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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,000 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 102009


  • 18,000 miles


At 7:55 a.M. on the morning of 12/10/09 in St. Paul, mn, I went out to my 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer (approx. 18,000 miles) and opened the rear hatch (the entire door, not just the door glass) to remove a snow brush. The temperature was -5F and the windchill was reported at -20F. After removing the brush, I began to close the hatch when I heard what sounded like glass breaking. As the hatch latched closed, I noticed broken glass everywhere and the two window struts were broken away from the glass. Upon further inspection, the entire back window was broken. It was "spider-webbed" and pieces of glass were slowly separating on their own. This is the first time this has ever happened to this vehicle. Later that day, I took the car to a nearby Chevrolet dealer. I was informed that the damage was not covered under warranty. I was told that they have never seen window strut rods lock up in an extended position. They said that if they lock, it's likely to occur in the collapsed position. But one of the mechanics told me that he has seen incidents where the strut rods locked up in the extended position, but he said it wouldn't have caused the glass to break. I asked what caused the problem and nobody had an answer for me. I had the glass and struts replaced for approximately $1,100. In looking on the internet, I found several testimonials by people who had very similar incidents happen to them (I.e rear hatch glass shattering) involving GMC Envoy, Chevy Tahoe and Chevy Trailblazers. So while this may be a rare incident, it's certainly not a one-of-A-kind incident. So how many more times can I expect this to happen to me if Chevy is saying it's not a design flaw and they are not at fault? if it was caused by the cold weather, it's only December and the worst temperatures in Minnesota are still two months away.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

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