Join Date: May 2000
Location: Murray, KY
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This is very bad news and all MUST READ
Ya' know I was talking about maybe getting a 4-dr Blazer later on or next year? Well, got to digging around about it and found out that the new Trailblazer for 2001 will have an inline 6, right? And the Blazer will be bigger than now and a little smaller than a Tahoe. And the 7 seater version will have a V8. Guess all the gripeing about the 4.3 paid off, but killed the little Blazer in the process. GM says a V8 in our trucks leaves no crumple zone in a head on collision in testing and the motor comes into the inside of the truck. I talked to them personally 2 years ago about this, because I thought the Extreme was going to be a V8, when in fact most ship with 4 cyls instead(Extreme 4cyl?)Well, a along I felt bad about these rumors and read it today in Street Trucks, Oct 2000 issue on page 8 that the Blazer as we know it "IS DEAD". It will no longer be produced AT ALL. This means for sure no more ZR2 Blazers too. Also, there is some good pics of the GMC and the NEW Blazer too. Does this mean they will kill the truck too? I saw this in a couple other mags 2-3 months ago that it was a rumor, and saw last month in Car & Driver too. I'm afraid now the ZR2 line will be gone as well. They made reference that GM ran these S-10 trucks so long and never changed or upgraded them much, (as we know to) and instead of doing that they killed it this year. Starting 2002 no more at all. I've found 4 ZR2 pickups within 200 miles of me and am going to drive one tomorrow to see if my wife will want it. The Blazer has too many blind spots for her and that is why it's mine now. I really wanted a truck when we got it, but women? She wanted another ZR2 Blazer after our 97? If you want a new truck, better get it while the gettings good!!! You know these (ZR2's)have been few and far between anyway without ordering them. And they are just now develping lift kits for them too. Weird thing is that 2000 was the 1st year for the Extreme Blazer version too. But all the write ups and features are bad too. They left basically an underbuilt suspension and the same tires as the extreme trucks, when they could have went 4" wider on the rear and 2" on the front for stability & they have bad body roll because of it. Guess they didn't want to put money in another rim, but use up all the ones they have for Extreme Pickups. Looks like I might keep my 89 ext cab truck now. I've been wanting to sell it, but it's straight body not ever wrecked, and would make an awesome BIG-BOWTIE with a SFA & a V8. I only wanted $2700 for it with a new motor too.