10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,296 miles

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problem #19

Aug 182018

Trailblazer

  • 143,339 miles
Engine dies while driving (losing propulsion, steering, brakes, etc.) and the key will not restart when turned forward (in neutral), while coasting, but will restart when the key is turned back and then forward again. In this case, coasting down and braking and turning right, possibly with right turn signal on. Died right before starting to turn the steering wheel at about 15-20 mph. It was a clear dry 100 degree afternoon, on smooth pavement. We live on a bumpy dirt road that is just over a quarter of a mile long to reach our house. Similar to other GM ignition key / no air bag recall programs for similar model year vehicles, such as the HHR. There is no recall, but how many people does this happen to" any deaths, yet" I don't believe the air bags may have worked, should we have been involved in an accident. There was no information shown in the diver information center display (dic) and there were warning lights on in the dashboard, to indicate that the power was on to the instrument cluster (ic), but that the motor was off. I could not select brakes and steering as being affected, but with no motor, there is no vacuum brake boosting going on, and no power steering either.

- Casa Grande, AZ, USA

problem #18

Oct 252017

Trailblazer

  • 111,567 miles
Numerous times I have driven this vehicle and it continues to do the same thing when I reach speeds of about 35 to 40 mph it loses power, the tach. Even declines in it's reading. It's like someone is behind me with a rope, and stepping on their brakes, slowing me down. This happens when I'm going straight down a street, making no turns, and let it basically idle roll down the street. All the while, it is in gear, engine running, and in motion on a city street

- Tyler, TX, USA

problem #17

Jun 062016

Trailblazer

  • 120,000 miles
I have had my 2008 trailblaer for a year now. I have been having major electrical issues for the past few months including my battery light and other popping up ramdonly and my truck not wanting to drive or run right. Now my exhaust manifold is completely cracked thru,

- Alexander, AR, USA

problem #16

Jan 252016

Trailblazer

  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving 15 mph and making a left turn, the engine stalled and the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch failed and needed to replaced. The vehicle was repaired twice; however, the failure was persistent. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 28,000.

- West Land, MI, USA

problem #15

Feb 222016

Trailblazer

  • miles
Had exhaust manifold replaced at local GM dealer under warrenty in 6/26/13 now have same problum exhaust manifold making loud noise. Had 80112 miles when first done now when happened was2/22/16 the miles were 109482, witch is only 29370 miles what are my options this should be fixed again by them.

- Home, PA, USA

problem #14

Jan 052016

Trailblazer

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving approximately 10 mph, the vehicle decelerated independently and the reduce engine power warning light illuminated. The vehicle was restarted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Sulphur, IN, USA

problem #13

Aug 132012

Trailblazer

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that while driving, the check engine warning light illuminated persistently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the exhaust cam position solenoid failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired several times but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 80,000.

- Mt Arlington, NJ, USA

problem #12

Jun 132015

Trailblazer

  • 85,026 miles
Exhaust manifold is cracked, GM knows there are issues with these but yet wont fix

- Niagara Falls, NY, USA

problem #11

Oct 212014

Trailblazer

  • 153,000 miles
Exhaust manifold cracked and had to be replaced.

- Jacksonville , FL, USA

problem #10

Feb 282014

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
Purchased this vehicle from a dealer. The next day the truck was dead. It has since had the battery replaced 3 times. The exhaust manifold cracked at 82,000. The number 4 position on the blower does not work. The stabiltrak lights come on for no reason and go off for no reason. With all of the complaints, something should be done.

- Walkerton, IN, USA

problem #9

Nov 072014

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 143,000 miles
Was driving and suddenly the exhaust got real loud. Took it to repair facility and they said that the exhaust manifold had cracked. GM knows this is a bad part, and a safety part, but they only advanced the warranty 20,000 miles. I have never had an exhaust manifold crack on any vehicle, besides one that is 6 years old.

- Davison, MI, USA

problem #8

Oct 042014

Trailblazer 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle began to shake violently and started to smoke. The vehicle was merged to the side of the road and was unable to be started. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the engine had to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000. Updated 2/9/15 the consumer stated a rod burst through the oil pan at 50,000. The vehicle needed the engine to be replaced. Updated 10/6/2015

- Bryan, OH, USA

problem #7

Aug 282013

Trailblazer

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that while going downhill at 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing, however they could not duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000.

- Parachute, CO, USA

problem #6

Mar 152013

Trailblazer

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated while driving 35 mph, the engine stalled and all of the warning indicators were illuminated. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a dealer who recommended the replacement of the ignition switch. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Carnegie, PA, USA

problem #5

May 122014

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 121,700 miles
Started vec. In the morning. Exhaust very loud. Checked exhaust system found manifold cracked. Got on on star acct...stated extended coverage had expired. Found out special coverage GM bull. #11150. Contacted dealer. Stated not covered due to out of mileage range of 120000 limit. Said to take to serv. Mgr and said out of his hands. Contacted GM and now they are working with me to help resolve issue. Told GM I have never recv. Any info about this problem when I bought this Trailblazer. Will fumes enter pass. Area. Don't know at this point. Safety issue...yes, recall issue...yes, design issue...yes.

- Mckee, KY, USA

problem #4

Apr 212014

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
While sitting the parked vehicle, with the key in ignition in the on position but engine off the dash began to pour smoke into the vehicle. Upon inspecting under the hood there were burned and melted wires leading to fuse box. Electrical fire occurred.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 052013

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
Seems to be a lot of others with this problem. GM should consider a recall. People don't have &500-$600 laying around. And there are many with same year make and around same mileage with this problem.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 222012

Trailblazer

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that after engine startup, the exhaust became abnormally loud. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who confirmed that the exhaust manifold was cracked and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current mileage was 76,000.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 122012

Trailblazer

  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that while starting the vehicle, the intake manifold cracked. The contact did not take the vehicle to a dealer or a mechanic for inspection or repairs. The contact did not call the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 93,000.

- Lebanon, MO, USA