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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,751 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.

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2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 232008

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles


Water has been seen several times dripping from underneath the truck in the center area. It appears to be from the emissions system. No wet weather at the time. It appears to be some sort of condensation. Also fan clutch failure, sway bar linkages failure, tie-rod failure, rack and pinion failure/leak, control arm failures 2 times, windshield wiper would not turn off failure, windshield wiper reservoir tank leak replaced, ac cold air failure. All needed to be replaced on a vehicle less than 5 years old with only 38,000 miles on it.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #5

Oct 022006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2003 Trailblazer rack and pinion failed due to a manufacturing defect. The consumer stated when the rack & pinion failed, it caused the vehicle to steer left, and subsequently an accident occurred.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #4

Sep 222006

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,500 miles
: the contact stated while driving 35 mph on a city street, there was a popping noise coming from the steering wheel, upon applying brake pressure, the steering wheel locked and crashed into another vehicle. The contact was wearing a seat belt, but no injuries were sustained. The vehicle sustained minor damage however, the police were not alerted. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who determined the steering rack and pinion needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was alerted. Updated 10/27/06.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 312006

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles


High pitch whirring sound emanating from the front underside of the vehicle. Sound increased as acceleration increased. Difficulty in steering became prominent. Rack and pinion was leaking into the boot. Gasoline tank located on the driver side rear, when full, leaked gasoline.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 122005

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5 miles
While backing out of my driveway the steering became very hard and stiff when I tried to turn left. On the same day, while making a left turn, the steering wheel became stiff again and I had trouble turning. When parking at work, I could not turn left or right without first putting serious effort into turning. Might be a bad steering pump, but most likely rack and pinion issues. Also, I checked the power steering fluid level and it was low. Steering failure may lead to a very serious accident. I have an appointment to see the car dealer about this since this is most likely covered under GM warranty.

- Kearny, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jan 142004


  • miles
Consumer took vehicle to repair shop because of the following problems; rack and pinion failed twice/air conditioner malfunctioned twice/vehicle stalled at take off/ oil leak, and brake lights failed to operate properly. Also, vehicle made a loud noise on driver's side while driving.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

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