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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,150 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT electrical problems

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2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #35

Aug 152016

Trailblazer EXT

  • miles


Both rear parking tail lights does not turn on, while both front parking lights are operational. Brake lights, rear turn signals, reverse lights, doors unlock light are all operational.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #34

Apr 092015

Trailblazer EXT

  • miles
My driver side seat heated seat short circuited and looks like it caught on fire briefly. My head lamp module went bad and is recalled but no remedy has been solved, dealership replaced at my expense but I cannot get reimbursement for repair due to remedy not yet available. Recall date was Nov 25th 2015 am I suppose to drive without lights for 13 months. Since I took it too an authorized dealer and they fixed it why cant I get my money? picture is from the internet but is actually the same as mine. I do have the defected seat element at my home.

- Clinton Twp., MI, USA

problem #33

Feb 032015

Trailblazer EXT 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
I am having this issue, for a few weeks now, the key gets locked in the ignition switch, will not turn off, it drain the battery the first day, now I have to disconnect battery, then when it finally locked it did not want to start, I could not start the vehicle for almost two days, and I cannot afford to take it to a mechanic right now.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #32

Apr 182014

Trailblazer EXT 6-cyl

  • 69,890 miles


I have bought 2 new batteries with in a month of each other due to my battery being dead over and over again. I was told my alternator was fine only that something keeps draining the life out of my battery.this has been going on for months. If I let the trailblazer sit for 1 to 2 days the battery is dead again.I also noticed that the face of my radio has started to get hot. When we first had auto zone change the battery we noticed that it caused our air vents to stop working. I looked this up on line and it looks like I'm not the only one who has this problem. I see it's a big problem.I don't know if there is a recall, but I'm scared it is a electrical problem that could hurt me and my 4 kids if it happens while driving. Can you please help me with this.

- Biscoe, NC, USA

problem #31

Nov 292013

Trailblazer EXT

  • 121,350 miles
Dear sirs or madam, I am writing to you regarding the recall that was issued for the door switch on above named vehicle. The switch on my vehicle malfunctioned in 2011, before the recall was issued. Later, upon taking the vehicle to wailer Chevy in keene, nh, I was informed that there was a recall and I am eligible for a reimbursement of the out of pocket expense of replacing the part. In short, GM initially denied me the reimbursement for superficial reasons. Later after I contacted and filed complaints with the agencies listed below, GM offered and sent a check that covers only the price we paid for the part, but not the labor it took to install it. I have not yet cashed that check, as there is language on it that indicates the issue would be resolved upon cashing. It is not resolved. The balance still owed is $272.18. I was told by some of the agencies listed below that NHTSA was the federal entity responsible for insuring manufacturer compliance with recalls. I'm filing this complaint with NHTSA so that the recall be honored in this case and the balance of the out of pocket expense paid to repair the defect, be reimbursed to me. GM file number: [xxx] eastern Michigan BBB complaint number: 10058153 Michigan department of state file number:[xxx] NY attorney general file number:[xxx] I also have the supporting documentation (ie. Receipts), that can be forwarded to your office if/when needed. Please feel free to contact me regarding this issue. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Highland Mills, NY, USA

problem #30

Jun 022014

Trailblazer EXT 6-cyl

  • 43,668 miles
Auto would start but turn off right away. I was told that the computer module was shorting out and the auto would start on it's own.

- Birdsboro, PA, USA

problem #29

Jul 012014

Trailblazer EXT 6-cyl

  • 111,676 miles


Both rear brake lights failed simultaneously, even after fuses were checked both under the hood and behind the drivers side fuse box (fuse #12 & fuse #34). This is a road hazard and faulty wiring should be covered. Front left headlight was found to have switch with melted wiring as well, changes by mechanic and I was informed it could have caused a fire. This vehicle has 3 recalls thus far that are extremely dangerous if such faults can cause a fire within the electrical wirings. I would like to get compensated for the work done, the brake lights faulty wiring should be covered under the recall as the local Chevy dealer refuses to fix it.

- Seymour, CT, USA

problem #28

Jun 062014

Trailblazer EXT 6-cyl

  • 108 miles
Went to get in my trailblazer and the window switch panel would not work at all!! took it in and here to find out the panel was smoking and smelled burned!!

- New Ulm, MN, USA

problem #27

Apr 252012

Trailblazer EXT

  • miles
Well probably about six to eight months ago my speakers and ac/heater started going out, working sometimes and not others. Eventually the ac/heater stopped working all together, and as for the speakers they were doing the same working sometimes or only one side working or just the front speakers working. Well now it only works when its hot and when its cold only the tweekers work. From the blogs I have read this is a big issue with these GM vehicles and something needs to be done. A recall or something.

- Fort Mill, SC, USA

problem #26

Oct 152012

Trailblazer EXT

  • 76,800 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer ext. The contact stated that the windows and doors failed to respond when engaged using the door module. The vehicle was not taken to a mechanic or the dealer for repairs or inspection. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 76,800.

- Frankfurt, KY, USA

problem #25

Mar 122012

Trailblazer EXT

  • 39,000 miles


The driver's door window and door lock has been working intermittently over the last 1 1/2 yrs. This last March, the window stopped working. Then the door lock followed and then the entire door. I have no control over any aspect of the car with that door. I makes a buzz-zapping sound. I cannot lock the windows at all in the back, so now my young children play with the windows and hang out them. The doors are supposed to lock when the truck is put into gear, but that does not always happen. Sometimes it will happen 10 minutes into a trip, sometimes not at all. In the last month the front passenger side window stopped working also. My sons are now complaining of hearing a buzz, click, click, click, sound coming from the back doors. I assume it is the vehicle attempting to lock the doors since we are driving but it is unable to. The driver side mirror also has a mind of its own due to the malfunction of the electrical or the door. It will change its positioning all by itself. I always have to readjust it manually just to find it pointing at the ground later on. I took it to my Chevrolet dealer and was told my vehicle is not included in the recall because of where I purchased it and where I limy live. This is a safety issue apart from the obvious electrical zapping that can be heard, but it is also for children when the vehicle is in motion. I am unemployed and it is going to cost over $150 for them to look at it, and he said there is no recall so to fix it, I will have to pay. There is constant exposure to salt air here in Florida. My kids lives are at stake. I do not care where I live, this is there safety. What if they open the window and get hurt because I cannot lock the window because of problems with my car door.the recall needs to be nation wide and it needs to resolved before someone get hurts.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #24

Apr 222010

Trailblazer EXT 6-cyl

  • 7,600 miles
I've had my trailblazer for two years now about 4/2010 the windows would go up and down on their own and the power lock stopped working so Chevy replaced the main control switch then about 6/2011 I had to replace the wheel bearings and the sensor twice and about 01/2012 the wipers and washer fluid wouldn't shut off got a new wiper motor put in and now the truck has been sitting since 4/2012 had to have it towed from albany because the truck just all of a sudden slowed down even with my foot on the gas pedal and now I have ten different codes that came up two for the camshaft sensor and solenoid the knock sensor the crankshaft sensor and a few other ones... we called Chevrolet and they have no clue what is going on nor what is wrong with it.

- Beacon, NY, USA

problem #23

Oct 302010

Trailblazer EXT 6-cyl

  • 83,200 miles
Driver's door electric window/mirror/lock controls began to work intermittently, crackling noise from driver's door. Driver side rear view mirror turned downward making it useless. Driver's door window began. Raising and lowering by itself.

- Cazenovia, NY, USA

problem #22

Oct 012012

Trailblazer EXT 6-cyl

  • 71,967 miles
All controls on drivers side door quit working. I got online & found a recall on this for my vehicle. I called the phone number for the recall & they informed me that my car was'nt covered because of the VIN #. they told me if I went to a dealer & paid for a diagnostic test they may offer some assistance to have it fixed. They know it is a defect but are trying to get out of fixing mine because of a VIN #. I can't afford to pay for the diagnostic test & then have them tell me I owe more because I have a VIN# they don't want to fix.

- Barberton, OH, USA

problem #21

Aug 022012

Trailblazer EXT 6-cyl

  • 85,100 miles
As I was driving on the highway, my doors unlocked and locked several times over a period of 30 minutes. I then heard loud chirps from stereo speakers and then the smell of burning plastic. At this point I lost all window controls and audio(door chimes, radio and onstar). To this date I have not been able to use radio or driver side window controls but still notice a smell of melting rubber or plastic. I have two children with autism and I do not feel safe taking it on family outings.

- Lynn, MA, USA

problem #20

Aug 202011

Trailblazer EXT

  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer ext. The contact stated that the driver's side door module exhibited a shortage and a dysfunctional circuit board, causing the door panel switch and windows to become inoperable. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised the contact that the module circuit board needed to be replaced. There were no recalls for the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 118,000.

- Albany, GA, USA

problem #19

Jun 012012

Trailblazer EXT 6-cyl

  • miles
Most recent is a driver's side door/window controls that have completely stopped working. Controls have been sporadic for over a month and have now, and it stopped completely with the window in the down position. I have been lucky not to experience the burning/melting issue others have before it stopped working all together - but my window is now in the down position and cannot be closed. In addition to the door/window controls, the rear window wiper stopped working about a year ago, the fuel sensor went out over a year and a half ago so tank always registers empty and check engine light is always on. (I have received the offer from Chevy to have the fuel sensor repaired, but because I will be responsible for half of the repair costs, I have yet to have it done -- Chevy should pay 100%, not 50%). I've already replaced the tie rods about a year ago, but was just told that they need to be replaced again. I've had issues with the car violently shaking @ 60 mph shortly after I bought it (used) from a dealer. After quite the run around and four extended stays at the dealers repair shop it was magically taken care of after I threatened to file "lemon law" paperwork. I'm just done. The consumer stated shortly after, the windows controls for the other three windows began to work again sporadically, except for the driver's window which was propped closed. On occasion, when the driver's side widow button was touched my mistake, the window would move slightly until being stopped by the 2X4. The consumer finally had the recall repairs done, after waiting on the parts. The dealer removed the 2X4 from the driver's side and the consumer was charged $105.55 to get the window operational again. Updated 05/23/13

- Random Lake, WI, USA

problem #18

Mar 032012

Trailblazer EXT 4WD 6-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
I was driving down the road about 20 mph and the drivers window went down by itself and wouldn't go back up, sometimes when you try to start vehicle nothing happens and then a few seconds later it starts on its own, when it rains all the speakers quit working except the front tweeter speakers, sometimes when I shut the drivers door kind of hard it wont start and U cant lock doors with keyless entry, fuel gauge quit working after I filled up with gas.

- Hazard, KY, USA

problem #17

Jun 012012

Trailblazer EXT 6-cyl

  • 99,921 miles
For the past few months, while operating the vehicle, the lights on the driver side door for power features would flicker on and then off causing heated seats to not work, windows could not go up or down, inability to power lock or unlock. Numerous times the drive has had to cross the center console to enter or exit the vehicle when the drive door would not unlock. Today on 6/1/12, the panel was not lite up and would not allow windows to operate, unlock or lock or heat for seats. After trying a few more times, there was a smell of fire and smoke. (yellowish). Thankfully the car was in the parked position and we were able to get out, open the door by manually pushing the lock button to open. We quickly removed the power main door switch from the door hand rest where it was apparent by smell and touch of the burning of the equipment.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #16

Mar 122012

Trailblazer EXT

  • miles
I seem to be having the same issues as others. My drivers side door electrical does not work at all. No windows, mirrors, heated seats. The light will not come on when the door is opened, the radio and lights will no longer stay on when the key is shut off. Does anyone know what causes this and how much it cost to fix it" if this is a known issue why has there not been a recall"

- Lucerne , IN, USA

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