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Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, GMC Envoy XL, Isuzu Ascender, Oldsmobile Bravada, SUV
#15378 of 18329 Just wanted to thank everyone
Oct 07, 2004 (7:07 am)
for making this such a great forum.
As of this past Monday, I no longer own the Trailblazer. My family and I have found that we needed something with a bed in it to better handle those trips to and from the hardware store. The TB did okay for the most part in this capacity, but for any construction materials or lumber over 4 feet in length, I found myself being very self-conscious about tearing the carpet or scratching up the interior trim. Because of this, after quite a bit of soul searching, I traded the 2003 TB LT in on a 2004 Chevy Silverado ext. cab pickup on Monday. The TB rides better and is quieter inside than the pickup truck, and has a bit more rear seat room for the kids, but the truck still meets all my requirements in those areas, with the obvious advantage of the 6 and a half foot box out back.
Anyway, I will be moving on to the Silverado groups, but wanted to say how much my ownership experience with the TB has been improved thanks to the existance of this site and the members of the forum. Please keep up the good work for all the other owners that come through here.
#15379 of 18329 Re: Just wanted to thank everyone [jerrywimer]
Oct 07, 2004 (11:04 am)
Enjoy your truck. My brother has owned two GMC trucks (same thing) and, while they've not been perfect, he has been very happy with them and would buy one again.
#15380 of 18329 re: Just wanted to thank everyone
Oct 07, 2004 (12:03 pm)
My solution when I got rid on an old S-10 pickup was to by a trailer. For a little over $400 I bought a 5' x 12' trailer with a 3500# limit. Would haul more than the pickup and when hauling dirt and mulch keeps the Trooper clean. Only drawback is that I have to go home to pick up the trailer. Only really have to use that if I am hauling longer lumber or dirt/mulch. I can get the 15 bags of fertilizer I need in the back of the Trooper if I move the golf clubs. (Same goes for the wife's Envoy XL)
#15381 of 18329 Brakes Questions, Lubricating brake slides???
Oct 07, 2004 (4:56 pm)
My rear passenger brakes did not give any warning, but froze up destroying the brake pad and rotor. My dealership set me up with a dearlership that is not on strike. They said that the slide in the caliper froze. They also said it was my fault because I didn't lubricate the slide every 15,000 miles. I only have 23,000 miles. I check the owners manual and no where does it say that you have to lubricate the slides on the calipers. My Service Manager said that it does not have to be lubricated until you change the brake pads approximately 40,000 to 50,000 miles. I call GMC Customer Services and was told that they would not cover it because I failed to maintain the brakes properly. Three heated phone calls and still nothing. I told the Suntrup GMC in St. Peters to repair it anyway, I need the car. Does anyone know about lubricating the brake slide??? The supervisor at GMC was quite rude. Only my dealer has ever work on my Envoy. They say I have performed all the routine maintenance.
Who's right? Help Me.
#15382 of 18329 Re: Brakes Questions, Lubricating brake slides??? [sostrouble]
Oct 07, 2004 (7:39 pm)
I believe the dealer is full of major bs. Your brakes should not have locked up at 23,000 miles. Nowhere is it said that this is routine maintenance. I can not believe I am hearing this from a dealer! If this was the case then there would be thousands of vehicles on the side of the road with no brakes!! Unbelievable story and good luck- there is no doubt in my mind that you are not liable for this.
#15383 of 18329 Re: GM making Isuzu Ascender? [seiford]
Oct 08, 2004 (2:13 pm)
They're replacing the Trooper with this here and on the international market. Note the lower price and longer warranty!
#15384 of 18329 Re: Brakes Questions, Lubricating brake slides??? [adamjeeps]
Oct 08, 2004 (2:16 pm)
I concur. Nothing on this in the manual and most importantly, on your warranty.
#15385 of 18329 changing the oil
Oct 08, 2004 (2:32 pm)
i just changed the oil in my 02 TB. i drained all the oil and replaced the filter. i drove it for about 5 minutes and when i came back i checked the oil on a flat surface and on the dipstick, only F had oil in it, all the other holes didnt have dark oil in them. what could be wrong?
thanks for the help.
#15386 of 18329 Engine noise
Oct 08, 2004 (4:12 pm)
I recently posted a message about engine noise. When accelerating, it made a noise similar to a spark knock.
I took it to my dealer two weeks ago and they stated it was the same on all TBs.
I went back yesterday and had the service manager ride with me. He heard the noise. Today they found a TSB from Oct 2002 stating a problem with exhaust noise sometimes. The fasteners for the exhaust manifold sometimes lose there clamping ability and must be replaced. I wonder why they could not find the TSB two weeks ago?
Also had a tach noise so they replace the instrument cluster.
My 2002 TB has 32,000 miles and has had most of the minor problems. I have a 100K, 0 ded GMPP warranty, so I just think I'll drive it for 95,000 miles and let GM pay for everything that their haste in design and manufacturing cost them.
When nothing it broken, I love the TB. Could stand a little better gas mileage.
Hope this posting helps someone else.
#15387 of 18329 Re: changing the oil [poles]
Oct 08, 2004 (7:41 pm)
For whatever reason, I am having trouble understanding your problem. Did you put 7 quarts of oil in the TB?