has acknowledged that there is a vibration problem, but has been unable to fix the problem. They also told me that they had seen the same problem in other Blazer with the new body style (same as mine).

- Roanoke, VA, USA

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problem #1

Sep 271997

Blazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle vibrates while driving.

- Charleston, WV, USA

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