4th Mar 2008, 10:57
Like everyone else on this forum, it started out as a ticking noise on my 2003 Trailblazer LTZ, and I was quite shocked that the service manager didn't notice it on several visits when it was actually ticking pretty loud while waiting. I'm very disappointed in GM and several calls to them can prove my disappointment, (one guy hung up on me when he said he would transfer me to a manager) called 1-800-462-8782 - GM Customer Assistance Center and got the run around..
9th Mar 2008, 13:36
Okay so last night my 2003 TrailBlazer started to also sound like a jet engine... and then all of a sudden my check engine soon light came on... I started to think what is wrong; I bought the truck a year ago, it's my first and last American car. I have a 2002 Lancer that has only had wear and tear go wrong with it.. this is crap... I am going to go shop around to and find the best price to get the issue resolved, and then I am thinking to trade it in. I do not want a truck that is going to keep costing me to repair... Love the ride, but being a single mom, I need a truck that is not going to break down every other day...
At least after reading the pages of posts, I know 1. what it wrong with my truck, and 2. how to go about handling the situation. I needed to be prepared and go with some knowledge behind me seeing as though I am woman :O...
21st Mar 2008, 22:55
TB 747. I just bought this from a dealer 2 months ago with 46000 miles on it. I went to a dealer and he offered 372 dollars. Pretty good, huh. Well compared to the other people it is any way.
Here's the problem; I'm 18 and just about to go to collage and the Blazer wiped out all my savings. A good deal doesn't matter if you don't have any money to pay it.
I will be calling GM and Chevy and any one else I can think of. I also will be referencing this site. Even with this experience though, I don't think I'll be swearing off American made cars.
My last car was a 1986 Olds Delta 88, and I loved that car. It wouldn't quit and all the problems were things I could fix myself inexpensively. No, I think the problem is that they don't make quality cars like they used to. Keep in mind all that computer crap they put in vehicles today. More things to go wrong, I guess.
Well, I guess I'm mad because I can't fix everything like I used to. Thanks for listening and make sure to call in to GM to get this problem recalled!!!
25th Mar 2008, 20:50
My 2003 TB with 52,300 miles just started the terrible revving noise everyone is talking about. This revving has occurred in the past only for a few minutes then would return to normal. Not this time. It would be nice to have at least a portion of the repairs paid by GM. I'll be calling the dealer for repairs wish me luck!
26th Mar 2008, 12:26
Wow, reading this thread is a little disheartening. I just thought I'd look up my truck for fun to see if there were any common problems. I just bought my 2002 TB a couple years ago and haven't heard a jet engine sound, so I'm hoping the previous owner already had it fixed! LOL But I did just take it in to have the AC Compressor unit replaced cause it was making an AWFUL racket with the A/C on or off, quite embarrassing to drive around in. Now... I feel like a shadow in the night ;) I also have some sort of muffler problem where some bolts snapped off so I have to get them replaced to stop a ticking noise. Should be about a $300 touch. Just thought I'd share. I really do love my truck.
28th Mar 2008, 18:19
I have had a fan clutch problem in the past week. Cost to repair was $724.00. I have since filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau, contacted GM, and filed a complaint with the NHTSA. The day after I filed everything GM called me three times in one day. I had to send in all the supporting documentation. I am waiting to see what they say. I will keep everyone posted.
2nd Apr 2008, 14:17
An Update: Today I was contacted again by GM. I have to say they were very professional and called my about 6 times over a week period. As a result of my Better Business Bureau complaint they offered to pay half the cost...362.16. I'm not happy with paying anything but I do think half is fair. My Trailblazer has 71,000 miles on it so the part was by far not new. I strongly urge anyone with this problem to immediately file a complaint online with the Better Business Bureau. Half of the cost is better than nothing, which is what you will get by doing nothing. I do agree with the others that his should be a recall.
11th Apr 2008, 15:29
Adding my experience. I have a 2002 Trailblazer with 80,000 miles and the fan clutch failed a few days ago. It also caused the Serice Engine Soon light to engage, as others have mentioned. After running a web search and reading the comments on this site I had a much better idea of what to expect. I called my local Chevy dealer to see what they said; they quoted me a price of $825 for parts and labor. That price was not including a diagnostic, though I was already 90% sure what the problem was at this point. The gentleman on the other end of the line told me that they hadn't replaced many fan clutches on TrailBlazers. "OK bud. Thanks, goodbye."
I bought a replacement part (Dorman) online for $177. Then went to my local Goodyear repair shop and they put it in for $300. The replacement fixed the roaring fan problem, and I am no longer passed by the elderly in walkers when accelerating from stoplights, a la Office Space. So I got that going for me.
I am the first owner of this vehicle, and this is the first mechanical problem I have had with my fine Chevrolet TrailBlazer in 6 years. So I'm not going to throw them under the bus for this one. I do, however, have issue with a dealership quoting me over $400 for a part that I know I can get for less than half that. A takeway: if you think you're getting ripped off by a shop, you probably are. Get parts on-the-cheap by yourself. But before you buy a part online make sure you have a mechanically-inclined friend or trusted mechanic from a big-box store to do the installation for you.
24th Apr 2008, 17:28
I also have a 2002 TB and this is the second time the fan clutch has gone bad. First time was maybe a year after we got the vehicle, then the roaring started again just a few days ago. Very disappointed. I never had any problems with a chevy until this one. Also my stabilizer bar links are bad, the emblem on the front just fell off and had to get new brakes cause the rotors were real rusty. My friend who is a mechanic for GM said the factory rotors have always had problems getting rusty. Luckily I was able to do the brakes myself.