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#593 of 1033 My Colorado
Jun 24, 2005 (9:58 pm)
Hi--I am new to your group here---I have been reading this thread for the past two nights, and decided to join. I own a 2004 Colorado--Sunburst Orange, I 5, reg cab, auto trans, Z71. I bought it in July '04. I drive a lot, and have put 15,000 miles on it so far! I have had MANY problems with it. The brake lights quit working, they said the switch burned out. The alignment was off. The center console broke. I also had a vibration noise that they couldn't fix or figure out ( I took it to them 5 times!) They finally fixed it, and said it was vibration from the exhaust heat shield. It would happen at around 1800 RPMs. Now I am having problems with it almost stalling out in park with the A/C on, and the check engine light stays on for 2 days! I took it to them, and they hooked it up to the diagnostics machine, and could find nothing. I have also had hard morning start ups and a replaced battery. I have taken it in for problems probably 10-12 times in 11 months. I own a 2001 Blazer, and have had no problems at all with it, but my Colorado seems to be a piece of sh*t!!!!! I love the way it looks, and drives, but the problems are overwhelming. I wish I would have gone Nissan or Toyota (and I am a HUGE Chevy guy!). It makes me feel better knowing others are having problems also, but that is discouraging as well. I guess I shouldn't have bought a first year model vehicle--I have learned my lesson the hard way for sure!
Jun 24, 2005 (11:27 pm)
Im interested in a Colorado Crew Cab with the 4 cylinder/auto. Im looking for mpg since my commute is mostly highway miles. What kind of RPM is the Colorado making at 75 mph with the 3.73 rear gear??
Jun 25, 2005 (7:33 am)
I have been reading about all of the problems Colorado owners have been having. I don`t understand why some people have many problems and others have few. I have had my truck for nearly one year with very few problems and I am very happy with and would buy another one in the future. I`ve always heard that the first year is the most problematic with any auto but if I had the problems that some others have had I guess I would trade and never buy another GM auto again. Maybe GM will get all of the things fixed soon.
#596 of 1033 Re: Colorado Trucks [motorhead1]
Jun 25, 2005 (9:55 am)
I've had mine since last Sept. and only time its been back is for normal service. I really wonder how many have been sold and how many members here. If they have sold 100K since they have been out and if there are 200 people on this forum then what is the percentage having problems? Most people who do all the posting here are the ones with problems. My guess is less than 1% of owners have a problem but the ones who do tend to do all the posting. Kind of like newspapers and TV news. All you see is trouble.
#597 of 1033 Re: Colorado Trucks [dmathews3]
Jun 25, 2005 (10:48 am)
That is probably very true. I am one of the ones having problems, and I found this forum because of it. I am looking for answers. I suspect most of the others on here have done the same. It is just so very frustrating when you pay over $20,000 for a vehicle, and it's in the shop as much as you drive it!!
#598 of 1033 Re: Colorado Trucks [evile1]
Jun 26, 2005 (7:16 am)
Statistics show that you only hear about the big problem issues versus the people who are generally happy with their purchase. This applies to anything... TVs, toasters, cars, etc.
The simple truth is this... all of the trucks are the same. Some may have human error (ie someone fell asleep at the assembly line), some may have a defective part, but, it's important to remember that if you DID get a troublesome truck, it's not like GM is "out to get you"
Utilize your warranty, that's what it's there for. It's your RIGHT to have YOUR vehicle fixed to the way YOU expect it to have shipped from the factory.
Jun 26, 2005 (7:21 am)
Since I purchased my Colorado, I've been reading about the oil life monitor on numerous boards. I've always taken my cars in every 6000km (what the factory recommended on my Corolla) and never had any problems.
I know GM invested a lot of money into the OLM, but I'm having a hard time adjusting
How many miles (or KMs) are the rest of you getting before the vehicle informs you about oil life being depleted? What kind of driving are you doing? Are you doing any heavy towing?
I'm past 9200kms, but, it still hasn't gone off and I'm getting anxious. On the flip side, the oil is PERFECTLY clean, has no burnt smell, and I typically keep the truck under 2500rpm (as 95% of my driving is hwy).
I'm interested in hearing from the rest of you about your experiences.
On a side note, once the OLM informs me of the needed change, how much oil does the Colorado (2.8L) engine require? I plan on switching to synthetic and don't want to pay dealer prices for oil I can buy for 50% less
#600 of 1033 Re: Oil life monitor [gmiller1977]
Jun 26, 2005 (8:08 am)
I`m from the old school that believes that the life of a auto engine is clean oil and clean air. I have waited for my truck to tell me it`s time to change the oil and I just couldn`t. After 8k I went ahead and changed the oil. In the past I always changed the oil at 5k it just seemed the simplest way 5k, 10k 15k. I also would like to know how many miles others that can wait for the olm system are getting before they change. I know it all has to do with how you use your truck. I mostly drive to and from work, about 50 miles a day.
#601 of 1033 Re: Oil life monitor [motorhead1]
Jun 26, 2005 (10:20 am)
I waited to around 8,500 miles, and it never went off, so I changed it then. I have been regularly changing it every 3-4 k miles since.
#602 of 1033 Re: Oil life monitor [evile1]
Jun 26, 2005 (10:44 am)
The owner manual says to change it when the OLM system tells you or every year which ever comes first. That just doesn`t seem right.