2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer LS 4.2 from North America
Feels like a rental car
The plastic moldings around the rear inside door handles both fell off.
The seal on the driver's side front window is defective, and sometimes the window won't go all the way up.
Wheel sensors giving false readings.
This is a company car that I drive both for work and on my personal time - so I didn't have a choice in what make of car I got.
I drive a lot, and after being in the truck for more than a few hours, I get extremely uncomfortable.
While the exterior was designed fairly well, the inside is cheap looking with tons of plastic everywhere.
The radio in my particular truck is not nearly as good as the radio in my base 2005 Impala. Also, the air conditioner is not too effective.
I am a Chevy fan and I love my personal car (Impala), but I think that Chevy didn't spend much time in making this truck nice on the inside. It looks more like it was geared towards the rental vehicle market.
I am also not impressed with how the truck handles. I've rented several Ford Explorers while traveling and I think that they are more responsive in regards to precise turning and evasive maneuvers.
If I had my choice in vehicles, I would have went with either a Tahoe or Explorer.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd October, 2008
I have dual A/C; much cooler than single A/C, upgraded sound system, and more amenities in my new Trailblazer.
I also prefer the large sedans as company cars for distance driving as well with large trunks. SUVs tend to be noisier with equipment sliding about in the rear, and prying eyes that can look in whenever you are parked. Dark factory tint helps.
I still much prefer the SUV whenever I am out with my family however.
"tons of plastic everywhere."
Name me one car that does not use plastic. Have you ridden in a Toyota lately?
Would you prefer if the interior were made of gold?
I drive a compact entry level Chevy. The interior has plastic in it just like every Toyota you see rolling down the road. But unlike a Toyota, look under the hood and you will find a stainless sheel exhaust system (which I will never have to replace), heavy duty drive axles that are not going to wear out in 100,000 miles, shift rods as opposed to shift cables, a multi-synchronized transmission and structural oil pan for increased engine rigidity, among many other quality materials and key components.
Likewise, the sheet metal of my vehicle is quality two-side galvanized with some actual thickness to it, unlike the paper thin low grade sheet metal found on most Japanese imports that will quickly rust out in just a few years.
How about all the catastrophic frame failures that have occurred on Toyota Tacoma's and Nissan Pathfinders on vehicles that are not even ten years old, or is that insignificant compared to the (likely) possibility of those vehicles having plastic dashes?
Manufacturers can only charge so much on vehicles before they become prohibitively expensive to consumers. I'd rather a vehicle's developmental money the money be spent on making the vehicle reliable, not needlessly expensive accouterments that contribute nothing to the vehicle getting from point 'A' to point 'B'. We're talking about a Chevy here, not a Maybach.
I bet you would not be making these statements if this vehicle were an import.