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Chevrolet Colorado

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  • The Oil life system in the Colorado's does not display the remaining life as the manual says.

    This was a mis-print in the 2004 owners manual.
    There are a few others as well.

    As for going by the system. I use Mobil 1 Synthetic and still changed it at 7000 miles before the oil life system told me to.
    Too much old school from my dad I guess.
  • I have a 2004 chevy colorado, Z71 extended cab. I have the vibration problem. Have had it back to the dealer 4 times. They have changed all 4 tires, rotated and balanced all 4 tires at another date, and placed it on computers. They say the 5 cylinders will do this. All the trucks on the lot did this, but not as bad as mine. It did not do it as bad until I had it for about 1 week. The truck is now 6 weeks old, and still vibrating as much as ever!
      "frustrated in Virginia"
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    My crewcab Z71 is vibration free.
  • I hope to purchase a 2005 chevy colorado in the near future. At what speed does the vibration start. I will take a long test drive on the highway before the purchase.
    Does anyone know if the Problem has been corrected for the 2005 models.
  • Don't buy one!!! The vibration starts at 45mph and ends at 55mph! The problem seems to be mainly with regular cab 5spds. (Both 5cyl and 4 cyl) I haven't seen my truck for 15 days now. There is about a 1/2" of water on the drivers side floor. The dealer is also trying to fix a list of problems. Reading other forums, I'm not the only one having problems, they are widespread! Think about all of the advertising GM did to kick off this new truck, and compare that to actual trucks on the lots. Production was limited! Has anyone ever seen a sport model on the road! Forum talk from the production line, said they were towing them of the assembly line. Most of the 2004s' are still in LA. Do a search on (Colorado Problems). You will change your mind! I would like to believe this is a well made truck, but the reliability falls short. Also pay close attention to how thin the body panels are. Common problems- Tires, A/C noise, water leaks, vibration issues, wind noise, dead battery, no brake lights, misaligned door panels. GM says the vibration falls within allowable specifications, so it is not a problem. Also if you a thinking about buying one call customer service. You will wait at least 25 minutes before you talk to a human! Is this the service you really want!
  • bporter1bporter1 Posts: 229
    Gee, all those problems and that doesn't even take into account the new competition. I wonder what GM is going to say about their 5 cylinder engine now? They can't say that it has more horsepower than all its competitors V6's, with the exception of the 05 Dakota and the outdated Ranger. I hope GM offers a more powerful engine. Still I think I would buy the new Toyota Tacoma or the Nissan Frontier. GM did not and does not need this negativity, but as usual they don't go that extra mile when designing a vehicle.
  • ocmike3ocmike3 Posts: 232
    Had my 4WD crew cab Canyon since February; ~13,500 miles. No problems (except the slow thermo), I get a slight vibration from the engine into the steering column at idle sometimes.
    I'm very happy with mine. I also drove the Tacoma and Dakota crew cabs and chose the Canyon. I expect their new designs will be better than the old/current, but I couldn't wait a year or two to find out.
  • Update on my Colorado! When the dealer went to replace the flooring they noticed a problem with the passenger side seat belt. The main bolt holding it to the floor was two turns from coming out. Once it was out they noticed it was broken off at the factory. Thank You to the dealership for possibly saving the life of my wife or son. GM must not care about the safety of my family. I have this in writing from the dealer! What is going on in LA.!!!
  • mrnimmomrnimmo Posts: 271
    The vibration starts at 45mph and ends at 55mph

    That sounds like a tire balance problem. An engine balance problem would occur at a certain rpm regardless of speed. A tire/suspension balance problem would occur at a certain speed regardless of rpm or whether the vehicle is in neutral.
  • ocmike3ocmike3 Posts: 232
    The 5 cylinder engine vibration is totally different than a wheel/suspension vibration. The I-5 might transmit a slight vibration through the steering column or body but would not be noticeable during driving (unless the engine was misfiring or running very badly. (I've driven a couple of other 5 cyl over the years and they all vibrated some)
    My experience is like mrnimmo said - typically vibration during driving/various speeds is tire/wheel related. The only bad driveshaft I had (years ago) got worse with speed and then the slip yoke broke.
  • trucker50trucker50 Posts: 148
    Found a sweet, black extended cab I was ready to buy till I noticed the vibration on a test drive....went back a week later and drove again to confirm. When I mentioned it to the salesman he said "Yeah, I felt it too, but it's under warranty and we'll fix it." I don't think so. It's one thing to develop a problem after you buy a vehicle but I'm not knowingly driving a new truck off the lot that has a problem, especially after reading some of your posts. Pity, I really like the way they drive otherwise and have always preferred a smaller pick-up. Considered trying a crew cab but you all have about convinced me to just forget about the Colorado....and I really liked that truck too, a shame they couldn;t get it right
  • saabgirlsaabgirl Posts: 184
    I had a similar case of pre-purchase buyer's remorse when the crew cab Canyon I took on a 24-hour test drive sprung a leak somewhere under the windshield. But, that problem aside, I still think the truck is a perfect vehicle for what I'd use it for. Fortunately, I can easily wait until next year (knock, knock), so until then I'm just going to let GM practice building them some more. I've noticed that the 2005s now on the lots seem to be better finished, particularly in the finish and wheel wells, and the cabling that hangs below the frame isn't as conspicuous in the 2005s as it was in some of the 2004s. Besides, with all the new models in the market next year, early summer should be a great time to buy a compact truck. I think some of the test sites are currently over-emphasizing hp and torque advantages in some of the Colorado/Canyon competitors and underestimating the C/C advantages in gas mileage. Also, GM offers 2wd C/Cs with traction control and a locking differential. Some competitors won't have these options, even in their 2005 models.
  • I just bought a 2004 Colorado. It has no vibration as of yet but comming from a silverado full size I`m alittle dissipoianted in how cheep everything looks. It looks like it was made in China!! I got a very good price with all of the rebates I got this 2004 extended cab 4 wheel drive LS Z85 auto trans I5 engine for $18300.00 before taxes. I wanted a 4 wheel drive and gas mileage and this seemed the only way to get both. I don`t know how Chevrolet can give this auto a window sticker of $25500.00 with it looking so cheep. Maybe it will get better in the future.
  • I recently bought a 2004 Crew Cab 5 cylinder Colorado. I really like the truck alot. However; since the first day I owned it I noticed that when accelerating and the Tach hits 2000 there is this odd whinning/ vibration noise. Its alway happens on acceleration and at a very specific point. If the tach is a little above or below 2 the whinning/vibration noice is not present. In city driving it is especially noticble with all the stopping and starting. I have even had a few people ask what that sound was. I have an appt on Tuesday with the dealership, but I was hoping maybe someone else had this problem and could shed some light on the problem. Then maybe I could send the dealership looking in the right direction.
  • I`ve had my Colorado for a week now and still no vibration or other problems. It seem to be a great little truck. I will let you know later if I have any trouble.
  • It seems the competition will destroy these two little trucks. Thge toyota will have a better engine (much) and a very nice interrior, and the nissan will have a better interrior than either chevy or GMC (looks a little off from toyota) but an even more powerful engine than all three. This is nuts.
    GM is going to loose big in this market segment, especially with all of thiese problems and thin metal.
  • saabgirlsaabgirl Posts: 184
    The Colorado and Canyon are in a segment that will soon be as competitive as it gets. I saw an '05 Dakota last week while in Maine and, as they say down east, "wicked shahp." Prices seemed in the ball park. As a low-cost value choice among the newbies, there's the familiar Ranger selling new in these parts with the 4.0 six, 4wd and auto for about $17K. Meanwhile, "unbiased" Canyon and Colorado reviews are showing a decided anti-GM slant. While thumbing through the Consumer Reports annual round up today, I noticed it described the I4 and I5 as "crude" and "noisy." Maybe the copy editor dozed off.
  • You would think that some top GM truck people would look at these sights and respond to the concerns about the Colorado. How about it, anyone out there?
  • Redesigning, or at least making a business case for it.
    I know GM has to improove CAFE numbers, but they could do it through DOD and hybrid options. Offer two engines to satisfy the enviromnentalists and one to satisfy the rest of us.
    So... were is the 275hp 4.0(how big is it?) V6 Gm? Oh, and BTW, if you add VVT and/or DI you could increase power and save fuel economy...

    Oh yea, I forgot GM can't do that so fast, those UAW need more health insurance than any other automaker doing business through US, Non UAW plants.

    No wonder the new Equinox engine is build in China, and transmission in Japan.
  • I wouldn't call myself a "Top GM truck person", but I do have some familiarity with the GM facility in Shreveport where the Colorado/Canyon trucks are assembled.

    In the past, GM tended to apply it's resources to 'fixing what is broken'(manufacturing level)rather than identifying and eliminating problems at the beginning of a program (Engineering Design level), where changes are far less expensive to implement (this is how the Japanese do business after all). The Colorado program was one of the last of these 'old school' launches, and while I agree that there were a inordinate number of issues to address during the launch (not all of them GM's fault...I'll leave it at that), these problems were identified and corrected in current production in a remarkably short time frame. The trucks rolling off the line today are positively world-class!

    I'm not trying to formulate excuses for the Colorado launch, it SHOULD have gone better...but GM's quality and reliability ARE on par with the competition-and there is ample data (JDP, IQS, etc..)to support this view. They played a bad first inning, but are certainly still very much in the game with their current production.

    By the way...rumour has it that they are going to offer a turbocharged version of the I-5 in the H3 (which will be officially unveiled tomorrow)...maybe it will see it's way into the powertrain options on the Colorado/Canyon as well...
  • bobw1bobw1 Posts: 19
    Does this mean the vibration problem is fixed. I test drove several 2004 Colorados and they all had the vibration problem. I called GM and spoke to service managers and they all denied there was a problem rather than fixing the problem so they could sell their vehicles.
  • I've been looking at a Crew Cab Colorado and have a question regarding the rear headrests. The headrests restrict your view out the back as I'm sure most of you have discovered. I was floored when I discovered that the headrests are not removable!! They are adjustable up and down, but do not appear to be removable. Since I'll be alone in the truck probably 90% of the time, I thought I'd just live with it and fold the seats forward. WRONG!!! With the headrest in place, and the seat down, I have to move the drivers seat so far forward that I'm nearing hugging the steering wheel. This extremely poor design on GM's part is going to keep me from buying the truck. Does anyone out there have the answer? Is there something I've overlooked? Looking forward to a positive answer. Thanks.
  • I can't tell you what happened...but it is not likely to have been done at Shreveport!

    EVERY critical fastener is 'torque-monitored' by a computer system. If the bolt is attached and tightened above or below a specified range, the system generates a fault code against the VIN, and it cannot be shipped (system won't release the VIN)until the torque is verified by the Inspection Department, afterwhich it is signed off by the individuals who did the verification and cleared in the network. The torque data is retained as per regulations so that with a VIN, you can actually go back and verify what the torque was when it left the factory...I cannot see any way that a safety related fastener could leave the factory outside it's designed torque-there are too many failsafes to allow this to happen!

    Did the dealer forward this part to the Warranty Group for evaluation? How was the fastener broken?
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    you must be looking at the leather option as the cloth headrests in my Colorado are not removable. If they are like my Avalanche then you can stick something down in there and release the catch and they will then come out. What I did on the Avalanche was what I got from their group and that was to grind off the last indent on the arms that go into the seat and then you can pull them out at will. Also gives a little more room for the front seat to go back if they aren't in on the Avalanche. Should be the same on the Colorado. Keep us posted.
  • Well guys I had my extended cab 4 wheel drive I 5 3500 for about 3 weeks and I have to say that the more I drive it the more I like it. I was afraid comming from a V 8 I would be dissipointed but the little truck is pretty strong. The truck came with the small tires 235/75/15 which is not a tire would want to get off of the road with so I changed them to a 265/75/15 mud and snow which made it look better but I now have a little vibration. It`s not bad and I think live with it but you know I think the vibration is comming form the trucks frame ( no I`m not a engineer) not being strong enough.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    I doubt that is the problem as mine came with those 265 tires and I have no vibration. Also just changed them out to 245/70/17's (same overall size) and still have no vibration. My guess is they need to be rebalanced or front end alined.
  • ocmike3ocmike3 Posts: 232
    I asked the same (about my Canyon Crew cab 4WD) and was told they were fixed for safety. GM was worried about lawsuits if they were removed and then a rear seat passenger was injured. They didn't install the more complicated flip back type because of costs. over 14k miles and still running strong.
  • All I can tell you is what the work order said. "Bolt two turns from out, broken off" My truck only had 3012 miles on it at the time, so you tell me what happened to it. Why would the dealer put this on a work order, if this wasn't true. Add this to the list of other problems. Since purchasing in May: Leaking Shocks (New Shocks), Water Leak, several gallons of water in the cab (Failure to use body caulk at the factory), Interior completely removed, (New Flooring), irregular tire wear (Four new tires), pulling to the left (front wheel alignment), Fuel tank removed twice to correct fuel gauge problem (2 fuel leveling sensors),
    paint peeling on wheel (New Wheel), Interior door handle came off (New handle), Seat belt bolt broken (New belt assembly) These are problems fixed! These are problems I still have: A strange vibration from 45 to 55 mph (Not coming from the tires, replaced), hesitation when going around corners, or under load (hill or a/c on), it's almost like it cuts out for a second and kicks back in again?, the gold paint is now peeling off the bow tie on my grill ( I have seen other chevys with this issue). Who signed off on all these problems at the factory. I have documentation and the will to fight this!!
  • I HAVE 14500 MILES ON MY COLORADO AND HAVE ALSO HAD SOME OF THE SAME PROBLEMS AS YOU, THE INTERIOR OF THE TRUCK GETS WET WHEN RAN THRU THE LOCAL LASER WASH, DEALER SAID COULD NOT FIND THE PROBLEM. BUT YOU CAN STILL SMELL IT ON HOT DAYS. WHERE WHERE THE BODY SEAMS YOURS HAD A PROBLEM WITH. HAVE YOU HAD ANY LUCK ON THE HESITATION PROBLEM, WHEN I TRY TO MERGE ONTO THE INTERSTATE AND GIVE THE TRUCK THE GAS IT SLOWS DOWN FIRST LIKE THE TRANSMISSION AND ENGINE ARE ON DIFFERENT PAGES.
  • I HAVE 14500 MILES ON MY COLORADO CREW CAB 4X4. I HAD THE SAME CONCERN WITH THE TOW RATING @ 4000#, I FLAT TOWED MY BROTHERS 1970 FJ40 WITH 37'S (~4500#)ABOUT 200 MILES AND HAD NO PROBLEM PULLING THE TRUCK. I DID LOAD THE BED WITH 400# OF ROCK TO MAKE SURE I COULD STOP IT.(MY BROTHER SAID IT PULLED BETTER THAN HIS 1999 Z714X4) P.S. EVEN WITH THAT LOAD THE TRUCK GOT 15.8 MPG
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