First Look: 2013 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

2013 chevrolet trailblazer
After taking a few years off, Chevrolet's TrailBlazer is back in Thailand. We got a sneak peek of the 2013 TrailBlazer last year at the Dubai International Motor Show, and it will debut next week at the Bangkok International Motor Show. It will go on sale first in Thailand this June; global markets will follow.

The body-on-frame midsize SUV, which is based on the Chevrolet Colorado, returns to the brand after a three-year hiatus. Like its predecessor, it will be available in rear- or four-wheel-drive configurations. It will launch in Thailand with two four-cylinder turbo-diesel powertrain options: a 150-horsepower 2.5-liter and a 180-hp 2.8-liter. They'll be paired with five-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions.

GM hasn't confirmed TrailBlazer for the U.S. market, though its unlikely. The automaker did say that additional powertrains for specific markets will be announced later. If it makes its way here, a diesel for the U.S. isn't so far-fetched though, considering the Chevrolet Cruze diesel will soon be available here.

The TrailBlazer will seat seven passengers in three rows of seats, and it will have what GM calls "best-in-class spaciousness in the third row." Other interior details are scarce, but we know the seats will tumble and fold flat for cargo flexibility and there will be leather seats, a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity.

The 2013 Chevrolet TrailBlazer was designed at GM's South America Design Center in São Caetano do Sul, Brazil, and it will be built at the automaker's Thailand manufacturing facility in Rayong.

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Comments 

I expect we'll see the trailblazer in the U.S. by the end of the year. At least, I hope!

Rick

Not a GM fan but this looks like a nice truck. Well done GM! This is a big improvement on the previous generation.

Lance

Kind of strange that just about every other car media outlet is saying that GM has absolutely no plans to bring this vehicle to the US market. They already have the 7 passenger Traverse CUV and the Tahoe for the body on frame lovers.

Skankzilla

TrailBlazer is a nameplate I wish they wouldn't bring back. What a terrible vehicle it was.

Al

I don't know, but for some reason, in the second photo, it almost looks like they cut the back end off a traverse, and attached a squared off rear. The angle of the picture just jumped out at me that way. I could be way off base.

Lance,
I think they could aim it at the Ford Edge and remove the third row for US buyers. The Equinox is just too big as it is which is the problem. Other automakers have smaller compacts and room for a midsize before the larger 3-row. Chevy doesn't with Equinox (successfully) straddling both segments.

Mike

We have the Traverse. I can see why they won't bring it here.

Max Reid

No thanks, there is Traverse CUV. Who will buy a body on frame vehicle when gas prices are @ $3.86 / gallon.

Michael J.

Another mistake by GM not bringing to the US. I would consider this vehicle over the Jeep and Explorer, but never the Traverse. The Traverse is a glorified station wagon and the Equinox looks like a toy with both of them looking cheap.

cody

@skankzilla,

there was nothing terrible about the previous trailblazer. i drove one for a year in iraq. while i watched explorers fall apart, i had no issues while punishing that truck for 12 months. we had them as fob vehicles. the only other civilian suvs that held together as well were the toyota landcruisers w/the diesel engines, which were significantly more expensive.

Skankzilla

Cody,

Having it for a year doesn't compare to the numerous transmissions, rear ends, evaporators, compressors, ball joints, wheel bearings, axles, HVAC control units, instrument clusters, modules, oil coolers, water pumps, radiators (must I go on?) that have come through my shop. Usually with less than 90,000 miles. In my opinion, it was terrible.

cody

sorry buddy, but i didn't get it brand new. it had over 30,000 miles being driven like a rental through the shittiest roads in the dustiest conditions known to man, with little to no maintenance. it was 3 years old when i took it in for its first oil change. this is one of those cases when i can say with absolute certainty that you don't know the conditions and can't speak to the situation...covering the war that closely hasn't been 'cool' enough for the news for quite some time.

keith glynn

Why can't any of the suv makers get it ? All I'm asking for is about two or three feet of space behind the third row seat so we can carry our luggage when the family goes on a trip...that's one of the main reasons to buy an suv...to tow stuff and carry stuff. I seems like there is no in between, either too short, or buy a huge, too wide, big monster suburban. Just make the darn truck a little longer ok?

keith glynn

...and by the way, I happen to agree with skankzilla...there is a very good reason I call my GMC Envoy(same as the Trailblazer) a "Garage Mechanic's Companion" Since brand new, it was in the shop regularly, starting from the first drive home from the dealer, and everything skankzilla mentioned, pretty much went wrong with mine, my brother's, and my friend's GMC...mainly the same issues for each of us, and we've never gone offroad. Any doubts, just check the national safety recall website, and the automobile complaints websites. The vehicle design is great, the quality control sucks.

Luke B

As this is the replacement for the Holden Colorado in Australia and it is replacing a absolute work horse it is unlikely to fall into the soft roader that you had in the US 3 years ago.
The current Colorado that was released yesterday is a diesel only vehicle so forget about the cost of unleaded. It will get about 25 miles per gallon and pull 3.5 tons.
I have driven the new Colorado that this is based on and it is very nice for a work truck and not at all like the previous Colorado that I drove 4 years ago in the US.
The wagon version of the vehicle promises to meet the GM need on the world market and is not aimed at the US.
Sorry about the space behind the rear seats but if you made it any longer between the wheels or past the rear axle it would not be suitable for the intended purpose of off road first and take the kids to school second.
As for the parts failures in the old trail blazer it is not a fair comparison as this is not that vehicle. Would be like comparing a Mustang II to a 64-70 Pony car. Not even close to the same vehicle.
This is aimed at the Toyotas and others flooding the world market and should be a great alternative to them.

Edgar

Is there anybody here from Thailand and is an actual owner of the new Trailblazer?

Can you please share some photos from different angles from inside and out? And could you please share us your actual experience?

I have been looking for a replacement for a Montero which is a good buy really and good ride but everywhere you look you see one. My alternative at this point is a Toyota Fortuner (Ride Issue) and a Ford Everest (Big Turning Radius) but I don't wanna get something that I will regret after.

Carman

I love it...hope it comes to the US soon. I currently have a trailblazer I have been driving for over 8 years and haven't had any problems out of it yet other than normal wear and tear hands down this is the best car I have ever owned and it has over 200,000 miles on it and she still pleases me everyday

Charles

I just retired from Los Angeles, CA and living in Manila Philippines, would appreciate to hear from owners of Trailblazers year model 2012 and 2013 if they are happy with their SUV, reliability, maintenance, fuel consumption, safety, and other comments about their Trailblazer.
Will greatly be happy to hear your opinion and if will recommend this vehicle.
Thanks and GOD Bless

giro

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new trailblazer is a good idea. why not use the 2015 gmc canyon and offer it as a suv also.

mark allen sison

HOW (UN)SAFE IS YOUR 2013 CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER?

We bought our 2013 CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 (Vehicle Sales Invoice No. 2635) as a family sports utility vehicle for my wife and two children last August 31, 2013 from its dealer in Quezon Ave., Quezon City, Philippines because we FELT CONTENTED with the auto reviews via internet and other references we gathered. My wife and I have been driving since 2000 and 1987 respectively and we had the opportunity to drive a variety of cars, SUVs, pick-up trucks, and mini-wagons. We are just a simple family with humble beginnings who loves to travel and explore the best food our local restaurateurs could offer.

Unfortunately, on May 26, 2014, 10:50AM, a traumatic accident happened. What supposed to be a family vacation turned out to be a nightmare.

The incident occurred along Outlook South Drive, Baguio City as we were about to take our lunch at Chef’s Home (it’s our second visit since April of this year). There is no parking area so I opted to park our CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 in a road corner which is about five (5) meters across the said restaurant along with other vehicles which are inclined in a slope position. I geared to PARK (P) so that the doors will automatically open or unlock, and then I PULLED THE HANDBRAKE and left the engine on. My son and I alighted from the CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 to check if the restaurant is already open because we saw the door and window curtains closed. I left my wife in the front passenger seat and my daughter in second row. Only a few minutes we went back to the CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4, I knocked the window where my wife is seated in a relaxed position, and told them it’s open and have lunch, so my wife turned off the engine. The very moment the engine went off, the uncontrollable CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 just rolled down backward.

As the CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 unstoppably slides down, I hurriedly opened the door of my wife to re-check the PARK (P) GEAR and HAND BRAKE, and I saw with my two eyes that these are all POSITIONED PROPERLY. But still I tried to pull the HANDBRAKE as fast as I can but it’s already on a maximum. My wife recounted that during this ordeal, she, being a driver herself, instantly checked the PARK (P) GEAR and HANDBRAKE as well, and again she saw these are all PROPERLY ACTIVATED. Then my wife bend to reach the footbrake and kept on pumping with her left arm but it did not function as well because the engine is already off. My daughter in second row was shouting and so frightened. I was dragged downward until the CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 smashed its rear to the restaurant. The local police went to the site for investigation. My legs sustained cuts and bruises.

The concrete wall collapsed and the iron grills of the restaurant were bended and misaligned, the estimated cost was PhP10,000.00 or US$228. Our comprehensive insurance will pay for the structural damages however the restaurant owner demanded that we have to pay PhP150,000 or US$3,419 which is equivalent to their PhP30,000 to PhP35,000 or US$684 to US$798 daily income for five (5) days because we were told by the owner that they have to close temporarily while repairing the damages.
In order not to prolong our agony we begged the owner to lower the amount and we arrived at PhP100,000 or US$2,279. We withdrew cash from our ATM right away and we were able to settle amicably the same day.

The CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 was damaged on its rear bumper/sensors, right rear tail light and park light and rear step board. Be that as it may, we were thankful that the restaurant served as barrier because if it’s not there, the CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 could fall into the 100 feet deep cliff with my wife, daughter and I.

The next day my son suffered stress fever which persisted about two days after the accident because he was outside the vehicle and witnessed everything that transpired. My wife is so depressed and my daughter is having flashbacks. I’m having sleepless nights since the accident. We were all physically and psychologically damaged that is irremediable and beyond reparation. My wife and I kept on thinking and trying to recount what happened and the biggest question is: IS IT STILL SAFE FOR MY FAMILY TO RIDE OUR CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4??? Another question is: WHY DID THE CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 ROLLED DOWN THE MOMENT IT WAS SWITCHED OFF, OR WHY NOT WHEN I LEFT THE ENGINE RUNNING???

On May 28, we brought our Chevrolet Trailblazer for mechanical and electronic diagnosis to our dealer in Quezon City. We already expect that they will be defensive and our report for these abnormalities of our CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 will fell on deaf ears. But before we left our home in Pampanga, the PARK ASSIST OFF INDICATOR flashed from the odometer. It was the first time this indicator went on since we bought it last year, so we included this in our report. The service advisor, Engr. Ram Rosario conducted some reenactments and drive tests but such abnormalities did not recur and Mr. Rosario concluded a negative report. Meanwhile, the service manager, Engr. Jay Cortez, made a lecture on safety features, braking system and transmission as if he was telling what happened to us was IMPOSSIBLE or indirectly saying we are just making up the story. They failed to detect the problems and now we are more than worried because we are very certain that the problem still exists and posing another danger to our lives. It happened before, it could happen again anytime, anywhere. There are number of witnesses that could provide factual events before and during the accident: the owner of the restaurant, waiters, barangay officials, local police, bystanders and my family.

Meanwhile, we also told Engr. Cortez that on May 25 while driving along Aspiras Highway, La Union as we were about to climb up Baguio City I saw our RADIATOR TEMPERATURE WENT UP. I told my wife that we have to switched off the air conditioning unit and open the windows because anyway the weather is fine. Initially my wife resisted because she is afraid that we could inhale the smoke pollution along the road and my son is asthmatic so I told her that our RADIATOR TEMPERATURE IS HEATING UP. I made a whistle stop to check the coolant level, the level is normal because I always submit the CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4X4 for service maintenance every 5,000 kilometers in a Chevrolet dealer in Pampanga.

Engr. Cortez, on the other hand, said that it could be attributed to the hot weather. But I refuted his explanation because we frequently go to Metro Manila which is extremely hotter than the northern province of La Union or Baguio City and as far I can remember during our travel to Baguio City when I checked the outside temperature it was only 26 degrees celsius compared to Metro Manila’s 37 degree celsius.

All our previous SUVs, mini-wagons and other existing vehicles except the CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4, never manifested an increase of radiator temperature, not even once, in all our land travels from northern to southern parts of the Philippines. Remember, our CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 is only less than a year.

The series of abnormal manifestations with our CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 have no intervals. It all happened on a daily basis: MAY 25 – RADIATOR PROBLEM. MAY 26 – PARK GEAR AND HANDBRAKE MALFUNCTIONS. MAY 27 – ON OUR WAY HOME TO PAMPANGA IT TOOK US TWO AND A HALF (2.5) HOURS TO TRAVEL ALONG THE ZIGZAG MARCOS HIGHWAY BECAUSE WE HAVE TO BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS. MAY 28 – PARK ASSIST OFF INDICATOR FLASHED IN THE ODOMETER.

Furthermore, we feel so sad and we are bothered by our conscience because we encouraged a family friend to buy a CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 last March and they did. Another close friend solicited our advice of what recommendable pick-up truck to buy and I encouraged him and his mother to buy CHEVROLET COLORADO A/T 4x4 and they did. Now we are ashamed to share our traumatic experience with our own CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4.

Finally, we encourage potential buyers of CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 to reconsider their option prior their purchase especially if it is intended for family use because it will be a waste of huge money. We are so regretful to fully rely on auto reviews through internet. We asked for a drive test prior our purchase but we were told that CHEVROLET IS HIGHLY CONFIDENT with its vehicles so our request for a drive test was declined.

WHATEVER ENGINEERING / TECHNICAL EXPLANATIONS OR SKEPTICISMS WE GET, AND CHEVROLET COULD BASICALLY SAY IT’S UNBELIEVABLE, WE FIRMLY STAND WITH OUR ACTUAL TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE. WE, THEREFORE, REITERATE THAT OUR CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4X4 IS NOT SAFE FOR MY FAMILY ANYMORE! IT’S A RUNNING COFFIN! MY CUTS AND WOUNDS COULD HEAL IN DUE TIME, BUT THE TRAUMA WE HAD WILL HAUNT US FOREVER.


MARK ALLEN C. SISON
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MINERVA T. SISON
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ANGELES CITY 2009, PHILIPPINES

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GM recalls 69k Chevy, GMC, Cadillac vehicles over roll away flaw
By Anthony Faccenda 2013-01-04 21:40

General Motors' latest recall affects several new models including the 2013 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT; Chevrolet Avalanche, Express, Silverado HD, Silverado LD, Suburban and Tahoe; and GMC Savana, Sierra HD, Sierra LD, Yukon and Yukon XL.

General Motors Co. announced Friday that is recalling over 69,000 new SUVs, pickups and vans due to a dangerous roll away risk. The recall affects the 2013 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT; Chevrolet Avalanche, Express, Silverado HD, Silverado LD, Suburban and Tahoe; and GMC Savana, Sierra HD, Sierra LD, Yukon and Yukon XL. All vehicles were manufactured from November 7, 2012 through December 18, 2012. The recall covers 54,686 vehicles in the United States, 6,310 in Canada and 710 in Mexico. Another 7,038 vehicles overseas are also affected, according to GM spokesman Alan Adler.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the affected vehicles do not meet a federal requirement requiring transmission shift interlocks. Specifically, GM vehicles may have been built with a broken park lock cable or a misshapen steering column lock actuator gear in the lock module assembly.

Consequently, affected vehicles may shift from Park with the ignition key removed or the ignition key in the OFF position. There’s also a chance that the vehicle may shift out of Park without the application of the brake pedal with the key off. Either way, the vehicle may roll away after the owner has exited the vehicle, thus increasing the risk of a crash and/or injury.
The Detroit automaker discovered the problem at its Arlington Assembly plant on Dec. 14. GM says that there have been no injuries reported in association with the problem.

GM will begin notifying customers and dealers of the recall on January 17, 2013. Dealers will inspect and replace the steering column on affected vehicles, free of charge. Chevrolet dealers may call 1-800-630-2438. Cadillac owners may call 1-866-982-2339. GMC owners may call 1-866-996-9463. Concerned customers can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov. General Motors’ recall number is 12331.

Roll away recalls have been a major problem for automakers lately. Just last month, Honda recalled over 870,000 minivans and SUVs worldwide due to similar roll away flaw. The recall, which affected 277,000 model-year 2003 and 2004 Honda Pilot SUVs and 347,000 Honda Odyssey minivans, as well as 247,000 2003 through 2006 Acura MDX SUVs.
In October, BMW recalled certain model-year 2005-2008 BMW 7-Series luxury vehicles due to a transmission defect, which posed a roll away risk. Unlike the GM safety recall, BMW’s transmission control problem was due to the vehicle’s engine start/stop button. The recall affected more than 45,000 cars.

- See more at: http://www.torquenews.com/1081/gm-recalls-69k-chevy-gmc-cadillac-vehicles-over-roll-away-flaw#sthash.Ovv1djFV.dpuf


2013 Chevy, GMC trucks recalled for roll-away risk
More than 69,000 vehicles affected


The defect may cause the vehicles to shift out of park without applying the brake pedal and without a key in the ignition.

By: Angie Fisher on 1/04/2013

General Motors is recalling 69,000 2013 full-size trucks and vans that could shift out of “park” and roll away.

The recall impacts the Cadillac Escalade; the Chevrolet Avalanche, Express, Silverado HD and LD, and Suburban and Tahoe; and the GMC Savana, Sierra HD and LD, and Yukon and Yukon XL.

The trucks may have been built with a fractured park-lock cable, or a deformed steering-column lock-actuator gear in the lock-module assembly. The defect may cause the vehicles to shift out of park without applying the brake pedal and without a key in the ignition.

GM is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the defect, and said most of the affected vehicles are believed to still be on dealer lots.

Only about 55,000 are in the United States, GM said.

GM will notify owners of impacted vehicles and replace the steering column free of charge. For more information, Chevrolet owners may call 1-800-630-2438, Cadillac owners can call 1-866-982-2339 and GMC owners can call 1-866-996-9463.

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GM Recalls 54,686 2013 Vehicles for Rollaway Risk
Published: 01/04/2013 - by Anita Lienert, Correspondent
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The 2013 Chevrolet Suburban is also included in the GM recall. | January 4, 2013 | General Motors Corporation
Just the Facts:
• General Motors is recalling 54,686 2013 vehicles, including the 2013 Cadillac Escalade and 2013 Chevrolet Suburban, because of two "scenarios" that may cause the vehicle to roll away, according to NHTSA.
• Other vehicles included in the recall are the 2013 Cadillac Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT; 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche, Express, Silverado HD, Silverado LD and Tahoe; and 2013 GMC Savana, Sierra HD, Sierra LD, Yukon and Yukon XL.
• GM dealers will replace the steering column on the affected vehicles.

WASHINGTON — General Motors is recalling 54,686 2013 vehicles, including the 2013 Cadillac Escalade and 2013 Chevrolet Suburban, because of two "scenarios" that may cause the vehicle to roll away, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"The vehicles may have been built with a fractured park lock cable or a malformed steering column lock actuator gear in the lock module assembly," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "As a result, the vehicle may shift from Park with the ignition key removed or the ignition key in the off position.

"The vehicle may also shift out of Park without application of the brake pedal while the key is off. Either of these scenarios may cause the vehicle to roll away after the driver has exited the vehicle, resulting in a possible vehicle crash and/or injury."

GM said it knows of no crashes or injuries related to the defect. The automaker said about one in 1,000 of the recalled vehicles are expected to have the defect and the majority of those were believed to be on dealer lots or on their way to dealers.

The affected vehicles were built from November 7, 2012 through December 18, 2012. GM told federal safety regulators that the problem was identified at its Arlington, Texas Assembly Center on December 14, 2012.

GM dealers will replace the steering column on the affected vehicles.

The recall is expected to begin on January 17.

Owners can contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339 or GMC at 1-866-996-9463.
Edmunds says: GM is ready to address this problem quickly, with little wait for parts.
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General Motors Recall Issued Due to Risk of Parked Vehicles Rolling Away

By: Staff Writers | Published: January 7th, 2013
General Motors is recalling nearly 55,000 Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles due to transmission problems that could allow the vehicles to roll away, even after they are placed in park.

The General Motors recall (PDF) was announced on January 2, after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warned the auto manufacturer that certain 2013 model year Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC sports utility vehicles (SUVs) did not comply with federal transmission safety standards. The problem appears to be in the steering column locking anti-theft device.

According to the NHTSA’s December 31 notice to General Motors (PDF), “the key may be rotated to OFF position and removed while the shifter is not in Park position, and the vehicle could roll away after the driver has exited the vehicle, resulting in a possible crash without prior warning.”

GM has acknowledged that the vehicle could also shift out of Park without the brake being engaged while the key is off. The problem was identified by GM’s Arlington Assembly Center in December. The problem has been tracked back to a malformed lock actuator gear in the steering column.

The recall affects 2013 model year Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, and Escalade EXT vehicles; Chevrolet Avalanche, Express, Silverado, Suburban, and Tahoe vehicles; and GMC Savana, Sierra, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles. An estimated 54,686 vehicles will be affected.

The issue is similar to that which led to a Honda recall of more than 800,000 minivans and SUVs in December. That recall came after 42 complaints from owners of Honda and Acura vehicles, including one report involving an owner who was run over and suffered a broken leg.

GM is notifying owners of registered vehicles affected by the recall, which is expected to begin on January 17. Cadillac owners with questions can call (866) 982-2339; Chevrolet owners can call (800) 630-2438; and GMC owners can call (866) 966-9463.


DAILY NEWS
General Motors recalls Chevrolet Malibus, Pontiac G6s, and Saturn Auras due to transmission problem
GM issued a recall of nearly 474,000 midsize cars to fix an issue that can cause part of the transmission cables to break. This can cause the car to roll away unexpectedly. GM said four crashes have been caused by the problem.
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Friday, September 21, 2012, 9:31 AM

GENERAL MOTORSThe 2010 Chevrolet Malibu is among the models being recalled by General Motors.

General Motors is recalling nearly 474,000 Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn cars to fix a transmission problem that can cause the cars to roll away unexpectedly.

The recall affects 2007-2010 Chevrolet Malibus, Pontiac G6s and Saturn Auras in the U.S., Canada and Mexico as well as a small number of exports. All the cars have four-speed automatic transmissions.

GM says part of the transmission cables can break. When this happens, the shifter can show that the car is in park when it's really in gear. GM says it knows of four crashes from the problem but no injuries.

Dealers will put a retainer over the end of the cables or replace them. Owners will be told by letter when to set up appointments with dealers.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/autos/general-motors-recalls-chevrolet-malibus-pontiac-g6s-saturn-auras-due-transmission-problem-article-1.1164587#ixzz34H9lUlMT


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GM recalling 55,000 vehicles due to roll away risk
POSTED 10:21 AM, JANUARY 7, 2013, BY TRISHA BEE, UPDATED AT 08:18PM, JANUARY 7, 2013

(CNN) — GM is recalling nearly 55,000 SUVs, trucks and vans because of a problem that could cause the vehicle to roll away while parked.

GM says the affected vehicles, all manufactured in late 2012, may have been built with a broken parking lock cable or a defective part in the steering column.

Those flaws could allow the car to slip out of “park” after the driver has walked away.

The recall includes certain Cadillac Escalades, Chevy Suburbans and Tahoes, GMC Yukons and Sierras, along with other GM vehicles.
So far, the car maker says it knows of no crashes or injuries related to the defects.

GM says it expects about one in 1,000 recalled vehicles will have the defect.
Most of those are thought to be currently sitting on dealer lots, or still on their way to dealerships.

GM will begin sending out letters to owners of affected vehicles on January 22nd, and will replace the steering column as needed.

mark allen sison

HOW (UN)SAFE IS YOUR 2013 CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER?

We bought our 2013 CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 (Vehicle Sales Invoice No. 2635) as a family sports utility vehicle for my wife and two children last August 31, 2013 from its dealer in Quezon Ave., Quezon City, Philippines because we FELT CONTENTED with the auto reviews via internet and other references we gathered. My wife and I have been driving since 2000 and 1987 respectively and we had the opportunity to drive a variety of cars, SUVs, pick-up trucks, and mini-wagons. We are just a simple family with humble beginnings who loves to travel and explore the best food our local restaurateurs could offer.

Unfortunately, on May 26, 2014, 10:50AM, a traumatic accident happened. What supposed to be a family vacation turned out to be a nightmare.

The incident occurred along Outlook South Drive, Baguio City as we were about to take our lunch at Chef’s Home (it’s our second visit since April of this year). There is no parking area so I opted to park our CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 in a road corner which is about five (5) meters across the said restaurant along with other vehicles which are inclined in a slope position. I geared to PARK (P) so that the doors will automatically open or unlock, and then I PULLED THE HANDBRAKE and left the engine on. My son and I alighted from the CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 to check if the restaurant is already open because we saw the door and window curtains closed. I left my wife in the front passenger seat and my daughter in second row. Only a few minutes we went back to the CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4, I knocked the window where my wife is seated in a relaxed position, and told them it’s open and have lunch, so my wife turned off the engine. The very moment the engine went off, the uncontrollable CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 just rolled down backward.

As the CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 unstoppably slides down, I hurriedly opened the door of my wife to re-check the PARK (P) GEAR and HAND BRAKE, and I saw with my two eyes that these are all POSITIONED PROPERLY. But still I tried to pull the HANDBRAKE as fast as I can but it’s already on a maximum. My wife recounted that during this ordeal, she, being a driver herself, instantly checked the PARK (P) GEAR and HANDBRAKE as well, and again she saw these are all PROPERLY ACTIVATED. Then my wife bend to reach the footbrake and kept on pumping with her left arm but it did not function as well because the engine is already off. My daughter in second row was shouting and so frightened. I was dragged downward until the CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 smashed its rear to the restaurant. The local police went to the site for investigation. My legs sustained cuts and bruises.

The concrete wall collapsed and the iron grills of the restaurant were bended and misaligned, the estimated cost was PhP10,000.00 or US$228. Our comprehensive insurance will pay for the structural damages however the restaurant owner demanded that we have to pay PhP150,000 or US$3,419 which is equivalent to their PhP30,000 to PhP35,000 or US$684 to US$798 daily income for five (5) days because we were told by the owner that they have to close temporarily while repairing the damages.
In order not to prolong our agony we begged the owner to lower the amount and we arrived at PhP100,000 or US$2,279. We withdrew cash from our ATM right away and we were able to settle amicably the same day.

The CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 was damaged on its rear bumper/sensors, right rear tail light and park light and rear step board. Be that as it may, we were thankful that the restaurant served as barrier because if it’s not there, the CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 could fall into the 100 feet deep cliff with my wife, daughter and I.

The next day my son suffered stress fever which persisted about two days after the accident because he was outside the vehicle and witnessed everything that transpired. My wife is so depressed and my daughter is having flashbacks. I’m having sleepless nights since the accident. We were all physically and psychologically damaged that is irremediable and beyond reparation. My wife and I kept on thinking and trying to recount what happened and the biggest question is: IS IT STILL SAFE FOR MY FAMILY TO RIDE OUR CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4??? Another question is: WHY DID THE CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 ROLLED DOWN THE MOMENT IT WAS SWITCHED OFF, OR WHY NOT WHEN I LEFT THE ENGINE RUNNING???

On May 28, we brought our Chevrolet Trailblazer for mechanical and electronic diagnosis to our dealer in Quezon City. We already expect that they will be defensive and our report for these abnormalities of our CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 will fell on deaf ears. But before we left our home in Pampanga, the PARK ASSIST OFF INDICATOR flashed from the odometer. It was the first time this indicator went on since we bought it last year, so we included this in our report. The service advisor, Engr. Ram Rosario conducted some reenactments and drive tests but such abnormalities did not recur and Mr. Rosario concluded a negative report. Meanwhile, the service manager, Engr. Jay Cortez, made a lecture on safety features, braking system and transmission as if he was telling what happened to us was IMPOSSIBLE or indirectly saying we are just making up the story. They failed to detect the problems and now we are more than worried because we are very certain that the problem still exists and posing another danger to our lives. It happened before, it could happen again anytime, anywhere. There are number of witnesses that could provide factual events before and during the accident: the owner of the restaurant, waiters, barangay officials, local police, bystanders and my family.

Meanwhile, we also told Engr. Cortez that on May 25 while driving along Aspiras Highway, La Union as we were about to climb up Baguio City I saw our RADIATOR TEMPERATURE WENT UP. I told my wife that we have to switched off the air conditioning unit and open the windows because anyway the weather is fine. Initially my wife resisted because she is afraid that we could inhale the smoke pollution along the road and my son is asthmatic so I told her that our RADIATOR TEMPERATURE IS HEATING UP. I made a whistle stop to check the coolant level, the level is normal because I always submit the CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4X4 for service maintenance every 5,000 kilometers in a Chevrolet dealer in Pampanga.

Engr. Cortez, on the other hand, said that it could be attributed to the hot weather. But I refuted his explanation because we frequently go to Metro Manila which is extremely hotter than the northern province of La Union or Baguio City and as far I can remember during our travel to Baguio City when I checked the outside temperature it was only 26 degrees celsius compared to Metro Manila’s 37 degree celsius.

All our previous SUVs, mini-wagons and other existing vehicles except the CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4, never manifested an increase of radiator temperature, not even once, in all our land travels from northern to southern parts of the Philippines. Remember, our CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 is only less than a year.

The series of abnormal manifestations with our CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 have no intervals. It all happened on a daily basis: MAY 25 – RADIATOR PROBLEM. MAY 26 – PARK GEAR AND HANDBRAKE MALFUNCTIONS. MAY 27 – ON OUR WAY HOME TO PAMPANGA IT TOOK US TWO AND A HALF (2.5) HOURS TO TRAVEL ALONG THE ZIGZAG MARCOS HIGHWAY BECAUSE WE HAVE TO BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS. MAY 28 – PARK ASSIST OFF INDICATOR FLASHED IN THE ODOMETER.

Furthermore, we feel so sad and we are bothered by our conscience because we encouraged a family friend to buy a CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 last March and they did. Another close friend solicited our advice of what recommendable pick-up truck to buy and I encouraged him and his mother to buy CHEVROLET COLORADO A/T 4x4 and they did. Now we are ashamed to share our traumatic experience with our own CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4.

Finally, we encourage potential buyers of CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4x4 to reconsider their option prior their purchase especially if it is intended for family use because it will be a waste of huge money. We are so regretful to fully rely on auto reviews through internet. We asked for a drive test prior our purchase but we were told that CHEVROLET IS HIGHLY CONFIDENT with its vehicles so our request for a drive test was declined.

WHATEVER ENGINEERING / TECHNICAL EXPLANATIONS OR SKEPTICISMS WE GET, AND CHEVROLET COULD BASICALLY SAY IT’S UNBELIEVABLE, WE FIRMLY STAND WITH OUR ACTUAL TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE. WE, THEREFORE, REITERATE THAT OUR CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER A/T 4X4 IS NOT SAFE FOR MY FAMILY ANYMORE! IT’S A RUNNING COFFIN! MY CUTS AND WOUNDS COULD HEAL IN DUE TIME, BUT THE TRAUMA WE HAD WILL HAUNT US FOREVER.


MARK ALLEN C. SISON
09052252818 / 09088697144


MINERVA T. SISON
09179486715

ANGELES CITY 2009, PHILIPPINES

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