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2002 trailblazer. Opinions

Anyone here have or had a trailblazer from around this era with a 4.2 I-6? Common issues? Durability? Maintainability?

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Wife had one. No major issues with it other than the 4 wheel drive module went out twice. Know several others that also had the same year and it seemed hit or miss. Some had nothing but problems others not a single problem. Liked it much better than her Toyota replacement.
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My sister has a trailblazer, don't know what year but her major complaint is how bad it sucks gas down. Whats funny is I get better gas milage on a full size SUV. Beisde that she likes it.
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Had one for work and beat the hell out of it.

My 4wd module also went out...and if you're planning any off roading it's probably not the vehicle for you.

That said, I put maybe 80k miles on it in like 2 years. The only issues I had was the coolant system went on me at about 130k. That was the only time it left me on the side of the road.

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Didn't know that was an IL6 ...... nice !


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Run in the opposite direction of where that car is .
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No first hand experience, but I've heard they are hit or miss too. Transmission seems to be the common problem if there are any.

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Cooling problems are common, and save for a transmission.

IMHO, they suck.
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had an '06. seemed like every week or 2 something was going wrong. electrical problems ie headlights blowing out once a month or so, started shifting real hard around 66k so I dumped it. Drove nice but sucked lots of gas for the size it was. If you can deal with bad gas mileage it's very hit or miss I'd say.

Edit: I also forgot the fuel guage went out. Drove around like that for a month not knowing if the tank was full or empty, drove me fucking nuts. This was a common problem for tbs; it was just some shitty part they were using. Dealer wanted something like $700 since it was out of waranty. Found a guy on CL that did it for $140.


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A lot of my customers have them. In my opinion, they are shitboxes. Cheyenne on here blew up the engine in his. The actuator and solenoid for the variable valve timing seems to be a common issue from what I've seen. Replacing the solenoid is no big deal but the actuator is part of the cam sprocket and that's a big and expensive job. Expect to get maybe 50,000 miles out of a set of balljoints, if you're lucky.
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had an '06. seemed like every week or 2 something was going wrong. electrical problems ie headlights blowing out once a month or so, started shifting real hard around 66k so I dumped it. Drove nice but sucked lots of gas for the size it was. If you can deal with bad gas mileage it's very hit or miss I'd say.
That thing did suck a ton of gas now that I think about it.

I would have taken my '98 Blazer in a heartbeat over the Trailblazer.

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That thing did suck a ton of gas now that I think about it.

I would have taken my '98 Blazer in a heartbeat over the Trailblazer.
It was rated something like 14/16, I was lucky if I got 12 babying the gas pedal.


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I like my 06, and we have an 03 in our work fleet that has been almost bullet proof. They are terrible on gas though.

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Gas mileage isnt a concern. Remember I have a Dodge so I'm used to crappy mileage.

Well found a s-blazer 4x4 (looks like a 2000 havent stopped at the dealer yet). Rather have a 4dr tahoe/yukon though. Although its rather entertaining when you're at a dealer and specify NO DODGE when they ask what you are looking for and take you right to a fucking dodge.

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Gas mileage isnt a concern. Remember I have a Dodge so I'm used to crappy mileage.

Well found a s-blazer 4x4 (looks like a 2000 havent stopped at the dealer yet). Rather have a 4dr tahoe/yukon though. Although its rather entertaining when you're at a dealer and specify NO DODGE when they ask what you are looking for and take you right to a fucking dodge.
Why not reduce some headaches and get a Toyota ?
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Why not reduce some headaches and get a Toyota ?
Cant afford a toyota (rather have a nissan over a toyota anyways). Plus their versions of full size SUV's are too car-ish. Dont want leather, dont want every freakign doodad electronics. Dont want AWD, I want real 4wd that I can select MYSELF. And in this area I can find parts for 420 & 820 series GMT's here in no time.

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