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#84 of 3674 1998 Chevy Blazer LT - Size of Gas Tank??
Feb 17, 2001 (6:03 am)
Accordingto the original window sticker on my 98 Blazer it is supposed to have an 18 gallon tank but I have never put more than 16 gallons in it and that includes topping off the tank. I ran out of gas once and it only took about 15.5 gallons to fill it completely. I have occassionally driven it down to extremely low levels and still haven't been able to put more than 16 gallons of gas in it. Has anyone else ever noticed this problem? Chevy had a class action lawsuit filed against them in the late 90's on behalf of owners who owned either 96/97 or 97/98 Tahoe's that had a similar problem with 20 galllon tanks that were supposedly undersized.
Feb 17, 2001 (11:08 am)
RE: Gas tank issues
My 95 Blazer has the same size tank. I had problems with the car cutting out when the gauge just hit the orange section. I noticed that if I went up a small hill (tipping the vehicle slightly) the engine would sometimes cut out and found myself sputtering into the gas station. On level ground, you can usually restart it and drive it level...to the gas station. I never thought the gauge was properly synced with the "floater/or whatever" in the tank. Or, it's possible that the tank itself is shaped in such a way that it doesn't ever efficiently use that last gallon.
We live in hilly terrain so, I try to avoid letting it go below a quarter tank. You are probably aware of how FAST that last half tank of gas goes! I don't think I've ever received a receipt with more than a 17gal fill.
Feb 19, 2001 (10:59 am)
I one time put 19.5 gals in my 99 LT, I must have been running on fumes. I routinely can put in an extra 2 gals after the automatic shutoff works.
#87 of 3674 bye bye blazer...
Feb 19, 2001 (8:30 pm)
Bought a 95 blazer new and now has 120k.. 9 (count em) recalls later I am done with american cars. Having wipers stop in duh middle of a Florida rain storm with these brakes is enouth to make the hair on my chest gray....
But I am going to sell it to whoever wants it ..buyer b ware...aunty lock brakes recently let me down in a snow storm and I slid into a slip and fall dude. I wasn't even goin fast, now he has a sore neck and there was not even damage on his vehicle.
I have driven like an ole lady for sex years bcause of this wreck and now I am still b hind duh dark ball.
What to drive next.. Who knows what's lurking out there...
Feb 20, 2001 (11:29 am)
If you don't want your $2,500 credit for a new Blazer, I'll take it.
#90 of 3674 96 GMC Jimmy remote oil cooler lines leaking (recall?) and transmission problems
Feb 15, 2001 (4:24 pm)
It has come to our attention that the 95 and up chevy and Gmc jimmys (4wd) have been having problems with their remote oil cooler lines leaking and various tranmission problems. Currently my wife drives a '96 Jimmy 4wd with appx 87K miles on it. We are taking it into the dealer to have the remote oil cooler/ filter line assembly changed out. This is the assembly from the radiator to the remote filter housing. Apparently their is over 10 other customers waiting for the same part to come in and have it installed. GM has backordered this particular assembly and rumor has it it is being re-designed! I am of the impression that this needs to be a recall!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe we should start a petition to recall. Another problem that is diagnosed yet not taken care of (that we have heard about) is a SLOW reaction time engaging reverse gear. i.e. When the vehicle is started, shifted from park into reverse there is a delay. Count to 3 and reverse grabs. Now, GM has a time specification and apparently 3 seconds or so is acceptable to them. However, if you have ever parked on an incline, put your car in reverse and let off the brake, you know what will happen. If reverse does not grab immediately you will begin rolling. Accidents happen. GM will not replace transmissions with this problem. Lastly, We have heard about the "Encoder" on the 4WD transfer case having problems. i.e. Since this winter has been a little harsher than some, people have used their 4wd more. Thus causing the "encoder" to error and create a "check engine light" and fault code. This is not supposed to be cheap to repair. Therefore, if this is a safety and service issue it sounds to me like GM needs to "Recall" and repair these encoders. That's about all I have for now. Any thoughts or success stories getting GM to pay for these type problems would be good to share with other owners.
Feb 15, 2001 (6:13 pm)
Same problem on my '97 Bravada.
I had developed a oil leak, and had one oil cooler line (P/N 15726903) and two seals (P/N 15701719) replaced in April '00, 34,409 miles.
Well, last week I noticed oil spots on the garage floor... guess what? Same area, and as I found out today, the oil cooler lines are leaking again!!! (When I brought it in, I made a prediction to the service advisor that it was probably another oil line leak, and he rolled his eyes...) The truck now has 46,600 miles on it. Although I have a third party 6 yr./60K extended warranty through LIBERTY NATIONAL WARRANTY CORP, Miami, Fl, which was sold by the Oldsmobile finance guy as "supposedly" bumper-to-bumper, the warranty company does NOT cover it. Why? Because it is a rubber hose. Hah! Since when are oil cooler lines a normal maintenance item??? I can see radiator hoses being a normal wear item, but not oil cooler lines. If that's so, then do I need to worry about the high-pressure rubber fuel lines, too?
But I digress... I am waiting for the oil cooler lines, as well, as they are on "national backorder". I was told they would be in stock in one week... hmmm, is my service advisor a little optimistic???
Well, at least with this repair, I have at least equalled the amount spent on the warranty coverage to the amount of service work done... that's not saying much for the reliability of this vehicle. Too bad, because I am overall satisfied with the comfort and ride of the Bravada.
I haven't had an issue with the transmission. Have you changed the fluid yet? The poor design of the dipstick & tube allows water into the tranny internals, causing rust to form on the dipstick. I believe contaminated fluid has shortened the life of many S-truck transmissions.
A Service Bulletin exists that uses a different dipstick and tube. I had this SB completed around 30K miles, and have not had any tranny problems. I change the fluid at least every 30K miles, sometimes 15K miles depending on conditions.
#93 of 3674 American vs. Foreign cars
Feb 21, 2001 (12:21 pm)
Check out the American vs. Foreign board under Smart Shopper.
I talk about how the American auto makers are completely failing compared to Foreign auto makers in the last 5 years. When I say "American" I mean American companies (the 'big 3'), many "Foreign" companies make their cars here in the U.S. but don't seem to have the same quality design and manufacturing problems. Toyota, Honda and Subaru are all making quality vehicles using U.S. labor, why can't GM, Chrysler, and Ford?