Re: New dailer driver
I've got an ol 2002 Trailblazer LT with the straight six, great motor, not much experience with larger motor, however, the issues I've had will translate to the rest of the vehicle and not be based on motor. (I've currently have 240,000 miles on the motor, but some of these issues were there from day one.)
The 4 wheel drive switch was junk, the did redesign in 03, (I know cuz when my had problems they put the newer style in) however, it still has a mind of it's own sometimes, clicks and clatters, sometime engages on it's own.
Shorts in front headlights and rear lights.
And the biggest pain, that follows all GM truck/SUV's, power steering and tranny lines rusting through at the shock couplers/attaching points. I've had both the power steering and tranny lines rust through where they go through the holder. They hold moisture in these points and eventually rust. Not a big deal as not real expensive to replace but HUGE PIA to replace.
Other than that, it's been a great truck, plenty of pulling power (especially for 6 cylinder, I know yours would have even more), but we farm and I've pulled full grain wagons to town with it.
With all the miles on mine, the ol girl still fires right up, even though I do not use it as a daily driver anymore, I know she will always start even with the rest of vehicles won't and she still never uses any oil. Just a good ol dependable truck.
1968 Camaro SS 396 M20 Posi