9th May 2011, 20:03
Ford introduced collapsible columns in 1968. So go find a nice Lincoln Mark III or IV and enjoy your driving experience.
27th Dec 2011, 15:27
Wow, I'm so glad I decided to come and check the "reviews" on the Trailblazer. However, there are fewer reviews than people in the forums talking about their other vehicles. Funny, when I wanted reviews on my Yaris, I went to the Toyota forum, not in other unrelated vehicles. The incessant complaining and arguments makes me feel like I'm watching Jerry Springer. This needs to be moderated better. What a train wreck.
28th Dec 2011, 18:37
Most of the negative comments regarding GM's Trailblazer/Envoy/Rainier/Bravado line are from import fans, and a few people who were duped into unnecessary repairs by unscrupulous dealer service departments or shops. 99.99% of these vehicles are extremely reliable. Our family members currently own two Trailblazers and one Envoy. At this point all of them have gone over 100,000 miles with nary a problem. The GMC just hit 100,000 miles without so much as a brake job. In 9 years all it has had is a set of tires and two batteries. It runs, looks and feels brand new. The same is pretty much true of the Trailblazers, one of which is approaching 200,000 miles.
Two of our family members are doctors who are required by their medical groups to own very reliable 4-wheel drive vehicles. In one case, the choice was a Chevy Suburban 4x4, and in the other a Trailblazer 4x4. Both have proven flawless.
The big body-on-frame GM SUV's are awesome. We own a front-drive sedan, a sports car and a GMC Envoy. In snow the Envoy is unbeatable, and it is only rear-drive. It will run rings around our front-drive sedan.
Several of our friends have bought these excellent vehicles based on our experience and recommendations. We test-drove 8 SUV's before settling for the Envoy 9 years ago, and we have never once regretted out decision. Including the tires and batteries, we have spent less than $800 in upkeep on our Envoy since buying it new.
29th Dec 2011, 11:46
The old "duped" comment again?!?!
Yes this thread has gone off track, but the reliability of the Trailblazer is not good at all, based on my actual experience with them. I have owned two, and a family member owned an Envoy, which is the GMC twin, and they all were terrible vehicles. I guess all of the different shops and dealers we went to were just "duping" us though... LOL!!! I have owned Isuzu Troopers, a Toyota RAV 4, a couple of Subaru's and a Ford Focus, in addition to a slew of other vehicles, and none of them seem to have dealer networks that dupe me out of my hard earned money. Since I have had GM products before (some good and others bad), I can't think that the network of dealers is that bad. In fact I got along well with the service department manager.
Don't take my word for it. Just type "trailblazer issues" into Google and you'll get a slew of major common issues that plagued these vehicles for their entire run. This is how I found my information on the problems I was having. I even researched the parts needed, and how much things cost at multiple different venues, and my repairs were SPOT ON every time... so being taken by the dealer and the other shops I went to was just not happening. (I have stated this NUMEROUS times, but the "duped" commenting person just seems to never read my posts BEFORE commenting again).
I dunno, going in with certain sounds coming from the vehicle or something smelling burnt or a bad feeling in the steering, and then leaving without any of those issues means to me that something was wrong and then it was fixed. I was even told on here that I was being taken when my '03 TB fell apart in the front end and the steering wheel was shaking violently on every little bump. It was covered under warranty, as it had only 30K miles on it, so if they were taking me or lying to me, it really wasn't affecting me that much. I wish all of my problems were covered under warranty!!
I just don't understand why people think these are the perfect vehicle. Every line has issues. My only question to Mr. Duped is: Why on Earth would you support GM if you think they are making unnecessary repairs to vehicles in order to "dupe" people out of $1,000's?? That alone would be a reason for me never to walk into a GM dealer again!
To the person looking for HONEST information. Just research the Trailblazer thoroughly before purchasing. There are some major defects that you need to make sure have been addressed before buying one used. I'm not saying you couldn't get a perfect one that won't run for 100K miles before needing anything, but it just didn't happen for the three I have had experience with, and they all were purchased brand new and cared for exceptionally. In fact my last one was so clean under the hood at 87K miles, the dealer gave me $1K over book on it. I almost felt guilty trading it off needing $1,800 worth of work... almost... LOL!!