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Chevy Astro vs. Blazer comparison...

Postby allman [OP] » April 3rd 2013, 6:46pm

Hello people,

I keep looking at Blazers passing by on the road wondering how they are compared to the Astro. I'm sure people here have driven/owned both vehicles. If you have time and mood, please share your experiences/thoughts.

How is the Blazer compared to the Astro?

Pros/cons? Anything REALLY bad I should know about?

By the way I checked an unofficial Blazer forum and it's nowhere near the quality/coolness of https://www.astrosafari.com, hah! 8-)

I love the Astro 'cause it's huge, feels like sitting on a throne with traffic overview unmatched by most other/smaller cars. What I'm truly missing is proper 4x4 during winter (my van is only 2WD).

The Astro is indeed very practical but sometimes also impractical, for example too big and heavy for quick / lightweight city roaming (can be tiring/tricky to handle on narrow streets/places) --- so the thought of having a "smaller Astro" / Blazer as second vehicle crossed my mind.

I looked at a '98 Blazer but it had the shifter in the middle (between the driver and passenger seats), I prefer having it close to the steering wheel like on the Astro (that kind of pushed me away). Oh yeah, in addition, it had some weird grandma-bathtub-like-handle sticking out from the front/top of the dash on the passenger side (what were they thinking?), it's probably practical but to me it just looked wrong, could get used to it though... :roll:

I reckon the Blazer has similar engine, transmission and other (GM) parts so it's probably known/similar territory tech/repair-wise. I guess it's easier/quicker to fix since everything seems to be laid out nicely under the hood (at least, from what I saw on pictures: air filter, plugs, wires, distributor, fuel pump, generator, water pump, etc.) - I'm sure we all know how much FUN it is to remove the doghouse-cover and squeeze yourself in there, specially in winter. ;)

Any serious/known Blazer issues / weaknesses?
Reliable? Unreliable? Too plastic-fantastic-ish interior? Uncomfortable seats?

Thanks.

Allman


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Re: Chevy Astro vs. Blazer comparison...

Postby chevymaherchevymaher is online! » April 3rd 2013, 8:35pm

I work on blazers all the time. They the exact same thing as the astros. Engine and trans wise. My opinion they are equal to the vans wear wise. Just a different vehicle.
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Re: Chevy Astro vs. Blazer comparison...

Postby Leeann_93 » April 3rd 2013, 10:31pm

Blazer/Jimmy is exactly the same engine/transmission/rear as the Astro. Bravada has the exact same engine/transmission/transfer case/rear.

I have a '93 Bravada and a '93 Astro. Exactly the same. Bravada's just lower and smaller. Capable little truck, emphasis on little. Great tow vehicle, great turn radius, just little. Really no better gas mileage. Oh, and smaller gas tank (20 vs 25 or 27). The Bravada (leather) seats are really comfortable, but I think the Astro seats are better.

Guy on here somewhere installed a 4x4 transfer case from a Blazer into his Astro, the one without the mechanical lever (I think it's the NP236 as opposed to our NP136) and installed the button/switch where the optional rear hatch button goes, the right side of the gauge cluster at the bottom.

Some things are easier on the Bravada, some things are easier on the Astro. Plugs/wires are easier on the Bravada (but still through the wheel wells). Cap & rotor are easier on the Astro as it's against the firewall in the Bravada.
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Re: Chevy Astro vs. Blazer comparison...

Postby garypely » April 4th 2013, 12:01am

I had a 91 S10 Blazer and loved it. The only reason I junked it was that it was starting to have major issues. The drivers door wouldn't latch anymore. Brake line leak, needed tires, and a complete exhaust and a few other issues. The final deciding factor was when it blew a spark plug and I didn't want to deal with it anymore. If I knew I was going to be getting a Safari van so fast I would have kept the blazer for parts. But it was a great vehicle in the 2 years I had it. Gas mileage wasn't the best I think I got around 17.
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Re: Chevy Astro vs. Blazer comparison...

Postby justsomeguy » April 4th 2013, 3:39am

But most importantly of all... don't forget the coolness factor! The Astro/Safari is in a class all its own in so many ways. Not only is it practical, well built and stylish (in my opinion, anyway), I can see Astros and Safaris gaining cult status as time goes on. Kind of like in Japan. Sort of a modern day hippie/VW type van. Well, maybe it will never gain that kind of status, but I've had people call my Astro a hippie van. I guess it helps that I have long hair & beard and listen to classic rock nice and loud. Some people have said the Astro is boxy and hideous looking. Yeah, but that's the fun of it! :obscene-birdiedoublered:

For example, check out the picture below. You can see that only cool people drive Astros and Safaris. Yah mon! And No, that's NOT ME, or my van. Note the custom fender dents and rocker panel cladding that's falling off. This dude must have been off roading in his beige Astro.
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Re: Chevy Astro vs. Blazer comparison...

Postby Mr_Bowtie » April 4th 2013, 5:54am

I like them both! Perfer my Van over the Blazer for everyday use, but the Blazer is nice too. Just can't beat the room of the Astro.
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Re: Chevy Astro vs. Blazer comparison...

Postby icebrrg3rdicebrrg3rd is online! » April 4th 2013, 2:47pm

I had a '91 S10 pickup, 2.8L w/ 5 speed. Loved that little truck, just no room for passengers.

Lots of similar things done to both. Slide in a V-8. Lift a 4x4. Drop a RWD to the ground. Sound systems, paint jobs, rims & wheels, they just beg to be modified. Or be used as reliable work trucks or family haulers. Main difference between the Blazers & the Astros is that the Blazers have a full frame to the Astros half/sub frame. And the wheel bolt patterns are 4 3/4" x 5 vs 5" x 5. I know there's more, but that gets into the nitty gritty stuff. But any way you stack it, the Astro wins (in my book) any comparison.

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Re: Chevy Astro vs. Blazer comparison...

Postby chevymaherchevymaher is online! » April 4th 2013, 2:58pm

Speaking of blazers. One getting towed here now. The one I slowly restoring for a guy.It is getting a transmission now. It already got a motor.
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