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Chevrolet Colorado



  • gsp9gsp9 Posts: 3
    I have an 05 Canyon Crew Cab 4x4 with 12,000 miles on it. Has anyone had any luck in GM buying their truck back? I've had mine for 6 months now and it has had several problems both major and minor. As of right now, it is in to have the valvetrain and cylinder head replaced. The third week I owned it the internal clutch and transmission went. Plus I have had electrical problems and the usual tire promlems due to the General tires. All totaled it has been in the shop for about 3 weeks out of 6 months.
  • tdt3tdt3 Posts: 9
    I had an 05 Colorado that was in the shop 7 times over a 5 month period for the same problem. Every time they would fix something different and then tell me it was fixed. I went through the procedure as listed in the owners manual. After the forth time I talked to the service dept head. After the fifth time I called GM and had them open a case. I was contacted by the regional rep who said if it happened again engineers from Detroit would get involved. It happened again and once again they worked on it and told me it was fixed. When it broke for the 7th time they flew in a trouble-shooter from Detroit but by then I had had enough and opened a lemon case with the BBB here in Virginia. I did not hear anything from GM until I had the BBB set up an arbitration hearing date. One day after the hearing date was set I heard back from the BBB and on a conference call with GM was offered a new vehical or a buy back. I ended up with a new 06 Colorado. If you go this route you need to do your homework to insure that you get everything you are entitled to and you have to keep on GM so they don't take advantage of you.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    I think the key is the SAME problem to get the buy back. NOt sure but better check to be sure. :lemon:
  • Was driveing to work this mourning out of no where my tire blows out. The truck is a 4wd 04, Z71 pack with General Ameritracs. Tires are in great shape only have 17k on them. I read somewhere that "chevy put defective tires on 04 and will change them", wondering if any one else had this problem and if the dealership will change them out
  • pmurraypmurray Posts: 10
    I have a 05 Colorado with 20,000 miles. It has been in for a week now and they tell me that they have to replace the ex. valve springs and seals and possibly the head. This is my first non Toyota and I am scared. Has yours been fixed?
  • pmurraypmurray Posts: 10
    I own a 05 Colorado 5 cyl. with 20,000, my ck engine light came on and I took it in 1 week ago. They tell me it needs the ex valve springs and seals replaced and possibly the head. I found a few other posts with this same problem 719,744,748. One references a Chevy service bulletin 04-06-04-081A. I am very concerned and want it fixed correctly, not a band aid. I bought a second truck for my father in law and worry about that one as well. This is my first non-Toyota and I'm scared. Does anyone know more about this problem and how it is being handled? :sick:
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    I almost bought a new 2005 crew cab 4X4 Colorado, but reading about these valve spring problems and not getting a satisfactory answer made me reconsider. I got an '06 Silverado Z71 crew cab instead. It was a bigger truck than I needed, but I figured it was more reliable than Colorado, and I use it primarily for hauling and towing. So far no problems. And a lot nicer interior than Colorado, and much more room in the back. It was only about $ 5k more than a similarly equipped Colorado.
  • gsp9gsp9 Posts: 3
    I got my truck back about a week ago. It was in for nine days. Tell them to replace the cylender head. Part of the problem is the cylender head from what they have told me. It looks as if I am getting an extended warranty due to the problems that I have had. Hopefully I am done taking this thing back to the shop, because I do like the truck, but only time will tell.
  • Is the valve spring problem just in the 5 cylinder engines, or the 4 cylinder as well??
  • I have a 04 Chevy colorado that has had 5 wheel alignments since I bought it in November of 04. I understand from the shop that Chevrolet has designed the alignment system to be easy for mechanics to adjust. Unfortunately this means the truck is easy to get knocked out of alignment. Since I drive 100miles a day round trip to and from work. A misaligned truck can eat up a set of tires quick. Looking to see if there is any solution or anyone having the same problems with their Colorado. Other than that no problems. 42,000 miles.
  • I don't know, the dealer is very tight lipped with information, though I'm not sure they know the extent of the problem. I want to know exactly what the problem is, how it is being resolved and what units are involved. I bought a second one of these for my father in law and want to know if that one is going to have the same problem.
  • Aren't the 4- and 5-cylinder engines used in the Colorado/Canyon derived from the same 6-cylinder used in the Trailblazer? I understood that essentially these were the 6-cylinder engine with a cylinder or two cut off the end - I know it isn't that simple, but that for the most part that was the case.

    If so, wouldn't the same problem be appearing across all three engines?
  • I think you are right, that is one of the reasons I thought it was ok to buy. I don't know of any issues with the 6 cylinder. I think the truck is made by Izusu in Thailand.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    I think the truck is made by Izusu in Thailand.
    Yea, right, and Toyota is made in Iran next door to their nuke plant.
    Where did you ever get that idea? Thats the trouble around here and most other forums. People think before they know spreading false and misleading information. :P
  • I think the truck was initially designed by (or in conjunction with) Isuzu, but I'm pretty sure it is made (assembled) in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.
  • mlm4mlm4 Posts: 401
    Isuzu does build this truck in Thailand for that market called D-Max. GM builds the i280 and i350 for Isuzu in North America in Shreveport.
  • I have had my 04 Chevy Colorado for 14months and have had the truck aligned 5 times. It seems to keep wearing out the tread on the inside part of the tires. I asked the tech and he said they designed the suspension so it was easy for the technitions to adjust. The down side of that, it is easy for the truck to get out of alignment. Is anyone experiencing the same problems? If so are there any solutions?
  • 411411 Posts: 1
    I talked to the GM truck branch and asked a few questions about the Colorado. The GMC Canyon/Chevrolet Colorado are not their design or idea. He also said that the I-5 engine was also not their decision. The truck was originally designed for the Asian and European markets. The model was to came in the 2 that they currently have the primary difference is that the Base model engine would be the 2.8L I-4 and the Other engine that you can only get on the overseas model is the Isuzu I-4 Diesel. Producing 150hp and 350lb torque. The special note is that the Diesel model would and does continually get 39 miles per gallon. Once General motors truck division took over the production of the Colorado/Canyon line they were how I say it nicely.... Upset to say the least with Isuzu. GM had told Isuzu that they wanted for a truck that could be world wide certified for everything. Low and behold Isuzu did not do that. Now GM had a pickup to replace the S-10 but the engine compartment would not hold the I-6 and the Diesel model was not EPA certified to be used in the USA. So GM went and took the I-6. Lopped off a cylinder and ta dahh you know probably the rest of the story. Currently GM is experimenting with a New model engine a very spunky V-6 or detuned V-8. Expect the V-6 but similar to the Northstar system that turns off the cylinders for highway cruising and allowing the EPA numbers to stay the same.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    Given these facts, I am astounded that GM wouldn't simply fit the old and proven 4.3 liter V6 in the new Colorado. It's not like they discontinued this engine - they still use it in the base 1500 series full size Silverado. And it definitely is a more suitable engine for a pickup than the new I5 (more torque for one thing). I suspect that the resale value of the present Colorado trucks will plumet after the new V6 (or small V8) makes its way into this pickup.

    It is a shame that US manufacturers do not offer more diesel engines in medium size vehicles. The big three offer only full size HD pickups with diesels, and they seem to be engaged in a ridiculous horsepower and torque war, constantly increasing the HP and torque rating fo the same engine. This at the expense of long term reliability and quality. These pickups are neither reasonably priced, nor economical. And given the price of diesel fuel, not the best choice right now. And a lot bigger than most people really need.

    BTW, I very seriously doubt that you could get 39 MPG in a Colorado size pickup with a diesel engine. I say that because I did own a 1982 Datsun extended-cab pickup with a 4 cylinder diesel and all I got was about 24 MPG. Granted, this was a simple non-turbo engine with a 5 speed manual transmission, but it was a small engine and not very powerful.
    I think that 28-29 MPG would be a far more realistic estimate for the new Colorado diesel.
  • I just bought an 05 Colorado crew cab I hope that I do not have the problems that you have been having. The dealer was blowing some BS about 100,000 mile oil changes does anyone know the real recommended interval [I have 7,000 miles on it now and am thinking of switching to Mobile 1 oil as I have had good results with it in my Porsche
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