2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Reviews - Page 3 of 19

2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer LTZ 6 cylinder from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance126000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

The attemped upgrade from original Blazer failed due to poor workmanship. Wouldn't buy another. Ever

Faults:

Rear brake lights often burned out (recall fixed).

Fan clutch (sounded like an airplane, had the problem from the beginning, only when the engine was cold, dealer said that was normal. Cost me $600 to replace.

Outside air temp incorrect, causing the A/C not to cool properly. (external temp shows 19 degrees when the actual temp is 95, then gradually increases to 50, then the A/C works).

Rear wipers not working (had been intermittent, now not at all).

Cruise control works intermittent.

Spark plug wiring harness had to be replaced due to stalling.

Side mirrors do not hold settings.

Driver's seat motor sounds like it is running after car is turned off (no seat movement however).

Front right tires slowly lose air pressure after several replacement tires same problem - possible issue with wheel?

OnStar intermittent error lights, dealer couldn't find problem.

General Comments:

Most of the convenience issues (side mirrors, seats, etc.) had been worked on since under warranty, and the problems never really resolved. Very comfortable car otherwise.

Most of the problem sources are probably minor (sensors, etc.) but difficult to repair. Dealers in general have been happy to troubleshoot for additional costs, but never fix every issue in one visit, requiring new costs for each visit. I won't be taking the car back to a dealer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th September, 2008

2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer XLT Vortec V6 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Vortec V6 Don't Know
Most recent distance54000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

I like the car, but..

Faults:

Replaced thermostat at 30,000 miles.

Replaced front tires at 30,000 miles.

Replaced 4 wheel drive solenoid at 25,000 miles.

Replaced fan clutch at 50,000 miles.

General Comments:

Same trouble with the fan clutch as everybody else. My testimony should help any body that reads it before they have this part replaced on their vehicle.

I took the Trailblazer to my local dealer's service department to diagnose the loud noise coming from the engine compartment. He called me approx. 1 hour later and informed me that the fan clutch was partially locked up and that it must be replaced. He also informed me that the cost would be $767.00. I at that time contacted several other garages and got several different quotes ranging from $400 to $800. Due to my frustration, I contacted the dealer that had my vehicle and told him to make the repairs and that I would pick the vehicle up the next day. I then went online and found this web site.

After reading about the reimbursements that some had gotten and how much trouble it was to get reimbursed, I decided to contact GM before I paid for the repairs. After explaining the situation to the customer service agent, she contacted the dealership that had my vehicle, arranged a conference call between the three of us and we came to the agreement that I would pay only for the labor and GM would pick up the bill for the parts. So, the price of repair went from $767.00 to $312.00.

Moral of the story, "It Pays to get smart before you pay high dollar for repairs on your auto". Hope this helps.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th August, 2008

2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer LT Straight 6 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Straight 6 Automatic
Distance when acquired200 miles
Most recent distance81000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Caprice

Summary:

RECALLS

Faults:

I have had the same problem with my fan clutch as everyone else.

Today, I have a gas leak and the PLASTIC tank itself is $725.00 plus labor.

Also have had to have my rear door replaced because of rust.

My driver's side seat belt sticks as well. Dealer said it is designed to do that. LOL!

All on a vehicle that is only 6 years old.

I used to have a 91 Caprice and never had these kinds of problems.

I feel that GM should do a recall to assist the large number of people with these problems that I continually see online. Otherwise, I would have to consider purchasing a foreign vehicle the next time around.

By the way, my father retired from GM so I receive a discount when I purchase a GM product, but after this Trailblazer experience, I think I would be better off paying the full price on a foreign vehicle.

General Comments:

We want recalls!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th May, 2008

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 64 reviews