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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 35
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,239 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer electrical problems

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2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer Owner Comments (Page 3 of 9)

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problem #133

Sep 012014

Trailblazer 8-cyl

  • miles


Letter from senator cardin on behalf of constituent re GM recall. 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The consumer stated her Chevrolet Trailblazer, cut off in the middle of the road. She was informed, her vehicle was not included in the ignition switch recall... updated 10/01/14

- White Marsh, MD, USA

problem #132

Aug 182014

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 128,000 miles
Driver window was down approximately 2 inches and would not go back up. None of the electrical parts on the driver side will work. I called the dealership that sent the recall notice to schedule an appointment. He said they would not have the recall parts to repair the problem until the fall. Said they would charge $100 to run the diagnostics. Called another Chevrolet dealership and they will have to order the parts, if indeed the recall is the problem. The window went all the way down by itself, with no key in the ignition, today. There is also a very strong electrical burning smell in the car. I will have to leave the car outside, because the recall says do not park in the garage because of a fire, with the window down all night.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #131

Jul 162014

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
Some times fuel gauge reads empty and some times reads full and still it may a third empty or 16 gallons full.

- Kernville, CA, USA

problem #130

Aug 082014


  • 102,000 miles


Re reference to recall subject : driver's master power window switch may short this also can cause the entire drivers door panel to become unusable (dead) causing the drivers door to become unlockable from the inside you have to use a key from the outside to unlock the door or climb over the console to exit the passenger side. This could be a real hazard in and accident.

- Hesston, KS, USA

problem #129

Aug 052014

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
I had the recall for the door window master control taken care of about 9 months- 1 year ago. Today, the window or door lock did not work on the driver's side. When I attempted to try the power mirror adjust, the window went down and smoke came from the door panel. I contacted GM and they told me it was pretty much tough luck because they already took care of the recall. I was told that I could take it to a GM dealer to have it fixed but I would have to pay for it. Really" I'm guessing the module was bad and corroded when I took it in for the recall. The recall states that if the window works, seal the problem area and send them on their way. At the time of the recall, the window and other components did work but now the original problem is showing up. I was not allowed to watch recall work being done but obviously this problem resulted from liquid leaking in at one time and causing damage. It just took for today to show up and cause a problem. My interior stinks of burnt plastic. My window is partially down and can not be adjusted. I've read online forums consisting of the same symptoms that I experienced today with my Trailblazer. If this was just a random problem or something caused from my use or negligence, I would man up and take care of this on my own... but it's not. GM used a band aid to take care of this problem and somebody will end up getting hurt or burned yet. I have a prosthetic leg and what if the door locks were locked shut and the thing started on fire" GM listened as I [xxx] about it but didn't have much to offer for a solution. I will take it to a local Chevrolet dealer for their "diagnosis" on a faulty switch and workmanship. It will be interesting to hear what they have to say. I'm very disappointed in what happened today and the stench in my vehicle. I don't want anybody to get hurt but that seems to be the way anything gets solved. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Melrose, WI, USA

problem #128

Nov 012012


  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 13V248000 (electrical system, visibility) was performed in November of 2013 however the failure was not corrected. The driver's side door and window failed. The driver's side door failed to open or lock with the electronic lock system and the window could not be opened with the lock system. The dealer advised that the control module failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 39,000. The VIN was not available.

- Wellington , KY, USA

problem #127

May 022014

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 133,486 miles


I filled the vehicle up to full with gasoline. The bell chimed shortly thereafter and low fuel light, and warning came on showing low fuel. A few days later the check engine light came on. I received a notice from GM in 2013 about a possible problem with early wear of the fuel sensor causing this problem. They covered the expense of repair up to 120,000 miles. We now have 134,000 miles on this vehicle and the problem just came up, so will not be covered by GM. I have read many complaints about this problem with the Trailblazer online, so I know the problem has been identified by GM. I cannot afford the repair at this time and believe GM is not recalling this fuel sensor problem as they should be doing.

- Marble Falls , TX, USA

problem #126

Jul 082013

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • miles
I can smell as if something burning, on different occasion.the headlights would randomly shut off, while driving. I would switch to high beam in order to see. The back hatch window, locks when it wants to. The airbag indicator lights come on and stay on awhile. The vehicle will stall and then accelerate at times. The tire pressure lights, does not come on when pressure is low. The check engine light comes on, and stay on awhile, and then goes off, and comes back on. The climate control heater system blows cold air. At one time the key would not come out of the ignition. Had to continue to giggle the key to get it out of ignition. Noticed my headlights did not come on when I used the remote entry to unlock or lock the door. The windows stall when going up or down. I have contacted GM, but they are telling me that my make, model and year are not part of the current recall. And that the letter they sent me, was to purchase warranty for the vehicle. I feel that this vehicle is not safe due to this electrical problems.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #125

Jan 112007


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the headlights illuminated intermittently as the bolt meter gauge reading fluctuated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they were unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Manchester, PA, USA

problem #124

Jun 052014

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
Vehicle stalls and shuts down everyday. Sometimes just stalls then accelerates, sometimes shuts off and I can switch to neutral and restart while coasting. Other times I get shutdown warning light and engine will not restart. I have to coast to the shoulder and wait. Engine will then struggle to restart and engine shakes violently. I wait a few minutes and it will start and run fine, sometime with check engine light on, sometimes not. RPM gauge works sometimes, sometimes not. At time there has been no response when turning key to start. On going issue!! crankshaft position sensor has been replaced 3 times, and issue still persist. Major safety issue!!

- Fort Worth , TX, USA

problem #123

Mar 102014


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated while driving approximately 40 mph, the entire instrument panel illuminated and the vehicle suddendly accelerated. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who repaired the vehicle however, the replacement parts were unknown. The repair failed to remedy the issue. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #122

Dec 012013

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
I have been experiencing problems with my drivers door main control panel for operating windows, locks and mirror control. This panel will work intermittently and now its is not working more than it is working I cannot unlock drivers door when not functioning unless I enter thru passenger door. Cannot open windows nor can I adjust my mirrors. I have contacted GM, but they are telling me that my make, model and year are not part of the current recall. I purchased this vehicle last November from a used car dealer.I feel that this vehicle is not safe due to this electrical problem...

- Webster, MA, USA

problem #121

Mar 062014


  • 121,000 miles
My car just shut off as I was driving on the highway. Luckily I was able to pull over. It took about 10 minutes for it to restart. This could have been a very bad outcome, but luckily I was in the inside lane and able to pull over.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #120

Apr 192014

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • miles
My key will not come out of the ignition causing me to leave the keys in there.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #119

Mar 282014


  • 50,000 miles
Gas gauge now has frozen all of a sudden after 50,000 miles. I filled up my tank full, started the Trailblazer, and the gas gauge only says tank is 1/4 full!!! " the check engine light goes on and off along with the ABS and stabilitrak lights. Sometimes they are frozen and stay on for days. I understand there are alot of problems with the electrical system on these vehicles! ? unfortunately! :-( and now......the gas gauge too???!!! this does not make me happy! always loved Chevy vehicles! I don't know about anymore! how to rectify the gas gauge???"

- Cudahy, WI, USA

problem #118

Feb 202014


  • 64,000 miles
Drivers door module malfunctions, windows can go down but can not control up on rear window. I was told by GM and dealer that it is not covered by recall NHTSA #12V406000 or #13V248000, GM #12180. I was never notified of this recall even though the Trailblazer was originally purchased when I lived in Indiana and NHTSA 12V406000 covers this. They want me to pay for the repair.

- Post Falls, ID, USA

problem #117

Mar 252010


  • 65,100 miles
While driving on 96 freeway, my SUV shut off without warning. Ever since then it continued to shut off at random times. Had the ignition switch replace and would like to be refunded for the repairs. I just seen on the fox news that General Motors is recalling vehicles of my year that's why I'm reporting.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #116

Jan 072014

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • miles
We were on our way to a doctors appointment early morning. We were slowing down for a red traffic light and alarms went off and Trailblazer went dead !! in the middle of road. Rush hour traffic, everything cut off !! now we can not get it to run. It starts up and run maybe 20 minutes then shuts off !! what can we do with it ?

- Eastover, SC, USA

problem #115

Dec 082013

Trailblazer 6-cyl

  • 71,839 miles
Drivers door window regulator want out. This vehicle has a recall #12180 for door switch replacement which fluid can enter drivers door and can cause shorts.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #114

Sep 022013


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that a fire started in the cabin while the vehicle was unoccupied. The fire and police department was summoned and a police and fire report was filed. The manufacturer dispatched investigators who found that the fire started due to the failing of the electrical components in the passenger's side front door panel. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000.

- Sayreville, NJ, USA

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