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Just curious has anyone seen or read anything about the new Trailblazer EXT (Extension) due out this spring?

I seen a picture of it on GM's web page and it seats 7 standard and has an overall length of 207". This is longer than the Tahoe which is 197".

Looks like Acura has started something that other Auto Manufactures are looking at for their upcoming SUV models.

Don't worry I'm not selling out as a MDX loyalist, but my sister is getting ready to purchase a regular Trailblazer. She is turning in her leased rodeo next month.

I'm still waiting for my X in April. I hope my wife will let me drive it other than to get it serviced, clean it and put gas in it. :)

How do you other married couples deal with driving one X in the family? I may have to buy another X, but I would prefer a pickup truck for another new vehicle in the family.

It would be nice if Acura had a luxery Pickup truck equivelant to the MDX. If your listening Acura get the designers busy!!!!
 

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Safety??

Before I considered a Trailblazer I would make sure that they had done a complete safety redesign to overcome the 2002 Trailblazer's dismal IIHS Crash Test Results .
Compared to the MDXs top rating, I wouldn't have much of a problem deciding which vehicle I wanted my family in.
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Chevy is actually a very hardy SUV/truck. I have not read up about the safety of this 2002 vehicle but I have driven it. It ride really nice.

The only thing that this SUV cannot match is the luxury feel that Acura, MB and BMW delivers. Performance well. But the interior is clunky, cheap looking and stereotypical American plasticky feel.

Other than that if you are looking for a reliable, hardy, tough SUV..this is a good fit.
 

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I must take exception, Fireblade. If by 'hardy' you mean beefy, yup, you got it, the trailblazer drives and feels like a solid truck. If you mean by hardy, strong and immune--not even close. What, they're up to 5 recalls now? And I'm sure the recalls will keep coming.

Once they've worked the kinks out of it, I'm sure the truck will be solid and certainly more 'hardy', but man, until then--I wouldn't invest in one. On the other hand, I happily put my money into a 1st generation Acura product, and I am SO happy I did...

Just my thoughts, papawoolf--save your sister before it's too late!!

As for the married issue--just make sure the other car in the family is a fun ride too! Otherwise, you'll always lose the battle--wives always win...

Rob :cool:
 

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Robyjo said:
I must take exception, Fireblade. If by 'hardy' you mean beefy, yup, you got it, the trailblazer drives and feels like a solid truck. If you mean by hardy, strong and immune--not even close. What, they're up to 5 recalls now? And I'm sure the recalls will keep coming.

Once they've worked the kinks out of it, I'm sure the truck will be solid and certainly more 'hardy', but man, until then--I wouldn't invest in one. On the other hand, I happily put my money into a 1st generation Acura product, and I am SO happy I did...

Just my thoughts, papawoolf--save your sister before it's too late!!

As for the married issue--just make sure the other car in the family is a fun ride too! Otherwise, you'll always lose the battle--wives always win...

Rob :cool:
Robyjo-

Actually...I meant hardy for the majority of the trucks that they product not specifically with the 2002 Trailblazer since I havent really have much data on it other than when I test drove it. But like with any new vehicle..am sure Chevy will take the kinks out. They always do with their vehicles.
 

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I hope my wife will let me drive it other than to get it serviced, clean it and put gas in it.

How do you other married couples deal with driving one X in the family? I may have to buy another X, but I would prefer a pickup truck for another new vehicle in the family.


I got the car for me, but we replaced my wife's car. So, she got the X. We both fight for the right to drive it (I ask, she says no!). So, I'm left driving it on weekends and evenings.

Oh well . . . ;)
 

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papawoolf said:
How do you other married couples deal with driving one X in the family? I may have to buy another X, but I would prefer a pickup truck for another new vehicle in the family.

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I solved that problem by buying the Lexus RX before I bought the MDX :) My wife wanted a smaller SUV that drove like a car.........however she does love the MDX too - and complains we don't have NAVI in the RX...........
 

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Thanks for all the comments.

I couldn't talk my sister out of the Trailblazer. It was in her price range and with the $2002.00 rebate and special financing made the price even more attractive.
 

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Bought the TrailBlazer, drove it for 4 months.
Brought it back to dealer 4 times for repair.
Fair it will get worse and lost of time.
Sold it and lost 10k. I was dissapointed, but I learned my lesson.
I went and order the MDX, will receive in 1 week.
 

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Papa:

You did what you could. It's unfortunate that she decided to the trailblazer. It's not the car or the features, but reliability and re-sale value which drove me away from a trail blazer.

There's nothing to beat the Japs in terms of reliability. Even the new Benzs have quality issues.
 

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Papa:

... It's unfortunate that she decided to the trailblazer. It's not the car or the features, but reliability and re-sale value which drove me away from a trail blazer.
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Yeah... we all have certain like and dislike, let alone having price range to live with.
 

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GCK said:
Papa:

You did what you could. It's unfortunate that she decided to the trailblazer. It's not the car or the features, but reliability and re-sale value which drove me away from a trail blazer.

There's nothing to beat the Japs in terms of reliability. Even the new Benzs have quality issues.
The "Japs". Ouch.
 

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We have the MDX and a BMW 330. They are so different from each other that it is no problem. When I want to carry something or 4/5 people, I take the MDX; when I want to go out and drive for fun or with 2 or three people, I take the BMW. Works out fine and neither of us feels slighted whatever we drive. The Bimmer also makes a better commuter car for us at least (smaller yet 5 star safety, more responsive, easier to park, much better gas mileage). YMMV.


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How do you other married couples deal with driving one X in the family?
 

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An acquaintance bought the Trailblazer 3 weeks ago. It's already been in the shop for a faulty air conditioner ( a leak or something, I think ). How bout that GM quality?!:rolleyes:
 

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The August issue of Car and Driver contains a decidely mixed first look at the Chevy Trailblazer EXT LTZ. Their report: "Let's come right out and say it: The fun is gone. . . . it's a cut and paste job, and it's visually awkward from every angle. . . . All the fun in the EXT apparently happens in seats other than the driver's."

They do note that it contains a "real third-row seat, big enough for two adults to rattle around back there" and conclude "Soccer moms, you won't be disappointed."
 

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It could get more different than an MDX and 330 (nice choices BTW)

We have an MDX and an '02 M3 convertible! Now that is different!

Enjoy the MDX and BMW!
 

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rroof said:
'02 M3 convertible!

Enjoy the MDX and BMW!
I would too!!
 
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