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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,512 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer electrical problems

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2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments (Page 4 of 16)

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problem #248

Dec 152010

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles

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

I own a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer lt. The gauges on the instrument panel have begun to read intermittently. First, the gas gauge would read 1/4 tank and I ran out of gas with my 2 year old grandson in the car on the interstate. I have aaa, but was 30 miles from the nearest provider, therefore we were stranded for 2 hours. Now the speedometer is will show that I am going 90 miles an hour when in fact I am only going 30 or 40. Next my oil gauge and temp gauge are reading up and down, giving me false readings that could be a true reading and the engine overheat or freeze up. I researched this issue and see that there are many similar.

- Wewahitchka, FL, USA

problem #247

Oct 012010

Trailblazer

  • miles
The gauge bank on the vehicle is malfunctioning. The gauges point in all different directions and the speedometer quits working halfway through a drive. I spoke to my mechanic. He says he has already repaired a few at about $600 for the repair. I checked online and found several other owners expressing the same problem. I contacted Chevy and they say there is not recall notice so they are not going to repair the (common) problem!

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #246

Mar 172011

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the speedometer failed without warning. The contact performed a diagnostic and the failure was located at the stepper motor. The contact replaced the stepper motor. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 42,000 and the current mileage was 46,550. Updated 06/01/11 updated 06/02/11

- Sunbury, PA, USA

problem #245

Mar 242011

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles

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

04 Trailblazer instrument cluster (speedometer) works intermittently multiple times.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #244

Dec 082008

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
At about 65,000 miles my tachometer started to read improper, later my gauges began to read improper. This doesn't happen all the time. But you can't trust them. You never know how fast you are going, if you have fuel, if your engine is overheating, if battery is charging, if I have oil pressure. I am on disibilty and can't afford the several hundered dollars it will cost to repair. I have found from a few sources this is a common problem. I just talked to GM, I was told that if I had it repaired to keep my reciepts. But there is no recall on the 04 Trailblazer only on full size vehicles. So if I spent more money on an other venicle GM would fix it and make it safe. I feel it is unsafe for myself or my wife.

- Colfax, CA, USA

problem #243

Feb 052008

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
2004 Chevy Trailblazer all gauges, tachometer, speedometer, battery, fuel, have failed one at a time starting with tachometer not operating at all, to speedometer sporadic for several months, now currently stuck at over 120mph. Have contacted dealer about problem and they say it is a very common problem in this model, there has been no recall for this issue and would be approx. $1500 to repair. Why is GM not concerned with this issue? this is definitely a safety issue to be driving at unknown speeds with an unknown fuel level, etc.---- absolutely absurd!!!

- Sapulp, OK, USA

problem #242

Mar 052011

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles

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

The 2004 Trailblazer has a malfunction in the RPM and speedometer gauge. This is apparently a defect that GM should acknowledge and be held accountable for.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #241

Oct 022004

Trailblazer

  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the speedometer, fuel level gauge, odometer and other instrument panel gauges failed. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer and advised that the electrical module failed and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 6,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #240

Jan 272011

Trailblazer

  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet trial Blazer. The contact stated that the instrument panel gauges would fail sporadically. The dealer inspected the vehicle and advised that the gauge cluster would need to be replaced. In addition, the dealer stated that because the failure was common in his year, make and model, they would replace the cluster with an updated gauge cluster. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 125,000 and the current mileage was 130,000.

- Milton, VT, USA

problem #239

Feb 072011

Trailblazer

  • 27,865 miles
The problem started in January, 2011, with the voltage gauge taking a few seconds to come up to full voltage, accompanied by dim vehicle lights, at start-up. On February 6, 2011, the temperature, and one other gauge, started moving erratically. The next day, February 7, all of the gauges pointed straight down (6 O┐clock position). Research showed this is a common problem, across several model lines, but GM is selectively refusing to fix Trailblazers, under a recall. I verified this with the dealer. The battery was removed for three hours and a loaner battery installed. Gauges worked properly. A brand new battery was installed (again, after three hours with no battery installed) on February 10. As of February 28, the problem has not re-occurred, but research shows many instances of the problem re-occurring after the installation of a new battery.

- Flat Rock, MI, USA

problem #238

Dec 202010

Trailblazer

  • 96,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While the driver was traveling 45 mph, she drove over a bump, the brakes failed to engage, she lost control of the vehicle and it crashed into a highway cement wall. The driver sustained facial injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer to be inspected. The contact also stated that the speedometer did not indicate the correct speed at which the vehicle was traveling and the air bag light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were 96,000.

- Pine Bluff, AR, USA

problem #237

Mar 062008

Trailblazer

  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the instrument cluster failed and none of the gauges functioned. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the problem was common but offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 87,000.

- Green Acres, FL, USA

problem #236

Sep 122010

Trailblazer

  • miles
At first the battery gauge went. 2 weeks later the temperature gauge and RPM gauge quit functioning properly. Another 2 weeks later the speedometer got stuck and now it reads improperly. The gas gauge has now gone. That was the last gauge to go. This is on a 2004 Chevrolet trail Blazer.

- Florence, MS, USA

problem #235

Mar 162009

Trailblazer

  • 125,000 miles
Instrument cluster failure on 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. Oil pressure and amps gauge malfunction. Mechanic quoted price $650 to replace cluster. Emissions failure paid dealer approximately $375 to replace emissions pump. Air conditioning mode motor actuator out; blower doesn't operate on high setting. Dealer quoted price $750 to fix air conditioner. Sporadic electrical issues-service engine soon light on-first time code read faulty thermostat cooling sensor, next it read faulty air mass sensor, another time it read faulty emissions sensor. Mechanic quoted price $40 per hour plus parts to isolate problem. A person could go broke before fixing possible problems, considering no accident occurred due to all these possibilities. Front suspension problems, hard to isolate. Paid mechanic $135 to replace right side inner tie rod end. Did not fix problem. Problem occurs when returning steering wheel from a right turn, front right side makes a single "pop" sound. Had to replace "burnt" headlight pigtails on front, and park light pigtail on right rear. Property damage is considered damage to vehicle due to the complaints listed.

- Linn Valley, KS, USA

problem #234

Aug 012010

Trailblazer

  • 70,000 miles
Instrument cluster, specifically the tachometer has gone out. From my research its just a matter of time before the rest of my gauges go out. Dealer had quoted me $600 dollars for replacement of cluster panel. This is a common problem and needs to be addressed.

- Geronimo , OK, USA

problem #233

Oct 202010

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 83,500 miles
Mode actuator failure.

- Menifee, CA, USA

problem #232

Jan 142009

Trailblazer

  • 82,400 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph the fuel displayed a half tank of gasoline; however, the fuel tank was empty causing the vehicle to shut off. The contact stated that at times the entire instrument cluster would malfunction. The dealer stated that the entire instrument cluster needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was fully aware of the instrument cluster failure but had not released a recall. The failure mileage was 82,400.

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #231

Oct 052009

Trailblazer

  • miles
The instrument panel doesn't work. The speedometer works when it wants to. It will read that I'm going 120 mph when I'm not, currently it's stuck all the way up!

- Carpentersville, IL, USA

problem #230

Oct 032010

Trailblazer

  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the gauges on the instrument panel stopped working intermittently. The dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was sent and email but did not respond. The failure mileage was 86,000.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #229

Jun 102010

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
The tach and speedometer does not function properly on my 2004 Trailblazer. The speedometer occasionally works but 99% of the time tells me I'm going faster or slower than I am. I am currently using my gps, but as we all know with gps, it's not always available on moutains and it's not always 100% accurate so I basically guess how fast I am going when traveling through wv. I contacted GM dealer, no recalls that I am aware of but thousands of online post of this problem.

- Wintersville, OH, USA

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