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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.
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    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
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    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
  • I have had my 2004 ext cab 4x4 for nearly two years and according to the owners manual you are supposed to wait until the computer tell you to change it but I am from the old school that believes clean air and oil are the life of an engine of I change my oil every 5k.
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    FWIW I compromised with my 2000 Impala on oil changes by switching to Mobil-1 synthetic, but changing it based on the oil life monitor (typically every 6-7,000 miles). I wouldn't be comfortable driving that many miles on regular oil, but I also know synthetic would go much longer. I figure I'm splitting the difference, and by changing the oil myself I'm spending about the same $$ I would if I went to a quick lube place every 3,500 miles. I'd think a sililar approach on the Colorado would make sense too.
  • ocmike3ocmike3 Posts: 232
    Might ask that dealer what he's smokin or drinking.... sounds like he might be confusing the coolant change interval. I change mine every 4000-7000 depending on the driving I've been doing or 6 months. I've got about 26k on my 2004 4WD Crew Canyon and had no issues with the engine or drivetrain. (or really anything else, its been good to me.)
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    The dealer was probably talking about the 100K mile tune up interval. The only way you could get away with a 100K mile engine oil change interval would be if the vehicle had an expensive oil filtration system. They tried it on some large trucks and claimed that oil could be good for a very long time with this system. Do not know if 100k would be applicabole even here though.
  • I have been a Toyota 4 cylinder owner for about 25 years. I would chainge the oil every 7-10,000 with whatever oil was on sale at the parts store. On average I put 200,000 miles on my trucks and have never had any problems at all. I put 230k on one and it did not even burn oil at that point.
  • Even though I am having a problem with my I5 I prefer that to a V6 or V8 as they just get worse mileage. That is one of the reasons I bought this truck instead of the Toyota Tacoma with the V6 is mileage. My previous Toyota I4 got 25+ mpg so that put put diesel should do pretty well. Unlike most american consumers I would be happy to get better mileage at the expense of less power.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    The disappointing 4000 lbs tow rating of the Colorado, and its cheasy interior was a major decision factor for me to go with Silverado. I used to drive a compact Nissan king cab V6 4X4 truck, which was capable of towing 5,000 lbs trailers ocassionally, but that was pushing the truck to the limit. I was strongly considering buying a 6 speed Nissan Frontier crew cab 4X4, but would you believe that it cost as much as my crew cab Z71 LT1 Silverado (figuring in my $3,500 GM card rebate)? I paid $ 24,750 plus tax for the Silverado(sticker price of $36,100), while the best I could do on a crew cab 4X4 Frontier was $ 24,500(sticker price $ 26,800), and that was almost down to the invoice price! Even though I do not like the bulk and size of the Silverado, I surely like the interior space and towing capability. And I believe that its resale value will always be higher than that of the Frontier.
  • Here is an update. I got my truck back today 3+ weeks in the shop. They replaced the head, which I feel better about. Originally they told me it was going to be the ex valve springs and seals. I was able to get a copy of the service bulletin #04-06-04-081C - (Aug 18, 2005) the bulletin states "if the last 8 of the VIN is lower than 58261313, the engine unit number (shown in SI # 889181) will have to be inspected to determine if the bulletin applies. If the engine unit number is lower than 050880001, the bulletin applies to the vehicle. If the engine unit is 050880001 or greater, the engine already contains the updated valve seals and springs". I don't know why they seem to make this information so TOP SECRET hopefully this is the end.
  • Im an old skool thinker myself, Every 3000 - 3500 miles I change the oil with a Wix filter(51042) and Valvoline 10w30 oil and every other oil change it gets 1 qt of Marvel Mystery Oil as well. I've had my 05 I4 for a year now and just hit 20,512 miles I've changed the oil 7 times already I didn't think my truck had a "change oil light" cause it never come on..... until I had 18,378 miles on it :surprise: I was in utter shock! I mean come on you either change your oil or you change your engine! I just can't even begin to imagine driving that far in a gas motor or even a dry sleeve diesel for that fact with out changing the oil, heck we change the oil every 15,000 miles on our big diesels which are wet sleeve motors I just cant imagine that there are people out there that actually go by these damn "Dummy lights"!
  • temj12temj12 Posts: 450
    Why in the hell would any dealer talk about 100,000 mile oil changes? Synthetic or not, that is good way to kill an engine. I will lay you money that you never get there with that engine if you take his stupid advice.
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