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Average Mileage:
84,344 miles
Total Complaints:
22 complaints

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  1. replace gauge cluster (11 reports)
  2. not sure (10 reports)
  3. get rid of it (1 reports)
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2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Nov 302009

Trailblazer LT, 4WD V6, 4.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,567 miles


Shortly after purchasing (10/2009) my 2004 Trailblazer I noticed the battery warning light was 'glowing'. Not actually 'on', but not off either. I had my mechanic check it out. He said my battery was fine and the alternator was working properly. He 'suggested' it was an issue with the instrument panel and to ignore it. So I did.

About a year ago, 2012, the battery light finally stopped glowing and now my ABS and Airbag Warning lights are constantly on. I had those items check, and again, fine, don't worry about it.

In 09/2013, my instrument panel went completely dark. Although alarming to not know how fast I was going, I was extremely careful to make sure I was in the correct gear, as that portion did not light up either. This went on for about a week and then all the lights came back on. This on-again, off-again issue persisted for another couple of weeks, then stopped as mysteriously as it started.

Now, I am left with only the ABS and Airbag Warning lights being constantly on. I have learned to live with this, but what kind of resale value can I expect when I am ready to get a new vehicle?

I agree completely and GM should issue a recall.

Update from Jul 26, 2014: 07/26/2014 - now that I do not work at home and my truck is not constantly parked in the garage, the instrument panel works correctly about 90% of the time!

My garage has very little ventilation. Could this mean this is a humidity issue?

- , Hutchinson, MN, USA

problem #21

Jul 032013

Trailblazer LT 4.2L I6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles

I have seen this problem quite a bit from others. The motors that run the gauges go bad. I only have 3 out of 6 gauges working and the ones working are not the ones I really need. My speedometer, fuel, and oil pressure gauge have failed. The tach, battery volts, and engine temp all work but that is it. It's $500 for a whole new cluster ($200-part and most places charge a core fee like a battery but its about $300). This is a terrible problem and they should have been recalled.

- , Spirit Lake, IOWA, USA

problem #20

May 092012

Trailblazer EXT LT 4.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

I started my truck one day and the battery gauge was registering way high. I drove on to work and never had a problem with the truck running or starting, but the gauge just kept going up. I parked it and when I left that day it was back to normal. Over the next couple of weeks it was registering past the red. I took it and had it looked at and had my battery checked. They replaced the battery, which pisses me off now because there was nothing wrong with the one I had. It of course did not fix the problem. I let it go but over the next few weeks I got in and started the truck and still parked in my driveway my speedometer said I was going 90 mph. Being the smart ass I am I reached over and grabbed my husband and yelled hang on we're going to crash!! When I showed him what I was talking about he finally accepted the fact that I was not crazy and something must be wrong with the dash panel. You never knew which instrument gauge was going to act up. I looked on-line and found out the only thing that would fix it is replacing the entire dash panel with another piece of sh*t dash panel and never know how long it will be before that one goes out!!

- , Williamstown, KY, USA

problem #19

Jan 022013

Trailblazer LS 4.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 179,000 miles


My Speedometer and Gas gauge do not work. It says I am going 120mph when parked and my tank is full when the gauge is under the E mark and the gauge goes in the opposite direction.

the dealership wants $500 to replace the entire instrument cluster. I just jammed a gps in the steering column. now i have a speedometer and navigation. As for the gas I discovered the low fuel light still works properly.

- , St Charles, MO, USA

problem #18

Aug 012012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

I had it looked at and was told for speedometer not working it needed instrument cluster which would cost $500. I am waiting due to price. I have been told this is a big problem for 2004 Trailblazer's. THERE SHOULD BE A RECALL FOR THIS ISSUE!

- , Holt, MI, USA

problem #17

Jul 112007

Trailblazer LS 4.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

I bought the Trailblazer everything was great couple of months later the ignition switch went out after that was fixed I noticed the tachometer wasn't working..then the speedometer jumped up to 30 mph while I was sitting still so I brought in as it was under warranty and of course the problem went away but they said to me that they had problems with the pick-ups but not the trailblazers. Then everything was normal for a while until warranty was gone and every gauge except the temp quit working. I called the local news Call 3 for action and I may have some results..I should know something this week so I will keep you informed

- , Placerville, CA, USA

problem #16

Jan 112012

Trailblazer LT 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


Well, I just bought this piece of junk, and I feel like I was suckered and pushed into this deal. When I drove it off the lot, the CD player did not work, but they replaced that. Maybe two weeks, after I got the car, the engine light came on, and now will not go off. then the oil pressure gauge started messing up, and it stays buried above 80, and does not come down. Now to beat it all, my speedometer is stuck on 60, and will not come down. I think Cheverolet makes crap for cars, this car does not even have 100,000 miles and it should not be doing this. If cheverolet can not make better cars, they should close their doors. I am a mother of three boys, I am on disability, and I do not have the money to get this fixed, and they said I cannot trade in for at least another year, but it don't look like this is going to last that long, and it is the only means of transportation I have. I am pissed, and would like to know if anyone has any suggestions on how I can deal with this problem. My thought is is to wrap the damn thing around a tree.

- , Belews Creek, NC, USA

problem #15

Oct 222011

Trailblazer LT 4.2L I6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Just bought this truck used last month. Drove it for 2 days and started having problems. I was on the interstate doing 70 with the cruise control on and suddenly the cruise went off and the service engine soon light came on. It was chugging and the tach and speedo weren't working right. I took it back to the dealer and they fixed the engine problem (spark plugs and a clock spring) and the gauges were back to normal. Drove it over the weekend on the interstate again, cruising at 70 and again, the gauges stopped working properly. I've been researching this problem and have noticed a ton of complaints about this. My piece of crap pontiac grand am had 80,000 more miles and never had problems like this. I've found used replacement parts for less than $200. I even found a site that you can ship the entire gauge cluster to and they will fix it for $150. I think GM should foot the bill and give me a loaner car while they do it.

- , Evansville, IN, USA

problem #14

Feb 252011

Trailblazer ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

Once this car hit 40,000 miles it has been one thing after the other. Rotors only last 20,000 miles before rusting and warping. this is a common problem for all GM. I am on set 3, Tranny lines rusted through at 42,000 miles. Gas tank filler leak at 46,000 was replaced under extended warranty. shifter cable stretched out and required replacing under extended warranty (thank god for the extended warranty but it ran out in August. Heater rheostat burned out at 48,000 milres, another common problem with GM trucks/SUV. Now the Tach is working erratically and GM wants $500 to replace the dash cluster as you cannot service the gauges separately.

this is an extra clean low mileage car I bought new and the dealer tells me I have problems because I do not drive it enough? What am I supposed to do--move farther away from work? I have owned Chevy's and GM since 1965 but they have degraded to junk Time to switch allegiance..

- , Honeoye Falls, NY, USA

problem #13

Dec 162010

Trailblazer LS 4.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

Good unit other than the problem with the gauges. I hope no one gets hurt with this problem. Don't know how fast I am going, Don't know if I have oil pressure, Don't know how warm the motor is? If some one does get hurt I hope they sue the ass off GM!

Would be nice if they recalled and fixed the problem!

- , Farmington, MN, USA

problem #12

May 202009

Trailblazer LS Inline 6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles


gauge cluster was replaced twice by the dealer now that the Trailblazer is out of warranty temp gauge is now acting up on third instrument gauge cluster, when will they ever recall this problem.

- , Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #11

Nov 012010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

First the tach pegged out now the oil pressure gage did the same thing. Was told it would cost $600.00+ to repair. Sounds like this is a real problem with this vehicle. I just hope I never do lose oil pressure!!!!!!

- , Holgate, OH, USA

problem #10

Oct 222010

Trailblazer EXT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,010 miles

Bought a used 2004 Trailblazer at 6PM and at 10PM, on the way home, I already started having my first problem with it! The second time behind the wheel, the speedometer stopped working and the "Service Engine" light illuminated simultaneously. I haven't had the vehicle as of 6 hours of this writing and I'm already having to search the internet about problems with it. Not good. Granted, I did buy it with high miles on it (150k) however, its disappointing to know that this is a common problem with this year range of this brand/model. Either two things are forthcoming: 1. A future speeding ticket because I don;t know how fast I'm going -OR- 2. I shell out $500+ to have it repaired. NOT looking forward to either one of those options knowing that I JUST got the damn thing.

- , Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #9

Feb 022010

Trailblazer LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

well the gauges on my driving panel went out one by one and then all at once. When I first went to the dealership to have it repaired I was told it would cost $800.00 to have the panel replace, i left and came back in about three months new price $625.00 to replace it now after another two monts of waiting i am down to $425.00 to have it repaired. Why is a tune up costing $700.00 to be done there is nothing i seen that would merit that to my knowledge.

- , Elizabethtown, KY, USA

problem #8

Mar 082010

Trailblazer XLT 6 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Just another one of us with the gauges acting up. I have only experienced the fuel gauge and the speedometer thus far. Fuel gauge I can handle by resetting the trip odometer every fill up but the speedo is a real pain. Today it said I was going over 120mph on the way to work, felt like 50-55. I am calling gm to see if they'll throw me a bone on the repair. I spoke to a few mechanic friends and the say that replacing the cluster will solve the problem but like most of us I dont have 500-600 bucks laying around that I'd want to spend on there screw up

- , Yardley, PA, USA

problem #7

Sep 092008

Trailblazer LS 4.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles

transmission not shifting right /instrument cluster goes haywire and engine shuts off when i stop. pisses me the fark off /Dec 27th 2009 30 below zero ice snow sunroof opens destroyed parts and component GENERAL MOTORS TOLD ME TO GO GET BENT . up thiers the can kiss arse. THE new GM Name IS JUNK MY NEXT TRUCK IS A FORD

- , Napoleon, OH, USA

problem #6

Sep 112009

Trailblazer LS 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

I had a faulty speedometer. It was possessed, giving whatever speed it wanted. i aveaged my speed by the tachometer. However after getting a speeding ticket i took it to the dealer and they said it was covered under service recalls but my milage was over the limit and i would have to pay the labor of $200.00 ok i paid for labor but upon receiving the vehicle back the radio doesn't work. they now tell me that the radio isn't covered under warranty. i then took the vehicle to a radio insaller and they told me that it was the onstar interface and that it would cost me $200.00 to fix the problem.

i decided after negative feedback from the dealership that i would take them to small claims court for the out-of-packet expense. they are now backing down from the repair and telling me that its not covered and i would have to pay them for the speedometer assembly over $800.00 including labor. ever wonder why everyone buys japanese. chevrolet is screwing with the little guy, they should never have gotten any bailout money

- , North Port, FL, USA

problem #5

Dec 032009

Trailblazer 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles

OMG!!! Ok, I'm engaged, but he's gone alot so I'm pretty much on my own...with this stupid axx car!!! I'm on my way to work...55mph, right? Hell no! It says I'm doing 125!!! WTF??? There is no way in hell I was going this fast! I like my job, but I didn't want to get there with the quickness!!! So, I slow down, because now I don't know how fast I'm going! I've been late 3 times this week! Then my radio goes out! I was rockin' to STP in stereo...then I swear I was listening to a transistor radio on crack! So, now it takes me forever to get to work with nothing to listen to, but my thoughts on how much I hate this stupid car!!! Chevy dealer guys said it'll cost over $600 to BUY the part! WTF??? How much to fix the friggen thing then?!?!? It's because I'm a girl, huh? Oh & half the dash lights & the cigarette lighter thingy don't work either!!! & my gas-o-meter is possessed!!! It CHOOSES just how much gas it wants me to have!!! I'm gonna chunk this damn car off a cliff...if this town had a cliff...lol

- , Foley, AL, USA

problem #4

Apr 152009

Trailblazer LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

The gauges were not working in my 2004 Trailblazer. it just kinda stuck at 5,000 and it was really annoying

- , Pittsfield, NH, USA

problem #3

Apr 102007

Trailblazer LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles

For 3 years now my 2004 Trailblazer instrument panel cluster goes in and out where some days it works and some days it doesn't so I have to guess on gas in tank and other readings. I complained to the dealership, no help there. I wrote to Chevrolet and no help there. I am unable to afford the expense to repair it and was just hoping this would be a recall at some point since it has happened to a lot of Trailblazer vehicles.

- , Melbourne, FL, USA

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