Print this page Notes: The 2002-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer is known for many things, but perhaps it is most famous for its faulty fuel gauge.

This gauge flip-flops more than a politician during election season. Some report that the gauge says "empty" after a fill-up, while others report the gauge says "full" when they're running on fumes. Either way, there's one thing everyone seems to agree on: the darn thing is just wrong.

Following hundreds of complaints and a few accidents allegedly caused by the malfunction, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into the issue in May 2011. Unfortunately for frustrated owners, no recall has been announced.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,805 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.

2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer accessories - interior problems

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2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments

problem #5

May 272007


  • 1 miles


According to NHTSA campaign id number: 06V417000 and GM recall no. 06102 my vehicle should be included in this recall. When I tried calling the number listed 1-877-477-1022 it is a non working number. When I contacted Chevy customer service the person I spoke with was rather rude and not helpful.

- Nicholasville, KY, USA

problem #4

Mar 102007


  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the electrical system failed at least three times in the front passenger seat. Repairs were made under warranty; however, the last failure was the contact's liability. On a separate occasion, she heard a loud noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The manufacturer stated that there was a pinched wire issue with that particular year, make, and model vehicle that could affect other electrical components. The dealer made repairs, but the failure recurred within 48 hours. The dealer found wiring in a different area that failed and subsequently caused the failure of the front passenger seat. In addition, the exterior lights flickered intermittently, but the mechanic stated that the wiring would not cause that particular failure. The VIN was provided, but was not accepted by the system. The current and failure mileages were less than 43,000.

- Boring, OR, USA

problem #3

Jan 292007


  • 17,023 miles
Bought vehicle 8/10/05. Fifteen months later on 1/29/07, I had to replace the front seat adjuster actuator assembly on the driver side. The safety hazard is that I had to drive 3 weeks with pillows propped behind me & using my tip-toes on the gas and brake peddles until the part was replaced. The seat stopped working a few months ago and it took a week to get an appointment at the dealer. That week I had to drive with pillows propped behind me & using my tip-toes on the gas and brake peddles on the interstate to get to work. When they finally got it in the shop, there was nothing wrong with it. This morning getting ready to go to work, my seat did not work again. I drove to work using tip-toes and pillows. When I was leaving work, the seat worked. Having to rely on pillows and tip-toes because of an unreliable driver side front seat adjuster actuator assembly is an extreme safety hazard to myself and everyone around me.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #2

Sep 082008


  • 24,000 miles
While driving the 2005 Chevy Trailblazer, my wife smelled smoke. She pulled into a parking lot and opened the door - and the driver's seat proceeded to billow smoke. The police and fire departments responded - the seat was ripped out of the vehicle and the vehicle and seat were extinguished with foam - the vehicle had a powered driver's seat but not heated seats. The vehicle is currently in an auto body shop.

- New City, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 052005

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
New 2005 Chevy Trailblazer. The selt belt is built into the seat itself. When putting on the seat belt, it crosses over my neck and across the throat. Twice the seat belt has locked when over the neck and throat about choked me. The dealer, the service manager all agree that this is a safety issue, as the seat belt laying over my neck could in an accident break it. Called GM does not have any resoltion to the issue or offered any options. The dealer is trying to work this out and not getting any help from GM. Both the dealer and myself are getting the run around on this. Due to the safety issue with the seat belt I am concerned about driving the car. I am not sure what to do, GM or Chevy is not taking the dealer or myself that this is a serious safety issue. Been going on for over 3 weeks, without help. No one wants to take responsibility or provide help.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

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