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CarComplaints.com Notes: Carrying the not-so-proud traditions of its 2002 predecessor, the 2003 has a handful of instrument panel malfunctions that can leave you guessing your speed, engine temperature or how much gas is left in the tank.

5.8

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,649 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Jun 072013

Trailblazer

  • 147,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the front and rear drivers side power window failed. Additionally, the contact stated that the parking brake failed to activate when engaged. The contact mentioned that she replaced the rear drivers side tail light and brake light on more than two occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 147,000.

- Rossville, GA, USA

problem #21

Aug 242008

Trailblazer

  • miles
Right side brake and signal lamps continue to burn out. Whole bracket holds water, dealer was suppose to fix problem, but after the recall warranty has expired, brake lamp and turn signal lamps continue to short out.

- Prichard, AL, USA

problem #20

May 032006

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,774 miles
: the contact stated while the vehicle was receiving a regular maintenance inspection at an independent repair shop, the mechanic determined the right front outer tie rod assembly needed to be replaced. After the replacement, there was a rattling noise in the front suspension, but the vehicle was not seen for further inspection. In addition, NHTSA recall, #04V527000 repair was performed on the exterior lighting however, the recall repair did not remedy the problem. The contact replaced the bulbs in the exterior brake lights, but the dealership was not contacted. In addition, resurfaced rear rotors and replaced pads. Also, replaced rear windshield wiper arm. The door locsk were inoperative. The rear brake lights were inoperative. Updated 05/30/06.

- Endicott, NY, USA

problem #19

Mar 232006

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

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

: the contact stated the rear brake lights are defective. The lights have failed three times. There is an NHTSA recall, #04V527000 concerning the exterior lighting; brake lights however the recall did not correct the problem. The first time the dealer replaced the whole unit. The unit melted and was replaced again. The lights have gone out a third time and the vehicle is now at the dealership and they would not offer a third repair without charge under the recall.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #18

Jan 252005

(reported on)

Trailblazer

  • miles
The rear fascia on 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer.** answer required***. the rear fascia covering the rear brake light broke while the consumer was openingthe rear hatch.

- Unknown, DC, USA

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problem #17

Jan 212005

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
NHTSA recall campaign 04V527000 concerning brake lamp failure. It's has been over sixty days, and the dealer does not have the parts available.

- Waterboro, ME, USA

problem #16

Nov 282004

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

NHTSA recall campaign 04V527000 concerning brake lamp failure. It has been over sixty days and the dealer does not have the parts available. This information was provided by david mcculoch.

- Fort Pierce, FL, USA

problem #15

Jan 022004

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
2003 Chevrolet trail Blazer, which have frequent failures in both tail lights, including brake lights, turn signal indicators and reverse lights due to faulty boards which do not apply enough tension to hold the bulb in place. The bulb does not burn out, it just becomes loose. This should result in a complete recall, not what GM has called a special policy condition. Failed rear lighting is a significant safety issue that the NHTSA should deem as a recall.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #14

Oct 052004

Trailblazer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The left brake light of my 2003 Chevy Trailblazer has failed for the second time. The dealer I bought the car from repaired the light the first time. No accident has resulted from this problem.

- Standish, ME, USA

problem #13

Aug 012004

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake & tail lights have blown three times in the past three months.

- Oconto, WI, USA

problem #12

Jul 172004

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Brake lights kept going out after replacement.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #11

Apr 012004

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,500 miles
Left tail light/brake light failed. Plastic base on bulb melted preventing proper contact between wire conductors and light socket.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #10

Sep 012003

Trailblazer

  • miles
Brake lights of 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer quit working when brake is depressed. Have replaced bulbs, had to bend metal contacts in fixture to get better contact with bulb, and wiggle wiring harness to get better connection.

- Saint Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #9

Feb 182004

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
The brake lights went out while driving. The consumer was notified of the problem by a passing motorist. The vehicle was taken to a dealership, who without inspecting the vehicle indicated that the brake light went out because of a defect in the circuit breaker board and that there was a tsb on this issue. The dealership replaced the circuit breaker board. The consumer experienced a flat tire and had a difficult time trying to remove the spare tire.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #8

Apr 102003

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
Right & left rear brake lights failed.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #7

Apr 192004

Trailblazer

  • miles
While consumer was backing out of the parking garage passenger noticed no brakes lights. Consumer drove the vehicle to dealer for inspection, and mechanic replaced two bulbs, a fuse, and checked the circuit board. Consumer informed the mechanic that this problem recurred.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #6

Apr 072004

Trailblazer

  • miles
Current model (2002-2004) Chevrolet Trailblazer/GMC Envoy brake lights do not function, while cmhsl remains functioning. This is the same defect the prior models were recalled for. Have seen at least 6 Trailblazers/Envoy with this concern over the past three months.

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #5

Jan 142004

Trailblazer

  • miles
Consumer took vehicle to repair shop because of the following problems; rack and pinion failed twice/air conditioner malfunctioned twice/vehicle stalled at take off/ oil leak, and brake lights failed to operate properly. Also, vehicle made a loud noise on driver's side while driving.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #4

Nov 292003

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
I have had to have my entire valve body replaced, of course after having to fight tooth and nail to have the relaiable big lot dealership fix this Trailblazer. Everytime it has a problem, they do all but call me stupid, and send me away, or say that when they drive it, it doesn't fail on anything.it must be my imagination. Whatever. Now my brake lights fail completely, and they've never heard of such. Lol, that's funny because we almost rearended another Trailblazer with no brake lights. No wonder that semi truck almost killed us. Anyone ever drive in St. Louis rush hour traffic, almost get killed, and then discover that you have no brake lights"gee, vehicles have brake lights for a reason, who knew? now the waranty is up by 3000 mi and I'm stuck with the bill. That's funny huh? anyone organizing a law suit" count me in.

- Mtn. View, MO, USA

problem #3

Nov 032003

(reported on)

Trailblazer

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
Brake lights stopped operating. Dealer determined that the circuit board malfunctioned and replaced it.

- Texarkana, AR, USA

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