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2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SUV

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2003 LTZ
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By Gene
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2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SUV LTZ 4WD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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This has been a wonderful vehicle to own and operate. It handles well, has adequate power and is comfortable to drive. The turning radius is out of this world, simply fantastic. During a recent relocation I used the vehicle to tow a 16 foot utility trailer on several trips of 700 miles over mountains and interstate. If you were to do this all the time I'd recommend the V-8, but for occasional use the 4200 straight six is very good. Mileage at 20 +/- on the highway and 17-18 around town. Towing really takes a toll on mileage, but that's to be expected. I would buy another one of these vehicles in a heartbeat. Great size and fun to drive. Thanks Chevy.


Favorite Features

Turning radius. CD changer. Easy access


Suggested Improvements

Add a head up display / add third row seat / modify sunroof switch for positive close position. Too hard to know when window is in perfect closed position


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Comfortable ride with good power
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By BrewTownDan
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2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SUV LS 4WD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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One of the most comfortable riding SUV's I've ridden/driven. Handles very well, but the 4WD is lacking if you're really in the thick of things. Definitely opt for the locking rear differential if you're going to test its limits. The interior is a bit drab; could definitely use some sprucing up. However, the large controls are very user-friendly. The numerous rear storage compartments are useful. Actual workmanship of the vehicle is ok, but after only 4 years of ownership, door moldings are working their way loose and rust is developing from the inside-out along the bottoms of the doors. Taillight lenses and license plate lights also let in far too much moisture.


Favorite Features

Super tight turning radius, thanks to in-line 6. Plenty of get-up-and go with 275 bhp. Standard tow-package is very useful. Auto-on headlights is great for safety and convenience. Seats are very comfortable for long- distance trips.


Suggested Improvements

Rearwindow wiper and washer need improvement. Wiper doesn't conform to curved window and washer doesn't spray high enough to cover wiper area. It tows boats and trailers fairly well, but the gearing is too high, so there is a lot of downshifting on even the slightest of inclines. Needs a towing gear


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New Car Trouble From the Start
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By Yorkie
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2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SUV EXT LT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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This car was a candidate for the lemon law. I bought this car fron newand in the first year to 18 months it had trouble starting first time in cold weather, after at least 4 visits to the garage and 2 battery changes a short on the earth lead was found. It also had a problem with the seal around the licence plate disappearing down the back, again this was repaired 5 times, taking 1 hour 30 mins each visit. To top it all off at 4 years old I was told the steering gear might be going. Needless to say I decided to sell at this point. A new car that was nothing but trouble from the start, the customer service from Chevy leaves a lot to be desired.


Favorite Features

I liked the size and 7 passenger seating. I also liked the auto 4WD feature.


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Happy so far
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By Ken
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2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SUV LS 4WD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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Overall, a pretty good SUV. Excellent motor and transmission, trouble free after 100K miles. Had all of the axle seals, an air conditioning seal, and a faulty wire harness on the 4WD system replaced, thankfully all under warranty. Considerable wind noise from poor quality door and window seals. Gas mileage is very good for its class. Somewhat "Plain Jane" styling and interior features, which is now typical of GM vehicles. It seems like all of the innovation is with the Japanese brands. Perhaps Michael Lopez's cost cutting measures and squeezing of GM's suppliers have finally caught up with them. The 2007 model is still the same vehicle as the 2002. Why buy another one?


Favorite Features

Engine is quiet, powerful, and problem free after 100K miles. No problems with transmission. Seats and ride are very comfortable. Turning radius is very tight, and it handles well, even in rain and snow. Gas mileage is very good for an SUV, 20-22 highway.


Suggested Improvements

Bad electronics and seals. every GM vehicle I've owned has been plagued with these. Fix the wind noise with the door seals. Interior is bland. Redesign this vehicle soon. I'd seriously consider another one, but not if you drain two to three more years out of this design!


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My '03 Trailblazer
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By JR
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2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SUV LS 4WD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


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Good truck for the money. Very reliable straight 6 but could use a little bit more "pep". I'm thinking about installing a K&N Air Intake Kit to get those few extra horses and it will also give better gas mileage.


Favorite Features

I do like how much easier it is to work on the straight 6 rather than a V6 and I like the automatic lights.


Suggested Improvements

I would put the shifter by the steering wheel like in the Tahoe's and make the cup holders bigger and further back from the radio. Also, add some color or something to make the interior a little more lively.


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