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Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. Notes: The Trailblazer emerged from an "upscale trim line" of the Blazer, but there's nothing upscale about its transmission problems or its wonky, unpredictable headlights.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,026 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.

2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 012008

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,100 miles


My family and self were returning from a same day trip when with out warning, our 2002 Chevy Trailblazer ls steering locked up and it left me with no control of the vehicle, I've driven in all kinds of conditions without incident or accident but on this day I could not avoid going off the road into a ditch. Thank god my family was just shaken up badly but no personal injuries I however did smack my head on steering wheel and am currently being seen by family doctor we love this vehicle and just purchased it not two weeks ago. The reason for this grievance is simply that when contacting service department were we purchased said vehicle, was treated as if we made up the whole thing and accused of driver error, called liars, and basically treated with total indifference to a situation were things could have been a terrible loss of life, please assist my family and I in getting this situation investigated with a dealer ship that has no regard for the truth only in the all mighty dollar. Also the man my wife spoke with threatened us to find a attorney that will believe our B.S. please help us with this situation in so we don't have to sue a company whom has a employee that's simply put a parasite that has no regard for others period.. thank you for your time and effort on these matters.

- Ithaca, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 112005

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tie rods, multiple transmission module problems, airbag, taillights, stop, turn signal rear problem, electrical/ wiring, radio, HVAC, pressure control,2 batteries, 2 fan clutches, among other problems.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #2

Jul 142004

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,006 miles
When driving at any speed vehicle vibrated in the front. The consumer took the vehicle to a service dealership for inspection, and the mechanic determined that the front tie rods needed to be replaced. The defective tie rods caused misalignment, which lead to excessive tire wear. (this all had to be replaced in the front only)

- Sebastopol, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 022004

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
Tie rod ends wore out at 42000 miles.

- Landrum, SC, USA

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