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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,589 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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 042011


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact was driving 35 mph when the ABS warning light illuminated and the brakes malfunctioned. The contact had to pump the brakes and shift the vehicle into a lower gear to slow the vehicle down. There was also an abnormal increase in stopping distance. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where the dealer diagnosed the vehicle as having a faulty ABS module. The dealer replaced the ABS module. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Lincoln Park, MI, USA

problem #5

Dec 082010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph on a slippery road, the brake pedal extended to the floorboard when depressed. The vehicle went into a ditch as a result and rolled over twice, ending upside down. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was destroyed. The current and failure mileages were unknown.

- Wallyville, WV, USA

problem #4

Nov 072008


  • miles
The third brake light on my 2005 Chevy Trailblazer works yet the other two brake lights do not. The bulbs have been replaced and that is not the issue. Also, the headlights flicker to high beam at night for no reason. No one seems to know the issue.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 292006

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,536 miles


Purchased 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer ls Oct.28 06. Since then, to date, veh. Has been in shop (dealership 4X). 1. brake repair. All 4 calipers were replaced. This vehicle had only 22,000. Miles. In shop very 1st week of purchase. 2. been complaining of flickering lights. Was handed a GMC printout stating they did not know cause. So therefore the dealership, hood Chevrolet, covington la. Could not do anything about it. 3. complained of engine acceleration while applying brake, coming to a stop or a slow speed in a parking lot. Fear that I may crash into someone. Received printout from GM stating this was normal. But I see this is a hazard. 4. complained of seat belt "riding" on the neckline, restricting blood flow in left artery on neck. I see this a major problem. I commute 26 miles one way to work at a hospital. I thought I would be safer driving my Trailblazer, now I fear for my life. 5. complained of popping on front end. Service had to order sway links and replace. Did not solve problem, still have frontal popping while turning left or right, reverse and forward. It is progressively getting worse. Found out GM certified tech. Did not properly align calibers when installed. I have paid to much for this $23,000. Lemon. Action should be taken. Sarah dykes, bogalusa Louisiana.

- Bogalusa, LA, USA

problem #2

Aug 152005


  • miles
My Chevy Trailblazer 2005 has been giving me problems not much after of leasing the SUV on 3/25/05. Not sure what day was when I got into the accident in August but it was cause do to the brakes. When backing up, I hit into my brother's truck and I couldn't stop so I kept on smashing more into my brother's truck. Not lately I am having eletrical problems too. My engine light comes on and when it does the whole SUV shakes badly. Don't understand why all of these problems are happening. I just want to get out of this lease and live!

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 142005

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving on I-93 North in MA I had to make an emergency stop to avoid an a rear end collision there was no contact with anything about a mile or two beyond that point there were people blowing horn and yelling I was on fire I went from the left travel lane to the breakdown lane and stopped upon exiting the vehicle the pass side had flames showing from under the car I walked around the front of the car and saw flames and dripping fire from the inside of the right wheel.the car "melted " down to the steel frame.

- Barnstead, NH, USA

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