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#278 of 1033 Re: Needs more work [saabgirl]
Sep 18, 2004 (6:54 pm)
I have a 2004 Colorado. I4, 5spd, reg cab, Z85
The problems never stop! Both front shocks were replaced at 525 miles. (leaking oil) The fuel leveling sensor has been replaced twice. (fuel gauge not reading) Both front tires are cupping, even after an alignment. (dealer is ordering 4 new tires) The paint is peeling off one of the wheels. (Dealer ordering new wheel) Bad vibration at 45-55mph (Dealer has no idea! They might all do this! The dealers in the area don't have another regular cab 5spd to compare it to,) And the best of all, after a day of rain, the drivers side floor is completely saturated in water! (Door closed and windows up, my seat is dry) My truck only has 2900 miles on it!
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Sep 21, 2004 (3:51 am)
panther8, sorry to hear about your problems.
I have had my 2004 Crew Cab Z71 2WD, auto, I-5 since the beginning of May and the only problem I have had is with the noise from the A/C. Been discussed before, it isn't very annoying, especially with the radio on, but it still shouldn't be there. Also, the temperature in the rear view mirror isn't accurate at all 15-20 degrees off at times. Nothing major.
Anyway, I took my truck in to the dealer yesterday for the first oil change at about 2500 miles. (Dealer provided first oil change free at purchase.) I had looked in my manual before, and it states to only use oil that meets GM spec GM6094M. I asked the service guy about it on the phone when I made the appointment and he had no clue. When I took it in I showed him in the book and he still had no clue. He had never seen that before. He said they use Quaker State synthetic blend in bulk in the back and he "imagines" it meets GM specs. What kind of answer is that?
Anyone check out there "oil life" in the dashboard display? If the truck is on, all I get is odometer and tripmeter. If I have truck off, but key in the on position, I get "oil life", but it still shows odometer reading. According to the manual, it looks like it should display an estimate of oil life left.
In the manual, it says the truck should be off with key in on position to reset, but doesn't state anything about that for viewing oil life remaining. Anyone had luck with that?
Cracks me up too. They add this oil life system, and even seen GM talk about the benefits of this conserving oil. The dealer still puts a sticker in the window to come back in 3000 miles or 3 months.
I've gone on long enough.
Have a good day!
#280 of 1033 Re: Oil Change [durango5o8]
Sep 26, 2004 (8:30 pm)
I've just had my 2005 Colorado 4WD crew cab for about 3 weeks...950 miles with no problems, although I haven't had it underwater yet. Very happy with it so far.
I too don't see in the owner's manual where it says that the oil life remaining can be displayed. Apparently a message is only displayed when the oil should be changed.
This is unlike my Cadillac STS which displays the percent of oil life remaining, and subsequently "change oil soon". I'll play with the system some more the next time I'm bored waiting for my wife in the supermarket parking lot.
Any one else have comments on oil life messages ?
#281 of 1033 Still working on problems
Sep 28, 2004 (3:58 am)
The water leak was found! They didn't finish the body caulk under the wipers at a main seem. They started to caulk it, but didn't finish it at the factory.
Outstanding quality control!
I got the oil changed today at the dealer.
Four new tires!
A new wheel!
and they are still working on the vibration issue.
I made it to my first oil change,
maybe I should celebrate!
#282 of 1033 Re: Oil Change [gw2]
Sep 28, 2004 (8:59 am)
I recently took my 2004 Colorado in to get the upgraded rearview mirror installed and asked about the "oil life" issue. In my manual it says that the percentage of oil life remaining should be displayed when you scroll to the flashing "OIL LIFE" on the display but this doesn't happen. When I asked the tech about it he said it's not supposed to display the percentage and he thought I made it up until I showed him my owner's manual. He said it's not in the manual that they have/use and that the "oil life" message should only come on when the oil needs to be changed. However, I was at 5800 miles at that point and the message never came on so I decided to go ahead and change the oil myself anyway. The tech even checked it on the Colorado they had in the showroom and it did the same thing.
If somebody out there has had the "oil life" message come on please post here to let us know and also at what mileage it came on at. Personally, I wasn't willing to let my engine burn up just to see if it really worked. I normally change the oil every 6-7K miles anyway but I'm curious to know when the truck says I should change it.
Sep 28, 2004 (9:28 am)
Does anyone know if there are plans in the pipeline for an Avalanche-esque version of the Colorado crew cab? I like the versatility of the Avalanche (and the look), but it's really too big for practical, daily-driver use (which is a shame, because the cross-over nature would make it appealing for such purposes). It occurred to me the other day that a Colorado-sized version of the Avalanche would be almost ideal (assuming you could gain enough usable space from the rear seat to make extending the bed worthwhile). Just wondered if anyone knew if that might be offered at some point down the road.
#284 of 1033 Re: Oil Change [darzu]
Sep 28, 2004 (3:46 pm)
In other non premium GMT's I have seen the light come on and go out as the engine warms up. For what its worth, I'd stick with 7500 normal/ 5000 severe use intervals. I drive too much much for that though, so I switched to Mobil1 and change it every 10k
#285 of 1033 Hmmmm maybe I look at Colorado
Oct 02, 2004 (5:06 am)
I'm not a big GM guy. Actually, I've been pretty much an rabid anti-GM guy. But recent positive experiences in a few Chevy's made me look at the Colorado today. I've been thinking about a crew cab minitruck. However, I must have seating for six. Fullsize is out of the question (unless someone offers a small diesel). I VERY STRONGLY prefer a 4 cyl and manual. Who would have thought you couldn't get a crew cab 4 cyl and manual from Toyota? This is the only way it comes in most of the world.
Thought I was going to have to wait for an oil crisis or perhaps an oil catastrophe-- like we aren't in one right now? Yet the manufacturers still produce v6 and v8 in minitrucks and small cars???.
Looks like Colorado is the only game in town!!! And the things seem to have nice HP in addition to the best in class mileage. Nice looking truck and GM is producing it on state of the art machinery. Can't wait for a test drive.
Oct 02, 2004 (10:39 am)
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Your descision to buy a colorado helped Bring GM back to life! We don't need you toyota, nissan, America can make her own cars and trucks!
#287 of 1033 Re: Congradulations GM! [exalteddragon1]
Oct 02, 2004 (4:42 pm)
America can make her own cars? Ha Ha Ha! That's pretty funny! In the last year or so, the big three and Magna International have jumped on the Chinese slave labour bandwagon, building stamping dies over there for pennies. Who knows- someone is most likely trying to figure out how to stamp out parts over there too! Will these savings be passed on to the consumer? I don't think so.
No doubt if this trend is to continue, the North American automotive industry will be destroyed just like the electronics industry was- by having manufacturing done by third world slave labour! Being a tool and die maker, all I can say is that this is not good. Who knows- maybe that all American Ford or Chevy will say Made in China on it with final assembly in North America in ten years time! I think this is well on it's way to being fact-the Chevy Equinox has a made in China motor in it already!