Since we've owned our 2005 Chevy Trailblazer, it's really started to nickel and dime us. To date, we've replaced the water pump and had to fix something entailing the emissions. When we had the water pump fixed, we were told that there's a leak in the transfer case, which will impact our all-wheel drive (AWD). Recently our speedometer broke on a road trip so we had to use the GPS to determine how fast we were traveling. So we're taking the Chevy Trailblazer in to have the transfer case leak and speedometer fixed. I'm guessing this is going to set me back about $600 - $1000 in repairs. Anyone else having similar problems with their Chevey Trailblazer?
12/1/2013 Update: We just replaced the ball joints on our Trailblazer over the weekend. I wish we could get a new car but we can't afford it right now...
I inherited a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer LT back in 2013. Now it has just over 110,000 miles and my speedometer just went crazy last week (stuck past 120mph)....Also the Volt-meter is stuck past max, and the Oil Pressure Gauge is on 0 (but I think the Oil Pressure Gauge needs a new sensor)....I was hoping to find an easy fix on YouTube, but when I listened to this video my heart sank because I realize I may need to spend some dough that I don't have.....Thanks, Erik Carlson, for this video, I think it has helped me see what I have to do.
I bought my 2008, chevy trailblazer in 2015, it had only 2 previous owners. Mileage was a bit over 121,000 now in 2018 mileage is a bit over 164,000 and I do all maintenance. No major repairs needed. Only big expense for the vehicle so far is tires. But I can't complain. It's been a great truck.
I Have a 2003 Trailblazer, Boy it does have a lot of problems.First i am just here because i still do get a lot of problems dad gave it to me around 70k miles.Things you need to know.
1.I lived in KSA with this Car.
2.I Still Own this Car (No Joke).
3.It me and and my Dad's First SUV.
4.The Car was imported for US.
So,when my Dad started driving it he used to put 95 octane and the car heated up because obviously we didn't own an suv before.But since that car has been in the family its engine broke down 3 times, Got a new one each time so even though the chassis was manufactured in 2003 the engine model was 2008.Now, this is its Fourth Engine but i replaced that with the GMC envoys because they both are the same Vortec. Thats not it, the car gulped down two transmissions untill now and Almost a light bulb of either the brake lamp or the reverse lamp or the indicator changed in about a month and i have replaced the back brake lamp above the Glass a whopping 28 times.The odometer has been replaced 4 times, the water pump has been replaced 2 times, the oil pump the this the that.........And the list goes on.
My father bought the car for around 40k Saudi Riyals.
And up untill now we have spend a combined of around 60-70k Saudi Riyals not including the base car price.
And recently i tried to sell it and i was offered a meager 8k Saudi Riyals because the Model on the Registration Certificate is 15 years old.
I have an 05 trailblazer extended and sense July I have replaced the battery, spark plugs, all kinds of sensors, rotors, brake pads, water pump, alternator, inner & outer tie rods, upper control arms....right now from the alignment being so jacked up I can't drive it I have to have it towed to a repair shop this week, I've only had it 2 years and all this shit is going on just sense july, not to mention my gas gauge has been reading empty sense I got it so now I'll be replacing the fuel pump soon.
I've had my 06 trailblazer for 9 years now and i've had to replace water pump, rear and front hub bearings, windshield wiper pump, rear windshield wiper motor, thermostat, timing pulley, ac pump, ac condenser, etc. There have been numerous recalls including the headlights going out randomly, power window motors, power door locks, etc. My vehicle is 12 years old and i am saving up for a new one. People have to accept that stuff wears out. Your car isn't made to last forever. Fix what you can yourself and put they saved money in a piggy bank. There is no vehicle (japanese, american, korean, etc.) that is maintenance free. That is a fantasy.
ive put 185,000 miles since i bought my 2005 chevy trailbazer and have had zero major problems! great vehicle ! most expensive thing ive put into it was tires! when people stop taking care of there vehicles they break down or put off repairs and all things go wrong with it! my father inlaw has more problems with his toyota in the last year then ive had with my blazer in 5 years. also putting $1000 into your trailblazer is way cheaper than a new car
I have an 04 but i lucked up and bought a use instrument cluster from a 02 Trailblazer. It doesn't have stepper motors but two lights are out n the corner. No other problems with the cluster n over 5 years.
I have a 2005 trailblazer Ls and I have to fix the fan speed sensor or what they call fan clutch I went to fire stone on post and they wanted to charge me $678 to get it done and then he said he doesn't want me spending that much money when it could be the wires that are bad and not the fan clutch so like wtf
Love my 2005 Chevy Trailblazer LS EXT 4x4 Yes I've had repairs but all cars/trucks do. If u don't do the regular maintenance u compound your repairs. I bought mine used in 2007 with 25000 miles. I always get the extended warranty. After I hit 125000, I started having issues. But thank god they were not all at once. I am now at 223000 miles and still have original engine and transmission. When they go, I will go to the junk yard and get another one. Luckily for me though, my brother and brother in law are mechanics. I also have a 2013 Chevy Equinox LS....Love it....
There is not one vehicle made in the OBDII era that isn't without all kinds of problems like this. I've been reading about several makes, and they ALL have issues. The worst of it is that the problems wouldn't exist were it not for a common issue at every company these days: penny pinching. Almost every problem-probe vehicle made wouldn't be for just a few hundred dollars worth of quality upgrades at the design phase.
ive done thermostat, clutch fan, hub assembly on all 4 wheels. After clutch fan i had to do fan wire harness, ive cleared the ac hose cause water was on the inside carpets. Secondary air injection pump and valve have also been replaced. Than cluster failed to give speed had to get fixed. I now keep time on the week ends to fix the damn truck. Oh also the gas pedal ive changed cause it kept the truck shuting off or giving me power reduce mode. if i would of known i wouldnt of bought this cheap gm. Now the gas cluster is failing. ive noticed the rear stop top light not working once in a while, thanks for the tip i look for a used wire in the door.
All cars require maintenance.If you don't want to spend the money on repairs then do it yourself. If that is not an option then buy a NEW vehicle. Either way you will have to put money into your car in some way or another it is why there are so many repair shops. I have an 03 trail blazer with almost 190,000 miles and have also had to replace the water pump. Lucky for me it was done by the dealer before we paid for it. Otherwise I would have done it myself. Since then I have replaced the fuel pump, the upper and lower ball joints in front(twice), brakes and rotors many times(wife is a lead foot. Changed the headlights 3 sets of tires, both wheel bearings, I need to change the thermostat the A/C leaks changes the fan clutch I wish you good luck if you don't know how to do that one/never done before on a GM/ and more all in 7 years. This all falls under the heading of maintenance on a high mileage vehicles. The six cylinder engine in this vehicle is also known for the valve train going bad so if any of you want to make yours last you should wait for the engine rpm to drop under 1000 before you take it out of park so you can be sure there is oil on your valves. Also, transfer cases on 4x4's ALL LEAK! no matter what make or model.
Water pump problem is due to weight of fan clutch being too much for the short shafted water pump, wears out the bearing. If you get the code telling you your smog pump and egr valve needs replaced, check the relay located along the frame under the driver's door before replacing them, is the problem that sets off the emission codes. GM master mechanics will charge you nearly $700 to replace the other parts, and will continue to replace them everytime your check engine light goes off because that is all they are trained to do.
my 05 tb also has simular issues. Just had the water pump replaced last month and they guys are out replacing the vent blower moter relay under the glove box as we speak. My speedodomer also broke this week and my gas gage hasnt worked in over a year. My rear windsheild wipers keep slowing down and I think the hose has become loose as it does not squirt anymore. When I first got it we had to replace the berings on the front pass tire. I love this car but sheesh.....
Yes, I am having the same problems with my 2005 TB. My dash is all messed up. Speedometer, oil gauge, fuel gauge. Water pump went out in July of 2016. Around the same mileage. I think they have computers in vehicles so that when the vehicle hits a certain mileage it is programed to disfunction a certain part so as to have to buy parts. Reckon???
At my house we got a 02 Chevy trailblazer and a 03 Chevy trailblazer and they both are in good shape we also got a 99 dodge Dakota mine. And a 08 Silverado all of them are decent but the 03 trailblazer has been chuckin 02 sensors Idkw
I have a 2005 trailblazer ext and I love it. Had it almost 11yrs and im currently having alternator issues. But thats normal wear and tear. It has 133k miles. We have always used full synthetic oil. Still runs like the day i bought it. Very smooth and comfortable. Fits 7 people. Im happy with mine and plan on keeping it for as long as i can.
My 2005 trailblazer has blend door actuator problem front and back. Have to tear the dash apart to get to the actuator. The transmission failed at 56K. I bought the extended warranty for $2,500 so it cover the transmission.
now not only Speedo issue but entire gauge cluster...some times fuel gauge reads empty right after fill up, volt meter drops to 0 and back again...alarms sound, seatbelt light, airbag light, etc flash on and off...just started after 100,000 miles, once again 2005 Trailblazer...
I'm so sad because issues you guys named is running me in the poor house has no vehicle I be owned given me so many problems. These mini Suva are looks at not taking from posted place. So regretful I could cry
if you truck started to stall while driving, replace the fuel pump even if is still working, no throttle or fuel injection clean up will fix this issue. I have owned 3 Chevy trucks already and this is very normal in this trucks. v8 5.3L always have valve issues. L6 engine is better. every time you fix a electric or electronic issue reset the computer.
Another piece of crap electronic is the PCM in the 2005-08 Ford Escape. Around 100k miles the ECU decides it will drive the ignition coil with DC signal so it will overload and burn both the coil and computers power IGBT. Whoever programmed that piece of shit needs a boink on the head. They probably programmed it so it will do that lol. You can always insert a timer in any program. What a prik.
Modern cars have instrument cluster that communicate with the pcm through standard protocol in this case CAN. Imbedded system just like the car electronic system use micricontrollers, eeprom, roms register and all that crap. All it takes is a corrupt signal to mess up everything such as the as the transient voltage in an automotive environment. It boils down to poor circuit design
I own a 05 chevy fail blazer by government motors gm I have every problem and then some that all of u are having its a crying shame how there hasn't been any recalls and hunny if u havnt had any problems I don't believe u no disrespect butt I don't that's like hitting the lottery I'm sry but that truck should have been recalled on so many levels urs truly john
+Alex's Bikes and Motors I had a 1983 blazer. Worst vehicle I ever owned. That 2.8 V6 was gutless. Top speed was about 70 mph. The body completely rusted out. The full size Blazers from the early 70s were good though.
My 2005 Chevy Blazer works just fine, had it 2 years now. The only money I spent was to clean the aluminum rims as they had a slow leak turning into a fast leak with colder weather. I think I'll replace the battery before this winter as I'm up in -30 below country and I park on the street.
+slickkapone Mine is a 2005 Chevy Blazer S10 2door... here is an identical pic, same color and tinted windows... lol
I have an '05 Trailblazer standard wheel 4.2 engine 6 cylinder. Purchased new in 2004. So far I've had to change the water pump and 54000 miles and just recently and 104000 miles. I've broke the center console two times, and the gas cap did in fact go bad on me as well. I'm not sure if this is common or not, but I had my OnStar go bad as well, it constantly said I was in a different location than I was at. And lastly, the plastic spray header on the rear windshield washer simply fell off.
I did the second pump change a couple days ago. unfortunately, I broke one of the bolts on the pump. It snapped inside of the mainframe. due to time constraints, and cost, I have not had a chance to remove it. I have put everything back together and monitored for leaks. I haven't seen any however I've notice the hoses do not seem to be as tight with pressure like it was prior to the pump change. With the heater running the temperature stays at a constant 160 degrees. Without the heat on its just below 210, and with the AC on it is slightly above 210. I plan on getting that broke bolt out soon, but for now I have to get to and from work. Hope that helps.
I have a Chevy trailblazer 2005, and my check engine light is also on. I took it to The shop to fix and it cost me $200, they said that I needed to replace my cables and I needed a tune up( I don't know much about cars). They also said if the light came back on again, that I should bring it back to the shop. Well it did. Ever since the second time I brought it back to the shop, it remained on. Once in a blue moon it would go off. Also sometimes my car would brake lock and would shut off. Is there any advise you have?
+Roger Garcia You can get a really good "sub" at Jersey Mikes and sometimes at Subway but if you are looking for a suv....stay away from trailblazer. We have a 2005 and nothing but probs. I can fix most but its been idler bearings, clutch fan, stepper motors in dash, headlight issues, wipers, cam sensor, etc............. My opinion...don't think the Ford is any better. Good Luck
I had a problem with my dash. There was a aftermarket remote start installed on it. When I removed the cover I saw what the problem was. The cure was a fixed by taping a sandwich bag with a small packing pillow inside the dash to the wiring harness .It to keep the wires from moving around and causing irregular gauge actions. BTW 180,000 miles on the Atlas 6. Replaced the oil sender on the engine 1st. That was not the problem. Had to replace the cam actuator too That was bad. It was leaking oil into the connector. Got to replace the thermostat.Getting a code for that. No biggy been more than 4 years since the cooling system has been drained and flushed anyway.
Yep. I have a 2005 and mine has the check engine light on and my speedometer does the exact same thing. Sometimes it works properly then I'll be at red light and it jumps up to 70-80 miles an hour while I'm at a full stop. I've recently had problems with the headlight going out randomly and not turning back on for like a day or two. Anyone know any solutions? Is this a common occurrence?
+Ricky Craig Headlight relay....I have changed mine twice. Under the hood in fuse box. Also if you can solder....real cheap to get new stepper motors for speedo problem. I got 5 new motors for $25 on ebay. Easy to fix
I own a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer EXT LS 5.3L V-8 : What I found is the 6 cylinder version of the Trailblazer seem to be more problematic than my V-8. Most parts I found on Ebay.com or RockAuto.com...... Because I do much of the work myself I save quite alot. I did the brake upgrades to Crossdrilled Slotted Rotors with better pads. I ripped out the garbage transmission and purchased an upgraded transmission to correct problems including the 1870 code common . I also did an up grade on my NP8 transfer case installing a alloy piece from Merchant Automotive to prevent leaks in the case.
NOTE: The transfer case GM makes has a spring that over time can cause a hole to form thus causing a leak. As a temporary fix you can weld the area and order a case from Ebay or find one in a junk yard and install the upgrade from Merchant Automotive that addresses this issue.
Also test your fuses because of the electronics in newer cars and SUV's most problems can be fixed by replacing a fuse or relay.
I installed a BULLRIPPER 4L60E with a Transglow kit and also added a B&M Hi-TEK Transmission cooler fan system. If you do the install yourself..... 1. Inspect your radiator if it's bad replace it. www.RockAuto.com have great deals on replacement radiators.
2. Buy two cans of CoolerKleen to clean your cooler lines. Many failures are caused by not clearing old fluid from the transcooler lines. You spent good money on a replacement don't skimp on flushing out the lines.
3. Invest in a transmission cooler it's a low tech method to protecting your investment. I used B&M however there are other brands on the market as well.
4. Stock up on ATF 17 quarts will be needed plus another 5 to 6 for your 300 mile pan drop and fill. You see after 300 miles I do a pan drop and inspect for metal shavings. Though this is normal on new transmissions breaking in if I see anything out of kilter I can fix it before it becomes a larger issue.
5. Consider investing in a deep transmission pan with a drain plug. Aside from increased fluid capacity to keep things cooler unlike the stock pan you can can a drain plug for a cleaner service interval. Food for thought...
I hope this helps.... And like I said if your doing the install yourself take your time. And do not rush it. The Transmission Exchange has the BULLRIPPER for your TB Good Luck.
The Chevy Trailblazer is a money pit. Horrible engine and transmission design. I ditched it and much expense, but looking back that was cheap compared to owning a terrible vehicle that was designed to fail from the beginning. GM (Government Motors) Never again!!!
I have had no problems with my 05 Chevy trailblazer I take care of it very well lifted 33" mud terrain tires spacers roof rack and it runs great got 115000 on it and all I've had to replace is water pump and the pulley in front of it it's normal wear and tear ur going to have to fix ur cars its a great suv
We have an 2005 trailblazer that we bought used. We have had it for 5 years now and have almost hit 200,000 miles on it. The only thing it's been in the shop for is brake pads and oil changes. Sometimes but very rarely the speedometer will stick but it fixes it self! It's awesome on gas we get 28mpg on the highway and 18mpg in town!! Which everyone is amazed about lol!! I'm actually very shocked to hear these problems because ours has been beyond the best vehicle we have ever owned!! We are actually looking to get a newer trailblazer because this one has been so great!! Sorry to hear these issues though!!
only on long trips, 18-20 is the overall average, last spring i drove from central minnesota to lincoln nebraska on a single tank 495 miles! just under a quarter tank when i got there. whether or not you believe is fine with me .... its been done a handful of times with my trailblazer. short trips shes a hog
+S Hoffman Hi there is a module under the front passenger area. The part is around $30 bucks or less and it's a ten min fix. Also check your ignition with the key our and turning it in the off position. If that solves the blower on issue your ignition switch is the culprit. There is a video on Youtube by Sparky who shows how to fix it. Hope this helps.....
I have an 04 TB EXT LT with 239k on it. Has been a great truck. I've replaced water pump, alternator, rear wheel bearing, sway bar end links all around, along with upper & lower control arms. Serviced transmission & transfer case, tires, and normal tune up maintenance. I have been hard on this truck and pushed it beyond its limits. Towing heavy trailers throughout colorado mountains. Several cross country trips. Truck has never left me stranded or without a ride. Guess I'm one of lucky ones.
I have major issues with my 2005 Trailblazer. Cost of repairs are crazy!!! I took mine to have general maintenance done and have to replace the clutch fan which will cost me over $600 along with the air pump replacement cost of $557. My check engine light stays on and the gas gauge doe not work! This winter I had to have some electrical work done because wires fried that operated my heater blower fan which costed $500. I thought I was getting a good deal when I purchased this vehicle with low mileage. Lesson learned.!!!!
+gina pender Hello Gina the person you take it to is ripping YOU off. A fan clutch if you do it yourself is $100 tops. Heater blower fan is a switch $30 bucks ten min fix. Air pump for air suspension did you know you can convert to rear springs and regular shocks for under $200..... ? Gina find a new mechanic
ALL I HAD TO DO WAS CUT N PASTE FROM ANOTHER PERSON ON THIS THREAD... Electrical system, on going. Check engine light, ha ha, it's normal. Fix the check engine light, reset it, fine for a couple months or so. Bam! Back on. Instrument cluster, (ESP SPEED, TEMP) flaky...sometimes works, usually not. . pt CRUISE, WHEN IT FEELS LIKE IT. Today, it wouldn't go in reverse. So now we are looking into diagnosing the transmission control module, we have read some weird things that will do. Possibly will do a try at rebooting that.
Found that part which would cost 102 from Whitney if the first trick doesn't work
I kept the link to this...if we learn more, will be back.
PS I'm a 63 yr old clueless widow but I got a tip from a friend. Can't check these tips out until my son gets in from out of town next week. He's "the man" at keeping me on the road, but it's a headache. Will be driving my 94 Cutlass until he gets home, and maybe for a while after that, if this gets complicated. Cheers! PS otherwise it's a nice ride...lol
Yep! 2005 Trailblazer, full of issues since the wife drove off the lot within 2 weeks. Transmission, warranty, had to fight for it. Electrical system, on going. Even the tail light bulb melted and had to replace the entire tail light assembly instead of bulb. Check engine light, ha ha, it's normal. Fix the check engine light, reset it, fine for a couple months or so. Bam! Back on. Nickel and dime is an understatement. What we have paid to get it checked and fixed, we should have just traded it in for another vehicle. Chevy customer service sucks, will never deal with Chevy again. Chevy should have recalled alot of their vehicles. Oh well. Good luck to the rest of you Chevy owners.
ohh, boy do i have issues, im so sick of it,i still owe on my 05 for another 2 and a half years, i took it in last year to get the 4 wheel drive fixed, never used it after the shop and gues what, its messed up again, my service light has been on for over a year, now theres something wrong with the exaust,the gas gauge doesnt work most of the time, i recieved a letter from chevy,but they said its at my decresion to fix it,it has been one thing after another , i was forced to buy this insurance but everything that had to be serviced, the insurance doesnt cover, i swear i will never buy a trailbreaker again, ughhhh
I have a 2005 TB and the temp gage is moody.After I had a new water pump and thermostat replaced my gage was fluctuating instead of staying at 210.last few weeks its been at 210,whats up with this.The thermostat is a carquest and not a GM Delco.
i own a 2005 chevy trailblazer and within the last 2 months my instruments have began to malfunction. it started out with oil pressure gauge which has since fixed itself. now its my rpm gauge it messes up from time to time.
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