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Pros: The handling and the Bose stereo
Cons: The mechanical problems
Advice: Buyer beware!I loved my trailblazer when I first got it. Unfortunately it spent five weeks in the shop until they could find out why it was over heating. The heads were warped at 7,500 miles. I have had it for a year and it has 15,000 miles on it. The power steering is going out at slow speeds and the dealer was going to replace the pump until GM says that since it didn't happen to them and that GM has never had that happen, they won't pay to replace it. Funny thing, though, I have read many reviews such as this that people do have problems with it. My 4wd went out (and Central Oregon loves the snow), one of the door panels is falling off, the paint is chipping, and it occasionally hesitates when accellerating. When it is running properly, it handles very well and I get an average of 20 miles a gallon. GM does not seem to want to stand by their product unless there is a compliment to accept. I am dissappointed at the fact I spent $37,000 on a vehicle that I now have to question reliability.
Pros: OnStar and the rear cargo area if you need it.
Advice: Buy one, you'll love it.The TrailBlazer EXT LT 4WD has good visibility and very east to drive. Rides like a car but great in the snow in 4WD if needed. It is very easy to switch from 2 WD to 4WD. Men like do drive it but it is also easy for women and the storage room in the back is great. It is nice to be able to take 6 friends with you instead of us all going in separate cars.
Pros: 7 passenger comfort and towing capacity.
Cons: Front buckets could use more lateral support.
Advice: Best deals are now! $7000 in rebates.TrailBlazer EXT 4WD provides all we needed in one affordable package. Comfortable 7 passenger seating, 4 WD, 7000 lb towing and loaded (ie: DVD, V8, etc) with a $7000 rebate! We use Suburbans in our Paramedic system. We drive them hard and have gotten over 200,000 miles on many of our units. Though just purchased a week ago, the first tank of fuel averaged 14.5 mpg. Not bad for a 5.3 liter V8. We pick up our new 25' trailer Monday. Let you know later how TrailBlazer does towing long distances fully loaded.
Pros: Power, traction and stability, lots of cargo and seating room, price and rebate.
Advice: No need to look any further! Buy it!We were hit by a hard northeast winter. My boyfriend and I saw our FWD minivan did not provide enough traction. So, after checking enough SUV's, we found all we needed in the 2003 Trailblazer EXT LT 4X4, which is also better for towing and hauling. It has all the features we want and need and none we do not. It has performed better than other competitors' SUV's. While they were getting stuck in snow, our Trailblazer went right through it. It has more cargo and seating room than others in its category. Its standard Vortec 4.2L V6 has more h.p. than other competitors' V8's used in theirs in this size category. We also found out fully equipped, it still cost less than an equally-equipped Explorer Limited. The Trailblazer is one I highly recommend!
Pros: The Comfortable and Security.
Advice: Buy it.I love this truck. I went from a small Acura Integra to this and I feel comfortable. I have two small boys and 'lots' of their friends in and out of my truck so there is plenty of 'people' room and behind the third row, there's still space for all the enquipment they might need.
Pros: Traction, power, fuel economy, seating and cargo room and equipped to tow.
Cons: Uses more oil than the ones equipped with the optional Vortec 5300 Series V8.
Advice: This SUV will comfortably get you where you need to go safely.We have had a rough northeast winter with a lot of snow. My girlfriend and I tried to drive on them with just a FWD minivan. But we needed more traction. So, we set out to find a V6 SUV with the same amount of seating room we were used to in the minivan with more cargo room and capable of towing and hauling more if we needed it. We were both impressed the most with the 2003 Trailblazer EXT LT. But we found to get the estimated gas mileage and better power, we had to change from regular unleaded to premium. It has a Vortec 4200 SEFI 24-valve DOHC 275-h.p. V6. It gets 20 M.P.G. on the highway if we do not have to use heat or A/C or 4WD. But even in auto 4WD and taking it easy on slick roads, it has handled very well. It has plenty of seating, cargo, hip, shoulder and leg room. It has plenty of horsepower. It has both cassette and CD. It has all we wanted and needed and nothing we did not. I highly recommend this for others like me.
Pros: Adult size 3rd row seat and great looks.
Cons: Gas mileage only averaging 12.5 to 13mpg in city.
Advice: Drive midsize and full size SUV alternatives then drive the Trailblazer EXT. You'll find it's the perfect combination.After 4,500 miles, I'm very pleased with the quality, driveability,and functionality of the Trailblazer EXT. It has many features only found in more expensive vehicles and true 7 passenger capacity. It drives like a midsize but has the capabilities of a full size SUV. The rear DVD is a must if you have kids and take long trips. It's relatively affordable. I paid less than $35K and have every feature that is offered except a sunroof and 4 wheel drive. By comparison, full size SUV's comparably equipped were in the $40k+ range and its cousin the GMC Envoy would have costs $2,500 more. GMC dealers would not deal! The Honda Pilot costs less but was cramped,BORING,and could not even be purchased with a power passenger seat yet alone many of the other features found on the Trailblazer EXT.