2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer LS 4.3 Vortec from North America
Avoid at all costs, there is a reason GM discontinued this line
Ticking noise evident upon purchase, not a big deal, but annoying.
Fan clutch went out at about 70,000 miles, which is completely common.
Water pump has been replaced 3 times.
Dash lights going out.
Speakers stopped working.
Thermostat is out.
Mass airflow sensor out.
Oxygen sensors need to be replaced.
Factory CD player is broken ($250 to fix via GM).
Transmission is slipping.
Heater/AC intermittently loses power.
It started out a good truck, I like the way it handles and accelerates. It tows well and is comfortable to ride in.
However, at this point it's going to nickle and dime me to death. I wouldn't purchase another mid-size SUV from Chevy again. I upgraded to a Yukon, as they are built better, and although more expensive, it's a more popular make and the kinks are worked out.
The fan clutch issue is a KNOWN issue. GM refuses to issue a recall, but they do know it exists. If you need something cheap, for short term, buy a used Trailblazer, but if you need something to last you with minimal repairs, this is not your truck.
If I don't sell it soon, I risk having to replace the transmission, which will cost nearly half of what the car is worth.
Oh, and for something as small as it is, you would think gas mileage would be better. At 15 miles to the gallon, my 2010 Yukon gets better gas mileage, with a V-8.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th January, 2012
I agree with you wholeheartedly. I had two, and they were both bad choices. So much for thinking the first one was a fluke or a lemon. I do have to say though I was getting around 24 mpg on the highway with both of mine, which was pretty awesome for a full framed SUV. Maybe you have more troubles than you think if you are down to 15mpg. I would get that kind of mileage with my 18 foot boat on the back, pulling in third gear.