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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2005-2007 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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,516 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 steering problems

steering problem

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2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments

problem #9

Mar 072014


  • 106,200 miles


We were driving at about 55 (we dont know exact speed as our control panel is not working) and the steering went out. It was hard pulling to the right and a few times we could not control it and went off the road. We had another incident like that when we were driving in the snow. When we purchased the car we had a fuel issue that covered under a recall.... now our whole panel is out. We dont know the speed we are going, the oil light and engine light are always on. We take care of our car so we know its not low on anything.

- Mccordsville, IN, USA

problem #8

Dec 122013


  • 155,000 miles
Driving at a low speed through a residential area the engine would serge between 2K RPM and 4K RPM. If surging is allowed to persist then it is followed by the vehicle's power steering shut off ultimately ending in the engine shutting off. After vehicle is restarted the cycle starts again after a short period of driving.

- Hill Afb , UT, USA

problem #7

Jan 032011


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the power steering assist failed. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred several times. The contact also stated that the lift gate revel molding was fractured. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering, power transmission and the rear deck molding needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000 and the current mileage was 166,324. The VIN was not available.

- Ellensburg, WA, USA

problem #6

Jan 232013


  • 120,000 miles


My gas gauge has stayed on empty for a month or so with the gas light on. I have not had the money to fix it and I put gas in it the night before the incident happened. I was driving home from a family members house a few blocks away from my house and my 2005 Trailblazer died and everything locked up on me. The brakes would not work what so ever. And I just had brand new brakes put on a couple months ago and my steering wheel locked up. My vehicle would not stop. It kept going. I am so happy that I didn't have my three small children with me. It took me three turns onto three different streets before it finally stopped. It was very hard to turn. And my back wheels were making a horrible noise and smelled really bad when I got out. I always keep a gas can in the back in case I ever run out of gas due to the gauge not working. And mind you I have only had this vehicle a year. GM should have to pay to get this fixed. This is very dangerous. Thankfully someone was watching over me and there was no other cars headed toward me. It was on a main roads that has a 45 mile an hour speed limit. I will never buy a Chevy again.

- Salem, IL, USA

problem #5

Oct 132012

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Due to a faulty gas gauge the car engine stopped on a highway three miiles away from fuel with children in the vehicle.

- Meriden, CT, USA

problem #4

Jan 022009


  • 42,000 miles
Power steering unit leakage.

- Ferndale, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 132008


  • 43,643 miles


My son was backing out of his girlfriend's driveway and he turned the wheel sharp and the shaft inside the steering column broke. Luckily he was not on the highway when it happened. I haven't made any repairs yet but will today or tomorrow. The steering column and clock spring will have to be replaced. I am going to save the steering column in case you need to inspect it.

- Hillsville, VA, USA

problem #2

Sep 112006

(reported on)


  • miles
2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer had problems with power steering. Upon inspection mechanic determined the rack and pinion needed to be replaced. The rack and pinion were replaced but the vehicle began making humming noises again. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who believed the problem was again with the power steering. The noise returned and this time the technician though it was the power steering pump.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

May 242005

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 800 miles
New Trailblazer has an inherent problem with the steering. The steering is ultra sensitive at highway speeds and minor corrections ten to cause oversteering and swaying of the vehicle. I believe in an emergency highway situation the steerings sensitivity could result in loss of control and a possible rollover situation. I have been to the dealer twice since the car was delivered and they said the tires and alignment are all withing specs. The manager did comment after driving my car that he thought the steering was very responsive and that Chevy makes changes from year to year and this seems to be the most sensitive. He said nothing could be done. I called Chevy customer service and filed a report. They contacted the dealer and said all was within specs and they could not do anything. I think this is a potentially major issue and someone should review the saftey aspecs of this steering.

- Beverly Hills, MI, USA

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