2002 Chevy Trail Blazer

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I've been thinking about the new Trailblazer but would like to hear some real-world feedback about its towing capabilities. A couple of bike will not be a problem, but I also pull a 3600lb boat /trailer package. Mostly local pulls, but I do make 1 or 2 longs pulls a summer (5+ hours). It would be a driven to work every day (45 miles round trip) so I was trying to avoid the V8 for economy reasons.

Has anyone out there have one or towed with one before?

Any experience or input would be appreciated.
 
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I don't have personal experience towing with this vehicle, but I think the tow capacity is over 6,000 lbs. You should have no problem towing 3,600 lbs, especially with the power that engine makes.
 

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I've got a '99 Blazer and it will handle that weight, no problem. The new Trailblazer (code name GMT-360) has a lot better structure, and the new in-line 6 has a lot more power. You should have no problem.
 

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Is your 99 an S10 with the 4.3l vortec or the full size Blazer??? If it has the 4.3 l will disagree that it handles it 'no problem'. I have the 95 with the 4.3 and yes, it does pull it, but not well. 0-60 times around 45-50 seconds is not good in my book, plus the air conditioner is a definite no-no. The engine temps climb and it wants to downshift from drive (not OD) at 55-60mph. It simply works that engine too hard.

Two years ago the head gasket blew on a long 5 hour pull at 60 mph.
Last year (same annual trip) the main crank bearing shattered and sent the pistons into the head.

Now I have a new engine, but want a new truck.
 

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Yes, it's a 4.3, and yes I have no problem with that weight. I'm not sure if they put different differential ratios on these or not, but I can pull a lot more with this than other vehicles I've had. I've not experienced the issues you've described with mine.

That's not to say, however, that the '99 Blazer is a great truck....I've had nothing but problems with mine. It's a 3-year lease company vehicle, so next summer new truck time.

Good luck on your decision.
 

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Yes they do offer different axle ratios. I know I do not have the towing ratio (I don't recall if it's the 3.73 or 3.43 -????)

Your right though, it would make a huge difference.
 

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If it would make any difference in your decision, next year GM is launching the stretch version of the Trailblazer, with a third back seat. It'll sit on a different wheelbase, but I believe the powertrain is the same.
 
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Check the price out first, they are almost the same as the Tahoe with a V-8 and the gas milage rating is very close. I heard an advertisement for a 2 wheel drive loaded for $28,000.00. Same goes for the Toyota Highlander, they run about $32,000.00:scream:
 

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I'll have to do some more checking. The Tahoes in the area (WI) are going for 38-42k depending on options while the loaded Trailblazer is 32.5k. I haven't seen any Tahoes for less than 38k new.