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#181 of 220 Re: 2004 TrailBlazer LS [fetchthis]
Sep 25, 2005 (8:43 pm)
First of all, congratulations on your new truck. I also recently bought a '03 trailblazer the same color and interior, its actually the LT version. I also have not had any problems, it runs great and I love it. A couple of things that I have thought about doing to my truck is to install a cold-air intake (adds horsepower), perhaps a hood scoop and if you can find one an exhaust kit from the headers back. (she'll purr like a kitten!) There are also exhaust tips in the shape of the chevy bowtie, which is a NICE touch. Finally, depending on your budget, a superchip tuner to reconfigure the settings on the computer, mainly to add horsepower and override the speed cutoff switch. It only takes a few minutes to program, and all you have to do is plug it in to the port under the steering wheel. Hope you can use these tips
#182 of 220 Gas Tank Problems?
Oct 27, 2005 (11:10 am)
I own a 2003 Trailblazer LT.
There have never been any problems with the vehicle i love it i can fit everything in this beast.
Two weeks ago my husband took it to the dealer because the check engine light came on. The dealer found some minor issue that was covered under the warranty and repaired it, but still the light stayed on. They did some more checking and found that the gas tank was cracked around the filler neck and that it was leaking gas. The dealer said it was a common problem with TBs and Envoys, there is a design flaw in the gas tank and that there had been a recall on a couple of VIN series, but my vehicle was not included. The price tag was $1200 to fix this and replace the tank...well i cant afford that on some design flaw thats not my fault. So the dealer called GM and they offered to go 50/50 well thats still alot. A wonderful woman at the dealership went to bat for us and wrestled the price down to $100 for me and they will replace the tank. OK COOL , but they replaced the tank with the exact same thing?? So my husband called GM and tried to get some comfort out of them that we wont blow up one day when someone flicks a cigarette out their car window. But nobody knew anything and they had no information that this problem had reoccurred in vehicles that have had the tanks replaced. My vehicle was at the dealership a week and while it was there the mechanic said an envoy and a TB had come in with the same problem.
This was my first new car and i love it but i surely dont want to go up in flames =)
Does anyone out there have any input?
#183 of 220 Adding Accessories?
Oct 30, 2005 (3:08 am)
I also have a 05 TB LS And she is barebone..........Not even a darn engine light under the hood. I can live with that considering I bought it new for under $17K
My question is,can you add OEM accessories(Nav systems,DVD Onstar ect...)?
I know on my 87 Buick Grand National the plugs for accessories where there for most of the OEM items I found at the local bone yard.
I see a large amount of TB's in my local bone yard now,would be nice to know if GM left the plugs in the wiring like my Grand National.
#184 of 220 Re: Gas Tank Problems? [ftellstrom]
Nov 12, 2005 (10:54 am)
I have a 2004 Trailblazer EXT and yep the exact same thing the truch is just over 1.5 years old with 42K miles and the fuel tank is cracked filler neck and that it was leaking gas. The dealership also told us that this was a common problem and their was even another guy in the waiting room with the exact same problem. My cost is $1,000.00 shouldn't there be a recall on these tanks as it is a safty problem.
#185 of 220 Rare bird: happy TB owner...
Jan 06, 2006 (9:27 pm)
...so far, anyway. I bought a '06 TB SS December 3. It's a 2wd LT. The sticker price was over $39k, during the red tag event almost $7k came off the price. I also got a (GM supplier)$500 "bonus check" for buying a light duty suv. I recently sold a 2002 Corvette so I could afford this extravagance. Love the sound of that LS2 engine! Mpg, not so much, but I knew that going in.
#186 of 220 Re: Gas Tank Problems? [woolfman5]
Jan 16, 2006 (9:31 am)
I have a 2002 Trailblazer EXT with the same problem. Stress crack at the top of my gas tank.$1000 to replace. I called GM and they have no recall or knowledge of this problem. Needless to say - no help from GM. I also feel this is a defect in workmanship and a definite safety issue. Please let me know if you found a solution/help with reimbursement. Thanks
Sep 11, 2006 (7:32 pm)
Here's one for you. Returning from a family vacation on a Sunday night the 2003 TB XLT lost power on the highway and would only idle. Any attempt to drive would result in severe bucking and jerking. Onstar diagnostics were of no help but they did dispatch the thruway towing. The tow driver knew the local rent a wreck owner and called him at home to meet us at the rental shop. (Wonderful people from a small town) Got a rental to drive the last 150 miles home. Got a call from the local chevy dealer who told us the fuel pump was shot and needed replacement $750.00. Guess the mileage? Yep 36,200 and I have the car exactly 37 months. Well I bitched and GM offered the 50/50 split so what could I do. I pick up the car a week later in a snow storm. The fuse box under the rear seat was still open and I had to wait another half hour until they could get someone to close it up. finally on my way back home in the snow the check engine light comes on. I'm not about to turn around so I drive home in the snow. the car seemed sloppy and i figured the road was icy. Would you believe i got 2 slow leaks in both rear tires and when I got home the tires were almost completely flat. Talk about a close call. Back to the story, I noticed a gas smell whenever i drive somewhere I didn't get a chance to go to the dealer yet and the inspection was due. The shop cant inspect with a check engine light on so I had no choice to go to the dealer for the issue. Dealer calls me with the bad news. Broken vapor return fitting on the top of the tank. cant be repaired need new tank another $750.00 original dealer who took down the tank to replace fuel pump claims no responsibility. Now i have to sue them and drive back 150 miles to their court. My other problems with the car are 2 windows got stuck open, driver and pass power seat tracks are frozen stuck, radio knobs are peeling, door interior panels are warping, exterior trim gaskets are ungluing. Thanks GM, No wonder your stock is in the toilet.
#189 of 220 Re: any electrical problems? [adupwe]
Oct 27, 2006 (9:36 pm)
I also have an 04 Trailblazer, loved the car but now over 50,000 miles and have had similar issues with the speakers, electrical and a fire. I had gone only about a mile, cut off the car to run in the school to pick up my nephew and when he got in the back seat he noticed lots of smoke coming up from the area between the doors on the side of the car, by this time I was in the drivers seat and looked back about the time flames popped out of the plastic cover! We both jumped out and I poured some water on it and in the hole the fire had created which put out the fire but the wires inside were a mess. The repair folks said it was a wire rubbing against something which really makes no sense as they were all taped together under the plastic cover. I had also noticed noises coming from the speaker at that back door for a few days before the fire. Now the repair folks have welded the wires together but the door locks won't work, the radio is gone as is the CD player (no sound at all from any speakers), the light on the front panel won't work and the window lock is out. I guess at least the electric windows still work but its a mess. Have an appt with the dealer on Monday and wondering if anyone else has seen anything like this...
#190 of 220 Re: gas tank problems [nomoreuscars]
Nov 24, 2006 (9:39 pm)
Add my to that list!! I have a 2003 TB EXT with almost 80K miles. Recently smelled gas in and out of the vehicle. My mechanic found this issue (Split in the Neck filler on the PLASTIC gas tank)!!. I called the GM 800 number and opened a case. Went to the dealer to confirm the issue and they asked for $750 + tax. Had GM talk to the dealer and in front of my, asked how much $$ I spent with the Dealer and If I was a good customer!! I too was offered a 50/50 split, but I told them I wasn't satisfied with and escalated this it. GM is not budging at this point. So, I filed a complaint on CAS (Center for Automotive Safety ) website as well as the National H/w safety website. I'm sending my cause up to the CEO (with a copy of these posting as well as others I've found on Topix.net). This is a POOR DESIGN and it is leading to a highly DANGEROUS situation!! Anyone caring to get a class action suit together, let me know!!
- Broken Drivers seat. Flimsy piece of metal holding the seat to the seat frame broke. GM wants $750 to fix (Another quallity issue)
- Ticking noise at startup to about 5 minutes
- Poor AM reception
- Faded Radio buttons (GM claims Hand Cream is to blame - rediculous!!).