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 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,668 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 (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #10

Mar 242012


  • miles


I was in my vehicle and went to roll my window down and started smelling a burning smell and my windows started going crazy, going up and down. I tried the switches to the rest of then windows and none of them work.

- Blue Mound, IL, USA

problem #9

Mar 062012

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 158,000 miles
The driver and passenger side began to go up and down without me touching it. The driver side mirror also would not function. I was told that it was the master power switch that needed to be replaced. Again I had to pay out of pocket for something that GM should cover. I just want GM to own up to this defect and offer reimbursement for this repair. Updated 7/11/12 updated 07/17/12

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #8

Jul 292010

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 139,000 miles
When I started care on above date I smelt something hot looked under hood saw nothing. After entering car realized the electric window control switches on driver side was the issue it was hot and smoldering. Smoke by then was entering car. I pulled over and called a friend mechanic who took the melted part out and unplugged electric wires. I was told it would cost $1500 to replace and do not have that kind of money.

- Albany, OR, USA

problem #7

Feb 142011

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 99,000 miles


Power window switch melted and scorched door driver side.

- Pinetop, KY, USA

problem #6

Aug 042011

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
PE12003 my Trailblazer 06 window automatically went up and I could smell burning, I made the kids get out of the car and I had my dad search. The door panel was popped off, the switch had melted and burned a hole into the white insulation, now nothing works on the Trailblazer driver side door. I notified the cac and sent pictures. They told me there was no recall on the vehicle. I don't have the money to get it fixed so it is still not functioning. Updated 6/26/12

- Utica, OH, USA

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problem #5

Jan 252011

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
I noticed an article on fox news about an investigation regarding door fires. I would like to report that issue happening to me about a year ago. The problem started intermittently where the window/door switches would not work. After dealing with that problem for a couple of months I got in my truck one morning and could tell it smelled like an electrical fire. From that point none of the windows or door locks worked and I could see some brown discoloration that had come up between the door and the panel for the door switches on the drivers side door. I pulled the switch panel up and there was a hole on the side of the switch panel and part of the plug was melted where the very small fire had occurred. I ordered a new switch panel from a dealer and had the dealer flash it so it would work in my truck and so far so good. I may have the old switch panel in my garage if needed for anything.

- Bloomington, MN, USA

problem #4

Sep 102011

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles


While driving my 2006 Chevy Trailblazer I noticed the strong smell of an electric fire. Almost immediately after noticing the smell smoke began to come out of the door panel on the drivers side. By the time we were able to pull off the road onto a side street (about 30 seconds) the smell and smoke had increased considerably. We had the vehicle towed to a repair shop and we were told the drivers side window switch went bad and caught fire. We had to have the electrical replaced on the entire driver's side of the vehicle. I noticed that this same issue has been reported by others for Chevy Trailblazer's of the same model year and would request this issue continue to be investigated in the event a recall is necessary. Updated 6/26/12

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #3

Feb 072012

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 58,579 miles
2006 Trailblazer 4WD. The driver's side window become erratic during operation at first. Then entire electrical system was affected over next day or two, including making door locks operate on their own, heard electrical crackling sounds in door and dashboard. Smelled electrical fire fumes slightly once. Engine warning light came on, followed by light warning that stabilatrak had issues. Took it into Chevrolet dealership (harbor, 9911 w 300 N, Michigan city, in. Phone (219) 210-4266.) after the service department investigated, they reported that the issue was a burned out drivers door module that had obvious charring on it. The service tech noted on invoice sheet that he found the engine light was indicating a P0171 diagnostic issue which he traced to the "failed/shorted" driver door module. The solution was to replace the module and program the new module. The next day after getting back the vehicle, the engine warning light came on again. A check by me using my obd unit shows that once again the P0107 is the issue. I have also again heard crackling in the door, but no electrical issues seen thus far. Will be heading back to dealership first chance that I get. Cost of the unit replacement was $524.62.

- Michigan City, IN, USA

problem #2

Jan 262012

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • miles
I smelled something burning and tried to roll my window down with no success. I have a friend who is a mechanic, remove the master switch from the door. There burn marks and melting on the plastic outside components. I am fearful that this could have caught fire and me or someone in my family would become seriously injured or worse. And who is to say that is would not do it again if the piece was only replaced. I feel this should be seriously looked at by Chevrolet before something tragic happens.

- Germantown, OH, USA

problem #1

Mar 012011

Trailblazer 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. Consumer states problem with brakes and traction control light illuminating. The consumer the ABS would activate when making right turns. Several components were replaced, but the consumer continued to experience problems. The blower resistor was replaced due to it only working on high. The engine light illuminated, the fuel sensor was not working, the heat was inoperative, there were noise/creaks coming from the steering wheel when driving slow and making turns, the power windows and heated seats stopped working, the fuel gauge was inaccurate, the 4-wheel drive switch had to replaced, the seat belt was difficult to fasten, the head lights and tail lights sockets burned out, the fan for the heater and defroster stopped working, the transmission would not down shift properly and eventually had to be replaced, the ignition switch didn't always work and the key would sometimes get stuck.

- Branson, MO, USA

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