I have a 1996 Chevy Blazer which until 4+ years ago - due to a move - I had to put it in the hands of an excuse for a mechanic for "routine" care...only to find he was not doing ANY of the work on her for which I was paying. Needless to say, she now requires a complete overhaul - I want her to look like she did in 1996 - and to tum like she did then (and did until this joker got hsi hands on her!!) - How much do your think a complete overhaul would cost and who in CT can I call???

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Asked by Aug 23, 2017 at 05:58 PM about the 1996 Chevrolet Blazer 4-Door 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 1996 Chevy Blazer which until 4+ years ago - due to a move - I had to put it in the hands of  an excuse for a mechanic for "routine" care...only to find he was not doing ANY of the work on her for which I was paying. Needless to say, she now requires a complete overhaul - I want her to look like she did in 1996 - and to tum like she did then (and did until this joker got hsi hands on her!!) - How much do your think a complete overhaul would cost and who in CT can I call???

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Was this person storing the vehicle for you? Or was he supposed to be restoring it for you? Do you have a written agreement stating what he was supposed to be doing to the vehicle? If so, you may be able to take legal action against this person. But remember a 21 year old Blazer isn't worth much. Unless this vehicle has some sort of sentimental value to you, I'd just move on and buy something newer. It would cost more than the vehicle is worth to get it into the condition you describe. Chevrolet made those Blazers for many years. There's plenty of them out there to choose from. I think in the long run you'll be better off. HTH. -Jim

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Thanks for your response....There is no legal resource - though he was supposed to be helping me to maintain it in safe and decent condition, he apparently saw my handwriting on his "wall" and 'closed shop and moved on....' And, yes the maintenance was (is) two-fold: sentimental AND reliable (until the hacker got ahold of it) I had NEVER had a moments issue with it when the former mechanic was maintaining it. But now it is a total restore and I am looking for a ballpark $ and a referral (if possible). It may come to a financial decision - but I need to KNOW ($) before I change direction on my desire to restore. Thank you for your very wise and practical opinion. But I need numbers - and possibly a referral. Thank you again. lbw

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You're welcome. Glad to help. I can understand about sentimental value. My 2000 Grand Prix has a lot of that for me. Of course it's very hard to give you a number without having the vehicle to look at. But after 4 years the list may be long. The entire fuel system will need to be cleaned and serviced. New belts, hoses, tires, complete brake system inspection and service. Possibly a transmission service (fluid and filter change). If the vehicle was stored outside the electrical system will need to be carefully inspected for critter damage. Squirrels and mice love to chew on electrical wires! The chassis should be inspected excessive rust damage caused by the elements. I think the best thing is to have it towed to a reputable repair facility and let them spend a few hours going over the vehicle for the mechanical repairs and servicing estimate. It'll cost a few hours worth of labor. But then you'll know where you stand. As for the body, paint, and interior work, that can come later. If you don't plan on using the vehicle for regular transportation you can "pick away" at it over time. I'd also recommend storing it in a garage or possibly under a carport with a cover on it to help protect it against the elements. Best of luck to you with this project. I hope you can get your Blazer back to it's former glory!! HTH. -Jim

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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING REPLY! And not ONE pat on my female head!! You are a treasure for sure! I am beginning to think that if I could find someone who would restore it (for themselves) and not patronize me by saying they were doing so and then using it for whatever pieces they could get) -- I would gift them with her...just so I knew she would be taken care of and used properly. ( I felt the same way about my kids as they got older and made choices about their future...goofy me, I know.) So thank you again for your detailed comments and your understanding - all I need is a POWER BALL WIN... ;-)

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You're welcome and thank you very much for the kind words!! Glad to help. -Jim

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