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Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT, Electrical, Transmission, SUV
Apr 08, 2009 (10:18 am)
So I have a 2004 Trailblazer with the same problems as all of you, but since I am in OR I have been researching this mysterious "lawsuit" I keep hearing about. It turns out it is real and the case has been closed....WE WON! GM/Chevy lost the case and ALL OWNERS IN THE UNITED STATES are covered for this problem! Here are the links to the attorneys involved and the outcome:
But, OF COURSE, I just called my local dealership to schedule a time to fix this problem and they told me they had never heard of such a lawsuit and they would call me back after they researched it. But the information is valid and if they tell me NO there will be some problems! I will definitely call the Chevy 800 number if the dealer tells me they won't do it, because they are required by law to fix this! I will repost when I get a response from the dealer. Hope this helps some of you from this RIDICULOUS problem!
Apr 08, 2009 (5:15 pm)
So here's a follow up for the previous post... I talked to to the dealer AND the Chevy customer support line, and both places denied that the Trailblazer was eligible to be fixed for free. I told them that I was literally staring at an attorney's website that explicitly states every 2004 Trailblazer owner with less than 70k miles will get the cluster fixed FREE.....and they both said there was no such ruling and I would have to pay to fix it. Needless to say, I am heading down there tomorrow, printed documents in hand, and am having a talk with the manager. I will let you all know the outcome.
#78 of 280 Re: CASE CLOSED! [ehoffbuhr]
Apr 11, 2009 (7:18 am)
Just wanted to say thanks for the head's-up. I have printed the necessary forms and obtained all the necessary information and will send in this weekend. I am at 72000 miles so I will only be getting a partial refund but... it is better than nothing.
You haven't, by chance, heard anything about a problem with the transmission... have you? That just went out as well... I am really starting to not like this vehicle very much. Oh well.... Wish me luck and thanks again for your help.
#79 of 280 Re: CASE CLOSED! [gregw44]
Apr 11, 2009 (1:36 pm)
Well I took my Trailblazer in to get checked out and the guy told me it would be $480 to fix the cluster, but that he talked to someone at Chevy and they ARE in the process of honoring the lawsuit outcome. He told me if I send in the claims form after paying for the new parts that I would be given a refund. Now I just hope it isn't like most refunds that take a year before you get any money back!
And gregw44, as for the transmission, my brother has an 05 Trailblazer and he had to replace his transmission about a year ago. I am definitely going to sell my car as soon as the speedo is fixed so I can avoid all of the problems he has had!! Whether the transmission is a widespread problem, I'm not sure. But I know that after my brother fixed his, the car basically started falling apart so I wouldn't be surprised if it is happening to a lot of people.
#80 of 280 GM in trouble? No wonder
Apr 11, 2009 (5:38 pm)
This does not seem to be a random failure, but a consistent problem for many GM customers. Mine is similar, yet intermittent. The speedometer goes haywire when the ambient temperature reaches around 85 F, then it just goes wild, standing still it reads 80-100 or more. Temperature drops and a few days later it is operating normal(?). This is just a guess, what is normal when one does not have any reliable consistency? From what I have discovered there are small plastic motors that operate the indicator arms. These motors are made by Swatch, the watch guys. These obviously are not dependable, maybe their watches should be called into question also. What would be the right thing to do? We all know what that is, but do we live in a country where people and companies are responsible anymore? No, it seems as though our government has seen fit to reward the failures and to punish those of us who support these companies. I have owned only GM products since 1959, many autos and trucks. Never have I seen neglect like this in the past. This reflects why GM has to go away or change it's approach to business and their customers.
#81 of 280 What is the latest?
Apr 21, 2009 (12:20 pm)
I have the same problem with by 05 Trailblazer. I'm going about 160 mph at a stand still and my gas gage always says I'm on empty. What is the latest with this? Are the local dealers now aware that they have to fix this?
#82 of 280 Re: What is the latest? [didih1963]
Apr 21, 2009 (12:53 pm)
Well I am pretty sure the dealers are aware of the trial outcome (in Oregon at least) but they are saying they still haven't gotten the go ahead from Chevy to cover the cost of the repair. So for now we just have to pay for the repair and then send in the claims form that can be found at http://www.speedometersettlement.com/. The claim form says you should hear within 60 days if they will pay you back or not.
#83 of 280 The run-around...
Apr 22, 2009 (11:58 am)
Hey guys...here's a little update to my never ending Chevy saga:
So about a week ago I submitted my claims form along with my repair invoice and payment receipt to the address provided on the claims form...and I got a call today from a RUDE RUDE RUDE GM customer service rep saying Trailblazers are not covered under this lawsuit. WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT??? On the attorney's website for this class action settlement, it EXPLICITLY states that Trailblazers are covered. The customer service rep argued with me and finally hung up on me after I told her I wasn't taking no for an answer. I just emailed the attorney involved in this lawsuit and can't wait to hear back. I will let you all know what they say. I do know one thing, however...CHEVY IS GOING DOWN!
#84 of 280 Re: The run-around... [ehoffbuhr]
Apr 22, 2009 (3:08 pm)
I did the same thing. Clicked on the link, filled out the claim and submitted mine a week ago. I just received a call from GM stating that only FULL SIZE trucks and SUVs are included in this settlement and not Trailblazers, and yet they could and would not provide me a copy of the notice. I am not sure WHY they are the only vehicles covered, since those were recalled and our trailblazers were not!
I am anxious to hear what the attorney says. GM is providing their information and reason for denial in writing to me so I will have it that they are refusing to reimburse me the cost of repair.
#85 of 280 Ok, I'm pissed...
Apr 25, 2009 (3:03 pm)
So, this just may be the last in my series of posts chronicling my attempt to get my Trailblazer's speedometer fixed for free. After getting rejected by GM for reimbursement after sending them the claims for from the lawsuit website, I emailed the attorneys involved in the suit and they told me they made a mistake. Trailblazers are in fact NOT covered by the lawsuit, and the sentence saying they are covered has since been removed from their website. WHAT THE HELL WAS THE LAWSUIT FOR THEN? There was already a recall for all th other models, so what's the need for the case? I am royally pissed off now...I am still going to talk to Chevy again and get them to at least pay for part of the repair like some others have done on this forum...