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    Default Trailblazer - some experiences and problems

    I recently bought the 2.8 diesel TB - it is an excellent towing vehicle. I did a 6000km return trip from Cape Town to Kruger towing a camping trailer. Average fuel consumption while towing at +-90km/h was 7.5km/l (low altitude) and 9.5km/l (highveld altitude). (These are the indicated figures - actuals were in line though slightly lower).

    In general I am satisfied with the vehicle apart from two major irritating issues:

    1. Park distance control:

    One cannot switch off the park distance control, so the thing beeps incessantly when reversing with the trailer hooked up. I ended up removing the fuse but then get a message "service park assist" everytime I start the car. Apparently it is the trend with manufacturers these days not to install a switch (really?). IMHO it is just plain stupid.

    2. Standard radio:


    The radio is very basic and poor quality for such an expensive vehicle. It has no RDS and picks up cell phone interference when a phone is placed near the radio. (My wife's 8-year old Fiat Panda that cost R95k back then has a radio with RDS and experiences no cell-phone interference.) Fortunately one can upgrade the TB to a unit with SatNav, DVD and RDS for only R10k...

    Would like to hear others' comments.
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    Hi Pravech
    Do you have an auto TB ?
    What is the approx. mass of the trailer you are pulling ?

    I assume from your post that you had no overheating problems on mountain passes.

    I am in the market for a new vehicle, and at this point of time the choises are

    Jeep Wrangler
    TB
    Ford Ranger

    I have heard reports of the Wrangler overheating when towing heavy stuff.

    Therefore the question.

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    ive had my TB for about 3 months, 5,000kms now and very happy.

    According to Fuelly I average 9.8kms.

    Ride a little noisy but I come from a petrol , merc so a diesel engine will take getting used to. Once on the open road its fine.

    Park assistance doesn't bother me but I've never pulled a trailer.

    I did upgrade to the SATNAV set. Adds the reverse camera which I hardly use as the park sensors beeping are pretty much all you need. The GPS it comes with is very good. Otherwise the radio has RDS but nothing to fancy as far as interface goes.

    I don't have the 4x4 and didn't buy it for its off road capabilities but I did take it to a local game reserve that had some nice mild off-road. uphills, down hills , ditches, bumps, gravel , grass. Nothing to hectic but still handled very well and I had a full house of 7 people in.

    All in all no complaints and happy.

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    I test drove one today, we are considering selling the Suzuki Grand Vitara and getting a Trialblazer. I must say that the radio is exactly the same as the one in the isuzu, and I have no problems with it, apart from the fact that my daughter couldn't bluetooth her phone and play her music on it.

    Its not as comfortable at the GV, but has loads of space. My reason for looking at the TB was that I was always keen on it and the GV service plan has run out.

    The remark about the noise was true. That 2.8 is like a tractor motor, it makes the KB6 sound quiet. I really like the trailblazer, but it seems the government (wife) doesn't want to let the GV go that easy.

    BTW the KB6 also has that irritating reverse sensors, but I am replacing them with the camera/GPS unit. You can request this as an option when you buy it.
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    Your problems on the reverse park distance control is interesting.
    I've got the 2.8 4X4, manual, and when I tow a trailer the systems detects trailer and switches the PDC off (well it's done this 3 out of 5 times) and it indicates such when it happens while in reverse.
    Probably depends on width and distance of trailer from the vehicle (Didn't see it happen with my Commander).
    It's has even done it twice while it was inside my garage when starting to reverse out. Once outside, I placed it in 1st gear, moved forward and then again in reverse and it was back to normal. That is how I understand it is suppose to work.
    Not sure if the SatNav unit (installed in mine) might have influence over this operation.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tjola View Post
    Hi Pravech
    Do you have an auto TB ?
    What is the approx. mass of the trailer you are pulling ?

    I assume from your post that you had no overheating problems on mountain passes.

    I am in the market for a new vehicle, and at this point of time the choises are

    Jeep Wrangler
    TB
    Ford Ranger

    I have heard reports of the Wrangler overheating when towing heavy stuff.

    Therefore the question.
    Got an sms from Mitsubishi yesterday.

    The new Pajero sport will be available within 3 weeks. From what the dealer indicated to me, it will be a difficult contender to beat. Some of the changes include:

    High performance engine
    New auto box
    Standard SatNav audio system
    Reverse camera
    Plenty of added luxuries

    It might be worth waiting 3 weeks and also checking this option out?

    Pricing expected to be R435k for the 4x4 manual and R445k for the 4x4 auto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Engel View Post
    Hi Pravech
    Do you have an auto TB ?
    What is the approx. mass of the trailer you are pulling ?

    I assume from your post that you had no overheating problems on mountain passes.
    Yes I have the 4x2 Auto TB. Trailer is a Conqueror Conquest camping trailer - approx 1200 - 1500 kgs when fully loaded?

    I had no problems with overheating on mountain passes. I regularly checked the transmission fluid temperature using the small info screen between the speedo and rev counter.
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    I have TB 2.8 auto.4x4
    Overall I like the vehicle but have 2 annoying problems
    External wind noise - you have to really turn up some serious db to hear anything
    Over the wind noise
    Low rev vibrations cause my steering to go into vibrations at speed of 100- 120 km
    Anybody experiencing similar issues?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry OpieTremspoor View Post
    when I tow a trailer the systems detects trailer and switches the PDC off (well it's done this 3 out of 5 times) and it indicates such when it happens while in reverse.
    Just guessing here, but sometimes OEM has harness & module for towbar fitment that will switch off PDC when reversing with trailer. Possibly OP fitted aftermarket towbar...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spectator View Post
    Just guessing here, but sometimes OEM has harness & module for towbar fitment that will switch off PDC when reversing with trailer. Possibly OP fitted aftermarket towbar...
    This could be true but if so why does mine not work EVERY time?...and why would it disengage with nothing behind but garage door sides?

    For information about engine vibrations:
    (sorry but I wrote the following to another forumite in a PM and its in Afrikaans ... and I'm not going to translate - maybe too lazy, maybe too dumb)


    Ek was half ongelukkig oor die onvermoee van die enjin wat nie regtig hoog kon rev nie
    Dis nie dat die enjin nie hoog kan rev nie, ek wou net nie, omrede daar 'n verskriklike vibrasie terugvoering plaas gevind het bokant 3000rpm. Die terugvoering het slegs deur die stuurwiel en pedale gekom en die passesiers was nie eers bewus daarvan nie.

    In Junie was ek by die "dealer" en het toe so terloops genoem dat ek teleurgesteld is omdat ek nie die enjin hoog kan rev nie. Sy reaksie was dat die werkswinkel bestuurder (WWB) gou die voertuig moet vat vir kort toets bestuur, want hy het dalk oplossing daarvoor.

    Die WWB het net om die blok gery en sy woorde was "die een is nogal erg".

    Die dealer vertel my toe van 'n additionele apparaat (counter balance) wat Chev beskibaar gestel het spesifiek om die probleem op te los.
    Een afspraak, en 2 dae later het ek die TB gevat en 20 minute later is ek daar weg met 'n "ander" voertuig.

    Ek kan nou die TB tot op sy rooi lyn in revs ry sonder enige vibrasies. Volgens die dealer is dit deel van hulle eerste maintence checks (15 000km) en as die vibrasie terugvoering daar is word die counter balance aangesit - Kosteloos/gratis, mahala, forniet.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rmat1985 View Post
    Got an sms from Mitsubishi yesterday.

    The new Pajero sport will be available within 3 weeks. From what the dealer indicated to me, it will be a difficult contender to beat. Some of the changes include:

    High performance engine
    New auto box
    Standard SatNav audio system
    Reverse camera
    Plenty of added luxuries

    It might be worth waiting 3 weeks and also checking this option out?

    Pricing expected to be R435k for the 4x4 manual and R445k for the 4x4 auto.
    Yip, the 3.2 motor goes, replaced by a 2,5 & a 2.5 High Output.
    The High Output puts out more than the current 3.2, but uses less fuel...

    May well be an option as it comes with a proper Diff lock & black/grey interior...

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    For interest sake, what is the highest mileage TB on the forum so far?

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    Then followed a 2009 Toyota Prado 4.0V6 (Nice car), after which a 2008 Pajero 3.8 V6 SWB followed (which I will forever miss)
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmat1985 View Post
    For interest sake, what is the highest mileage TB on the forum so far?

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    I've got only 6 000km.


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    Mine is going for 17000

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    Mine is just shy of 20 000km!
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    Mine is standing on 27 000km
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmat1985 View Post
    Got an sms from Mitsubishi yesterday.

    The new Pajero sport will be available within 3 weeks. From what the dealer indicated to me, it will be a difficult contender to beat. Some of the changes include:

    High performance engine
    New auto box
    Standard SatNav audio system
    Reverse camera
    Plenty of added luxuries

    It might be worth waiting 3 weeks and also checking this option out?

    Pricing expected to be R435k for the 4x4 manual and R445k for the 4x4 auto.
    We are currently looking at a new 4x4 for the wifey to drive and tow our caravan, please keep us updated with this as I may be very interested!
    Do you now if its a facelift or a new model?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wave View Post
    We are currently looking at a new 4x4 for the wifey to drive and tow our caravan, please keep us updated with this as I may be very interested!
    Do you now if its a facelift or a new model?
    Only a facelift.

    But I think it should be the one to choose in this segment. Fortuner too outdated (I own a 2013 model, so qualified to say this), Mitsubishi is a proven reliable product and for the indicated price it should prove hard to beat.


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    I had my first long distance trip to Richters veld with TB 2.8 auto 4x4
    Apart from vibrations on steering wheel at certain revs thew TB performed well.
    Diesel consumption 9.8 l 100km cruising 130 to 140 at times.
    It was on the gravel road that all the fancy stuff like traction control and others kicked in allowing for a controlled drive .Very impressed.I will be completely happy when my dealer sorts the counter balance and wind noise

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