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    Re: Chevy Blazer Review: "How could something so cheap-feeling cost so much?"

    ^^^Also, the 2.5 is not a turbo.
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    Re: Chevy Blazer Review: "How could something so cheap-feeling cost so much?"

    Quote Originally Posted by unkillsam View Post
    My thoughts exactly. The engines are not the problem, with all the other problems this vehicle does have the engines I would count as a strength.
    While I agree the engines are not the problem, I stop short of calling them a strength. Maybe I'm just old-school at this point, but I have never liked the idea of a high-revving engine in anything other than a car. Wife has the 3.6 in her Equinox and while the power level is sufficient, it takes some revving to get the damn thing off the line...
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    Re: Chevy Blazer Review: "How could something so cheap-feeling cost so much?"

    Sure he's biased and has a ax to grind, but at the end of the day he is right. GM is run by accountants and it shows. Bob Lutz was the last guy would could bend the curve in the past, but it appears the accountants are firmly in charge again.

    This product and the Silverado give me concern for GM's long term future. Mediocre is not recipe for long term success. Just look at GM over the last 30 years and see the subsequent market share reductions. The future is clear that a yet smaller GM is in our future. The only difference is management seems OK with that.

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    Re: Chevy Blazer Review: "How could something so cheap-feeling cost so much?"

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    Where does he get the idea that the 3.6 liter is an iron block, or its old? Even the 2.5 liter is brand new with an earth shattering 11.9 compression ratio, better than Porsche Boxer 4.

    Pompus Neil, when did he stop driving Porsche, Astons and Maybach's to come to lowly Chevrolet ?
    "Earth Shattering 11.9 Compression Ratio"

    May I use that quote in my next Sales Presentation? Oh wait, "does Ford even Shatter the Earth when Porsche doesn't?"Oh wait "who would even care?"

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    Re: Chevy Blazer Review: "How could something so cheap-feeling cost so much?"

    Quote Originally Posted by gkr778 View Post
    While Mr. Neil's writing style is renowned, he would benefit from a editor to catch technical errors. There were at least two in his Chevy Blazer article: the 3.6L V6 uses an aluminum block, not iron; and the aspect ratio of the 21" tires is 45, not 35.
    I agree with you, Neil is one of the best - if not the best - automotive writers. GM would do well to have every executive read his Blazer review.

    Oh, and there are actually 3 errors in the article - he refers to the Chevy Traverse as a 2-row vehicle. The Traverse has standard 3-row seating for eight, and optional 3-row seating for seven.









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    Re: Chevy Blazer Review: "How could something so cheap-feeling cost so much?"

    IMO, the Blazer's pricing wouldn't be all that bad if it had a 3rd row. I'd hit it if I could get a 7 passenger Blazer RS for $43K.
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    Re: Chevy Blazer Review: "How could something so cheap-feeling cost so much?"

    This writer probably didn't even drive the car. I have driven a Gmc Acadia with the 2.5 4 cylinder and it actually has decent power and moves fairly quickly. Again these guys don't know anything they just write stuff someone tells them to write. They probably love the CVT in Nissan's that everyone else hates.

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    Hecho en Mexico.

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    Re: Chevy Blazer Review: "How could something so cheap-feeling cost so much?"

    Quote Originally Posted by pontiacgt02 View Post
    This writer probably didn't even drive the car. I have driven a Gmc Acadia with the 2.5 4 cylinder and it actually has decent power and moves fairly quickly. Again these guys don't know anything they just write stuff someone tells them to write. They probably love the CVT in Nissan's that everyone else hates.
    " Even in light, day-to-day traffic, throttle response and downshifts lagged way behind my demands, even in Sport mode, which is supposed to sharpen the throttle and shifts. Oof. Sometimes, before I could bring the Blazer’s pot to boil, the opening in traffic had evaporated, which meant having to chop the throttle, leaving the engine to overrun awfully, hung out by its own rotational momentum."


    Kinda difficult from outside the vehicle...

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    Re: Chevy Blazer Review: "How could something so cheap-feeling cost so much?"

    Quote Originally Posted by canadian.bacon View Post
    " Even in light, day-to-day traffic, throttle response and downshifts lagged way behind my demands, even in Sport mode, which is supposed to sharpen the throttle and shifts. Oof. Sometimes, before I could bring the Blazer’s pot to boil, the opening in traffic had evaporated, which meant having to chop the throttle, leaving the engine to overrun awfully, hung out by its own rotational momentum."


    Kinda difficult from outside the vehicle...
    Actually that B.S. quote sounds fictional so that isn't helping matters.

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    Re: Chevy Blazer Review: "How could something so cheap-feeling cost so much?"

    Quote Originally Posted by InCogKneeToe View Post
    "Earth Shattering 11.9 Compression Ratio"

    May I use that quote in my next Sales Presentation? Oh wait, "does Ford even Shatter the Earth when Porsche doesn't?"Oh wait "who would even care?"
    You are welcome to do that in your sales presentation, just make sure you provide proper attribution.

    Incidentally, Toyota's most recent 2.5L 4-cylinder gasoline engine, the A25A, has a compression ratio of 13:1 (14:1 in the hybrid version). That may shatter Mars in addition to Earth. And make it more challenging for Elon Musk to colonize the red planet.
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    Re: Chevy Blazer Review: "How could something so cheap-feeling cost so much?"

    Quote Originally Posted by jzchev28 View Post
    Actually that B.S. quote sounds fictional so that isn't helping matters.
    The 9-speed automatic in the Cadillac XT4 my wife and I test drove exhibited similar behavior. There's truth to what Mr. Neil described.
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    Re: Chevy Blazer Review: "How could something so cheap-feeling cost so much?"

    I find the Blazer perplexing. GM chose to build the Blazer in Mexico (home of far cheaper labor) presumably so they wouldn't have to decontent and cheapen materials in order to be price competitive. However, is appears to most here on GMI that GM overpriced the Blazer AND used cheap materials and decontented it.

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    Re: Chevy Blazer Review: "How could something so cheap-feeling cost so much?"

    Quote Originally Posted by gkr778 View Post
    The 9-speed automatic in the Cadillac XT4 my wife and I test drove exhibited similar behavior. There's truth to what Mr. Neil described.
    My 9 speed is lazy as well, but I dont need it to be sporty. Also...why does the Enclave have paddle shifters and the Blazer doesn't?
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