The K5 Blazer was built from 1973 to 1991, an incredible production run of 18 years. There were seven different engine choices offered over the years, along a four-speed manual transmission and three available automatic transmissions.
The Blazer was a well-loved, multi-purpose vehicle that was well suited to off-roading, family hauling, towing, plowing and more. It was even used as military vehicle. It’s no surprise, then, that YouTube car reviewer (and internet car mainstay at this point) Regular Car Reviews has some love for the K5 Blazer.
The youTuber recently reviewed a late 1990 example of the iconic SUV for his channel – the second to last year of production. The old school character of the K5 is very much present in this 1990 example, though. This is a vehicle that spent 18 years in production with the same body, after all.
Regular Car Reviews rather humorously points out that the K5 is the most modern day car made of all metal and he may be right. With a metal body and metal bumpers, the 1990 K5 Blazer is old school for only going on 30 years. He also says its toughness even makes other trucks leave him space. After all, that’s real chrome on his bumpers – not some plastic bumper covers. Then again, you probably wouldn’t want to challenge a modern vehicle in anything that old. Have you seen those retro Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests?
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is a vehicle built for a different world than K5 Blazer, but we miss the days when SUVs were made of all metal. Check out Regular Car Reviews’ video embedded above for a loving look back at one of many GM enthusiasts’ favorite vehicles, the all metal, body on frame Chevrolet K5 Blazer.
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