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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
116,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replacement of in-transmission solenoids (1 reports)
2001 Chevrolet Blazer engine problems

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2001 Chevrolet Blazer Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 072017

Blazer ZR2

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


Overall, this car has worked great as the rock-crawler we bought it for in the mountains. However, driving it on the highway? Not only is it a gutless wonder when you step on the gas, but it's had an intermittent power problem since we brought it home that we can't identify. A complete loss of power while driving, like a hesitation, but more significant because of its frequency and complete loss of everything - for a split second. And not just once during a 20 mile drive. And not regular like every 10th of a mile. And not every drive.

Changed wires, plugs, distributor cap, filters. Checked hoses and lines. Checked fuses. But it bucks and kicks like a mule - and at 70 mph on the interstate, it's scary. Repair shop has looked at it more than once...general repair, drive train/transmission repair, no one can put a finger on it. Doesn't make a difference as to a hot or cold day...sometimes you can drive it 200 miles before it bucks the first time, sometimes you can't drive 6 blocks without the car trying to put you through the windshield.

Previous owner sold the car for the same reason - but the problem went away for a long time after we changed the distributor cap the first time. Now it doesn't make a difference. Checked recalls, nothing out there. Tons of stuff on online forum boards, but we've ran the gamut there. Worried someday it may cause an accident, but can't afford to leave it sit in the driveway until someone figures out what's happening.

Update from Aug 15, 2017: Turns out, according to a very expensive diagnostic visit at a local shop, our power loss and cut-out issues may be related to in-transmission solenoids. There are 4 or 5, depending on the year and the transmission pan needs to be removed to replace them.

- , Norman, OK, US

problem #1

Sep 082014


  • Manual transmission
  • 112,000 miles

This is the third time it's happened in the past couple yrs. Nearly killed once but avoided collisions each time. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Fruita, CO, USA

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