This versatile mid-sized SUV makes a great choice for Tahoe trips, coastal camp-outs and other sporting get-aways to the countryside, especially if you're traveling with more than just one pal and like to pack a wee-bit of gear along with you, too.
So, enjoy the journey there, but go prepared to explore your destination, too! Bikes, boards, bags, hey, even small boats -- just throw it in-or-on, and go! For all its people-moving and cargo-carrying capability, tho', this five-seat passenger-truck's still compact and nimble enuf to take-on urban driving/parking conditions with relative ease.
All the "basic" amenities demanded by modern-day explorers can be found here: cushy nylon-fabric upholstery and carpeting throughout, reclining bucket-seats in front, with an adjustable lumbar support for the driver, and large integrated headrests for you to top-off with your take-along pillow, AM/FM/CD six-speaker stereo, air-conditioning, digital compass and outdoor-temperature indicator, lighted vanity-mirrors in BOTH sun-visors, twin multi-directional reading lamps, four cup-holders, etc. Extremely-dark "limo-tinted" windows (only where legal!), keeping most of the sun's harmful uV-rays off Junior and prying eyes off your stuff stashed in back. Huge, heated "truck-mirrors" on either side, electrically remote-controlled and manually-swingable. Two key-sets provided, including one with wireless-remote key-fob.
Protective gear and emergency equipment kept on-board includes a golf-umbrella, a packing blanket, full-size spare, the factory jack & wheel-chocks, both dog-leg & cross-bar lug-wrenches, battery jump-start device, and lever-operated "Come-a-Long"-style strap-winch. Lots of tie-downs of all kinds.
Tons of cargo-room inside for all your stuff that needs protection, plus a beefy OEM roof-rack for anything from kayaks to sheetrock. For special passengers or external cargo, take your choice of four different types of no-charge optional accessories: two different sizes of child car-seats (infant &/or toddler), a Thule roof-mounted ski/snowboard rack, a Yakima hitch-mounted bike-rack, or an EverThere hitch-mounted cargo-carrier. See below for a detailed optional-equipment listing, as well as web-links to safety-related instructions.
First-time jump-in operators may well appreciate the convention-conforming simplicity of this old-school Blazer. Cockpit-layout is ultra-simple and touchscreen-free (except for your own GPS-equipped smartphone and/or tablet, of course)! No Bluetooth connectivity here, either, just yet. For now, you can run your digital music into the ship's powerful stereo system through your own empty-channel FM-transmitter.
When it's "Time-to-Go", stomp-down a bit hard if you want, and the biggish 4.3-liter Vortec V-6 quite audibly lets you know it's On-the-Job. No stress, tho', as it waltzes the 4-speed transmission smoothly up thru their dance-steps, quickly getting the vehicle up-to-speed for a safe merge onto the freeway, even when heavily-loaded. At the limit, ease-off a bit and the transmission does it final shift, up into fourth-gear/overdrive. Rev's drop quietly down into the lower 2,000's, and engine-noise pretty-much goes away, to be replaced by the brook-like burble of wind-noise around the wing-mirrors, roof-rack, etc..
This sweet-cruisin' six is only slightly smaller in displacement than the 4.6-liter V-8 that powers my much-heavier Lincoln Town Car! In GM-speak, it's a full three-quarters of the venerable Chevy 350 V-8.
However smooth-running and powerful as this little bus is, please don't push it much over the posted legal or advisory speed-limit anywhere, anytime. If emergency maneuvers at speed should suddenly become necessary, keep your steering and braking inputs to the minimum necessary. Simply put, CG-wise, this is not a car. Immutable Laws of Phyiscs, and all that rot, you know...
The vehicle has been kept well-maintained, with a focus on safety. All new Bridgestone steel-belted radial-ply Desert Dueler M&S-rated tires just last summer, and a major brake-overhaul at that time, too.
RelayRides recently safety-inspected & photo-documented my truck for airport-rentals at SFO. Their inspection report is available to you by e-mail.
A few scrapes and dings in the sheet-metal from parking-lot encounters, neighborly side-swipes, and such-like minor mishaps do give the truck some humble character. Our RR check-out sheet will also note this minor existing cosmetic damage, on the diagram.
This vehicle is listed on my Fastrak account, expediting your passage out across the big river and back home across the bay. No transponder necessary, as license-plate is scanned optically. Please report and reimburse me for all toll-crossings and any unpaid parking-tickets.
The Blazer will be clean at the start of your rental. I prefer that it be similarly clean on return. The truck cannot safely go through an automatic carwash, due to its semi-fixed radio-antenna and glued-on plastic bug&gravel deflector. Cleaning's no big deal, tho'. Just take it to one of many self-serve wash-racks around town. Or, if you wind-up out of either time and/or inclination, you can just pay me an agreeable sum to do this sorta-fun chore for you!
Unlike some foreign makes of wide-tired, hot-rod SUV's (BMW X-5, etc.), this American-made passenger-truck definitely does NOT require premium fuel; instead quite happy drinking the more-affordable regular unleaded gas. Yep, a healthy thirst for Bud, not Becks!
If you don't have time to refill the "gas-pitcher", I'll take care of that chore for you! We'll tally-up your closing-tab for tolls, tickets, topping-off, and cleaning -- payable in cash or by card, the latter option utilizing my personal account on the "Square" mobile-payment system.
I've owned this loyal "little" SUV for six years now, adorned it with very few baubles, and driven it relatively little. Only ~20,000 miles so far, on my watch. The midnight-blue Blazer has been mainly my weekend dinner-date and day-tripper fun-machine. It's served admirably on all those pleasure-filled trips for me and mine, just as it may now for you and your own pals, too.
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Optional, no extra-charge equipment:
a. One set of "Thule" key-lockable ski/snowboard holders, which take up only the curb-side half of factory roof-rack (nominal capacity: 4 skis, or 2 snowboards).
b. One big "Yakima" hitch-mounted bike-rack. Relatively simple in design (i.e. fewest moving parts to pinch you or get lost). Currently equipped with just two fore&aft-adjustable and nicely rubber-padded bike-holder saddles, each with two strong, locking rubber straps. The rack looks to have "expansion room" for two more bikes to be "skewered" onto the central horizontal "sticker".
In full-upright position, even with multiple bikes loaded, the vehicle's rear glass hatch-window opens for quick access to lightweight cargo. With the bike-rack and bikes "kneeled" back 45-degrees, into fold-down position, the truck's whole big one-piece rear-hatch can be opened fully-up in order to slide heavy cargo like tents, coolers and suitcases in & out. [Safety-note: Probably a two-person job to lift a fully-loaded bike-rack back upright and then hold it there while someone else inserts the locking pin.]
c. Alternatively to Item (b) listed above, if requested, I will install for you my stainless steel Ever-There "Sport X-300" cargo-carrier. This hitch-mounted rack provides quite a large platform (24"-long x 54"-wide), comparable in area to half of a compact pick-up's cargo-bed. Similar units currently produced in cheaper carbon-steel are structurally-rated to carry up to 400 pounds of stuff, though that seems dynamically safe only on larger trucks than mine. [Safety note: I recommend no more than 200 pounds back there behind my truck, on EITHER of the two alternative hitch-mounted racks, lest the front wheels lighten-up too much and you lose steering authority.] The perimeter rim has plenty of tie-down slots for securing your bikes or whatever else you're carrying there with nylon web-strapping.
This aft cargo-deck's a great place to stow your most gangly, space-consuming, but fairly lightweight stuff (like trikes, bikes, BBQ's, sleeping-bags and lawn-chairs), as well as any mildly-noxious items (Honey, did we really need to bring the Porta-Potti from the old tent-trailer!?). You could even carry Grandma's electric "mobility-scooter" or your own 125-cc dirt-bike there.
Here are links to the manufacturer's operating instructions and a demonstration video for this fold-up cargo-rack, both posted online by retailer Pickup Specialties:
d. For traveling parents transporting their most-precious "cargo" here on the airlines, but loathe to once-again schlep bulky child-seat/s, straps and buckles flying, through the airport at each end and all transfers along the family's otherwise happy journey, I do have two child-restraint seats optionally available: one infant-size (rear-facing), and one toddler-size (front-facing). Could probably scrounge-up a third unit of any type needed (Booster seat, anyone?), if asked.
No real need for visiting parents to import and then export this bulky gear all the way across the country, just to protect Junior over the last ten miles to Grandma's house!
GM's wonderfully comprehensive O&M manual provides much guidance on how these various types of child-restraints should be selected, placed and secured; and of course on everything else truly important to safely enjoying this nifty little passenger-truck. Original O&M manual is in the Blazer's glovebox. Also downloadable online for free, in pdf-format, at www.justgivemethedamnmanual.com.