13th Jul 2010, 20:45
I like the Cadillac crossover, and may go with one after having regular SUVs. It's nice having the Trailblazer hitch and 4wd for winters and towing our boat now.
13th Jul 2010, 20:56
"If you do in fact live in such a remote area, everything is inconvenient, and even with a freezer, it's yet more running to stores."
I'm the original person who wrote the 100 mile daily commute comment. Just here to add one more thing to my last comment.
The area I live in is quite remote. However, it's not so incredibly so that we don't have a supermarket or other convenience stores. Oh and we also have indoor plumbing and electricity (amazing right?). It takes me about 5 minutes to get to the center of town where convenience stores and the supermarket are located. That's not exactly what I'd call inconvenient.
Like I've said many times already, my oldest son has his license AND his own car to drive. So if I really didn't want to go out to get something, I'll send him. And in fact, he does help with errands.
You seem to have such a problem with where I live and the way I live. Remind me again how it even affects you in any way at all? If living in a suburb and driving your Suburban 3 miles to work everyday works for your, then so be it. I never said I wanted to drive 100 miles a day, I said it didn't bother me. Like I said in MOST of my previous comments, moving closer to work or getting a job closer to home are not options for me.
I have one final question for you. If driving 100 miles a day and running errands soaks up so much of my time, then how is it I've had the time to come on here and respond to each and every one of your comments?
14th Jul 2010, 09:25
"The last 50 comments of this review are completely off the topic, so let's get back on the topic.
"buy a Toyota 4 Runner". No. I owned a 2006 Envoy that made it to 187000 miles. I sold it 1 year ago and from what I hear it is still running like a bear."
Yeah, lets get back on topic. The Trailblazer is junk. I have had very bad experiences with two of them and now my tranny is giving me trouble at only 90K miles. Junk... I have never gotten to 100K miles in any GM car without major issues.
I will be buying a Toyota or possibly a Ford but never a GM product again. I just hope this heap I have makes it to the dealer to trade it off!
14th Jul 2010, 13:21
"This means they take more time to stop, and are top heavy, which makes them really hard to control over ANY car."
NOPE. Our luxury SUV stops quicker than either our sedan or our sports car due to huge anti-lock disc brakes and premium tires. And modern stability control makes handling as safe and easy as the cars. I suggest a test drive in a good (AMERICAN MADE) SUV before passing such judgments.
14th Jul 2010, 17:26
I wonder how many people post comments on here when at work in their office and not at home? I doubt commuting and commenting allows much. I know a lot of people, myself included, that experienced consolidation companies closing or bringing in their own people, which means being given the option for relocation to another city. Some I know faced 100 mile commute one way and that's major. You can then opt for the long commute, rent an apt and keep your home too same time, sell and relocate, or move on. If you have a few years to go, the long commute may work for a while. Raising young children and getting home late and leaving super early was hard for my household. I have no regrets. Moving from Delaware to North Jersey had other serious considerations. Double the car insurance for us, higher property taxes, smaller home for same price, and congestion, besides car wear and tear, depreciation, fuel etc. There's other opportunities while you still have a job vs. that option for me. Taking the severance worked better. I also hate driving beaters to work worn out. I'll pass.
15th Jul 2010, 08:09
Anyone try the Trailblazer SS? Nice handling and very quick. I was in one that had the better intake added, but otherwise was stock. Nice family car til the kids start driving and you can finally buy a new Vette.
15th Jul 2010, 08:17
My 2002 Honda had its first trans replaced at 28000 miles. If I could have made 90000 miles, it would have been great. Honda did warranty them however.
15th Jul 2010, 10:19
Toyota?? I think not. Too unsafe and poorly built. But we have owned 3 Explorers with never a single problem. However, once we got our smooth, powerful and incredibly comfortable GM SUV, there was no going back. At 90,000 miles we've had not one single problem and everything is like new. We're sold on the new GM.
15th Jul 2010, 14:13
"We're sold on the new GM."
Good for you. I'm not wasting any more money on poorly built vehicles, so GM is definitely off my list for life. I'd much rather take a Toyota with 100 recalls than anything GM puts out.
15th Jul 2010, 14:29
I would if there was a good American SUV to be found! Have you actually done a side by side 60-0 brake test with your three cars and measured how long it takes to stop each? Thought so... It probably feels like it is stopping quicker as you sit higher and are more isolated from the road. There is not an SUV made that will out brake a sports car. I don't care what brakes and tires you have on it. Top heavy is top heavy, and gimmicky stability control will only help you so far. Try a quick swerve around someone and cut it back to straighten out, and let me know how good your stability control works after you crawl out of the wreckage. I've seen plenty of high end AMERICAN SUV's upside down in the ditch or in the woods due to lack of control. Had the drivers been in cars, they would have been able to avoid getting in such serious accidents.
Gimmicks like stability control and ABS give people a false sense of security. I'm not saying they don't work, but they don't work as well as people think they do. You can't rely on the vehicle to drive for you or to use good judgment.
15th Jul 2010, 14:31
The SS is nice, but horrendous on gas. Not a very practical choice, as you need to swap the tires out in the snow. I still wouldn't mind having one though!
15th Jul 2010, 21:41
Yep, just got another list of problems with the Trailblazer that has yet to hit 100K miles. Now it is in need of about $1,800 worth of work, including a front wheel bearing, and the front differential is toast.
To top it off, the parking lights and dash lights are stuck on as of tonight after picking it up at the shop. I had to unhook the battery. Great quality... yeah whatever...
Test drove a Toyota tonight... Can't wait to go pick it up and be done with this GM junk. Say what you want about Toyota, but I have never had issues that amount to a tenth of the cash I have spent on this GM pile...