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Hatchback/liftgate Problems of Chevrolet Trailblazer



Chevrolet Trailblazer owners have reported 9 problems related to hatchback/liftgate (under the structure category).

car image   Hatchback/liftgate problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer 1
Failure Date: 06/25/2010

I own a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer ext, during the summer heat I opened the top part of the back hatch (the glass area) and the entire left side of the hatch detached from the car, lifting the plastic molding on top of the vehicle holding the 3rd brake light. The bottom part of this "hinge" was only attached with an adhesive which obviously melted from the florida heat and disassembled. At this point I can no longer lift the back glass or the entire rear hatch. Chevrolet will not repair or compensate us for repair of this issue as the vehicle is now out of warranty. They stated that this has been a problem on some tahoes, yukons and Trailblazers and it would cost around $1700 to fix this "defect".

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car image   Hatchback/liftgate problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer 2
Failure Date: 12/10/2009

At 7:55 a. M. On the morning of 12/10/09 in st. Paul, mn, I went out to my 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer (approx. 18,000 miles) and opened the rear hatch (the entire door, not just the door glass) to remove a snow brush. The temperature was -5f and the windchill was reported at -20f. After removing the brush, I began to close the hatch when I heard what sounded like glass breaking. As the hatch latched closed, I noticed broken glass everywhere and the two window struts were broken away from the glass. Upon further inspection, the entire back window was broken. It was "spider-webbed" and pieces of glass were slowly separating on their own. This is the first time this has ever happened to this vehicle. Later that day, I took the car to a nearby Chevrolet dealer. I was informed that the damage was not covered under warranty. I was told that they have never seen window strut rods lock up in an extended position. They said that if they lock, it's likely to occur in the collapsed position. But one of the mechanics told me that he has seen incidents where the strut rods locked up in the extended position, but he said it wouldn't have caused the glass to break. I asked what caused the problem and nobody had an answer for me. I had the glass and struts replaced for approximately $1,100. In looking on the internet, I found several testimonials by people who had very similar incidents happen to them (I. E rear hatch glass shattering) involving GMC envoys, chevy tahoes and chevy Trailblazers. So while this may be a rare incident, it's certainly not a one-of-a-kind incident. So how many more times can I expect this to happen to me if chevy is saying it's not a design flaw and they are not at fault? if it was caused by the cold weather, it's only December and the worst temperatures in minnesota are still two months away.

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car image   Hatchback/liftgate problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer 3
Failure Date: 04/20/2008

I purchased this vehicle in Feb 2008. I opened the hatch for the first time and when I lifted the hatch, I began to hear a lot of breaking and bolts flying. I got it to close securely and didn't have any problems. Then one day, I was driving my truck and the back hatch began to shake. I continue to drive the vehicle. After driving for another few minutes the hatch began to fall backward. I never reach the ground, it was held on by the lights that connect the top light. I went to a dealer that repaired it supposedly. A few days later it done the same thing. I attempted to get it repair a second time. It wasn't successful either. This time I couldn't get it closed. I was told it was a problem amongst a few Trailblazer by my insurance company. Nothing has been done as of yet. The only solution that I was told that may help the problem is paying $1,100 to buy another. According to a local dealer the window doesn't belong in the vehicle. The whole set up is not the way it should be set up. My vehicle has a bracket holding the window up but there isn't a bracket on any website.

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car image   Hatchback/liftgate problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer 4
Failure Date: 04/02/2008

While my vehicle was parked, the rear hatch window self exploded. It was witnessed by many general motors employees. Checking on the web, I found that this is more common than expected. Happens mostly in chevy Trailblazers and Ford escapes.

car image   Hatchback/liftgate problem of the 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer 5
Failure Date: 02/03/2008

While opening the rear hatch of our 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer lt the rear window exploded in to a million pieces. The loud explosion scared my wife as if someone had shot the glass out. There was no excessive force used, the weather was cold ~34 f, there was no snow or ice on the vehicle.

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car image   Hatchback/liftgate problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 6
Failure Date: 03/08/2006

The rear tail gate has separated from the top there is a huge gap now between the roof and the upper plastic piece - big enough that when the door is closed I can fit my entire hand between what is supposed to be the seal. I was looking into it and found out that this has happened to a lot of trail blazers and envoys. I have no idea of how it even happened. When I contacted gm about the problem they advise that the problem is not covered.

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car image   Hatchback/liftgate problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 7
Failure Date: 03/03/2006

Awful, awful safety hazard on my 2003 Trailblazer!!!!!the hatch back/lift gate won't open - tailgate window explodes in the mechanics face knocking him to the ground. Representatives from gm and from the dealership deny that this has happened in any other 2003 Trailblazers. That is a lie!!!! see other complaints on this very website. Complaint #10121982, also complaint #10150063, and complaint #10075392. Then check out complaint #10038988, #10075392 and #10061979 regarding the hatchback tailgate breakdowns. Complaint #10121982 tells of a child that is injured by the exploding glass in the tailgate. Remember the double sided tape that the dealership tells me that gm uses to hold on the high mount stop light and trim??? in complaint #10038988 the complainant was also told about the double sided tape. Are you investigating this problem????? I am driving a very unsafe car and I will fight until I get some action. I have been without a car now for 10 days. The dealership insisted that we turn this claim into my insurance. $2,650 claim for what the dealership said would cost $25. The dealers body shop also explained that the high mount stop light and trim are attached with double face tape and if they come loose they bind inside the hatchback. I don't feel it is my insurance company's responsibility to pay for something the dealer caused. This is a very dangerous problem created by cheverolet's poor design. Why haven't they done a recall on this. There are numerous other complaints about the same hatchback failure. The glass could explode on me on my grandkids or another mechanic. I will be nervous everytime I open that hatchback and I will never, never buy a general motors car again. The dealership treated my husband and I terribly. They knew they had the upper hand in the situation and they knew there was nothing we could do.

car image   Hatchback/liftgate problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer 8
Failure Date: 01/03/2005

Rear window of our 2002 chevy Trailblazer exploded in my garage. There was no prior damage to the window and the failure was without warning. Vehicle was parked in garage night before and garage door shut with no incident. Upon entering garage next morning, shattered glass was found all over the floor and rear window blown out.

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car image   Hatchback/liftgate problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer 9
Failure Date: 08/10/2003

On two occasions, my 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer has caused a safety concern for me. Once in extreme cold and once in extreme heat, the rear spoiler has separated from the vehicle. The last time, it had to be wrapped on to get to the dealer and it actually broke. It causes it to rub against the body of my vehicle every time. I am concerned that the safety of my family from operating the lift gate and people that I share the road with is being jeopardized. I never know when it is going to malfunction. How many times does this lift gate have to malfunction before general motors will recall the vehicle and do something about it? I know what is wrong and they refuse to listen to me. My friend that works at a body shop told me that the spoiler is held on by some "sophisticated tape" - in extreme hot and extreme cold outdoor conditions, the tape expands and the rear spoiler separates from the vehicle. It is not that hard. General motors says once was due to weather conditions (admittedly the extreme cold) and the other due to my fault because I opened it with the glass open and that is not even a true statement. I am less than satisfied with general motors and don't know what to do, because in 2-3 months it will happen again - until they can find something besides tape to hold it on my vehicle. They are just going to keep saying, I don't know until it runs out of warranty.


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