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#166 of 280 same problem (instrument gauges)
Jul 19, 2010 (8:08 pm)
i have a 2004 chevy trailblazer that i bought about 2 years ago. everything works great except for the most simple and important feature, the gauges on the dash. the tachometer goes crazy, the oil pressure gauge is off the chart, the battery gauge reads 0 sometimes and the speedometer works when it wants to. now, a car less than 10 years old and under 100,000 miles should not have this kind of problem in my opinion. thank goodness the gas gauge is the only thing that works right, or i'd run out of gas while driving. i was quoted at a local chevy dealer for $700 plus tax to replace the cluster, which would probably mean around $1000; i think that is unacceptable. if tahoes, suburbans and silverados are getting their clusters recalled and replaced for free, we trailblazer owners should have the same coverage. i have been a loyal gm customer, my first car was an oldsmobile, my second was a blazer and now a trailblazer. if gm won't do anything about this problem, now i understand why they dropped their slogan "mark of excellence." i have never owned a foreign car because i believed american cars were more solidly built from prior experience. this simple yet crucial component needs to be one of the most reliable piece of equipment of any vehicle, for safety's sake and the problems must be fixed before someone dies from malfuncitioning speedometers, or dies from being stranded because of malfunctioning gauges.
#167 of 280 Re: same problem (instrument gauges) [dragonstunna]
Jul 20, 2010 (10:44 am)
I have the same issue with my 04 trailblazer. About a year and a half ago the speedometer started acting up, working sometimes and not working other times. I called GM after doing some research and finding out about all of the recalls for the cluster on all of the full sized GM trucks. Was told the same as the rest of you, go get a diagnosis. I told them it wasn't going to happen unless they could guarantee they would pay for the dealership to tell me what I already knew. They wouldn't so I never got it diagnosed or fixed. A $100 GPS does the trick just fine rather than spending that money to have them tell me the cluster is messed up. GM is the only type of vehicle I have ever owned. This will be the last.
#168 of 280 Re: My chevy runs great just wish I knew how fast I am going. [goodyloretta]
Aug 03, 2010 (4:46 am)
I have just traded my 1995 Chevy Lumina LS for a 2005 Trailblazer LTZ. During the testdrive the speedometer/tachometer was already malfunctioning. The salesman thought it was a battery low problem, but it wasn't. Anyhow, at the end the dealer has to fix this. I do not know whether they will be replacing the entire instrument cluster or just repairing the meters, if that is possible. It will not cost me any money though. Besides I will get 4 new tires, to start with. Rest of the car is fine and I am really looking forward to it.Wonder how long it will take them to get my car ready. Depends whether they can repair the speedometer or have to order a new one from the States.
Browsing this forum, the speedometer (instrument cluster) seems to be a common problem for Chevy trucks. I assume the original cluster is still available.
#169 of 280 Trail Blazer Cluster/Gas Gauge problem
Aug 03, 2010 (2:32 pm)
NHTSA is investigating the problem with the gas gauge problem as a major safety issue. My suggestion to everybody who has had the cluster and/or gas gauge and accompanying O2 sensor problem go to the NHTSA website and enter a complaint. Maybe after investigating, they will convince GM to do a recall so those of us who have spent our hard earned money getting these repairs can be reimbursed.
#170 of 280 Re: 2005 Trailblazer w/faulty speedometer [gmcustsvc]
Aug 05, 2010 (1:37 pm)
Thanks for the info on NHTSA. I called GM Customer Service at (800)222-1020 to give the benefit of the doubt since I own 2 Chevy's and used to be a Fleet Manager. They basically said there was no issued with my VIN even though I pointed out all the isssues. I then called NHTSA at (888)327-4236 and filed a complaint. Guess what, they have received a ton about the same issue with the instrument cluster and my case will be assigned with 24 hours. GM is following this blog since it is on edmunds, but I guess they aren't seeing the rest. You just lost a loyal customer and I have pointed out these issues to quite a few friends, including Fleet Managers. File your complaint, the least GM could do is help U.S. citizens who helped bail them out. Need further help email me at boboxerlittleappletech.com. Sincerely, Anthony
#171 of 280 Re: 2005 Trailblazer w/faulty speedometer [apop1]
Aug 05, 2010 (2:25 pm)
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#172 of 280 Speedometer Out - Message To GMCust Serv
Aug 10, 2010 (1:57 pm)
It is horrendous how many posts on here are the same issue as other models that GM offered a recall for. My speedometer is out also and I have a teen daughter needing to leave for college in this car 8 hours away. We also have already replaced several sensors at various costs and an air bag coil that was 500.00. Parts to run a speedometer and an air bag shouldnt wear out, that is ridiculous. I held an extended warranty on this car until 80K miles I have 90K now) and only one sensor was actually covered. The car is serviced regularly and I dont have 1000.00 to fix a speedometer and knowing I need to buy myself a new car this sure sways me away from GM.
#174 of 280 Re: Speedometer Out - Message To GMCust Serv [msjkl031]
Aug 11, 2010 (10:21 am)
I apologize that you are experiencing a concern with your vehicle. You can you please email me with your VIN so I can look into the situation further? You can get my email by clicking on gmcustsvc. Thank you,
Mariah GM Customer Service
#175 of 280 2005 Trailblazer Speedometer
Aug 15, 2010 (10:43 am)
My 2005 Trailblazer EXT speedometer is out also. For no rhym or reason it just does what it wants to while only working a fraction of the time. I see that everyone here going back a couple of years gets nowhere with the dealers or GM customer service. I need to get this fixed as I am going to sell it. Good thing is I just bought a Ford Excursion to replace this piece of crap. I have contacted the NHSTA about my vehicle. What happend to us was we were traveling on the highway and I thought I was going 70 mph but I was really going 50 mph. After a big rig almost rear ended me I turned on my GPS to see what the hell was going on and sure enough the speedo was out. Funny thing is that in 1999 I test drove a blazer at a dealer and not even a mile down the road the instrument cluster went haywire and the vehicle died. I called the dealer and had him come pick it up good thing is that it broke down in front of the Ford dealership and I ended up buying a 2000 F-150. I should have known back then to never come back but I did but I am now gone forever as a customer Government Motors.