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Print this page Notes: The 2002-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer is known for many things, but perhaps it is most famous for its faulty fuel gauge.

This gauge flip-flops more than a politician during election season. Some report that the gauge says "empty" after a fill-up, while others report the gauge says "full" when they're running on fumes. Either way, there's one thing everyone seems to agree on: the darn thing is just wrong.

Following hundreds of complaints and a few accidents allegedly caused by the malfunction, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into the issue in May 2011. Unfortunately for frustrated owners, no recall has been announced.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35 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.

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2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 282005

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. Since purchasing the vehicle, the headlamps flicker or dim while driving, similar to a power surge. The dealer was initially unable to duplicate the failure. When the failure was able to be duplicated, the dealer was unable to make a repair. At the end of September of 2007, the steering column made a sparking sound and the dealer could not duplicate the failure once more. On September 20, 2007, the radio and all the components on the instrument panel failed intermittently. The vehicle had to be turned off and restarted for them to eventually operate again. In addition, the dome lights would remain illuminated. The driver's side door latches were replaced twice. The rear hatchback latch was replaced twice. When the key was removed from the ignition, the key buzzer would continue to sound. On January 25, 2008, the rear wiper motor was replaced and failed again on March 4, 2008. The current mileage was 36,182 and failure mileage was 70. Updated 4/2/08 the consumer stated the emblem on the rear tailgate loosing color, brake pads and rotors are worn. Updated 04/02/08

- Canton, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 102005

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
We rented a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer from alamo rental in cleveland Ohio on July 7, 2005. On July 10 we parked the vehicle in a valet zone and my wife and I stepped outside the vehicle to remove our daughter. I turned off the vehicle but left the key in the ignition. When we closed our doors the doors automatically locked before we could open the door to remove our child. We were forced to call 911. When the officer could not unlock the vehicle and a follow up call to the locksmith revealed that they were still 30 minutes away we were forced to break the rear window to gain entry and remove our child. When we returned the vehicle the rental agent was aware of similar lockouts. We have owned both Toyota's and Volkswagen that will automatically lock the 3 passenger doors but require the driver to manual lock the driver side door or to use the key fob while standing outside the vehicle. Consequently, we are furious that GM would install a system that could instantly endanger a child especially on a hot summer day.

- Dallas, TX, USA

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