Owners of 2005-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier and Saab 9-7X SUV models with faulty gas gauges now have some recourse. According to a report in The Detroit News, General Motors will cover half the repair costs for select vehicles with malfunctioning fuel level sensors. According to a GM spokesman, that should mean paying less than $200 for the fix, provided the SUV in question has less than 120,000 miles on the clock.

GM's offer stems from a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation that was launched in April, after GM and NHTSA received thousands of complaints of gauge failure. According to the report, nearly 300,000 vehicles may experience premature wear on the fuel level sensor contacts. This can lead to incorrect fuel level readings, especially after filling the tank, when the gauge may still show empty. But it can also result in the gas gauge showing more fuel than is actually in the tank, leading to the inevitable running out of gas and engine stalling. A total of 867,337 vehicles were included in the investigation.

GM issued a service bulletin to dealers in August, as well as a notification to owners. So if your Trailblazer is running on empty, you might want to check your mailbox and start looking for change under the seats.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      THis happened to my 2006 Colorado.
      Andy Alexander
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lets open this up for the pre-GM bankruptcy fiasco, and include other cars that have also the seemingly similar problem. AKA, Chevy Blazer from 1995-2003.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about an investigation and recall on the speedometers in these vehicles? When asking dealers to fix, they want me to bring the vehicle in for $50 to tell me that the speedometer is broke and then schedule an appointment to fix....knowing that speedometer failures are common in these vehicles. GM will not acknowledge that this is a problem. Glad this is my wife's vehicle. I, myself, will not ever purchase another GM vehicle. I own a Ford and would purchase a Chrysler product before considering a GM.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The government just closed an investigation into itself?? Yeah, Yeah, I know their a public company now!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Heh, GM has been making bunk fuel sending units for a lot longer than 6 years...
      Mariano Karesty
      • 3 Years Ago
      A sport utility vehicle (SUV) is a generic marketing term for a vehicle similar to a station wagon, but built on a light-truck chassis. It is usually equipped with four-wheel drive for on- or off-road ability, and with some pretension or ability to be used http://www.aabout.biz/2011/10/suv.html
      • 3 Years Ago
      Back in the mid 90's I managed a large fleet of Cadillacs, and we had a huge problem with the same thing. Cadillac DID pony up and gave us a good many replacement sensors but, the situations was far from adequately handled, and as far as I know, many Cadillacs have continued to have the same problem for years after. Sad that after all this time, they are still having the same problems.
      Kevin Stewart
      • 3 Years Ago
      What about the 2004 GMC Yukon? The fuel gauge on my mom's has never worked correctly.