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:
82,209 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.

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2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments

problem #9

Dec 022013

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


While driving at about 60mph my ABS light came on an my car started jerking as the anti lock brakes kicked in. I let up off the gas but as soon as I applied the gas it continued, I then pulled over to turn the engine off I let it sit for about 5 min an started it back up an it was fine. This has happened several times over, an usually when I am going at a higher rate of speed. I would say it has happened at least 10X in the past year.

- Pekin, IL, USA

problem #8

Jun 012013


  • 135,000 miles
The summer of 2013 I had it brought to my attention that my driver side brake light would fail to light up as the brake was applied. I tried changing the bulb but that proved to not be the problem as it still failed to light up. The following summer the same thing happened with the passenger side brake light. I am unsure if it is an electrical problem or a sensor that has gone bad. I can only assume that it is an electrical problem due to the fact that the back windshield wiper stopped working due to electrical issues.

- Waite Park , MN, USA

problem #7

May 012014

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
My wife, daughter and myself were driving on Idaho state highway 70, a narrow, winding, two-lane road with little to no shoulder, when the motor stopped and ilost all power-brakes, steering etc. I was fortunately able to steer the car over to a wide spot on the shoulder and stop. I was unable to re-start the Blazer and called aaa to have it hauled to knudtsen Chevrolet in coeur D'alene, Idaho. In another half hour we would have been driving 70 mph on interstate and the outcome could have been disasterous if the car had failed then in high volume traffic. The next day I was advised by knudtsen that the ignition switch was the problem. I wrote a follow-up letter to the owner and the service manager called a few days later indicating that since my warranty had expired neither GM nor knudtsen could help me with the $268 charge for replacing the switch. Since then I have been told GM and knudtsen would split the cost three ways since I was a long-time customer (three Blazer). I have not yet received any reimbursement as of this date. Is this possibly another car which should be on the recall list?

- Post Falls, ID, USA

problem #6

Jul 012013

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 60,321 miles


When I was driving downhill on curvy road, I applied the brakes during a turn and the power steering had activated my anti-lock brakes. It kept happening on every turn and when I took my car to a shop they had to replace a steering angle sensor.

- Scotts Valley, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 312013

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 157,000 miles
Started by truck, the brakes and ABS lights came on, also engine light. After turning off and wait a few minutes, I restarted my truck. Lights were off. I drive approx 33 miles to work everyday. When I arrived to work, as I was parking it sounded like my brakes were grinding and hard to move my truck. It became difficult to drive it, like something was holding it back. When I was leaving to go home, nothing, everything seemed ok. Approx 5 minutes before getting home, I was at a light and when I push the gas to go, the noise came back and it was very hard to get my truck to move. Finally got it home, I told my son what happened, he took it for a drive and nothing. For the next few days only here and there maybe I would hear the grinding noise and hard to move my truck. Yesterday 4/15/2013, I was going home and stop at light, my tuck did not move again, light something stopping it from moving. When it started moving the noise is so loud that it sounds like the whole bottom of my truck going to fall off. My truck was in the shop for the recall of sensor for window, they inspected the vehicle and I have a inspection that my truck was in the green for all, new rotors, new brakes all good. So I looked online and I can see that I am not the only person who is having this problem, but I do not see it on this sight. I am scared... do you know anything about this?

- Severn, MD, USA

problem #4

Jun 152011

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
This has happened to me 4 times in the last year and a half first time at a red light it turned green I was the only car at the light when I hit the gas it felt like someone rear ended me look no one behind me then the rear brakes were locked up I drove it 1/4 of a mile and they unlocked them selves I drove to my dealer told them he looked it up said there was a service bulletin about that took my Blazer in for a oil change an I supposed looked at the brakes then about 6 months later the same thing and it felt like some one rear ended me again but no one there behind me..then about a month ago in July the same thing at a red lite and I had 3 senior citizens in the Blazer when they all thought some one ran into the rear of me but no one was behind me the rear brakes only stayed locked up maybe 300 yards and then released..then today at a stop sign 8-16-2012 same thing then all kind of noise going to the doctors office about 1/4 of a mile away got into the parking lot an the drive shaft fell out at the front of the trans here both bars trailing arms at the rear axle broke had to have it towed the Chevrolet dealership(greenwood) in austintown Ohio I have 43000 miles on it and bought it new at greenwood Chevrolet.

- Austintown, OH, USA

problem #3

Jul 122012

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 125,556 miles


Rear brake lights keep going and having to change them bi weekly.

- Torrance , CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 062012


  • 80,000 miles
Stabilitrak/ABS engaging randomly while driving at regular and highway speeds!!!! while driving on the highway at 60mph stabilitrak light comes on, vehicle reduces speed, I can not accelerate, loud grinding sound from front end, vibration felt from brake pedal when I tried to depress the brakes. I had to pull over turn the vehicle off and restart. Very dangerous and scary situation semi was behind me and had to swerve to the other lane to avoid hitting me!!!!

- Glenwood, IL, USA

problem #1

Jun 052012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that the stability light illuminated on the instrument panel and the brakes unexpectedly engaged. The contact was traveling 60 mph when the failure occurred and the vehicle decelerated to 30 mph before the brakes released. The failure occurred on more than one occasion. The contact stated that the dealer replaced the yaw sensor, but that did not correct the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 82,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Chicago , IL, USA

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