Is your Chevrolet Blazer a lemon?
Although 2005 marked the last year of production for the Chevrolet Blazer, it made its debut in 1983 as the S-10. The Chevy Blazer was groundbreaking in that it changed the perception of an SUV from a hunting and fishing vehicle to a mainstream family vehicle.
The 2005 Chevrolet Blazer was offered in Base, Xtreme or ZR2 trim with two doors. The Blazer offered a number of features, including a power driver seat, upgraded tires, and a power sunroof. As for safety, all Blazers have four-wheel antilock disc brakes, skid plates, and a brush guard. In crash test results, it earned three stars out of five for the driver and four out of five for front passenger in frontal impacts and a perfect five in side impacts.
While Chevrolet has ceased production of this model, the complaints have not stopped. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, online forums, and government bulletins provide ample evidence that consumers have faced and are facing problems with this vehicle.
The following are common problems faced by Chevrolet Blazer owners, as filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- Visibility: Windshield Wiper/Washer: Linkages
- Engine and Engine Cooling: Exhaust System
- Service Brakes, Air: Antilock: Control Unit/Module
- Electrical System
- Parking Brake: Indicator Light
- Steering: Linkages: Tie Rod Assembly
Specific cases of complaints include:
“While performing an oil change, the consumer noticed that the steering arm adjusting sleeve for the tie rod had 100% surface rust. This could rust through and result in steering loss. The adjusting sleeve was only 1/8 of an inch thick. Dealership and the manufacturer indicated that this was okay, but would not supply documentation to support the assertion. This was a common problem with these model vehicles.”
“While driving at 65 mph , the service engine light and emergency brake light came on. Then the odometer and speedometer stopped working. When I stopped at a stop sign, it was almost impossible to get the vehicle to accelerate. Pushing the accelerator pedal just caused the engine to race. This is the second time this has occurred. The car was towed to a dealer who could find no problem.”
A specific case of recall filed with NHTSA cites that certain vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, “Occupant Crash Protection.” Some of these vehicles include incorrect statements on one of the air bag warning labels.
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