2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Reviews - Page 5 of 19

2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer LT ? gas from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission ? gas Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carFord Expedition

Summary:

Nice vehicle but terrible gas mileage

Faults:

Brakes are very unreliable. They tend to get "spongy" when the car is cold. I have had brake failure twice when 4WD is engaged, fortunately brakes eventually engaged and no accident occured. Have had to have the rotors replaced once and the pads replaced twice and they are due for replacement again. I have run the car less than 20,000 miles.

Most recently, I have a loud roaring noise when car is in gear. I have been told this is a fan clutch problem. Dealer reprogrammed and it did no good at a cost of $68. Dealer quote for replacement $634. Private garage quote about $300. I have a call into GM for "good will" help with repair (through dealer). Why is there no recall on this problem? It seems to be very prevalant in the Trailblazer model.

General Comments:

Other than the constant repairs needed on this vehicle and the terrible mileage (10 mpg in town), I like my Trailblazer. It is comfortable for me. I have a bad back and the lumbar support is wonderful. It is a fun car to drive when it runs, unfortunately I can't afford to drive it very much!!!

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

Review Date: 19th March, 2008

12th Nov 2008, 11:35

Did you hear back from GM on the fan clutch issue? I have the same issue and it sounds like a fan belt knocking around when I start up the vehicle.

Have you had any issues with the radio freezing up?

2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer LTZ 4.2 from France

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.2 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 kilometres
Most recent distance98000 kilometres
Previous carKia Sportage

Summary:

It is a good product

Faults:

Only defects, the painting of the buttons on the radio, and the commands on the steering wheel have deteriorated.

The suspension is soft.

General Comments:

Here, this model is adapted to the Liquefied Petrol Gas (LPG and Gasoline). It keeps the bi-carburation (dual mode), the performance is not decreased in LPG mode.

This conversion is made by a garage affiliated to the "Comité Francais du Butane et du Propane". (CFBP - http://www.cfbp.fr). The tax system in France produces great interest in the conversion of this mid-size truck to LPG.

It gives a consumption in LPG mode of 15 liters for 100Km.

In gasoline mode, the consumption is 13.5 liters for 100Km.

In France, in March 2008, the LPG costs 0.70€ / Litre. It remains financially reasonable.

The gasoline costs 1.45€ / Litre, it is much less interesting, but is useful when the LPG tank is empty.

40,000km later on the roads of France, no particular problem.

The vehicle is powerful and smooth, and runs very well in any event.

The passengers feel at ease, and the comfort is very correct.

The handling is remarkable, on twisty roads and on freeways.

At present, the parity Euro/dollar and the arrival on the European market of the American vehicles, allows one to benefit from advantageous prices.

In conclusion, it is a good product and I recommend it to those who value comfort, safety and power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2008

2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer LS 3.2 liter V6 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.2 liter V6 Automatic
Distance when acquired64000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Its OK

Faults:

Fan Clutch.

General Comments:

I just wanted to add to all the comments about the fan clutch going out. Mine just did, but a little f.y.i. to save everyone $ I bought the fan clutch at auto zone for 200.00 dollars, and the labor from a local mechanic was only 100.00 dollars. Do not go to a dealer for this problem; they will charge you a lot of money. Chevrolet refuses to recall this item, which causes all these complaints. I think they should. I knew it was the fan clutch due to this web site; thank you everyone for your info. My problem was just like everyone else's. At first my engine sounded like a "jet engine" on and off. Then it was constant for about two days and my service engine soon light came on. The mechanic plugged it in to the computer system and it read out the code that indicates fan clutch high. Now my car is running fine and no more SES light.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd March, 2008

2nd Mar 2008, 22:15

This website does provide some very helpful info. You were very smart to buy the fan clutch and have someone install it rather than the dealer. Dealer charges are outrageous.

I'm a mechanic and I always urge people to buy a good repair manual on their particular car (such as Chilton's) and do your own repairs. Most repairs, such as your fan clutch and such things as brake pads are so simple you can do it yourself and save a lot. Most disc brake pads are so simple to replace that my wife can run out and replace them in half an hour.

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