20th Jan 2009, 12:53
We own an '03 Trailblazer EXT --bought used and had no problems for over a year. At least 3 times now, my husband goes to start the truck, and the key won't even turn. The security light does flash. We had it towed the first time, and when the dealer went to work on it, it started right up. So no code for them to look into. Of course, they are obviously aware of the problem but acted like they've never heard of it before.
The 2nd time, it started a couple hours later. This time, it's been 10 hours and no luck yet.
How can I disconnect the anti-theft device? I am scared to drive this vehicle with my kids, and scared to drive it out of town... what if we stop to gas up and it won't start again, and we're stuck? I grew up with all Chevy cars, but this is making me hate them, especially after the government bailout!
17th Mar 2009, 19:21
I have an 05 Trailblazer and have the same problems as everyone else... it will shut off out of nowhere. Whether I'm driving slow, fast, or turning. I shift it into park and it turns right back on with no problems. This happens about once a month. Also my gas gauge doesn't work at all and the speedometer works occasionally.. I read on another thread to call this number to report your problems!! I called it's Chevrolet's customer service department, they are supposed to return my phone call tomorrow. Their representative was very empathetic. we'll see what happens... the number is 1-800-222-1020...
19th Apr 2009, 22:31
I have just purchased a 2003 Trailblazer. Looking at the specs as an engineer this should be a beautiful vehicle.
Reading about the large number of random electrical problems leaves me with significantly reduced confidence in the vehicle.
Five years of no response to a continuing problem leaves me with little confidence in the company.
Where is GM is all of this?
Does this deserve a class action suit, there is a significant danger factor if the vehicle quits at the wrong time.
2nd Jun 2009, 13:06
I am so frustrated. Mother of 4, my income is the only one in our household and we have already spent way more than we can afford trying to fix the same issues everyone here has described.
Our 2003 TB shuts off as we're driving. Can you imagine how scary that is when you have FOUR KIDS with you in the car? :-(
We took it to a repair shop where we are getting a VERY EXPENSIVE ($400) throttle body replaced because supposedly the computer they scanned it with said that it needed replacing, along with the ABS sensor. Plus we paid $110 diagnostic fee for that scan. Before finally succumbing to replacing the throttle body, I'd done some research online and found that supposedly having the throttle body cleaned would solve the issue. that didn't work. The car shut off to the point where it DIED completely. Now that it's there at the shop the mechanic calls me and tells me, "Oh, your battery is dead, you need a new one, we have one that is..." I flipped and said OH That's FUNNY because my battery was working JUST FINE this morning. Right now I don't know what's going to happen.
But I called GM (the # someone else posted here). They want me to bring it in to a GM dealer so they can do ANOTHER diagnosis because they will not accept the independent's diagnosis. She said that if it's found that it's a manufacturer defect then they will resolve it, if not, "there are other avenues we can explore." I don't know WHAT that means! I called the GM dealer and it's $160 JUST TO DO A DIAGNOSIS!!! I can't even afford that right now.
I'm ready to bring a class action lawsuit. Is anybody else in? If so, please post here. I will keep a close eye and I will contact a lawyer in the meantime.
25th Jun 2009, 16:16
My husband's TB ('05 or '06... can't remember) has recently started the no-start thing. Radio plays, plenty of power, but nothing when you turn the key, no click, no nothing.
However, if you make a call on your cell phone and turn the key, it will start. Go figure.
2nd Jul 2009, 21:13
I own a 2002 Trailblazer. I bought it new and I have been the only owner, I've had the same issues everyone else has with this vehicle. Constant problems with my tail lights, battery and key getting stuck in the ignition, etc.
Now my car has 86k miles and for the last six months this car has been sucking me dry. I've replaced the transmission ($1600.00), bought 2 batteries, replaced the ignition switch, replaced the starter, was told I needed to replace the throttle body assembly for $400.00. I stalled on that and guess what, the car has been sitting at my mechanic's for the last two weeks, now he says it's an electrical problem that is going to cost me another $900.00. It seems to me that no one knows for sure what the problem with this vehicle is.
5th Jul 2009, 16:50
I was in the same boat as a lot of you were, or are. I too have a 2002 Trailblazer which I could not get my key out and then could not start it. It also blew 40amp j-fuse like water, until it just would not start.
Replace the Ing switch, still the same thing, if you even moved the steering column, the next thing you know the ABS light comes on, the the brake light as well as the service engine soon, and 4wheel drive indicator, then you are screwed.
Well I found the one thing most of us or you guys have tried, but I found this white wire shorting out to the steering wheel guard, very hard to see.. But that metal was razor sharp and had cut thru the wire insulation and was shorting out the Ing A fuse and creating a whole lot of trouble.
So go and look real good around that shroud and see if you too are having the same problem.
9th Aug 2009, 11:31
2006 Trailblazer SS
Burns oil like crazy - see GM "piston slap" issue on google.
New motor at just under 40k miles (blew a rod).
At dealer 5-6 times for random shoddy engineering materials issues, recalls, TSB's, etc - everything from fuel gauge inoperable, to "service stabilitrak" which I had to come back 3 times because they didn't see it and there were no GM bulletins until the 3rd time back!
Driver door module went bad, couldn't get in car from drivers side, couldn't open windows from driver side or open the driver window at all! (middle of hot summer!)
While at mechanic getting new motor, battery died, so when I got car back, the Air conditioning stopped working! No cold air, and no air at all upper vents, only on my feet! Check google, EVERYONE who gets a new battery or their battery dies ends up with a bad AC actuator, because of SHODDY ENGINEERING - so one issue leads to another with this joke of a vehicle.
NOW it doesn't START!!! First it intermittently didn't start, a few tries later it would start, then resetting something by removing battery cable and then putting it back on would fix it temporarily for a few starts, but NOW this fine piece of American Engineering and company that created it deserves a bailout!?!?!? WHERE IS THE LOGIC!?!
I would bail Honda out before GM, at least they make a good car! I have 2 imports that I can't break no matter what I do, only need brakes and oil maintenance... but the (2) GM's I have owned, an 1986 and 2006 - BOTH have been the worst experiences and purchases of my entire 35+ year life.
Where do I sign up for a class action lawsuit, or something that gets me out of this car without losing any more $$ and makes GM finally liable for something, instead of getting to play the innocent American icon.