10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
37 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
34 / 2
Average Mileage:
56,244 miles

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problem #19

Jan 162004

(reported on)

Trailblazer

  • miles
Consumer was ejected from the vehicle after it over turned twice as a result of defective steering. While driving the consumer noticed that the vehicle was going off the road to the right. The consumer overcorrected the steering wheel and the car subsequently went too far over to the left with the right side front and rear wheels in the air. The consumer then corrected to the right and the left side tires came off the road. The vehicle then went into a skid off the right side of the road and struck an embankment. The vehicle struck an embankment and the consumer's chest hit the steering wheel. The impact bent the steering wheel and rendered the consumer unconscious. The vehicle the overturned 1-2 times and the consumer was ejected from the vehicle. The consumer sustained rib fractures, joint separation, upper and lower back injuries.

- Mansfield, OH, USA

problem #18

Aug 082004

Trailblazer 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
While attempting to change from the outside (slow) lane on interstate 35 a speeding car attempted to pass me. I swerved back into my lane, note; this was not a severe steering maneuver. The 2002 Trailblazer immediately rocked and went into a roll. The vehicle was totaled by the insurance carrier. 1. none of the air bags deployed, front nor side. 2. the locked drivers side door opened up on impact. 3. the SUV roll occurred with out severe over steering.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #17

Apr 252004

Trailblazer

  • miles
Front driver's side seat belt shoulder restraint did not lock (retractor) when vehicle was involved in rear end collision with a tractor trailer at 45 mph. Also, none of the airbags deployed.

- Riverhead, NY, USA

problem #16

Apr 062004

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,532 miles
While driving 40 mph, the engine light illuminated, then the vehicle stalled. This caused the consumer to lose control of the vehicle, hitting a wall. The consumer had the vehicle towed. The dealership tried to repair the vehicle 7 times, but did not resolve the problem. The air bag also failed to deploy during the accident. The PCM failed due to a circuit inside, fluid leaked from the power steering hose, the engine revved high and was loud when the vehicle was started, the consumer saw sparks under the hood fuse block at the same time the gauges fluctuated and shorted, the right rear tail lights were inoperative, and the fuel gauge made a whirring sound when the vehicle was started.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #15

Dec 302003

(reported on)

Trailblazer

  • miles
While driving 50 mph the truck was involved in a side impact accident. The passenger side air bag failed to deploy upon impact. Please provide any additional information.

- Rochelle Park, NJ, USA

problem #14

Nov 052003

(reported on)

Trailblazer

  • 10,000 miles
While traveling at 70 mph was changing lanes when vehicle began to tip, then flipped over twice. Upon impact, airbags did not deploy. Passenger and driver sustained back and head injuries.

- Maywood, IL, USA

problem #13

Sep 022003

Trailblazer

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,920 miles
While driving 5 mph the vehicle was involved in a side collision. Upon impact neither the front or side air bags deployed. Dealer and manufacturer had been notified.

- Seminole, TX, USA

problem #12

Aug 032002

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dont know where to start. Squeaking noise when going over bumps (sounds like it is coming from suspension). Metal grinding noise in brakes, ticking noise from engine, seat belt and airbag lights have come on for no reason, rear latch has come open while driving, tail lights and brake lights burning out freqently, transmission was slipping on take off, no cause found in the several times it has been taken in for this. Now my transmission is out. Just happened yesturday. Don't feel like I can blame the dealership after reading all the complaints. I think the fault lies on the shoulders of GM.

- Harrisonville, MO, USA

problem #11

Jul 122003

Trailblazer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle was involved in a collision, and the air bags failed to deploy. The consumer suffered injuries.

- Cartersville, GA, USA

problem #10

Feb 182002

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 4,928 miles
Problems with air bag dash light, fast engine idle, air conditioner, rear hatch inner strap broke, etc... the airbag light was intermittent. The sir module was replaced, and there was poor terminal connection at the sir wiring harness, and was traced/repaired on the left side impact connector and the codes were cleared. The engine idled fast(especially at start up, and the fuel mileage was 13 mpg. The results of the evaluation and repairs were: Passenger impact connector was loose(repositioned/connected), idle within specifics, the emblem had fallen off, the rear hatch inner strap had broken, the transmission seemed to take long to shift into gear(happened sometimes when cold), and the PCM needed to be reprogrammed(J6355 power train controller PCM). There was a thumping sound in the rear differential when shifted, the A/C would blow out cold air when the A/C indicator was off, hot air would come out of the defroster area on the dash when the indicator was set for heater on the floor, the engine made a tapping sound, the lift gate weather strip had come apart, and the battery kept losing charge(3 occurrences).

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #9

Jun 122003

(reported on)

Trailblazer

  • miles
Airbag light illuminates intermittently. When light is on airbag may not come out in an emergency.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #8

May 122003

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,292 miles
Air bag light was on. Serviced at dealer 4 times and problem was still on going. They found codes, passenger side air bag deployment loop open, and voltage out of range. Air bag module replaced. After several months, at start up, speedometer, gas gauge and dash lights failed. Vehicle restarted and that's when the airbag light came back on. Dealer updated instrument panel cluster. Sop in air bag, panel module going open, replaced passenger instrument panel module. Was ok for one week. Had intermittent air bag light come on again. Have not recontacted dealer.

- Roland, OK, USA

problem #7

Feb 052003

Trailblazer 4WD

  • miles
On Feb 5th, 2003 I rear ended a stopped vehicle while going 45 miles an hour. My chin hit the steering wheel but no airbag deployed. The body shop was unable to determine why the air bag did not deploy.

- Aurora , CO, USA

problem #6

Mar 192003

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
Hydroplaned head on into a tree doing about 40 mph. Hit the tree hard enough to break the engine mounts and shift the engine forward into the fan, plus some transmission damage. The air bags did not deploy.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #5

Sep 202001

Trailblazer

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
The brake pedal went to the floor when applied at 40 mph resulting in an accident. The air bags also failed to deploy during the accident. The dealer has been notified.

- Bullhead, AZ, USA

problem #4

Sep 042002

(reported on)

Trailblazer

  • miles
While driving air bag light illuminated on dashboard intermittently. Took vehicle to dealer. Problem has not been resolved. Please provide any further information, and vehicle identification number.

- Jasper, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 032002

(reported on)

Trailblazer

  • miles
While driving air bag light illuminates on dash, light comes on intermittently. Took vehicle to dealer. Problem has not been resolved.

- Jasper, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 072002

Trailblazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a collision where it crashed into a tree on driver's side at approximately 30mph. Upon impact, side airbags did not deploy.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #1

Jun 102002

Trailblazer

  • miles
Airbag sensor light remains on constantly when driving and while in park. Dealer indicates that airbags will not deploy if in an accident. Dealer is unable to obtain replacement part but has indicated that sensor in the front bumper was not sealed properly and is the cause of the failure.

- Oviedo, FL, USA