GM Agrees to Pay for Faulty Gas Gauges in Buick Rainier; Chevrolet SSR, Trailblazer; GMC Envoy

After a defect investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, General Motors has agreed to pay to repair the fuel gauges in several GM SUVs. Over time, the contacts in the fuel-level sensor could wear and cause an incorrect reading on the gas gauge.

The issue affects the 2005-2007 Buick Rainier, 2005-2006 Chevrolet SSR, 2005-2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer, 2005-2007 GMC Envoy, and 2005-2007 Saab 9-7. GM says 867,335 vehicles are potentially affected.

NHTSA first opened an investigation into this issue in April 2011 after receiving over 5000 reports of incorrect fuel level readings, which could lead drivers to inadvertently run out of fuel. There were 58 reported cases of engine stalling due to low fuel levels.

GM dealerships will notify owners that, if they have a problem with faulty fuel gauges, the sensor will be replaced and GM will pay half of the repair cost. The company also will reimburse owners who previously paid to have the issue repaired.

Sources: Detroit Free Press, NHTSA

Claude Larimer
I have had my 2006 trailblazer LS for 5 years now, just started to have the fuel gauge problem. The little yellow led will come on and the fuel gauge reads empty. I have never recieved any recall notices on anything for it. At this point do I have to take it to the dealer to start the process and more importantly will it leave my wife stranded when it decides to initiate these problems again?
Douglas Wickham
Your artical states the dealer will notify owners of recall, however it is almost a year after your artical and seven years after buying a 2005 Trail Blazer and nothing from General Motors. I have replaced the gas gauge, blower motor control, brakes, rotors, air pump, door seals, both front wheel bearing hubs and just recently went over 80,000 miles. Corespondents with GM producted nothing. I bought eight new Chevys but will never buy another new GM ever. GM didn't need Goverment help, they needed to take care of their customers.
My 2002 Envoy also has a faulty fuel gauge which starts behaving erradically when the tank gets below 1/4 full. It seems the design flaw was introduced well before 2005.
So only 2005+ eh? What about my 2002 Envoy, which the fuel gauge sender has gone bad TWICE?? Guess GM gets to ignore all of the 2002/2003/2004 who've had this problem - and there are plenty, just google it.
But they won't bother with the rear wheel alignment in Chevy Impalas because they were designed by "old" GM.

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