2001 Chevrolet TrailBlazer LS Inline 6
Overall seems OK, but the acceleration sucks with the fan clutch problem
I'm an American currently working abroad in Saudi Arabia. In December 2007, I bought a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer from a USA used car importer. The SUV was shipped from the USA, USA made and USA owned. The SUV had 94000 miles on it at the time of purchase and now it has 99000.
After I took the car off the lot, I had it inspected by a independent mechanic and things were fine. I had the transmission and engine oil changed and I didn't hear any sounds. By January '08 I too started hearing ticking sounds, then a loud engine noise, and then my check engine light came on.
I immediately thought I was sold a lemon and wanted to get my $12,000 USD back from the sales place. Before I could arrange a meeting, the JET ENGINE NOISE under the hood became louder.
I sought advice from mechanics in Saudi whom all told me it was the fan clutch problem. It stayed on intermittently for weeks, and I finally had it replaced (with labor, for about $250 USD).
At 96000 miles I had to replace the fan clutch. The replacement part was from AC/Delco.
Now at 99000 miles I'm hearing the same jet engine noise again. When it happens, the car doesn't accelerate normal.
The sound comes and goes intermittently, but since I just had it replaced, I'm sure there's a manufacturing problem. This sucks.
Comfortable ride at times, but this fan clutch problem (as you all expressed) is a pain in the rear end.
GMC is respected in SAUDI ARABIA; however, they have just lost one customer.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th March, 2008