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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,050 miles

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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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1998 Chevrolet Blazer electrical problems

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1998 Chevrolet Blazer Owner Comments

problem #10

Aug 152004

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles


Smoking from the steering column when turn signal is being used and then the turn signals refuse to turn off. Seems as though there is some kind of a short in the blinker system. If this is not fixed a fire could be in the near future.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #9

Apr 132004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Unable to keep the vehicle in alignment, no matter how many times work has been sone on it. Signal also continues to make sound even when the blinker is not on.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #8

Oct 112003

Blazer 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The turn signal on my Blazer won't stop clicking.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #7

Aug 082003

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles


I have a 1998 4X4 Chevrolet Blazer. I bought the vehicle in August of 2002. Since then, the windshield wipers have quit off and on. If the quit, I have to tape the wiring harness where they plug in. It appears that the harness begins to sag after time and pulls the plugs out.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #6

Apr 012003

Blazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,500 miles
Upon returning to my truck on tues evening 4/1/03 (after it was parked for 1 1/2 hrs) I noticed a burning smell when I opened the door. I had about a 4 mile ride home so I started the vehicle and attempted to go home. As I drove, the burning smell became horribly worse even though I could not see any smoke. I decided it was safer to drop it off at my local dealer (patterson Chevrolet in hamilton NJ)since it was on the way. I disconnected the battery as a precaution. The dealer worked on the truck on 4/2. in the process of trying to locate the source of the smell, they had to reconnect the battery. This resulted in the vehicle catching on fire!! fortunately, they had traced the source of the smell to a wire harness under the passenger seat floor board that gets connected to a power seat (which I do not have!) and they had removed the carpeting and seats before the fire started. Upon extinguishing the fire, they removed the damaged wire harness and re-installed the seats & carpeting. This left me with a vehicle that still smells absolutely horrible and a $531 repair bill. If I had parked my truck in my attached garage like I do every night instead of running an errand, the truck most definitely would have caught fire in my garage and could have killed my entire family. I consider this a very near tragedy and the design of this wire harness needs to be looked at immediately before someone actually does get killed. Why didn't a fuse blow that automatically cut power to the shorting wire" is this a recall item" copies of this E-mail are being forwarded to the cpsc and the NHTSA for review as well. There is no way a wire under a floor board should simply catch fire! secondly, there is nothing that I could have done that could have prevented this incident or caused it. The repair expense in this instance should not be the burden of the consumer.

- Hamilton, NJ, USA

problem #5

May 102002


  • miles
The fuel injectors leaked onto the main wiring harness inside the engine. All of the wires melted. Three different mechanics confirmed that this should never have happened and could have caused a fire. I was refered to General Motors. Estimated repairs for $1600 include replacement of the wiring harness, fuel injectors, fuel regulator kit, fuel body kit and upper intake gasket. GM has agreed to pay 50% of the bill. Since the vehicle has only 42,000 miles, has been maintained properly with oil changes and tune ups, I feel that GM is responsible for the total amount.

- Ormond Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

May 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Vehicle caught on fire while parked during night. Insurance investigator determined fire was started by main line of alternator. Vehicle was totalled.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Nov 032000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving about 55 mph all of a sudden hood flew up and dropped back down. Day before hood flew up, owner could not get hood to open. Owner reported incident to Chevrolet's customer service. A modular relay switch failed. Ground wire was not install. Another ground wire was not install at fuel injector causing not enough gas to get into injector. Break pedal failed. Breaks locked after making screening noise. Tape player failed.

- Shubuta, MS, USA

problem #2

Jul 031998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Due to a faulty wiring and transmission problems, the vehicle while driving, will shift lower gears unexpectedly, lurching the vehicle and may cause an accident. Been to dealer several times. Dealer cannot determine the problem.

- Spencer, IN, USA

problem #1

May 241998

Blazer 4WD

  • miles
Have notified GM, nothing so far, have ask for a different Blazer, nothing so far, we stopped for a traffic signal and would not start. Than smoke came out from under hood, than 3 feet of flames, I think GM should look at this very close. If the guy hadn't came along with coke it would had burn to a crisp. I am unhappy with GM respond time, they said it would take 10 to 14 days to let me know waht they will to. I don't want that Blazer back!!!!!

- Eaton, IN, USA

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