2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Consumer Review: Good but not perfect

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Good but not perfect
By LouAnn on


2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer LS 4WD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)


Overall this has been a good reliable vehicle but we have has some issues along the way. The transmission dipstick rotted off near the handle (replaced under warranty) and the alternator pulley was squealing within the first year of ownership. We purchased new, but these just seem to be poor quality issues. More recently the trim at the top of the hatch froze in place (winter ice) and bent upward - nearly breaking the glass. The cheap plastic trim held up though it bent the metal brackets; this is an obvious design flaw. Half the radio lights are out and it's $800 to replace it. Fuel economy is ok for a big SUV(about 15mpg) and we took 4 kids to FL from MA in relative comfort last year.

Best Features

Ride comfort, size (7 passenger). Lower gear ratio on this truck makes the it very responsive to the throttle, though it does negatively impact the fuel economy. Versatile selection between 2, 4 and AWD (with a low range for 4WD).

Worst Features

Improved quality control. Some of the problems I have has are a direct result of poor quality materials or quality control. Could also use some better engineering with respect to the liftgate. Ice got into the seal along the roof and when the hatch was opened, it bent the brackets holding the glass.
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