Regular Car Reviews, you could say, are what The Onion is to mainstream media. They’re satirical, but still ultimately have a point, even if it’s hidden under a heaping load of sarcasm and strange jokes. Taking them with a grain of salt is a must, but today they’ve brought us a staple of the sport utility market from when Y2K was a thing: the 1999 Chevrolet Blazer.
The original Blazer came about in 1982 and debuted to the typical appliance like styling most of Detroit’s Big Three were hammering out at the time. Based on the Chevrolet S-10 pickup, the Blazer added the “sport” to America’s forthcoming SUV craze.
It wasn’t all greener pastures, though, after the Blazer’s heyday came to an end in 2001. As Regular Car Reviews points out, an extensive list of parts were needing replaced, and things once seen as technologically advanced have turned out to be technologically challenged, even for 1999. Case in point, vacuum lines control the four-wheel drive system, which utilizes a push-button system. Vacuum lines were already some twenty years old by 1999, leaving much to be desired from the system when engaged.
You may, or may not be, a fan of Regular Car Reviews‘ style, but if you can come to appreciate all the flack thrown at the Blazer, you come to an overall “ah ha!” moment near the end of the review. To paraphrase, if you don’t like the Blazer, that’s okay. If you don’t like the Blazer, it probably means an SUV isn’t your ride anyway, where this era’s SUVs benchmarked the Blazer.
Best to enjoy this, as we’ll probably never see the Chevrolet Trailblazer that exists for the Asian and Aussie market.