Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
David asks: What’s your opinion of the 1985 Chevy K5 Blazer? I would like a utility vehicle that has very little in the way of computer chips and technology and is easy to work on.
My reply: I think highly of the K5 Blazer! It fits your bill exactly. It has a rugged small-block Chevy V8 under its hood, either the 305 (5.0 liter) or the 350 (5.7 liter) version, with a four barrel carburetor and very basic computer controls. Repair and maintenance is simple and inexpensive. If you wanted to, you could eliminate the minimal computer controls it has – just run a non-computer Quadrajet four barrel (or stand-alone aftermarket TBI system).
The ’85 also offered a diesel, mechanical injection. And it came with an overdrive transmission – which means these things are highway friendly, like any modern car. Just simpler – and more fun!
The basic Blazer itself is essentially the same as the Blazers Chevy was selling in the ’70s, before any computer controls.
These things are also rapidly appreciating in value – which is another sound reason to get one before they become unaffordable (as early Broncos and Toyota LandCrusiers already have become).
Keep us posted!
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