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Chevrolet Colorado



  • Makes the doors shut easier too
  • I installed an K&N filter on my 2004 four wheel drive auto trans. I5 engine. So far I am getting about 1 more mile to the gal.
  • pjjbmpjjbm Posts: 12
    Don't expect to get much better mileage on highway driving. I have an 05 Colorado, 4cyl, 5 speed manual, Z71 and I only get 22 to 23 on open highway.
  • pjjbmpjjbm Posts: 12
    I finally got Chevy to apply Bulletin 04-06-04-081A (Replace Exhaust Valve Springs) on my 2005 Colorado 2.8 4 cyl. I know the bulletin only lists five cyl engines, but Chevy had an issue where they were building both the four and five cyl engines used in the Colorados and Canyons with weak exhaust valve springs. Guess what, it was forcing hot gases through the valve seats. I wonder how long until I would have had burnt valve seats! Maybe the valve seats are already burnt. It cleared up the intermittent engine RPMs drop off to 500 RPMs while shifting gears. Also, it increased by gas mileage 5 to 10 percent and cleared up the smell of gasoline in the oil.

    I still have the intermittent engine bucking when accelerating in the lower gears. I have been told by multiple service managers that the engine bucking is a feature of these "lean burn" engines. I guess I am stuck with the "bucking feature". I can't afford to trade out this vehicle at this time.

    Chevy only authorized the bulletin replacement after I was back five times to the dealer complaining about the defects and dropping hints of a replacement vehicle. As I stated in an earlier posting, I regret that I ever bought this vehicle. The shame is the GM does not appear to care. I have called the customer assistance line multiple times to complain about multiple issues. This is my 14th GM vehicle and likely my last! :lemon:
  • jaxxljaxxl Posts: 1
    I have no drain holes in bed anybody with the same situation..?
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    I test drove a new left over '05 Colorado 4X4 crew cab today. It was a LS model, it had a 3.5 liter 5 cyl engine, a 4 speed auto, auto locking rear differential, tow package and few other options. The sticker price was over $ 27K. Here are my impressions:

    The truck had a quiet, refined ride, much like a car. It handled well, but I found that the turning radius was quite large for a small truck. The 5 cylinder engine puts out adequate power for small engine to handle an empty truck. The available torque is not that great and I do not know how well would this truck handle a medium size trailer or a boat. There was minimal wind noise, which was a pleasant surprise. The transmission shifted very smoothly and downshifted without any hesitation. The steering wheel was straight and the truck did not pull to either side.

    The interior of this truck looks awfully cheap. Large expanses of cheap plastic and cheap cloth seats do little to convince me that this is a quality product. GM was too cheap to install a rear window defroster as standard equipment on this truck, which did not have a sliding rear window. I noticed that the truck had a compact spare tire, which is ridiculous for any pickup nowadays, especially a 4X4 version. There were no body side mouldings and no splash guards either (although GM did install a set of cheap looking unpainted plastic fender flares). The maximum towing capacity of only 4000 lbs is disappointing. I would have expected at least 5000 lbs out of this truck. (The old S-10 crew cab could tow about 6,500 lbs with 4.3 liter V6 and proper rear end gear ratio).

    With all current red tag sale discounts and the $3K GM rebate, this truck can be bought for $ 22,100 plus taxes and other fees. My GM card rebate would lower this price further.

    I think that GM is out of touch with reality. Given the cheap interior and cheap features, such as a compact spare tire, the sticker price on this truck should be around $ 20K. This is not a $27K vehicle.
    GM should finally realize that this is 2005, not 1985. Twenty years ago, the competition was very weak, so they could get away with cheap looking trucks. Not any more.

    Reading the post above about weak valve springs used on these engines, is this a current issue? It looks like a pretty serious issue. Just how durable is this 3.5 liter engine? How good is the fuel economy? And can somebody tell me if this truck has a remote for locking/unlocking the doors? The salesman could not answer this question. The truck has the power package (power windows, locks, cruise, tilt).

    With my GM card rebate I could buy this truck at a good price, but I am hesitant at this point. Do '05 models have any well known problems that GM corrected for the '06 model year (such as this valve spring issue for example)? Any feedback would be appreciated.

    Note: I miss the old venerable 4.3 V6 in the S-10 crew cab 4X4 pickup. It definitely had more torque than this 5 cylinder in Colorado. I wonder what genius
    at GM decided that it was a good idea to use a 5 cylinder engine in a pickup truck?
  • I bought a left over 2004 4 wheel drive ext. cab 5 cylinder auto trans. last year with all discounts for $18300.00 and comming from a full size chevy truck the first thing I noticed was how cheep the interior looked. I guess I have gotten use to it and I have to say that so far it has been trouble free with 22k on it. Maybe chevrolet will listen to people and try to make to truck look like it`s worth the sticker price.
  • Yeh..interior definately inferior to most of the competitors although I've found it to be quite functional and gotten used to it. The other side of the coin is that this truck can now be bought much cheaper than a Tacoma and gets much better gas mileage than a Dakota. You are correct that it has a nice quiet, smooth ride that is comparable to the Tacoma. You can also upgrade to leather heats which is something that not all the competitors offer in this class. It does lag in towing capacity although for me that was not important as I don't tow anything. I am getting around 19 mpg combined (around 22 on the hwy) in my 5 cyl crew cab. Have about 18k miles on it with no problems in the first year of driving. Handled quite well on a snowy Thanksgiving day in Vermont when other cars were spining off the road right and left. :)
  • having problems with the cable shifting system on my 05 colorado 4 cyl 2wd. moisture in the cable and freezing up the shift lever (automatic). any one else?
  • dirkworkdirkwork Posts: 210
    How are you getting water into the cable? Have you been doing any creek crossings? :~)

    Sounds pretty odd. I had to put a shift cable on another GM product, but the cable is probably similar, and you might check that it isn't the transmission, as the cable is probably not the problem.

    On a weekend that its "frozen" crawl underneath and disconnect it, then see if the lever moves freely.

  • This topic is common on most Canyon forums. My 2005 GMC Canyon Crew Cab's a/c does the exact same thing as jbmayes. The temperature surges between cold and warm and a whistling sound comes from under the dash. It sucks. I have had it in 5 times over the past year. The dealer finally told me they cannot fix the problem. GM will NOT admit to even the dealers that they have a problem with the a/c. I have had the expansion valve and the temperature switch replaced and nothing seems to help. I have filed for arbitration. GM has offered an extended warranty to make me go away. When I declined, their fall back position is that the a/c is working "as designed." I have also driven another '05, and it does the same thing. My next move is to become more aggressive and look at lemon lawing the truck. If anyone else is having problems, we need to make a full court press on this issue. :lemon:
  • ergoergo Posts: 56
    I've been reading online forums on all the midsize trucks. They ALL have their problems. Many of the issues are similar on the trucks. They are mechanical!

    A Honda Ridgeline owner suddenly couldn't shift...calling the tow truck. The driver looked under it in order to tow it and...the cable was hanging loose. Hooked it back up and he could shift! :blush: I won't mention the water leaks, suspension problems, crazy price, $850 tow package!tranverse engine, minivan Stow-n-Go storage, or the fact it's really front wheel drive. Not for me.

    I keep coming back to the GM Canyon/Colorado twins because they seem more like what a smaller truck should be. Smaller! Better fuel economy ratings, reasonable OTD pricing, and feature up to date safety features. Plus you have your choice of many packages, engines and tranny's. The longer wheelbase (compared to say a Ridgeline) gives it a decent ride too.

    The Tacoma is freakin' huge! Overstyled too. It's also plagued with plenty of 1st year gremlins. At least you can get a 4 cylinder Crew like the Colorado! Then there is the price. At 30k I'll just buy a full sizer Thank You!

    The Nissan is a solid effort w/ a small bed. Great looks, loads of optional features and a pesky low Cargo Capacity. Unfortunately I've had a Nissan pickup before and lets just say it wasn't a positive corporate experience. They just don't stand behind their vehicles. GM has never charged me for a Warranty claim, unlike Nissan.

    Maybe I should drive the Dodge Dakota just to be sure!? ;)
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    "Their fall back position is that the A/C is working as designed."

    To which I would have replied: Yes, and it was designed wrong! This reminds of the 1991 Titan solid rocket motor booster accident at Edwards Air Force Base in 1991. The giant solid rocket test motor, weighing about 400 tons, exploded less than two seconds after ignition. The accident investigation revealed that the motor propellant grain was poorly designed and this made the motor explode. One of the investigation team members made the following public statement: "The motor performed as designed". Meaning: it was designed so poorly that it had to explode almost immediately! Same goes for your Colorado A/C system. It truly performs as designed.
  • I had a 2002 Envoy with the 4.0 6 cylinder and overall I thought it was a pretty good vehicle... plenty of power and I got between 22 and 28 MPG on the highway with it. When I saw that GM was lopping off a cylinder for these trucks I was absolutely peed off. Everyone knows u get better mileage if the power to weight ratio is correct. Well, reviewing these posts confirmed my suspicions. They should have put the 6 cylinder in these trucks.

    Oh, and I sold the Envoy about the time the warranty was gonna expire. Between the HVAC system that couldn't figure out what to do and the horrible resale value caused by TOO MANY REBATES, I was done! Too bad GM doesn't understand the Kia/Hyundai secret. Might even keep people driving their vehicles, which would contribute to resale value. Bought a new Accord. Doesn't even need a warranty... LOL
  • Just finished looking at Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi. Dodge, Ford, Chevrolet... Bought the Colorado, 2006 crew cab, 3.5 auto with locking diff., 2LT, sun and sound pkg, etc. I have to say it is not bad for all you get for the money and it is really the best configuration for what I needed. Time will tell about the 3.5 but I just decided to go for it. And, by the way, you can get a lot more off beyound the "red tag sale" pricing.
  • I have about 2800 miles on an '06 Crew 4X4 auto and just recently, yesterday, ran into a problem with it skipping 2nd gear and not shifting into OD.

    Has anyone heard of this? :confuse:

    I have tried running in 3rd and then shifting up, changing to 4x4 HI back to 2X4 HI and still misses 2nd and OD.

    I am taking it in to have it investigated but wanted to know if anyone else has heard of this.

    I am in SoCal so cold is not a factor.

  • Just wondering what type of snowplow you have-any pics? I have a brush guard on my front, but also want a snowplow as well. I also am wondering how it mounts-if I will have to modify the mount to fit it WITH the brush guard- ( heavy duty $389 shipped to your door-I love mine-weighs about 75-85 pounds.) Thanks.
  • Can anyone tell me why the Isuzu truck has 7 year 75k warranty and the Chevrolet Colorado has only 3 year or 36k? I have a 2004 Colorado now but my next truck might be a Isuzu because I drive 22k a year and need the extra miles. Am I right in thinking that these are the same truck?
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Yes, you're right - they are the same truck. The warranty is all about marketing. Chevy knows they'll get sales, but Isuzu is desperate to stay alive. Mazda-badged Ford clones also have better warranties than the Blue Oval version.

    kcram - Pickups Host
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    Within the next 12-18 months I plan to buy a new GM product (yeah GM Card!), which I hope to drive for 10+ years/150k miles. On paper a 5-cylinder crew cab Colorado makes a lot of sense for my needs, but I haven't heard any reports of how this setup performs over the long haul. I realize this truck is fairly new, but surely there's somebody out there wringing a ton of miles out of one of these that can give some indication of my odds of getting this type of use out of a Colorado. I know this can be done in the full-size Silverados, but I need the better fuel mileage, and a full-size truck won't fit in my garage!
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    It's my understanding that the I5 is just the I6 from the TB with one cyl. cut off. This is the same way GM did the V6's. Took the 350 v8 and cut off 2 cyl. to make it into a V6. Saves a lot of costs on a new engine and they already know how it will hold up without a lot of testing.
    I have a 04 TB and 04 Col. crew 4X4 and love both of them. I tow the Col. behind my Motorhome and don't see why it won't go the distance for ya.
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Little Rock, ARPosts: 872
    Speaking of windows, I test drove a used Colorado crew cab recently, and when backing out of the parking space I found the headrests to really block rearward views. I'm sure this gets better as one adjusts to the vehicle, but had anyone else had any problems with this? It also looked to me as if the headrests aren't adjustable/removable, so I'm assuming that's not an option.
  • I bought my extended cab 4x4 I5 auto trans in Aug. or 2004. I really love this truck but there is some things that I didn`t like then and still don`t like such as cheep looking interior and blind spots. The power is great and the truck gets good gas mileage. I still love to drive my truck and it does everything I have ever asked it to do. I would recommened this truck to anyone.
  • gin2gin2 Posts: 2
    Have had the Colorado for 2 years with no problems. I've taken it in to the Chevy Dealer every 7,500 for service as recommended. Today was its 30K service which consisted of oil/filter change,rotated the wheels and inspected pretty much everything this alone cost $111. They found it needs a Rear Break job which consists of pads and resurface the rotors to the tune of $350, plus another $100 to replace the fuel filter. Costs seems rather high to me, but I haven't had to do this in awhile. Should I consider going independent should the cost be that much lower? Thanks in advance for any info.
  • gin2gin2 Posts: 2
    Hi I'm new to this forum and have an 04 Colorado LS with 30K and was just told that I have to replace the pads and the rotors need to be re surfaced (cost $350). I don't know if the quality of the pads have anything to do with my break problem or not, but sure sounds like it could be.
  • i bought a 05 chev colorado with 8k on it, its a crew cab, 5 cyl. 2wd, and im getting moisture in the cab, and in headlight lenses, pissing me off here, is this a common prob? Its stayes in covered parking overnight. I dont think for the moisture in the cab its and actual leak but might be an AC issue...ANy info would help. :cry:
  • mcarlemcarle Posts: 5
    something else to check on my truck has 48000km valves gone been waiting fot parts since dec 20 05.they have week valve springs this is a big problem that gm is faceing
  • mcarlemcarle Posts: 5
    Bought 2004 colorado 3 sets of steering tires so they change coil springs heater problems,now its been down for 4 weeks for valve job.want to get ride of it but gm wont take it back on trade.48000 km.i guess i dont blame them i wouldnt want it either.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    Well, the headlight lenses are easy. Probably pinched or defective gaskets or covers. Dealer should fix under warranty. As far as moisture in the cabin, could be a water leak somewhere, water soaking into the carpet. Have you checked all the carpeted areas for signs of moisture? If nothing there, then maybe the A/C evaporator drain is not fully functional and water could be trapped in the evaporator housing. Is there any funny smell when you turn the A/C on (coming from A/C vents)?
  • mansrmansr Posts: 1
    Bought an '05 Colorado crew cab with 10,000 miles on it just after hurricane Katrina drowned my Chevy Tracker, which I was quite pleased with. In the mornings the brakes lock up rather severely. I've had to replace the General tires, line up the front end. Today I took it in for an oil change and lube job and to have the leaking front right shock replaced. The shock had to be ordered. They found and replaced the leaking rear tranny seal. Don't get me wrong, I love the truck. The only reason I tried to get out of it was simply fear of the future. How much more trouble can I expect? I can't get out of it because right now I owe too much. My dealer is pretty good. They are overwhelmed down here on the Mississippi coast because they are the only dealership with a functioning service department. Katrina has changed so many lives down here. Well, God bless you all and I hope your troubles are few.
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