Mom's getting rid of that peice of &%$# Ferd Ranger Splash. it's been
nothing but a transmission and 4 wheel drive hell.It needs to take a
Splash in the river. They have the 0% financing going on where I bought
my 3500. She wants a Chevy Blazer. is either of them better than the
other? Saftey,Mileage,Durability ? anyone own either one of em?
Thanks for any info..
Have a Great One !
I've got a close friend I worked with for 15 years before I tired of grease
under the finger nails. He bought one (TrailBlazer)when they came out. Its
his first truck, bought to replace his Earnhart Nascar Edition 87 Monte
Carlo as a daily driver(It hit 47,000 miles). He hates front wheel drive.
He loves the truck. Runs great, rides good, handles good, not like his car
but he's happy with it. Power he says is unreal, pulls like a mule. He got
his loaded, except 4X2 not 4X4. What he hasn't been happy with is the fuel
mileage. He's got a light foot, most of us that worked with him hated
riding with him, it was like riding with grandpa. He gets 16 in town, and
20 on the highway.
The Blazer has the advantage of tried and true design and gear. I get 18
mpg in town, and 22 on the highway if I behave myself, 20 if I push it
hard. Mine is a 91 with 200k on it. Blazer's wheel base is shorter, ride a
little harsher, and you got to be mindful of what your doing. Get the
optional locking rear axle.
If it helps, I just bought a 2005 Blazer, here's some of the reasons why:
Full boxed frame.(the thing is solid as a rock.)
Been building it forever - (bugs worked out.)
RWD when in 2WD mode - (gotta have my frame and RWD)
Eaton Locker (spec.>G80) in the back - standard
4L60E Automatic Trans. - standard
4x4 - standard!!!
6 premium speaker ETR stereo with CD player - standard (the thing puts
weather reports/temp. etc across the screen as well as searches for the
"type" of music you like - where have I been since radios started doing this
4.3 litre vortec - standard (been around forever)
electronic shift 2 speed transfer case - standard
4 wheel disc brakes - standard
4 wheel antilock - standard (although I'm not a fan of anti-lock, these seem
block heater / rear window defrost and wiper/washer - standard (gets mighty
cold up here)
full instrumentation incl. tach -standard
custom cloth high back bucket seats - standard (first seats I've had where
the headrest doesn't hit my shoulder blades)
trailering harness - standard
aluminum wheels -standard
along with all the other standard GM stuff like automatic headlights etc.
Zerk fittings !! (after replacing plenty of "lubed for life" steering
components / ball joints, all with low mileage, I now hunt for the "Nipples"
before buying a new vehicle.)
Coming from a full size pickup where everything after the steering wheel was
"$ optional $" this thing looked loaded for the money.
and finally ... PRICE - for the price of a Trailblazer you could buy one
Blazer for the driveway and another for the living room (makes a great
conversation piece). Last year makin' them = big incentives..
I didn't realize they were still being made either. The dealers sure don't
keep 'em around. More margin on the front drives I guess. I had to order
mine - took 5 weeks.
I found 2005 Blazer on the site you listed:
Also on their Canadian site here:
No.The Trailblazer is a RWD if you keep the switch to 2WD, in automatic mode
it is a 2wheel RD with the front drive kicking in whenever necessary, in 4WD
switch position all axles are driven permanently. Furthermore, t's got a
high 4WD and a low 4WD.
My TB is a 2002 model which has been running troublefree for 43000 kms so
far. Well, a had a problem with the wiper motor, the dealer replaced it
It's a solid-built car with a strong frame and it runs like hell. I am
driving a lot on the German Autobahn - it's fast (about 200 km/h) and it
accelerates exceptionally good for a car/truck of this size. I regularly
pull a big trailer during holiday season and I am very pleased with its
Well, there are disadvantages too: gas mileage could be better; especially
when driving at high speeds its a real gas-guzzler, and you have to step
hard on the brake pedal to slow it down quickly.
Get the Bose sound equipment. It's fantastic.
I got my wife a new ZR2 a few weeks ago, and she loves it.
Loaded to the hilt, and the rebates and financing deals were great.
I don't think I could have got anywhere near that kind of deal on a
Trailblazer, and I am also familiar with the Blazer with an eye down the
road after warranty and I end up wrenching on it myself.
Found this one on a lot about 40 miles from here, with $9500.00 worth of
incentives on it. Might be worth your time to look around.
Of course, if you want 4 doors, then you will need to look at the
Trailblazer, as it is my understanding that only 2 door Blazers are being
made now. However you might find a new '04 sitting on a lot somewhere with
Blazer is only 2 door 4x4 this year. Apparently fleets can get them in 4
door. If you plan on using the back seat, you'll want the TrailBlazer. I
made it into the back seat once but it took about 5 minutes of wiggling
around to get there.
I know what you mean about getting in the back of a 2 door Blazer, as I am a
rather big guy. However, my wife and I are at the point where our son is
11, all his friends are approx. his age and size. So she can tell him and
his buddy to "get in". They buckle themselves up, and let themselves out.
The best part is when she hits the shopping center, the kids can't hop out
until she is ready to open the door let them out !
However, as has been pointed out, 2 door Blazers are not for everyone.
Ours just suits us now. If we were still putting our son in a carseat for
example, this vehicle would not be suitable at all.
Have an 02 TrailBlazer EXT with 93K miles. The 4.2 Vortec I6 has performed
beyond my expectations. Fuel mileage is great for such a vehicle (7
passenger - 20mpg highway). The TrailBlazer is a much larger vehicle than
the S-10 based Blazer.
While I know guys with both the regular Trailblazer and the EXT model, one
should strongly consider the EXT if space and people moving are the primary
concerns. There is no SUV on the market with it's balance between size and
After 30 years in Chrysler products, this TrailBlazer EXT was my first
venture back into the GM fold. Besides the wiper recall and a heater fan
blower motor resistor, no problems. I've enjoyed every one of the 93,000
miles. Chevy will win even more new customers if all the coming products
are half as good as the TrailBlazer.
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