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Print this page 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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,771 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer windows / windshield problems

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2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments

problem #14

Sep 222002

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles


2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. Numerous problems associated with car. Windows don't come down, doors don't unlock, and other issues. The consumer stated when he turned the key in the ignition, the windows would not roll down, unless it was done manually. There was a locking and unlocking sound coming from the doors. The consumer was informed there was an issue with the wiring inside the doors. Also, the check engine light illuminated due to a small evap leak and after market fuel cap. The windshield wipers were inoperative, the instrument panel lights were flicking on and off, the inside dome light would not come on. Updated 04/13/15. Updated 07/20/15.

- South Windsor, CT, USA

problem #13

Feb 012012

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 143,186 miles
The wipers shut off by themselves, or won't turn on, and sometimes they turn on by themselves while driving. This is an ongoing issue with these vehicles.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #12

Jun 062011

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Pretty said to know that Chevrolet makes all this makes all this money and wont reopen their recalls when they didn't replace parts on vehicles to begin with maybe next time should have went foreign instead of american for all these years.

- Louisviile, KY, USA

problem #11

May 312011

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


I feel that even if you have had a recall issue once and the situation continues to happen then it needs to be fixed until the problem is solved I have contact GM several time and nothing has been done to ratify my problem with the windshield wipers and the 4 wheel drive and several other recall issues this is sad I say we need a class action law suit I am not one to take legal action but for people that have this kind of money and to not fix their problem that they put out on the roads for us to drive safely is shameful.

- Louisviile, KY, USA

problem #10

Aug 092010


  • 25,000 miles
2002 Chevy Trailblazer exterior mirrors will not hold their adjustment settings. The local dealer has worked on this problem numerous times and can't seem to find or fix the problem. The exterior mirrors will usually end up pointing down as I drive the vehicle. I believe that this can be a safety problem as they readjust them selves in traffic. Can you help the owners of this particular model?

- Brookhaven, MS, USA

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problem #9

Jun 012010


  • 81,000 miles
Windshield wipers (equipped w/rainsense automatic moisture sensitive wipers) operate erratically when set to intermittent mode. They cease operation mid-windshield and operate in a very choppy fashion when set to any setting besides full-on. This problem started occurring sporadically less than 1-month ago and now occurs whenever the wipers are turned on. Bringing the car to the local Chevy dealer service department tomorrow morning (6/15/2010) to fix the problem.

- Beavercreek, OH, USA

problem #8

Jan 222010


  • 37,950 miles


I have to report a failed recall campaign 04V046000 on my 2002 Trailblazer. My Trailblazer had the recall performed on 10-26-04 concerning a problem of wipers stopping mid stroke. I don't drive that car that often, and when I do, it is most likely raining. Well, the stopping mid stroke is again occurring. The dealer is not willing to do anything because the recall campaign has already been executed. It did not matter that the recall condition still exists.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #7

Apr 162005


  • 35,000 miles
Purchased new 2002 Trailblazer ltz which has had this problem since 2005. Driver & passenger mirrors position themselves erratically at every ignition and sometimes while driving. A constant twitching on the passenger side also occurs while driving. It is very dangerous when mirrors are not positioned correctly once driving. Chevrolet dealer failed to find the fault and reprogrammed twice. No parts have been replaced as they have now idea what the problem is or how to fix it. This seems to be a common problem, however.

- Templeton, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 092008


  • 68,563 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. In March of 2008, the rear hatch glass suddenly shattered. The hatch had just been in use prior to the failure. The contact heard a popping sound and realized that the glass shattered outward all over her yard and driveway. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the repair would cost $1,200. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop and, with the assistance of her insurance company, the glass was repaired. In September of 2008, she took the vehicle to the dealer because the rear windshield wiper malfunctioned. The dealer replaced the wiper motor. In December of 2008, she took the vehicle to a dealer because the tailgate was closing hard, grinding progressively worse, and the rear windshield wiper would still not work. The dealer repaired the failures; however, the wiper still malfunctioned. In January of 2009, the shattered rear hatch failure occurred again. The contact stated that no one touched the vehicle for at least three hours before the glass shattered. She took the vehicle to another dealer and they stated that it was normal wear and tear; therefore, they could not assist. The dealer also cited that there was poor terminal tension in the liftgate. The manufacturer had not been notified. The contact had photos of the shattered glass. The current mileage was approximately 77,000 and failure mileage was 68,563.

- Chesterfield, MI, USA

problem #5

Jul 152008


  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving approximately 75 mph in rainy weather conditions, the windshield wipers failed to operate properly. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they stated that the control module failed. The vehicle was repaired. There were no prior recall defect repairs made to the vehicle. However, the manufacturer database indicated that the vehicle had been previously repaired for NHTSA campaign id number 04V046000 (visibility:windshield wiper/washer); therefore, they refused to provide reimbursement for the repair. The failure mileage was 83,000 and current mileage was 87,000.

- Grand Blanc, MI, USA

problem #4

Jan 222008


  • 99,523 miles


The mirrors on this vehicle are supposed to have a recall between drivers but every time I put the key in they shift to some other position. Never the right one, always excessive clicking and out of position.

- Lehigh, IA, USA

problem #3

Feb 012007


  • miles
2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer with problems with car radio customer wants reimbursement for repairs* some type of electrical problem caused a loud pop to come through the speakers. The caused the radio to short out and the speakers to blow. The radio and speakers had been replaced several times. The amplifier also had to be replaced. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer on numerous occasions but they have been unable to correct the problem. The middle seat belt in the second row locked up as soon as it was fastened into the buckle. When the defroster was used the consumer heard a clicking noise. The dealer replaced the mode actuator and mode valve per tsb 04-01-38-002. The quarter panel on the roof seam sealer cracked and was rusted. The pull down strap on the rear hatch broke. The sway bar broke. A grinding noise was heard coming from the left front wheel when making sharp left turn. The dealer determined that suspension was misaligned and caused shield to touch rotor. The instrument cluster gauge was inoperative. The rear wiper did not touch the rear windshield. There was a high pitched noise coming from the right side tire whenever in motion. The dealer indicated it was improperly sealed.

- Chapmanville, WV, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Jul 052002

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The rear window of my 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer pops open while driving, even when it is locked. Its been into the dealer (3 different ones) 7 times and Chevrolet has told me that since they can't replicate the problem, there is nothing they can do. The window pops open several times a week. We do drive on a dirt road, but its nothing unusually rough. My wife has started having migraine headaches, and they started a few weeks after we bought this car. We have the opinion of several doctors that say these headaches could be caused by the exhaust that fills the car when the window pops open. I've asked the dealer if they could make the window so it doesn't open at all, but since its a lease, they won't do anything to the car that would affect the value of the car. I also believe this to be a problem because of what could happen when I'm driving down the interstate and the window pops open (which happens very often) and something flies out the window and causes another car to wreck and possibly kills someone. Another problem I have is that sometimes the window unlatches, and we don't realize it. If I park my vehicle somewhere and someone steals the contents of the car, or the car itself. After discussing these issues with the Chevrolet customer service rep (dan) they said they are not responsible for any of these cases. This failure happens about every three days and started about a week after we bought it (around 7/5/2002). We've had 3 other new leased vehicles (1998 Dodge Ram, 2000 Pontiac Grand Am, and a 2001 Dodge Ram) since moving into our current house and have had absolutely no problems that have been caused by the roads we drive on, or how we drive them. I fear for my safety as well as the safety of others while driving this car, however I don't have a choice since I can't afford to terminate the lease and buy another car.....please help.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

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