6th Sep 2005, 16:28
Well, a lot of people don't know what V stands for.
Folks: V comes from the shape of the engine. The pistons are lined up 3 by 3 and run on the same crank shaft forming the V shape.
In line would mean pistons line up all in one line. Hence "6 in line"...
20th Nov 2005, 07:40
2004 Traiblazer. Nothing but problems. Within the first year my TB was in the shop 12 times, mostly for front end work. The dealer replaced many parts, but could never find the the solution to the constant noise. It sounded like something ready to fall off. If you have ever been on an old bus then you would know what this noise sounds like. Other problems were the bumper was missing many snaps and was about to fall off. The 2nd day I had the car (leased new) water was leaking around the brake pedal, another 2 trips to the shop to fix that. Rear stabilizer, hood latch, front shock, and both front stabilizers were all replaced. I have filed a lemon law complaint and hope someday to rid myself of the junk.
15th Feb 2006, 09:36
We are very disappointed with our 2004 trailblazer. The cup holders in the back are not tall enough and flip our drinks every time we make a turn. We have replaced two window motors (at our cost), we cannot have a cup in the front holder and plug in a cell phone to charge, due to location. When traveling we find it almost impossible to read a map due to the interior lights being located just above the windows! The interior armrest pops open all the time, very annoying! The air condition vents will not throw air, we were told this will be very expensive to fix by summer so we can have air. We traded a 1996 Blazer in on this one and within weeks wished we had it back, now have an enormous car payment and very unhappy!
2nd Sep 2007, 12:01
I have an 04 TB ext and have had the thermostat wire replaced 4X and have an issue with it starting that has been unable to be diagnosed. This car is a big headache!
1st Dec 2007, 12:15
I have an '04 ext V8 and have had no problems except erratic a/c performance. I am interested in why you had to replace the thermostat wire 4x. Thanks!
11th Jul 2009, 20:41
I have a 2003 TB LTZ with 151,000 miles on it. I still love it except for the automatic air conditioning. This was a problem from the beginning. Bad design. The air goes into recycle when you're idling. When you are stuck in traffic, you want the air to stay on. I took it in at least 5-6 times. Otherwise, the tires lasted 102,000 miles, the brakes were replaced after 60,000 and the truck still gets 16-21 mpg. I've heard so much bad things about the TB, but I haven't had those problems and I wanted people to know it is a good truck.
28th Nov 2011, 15:39
I agree!! Hard to take a review serious when the owner doesn't know an Inline 6 from a V-6.
29th Nov 2011, 14:16
I don't know... I tend to believe the reviewer, even if they don't know exactly what engine they have. Trailblazers are junk, and it is a good thing they no longer produce them. If you asked 100 people, more than half probably couldn't tell you the exact specs of the engine that was in their car. The majority of people don't care about those details. They just want it to run. Unfortunately Chevy's don't tend to do that too well.
30th Nov 2011, 13:26
Just because you had troubles with two of them, doesn't mean it happens to everybody.
2006 Envoy, 187k no problems.
2005 Buick Rainer, 97k water pump only.
1st Dec 2011, 11:56
Wayyyyy more than two there brother! I have owned many, and known close friends and family that have all had major major issues at low mileage intervals. I wouldn't ever base an opinion of an entire company on two of the same vehicles. GM is junk across the board through their car and truck lines.
I only bring up my Trailblazer experience, because they are the newest and the most problematic overall. In no way have I ever said you couldn't get lucky enough to own one with no issues, but it is much less likely than any of the imports or Fords I have personally owned.
1st Dec 2011, 17:17
Well, I must be really lucky, because I and other family members have had wayyyyy more Ford and GM products that surpassed 100k with no major issues, along with the two vehicles that I mentioned, which are not even mine.
Yeah, you have mentioned many times your domestic experiences were not good, and that's just too bad.
If you had a bad experience and continued to buy them, that would be your own fault, not GM's. My point is many people have great ownerships with the domestic brands they buy; that would be the reason people like me continue to buy them, just like you and your imports.
Sure, your Trailblazer troubles are the newest, but the widespread comments about them, and telling others that they drive junk for the past two years, is getting old.
My work is done here, no time for me to argue back and forth everyday... peace.
Over and out!
1st Dec 2011, 17:25
I must be very lucky then. I have owned 1 Chevy and 3 Buick sedans, and have had very few problems with all of them. Never a major engine problem or transmission issue. I mainly only ever had minor electrical problems. I don't ever recall a repair bill for much over $400, and these cars certainly didn't nickle and dime me.
2nd Dec 2011, 14:14
At last... the argument will end!! Thank you!! Stick with what works for you and I'll do the same.
2nd Dec 2011, 14:16
You should buy a Chevy Volt. I hear they burn your house down nowadays. Another fine example of GM ingenuity.
2nd Dec 2011, 15:58
Our family members currently drive 2 Trailblazers and one GMC Envoy (same vehicle). I know a handful of people have had problems with these vehicles. Some seem to be due to service techs who are not properly trained on the new computer systems that were introduced to these vehicles in 2002. In other cases, an unscrupulous dealership or shop has very clearly duped clueless customers into unnecessary and expensive repairs. I even read where a customer was told that ALL FOUR calipers and ALL FOUR rotors had gone bad AT THE SAME TIME!! The odds against this are greater than the odds of winning 100 lotteries in a row. It just doesn't happen.
None of our Trailblazers or the Envoy have ever had a problem. The oldest (a 2002 Trailblazer) now has over 170,000 miles. The Envoy has over 100,000 miles and has never had a single repair, not even brake pads. In 9 years it has had two batteries and one set of tires. That's all. Some of our friends bought these vehicles based on the excellent service we have gotten from ours. None of them have ever had any problems with theirs either.
3rd Dec 2011, 11:49
Maybe you should reread the article, seeing how investigators say the car was not at fault.