American no chance of a V8
Why do we love American cars in general and SUVs in particular? Of course, for multi-liter V8 – not too powerful, voracious, meaningless, but simple, high-torque and unpretentious. The first generation of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, when it was still “Native American,” also included a V8 – but there are practically no such cars in Russia. In part, this annoying circumstance is compensated by a reasonable price: our colleagues from Avito Avto suggest that a good copy in the secondary market can be found for 500 thousand rubles. What will happen under the hood of such a machine, and what you should pay attention to when buying it?
The first generation Chevrolet TrailBlazer was produced from 2001 to 2008 and was based on a platform of mid-size pickups, bearing the name of the GM360. Formally, the car doesn’t have a choice of body: in 2002-2006, customers were offered the EXT version extended by 40 centimeters, but there are literally just a few of these cars on our secondary market, so you should not really expect to find such a sample. But the issues of choosing an American SUV age from 10 to 18 years old here stand in full growth.
Pickup platform, albeit medium-sized, predictably implies the existence of a stair frame at the heart of the design – and there it is. The benefit to both her and the car as a whole is that TrailBlazer does not pull on the role of a serious off-road explorer: for this it has too inappropriate geometry. The bumpers are massive and hang low, the entry and exit angles are small, and the thresholds are covered with regular steps, so the ground clearance of 20 centimeters does not solve all problems. On the other hand, it provokes improvements, but we’ll talk more about that – for now, we note that the bottom inspection should not reveal deep corrosive damage to the frame. Its number, of course, must be readable – otherwise, you can watch the machine as much as you like, but most likely it will not work out to renew it.
The body also resists corrosion with varying success: the paintwork is not too thin, but age inevitably makes itself felt. Rusty edges of doors and wheel arches you will surely see, as well as corrosion around the windshield, but you should take a closer look at the thresholds under the plastic steps, as well as at the bottom: neither there nor there should be holes and clods of old dirt. Given the non-premium status of the model and the already low cost in the secondary market, car care can vary considerably from one owner to another – but for half a million budget, you can feel free to look for the most favorite copies of the owners.
In addition to standard body checks for emergency past, in which not only open databases can help, but also paid services, such as Autotech, as well as elucidation of the extent of corrosion, you should pay attention to some “proprietary” features. So, the doors at TrailBlazer are quite heavy and prone to sagging – check the hinges and the operation of the locks, as well as the integrity of the seals, including having felt the floor covering for dryness.
Occasionally, there are problems with fastening gas stops on the tailgate – but they will most likely be removed by welding before selling them, so you need to make sure that you do not have to look again. In addition, on the fifth door you should pay attention not only to the rusty edges and jammed seals, but also to the insertion of the mounting area of the room – this is a large trough; other “insides”, and along with moistening the trunk. Here, in the trunk, it is necessary to check how much the soured wheel lift mechanism located under the bottom is soured: to find yourself with a broken tire and a car lifted on a jack, but without the ability to reach the spare wheel is a dubious adventure. And one more note regarding the bodywork: TrailBlazer was produced not only in the USA, but also donated on Avtotor (like the Hummer H2), so that the “Russian” cars in the documents will have two VINs – “local”, required for registration, and “ real ”, according to which spare parts are selected and ordered.
The undercarriage of this large Chevrolet combines independent suspension with double wishbones at the front and a continuous axle with springs at the back. There are cars with self-leveling rear suspension with air bellows – here in case of problems, original cylinders for 18 thousand can be replaced with analogues for 10, and the original body position sensor costs just as much, but the compressor is only marked with GM for good (or not) 50 thousand. In general, you just need to decide whether the game is worth the candle.
In general, the resource of the suspension is not bad, although it does not do without small features: for example, someone has front wheel bearings for a long time and happily, and someone because of deviations in the work of the suspension or non-standard wheels “fly” regularly – fortunately .