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Jun 12, 2002 (1:43 pm)
My understanding is that Chevy will be phasing out the Blazers by the end of the year. It will be especially sad to see the ZR2 go away. I think it's a big mistake on GM's part to not offer a replacement for it. I think they're answer will be in one of the versions of the S-10 replacement, the Colorado, or the Warrior (I know, stupid name), but it won't be in an SUV form.
I have a '98 GMC Jimmy 4-Door 4x4, and while over-all I love my truck, I have had intermittent problems that have been irritating enough that my next vehicle will most likely be the all-new 4Runner coming in September. I really like the new Trailblazer and Envoy, but I actually take my truck off-road, and the lower ground clearance of the new GM replacements is prohibitive of any fun terrain. My uncle has a new Trailblazer, and my dad has a new Envoy, and they both love theirs, but they don't do the off-roading that I do. If that's not your concern either, then I would HIGHLY recommend the new TB. I went to the GM Truck Show in Motion program last year, where you drive all the GM vehicles and the competition on a straight-away and mild off-road course, and the TB/Envoy ruled both. If they made a ZR2-type version in 4-doors for the Trailblazer, I would have a hard time choosing between it and the new 4Runner when it comes out. I am a GM loyalist, and GM just got #3 in quality, 3rd to Toyota and Honda, but my irritations with quality on my truck may cause Toyota to win out either way.
Are there any other vehicles you and your wife are looking at, like the Toyota Highlander or Honda Pilot? Or, are you planning on sticking with GM?
#488 of 3676 Wiper question
Jun 12, 2002 (6:56 pm)
Experienced this same wiper problem with my '97 Jimmy. Solved it by repairing my harness connection for the wipers. Sometimes quick snap connections used for fast assembly production are not that solid.
#489 of 3676 tbcreative
Jun 13, 2002 (7:56 am)
Well, since I found out that my wife really would have preferred to stick with a Blazer upon lease renewal, I think we are going to be leaning heavily to Chevy. I wish she had said something to me at the time, but with the monthly payment about $25-30 less with JGC, she agreed that the Jeep was the way to go. But I have learned my lesson, I hope.
We won't be doing any off-roading so clearance is not a problem. And from what I have seen on the specs for the ground clearances for the Blazer and TB, they are just about the same, which helps her to get in the vehicle.
I have driven a fiend's Toyota 4Runner, and, surprisingly, was not really impressed. His had several squeaks, the seats weren't real comfortable, and the tires were horribly loud on the interstate. I can't remember but it also seems that the acceleration wasn't too hot, either. I have just seen the ads for the Pilot; it might be something to look at, but my wife is going to be very insistent on Chevy, I think.
Jun 13, 2002 (12:21 pm)
Yeah, the ground clearance underneath is pretty close to the same, but Chevy lowered the rocker panels, so getting in and out is much easier in the Trailblazer, but a hindrance when off-roading. Since that's not a concern for you, I would definitely take advantage of the GM deals going on and get one, if your wife likes it. It's such a HUGE improvement over the Blazer and my truck.
I would definitely give the Pilot a look. I drove one and fell in love with it! If it had 4Lo, I'd give it serious consideration against the '03 4Runner. If someone wants a 3rd row seat, this one's a class leader, and the Pilot is so much better looking than the Trailblazer EXT or Envoy XL.
As far as the 4Runner, power and age are the reasons I'm waiting for the ALL-NEW 4Runner, based on the totally new platform shared with the '03 Lexus GX470, coming this fall. I haven't been very impressed with the current one either. But the 2003 is going to be a fantastic vehicle from what I gather from inside sources.
Jun 14, 2002 (12:31 pm)
The Blazer will be around for 2003, but only the 4dr version. Has the quality improved? I am not sure, my 99 was not very good when new, but has only cost me a water pump since 3/36,000. My Blazer currently has 70k. One thing that I don't understand is why there is only 464 posts on this thread. GM sold a ton off Blazer/Jimmy mid size SUVs (way more than Toyota or Nissan) and there are very few postings for the amount of SUVs sold in the past few years. Is it possible that only a few had problems? We are talking millions of SUVs since 1995.
I have tracked my gas mileage for the last 50k miles and it has been 18.23 mpg. That includes all off roading (beach driving about 45 trips, mountain trails about 40 trips, each trip about a half day long), all 4x4 winter driving (about 2000 miles total in 4x4), and winter remote start idle for 10 minutes each morning, and all towing (4 trips- each 500 miles with about 5000 lbs), and very high speed (to the speed limiter in many cases) highway driving. I have found that you can set the cruise control higher than the computer limited top speed!!
It consistently runs 7.8 sec to 7.85 sec 0 to 60 according to my Gtech meter. I am not sure why it runs this good because my Silverado 4x4 with the same engine (and same gearing) runs 9.05 sec 0 to 60 and only weighs a few hundreds pounds more.
Ground clearance has been a problem off road and the factory skid plate package shows many scrapes (a bargain for about $100). On the beach with 5 people, coolers, grill, chairs, ect., this SUV bottoms on the gas tank skid plate over and over during hard driving on the trials in the dunes.
#493 of 3676 I doubt that "only a few had problems"...
Jun 14, 2002 (2:11 pm)
I had a 95 and it was the second worst/problematic vehicle I owned and it was serviced per the book.
Of course, I'm just one owner with a bad experience and my experience is statistically insignificant. The 95 Blazer was the last of 4 GM vehicles that I owned in a row but will be the last GM that I buy. The problems coupled with the inept and apathetic dealer response left a bad taste.
Just my opinion (please no flames)
#494 of 3676 thanks, dwsiis & wpalmer
Jun 14, 2002 (3:36 pm)
I'll give that a look-see. I'm not at work right now because...............you guessed it more '97 Jimmy trouble. Darndest thing yet: 4:30
AM - I turn the key, courtesy light goes off per normal, dash lights etc. go on for a millisecond and then darkness and silence.
Everything is completly dead and I CAN'T GET THE KEY BACK OUT!!!! Apparently the theft circuit has some need for power to get
the key back? Key will go from start to on to off, but not acc or key release. No electrical anywhere including dome light. Starter
relay doesn't click. No headlights. I head for the house, call off work, and go back to bed. Go out to look at it at 7AM, same thing but
since it's light out I take a look at it better. Fuses are ok as expected, so I pop the hood and head for the fusible links. They are ok
too. At this point I notice that the under-hood courtesy lamp is on. I open the front door and the dome lights come on the chime tells
me that I've left my keys in the ignition (like I didn't already know that!!!) I turn the key at it starts up and my clock informs me it's
1:00. A cheap VCR would flash 12:00 but GMC's are professional grade so I just get 1:00. It's not raining, so I don't need wipers. I
just filled the tank so the gauge is working. The "service soon" light seems to be taking the month of June off. Might be time to try
and trade it in. It does seem strange that there are relatively few posts in this heading for the amount of them on the road considering we see the same problems over and over, and the Consumer Reports ratings are awful.
Thanks for letting me vent.
#495 of 3676 Spoom Frustrations
Jun 14, 2002 (4:39 pm)
I hear 'ya! Do I smell a new truck in your near future?
#496 of 3676 Now that all of you have scared me!!
Jun 16, 2002 (5:09 am)
I just purchased a 1996 Chevy LS Blazer with 93,000 miles for $8200 on Thursday night and on Saturday I took it back to the sales lot to have the following items looked at thinking they were just minor problems:
1) No cold air coming from air conditioner(didn't even try heater)thought it just needed to be charged and I have green coolant not the orange dex-cool
2) Clunking noising in the front end while turning, thought there was a problem because this is a 6 cylinder and there is a hutch on the back, I was thinking they may have pulled something to big for the 6
3) What I taught was alignment problem-pulling to the right(already told me they would not fix alignment problems)
4) Driver side mirror shaking
5) Passager mirror broken-glue separated
Now after reading the message board it seems that all of these "problems" are not minor but major ones. I purchased a 2 year "protection service contract" and I thought a few of the items list above would end up being fixed through that but I went back and read the fine print and it claims it will not cover:
1) Mechanical breakdown by engine sludge, rust or residue
2) Failure by corrosion in the radiator or heater core
and alot of other fine print things that are listed on the board that will not be covered. I did run a carfax before I had bought this car and it shows a few recalls items but mostly not the ones talked about on this board. I am suppose to pick my car up in a few days, they gave me back my trade-in to drive till then. I dont have a warranty from the sales lot because they would not give me one, they said because I purchased service plan and from what I can tell I do not have a "cooling off" time allowance so I cant return the car.
Would anyone like to make any suggest to me on what I should do before I go back to the sales lot and blow my temper, which will get me now where? If there is a recall for something that ends up being wrong on my car right now can I return it to the sales lot or can I have it fixed thought the recall system now? Please someone help me with some answers or suggest, right now I am feeling like the biggest "Dumb Blonde"that ever lived.