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Old 03-19-2015, 08:52 PM   #1
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Trailblazer ?

Any one towing with a trailblazer, if so how do you like it, what don't you like? If you could change something about it ,what would it be? Our jimmy trany took a dump this week, so the wife and I went out a and bought a 04 trailblazer. Likes and dislikes?
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Old 03-19-2015, 10:09 PM   #2
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Only thing I can relate to is the one the Feds had me drive for a few years. It had more rattles than can of rocks, but that could have been due to the roads (or lack of roads) I drove it on. However, it never gave me any mechanical problems and kept on running.

Only thing that I ever had to take into for replacement was the ignition switch (known problem), and batteries (but heat kills batteries as well as the radio guy who first wired the two-way, and dash cam incorrectly). This one had the inline 6.
I would honestly have no problem in purchasing a used one. I think it was a 2005, but not sure.

Biggest trailer pull was a trailer with a ATV and no great distance, just deep into the desert.
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Old 03-19-2015, 10:21 PM   #3
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a TB is a great choice for towing a popup, but a not a TT.
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Old 03-22-2015, 02:46 PM   #4
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we have a 2003 trailblazer. Last year was our 1st year owning a popup, and TB was used to tow it. We also had used it to tow my lund boat. We experienced no problems towing anything with it. Now we use my Sierra pu to tow the boat and the TB to pull the camper. I believe it is rated for 6000# towing capacity, but I am not sure.
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Old 03-22-2015, 03:05 PM   #5
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It will tow a small pup fine. But you need to keep your oil nice n clean.

We had a trailblazer and loved it until we had this problem. . The pcv is internal and can clog causing oil to spew out from every gasket and get sucked into the throttle body. I had estimates from $2000 to $3000 to fix, 20 some hours of labor.
Needless to say , never again and we traded ours. A real GM blunder.
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Old 03-22-2015, 03:40 PM   #6
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Needless to say , never again and we traded ours. A real GM blunder.
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I have a relative in the GM auto service industry who agrees with the "GM blunder" moniker. He un-affectionately calls them "FAILblazers".
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Wow, I guess we just have been lucky so far towing with ours.
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We've got a 2001 that's still in great shape. Gone hunting and camping with the popup every year, no issues. One of the best vehicles we've ever owned, and when we moved up to the Apex and the Ford, we kept it for a pasture truck. DH couldn't bear to part with it. So maybe we got the good ones, Joe!
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Old 03-23-2015, 10:15 PM   #9
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I wonder what the actual number of problems there were with that engine? Other than on internet sites. The H3 had the same engine, the 5-cylinder version, but basically the same, and there were no big problems with the PCV system. Yea, the throttle body needed to be cleaned about every 18K miles; it was a pain, but we did it.

I can say that the Trailblazer I was driving had about 60K miles on it when it was sent to auction, and like I said earlier; no engine problems; just batteries and ignition switch.

There were quite a few other ones too.

However, I will note that being a government vehicle, oil changes were done when needed. Someone entered all the monthly miles into a system and that would sent out an email when a oil change was due.
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2002 Trailblazer

We have a 2002 Trailblazer with 106k miles on it and we pulled a 24 foot Lite TT for several years before we traded it for a MH. We had no problems towing and the Trailblazer has been hands down the most reliable vehicle we have ever owned. Inline engines naturally create more torque than "V" configured engines and it out turns any vehicle I have ever driven making it a great tow vehicle.
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