1986 Chevrolet Blazer User Reviews

1986 Chevrolet Blazer Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 12 reviews

  • Performance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Appearance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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"power" 8 reviews
"ride" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"comfortable car" 2 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"heavy car" 2 reviews

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IdahoDude writes:
1986 Chevrolet Blazer Review
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Comfort, reliability, mileage and the fact parts are easy to find.

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The clear coat peels in these years but no real complaints.

IdahoDude
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The Vehicle Combination Is Tough Anf With The 6.2 The Mileage Is Even Good. — This K5 Blazer has pretty much all the plush items (Silverado) yet still has the same durable power train of all the full size GM 4 x 4's. Over the years I have had several GM 4 wheel drives and have never had one I didn't like. If you maintain them, they will serve you well. This one has the 6.2 diesel engine which is no power house but delivers the same or better torque of the small block gas engine but does it at 1700 rpm so it's pretty much ideal for 4 wheeling in rough country. Since it has air conditioning and a comfortable interior my wife likes it also. The only improvements I plan in the very near future are the addition of a 4 to 6 inch lift and heavy duty axles from an 86 Chevy 3/4 ton 4 x 4 I bought as a donor. This Blazer is ready for a transmission rebuild but at 153,000 miles some repairs should be expected. That's not that bad since my pickup transmission went out at 97,000 miles. Now that gas prices are getting beyond rediculous it makes the diesel engines a better idea even tho I am not a big diesel fan but 22 MPG isn't bad. All auto manufacturers build their vehicles with several designs that we feel are stupid and not user friendly but feel the GM rigs are more friendly to work on that the others in my opinion. I have owned and driven Fords, Dodges and Chevys over the years and I still feel the Blazer is the best SUV in these years and I would have picked the Dodge Ramcharger next in line. It's just my opinion but I feel Ford ruined their suspensions when they dreamed up the twin I-beam. When I say I have driven many over the years I am not just blowing smoke, I am 61 years old and have been a vehicle nut forever. Enjoy your 4 wheeling time as it's the best way to see beautiful country that not everyone gets to see. I have been hunting, fishing, camping and 4 wheeling here in Idaho all my life and I'll never see it all.

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Mercjerry writes:
1986 Chevrolet Blazer STD 4WD Review
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4

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Tough construction, good off-roader, torquey diesel V8

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Stark interior, noisy engine

Mercjerry
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You're In The Army Now — In 2000, a good friend of mine bought a most unusual vehicle at an auction held by the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany. He had been tipped off that one could get decent cars and trucks on the cheap there and it sure worked for him. Unsure at first what vehicle he might like best, he skipped a 1983 Chevrolet Caprice with bulletproof glass because the windows couldn't be rolled down. At the end of the day, he decided in favor of a 1986 Chevrolet Blazer M1009, the military version of the K10, and he never regretted it. As soon as he told me about his new ride, I paid him a visit to do a story about the Chevy for one of the automobile magazines I worked for at the time. It turned out that this story would generate more comments from readers than any other that year, nearly all of them favorable because people were really enthused about the Blazer. My buddy lived (still does) in a rather remote corner of Germany, just a few miles west of the Polish border. It's a densely forested area with many hills and trails, just right for a 4x4 formerly used by the Army. The U.S. military in Germany had passed on the vehicle to the motor pool of the U.S. Embassy in 1990, a common practice among government agencies. The embassy used the Blazer as a transporter of non-hazardous material. Its camouflage job hidden under a coat of plain white paint and licensed in Germany, the M1009 faithfully served the embassy until it was auctioned off 10 years later. Externally, the M1009 looks just like an ordinary K10, but there is more than meets the eye. A look under the hood reveals two batteries instead of one because the Army needed extra electrical power to operate a two-way radio. Therefore, the M1009's electrical system is 24 rather 12 volts. Another military peculiarity is the so-called "Service Lights" switch on the instrument panel that turns on all lights and signals - headlights, turn signals, backup lights, brake lights, the works. Without that switch, none of them work. That way, no rookie GI can inadvertently turn on the lights in a combat zone. The tricky part is to turn off that switch after parking the car for the night because otherwise the electrical circuit remains open and completely drains the batteries in a few hours. The Army also deleted the standard wall-to-wall carpeting of the floor and chose thick rubber floormats instead because they're easier to clean. The same goes for the heavy-duty all-vinyl upholstery covering heavy-duty seat springs. Also, there is none of the usual sound insulation material found in civilian Blazers inside the doors, on the firewall or under the hood. No headliner, either. Obviously, the Blazer was made for guys who don't need any pampering. One myth must be laid to rest here and now, though. Some people claim that M1009s had sheetmetal three times as thick a ordinary K10s. Not so. This humble automotive writer checked with a caliper gauge: Sheetmetal thickness is identical. There are extra reinforcements welded in, however, especially under the roof. If the sheetmetal of the M1009 were three times as thick as the K10's, the body obviously would weigh three times as much, which it doesn't. A trip to the scales revealed a curb weight of 2,310 kilograms (approx. 5,100 pounds), well within the limits of a civilian K10 with identical equipment. Speaking of equipment, the M1009 came with a 379 CID V8 diesel, a naturally aspirated engine supplied by GM-Detroit Diesel Allison Division as standard equipment. Available in two versions with either 130 or 156 net horsepower (the latter being an exclusive military option), this is one tough powerplant with 240 lb.-ft. of torque at a mere 2,000 rpm (figure is for the less powerful version installed in the test car). Civilian K10s came with one of two gasoline engines standard, namely Chevy's small-block V8 in 305 or 350 CID configuration; the diesel was optional. Other items that set the M1009 apart from the K10 concerned the driveline. K10s had a standard floor-mounted Muncie 4-speed manual transmission and the THM-700R4 four-speed automatic transmission on the options list. Four-wheel drive was selected via the aluminum-cased New Process 208 transmission. M1009s were more conservative in that respect. They still used GM's older, but well-reputed THM-400 three-speed automatic (no manuals in the Army) and the cast-iron New Process 205. Both transmissions were less advanced and efficient, but more robust, thereby lending themselves much better to the needs of the military. Driving the Blazer was fun. First, you switch on the ignition, then wait. A big red warning light on the instrument panel lets you know how long it takes the glow plugs to provide enough heat to start the engine; it goes out after about 20 seconds. The big diesel cranks over and makes itself heard loud and clear. Engine vibrations are present, but not nearly as bad as I expected. Pushing the gas pedal (bit of a misnomer here) down sets the Chevy in motion gently. A naturally aspirated diesel isn't exactly a stoplight Grand Prix contender, especially in a big, heavy vehicle like the Blazer. The automatic trans shifts smoothly, a perfect match for the 379 V8, tough and reliable. Once the diesel reaches operating temperature, the typical nailgun sound almost disappears, yet the lovely V8 rumble lingers on. On the road, the big 31 x 10,50 R15 tires almost make more noise than the engine. This M1009 is equipped with a 3.08 rear axle, so there isn't really any need for a fourth gear. On the autobahn, the Blazer easily chugs along at 70 mph, top speed is 93 mph. Sustained Vmax runs are usually avoided by experienced US automobile owners in Germany because even the most powerful V8s habitually overheat at continuous high engine speeds, an age-old problem common to virtually all American cars. In the US with its more or less restrictive speed limits, there is little occasion to drive flat out, so overheating isn't really an issue. The reason behind that overheating is oil capacity. American engines, even 400+ CID V8s, operate with no more than 5 quarts (a capacity found in German engines of less than 100 cubic inches displacement) of oil in them in order to warm up quickly. This is very convenient for the driver unless he decides to put the pedal to the metal. Then, those measly 5 quarts get really hot and the oil has a hard time lubricating the many reciprocating parts in the engine. If the driver doesn't let up, the thin oil film breaks, resulting in a ruptured head gasket or worse. The M1009 avoids this problem with standard auxiliary engine and transmission oil coolers. Beginning in the 1980s, US retail cars officially exported to Germany came with such oil coolers as standard equipment, by the way. In the US, such coolers were (and still are) optional equipment that few people pay extra for. In all honesty, driving the M1009 flat out on anything but glass-smooth roads is a challenge. Its standard extra-heavy-duty suspension, which gives little body lean in corners, offers zero comfort on the typical cobblestone streets so often found in rural Germany and other parts of Europe. The whole car shakes and shudders like mad, but that's nothing compared to what happens in the boonies. Every rock, every root of a tree, even slightly large twigs on the trail make the Blazer literally jump up in the air, sometimes lifting all four wheels clear off the ground and the occupants off their seats if they aren't firmly strapped in with their seat belts. Pampering the men and women in uniform sure wasn't on the Army's agenda, but protecting them by giving them a truck that's virtually indestructible. Off-road, the M1009 takes all the abuse one can think of and then asks for more. The New Process 205 4WD transmission and the 24-gallon fuel tank even have extra metal shields underneath. A Rallye Paris-Dakar-type off-roader it's not - too big and too heavy - but the Blazer is quite competent in rough terrain. Thanks to the diesel V8, the big, heavy Chevy is even surprisingly economical, getting 20-22 mpg, believe it or not. In summation, I found the M1009 to be a fun truck for those who can do without comfort. So, buy a family car and hang loose with the Blazer on the weekend.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Dustin writes:
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4

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It is a great off-road truck but also fun to drive around town because of the looks you get.

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I wish it had just a little bit bigger lift on it than it does right now.

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Very Fun Vechicle To Own. — It has quite a lot of power, brakes are poor but thats just older trucks. Handling is a little rough on road because of the tires i have on it. Very poor gas mileage, but is a very fun vehicle to drive especially off-road.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Jesse writes:
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fun,roomy,4x4

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gas guzzler,big

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Best Truck Ever — this is a great truck.it hardly ever breaks down,has good acceleration,good braking,but the handling can get kinda sketchy at high speeds.it has needed repairs,like ball joints,rear axle shafts,and u-joints.the exterior is awesome,kinda boxy, and has a removable hard top and is sweet in the summer.interior is roomy and warm.the only real bad thing is the gas guzzle affect.it probably gets about 17mpg,and maintenance is just standard car care.fun factor is 10 out of 10.its a blast to drive and have lots of fun in it

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David writes:
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4

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Fun on and off road

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Gas mileage isn't the greatest

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Dependable — This 1986 Blazer is a fantastic vehicle. Great acceleration, stops on a dime, and will get you to and from, on or off the road. The appearance of this truck will get you thinking " BEAST", and when you drive it, you will feel unstopable.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Eamonn writes:
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Big and Brutish

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Nothing

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How To Blaze A Trail — Great 4x4 Bigger and better than a Range Rover with better gas mileage too Well built reasonable performance considering size and weight Looked good more muscluar than other 4x4s Reasonable maintenance costs Great fun to drive on and off road

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Brent writes:
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Can haul 4-5 people (driver included) with ease & the factory engine is bulletproof....overall the K5 platform is a great starting point for a build.

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None on this particular model

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K5's....making Trails Wider Since 1969 — The Chevrolet K5 is a great off-road rig. On the trail it has the ability to haul more gear and passengers than the Jeep. The one small drawback would be the fact that it can feel cumbersome at times, due to it's girth. Overall, I love my Blazer and can't imagine not owning one.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Kelly writes:
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badass, powerful, good for work or play

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gas mileage

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A Beast — never gets stuck, lots of power, easy to drive in city, loves its fuel like a sailor likes his rum, hates to start in cold mornings, looks badass, easy to get aftermarket or original equipment parts, I love this truck

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Josh writes:
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you cant stop it

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a bit top heavy

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My Top Favorite Truck — it's about average.for a truck but probly the best 4x4 performance out thare.it needed a u joint,sending unit and spark plugs but no complaints here.and at 18 to 20 mpg its a great truck. in all what a ride

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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surfin writes:
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Great all around vehicle

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none

surfin
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Love It! — I totally enjoy the older blazers. I've owned two so far and enjoyed both. I go where ever I want, like areas where other vehicles normally go, just hickers. With the 305 engin I've gotten great mileage. Using the 4x4 on snow was greater traction than 2x's.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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2004 Chevrolet Blazer Reviews

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2003 Chevrolet Blazer Reviews

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The seats are not comfortable. the seats are cloth and has not lasted aslong as they should have.....I wish that I had gotten lether seats and the back seat is slanted sorta and is not comfortable at ... Read More

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Have had this car for 9 years, it has 165000 miles on it and is still running like new! We've only had to recently do repairs on it. Love this car, will own it till it simply won't go any more! Read More

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2002 Chevrolet Blazer Reviews

2002 Chevrolet Blazer 4wd By dfazakerly

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Reliable Sporty Transportation By scooby36

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2001 Chevrolet Blazer Reviews

This Vehicle Rocks By tommypc

I like this vehicle a lot. The 4 wheel drive has been of great use during all this snow that we have been having this year. I have not run into anything yet that it can't pull itself through. If you n... Read More

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