really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,740 miles

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problem #17

Nov 222016


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owned a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving approximately 60 mph, the contact swerved to avoid another vehicle and crashed into a median facing oncoming traffic. The vehicle flipped over eight times and landed in a ditch on the opposite side of the highway. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was towed and deemed totaled. A police report was filed. The contact passed out and received injuries to the head, neck, back, and shoulder. Medical attention was required. The dealer was not contacted. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V201000 (seat belts). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #16

Mar 042016


  • 155,000 miles
1. my drivers side window and door lock is shorted out and wont operate at all. While driving causing the window to remain down during a rain storm and impeding my visibility. I see they have recalls on other years for this exact same problem. 2. my seat belt cathes really tight and wont release casusing me pain. 3. my headlights regular beams keep coming loose and blowing out.ive had to fix this three times and I have only owned the vehicle for a week. Twice during driving at night once I am not sure when it blew. 4. the front suspension is having problems and I believe may be a recall issue. It makes loud noise like its cracking or breaking, while driving.

- Ft. Worth, TX, USA

problem #15

Jan 192016


  • miles
#1. on 2 occasions last week, my Trailblazer suddenly lost most of its power, and the engine light reduced engine power came on! I pulled over, cut the car off, then restarted it, and was able to drive home. #2. the seat belts on the front passenger and rear right sides lock up tightly the moment you buckle up. It locks up so tightly that you cannot move if you wanted. These problems showed while driving on miami streets. #3. on 2 or 3 occasions a strong smell of gasoline came into the car while driving. The smell seemed to be coming from inside the back of the car, but I was unable to locate any gasoline back there. On another occasion, I smelled gas outside in the area of gas tank.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #14

Aug 222012

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • miles
Since I've owned this vehicle "new", I've replaced the drive lights three times for burned cables also, the passenger side seatbelts locks while in motion. My local dealer informed me that, that was typical of the passenger safety device.....as a passenger, once you set down and put the seatbelt on, it locks, holding you too tight, and virtually choking the passenger!! all other seatbelts works fine. And still functions the same to this day.

- Hephzibah, GA, USA

problem #13

Sep 172013


  • miles
The 2nd row center seat belt retract has locked into place the seat belt is fully reeled in and will not unlock. I researched this for the last 24 hours and come to find out hundreds of people are having the same issue with the middle seat in 2nd row not just the front passenger of Chevy Trailblazers 2002-2004 that was recalled previously. Either way this is a massive safety issue! seat belts are meant to last 30+ year before they even show any kind of wear and tear, not 11 years. Please issue the recall so we can safely strap our children into the back seat and not have to worry if the seat belt is going to maintain its function or not. Our children's lives are at stake here.

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

problem #12

Jun 202009


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the front passenger seat belt would not retract. The dealer was notified and informed the contact that repairs associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 04V201000 (seat belts) were already performed on the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 45,000 and the current mileage was 65,000.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #11

Aug 152009


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer ltz. The contact stated that the front passenger seat belt would abnormally become excessively tight around the passenger intermittently for eighteen months. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnosis or repairs. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 116,000.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #10

Jan 012009

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
Front end problems, 4 wheel low comes on at anytime. Problem after problems with this 2002 Chevy trail Blazer..

- Lagrange, OH, USA

problem #9

Feb 112009


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact noticed that the front passenger side seat belt locked and it would not release regardless of weather the brakes were applied which made it difficult for the passenger to release the seat belt when exiting the vehicle. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealership and there were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 65000.

- Fenton, MO, USA

problem #8

Jan 252006


  • 51,000 miles
Passenger seat belt mechanism locks during normal driving conditions. I brought this to 2 different dealers on 1/25/06 and 1/13/07. Both dealers could not recreate the problem. I called Chevrolet customer service which acknowledged a seatbelt recall on 02 Trailblazers but claimed it does not cover my VIN. Chevy needs to extends this recall before serious injury occurs.

- Wayne, NJ, USA

problem #7

Dec 092005

Trailblazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
We have not had any injuries, yet. The passenger seat belt locks up and will not release unless you take the seat belt off. I have contacted the Chevy recall #, but they did not resolve the issue. I did take the vehicle to the dealer when issued the recall, but they did nothing. I do have dated document that states the seat belt retractor needs to be replaced, but they would not replace it under the recall.

- Beaver Dam, KY, USA

problem #6

Nov 052006

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles
I have owned my Chevy Trailblazer since October 16, 2004. I am the second owner of the vehicle. I purchased this vehicle 6 months after a safety recall was issued on the seat belts on the driver and passenger sides of the vehicle. I have recently had a problem with the driver side seat belt it has extracted and will not retract. I took it to crystal Chevrolet in crystal river Florida for them to try and determine the problem. They have determined that it is the mechanisms inside the seat belt retractor. They told me that the system showed that the recall had already been done on this vehicle based on my VIN number. I was told that there was nothing that they would do for me unless I wanted to pay them $325 to repair it. I don't feel that this should be an expense I should incur due to the fact that the recall clearly states that when sent in for the recall it would only be replaced if necessary. I feel that at that time there may have not been a problem with it therefore it wouldn't have been replaced and now that I am having problems with I am told that it can't be repaired due to me not being the 1st owner and that it was already brought in to GM for this problem. This is clearly a safety issue that should be definitely taken care of on the behalf of GM. There is no proof that this vehicles problem was actually replaced at the time of the recall.

- Dunnellon, FL, USA

problem #5

Oct 192006

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,578 miles
: the contact stated while parked the driver side seat belt locked up and would not retract. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer for NHTSA recall, # 04V201000 regarding seat belts. After a year, the same issue recurred. Updated 11/16/06. The air bag light illuminated. The shifter would stick when trying to move it from park to drive. The moonroof would not close

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #4

Jan 152003

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Consumer has problems with right front seat belt locking up. The problem has been happening since consumer bought the car. Consumer attempted to fix it 2 times. If consumer moves forward even an inch it locks up. Consumer has to unlatch seat belt to keep the seat belt from retracking.

- New Milford, CT, USA

problem #3

Jul 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
It appears the truck is suffering from a major computer defect. With all fuses in tact, many functions no longer work (remote access, radio functions after ignition turn off, automatic volume increase on radio when accelerating). Additionally, the 4X4 torque converter switch does not light up and appears to be nonfunctional, the airconditioning quits and after alleged repair, stays on all the time regardless if set to air or vent, the rear hatch is defective and can't be opened, the tail lights have burnt out three times and two headlighrs have burnt out.

- Scs, MI, USA

problem #2

Jul 312002


  • miles
I have had numerous of problems with my 2002 Trailblazer. I have had to replace my rear tail light housing 3 times in the last year. I have also had to replace the clutch fan 3 times within 3 months. My hood keeps squeaking and has to be readjusted every other month. My instrument panel has gone out twice. The alarm also works when it wants to and the passenger side seat belt always locks up. On 6/13/03 it left finally left me stranded on the side of the road on the way to California. I live in Arizona and was traveling with my wife, mother-in-law and our 3 year old daughter. I had to pay for a rental car and had to submit to GM to reimburse me for the rental car. By reading all the complaints on these 2002 Trailblazers I think we should all get together and do a class act law suit towards GM. E-mail me with your thoughts. Jorgutierr5@aol.com.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jun 102003

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bought a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer lt new about 10 months ago the truck has been in for service many times for different things as for seatbelt looking up and wont release, brake lights failing, derectionals that blowout every few days, radio/cd player wasnt working, leakage of water everytime it rained etc etc.. anyways I just took it back on 6-9-03 for seatbelt to be done again and for the derectional that failed again and also to have truck inspected I picked it up later that day and found that the inspection sticker had a wrong VIN # on it and that other work was done I left there knowing they said they dont know why the light in derectional keeps failing but they did change the bulbs { this is everytime I bring it this is all they do to fix it} on 6-10-03 the derectional wasnt working again my husband changed the light bulb this time due to the fact it takes me almost 40 mins to get to dealership.....I will be going to the dealership to ask for a copy of the history on truck and will be getting a lawyer involved and also contact the dealers commintion and channel 12 on this matter.....I payed almost 30,000 for a truck that is not worth it and I am a very unhappy costumer..

- Warwick, RI, USA