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: 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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,288 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.

2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer fuel system problems

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2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments (Page 12 of 22)

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problem #208

Jan 142011


  • miles


The fuel gauge on my 2005 Chevy Trailblazer reads empty most of the time and at other times when it does register fuel it can't be trusted. The cluster on this vehicle had to be replaced when the speedometer would stick and could not tell how fast the vehicle was traveling. This repair cost me over $600. This is a very dangerous situation to be in. The online blogs show many people having the same problem, but Chevy wont recognize this problem.

- Aberdeen, WA, USA

problem #207

Apr 302008


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact noticed the fuel gauge stopped functioning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where a technician stated the fuel assembly inside the fuel tank needed to be replaced. There was an open investigation, NHTSA action number DP10001(fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump). The contact stated the speedometer also stopped functioning after the fuel gauge failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the speedometer was repaired. The fuel gauge was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 38,000.

- Fayettsville, NC, USA

problem #206

Jan 062009


  • miles
Gas gauge in 2005 Chevy Trailblazer does not work properly, inaccurate readings.

- Mcdonald , PA, USA

problem #205

Jan 012011


  • miles


My gas gauge failed and caused an inaccuracy in the amount of gas in my vehicle. It now remains with the light on and at empty. I have been clearing the miles at each fill up to monitor approximately 300 miles per tank. I feel there should be a recall on this due to the numerous amounts of vehicles with this problem. It is definitely a safety hazard!

- Reedsburg, WI, USA

problem #204

Mar 072009

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 57,300 miles
My fuel gauge stopped working properly. I have been driving with the mileage meter set and make fill ups when I have 300 miles.

- Reedsburg, WI, USA

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problem #203

Mar 142011


  • 100,000 miles
Fuel gauge does not work, even when I have a full tank the gauge shows almost empty.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #202

Nov 162009


  • 75,000 miles


2005 Chevy Trailblazer running out of gas. Our Trailblazer has run out of gas twice and the fuel gauge is in-op.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #201

Sep 022009


  • 41,641 miles
The gasoline gauge would not read accurately. If we filled up our gas tank, the gauge would read empty. We never really knew how much gasoline we had in the tank. We had the fuel level sensor replaced on 9/02/09. This was a very costly repair. We feel that GM should do a recall on this part and we should be reimbursed for our expenses.

- Port Huron, MI, USA

problem #200

Dec 282009

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Fuel gauge quit working so it was never known how much fuel was in vehicle. Vehicle could stall due to not having adequate fuel.

- New Concord, OH, USA

problem #199

Nov 012010


  • 85,000 miles
The fuel gauge of my 2005 Chevy Trailblazer has a mind of it's own. It stopped working correctly at somewhere near 85,000 miles. It no longer ever shows a full tank, even after a fill up, stopping just short of 1/2 full. The gauge then will go up and down from this point at will, moving usually down to "E" as I sit idle at a traffic light. I can fill up, and less the 150 miles later, it will show empty, even though I've used less then 1/2 a tank of gas. I have run out of gas on a busy highway because of this condition, even as this gauge showed 1/4 tank. I was not hit, but was very close to getting rear ended. I am now hearing this is a common problem with certain GM vehicles.

- Clinton Twp, MI, USA

problem #198

Oct 052010


  • 45,250 miles


The gas gauge is constantly showing the tank is empty - even after it has been filled up.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #197

Sep 012009


  • miles
The fuel gauge is inaccurate. The fuel gauge will read empty, even after the gas tank is full of gas. The fuel gauge will also jump to 1/4 of a tank and then immediately back to empty.

- White Lake , MI, USA

problem #196

Sep 012010

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Fuel gauge stopped working. Filled up gas tank and fuel gauge remained on empty. Took into dealership in Oct 2010, 67,864 miles on vehicle. They advised it was a know problem. Had repaired at cost of $800.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #195

Apr 302011

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 90,345 miles
2005 Chevy Trailblazer, gas gauge does not work all of the time and when it is working it is not accurate, shortly after filling tank, low fuel alarm sounds. The alarm is a distraction, in addition there are times when it indicates there is fuel and the vehicle runs out of gas, the creates a hazard, getting stuck on the highway.

- Pittsford, NY, USA

problem #194

Apr 092009

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
My wife's 2005 Chevy Trailblazer's fuel gauge failed. She was driving on the road thinking she had a 1/4 tank or so of gas when it was actually empty causing her vehicle to stall which nearly resulted in an accident. Fortunately for us, the driver behind her had ample distance to stop before hitting her vehicle. When the Chevy dealer was contacted they indicated they were aware of a faulty pickup (?) in the tank and but it has not been recalled by General Motors. I feel it should be recalled by the manufacturer and fixed. If this occurred on the highway there most likely would have been a serious accident. Thank you for your time and please mandate a recall for this serious and possibly dangerous defect.

- Manchester, CT, USA

problem #193

Nov 012010

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
I have a 2005 Trailblazer in which the gas gauge is defective. About 6 months ago, it started sending the alarm of low fuel even though there was plenty of gas in vehicle. Now, the gauge goes up and down and eventually will be in the empty position even after I have filled it up. Need to get vehicle fixed, but waiting until a recall occurs.

- New Holland, OH, USA

problem #192

Jan 012011


  • miles
2005 Trailblazer that gas gauge doesn't work properly and has caused me to stall out on a street and almost cause more issues.

- Carol Stream, IL, USA

problem #191

May 142009


  • miles
I have a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer with 80,000 miles. And the fuel gauge does not operate. It went out around 50,000 miles.

- Morristown, TN, USA

problem #190

Jan 012007


  • miles
I have a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer that has a defective fuel sending unit. The vehicle will not display fuel level. My research shows that this is a common problem with the Chevy Trailblazer/GMC Envoy. The defect if left unrepaired can lead to stalling during operation and lead to vehicle crashes and or death or serious injury.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #189

Mar 302011


  • 56,114 miles
March 30, 2011, I spent $80 on fuel to fill my Trailblazer with gas. I started driving and the gas gauge never moved, and was still showing empty with the low fuel warning chiming. When I was almost home the fuel gauge finally started moving but never went past a half tank. I inspected the vehicle to see if there were any signs of a fuel leak and nothing looked out of the ordinary. When I had to leave again to run errands the fuel gauge would move, however, it would go back down to empty when I was stopped or put the car in park. I have also had issues with rear tail light panel wires frying and having to replace those when there were no apparent causes (moisture, etc.). lights dimming while I roll up a window or push other buttons in the car (radio, climate control) and lights in certain areas of the car just blowing out. Fuses are fine, alternator and battery are fine. Why is this vehicle having so many problems at 56,000 miles? I understand that these are not life threatening issues, but what is next. Why do I have to constantly monitor my mileage just to make sure I don't stall or run out of gas when I am driving. Are we the customers supposed to shell out $$$ to have repairs done continually on defective equipment and components. I don't think so. GMC needs to drastically improve the quality and durability of their products, and step up to the plate and take care of the customers they do have. Word of mouth is way more effective than millions of dollars in advertising.

- Holly, MI, USA

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