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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,094 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 windows / windshield problems

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2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments

problem #12

Aug 232014


  • 115,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the windows failed to open. In addition, the contact stated that when attempting to open the front passenger's side window, the window independently opened and closed. The failure occurred on four occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the master power switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000.

- Cleveland , OH, USA

problem #11

Oct 162013


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. While driving various speeds, the front driver side power door lock and window failed to activate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic on numerous occasions. The vehicle was repaired, but the cause of the failure was unknown. The failure recurred after the repair was performed. The vehicle was not repaired for the most recent failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 91,000.

- Sussex , NJ, USA

problem #10

Mar 192014

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Starting up my car last Wednesday morning, I went to roll my window down on the drivers side and there was a hesitation then it stopped and I smelled something burning.from that point forward I was no longer able to roll my window down or up and lost all functions from that contact looking thru the varies recalls for this vehicle I noticed the recall for the drivers door module in 2006,2007. If this recall initiated with the 2005 Trailblazer in 08/12, why is this model not included in the recall"??" why will I have to pay the $400 in repairs somehow this doesn't seem ethical. Especially if you knew this was happening in the 2005 Chevy Trailblazer...I am sure I am preaching to the choir but maybe you can provide me with incite as to the logic!!!!!!!!

- Jamesville, NY, USA

problem #9

Feb 102014

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 96,100 miles


I was driving down the highway in a rainy state with the driver's window partially cracked. Water began dripping in onto the driver window control panel, so I closed the window. A few minutes later I went to roll down my window and none of the controls worked. There was a faint electrical burning smell. All four window controls on the panel would no longer function as well as the heated seat buttons. The door lock still functioned as well as the window lock out button. I'm just glad this happened with the window up. Swapping the passenger side door control panel with the driver's side door control panel allows you to raise and lower the window, so it is the control panel that is defective. I see that the 2006 and 2007 models were recalled for this due to fires, but no recall exists for the 2005 fires as fires haven't been reported yet.

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #8

Aug 272013

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
The window and lock controls on the driver door handle just stopped working leaving my window open. It is not a fuse. I began looking for other issues online and have come across this issue on earlier model Trailblazers. I am in a cold climate as the other recall is applicable to.

- Alden, NY, USA

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problem #7

Jul 112013

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 91,800 miles
Driver side master power window switch does not work the driver side window at all! out of the blue this stopped working. Further research shows that the 2006-2007 models were recalled not the 2005! really, this car is "currently registered in a cold weather state which uses salt to clear the roads" (direct quote from General Motors and Isuzu recall 258,000 SUVS, the associated press, August 19, 2012) since 12/2005 which is when the vehicle was purchased. Just because my vehicle did not have a fire "yet" but I have the "exact" problem which arose before these vehicles did catch fire, mine is not recalled? not only was the transmission recalled in 2008, I had a problem with the "blower motor" not working when you turn on the heat. You could only turn on the heat to no. 4. the truck was taken for service on 1/10/06, 1/30/06, 2/7/06 and 2/17/06 which was not even 2 mo. After purchasing said vehicle before the problem was corrected. In 11/06 the "fuel pump module" was replaced and covered "only" because I had the extended warranty and I had to pay the $100 deductible, because I had gas but it was not registering. Again, I continue to have this problem. When calling GM on 7/24/13 about the window switch recall, I now find out that there is a "special coverage" for the "fuel level sensor". this is covered until 7/24/14, per GM (866-694-6546), unless you have more than 120,000 something miles. Was not sure of the mileage exactly since mine is below that figure. The window switch is a serious malfunction that needs to be covered in "all years" of this vehicle. While sitting at a red light with your foot on the brake, the vehicle will just rev up and want to take off. I guess this isn't a "big deal" either. You can't even listen to the radio to distract you with all these problems going on because the radio only comes out of "one" speaker! go figure, it is GM!

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #6

Aug 062012


  • 91,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that when it rained water would entered the driver's door module and caused the power door lock, power mirror, keyless entry, and power windows to malfunctioned. The contact was informed of a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 12V406000 (visibility:power window devices and controls) for the 2006 model experiencing the same problem. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages was 91,000.

- Clio, MI, USA

problem #5

Mar 122012

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
I have the same issue as the 2006, 2007 Trailblazer recall of August 2012. The door module shorted out.

- San Andreas, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 012010

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
While driving the, window switch began to smoke so I physically removed the switch and have since not had power window access on the passenger side front door. The cost to replace was too great and at the bottom of the priority list. More recently, maybe 2 months ago, the driver side switch showed signs of the same results after a smell of burning electronics and heat to the touch so I simply unplugged the switch all together. The cost to replace these switches is quite significant and have not had any luck with Chevrolet in the past with complaints so I figured I would wait until I had a little extra money to replace these switches. On the news today I heard the end of a report and only caught the words GM and window switches so I came home and searched and came across so articles involving 2006 models. That is how I came across this website. I would very much hate to find out that the company does not know the problem exists further than 2006. An unrelated problem I encountered with the vehicle, which was quite unnerving, was that the third brake light assembly came off while driving on a local highway at @ 65 mph approximately 2 years ago. The fixture became un attached from the passenger side and was "flapping" off the driver's side. Only for a matter of time, I'm sure. Luckily our family was being followed by another family and they notified us by cell phone and we were able to remove the fixture without incident on the shoulder. It would have caused serious problems without doubt had it come completely off. When we notified the dealership, they told us we were out of our warranty and were on our own. Thank you for taking the time to try to make our highways safer!

- Glenside, PA, USA

problem #3

Feb 092008

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,723 miles
Front passenger window stuck in down position. Would not roll up.

- Loomis, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 112006

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,500 miles
: the contact stated while driving at night, the headlights dim and flicker on and off. This occurred intermittently without warning. The front passenger power window rubs against the door frame and intermittently fails to close. The dealership replaced the alternator; however no further inspections have been made. The manufacturer has been alerted.

- Skokie, IL, USA

problem #1

Mar 012006

Trailblazer 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Our new SUV (gsa vehicle) has a windshield that slopes at to steep of an angle. The rearview mirror is stuck on the glass almost in the middle of the windshield severely compromising my forward to right side visibility. What were the engineers thinking" also, the vehicle lacks power window safety switches that could choke a child if they stood on them with their head out the window. I thought these switches were outlawed years ago"

- Omaha, NE, USA

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