Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: It would be ill-advised to blaze any trails with the 2004 Trailblazer. Its faulty fuel gauge could leave you stranded.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,876 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.

2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 052014


  • 78,000 miles


When you cut the wheels hard left or right the SUV Trailblazer engine stalls out. Why wasn't I informed about recall notices on taillight systems I never received a notice.

- North Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 192014

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Shut car off and when I attempted to restart key would not turn. Steering wheel was not locked and it would not shift into gear. An hour later returned to have it towed and tried the key and vehicle started.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #4

Mar 162009


  • 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 #3

Feb 102009


  • 96,000 miles


Power steering went out during a turn.

- Indpls., IN, USA

problem #2

Dec 192004

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 251 miles
While driving approximately 10 mph, the driver's seat suddenly lowered to the right while making a right turn. The consumer broke one of his right ribs in the process of the seat collapsing. The steering wheel did not return to the normal position after making the turn. The cause of the failure had not been determined.

- Bremerton, WA, USA

problem #1

Dec 312003

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4 miles
While traveling at a speed of 55 mph or more, car sways left to right, steering is extremely loose and at time it is hard to control the vehicle from veering. Almost as if you are trying to control the car in a wind storm. I purchased this vehicle Dec 31, 2003, in the first 45 days I had it to the dealer 3 times, it's now June 2004 and the vehicle has been in 8 times. I am getting absolutely nowhere. They keep telling me there is nothing wrong. But I know better, when I'm driving down the road and the car goes off on it's own. I am very fearful for my safety and the safety of my 22 month old child. Some days I can't even bring myself to put him in this car. So what it comes down to is I'm paying for a car I can't even drive because they don't want to do anything about it. Something has to be done about all this.

- Cream Ridge, NJ, USA

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