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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,005 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer lights problems

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2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #66

Oct 182016


  • miles


On June 11 2016 at 5:00am while driving my headlights went out, I used my high beam to return home from by pass highway 15miles. Once home tried the manual switch to see if lights would come on. No low beam but high beam worked. Couple of days later at dealership they could not find anything. I notice on occasion the low beams were not on when driving with the daylight running lights when I pull behind a car I would switch to high beam which did work. On 18oct 2016 time 7:45 the lights low beam did not come on when starting my truck. I tried the high beam and it worked. Had to drive 10 miles on city street to get home on high beam. After getting home I played with switch switching from manually to running the low beam came on afte I turned the car off and back on with light on the manually position. Please help dealer can't find the issue or duplicate it neither can I.. I travel alone and female I can't have this happening. I have to get repaired. On.

- Albany, GA, USA

problem #65

May 102016


  • 103,000 miles
Low beam head lights turn off while vehicle in motion on city street. High beam head lights still work. Turn motor off and let vehicle set for a few minutes, then low beam head lights will work again.

- Sealy, TX, USA

problem #64

Apr 272016


  • 153,000 miles
As I'm driving down the highway I noticed that my headlights would blink. Then another time they keep cutting on and off. So the other day as I was driving they cut off and would never cut back on even when I would turn the knob for them to cut back on. I would have to cut on my bright lights in order to see.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #63

Mar 172016


  • miles


Driving on hwy 178 at about 9 pm and the front head lights and turned completely off. I moved light switch on and off and my light would not go back no on.....also while driving the kern canyon hwy 178 taking the curves my ingine shut off and steering and brakes locked up this has happened several time while driving at 20 mile speed.

- Wolford Hghts, CA, USA

problem #62

Jul 042014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that while driving at 25 mph, the vehicle lost interior and exterior lighting. The contact stated that the low beam headlights failed which caused the contact to crash into a creek. A police report was filed. The contact was not injured in the crash. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN and failure mileage were not available.

- Nitro, WV, USA

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problem #61

Jun 062015


  • 136,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that while turning on the vehicle, the day time running lamps failed to illuminate. The contact stated that the failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 136,000.

- Camdenton, MO, USA

problem #60

Jul 252015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving at 30 mph, the headlights failed and the check engine indicator illuminated. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Lake, MI, USA

problem #59

Mar 192014

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Front head lamps turn off for no reason on dark street, leave the driver with no visibility.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #58

Jan 052010


  • miles
My headlights and blinkers and tail lights go out quite often and need to be changed. Sometimes they will go off for awhile, then start working again. I wish I had a count of how many times I have had to have the bulbs changed, but I did not keep track.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #57

Dec 162014

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 75,536 miles
I was driving this morning 12/16/2014 at 50 mph when I noticed my dash lights, headlights fluctuating also my voltage gauge. No matter what I did it didn't change the state of the problem. The vehicle has had the gauge cluster replaced before I bought it and the battery.

- Fort Atkinson, WI, USA

problem #56

Sep 172014


  • 136,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the low beam headlights turned on and off without warning. The failure recurred on several occasions. The contact also stated that the low beam headlights failed and there was a burning smell in the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the fuse box and wiring burned and needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 136,000.

- Mechanicburg, PA, USA

problem #55

Aug 012013


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that while driving approximately 75 mph the low beam headlights suddenly failed. The contact quickly turned on the high beams and continued to drive the vehicle. After stopping the vehicle the low beams lights were switched back on and operated as normal. The contact indicated that the failure occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was informed of the failure. The failure mileage was 84,000.

- Palm City, FL, USA

problem #54

Nov 172014


  • 160,000 miles
Low beams suddenly stopped working while driving at night. Problem already fixed by auto repair, but very concerned that latest recall only includes 2006-2007 when this is happening to older Trailblazers as well.

- Camdenton, MO, USA

problem #53

Oct 242014


  • 156,000 miles
The headlight socket (low beam) on the drivers side melted and nearly caught fire. And the RPM gauge stepper is messing up.

- Bartlesville, OK, USA

problem #52

Oct 182006

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
The problems started in 2006 and were very intermittent. There is an electrical issue with the instrument panel, lights, battery, and other unknown items. The dealer check the electrical system when it started, but could not find any problem. Sometimes, while driving at night the lights went off, and I would have to pull off the road, check any fuses and relays, and then they would come back on. The next electrical issue was with the speedometer, which on a trip across to Florida it would be erratic and indicate I was traveling over 120 miles an hour when my gps said I was driving at 65. After the warranty expired I have had issues with replacing multiple batteries which go dead every 4 or 5 days depending on usage. After the speedometer stopped working, each other instrument panel item worked on and off. This includes the gas tank gauge, the ammeter, the temperature gauge, tachometer, and the oil pressure gauge. They all worked on and off for the next 3 years, and now none of these very important instrument panel gauges have worked for over 2 years. I wonder if the electronics that effect the air bags would work if I ever have an accident. I have replaced many batteries, I still have to charge each one every 4 or 5 days or I cannot start the truck. I have checked online and there are thousands of Trailblazer, and their related GM vehicles with the same problems. I hear that a recall was issued for the GMC-Envoy which is the same related parts vehicle but there is not one for the Trailblazer? I am dealing with these issues and hoping for the recall that we all have been waiting for. Thank god I have a 97 Toyota Camry that runs well. I wish [xxx] would read this. I also have photos of the non-working instrument panel, and the 120mph speedometer. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Port St. Lucie, FL, USA

problem #51

Jul 142012

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 42,950 miles
I can start my vehicle and the gauges started sticking. I am constantly being shocked by the driver door. My gauges no longer work at all and have completely went haywire. I have no dash lights. My vehicle has just died in the middle of a busy street. I do not know how much fuel I have, how fast I am going. My cruise control either at times increases my speed or does not hold the speed. I have to use a gps device to know approximate speed. This vehicle needs to be recalled. I love my vehicle but it has tons of issues.

- Elk City, OK, USA

problem #50

Mar 012013

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The dash control panel has stopped working or only certain items showing speed, temp and oil pressure work on occasion. After searching online for repair options there are a number of complaints for the same problems for this specific vehicle.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #49

Sep 012010


  • 185,000 miles
I bought this car about 4 years ago and it has been nothing but an elecitrical mess. First my head lights would go out once a month, then a couple times a month, then once a week. My brake lights started doing the same. Our famliy mechhanic couldn't figure it out, he just kept replacing them and sending the bad bulbs in for warranty. A couple times the pigtails and lamps had to be replaces. Also 3 seperate occasions both headlights went out at once while driving. And I had to drive home in the dark with no head lights on. I took it the Chevy dealership after the third time abd apparently my fuse box was melted and needed to be replaced. Spent over $1000 doing that and it worked okay for about a year. Then headlights started going out again and brake tlights as well. Not once a week, but still about once a month or every other month. Recently my drivers window stopped working and I couldn't control the master switch to lock my car or roll up my windows. The cluster panel in the door needed to be replaced. Also, had two sensors that needed to be replaced because my 4 wheel drive, parking brake, and crusie control would stop working all at once and the lights would be lit up on the dashboard. I wasnt' able to use any of them until the sensor was replaced. Also the power shorted out in my side mirros, so I can't adjust the mirrors with the control or they start tiliting back and forth like crazy on their own. I have to get out of the car and adjust them manually. GM needs to do a recall, this car is not safe and I will not be buying a GM car while I look for a new car soon.

- Grand Rapids , MI, USA

problem #48

Jan 142014

Trailblazer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,500 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving at an unknown speed, the low and high beam lights failed on the vehicle. The failure occurred two M ore time. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 112,500. Updated 09/16/14

- Altair, TX, USA

problem #47

Mar 172014


  • 100,000 miles
The speedometer gauge went down to 0, while I was on hwy traveling at 55 mph. My speedometer currently isn't working and gas gauge is not working to. Why isn't there a recall on this? the lightening will go out to and don't want to come back on some times.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

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