Bulletins


BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
SUSPENSION
05-03-08-00704/01/2008050308007A10017342Rattle, clunk, pop, snap noise from front and/or rear suspension while driving over rough, uneven, wash board road surfaces. *tt (replace appropriate stabilizer link(s)). updated 7/11/08. *nj11/03/2005
312401/01/200410010188Upper and lower intermediate shaft parts restriction. *sc11/04/2004
01115A01/01/200401115B10007273Clunk, rattle noise from front of vehicle over bumps. *tt06/09/2004
020309002B12/01/2004020309002C10005147Intermittent boom, rumbling noise and / or disturbance heard in passenger compartment while driving at highway speeds. *tt02/09/2004
020309002A09/01/200202030900210000060Intermittent boom, rumbling noise and / or disturbance heard in passenger compartment while driving at highway speeds. *tt02/10/2003
SUSPENSION - FRONT
305901/01/200410009663Rattle noise in front suspension over small bumps, clunk or loose lumber type noise over uneven/wash board roads. *tt10/14/2004
SUSPENSION - REAR
PIP4054A02/01/2008PIP4054B10024345Eaton locking differential chatter shudder noise on turns, equipped with a locking rear differential rpo g80. *nj updated 7/17/2008. *pe04/07/2008
SUSPENSION - REAR - SPRINGS - AIR SUSPENSION SYSTEM
199658410022660Boom/rumbling noise at highway speed *nj09/18/2007

Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
SUSPENSION
12/25/20111090001
 Was making a lane change on perfect road conditions when the back end of the trailblazer started shaking uncontrollably. veered into the median and was about to drive into on coming traffic. cranked hard on the steering wheel to the right to avoid traffic and rolled the vehicle 4 times. *tr
03/05/200454000210/08/2002
 2003 chevrolet trailblazer speedometer failed *gr the speedometer would register as high as 120 mph. the vehicle was inspected and it was determined there was an internal malfunction on the instrument cluster. the consumer was informed it would cost $550 for a replacement cluster. the rear passenger taillight and passenger side head light burned out and was replaced. the water pump and serpentine belt were replaced. the mechanic noted a broken bolt in the water pump that held down the housing and the ball joints were replaced. *jb
02/07/200653000106/16/2005
 2003 trailblazer - reduced engine power light present when started. would accelerate to 15mph. rattle or grinding noise when braking or driving over bumps. drove to beaty chevrolet knoxville tn tues, 2/7/06. replaced throttle assembly & advised noise was from misaligned hood. trailblazer picked up on fri, 2/10/06. paid $200. ext warranty ded. gas empty stopped to fill up. while driving noticed fuel gauge past full mark, appeared to be pointing straight down. noticed tachometer registered 6500 rpms. called beaty chevrolet. service department closed. next day fuel gauge appears correct. after a week refueled and noticed fuel gauge was incorrect again. noticed strong gas odor when vehicle is started & vehicle smoking. called to schedule repairs on 2/28/06. was unable to make appointment rescheduled for tues 3/9/06. beaty informed that it must be guage sensor and not related to previous repair work so another $200. deductible would be due. they were unable to detect fuel odor nor smoking. i disagreed with the $200 charge due to vehicle being defective when i picked it up from the service department on the first visit. beaty chev. said they did not look at the tachometer nor fuel gauge when they service vehicles so they would not have known about the problem. lol .. i called gm warranty and they would not waive the $200 and said the dealership would be responsible. i contacted the dealership again and they thought gm would waived because of the numerous problems with the guage sensors. however they would not admit that they did not check the vehicle when it was being repaired the first visit. i have read numerous complaints regarding reduced power throttle assembly, guage malfunctions, and grinding noise when braking and feel that gm should recall and reimburse the consumer for the repairs they have paid. vehicle is still making grinding noise and now seems to lunge forward when brake is released. i need help and any advice you have to offer. *nm
01/28/2005290001112/25/2003
 These are all of the problems fixed at the dealer with this truck so far: rear sway bar links replaced, rear wiper blade came out of alignment 2 times, right rear door is warped, driver side rear molding is loose, back plate rubber seal out of alignment, windshield wiper tank replaced since it was leaking, a/c low pressure switch inop then replaced, windshield wiper module replaced because wipers would not turn off, sway bar links replaced for a second time. all of these have broken over the past 2 years and nine months and driver's side passenger window for that door is loose. still is a noise in the front suspension that makes a hard knock onto the steering column but dealer denies hearing it. *nm
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 Consumer states theres is a rattle noise, and some vibration in steering wheel. cause unknown. *ak
11/26/2002111/01/2002
 The car constantly wanders (especially at high speeds) causing me to continually correct the car to stay within the lines of the road. i took the car to the dealer 2xs and the performed 2 wheel alignments. this is not the issue as it started when i bought the car last nov 2002 and continues every day. this car is very unsafe to drive due to this wandering issue. the dealer stated the steering is extremely sensitive. i again disagree since the only reason i have to adjust is due to the wandering which happens on its own.*ak
SUSPENSION - AUTOMATIC STABILITY CONTROL (ASC)
05/09/2003804/15/2003
 2003 chevrolet trailblazer plagued with defects. (nar) *ph transmission, air conditioner, suspension, and rear windshield not working properly. *cb
SUSPENSION - FRONT
12/22/201065000
 2003 chev trail blazer. noticed very odd wear pattern on front tires. front end of car seemed loose. no accident, car just hard to steer accurately. took to dealer. both front lower ball joints were loose. front struts were shot. dealer repleaced lower ball joints and struts. i'm a little old lady who drives in town - only 65,000 original miles and front end is going out. pour quality! dealer said front end worn because car has 4 wheel drive and is heavier than passenger car. i do not drive off road. repairs not covered by warranty. no help on 60,000 mile front tires completely shot in 17,000.
12/22/201065000
 2003 chev trail blazer. noticed very odd wear pattern on front tires. front end of car seemed loose. no accident, car just hard to steer accurately. took to dealer. both front lower ball joints were loose. front struts were shot. dealer repleaced lower ball joints and struts. i'm a little old lady who drives in town - only 65,000 original miles and front end is going out. pour quality! dealer said front end worn because car has 4 wheel drive and is heavier than passenger car. i do not drive off road. repairs not covered by warranty. no help on 60,000 mile front tires completely shot in 17,000.
12/22/201065000
 2003 chev trail blazer. noticed very odd wear pattern on front tires. front end of car seemed loose. no accident, car just hard to steer accurately. took to dealer. both front lower ball joints were loose. front struts were shot. dealer repleaced lower ball joints and struts. i'm a little old lady who drives in town - only 65,000 original miles and front end is going out. pour quality! dealer said front end worn because car has 4 wheel drive and is heavier than passenger car. i do not drive off road. repairs not covered by warranty. no help on 60,000 mile front tires completely shot in 17,000.
12/22/201065000
 2003 chev trail blazer. noticed very odd wear pattern on front tires. front end of car seemed loose. no accident, car just hard to steer accurately. took to dealer. both front lower ball joints were loose. front struts were shot. dealer repleaced lower ball joints and struts. i'm a little old lady who drives in town - only 65,000 original miles and front end is going out. pour quality! dealer said front end worn because car has 4 wheel drive and is heavier than passenger car. i do not drive off road. repairs not covered by warranty. no help on 60,000 mile front tires completely shot in 17,000.
12/22/201065000
 2003 chev trail blazer. noticed very odd wear pattern on front tires. front end of car seemed loose. no accident, car just hard to steer accurately. took to dealer. both front lower ball joints were loose. front struts were shot. dealer repleaced lower ball joints and struts. i'm a little old lady who drives in town - only 65,000 original miles and front end is going out. pour quality! dealer said front end worn because car has 4 wheel drive and is heavier than passenger car. i do not drive off road. repairs not covered by warranty. no help on 60,000 mile front tires completely shot in 17,000.
09/24/201096500
 I was backing out of my driveway and the driver side control arm snapped on my 2003 chevy trailblazer ltz. the consequences could have been fatal if it happened 2 days prior while i was driving out of town on the freeway going 70 mph. a new control arm has to be installed. i have the dealer saving the old parts including the bolt. i found the bolt head at the end of my driveway.
09/24/201096500
 I was backing out of my driveway and the driver side control arm snapped on my 2003 chevy trailblazer ltz. the consequences could have been fatal if it happened 2 days prior while i was driving out of town on the freeway going 70 mph. a new control arm has to be installed. i have the dealer saving the old parts including the bolt. i found the bolt head at the end of my driveway.
09/24/201096500
 I was backing out of my driveway and the driver side control arm snapped on my 2003 chevy trailblazer ltz. the consequences could have been fatal if it happened 2 days prior while i was driving out of town on the freeway going 70 mph. a new control arm has to be installed. i have the dealer saving the old parts including the bolt. i found the bolt head at the end of my driveway.
09/24/201096500
 I was backing out of my driveway and the driver side control arm snapped on my 2003 chevy trailblazer ltz. the consequences could have been fatal if it happened 2 days prior while i was driving out of town on the freeway going 70 mph. a new control arm has to be installed. i have the dealer saving the old parts including the bolt. i found the bolt head at the end of my driveway.
09/24/201096500
 I was backing out of my driveway and the driver side control arm snapped on my 2003 chevy trailblazer ltz. the consequences could have been fatal if it happened 2 days prior while i was driving out of town on the freeway going 70 mph. a new control arm has to be installed. i have the dealer saving the old parts including the bolt. i found the bolt head at the end of my driveway.
09/24/201096500
 I was backing out of my driveway and the driver side control arm snapped on my 2003 chevy trailblazer ltz. the consequences could have been fatal if it happened 2 days prior while i was driving out of town on the freeway going 70 mph. a new control arm has to be installed. i have the dealer saving the old parts including the bolt. i found the bolt head at the end of my driveway.
10/15/200648000110/15/2003
 Front end making popping and creaking noises while operating. *tr
04/01/20055000309/01/2003
 Tl*the contact owns a 2003 chevrolet trailblazer. while driving 25 mph, the contact heard a bumping noise when driving over an uneven surface. the dealer stated that the sway bar links, front end links, and the front stabilizer shaft were defective. the dealer repaired the vehicle. approximately one year later, the failure recurred. the dealer stated that the sway bar links, front end links, and the front stabilizer shaft were defective again. the dealer repaired the vehicle. a year and a half later, the failure recurred with the same results. the current mileage is 39,000 and failure mileage was 5,000.
05/03/20066774608/01/2003
 Dt*: the contact stated while the vehicle was receiving a regular maintenance inspection at an independent repair shop, the mechanic determined the right front outer tie rod assembly needed to be replaced. after the replacement, there was a rattling noise in the front suspension, but the vehicle was not seen for further inspection. in addition, nhtsa recall, #04v527000 repair was performed on the exterior lighting however, the recall repair did not remedy the problem. the contact replaced the bulbs in the exterior brake lights, but the dealership was not contacted. in addition, resurfaced rear rotors and replaced pads. also, replaced rear windshield wiper arm. the door locsk were inoperative. the rear brake lights were inoperative. updated 05/30/06. *ak
12/20/2005502/19/2003
 I have a trail blazer,chevrolet 2003 for which i have had to change the bushings/links over 6-7 times. the part in reference is made in a material calamine??? which is not a metal and breaks easily. there is not a campaign on that part, yet i know several trail blazer owners that have had the same problem. the links in the rear suspension came out in iron or some type of metal. i am totally frustrated because my vehicle is not longer under warranty. *jb
05/23/200585400111/22/2002
 Front end lower control arm and suspension very loose. sounds like i have a box washes in front. *jb
07/05/20045
 While driving 45 mph consumer heard a loud knocking noise coming from the front of the vehicle. suddenly vehicle vibrated uncontrollably. vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, but mechanic could not duplicate the problem. *ak
11/07/2004230001
 Complaint received via e-mail. my son was driving car at 45 mph, when all of a sudden the rear end came loose. this made him lose control of the vehicle and crash. the vehicle was totaled. my son had minor injuries. his initial statement to the deputy was, the vehicle felt like the rear end came loose. the deputy looked under my suv, and found the sway bar with a clean break on it. he then proceeded to have someone else look at it also. they both stated there was no twisting or distortion of the sway bar. it appeared the sway bar just broke. *ak. rear sway bar was replaced.*ak
03/30/20041
 Consumer states that when vehicle hits a bump it makes a thumping noise. he took vehicle to the dealer, and was told that the vehicle needed a shield. consumer thinks there is something wrong with the front end.*ak
02/16/2003250002/15/2003
 Front end creak when on any bumpy road surface. drivers front seat creaks at seatbelt mount on bumps as well
SUSPENSION - FRONT - CONTROL ARM - LOWER ARM
02/23/200832000412/25/2002
 Water has been seen several times dripping from underneath the truck in the center area. it appears to be from the emissions system. no wet weather at the time. it appears to be some sort of condensation. also fan clutch failure, sway bar linkages failure, tie-rod failure, rack and pinion failure/leak, control arm failures 2 times, windshield wiper would not turn off failure, windshield wiper reservoir tank leak replaced, ac cold air failure. all needed to be replaced on a vehicle less than 5 years old with only 38,000 miles on it. *tr
SUSPENSION - FRONT - CONTROL ARM - LOWER BALL JOINT
01/13/200534796410/01/2003
 Dt: caller says the ball joints started going bad on january 13, 2005. the right front fell off, and was replaced at 35,000 miles and at 40,000 miles. it was replaced under warranty, and at 43000 miles the right and left were defective. dealer offered to replace the ball joints and the spindles. manufacturer said consumer could trade the vehicle in and would give him $750.00. in addition, caller was concerned about the safety of driving the vehicle, and felt he was being taken advantage of because manufacturer had the upper hand. *ak
04/12/200350001
 While traveling at 55 mph the front passenger wheel buckled under the car, and caused the driver to lose control. the vehicle flipped and landed upside down on a center concrete median strip . *ak the lower ball joint was found separated during the investigation and the vehicle was considered a total loss.(ohio traffic report) *scc
SUSPENSION - FRONT - CONTROL ARM - UPPER BALL JOINT
01/13/200534796410/01/2003
 Dt: caller says the ball joints started going bad on january 13, 2005. the right front fell off, and was replaced at 35,000 miles and at 40,000 miles. it was replaced under warranty, and at 43000 miles the right and left were defective. dealer offered to replace the ball joints and the spindles. manufacturer said consumer could trade the vehicle in and would give him $750.00. in addition, caller was concerned about the safety of driving the vehicle, and felt he was being taken advantage of because manufacturer had the upper hand. *ak
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 The upper ball joint failed, while the vehicle was in motion. *jb
SUSPENSION - FRONT - STABILIZER BAR
07/03/2006108/04/2003
 2003 trailblazer fuel line and fuel pump rusted and began to leak fuel. *ts the fuel pump had to be replaced at a cost of 800.00 dollars. the filler neck was leaking at the fuel tank. the front pinion axle seal was leaking and the front stabilizer links were replaced. *jb
12/20/2005502/19/2003
 I have a trail blazer,chevrolet 2003 for which i have had to change the bushings/links over 6-7 times. the part in reference is made in a material calamine??? which is not a metal and breaks easily. there is not a campaign on that part, yet i know several trail blazer owners that have had the same problem. the links in the rear suspension came out in iron or some type of metal. i am totally frustrated because my vehicle is not longer under warranty. *jb
SUSPENSION - FRONT - WHEEL BEARING
07/20/200563000207/02/2003
 Dt: contact states tank gas cracked in june and she had a new one put on. they did not notice anything wrong prior to this happening.. they noticed a gas leak, and that was when they replaced the gas tank. she bought new tires on 7-7-05 ,and now they driver's side wheel bearing failed. also, heard a roaring noise, and took the car to dealer on 7-20-05. she has not talked to the manufacturer yet. the car has 63,000 miles on it. vehicke is a 2003 gm trailblazer. *ak
SUSPENSION - REAR
03/30/200735334
 2003 chevy trailblazer. unsafe handling caractoristics when trying to avoid hitting animal in road. unsafe rear end sway .
03/30/200735334
 2003 chevy trailblazer. unsafe handling caractoristics when trying to avoid hitting animal in road. unsafe rear end sway .
03/30/200735334
 2003 chevy trailblazer. unsafe handling caractoristics when trying to avoid hitting animal in road. unsafe rear end sway .
03/30/200735334
 2003 chevy trailblazer. unsafe handling caractoristics when trying to avoid hitting animal in road. unsafe rear end sway .
03/30/200735334
 2003 chevy trailblazer. unsafe handling caractoristics when trying to avoid hitting animal in road. unsafe rear end sway .
07/28/200832000108/06/2003
 Tl*the contact owns a 2003 chevrolet trailblazer. for quite some time, the contact has been hearing a noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. he finally took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the rear suspension sway bar was loose because the weight of the vehicle was too heavy for the bar. the manufacturer took a report and declined to assist with the repair. the contact paid $307 to have the vehicle repaired. the failure and current mileages were 32,000. updated 10/14/08 *bf updated 10/24/08. *jb
02/23/200832000412/25/2002
 Water has been seen several times dripping from underneath the truck in the center area. it appears to be from the emissions system. no wet weather at the time. it appears to be some sort of condensation. also fan clutch failure, sway bar linkages failure, tie-rod failure, rack and pinion failure/leak, control arm failures 2 times, windshield wiper would not turn off failure, windshield wiper reservoir tank leak replaced, ac cold air failure. all needed to be replaced on a vehicle less than 5 years old with only 38,000 miles on it. *tr
05/30/200688000108/01/2003
 Dt*: the contact stated while driving at various speeds there was a rattling noise that came from the left rear sway bar. the dealership determined the sway bar link was loose and the sway bar needed to be replaced. the manufacturer was alerted.
12/22/200424872204/15/2003
 Dt: 2003 chevrolet trailblazer. the contact stated that the stabilizer links keeps coming loose. the vehicle has been taken to the dealership where she purchased vehicle 5 times. they replaced the stabilizer links 5 times. the problem recurred. took the vehicle to another dealership, and they also replaced the stabilizer links. the vehicle shook, and shimmied. the contact was unable to control the vehicle while turning a corner. the vehicle shook while driving down a hill and there was also noise at that time. this problem started on december 22, 2004. the vehicle is currently working correctly. there was a loud humming noise coming from the transmission. it was shifting correctly. the contact to it to a dealership , and they test drove vehicle. they state the transmission mechanic was on vacation and it would have to be brought in at a later time. the contact called another dealership, and they will inspect the vehicle. *ak updated 2/13/2006 - *nm