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

Brakes, forward collision avoidance, and engine issues are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

The 2022 Chevrolet 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 some customers are seeing are malfunctions. They are dealing with faulty brakes, engine issues, and defective forward collision avoidance system. There are also complaints that the 2022 Trailblazer structure is cheaply made.

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Most Common Problems with the 2022 Chevy Trailblazer

The most common problem owners of the 2022 Chevy Trailblazer are complaining to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) about are brakes that squeak, fail to engage, and sometimes fail. Some of these are combined with complaints relating to engine problems.

Complaints about forward collision avoidance focus on malfunctions and error messages that are, themselves, erroneous!

Other problematic components and systems singled out by owners on the NHTSA complaints platform are the powertrain, steering, fuel/propulsion system, and vehicle speed control.

Of course, the NHTSA isn’t the only platform that vehicle owners use to voice their dissatisfaction. And a complaint on Edmunds alerts us to structure issues and accusations that the 2022 Chevy Trailblazer is cheaply-built.

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 bargain-basement pricing. Problems range from the engine light continually coming on to overheating.

Even the manufacturer, General Motors (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.

An NHTSA complaint from an owner in Wisconsin states that even when the Trailblazer’s engine fans are activated, the engine overheats.

“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.” While the cause of the failure wasn’t initially determined, the owner was later informed by the dealer that the failure was a transmission issue.

This same owner also had brake problems.

Faulty Brakes

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.”

This is one of 5 complaints filed with the NHTSA between January 24 and September 16, 2022. Another, which also mentions the engine, states that the “check engine light keeps coming on. Hard shifting.” And it “takes too long for the brake to engage.” The fuel injector was replaced, even though the car was only 3 months into service.

A complaint from an owner in Illinois states that while driving at 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 driver has to shift to Park to stop the Trailblazer. It was then towed to the local dealer.

There are also several complaints about brakes making squealing noises. An owner from Missouri says the Trailblazer’s brakes sometimes squeal and when stopping at slow speeds, the “brake pedal goes soft. The SUV pulls to the left slightly and a metal-on-metal sound begins to emit from the driver’s side braking system. The sound changes to something I can only describe as from a video game or a raptor from The Jurassic Park movies.” Even though the owner says that “it feels like the car won’t stop on time when this happens,” the dealership isn’t able to reproduce the sound.

Forward Collision Avoidance Issues

An Owner from West Virginia has taken his 2022 Chevy Trailblazer back to the dealership three times because of forward collision avoidance and possibly powertrain issues. The problems started when there were only 500 miles on the clock. While driving at 70 mph, the cruise control activated, and “the Forward Collision Avoidance system activated erroneously.” There were no warning lights. The complaint also says that the vehicle occasionally accelerates independently.

A Michigan owner experienced several malfunctions when the vehicle was little more than a month old, with less than 2,000 miles on the clock. For example, when going at highway speed on an expressway, the adaptive cruise would apply hard brakes:

  • when approaching an overhead bridge
  • passing a vehicle in the adjacent lane
  • changing lanes

While driving on a highway the instrument panel displayed a warning message, Service Side Detection System. A GM Dealer ran a diagnostic test that showed the following codes:

  1. B1325 Control Module Power Circuit Low Voltage
  2. B317A Passenger Window Switch Short to Ground
  3. U0151 Lost communication with inflatable Restraint Sensing and Diagnostic Module
  4. U 0155 Lost Communication with Instrument Cluster
  5. U0184 Lost Communication with Radio
  6. U0232 Lost Communication with Side Object Detection Control Module – Left

Advice from the dealer is “to bring (the) vehicle back if this message pops up again.” This is because, according to the dealer, “these are just notifications, and (they) may not be able to find anything.”

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.

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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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6 COMMENTS
  • Heather

    The lines on the backup camera don’t appear, the car won’t connect to the phone and the radio and electronic screen stays on for a significant length of time after turning off the engine and opening the driver door. It is like the entire electronics system is delayed at connecting and then delayed at shutting down. This doesn’t happen every time but is increasing in frequency. Car has 2100 miles.

  • Katti G

    I have a 2022 Trailblazer that I financed last year on July 2021. Within a month of having it I’ve noticed the break pad gets stuck. The shocks are making noise front and back. Everytime I passthrough a humo it’s looks like I’ve hit on something hard. The ailments were off. Check engine lights keep coming on and off and car jerks. I took to the maintenance and said nothing is wrong with it took it in a few weeks later same thing nothing is wrong with it took the third time a month later same problem. I just saw my car drive off of the lot 10 minutes later my car back and wasted my gas. Said nothing iswron with it. Now since 2022 this year I’m experiencing faulty sensors of engine light reduced power. P0011 shows up car turns off it jerks. There a lot of codes that FIXD diagnosted. The fan stays on when you turn it off. I’ve reached out to lemon law it’s been 6 months and trying to get a settlement. I waste too much gas because of the sensors $100 a week. This is my only vehicle. Don’t have family to help drive me around.

  • Tammy

    I have a 2022 trailblazer and the light came on to service the power steering after three months and still comes on and off plus the cruise control also works and not work occasionally and now the engine jerks whe. It shifts from first gear showing these cars have transmission issue as well and I have only had the car since March of this year I feel I have a lemon car and dealership not helpful

  • Marc

    So I am reading these comments and I just purchased a new 2022 Trailblazer LT on July 14th. I have 2,916 miles and so far no issues. In fact it has been a great driving experience.

  • Cheryl

    I am having problems with the Emissions System. I took it to the dealership and they charged me $150 for the diagnostic fee and wanted me to pay for parts and labor not covered under warranty. However, I researched the Chevrolet website and found that the parts, labor, and diagnostic fees are covered under warranty. I took my car back to have repairs completed about 3 weeks later and the parts and labor were covered and I will be receiving a refund of my $150 in the next week. I had my care for 4 days and the check engine light is on again and it refers to the Emissions System needing to be diagnosed, again, this is so ridiculous after being reassured all was fixed!! So, I will be taking my car in for the 3rd time, on August 6th to be diagnosed for emission system problems. It takes a lot of time and money on my part, to be having problems with my 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer.

  • Fred

    The headlights are terrible. On low beam there’s a dark shadow looks like a bat.couldnt see 100 yards and the high beam doesn’t help to see further ahead only brighten the sides. Had the dealership adjust the light up helped very little. I bought this car for my daughter first car .iam afraid she might hit a deer or worse a pedestrian.

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