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Pros: 4.2 engine - hard to beat an inline for tuggin power
Cons: fan clutch wines a high pitched noise
Advice: Buy a 2006 - horse power is up to 291 and gives more time to work out bugs.I test drove every mid size SUV out there and settled on a used Trailblazer with 17k miles. The TB has better mileage and power than any I drove and it rides, shifts, handles like a chevy, smooth and powerful. I've had 2 issues, engine would not start in 30 below weather which GM engineers could not figure out and it was NOT freeze up because it would not start even when the temp came back up in the 20's and isopropyl was in the tank. Eventually they got it to run by replacing the throttle body. 2nd issue was it would not shift to 4x4 and this took 2 trys to fix which was a sensor. Other than that I have now had 25k of not a single issue. Mileage is also good for weight of vehicle - 21 highway
Pros: Confort, safety, handling, performance
Cons: Gas milage. Before installing a K&N Filter
Advice: Feel for yourself. Test drive the Trailblazer and the Explorer. You'll appreciate the confort and performance of the TrailblazerAlthough I've only had my traiblazer 2 weeks, I haven't been able to break it yet. I've read many of the review and in my best opinion you really can't go wrong with this SUV, aside from the gas milage. I purchased the vehicle with 19,200 miles so I still have 15,000 or so miles on the manufacturers' warranty. When I compared this to the 2005 Explorer and there was really no comparison. For the same price, I have a vehicle with better performance, safety and confort. The ride is quieter, smoother and has better feel on the road. The added bonus is that the in-line 6 has better horsey power and torque than the standard V-6 of the Explorer! Acceleration is good and strong enough to pass (up hills!) without straining and over-reving. For the same performance on the Explorer, I would have had to pay another 2 grand plus for the v-8 on and would still have to worry about the transmittion problems they are having. One last note... To overcome the gas milage (ave. 14 mpg city), I suggest installing a K&N filter. After I installed the filter, I average 15 in the city and 21-22 on the highway....! It's worth the 60 bucks...!
Cons: Rear seats won't lie completely flat; plus you must move front seats forward.
Advice: Great mid-size SUV if fuel economy is not an issue.GM still can't get the complete package together. The Trailblazer has many strong points, however, there still seem to be a few shortcomings. Firstly, if I'm going to get the gas mileage of a V-8, I want the power of a V-8. The I-6 only gets 14 MPG in town. I had a 5.3 Chevy the got better than that. Trim, trim, trim. I've owned several Chevys, and all of them has had some pieces or pieces fall off. I don't get it? Then there's the shudder when you idle in cold weather, which can be a problem in Colorado. On the bright side, this handles the Rocky Mountains well. Very stable in snowy and icey conditions; a necessity here in Denver. Overall, this was a good purchase. Now, GM needs to iron out the little details.
Pros: Memory seat positions
Cons: Gas mileage
Advice: Buy a gas stationGreat all the way around except the gas mileage is terrible. We can't get better than 13.3 mpg average and that is with the 4.2 liter six cylinder engine. Otherwise it rides quite, smooth, and very car like...the best SUV I've ever ridden in....no lie!
Pros: The comfort of the vehicle and handling
Cons: blind spots
Advice: You have to be a SUV person to appreciate this vehicle.The handling is great, Good placement of instrument controls, Good suspension, It does have a blind spot in the rearview mirror and side mirrors but for three dollars you can eliminate this with the 2” spot mirrors on the exterior mirrors. I have the 4.2 inline 6 cylinder which is enough power I need to pull my boat and utility trailer and on the highway gets about 17 miles per gallon which is great for a 4x4.
Pros: everything but the bugs
Cons: blind spot of the rear view mirror
Advice: on used vehicles TAKE YOUR time especially if it is your first timeI bought my 2005 trailblazer 4x4 ls in dec 2005 and at first I did have a hard time with the handleing/steering of it but I blamed that on the fact that I was used to my 1993 pontiac grand am so after letting time and miles go by I got got adjusted to it and now I love it On the highway it is a bit windy and I am a bit deaf (born deaf but with a few surgerys I can hear what I hear now The thing that upset me most is the dealer I purchased it from (Jeffreys in southfield) they claim to have done a 27 point gm certified inspection on this trailblazer and I drove this home at 845 pm it was snowing like mad out so I go to use the 4x4 which was good but I was close to home and tuened onto my street and and I almost totaled the blazer the back tires were almost no tread I went to the tire place the day and replaced them (250.00) and they even said they should not have passed inspection, then I have not even had a month and it is in the shop for warranty work for a fuel sensor replacement cause the gas gauge quit working and and cd player had to be replaced because it quit accepting cds now i just wait to see what will happen next over all I still like the blazer just not the BUGZ
Pros: Its stature and comfort
Cons: Lack of storage space in console area
Advice: Drive it and love itVERY,Very impressed for the price.