Print this page Notes: Carrying the not-so-proud traditions of its 2002 predecessor, the 2003 has a handful of instrument panel malfunctions that can leave you guessing your speed, engine temperature or how much gas is left in the tank.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,333 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 022008

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving 45 mph, her son crashed into a deer and the airbags did not deploy. The contact stated that the dealer placed sensors on the airbags prior to the crash. The driver sustained a head injury. As of January 3, 2008, the dealer or insurance company had not inspected the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were 82,000. A police report was filed. The VIN appeared to be invalid and the engine size was unavailable.

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #2

Oct 262007

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
I bought my 2003 Trailblazer 4X4 in July 06 and had to replace the airbag module 1 month later (54,000mi on odometer) for $350. That was at half price because I had a 50/50 warranty luckily. Now late in September my fan is on every time I start my engine, hot or cold. Like everyone else with my vehicle make and year states that it sounds like a jet plane and turns off a couple off miles down the road and then eventually fails later. GM needs to pay my out-of-pocket expense for my airbag module and fix my fan clutch issue before it fails completely, leaving me stranded somewhere in an unsafe environment. I always keep up to date on my vehicles to make sure I get the most out of them and do not expect random parts to fail prematurely. I'll be ?!@#$% if I am going to pay $600-$1000 to have this fixed after it fully fails to work.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 082006

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The "service airbag" light illuminated on my dash and I took my vehicle to the dealer that I bought it from. It was determined that a part would be needed to fix this problem (sir coil) and that my vehicle warranty would cover this issue. Once the correct part reached the dealership, I took my vehicle to get fixed. The dealership called me in the middle of working on my vehicle to notify me that there was some mistake and that the work being done actually cost me about $800. I had the dealership stop work on my vehicle and called the Chevy customer service number to further inquire about this safety issue. (the dealership told me that they could not guarantee that my airbag would deploy if I needed it due to the sir coil needing to be replaced.) I had a few conversations with a Chevrolet customer service representative who finally informed me that "they couldn't help me at this time" and that "this service would not be covered under warranty" and "to save my receipts for repair". I have not yet had this problem fixed. I do not have the extra $800 to spend on this repair that I believe is a tremendous safety issue. One of the reasons I purchased this vehicle was because of the presence of airbags. This malfunction was due to no fault of my own and I haven't gotten anywhere with the manufacture. I have been dealing with this issue for several months now.

- Bolingbrook, IL, USA

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