2022 Chevy Trailblazer Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Engine and Structural issues are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

The 2022 Chevy Trailblazer is a smaller crossover model designed to keep the budget in check. The automaker claims it is a “small SUV with big horizons,” but the only big thing customers are seeing is malfunctions. It seems to be dealing with a faulty engine, cheaply-made structure and defective vehicle speed control.

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2021 Chevy Trailblazer Engine Problems

With any brand-new car, it’s expected that the engine is going to be functional and reliable. Yet, this Trailblazer model has an engine that deeply reflects the bargain-basement pricing.

One NHTSA complaint states, “The contact owns a 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that while operating the vehicle, the engine fans were activated however, the engine overheated. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer who diagnosed the engine thermostat as faulty. The thermostat was replaced, and the failure was remedied. Also, while driving the vehicle would jerk and hesitate while changing gears. The cause of the failure was not yet determined. The contact was informed by the dealer that the failure was a transmission issue. No further information was available.”

The complaint goes on to say: “Also, while driving 27 MPH, the service brake system failure” message suddenly displayed, and the brake pedal was hard while pressed. The parking brake was activated. Moments later the message “power steering failure” displayed and the steering wheel was difficult to turn in either direction. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who diagnosed that the brake master cylinder was faulty and needed to be replaced. The brake master cylinder was replaced, and the braking and steering failures were remedied. The manufacturer was not yet notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 3,051.”

Even GM has started expressing concerns over the engine build. Service Bulletin #PIP5829 talks about how the DTC P0299 might present itself and a turbocharger replacement could become necessary. This is a major engine repair that should never be present on a new SUV, yet it is. The only thing customers are seeing on the horizon is a new SUV at the first chance possible.

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Structural Problems

No one is expecting the Trailblazer to be a Mercedes-Benz, but it’s fair to assume it won’t fall apart. Yet, that’s not true either.

One Edmunds review points out, “After driving this thing for the past 3 months however I’m extremely disappointed. While the economy is decent, the engineering and build quality are abysmal. Surface scratches & paint swirls from the beginning. Rubber & plastic trim pieces literally falling off vehicle. Wireless charging pad never worked from day one. Cruise control stopped working after the first month. Cheap plastic interior surfaces scratch and dull from even minimal normal usage. Rough idle at start up many days. Transmission often jerks forward when placed into drive.”

The review goes on to state: “Keep in mind, this is a 2022 vehicle with only 2600 miles on it. When I’ve taken my Trailblazer into the local Chevrolet dealership, they’ve been unresponsive to my concerns. Basically I’ve been told, you get what you pay for and I shouldn’t expect great quality on an entry level SUV. I can’t even imagine what I’m going to have to deal with being locked into a lease with this rapidly deteriorating vehicle for the next 3 years. I’ve lost what little confidence or trust I had left for American vehicles after owning this Trailblazer.”

Already, there’s a recall that reflects how poorly this vehicle has been built. NHTSA Campaign Number 21V440000 says that more than 135,000 vehicles could be equipped with an emergency jack that is prone to fracturing while in use. If this happens while someone is changing a tire, the SUV could collapse and cause serious injuries. Apparently, it’s difficult enough when a tire needs to be changed, Chevy had to make it even more dangerous.

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Vehicle Speed Control Problems

A final look at the vehicle speed control shows the Trailblazer has serious issues that must be worked out.

A final NHTSA complaint states, “The contact owns a 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The contact stated that while driving 40 MPH, the vehicle experienced unintended acceleration. During the failure, the vehicle accelerated to speeds in excess of 100 MPH. Additionally, during the failure the brake pedal was depressed however, the vehicle did not slow down or stop. The vehicle was shifted to park to be stopped. The vehicle was towed to the local dealer. No further information was available. The cause of the failure was not yet determined. The manufacturer was also notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 2,876.”

GM is aware of defects with the safety system. Service Bulletin #PIC6446A has discussed problems with the forward collision alert and lane keep assist programs. The reality is that the new Chevy SUV isn’t meant to blaze any trails, as it can barely keep occupants protected on the road. These are the moments when the old saying is true – you do get what you pay for.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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