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CarComplaints.com 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.

2.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,767 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #21

Feb 192014

Trailblazer

  • 50,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the windshield wipers activated without being engaged. The dealer stated that the windshield wiper module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Towanda, PA, USA

problem #20

Feb 012014

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Wiper engages with washer fluid spraying at any time. When first start wipers come on with fluid spraying no intermitent settings wiper stops and starts at all times. Fuel gauge stop working with full tank. Now it does not work. Door lock on driver side not functioning. Locks would start when vehicle sitting in driveway not running. Removed fuse, as it caused battery failure.

- Mineola, TX, USA

problem #19

Mar 262014

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Windshield wiper will not turn off even when the switch is off. All washer fluid is dispensed and the wipers will keep going.

- Hurst, TX, USA

problem #18

Mar 082014

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles

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

The wipers started acting unpredictable, with the washer fluid spraying all over. You could not control when the wipers would turn on or off, the speed they would go, and the washer fluid would spray at random times. There was a recall on this for the Trailblazer for the 02-03 models -however, this issue does not seem to be resolved in any satisfactory way. A simple internet search would satisfy that inquiry. This item should be recalled as there has been a service advisory issued (service bulletin). I have to pay to get the wiper motor module assembly replaced for several hundred dollars and it is doing the same thing as the earlier recalled wiper assembly. Chev/GM seems to know there is a problem given the history. They are at least making money from me. This is clearly a public safety issue if it has been recalled previously.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #17

Aug 162013

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 104,500 miles
I was driving on the freeway, going over an extremely high and long overpass, and the windshield wipers came on spraying wiper fluid non-stop. I couldn't see anything, but managed to get the hazard lights on a get in the emergency lane. The wipers couldn't be disengaged and the fluid was gushing out like a whale spouting water. I removed the fuse for the wipers and let the fluid empty itself out in spray. Once I got home, I put the fuse back in and the wipers come on with the control in the "off" position. They only operate at high speed. I can't turn them off unless I remove the fuse. This is dangerous - I could have flown right off the freeway on that overpass. I couldn't see for the wipers moving so fast, but not fast enough to remove the constant gushing of the wiper fluid. The tv commercials they run about Chevy trucks are "like a rock" are very true. This Trailblazer is as useless - just like a rock.

- Houston, TX, USA

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problem #16

Jul 302013

Trailblazer

  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 12V406000 (electrical system, visibility ) and took the vehicle to the dealer for repairs. The contact stated that after the repairs, the door locks and window switch became inoperable. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for further inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 103,000.

- Fayetteville, CA, USA

problem #15

Aug 012013

Trailblazer

  • 70,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the windows failed to close. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis but they declined to diagnose the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000. The VIN was not available.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #14

Nov 152012

Trailblazer

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 12V406000 (visibility:power window devices and controls) and contacted the dealer. The dealer did not have the necessary parts available to complete the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue with the availability of the part and was unable to provide a date for when the part would become available. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact had not experienced a failure. The approximate current mileage was 38,000.

- Bellaire, MI, USA

problem #13

Sep 152010

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
I have had several problems with my power windows going up and down and then just not working at all. I smell smoke sometimes but can't locate the cause of the smoke. I have also had problems with the electrical connection to the radio, which also works sometimes but the majority of the time it does not work. I have had this problem for a long time now and need a resolution before my SUV catches fire. I also have problems with the drivers side power door lock which works intermittently-whenever it pleases. I recently started having problems with my rear wiper blade-turn it on and it moves a little then stops. My headlights dim up and down while driving...I have replaced the alternator and the battery and still don't have enough power for some reason-dealerships want to charge a lot of money just to diagnose when it appears that this is obviously a defect in the electrical system of the SUV.

- Liverpool, NY, USA

problem #12

Apr 152012

Trailblazer

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact was traveling 55 mph when the driver side window and master switches failed to work. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who confirmed that the window control module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and confirmed that the VIN failed to qualify for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 12V406000 ( visibility:power window devices and controls). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 68,000 and the current mileage was 72,000.

- Winterpark, FL, USA

problem #11

Aug 132012

Trailblazer

  • 62,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that a burning smell emitted inside of the vehicle and the driver side window and door locks and master switch failed to work properly. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who removed the door and window switch console and confirmed melted wires. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number:12V406000(visibility:power window devices and controls). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 62,000.

- Tequesta, FL, USA

problem #10

Aug 082012

Trailblazer

  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the front and rear driver and passenger side windows would not open or close. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnose that the driver side door module needed to be replaced. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 12V406000 (visibility:power window devices and controls) that may be related to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 107,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #9

Aug 202012

Trailblazer

  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet trail Blazer. The contact stated that the driver was traveling 35 mph when the headlights and the control panel lights illuminated intermittently. The front driver side window also failed to work and a burning smell was emitted inside of the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 92,000.

- Del City, OK, USA

problem #8

Jan 052010

Trailblazer

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph smoke started to emit from the driver side control panel. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 12V406000 (visibility:power window devices and controls). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 94,000.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #7

Jul 042012

Trailblazer

  • 96,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the windows failed and the vehicle stalled with the illumination of every light on the instrument panel. The vehicle was inspected by a mechanic who stated that the motor for the window and the cables burned out and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the vehicle was not included in any recall. The failure mileage was 96,500.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #6

Aug 202010

Trailblazer

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While parked, the contact noticed that the front driver and passenger side door mirrors would move independently. The front and rear driver and passenger side windows would also open and close independently. The rear passenger side window was locked and would close without warning. The vehicle was taken an independent mechanic for diagnostics who stated that the driver side door window switch and side panel would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The mechanic unplugged the window switch. There was an investigation under NHTSA action number: EA12004 electrical system visibility:power window devices and controls that could have been related to the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #5

Mar 012012

Trailblazer

  • 122,000 miles
Our Trailblazer has the service engine light on and off constantly. Had it checked by our regular mechanic with the tester and it read the thermostat needed replacing which was done. The light is still going on and off and having it rechecked the reading said a problem with the cooling fan. Checked fan and nothing. The headlights go on and off. The windshield wipers come on by themselves and then off. When it is raining they only work on fast speed. The window cleaner comes on when the wipers due which is hazardous when it is raining causing a visibility problem. I will be going to the dealer with the check engine light as we are going on a long trip in two weeks. Didn't know there were so many problems with this vehicle as listed on the complaints section.

- Altoona, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 052012

Trailblazer

  • 100,250 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the driver side window and the control mechanism on the door handle were melting, which prevented her from opening the window or locking the door. The contact mentioned that there was strong burning odor in the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 100,250.

- Bethel Park , PA, USA

problem #3

Jun 202012

Trailblazer

  • miles
Power windows were rolled up and key off and vehicle unattended and locked. Later in afternoon after it rained it was reported the drivers window was down. After checking on the vehicle the window had rolled itself down sometime while in at work. The drivers window switch would not operate. After getting estimate at GM dealer(700+) and body shop(350 plus programming at GM dealer), they were able to jump motor to roll up window and disable switch. Harness and switch were starting to melt and deform wire insulation at drivers window switch but did not catch on fire or melt to bare wiring.

- Williston, ND, USA

problem #2

Jun 032012

Trailblazer

  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that a burning smell was coming from the front driver side door and noticed that the window switch was not functioning. There was an open investigation under NHTSA action number: PE12003 (electrical system visibility:power window devices and controls) that could have been related to the failure the vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 106,000.

- Atoka, TN, USA

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