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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,592 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments (Page 6 of 13)

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problem #144

Jan 052010


  • 57,000 miles


Instrument panel - complete failure while vehicle was in service. Was driving down I95 near richmond va and the speedometer did not decrease in speed while I was slowing down. When I accelerated the speedometer would increase and would not drop. The speedometer final reached 120mph. Safety issue as one is unable to know what speed one is traveling which could have led to an accident. Took vehicle to GMC / Buick / Cadillac dealer in athens ga. Took one week to get a replacement cluster box. Cost of repair $401.50. Contacted GM.

- Athens, GA, USA

problem #143

Jan 052010


  • 84,717 miles
I have a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. All the gauges in the instrument panel are failing! first the speedometer stopped working, then the RPM gauge, and now the oil pressure gauge.

- Beaver, KY, USA

problem #142

Jan 042010


  • 71,002 miles
The speedometer has quit working properly in a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer with 71,000 miles. It is impossible to know the rate of speed of the vehicle while driving. The repair has not been made yet.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #141

Sep 092009


  • 80,000 miles


1. speedometer cluster is defective, 2. still broke, 3. reported to Chevrolet, I paid for diagnosis, Chevy advised there is no recall or financial assistance available.

- Brandon, MS, USA

problem #140

Dec 032009

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the instrumental clusters and battery cage failed. The contact called a local dealer and they informed him that his warranty was not valid for the repair. There are no related recalls. The contact is responsible for paying the instrument clusters repair cost of $500. The failure mileage was 62,000. Updated 02/01/10 updated 02/02/10.

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

problem #139

Dec 152009

Trailblazer 4WD

  • miles
The problems that are happening to my 2004 Chevy Trailblazer : I am having a whining noise in the front end of the vehicle and when I try to engage into 4WD the sound worsens and there is a vibration in the front as well the whining almost resembles a low siren sound. I am also having a major malfunction with my speedometer since the weather has gotten colder"?" I could only be moving 10mph and it will register to 120 or even surpass it and then get stuck, the only way to unstick it is to shut the car off and keep restarting it until it resets itself but now it is stuck and wont reset, I went online to see if there were any recalls and I all I found out was there were tons of people having the same issues with their Trailblazers as I am having. These problems are occurring at all different times during the life of the car some people have them happen around 30,000 miles or some 50 thousand and myself the speedometer is happening around 72,000 miles. The speedometer seemed to start to act up once the weather was colder. Its a shame they will fix the larger SUV's due to a lawsuit but since this is a smaller SUV it's not covered. We have tried to replace the wheel bearings in the truck for the front end noise to only find the noise did not disappear after reading many of other complaints from others it seems this could be the transfer case on the truck. I am not going to keep replacing part after part to only find out its the drive train and something should be done about this.

- Lackawanna, NY, USA

problem #138

Dec 022009

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving approximately 65 mph he noticed that the speedometer and oil pressure gauges displayed inaccurate readings. The instrument panel and center radio/cd player console overheated. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The vehicle has not been repaired for the failure and the cause of failure has not been determined. The failure mileage was 75,000. Updated 01/27/10. The consumer took the vehicle to another dealership and upon inspection the module that controlled the gauges was defective. Updated 01/28/10.

- Union City, TN, USA

problem #137

Jul 102008


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. All of the gauges on the instrument control panel failed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The failures were contributed to the instrument panel cluster. The vehicle has not been repaired at this time. The failure mileage was 60,000. The current mileage was 100,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- West Springfield, PA, USA

problem #136

May 172009


  • 95,509 miles
Speedometer and tach work intermittently. I believe this is a safety issue, drivers need to be aware of the speed they are traveling.

- Leland, IA, USA

problem #135

Dec 092009


  • 79,000 miles
Instrument cluster just quit working, speedometer, fuel gauge, tach, ampmeter, temp gauge, oil pressure are all not working. All warning lights don't appear to be functioning. The odometer is not displaying the mileage.

- Cypress , TX, USA

problem #134

Dec 152009


  • 74,000 miles


2004 Chevy Trailblazer speedometer went out.

- Ixonia , WI, USA

problem #133

Jul 152009

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,773 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving all of the gauges on the instrument control panel failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealership for inspection. A technician stated that the instrument cluster needed to be replaced. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 84773. Updated 01/12/10 the consumer stated none of the gauges worked and he could tell what gear the vehicle was in. Updated 01/15/10.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #132

Dec 102009


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving 55-65 mph the speedometer failed. Consequently he could not determine the speed that the vehicle was traveling. A technician from the dealer stated the instrument control panel needed to be replaced. No repairs were made. The current and failure mileages were 72,000.

- Camden, NC, USA

problem #131

Nov 192009


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The gauges on the instrument control panel were inoperative. A technician from the dealer stated that the instrument cluster needed to be replaced. A representative from the manufacturer stated that since the warranty expired, he was ineligible for a free remedy. No repairs were made. The current mileage was approximately 56,000. The failure mileage was approximately 54,000.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #130

Jun 012009


  • miles
I own a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer lt and in the last six months my speedometer stops working. It freezes either at 10 mph or goes all over the 120 mph. When I received my recent oil changed I asked for them to check it and than said they would need to replace cluster kit to the tune of $500. But they wanted me to check with GM and see if there was recall because they have seen several 2004 Trailblazers with the same problem. When I looked up GM there was no recall issued, so now I have to pay out of pocket to get it fixed. I was told to file a compliment.

- St Paul, MN, USA

problem #129

Dec 032009


  • 70,250 miles
The speedometer in my 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer ls is not working properly. The needle is pointing at 120mph while the vehicle is stopped and the needle continues clockwise past 120mph as I accelerate, therefore I am not able to accurately determine the speed at which I am traveling causing a safety hazard to myself and other persons on the roadways. This did occur as I was traveling on interstate 30 in central Arkansas. I was going 70mph and the speedometer gradually dropped to 0mph then later the needle moved to 120mph.

- Hot Springs, AR, USA

problem #128

Jul 102009


  • miles
I am a military member and have been back and forth to iraq and afghanistan, I own a Chevy Trailblazer 2004, the speedometer has been messed up for several months showing 30 mph at a stop and changing every day to a new speed. It is a very stressful knowing that your spouse is in the states driving a unreliable vehicle, on top of the stress from the deployment itself. To get this fixed its going to cost 400-600 dollars which should not have to paid by the vehicle owners since it is a large complaint for most of the Chevy models from 04-06.

- Deridder, LA, USA

problem #127

Apr 102008


  • 50,000 miles
I have a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer and the speedometer is not working properly I have been on the internet and found out this is not the one with this problem.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #126

Sep 172009


  • 80,000 miles
Speedometer will intermittently show speed much faster than actual speed. For example, showing 120+ mph when only going 40mph.

- Mount Gilead, OH, USA

problem #125

Oct 252009


  • 20,000 miles
Entire instrument panel not working in my 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. First incident 10/16/2009, corrected itself within 10 mins. Stopped working again 10/25/2009, no self correction this time, not working at all. Calling Chevy dealership tomorrow.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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