Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The Trailblazer emerged from an "upscale trim line" of the Blazer, but there's nothing upscale about its transmission problems or its wonky, unpredictable headlights.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
80,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. must replace molding as well as light (1 reports)
2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer lights problems

lights problem

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2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 092005

(reported on)

Trailblazer LS

  • 80,000 miles


I own a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer LS. Recently I noted that the 3rd brake light (LED mounted above the hatch) was burned out. Took it to the Chevy dealer to replace part since lights are in a sealed unit. The dealer confirmed the bulb needed to be replaced. The replacement parts carried in the system are not the same as OEM due to a redesign. Reason for redesign was not given. To replace lights (required to pass state inspection) I must replace the entire molding above the hatch to fit the new light and have that molding painted to match my vehicle color. Estimate is $550 dollars not counting the cost of a rental car while the vehicle is being painted (2-3 days is the estimated time to repair). Call to the customer service number above resulted in GM offering to pay 1/2 of the repair bill (nothing towards the rental car)

Car is only a 2002 model. Parts should be available. It is not fair for GM make the consumer foot the bill of redesign after the product has been sold. If there was a problem requiring a redesign for safety reasons, the company should foot the cost completely, including reimbursement for loss of use.

- , Virginia Beach, VA, USA

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