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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,267 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 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 222012


  • 59,800 miles


While driving on expressway spare tire mounted under vehicle dropped was swinging, cable that held tire rusted and gave way. Called GM not responsible vehicle not under warranty.

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 222011

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • miles
There is a potential safety issue related to the spare tire winch of GM vehicles that have an underside mounted spare tire. I used my winch for the first time and found it difficult to lower the tire from the underside of the vehicle. Yes, I had to break out the owner's manual in order to figure out the secondary release! when the service station went to put it back up, they told me the winch was defective and needed to be replaced. I took it to the dealership and they agreed. I'm claiming that this is a common issue and a design flaw. GM is saying it is "normal" wear & tear. I'm having a hard time swallowing this since it has only been used once. Now they are claiming "environmental" factors and rust, caused by salt in my state. They are pointing to some loophole in the manual to deny responsibility. Understand that I'm outside of the 3/36 warranty, but still believe the company should stand behind their product and take ownership for this flaw. If this area is prone to rust and has a history of failing (as indicated on my automotive forums), what is to keep the spare tire from flying off during operation of the vehicle. If this spare will not snug up to the underside of the body, it seems that hitting a bump could cause the tire to break free or one of the "rusted" components could cause it to drop expectantly. I have tried numerous times to get this resolved through my local dealer and GM's customer care division, but they refuse to take responsibility for a poor design.

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #1

Jul 082011

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Gas gauge shows empty, then full then empty again check engine light always on, also cable holding spare tire, rusted while driving tire hanging.

- Macomb, MI, USA

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