Comments? on the LS Blazer

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  1. JJFarmer

    JJFarmer Veteran Member

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    I'm trying to work a deal to buy this truck. What are the problem areas on these? Whats a good price on this truck as a cash buyer? The 5.3 LS motor has me mighty interested. AC and power steering all work.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us1RG0RjkAw
     
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    Around here they rot at the rockers and wheel wells. The window seals leak, depending on climate
    I dont think ive seen a clean one around unless it was a resto and then they are sweet. That looks like a nice truck. There has been some nice work done.
    http://ontario.kijiji.ca/c-ViewAdLargeImage?AdId=422362510
    Link to average shape around here...LOL
     
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    Wow....that's a cool Blazer.

    No clue what its worth but 96K is a lot of miles.
    Depends on what kinda tune he put in it for HP output.

    My 2000 4.3L Jimmy diamond ed had only 190hp and I beat the snot out of it.
    Only major repair was fuel pump, and intake gasket @ 200K
    Sold it to my bro with 89K on it in 2008 for $6500
     
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    ...Wish I was in the market ,nice looking blazer , DC:bowtie:
     
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    Don't know anything about them...but that blazer is awesome. I'm looking for a DD too...But I say you should get it:cool:
     
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    I had a 97 and it cost me a small fortune in repairs over the 7 years I had it. I had to replace the motor mounts, ball joints, transmission, fuel pump, wiper motor, the rear end, a very expensive wiring harnes for the cruise control. That's all I can think of off the top of my head, but all in all, it was about $7,000 over those 7 years.
     
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    I have some experience with S-series trucks. They are actually pretty stout, just as much as the 1/2 ton trucks of the same period. The most common issues were fuel system (injectors, fuel pump), intake manifold gaskets, remote oil line seals leaking (4x4), and front wheel hub bearings wearing quickly (4x4 and 2x4).

    With an LS swap you won't have to worry about the fuel system or intake manifold gaskets, but as long as the work is done properly it should be OK. The S-truck engine compartment is super tight even with the 4.3 V6 in it. With the extra length from the V8 things get pretty tight; working in the engine compartment requires patience. Be conscious of any oil leaks, oil pan issues that may be there because they are a bear to fix. Since there's not a huge amount of stuff out there for LS swaps, sometimes people try to get creative by welding their own oil pan to make it fit and it usually doesn't work out well.

    Also, I don't know too much about the wheels that are on there, but I know the 2x4 wheels have much different spacing than 4x4 wheels. 2x4 trucks run backspacing similar to a 2nd gen F-body while 4x4 trucks run similar backspacing to a 4th gen F-body. What this means is, the wheels on that truck may have huge spacers, which may or may not be an issue for you. It does look like the rotor is pretty far inward in the picture, to me.

    Good luck with it if you buy it, I bet it would be a reliable everyday car. I always dreamed of an LS swap in my Jimmy
     
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    That looks nice JJ..:cool:
     
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    why not check into a trailblazer ss with the 5.3
     

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