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CarComplaints.com 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.

4.2

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,970 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer lights problems

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2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #45

Sep 242003

(reported on)

Trailblazer

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer automobile dispute settlement program.

- Beacon Falls, CT, USA

problem #44

Jul 172004

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
Both rear brake lamps not working when pedal is pressed. Both bulbs and all fuses seem to be fine.

- Lufkin, TX, USA

problem #43

Aug 012001

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
The brake light socket on my 2002 chev Trailblazer lt is not secure so the brake light does not work consistantly. Actually it does not work at all. I have replaced the bulb numerous times and it has worked temporarily but now it does not work at all. The dealer for the manufacturer has even told me they have a defective product but due to the mileage on my car will not replace the defect. This problem was occurring long before I reached the mileage but I did not know it was a defect. Mileage does not affect the wear and tear on this item.

- Buford, GA, USA

problem #42

Sep 202003

Trailblazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The brake light circuit board melted which caused the brake lights to go out. The brake light bulb has been replaced twice. The consumer stated the wiper motor failed. The battery was replaced because the vehicle would not start.

- Stratford, CT, USA

problem #41

Apr 242004

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Brake lights went to working occasionally to not working at all now.

- Orange, TX, USA

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problem #40

May 022004

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 Trailblazer - rear brake lights burning out - had left side replaced under warrenty by GM dealership (circuit board where lights plug in burnt out) back in Feb. 2004 -- dropping truck off again at dealership for same problem with the the right side brake lights -- went through 12 bulbs since Jan. 2004 - got stopped by police for brake lights out. Also experiencing problem with front end making noise when going over bumps and passager side seat belt locks up for no reason - dealership ordered new one back in Feb. 2004 and still waiting for it - see what happens tomorrow when I bring it back to dealership for these above problems.

- East Meadow, NY, USA

problem #39

Feb 282004

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Trailblazer service engine light on, engine reving, seems to be fan clutch stuck in high speed, causes poor acceleration, poor gas mileage, and costs over 500 dollars to repair. Dealer in small town states they have replaced several in the same year model truck. Due to the high cost of this repair, I am forced to drive my vehicle until I can come up with the money to repair it. Hopefully it will not damage any other parts in the mean time. There seem to be several complaints that deal with this same thing. Also, the rear brake lights keep going out.

- Bastrop, LA, USA

problem #38

Apr 022004

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
The driver-side brake light bulb repeatedly burns out (3 times in as many weeks). Appears that the bulb doesn't make a snug fit in the socket. I found a tsb from GM regarding this. The dealership refused to correct the problem under warranty (48K miles). I purchased the replacement parts listed in the tsb, replacing the board, which resulted in a snug fit between bulb and socket. No issues since. This is probably related to defect investigation PE04032. This is on a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer lt with 2wd and I6 engine.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #37

Mar 152004

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
Found both main brake lights inoperable at the same time. Both bulbs needed replacement after just 2 years. Bulbs also loose in sockets leading to intermittent operation and probable shortened bulb life. Also noteworthy: 9 out of 10 SUV/pickup trucks that I see with inoperable tail/driving lights are recent model GM products.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #36

Dec 082002

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Repeated brake light failures, both left and right sides, dealer has replaced both lamp modules, problem continues. Bulbs work loose dur to road vibration and lose contact with clamp devices

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #35

Dec 142003

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,200 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Brake light failure....repeated burnt out bulbs on drivers side brake lamp switch control module for 4X4 replaced under warranty at 34,000 miles. Module has acted "quirky" since replacement. I have experienced temporary failure which corrected itself by next day. Possible loose wire"?"

- Chesterfield, MO, USA

problem #34

Mar 122003

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a problem with brake lights on my Trailblazer. They have gone out numerous times and I am sick and tired of people telling me that my brake lights are out. There seems to be a problem with this and I feel that something needs to be investigated on this. My wife also, had a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer in which she had the circuit board replaced because of these problems.

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

problem #33

Mar 192004

Trailblazer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake lights on Chevrolet Trailblazers are continuously going out. Every single Trailblazer I see on the road that is not brand new has either one brake light missing or both. Went to dealership to question if there was a recall on this incident and said no, but has to replace circuit boards on models of Trailblazers. This is not fair if the vehicle is no longer brand new and without a warranty. This defect should not be at the cost of the owner for a defect of this caliber. This is dangerous to other drivers if they are not able to see the vehicle braking in front of them.

- Wahiawa, HI, USA

problem #32

Mar 182002

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
The brake light in my truck failed. I have had Chevy replace the circuit board but the problem still exists. The vehicle goes through light bulbs about once a month. The problem is in the contact between the bulb and the circuit board. It burns out the metal wire used in the contact. The filament never burns out.

- Daly City, CA, USA

problem #31

Sep 042003

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,654 miles
Brake lights defective. I have had the brake lights replaced 3 times on my 2002 Trailblazer. My family owns several Trailblazers (2002 and 2003 model years) and every one of them has had at least one defective brake light, some vehilces with multiple failures. Can be either left or right brake light that fails. I have also noticed many other Trailblazers with defective brake lights on the road.

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #30

Feb 132004

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
Ongoing brake light failure on '02 chev Trailblazer. In the last year or more, I replaced the driver-side brake light bulb four times and once for the back-up bulb. Most times the bulb looks fine but I replace anyway. Sometimes the brake light works intermittently. According to chev parts dealer, the sockets on the circuit board gets corroded and causes a short, so I replaced the "circuit" board (out of pocket costs) on 2/14/04 but the brake light still doesn't light up. I loved driving the vehicle but this could be a deal- killer for GM in the future. They had better recall and fix this issue, or there will be several others like me who will go to another manufacturer.

- Coatesville, PA, USA

problem #29

Feb 102004

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Our 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer has problems with its lights. We have had multiple problems with headlights and brake lights. We know others with the same problems and see many on the roads with brake lights out.

- Kingwood, TX, USA

problem #28

Feb 072004

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
Vehicle brake lights keep on failing, bulbs burn out very often.

- Farmingdale, NJ, USA

problem #27

Jan 272004

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
Brake lights have gone out 5 times in as many months. Vehicle idols extremely high, shifts hard into second gear and bad vibration when braking.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #26

Jan 252000

Trailblazer

  • 5,000 miles
Rear brake lights and signal lights are constantly not working. Vehicle has been to the dealer once to get the entire system replaced. Within a month the lights were not working again.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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