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#250 of 505 2007 Trailblazer SS Tranny Blown at 2000 miles
Oct 04, 2007 (6:55 am)
It looks to me as if you all havee een relatively lucky getting the miles you have out of your Trailblazers before the tranny problems. I have a story to tell about mine.
I was being listed for a doule lung transplant at a hospital about 50 miles away from my home. My 2004 Dodge 1500 was about 2000 miles from becoming out of warranty. So, we decided we needed to have a new, reliable, warranteed vehicle so we would not have any problems during my upcoming MAJOR surgury and lengthy hospital stay. We got the 2007 TB SS in mid-January, I got called for my surgery on January 31. I was hospitalized for 15 days during which my husband made daily trips to the hospital for visits. I was discharged after 15 days, and had to return for a bronch/biopsy 5 days after my discharge. On the way to the hospital our transmission BLEW UP while we were doing 75 MPH on the interstate in major traffic. My husband was able to get it to the side of the interstate and we had to have it towed to our dealership. Barely 2000 HIGHWAY miles on the TB, and we figured out we had made the worst mistake of our lives. NEVER a problem with the Dodge, and I wish to God I had kept it.
The Dealer absolutely refuses to replace the tranny with new; just put all the old parts in a new case, even though all the fluid had blown out on the interstate and we know the parts had to have sustained damage. But we are stuck. Nothing we can do. Even took it to another dealership to see if they could help, they refuse to touch it saying our dealer had already made a decision on it.
We have since had to have the vehicle back to the dealer 3 times because the tranny was still leaking.
I loved the SS when I drove it off the lot, but now I can't stand to even look at it. I keep waiting for it to blow up again, this time probably while I am driving, and I'm not as good a driver as my Husband, who was also a mechanic for 20 years.
We have called Chevy directly and they are of NO help in resolving. We want a NEW transmission, as the old parts HAVE to be damaged. No luck. We have contacted the State as the first step in lemon law process. But even if we are able to get out from under this vehicle, we don't know if we are going to be able to get our money back, and we certainly won't get my truck back, which I loved.
#251 of 505 I used to love my Trailblazer ...
Oct 08, 2007 (5:26 am)
... but it has been the worst nightmare. I have owned 7-8 vehicles, ranging from the very worst (Vegas and Pintos) in college to what I thought was one of the best - my 2002 Trailblazer. I fell in love with it the moment I drove it. It's been a nightmare ever since. My transmission did go a few months ago. The sun shell or some such thing. Chevy coughed up all but $400 - even though it was no longer under warranty (57,000 miles) - but the transmission was just REPAIRED - not replaced. Two weeks later the cable fell off that hooks the transmission to the drive shaft. That was rusted, too, but the dealer never touched it (I have yet to believe that's possible) when they worked on the transmission. Not only all this in 2007, but this year alone I've had to replace the ignition switch, the front wheel hub assembly, a cracked fuel filter (and I'd already replaced the fuel filter at 30,000+ miles), and now just Friday - the transmission coolant lines. My driveway was covered in reddish, oily grease. I looked underneath the front and I could see fluids pouring out and all over the underside. One transmission coolant line had completely rusted through and the ohter was bad. Replace those and flush the transmission? $432. Every time something goes wrong (every month or so) I say "Do I cut my losses" or do I keep it because I now have about $40,000 into this car. It makes me sick.
#253 of 505 Chevy Trailblazer Transmission Trouble
Oct 21, 2007 (4:34 pm)
Well, I just experienced the "sun shield" disaster. Cost me $2700 to fix. AAMCO originally wanted $3440 but got them down to $2700 when I said they were more expensive than the delership. Called GM but at 81,000 miles they won't do anything. Even if I had taken it to dealership I doubt I would have gotten anything. I started to hear a clunking sound several weeks ago and I figured it was my u-joint going. Maybe if I had reacted sooner versus thinking it was a u-joint I could have save some bucks. When it ent I was backing up my driveway, heard a loud bang and then there was no more reverse. Made a whining noise also. Had it owed the next day. They told me I did not have reverse and second gear. It is fixed now. Did not want to let the car go. Just got it in Feb. 07. Purchased it from a co-worker at 63,000. She never towed and was a conservative driver so I figured it was a good bet. This was my third blazer and will probably be my last. I will look at a Highlander next. My 85 blazer lost the transmission at 115 miles and my 96 went to 145 miles with no trouble. Both of my previous blazers had prior owners. Go figure. I can't get rid of it now - too much invested. I want to also contact the government. Anybody got the address?
#254 of 505 Re: 2003 Trailblazer not accelerating [sisi69]
Oct 23, 2007 (7:04 pm)
I have a 2003 GMC Envoy XLT and had similar problems with only 4000-5000 miles. First occurance was leaving a sporting goods store. Started car and engined reved, put in drive and car would barely move. Drove 1/2 mile at 3-4 miles per hour. Pulled over and called tow truck. Turned off for 10 minutes and restarted, ran fine, drove home. Next day, wife ran early errand and returned home. Went to leave again and could not get car to start, completely dead like no battery at all. Called dealer to tow in. Tow driver tried to start, no juice. Got to dealer and the car started like no problem. Left at dealer and called every day for 3 days. They said they were atarting several times a day and had no problem until 3 day. Replaced ignition switch. Took home. Following week, lights and gauges went goofy while wife on road. She called me and I told her to call service manager while driving the car to them. They replaced ignition switch again. Wife went to pick up and car would not start. They replaced a wiring harness in the tailgate and put in a 3rd new ignition switch just in case. Car has run OK the last 3 years. Had to buy new gas tank when fill neck broke loose and flooded garage with fumes and some liquid when tank was full. Took to my mech because warranty was up on miles. Took tank to dealers service manager and showed him. He had seen cracks before but not broke all the way, but offered no help. I left it with him and stated I was thru with GMC PROFFESSIONAL ENGINEERED TRUCKS. Won't buy GM or GMC brands again.
#255 of 505 Re: Chevy Trailblazer Transmission Trouble [janiceo]
Oct 31, 2007 (7:43 pm)
Hi my transmission went out Mon. I can still drive it but it makes a strange noise & reverse is totally gone. My mechanic told me I need a new transmission. The estimate is $2500. Mine is the 3rd 2002 Trailblazer he has had in there in the last three weeks. they al have the same problem. Of course my extended warranty ran out 3000 miles ago. I spent 2 hours on the phone today. First with the Chevrolet Consumer Helpline. No help there except she did give me the toll free mumber for the NHTSA ( I couldn't believe it)(1-888-327-4236). I called them. They told me there had been a recall on it for the transmission on Feb 25, 2003. They sugested I call General Motors corporate headquaters & gave me that number(1-800-462-8782). They checked & said my vehicle had been sreviced for that warranty. The gentleman I spoke to there asked a lot of questions. He is suppose to be checking on the history of problems with this car & my mechanic & has promised to call me back in 2 days to let me know what if anything they are going to do.He admitted they will probably recall them eventually but untill then I will probably have to pay for it & then be reimbursed. I documented everything about my conversations with everyone. Hopefully these numbers will maybe help you or someone else.
#257 of 505 Nightmare Trailblazer
Nov 14, 2007 (2:35 pm)
Every time I start to love my 2003 TB again, something goes wrong with it. I also had a bad transmission. It went out on me at about 10,000 miles. Right from the beginning it had an electrical problem too. The turn signals would get stuck instead of flashing and the dome lights would go on and off randomly. And at about 20,000 miles it left me stranded in a dark parking lot late at night in the rain. That time it needed a new ignition switch. Around that time a water pump also broke and apparently caused a lot of damage so several parts had to be replaced. (I am not a mechanic so I may not use the right language.) The "Check Engine" light goes on frequenty which is unnerving. In fact, it is on right now. Almost every time that happens though, it ends up being a "loose gas cap" and the dealer charges me $200 just to tell me that. What a gimmick! Who knows if that is the problem this time; I checked the gas cap but the light is still on. Now I am stuck going to the dealer because they either need to reset the "check engine" light or something else is wrong again. Cha-ching for them once again!
The service manager told me that the problems with my TB are "just a fluke" and most people have had good experiences with theirs. I am seeing here that this is not quite true.
I only have another year of payments left so I hesitate to sell it. But it pains me to pay close to $400 a month for a car that I constantly have to pour money into to fix. One thing is for sure though; I will NEVER buy an American car again, especially a GM car.
#258 of 505 Transmission Out on 02
Nov 21, 2007 (7:01 pm)
I am so sad to see all the transmission problems with the Trailblazers as last night around midnight on a dark stretch of road on my way home from work this happened to me, being a female not a good thing. Took it to the dealer today lets guess? Sun Shield , no 1st and reverse. Bought it used a little over a year ago, did get extended warranty worked 3 miles from home till 2 months ago so the miles were low yet. I got lucky this time. Hope all goes well with those of you still fighting this.
#259 of 505 TRAILBLAZER TRANSMISSION L460E ISSUES
Dec 12, 2007 (7:21 pm)
ADD ME TO THE LIST OF CUSTOMERS HAVING ISSUES WITH GM TRANSMISSIONS. 2 TRANSMISSIONS WITHIN 83K ONE UNDER EXTENDED WARRANTY AT 54K, SECOND AT 83K (OUT OF WARRANTY). GM JUST TOLD ME THAT NO ASSISTANCE WOULD BE GIVEN. BUYER'S BEWARE THAT BULLETINS WERE ISSUED ON L460 AND L460E TRANSMISSIONS. OWNING TO GM TRUCKS WITH EXTENDED WARRANTIES AND GIVING DEALERSHIP ALL SERVICE REPAIRS HAS GIVEN ME NO LOYALTY WITH GM. SO I GUESS THAT MY LOAYLTY WILL HAVE TO GO ELSEWHERE AS WELL. TO TOP IT ALL I WAS TOLD THAT I WAS BEING PUT ON THE GM DISATISFIED CUSTOMER LIST. GEE THANKS GM.