2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Reviews - Page 4 of 13

2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer LT 4.2 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.2 Automatic
Distance when acquired140 miles
Most recent distance66900 miles
Previous carChevrolet Malibu

Summary:

When this Trailblazer is working, the ride is smooth

Faults:

My driver's seat assembly fell out.

AC went out.

Blower speed for AC went out.

The moon roof leaks.

Engine fan clutch is bad. Was quoted $1,200 and $988 in one week to repair the clutch. Was charged $125 twice for the same problem. Extended warranty is out and I have 66900 miles. This problem should be a recall.

I will consider a foreign vehicle next time.

General Comments:

This Trailblazer was OK, and within five years problems began to show. I do not want another SUV. Maybe I will try a crossover vehicle from a foreign country with a warranty of 100,000 miles including the drive train.

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

Review Date: 30th January, 2009

2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer LTZ from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Don't Know

Summary:

More options than you need, built on junk engineering

Faults:

This truck is junk. Please everyone out there by listing your problems.

I bought this truck new, with every option. Immediately the A/C went; then the tail lights, then the fan clutch, then the gasket around the rear plate, then the brakes, then the front wheel bearings, and then the fuel pump. OMG, does GM think I am dumb?

General Comments:

Don't buy one.

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

Review Date: 20th November, 2008

2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT LT 4.2 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.2 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carToyota Tercel

Summary:

Fair

Faults:

Fan clutch was roaring when I got it and still is.

Mileage is horrible, I didn't realize what there problem was till I drove from KY to AZ towing a trailer. Figure it has cost me about $500 in gas already. Am going to hack the system rather than ante up to GM!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th September, 2008

16th Jun 2009, 15:49

2003 Trailblazer EXT with 5.3 V engine. Fan clutch should have been replaced when roaring started. Price of after market fan clutch is about $130, and guaranteed for life of car. Replacement is about a 3-4 hour job, with common socket set and open end wrenches. Most difficult task is using large wrench to remove fan from water pump sheave (pulley). I replaced mine at 75,000 miles. and had to replace water pump at 95,000 miles, so wish I had done both at the same time. I replaced belts too. My gas mileage is 16-17 in city, and 20-21 on highway @ 65 MPH. No complaint for such a big heavy vehicle. My current mileage is 101,000. I use 5-30 synthetic oil, and change every 5-6 thousand miles. This is a good SUV, in my opinion.

2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT 6 cylinder from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired30 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carChevrolet TrailBlazer

Summary:

I am surprised Chevy has such poor quality, and I am telling everyone about my experience!

Faults:

Tail lights out numerous times (low mileage failure covered under warranty). (recall)

Buttons an radio paint chipping off @ 20k (replaced once, had to fight to get it covered under the warranty, happened again.

Rotors warped at 20K (had to fight to get it covered under the warranty)

Rear tail gate license plate seal sucking in. (repaired under the warranty twice @ 20k) happened again!!

Left rear door window regulator failed @ 70k no warranty $450.00 to repair (This should be a GM recall only lasting 4 years... how often does the back window open?)

Dash cluster failure @ 75k. Fought with the dealership and customer service, local rep never called me back. Cost me $650.00 to make sure how fast I was going, recall on dash clusters on other Chevy SUV models but not Trailblazer??? (Dash cluster??? I didn't think within 5 years this would be a part that would have to be replaced.

Right rear door window regulator failed @ 100k, no warranty, $450.00 to repair (This should be a GM recall only lasting 4 years... how often does the back window open?) This sure looks like a pattern and should be a class action lawsuit!!

General Comments:

Mistake!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd September, 2008

13th Jan 2009, 15:57

The cluster/speedo issue is well known by GM-so much so that it has been recalled in Silverados. Best to write to the company - I hear they may cover half - I just had the problem myself so we will see what happens.

12th Jul 2009, 03:58

So sorry for your luck. I have a 2003 XLT and the problems have been minor for 56,000 miles.

Back brake light fell out, and dealer fixed for free and checked it for recalls on second trip in for light.

At 87,000 miles I replaced #2 coil, spark plugs under $100.00 and for $16.00 a new air filter. Also cleaned the throttle body. Runs and everything works great.

The wife, kids and dogs love the room/4X4/smooth ride/the power for pulling, and the 4.2L is good on gas.

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 48 reviews