If you are going to go to the hill you are going to need to either hitch, ride the bus or have a solid car. I have been rocking a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer since the 04/05 season and it has not let me down yet. I hope this review does not jinx me in the near future. The Trailblazer is an upgraded version of the old S-10 Blazer that Chevy made in the 90’s and early 2000’s. It is not a sports car, but the 4.2 l straight 6 cylinder engine has some zip. Mine is getting a little tired at 115,000 miles, but I figure she has another 100,000 at least.
The 4 wheel drive in the T-blazer is also solid and I have really not gotten stuck in the snow in 6 winters of driving through some heavy weather on a regular basis. There are a couple things that have come up that I am not that stoked on. It seems that the brakes need to be replaced about every 30,000 miles. That could be due to driving LCC just about ever day during the winter and lots in the summer too. I did have to replace the control module for the temp control last year and it is still a little funky. As far as off-roading I would not recommend this SUV. Its low clearance has gotten me into trouble on several occasions, so now I don’t mess with anything too rugged in this whip.
Overall if you are looking for a ride to depend on you could do a lot worse that a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer. It will get you where you want to go and back as long as it isn’t a super burly off-road zone. Getting about 20 mpg on a road trip in a car that fits you, a couple friends and all your gear comfortably is a bonus.
Don’t be this guy….