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1999 Chevrolet Blazer Sport Utility

2dr LS

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1999 Chevrolet Blazer Sport Utility

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1999 Chevrolet Blazer

Source: New Car Test Drive

by John Matras

This TrailBlazer is ready for the woods.

Base Price $18,995
As Tested $34,121

The TrailBlazer is well named, giving the suggestion that this Chevrolet Blazer is going boldly where no Blazer has gone before. Indeed, with a retail price of $32,670, the TrailBlazer has scaled new heights for Chevy compact trucks. Yet despite being packed with amenities, the Blazer loses none of its off-road capabilities.

Walkaround

The TrailBlazer is an upscale Chevy Blazer. It's available in two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive versions. Either way, the TrailBlazer gets a monotone exterior and special badging. The bumpers and front fascia, body side moldings, and outside rearview mirror are all body color, and TrailBlazers get special gold-accented aluminum wheels. Otherwise, the TrailBlazer looks like other 4-door Blazers.

Like all the other Blazer-class GM SUVs, a 4.3-liter Vortec V6 powers the TrailBlazer. The 90-degree V6 uses a cast iron block and head and overhead valves, and runs happily on 87 octane. Although the redline is 5600 rpm, the power peak of 190 horsepower comes at 4400 rpm. And, with a very useful 250 foot-pounds of torque at 2800 rpm, there's limited need to rev the engine to the redline. GM's 4-speed electronic automatic transmission is standard on the TrailBlazer.

Four-wheel-drive TrailBlazers get the Autotrac four-wheel-drive system, which is new for the '99 model year. As with the push button-controlled Insta-Trac standard on all 4x4 Blazers, the TrailBlazer driver can shift between 2WD and 4WD high on the fly. The 4WD low mode can be used by stopping and shifting the transfer case. Autotrac adds an Auto 4WD button. In this mode, the transfer case remains in 2WD until wheel slip is detected. The transmission shifts automatically into 4WD until prop shaft speeds are equalized, and then returns to 2WD. If multiple "slip events" are detected, the transfer case remains in 4WD for a longer time. Autotrac also has a transfer case neutral for towing behind a recreational vehicle.

Like all Blazers, the TrailBlazer uses a short-/long-arm front suspension; 4x4 models are sprung by torsion bars. At the rear, the TrailBlazer has a live rear axle with variable-rate multi-leaf springs. The four-wheel drive TrailBlazers come equipped with Z85 Touring Suspension. Using firm de Carbon shock absorbers and stiffer spring rates, the Z85 package has a more controlled ride.

The Inside Story

Inside, the TrailBlazer features special two-tone leather trim seats with logos embroidered on the headrests and the TrailBlazer name embroidered on the door panels. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is also standard with a new small hub thanks to a redesigned airbag. The TrailBlazer also gets special floor mats and a console-mounted transmission shifter.

The front seats are broad with limited bolstering. They are more like comfortable chairs than bucket seats. A bulge in the front passenger's footwell accommodates the Blazer's exhaust. The rear bench is low but will be comfortable for two adults, though three will fit. The rear seatback splits and folds 60-40 for cargo flexibility.

As the top-of-the-line 4-door model, the TrailBlazer also includes all the standard features on the LT trim level, including the electronic climate control, a thermostat control that really works. Tilt wheel and speed control, power windows, locks and mirrors are also included. Our test TrailBlazer also had the optional power glass sunroof ($750), heated driver's seat ($250), steering wheel radio controls ($125), AM/FM stereo with CD player ($100), enhanced speakers ($495), underbody shield package ($126), and heavy duty trailering equipment ($210), all of which came with and a package discount of $1400.

Ride & Drive

Expect to step up to get in the TrailBlazer. Though not as radical as larger 4x4 rides, the TrailBlazer has a higher seating height than the typical sedan. The payback is that commanding view of the road that SUV owners cherish.

The TrailBlazer comes with full instrumentation that is well laid out; it shares its instrument panel with the other Blazer-class trucks. General Motors has made major strides in its minor controls, and the dash of the TrailBlazer is an excellent example. The switches, knobs and levers for the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and audio controls look and feel good and don't require a correspondence course to learn how to operate.

The engine fires off eagerly with a twist of the key and settles to an idle that's steady but telegraphs some of the basic imbalance of a 90-degree V-6. That smoothes as revs increase, and in the operating range between 2000 and 3000 rpm the Vortec is a friendly companion. Full throttle causes the V6 to accelerate with a healthy growl that gets louder as revs rise. The TrailBlazer's acceleration is more than adequate to keep up with traffic.

The TrailBlazer's Touring Ride suspension is firmer than either the standard Smooth Ride setup of the base Blazer or the optional ZW7 Premium Ride. Some may not appreciate the additional road feel. But the reward is an easily discernable improvement in responsiveness, a reduction in float and, thanks to greater roll resistance, less lean in the corners. The result is an overall greater feel of control and confidence at a minor cost of slightly bumpier ride. I preferred the crisper responses of the firmer suspension on winding mountain roads.

The Auto 4WD mode can be used at all times. It keeps the transmission in two-wheel drive until slip occurs, so there's no fuel mileage penalty. Yet it reacts instantly to loose gravel or wet or icy pavement, shifting seamlessly into four-wheel drive. If there's any shortcoming in the system, it's that the driver isn't alerted when the system is shifting into four-wheel drive mode -- as on cars that use warning lights to indicate traction control is functioning).

Out on Interstate 80, the TrailBlazer cruised effortlessly. The V6 operates in the low 2000-rpm range at highway speeds and, except for a subtle bass line from the engine and a steady road rumble up through the suspension, the ride is quiet enough for easy conversation between front and rear passengers. The tires selected by Chevrolet are free of whine and aren't so heavy as to overwhelm the suspension. A slight whisper of wind noise around the A-pillars is the only other distraction. The ride, though firm, is not at all harsh or jiggly. Not all sport utilities are this civilized over the road, and we wouldn't hesitate to drive a high-mile day in the TrailBlazer.

Loading for a big trip would be easy. Access to the commodious cargo compartment is via a rear liftgate. A cargo cover is standard; unlike those that require you to climb into the cargo area to unreel them, the TrailBlazer's cover goes from side to side. With no separate reel, nothing is in the way when you want to lower the rear seats to load large cargo: the reel need not be removed and become another piece of cargo. With the spare mounted under the rear, a flat tire won't mean unloading all your cargo.

Final Word

The TrailBlazer is one of the reasons so many people use a sport-utility in place of a car. It will do everything a car will do, and almost as well. Plus it adds almost unstoppable mobility in the worst weather and the capability to go where the roads don't. And of course, as the TrailBlazer, it now has the ability to take the Blazer line into a luxury market it has never before visited. A trailblazer it truly is.

© New Car Test Drive, Inc.

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-Year/24,000-Mile1 CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile2 Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile3 Powertrain Limited Warranty.

1Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

2Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

3Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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