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Chevrolet Colorado, Truck
#833 of 1033 Re: Colorado valve springs [tonkatruk]
Mar 22, 2006 (5:34 am)
I have a 2006 reg cab, 5 cyl, 4x4. Bought it about 3 months ago and it has about 3500 miles on it. Having had a very reliable S-10 for almost 10 years, I was hesitant to buy the new, unknown Chevy truck. But I really like this truck so far. It has a couple little irritations (the S-10 did too), but nothing significant or worth mentioning. I'm very satisfied and I think a lot of others with this truck are too.
Anyway, I agree. Americans make good trucks, but foreign companies are still riding the coat tails of their former quality superiority.
#834 of 1033 Re: Colorado valve springs [tonkatruk]
Mar 22, 2006 (1:08 pm)
I have an 04 Colorado with the I5 I started having issues with the check engine light. However the light kept resetting itself and then it stayed on longer. I took it in and it took the dealership 1 1/2 hours to figure out the problem. They had to order the valve springs. I dropped the truck off on a monday morning by thursday afternoon they called to tell me they had bad news the valve springs did not fix the problem. they had to call technical assistance at GM to find out what to do next. They had my truck for another week and 1/2 before I was able to pick it up. Total of 15days out of service. The day after I pick up my truck I noticed a bucking in the vehicle. I have another appointment at the dealership on Saturday for them to figure out what they messed up when they replaced the valve springs and the head. I really like my truck but the more I read about the problems everyone is having I think I will opt for a different Chevy product the next time. It seems like I may have to go to the lemon law on this one. Currently the truck has 27k.
#835 of 1033 Re: Colorado valve springs [tonkatruk]
Mar 22, 2006 (5:18 pm)
Did I buy dirty gas? I guess anything is possible. The stuff that came out of the filter did not look like gas dirt. I have been having engine shut-down issues since it had 3,000 miles. I took it back to the dealer many times and "they couldn't figure it out". I finally changed the fuel filter at 20,000 miles and the shut-down problem went away. I told the dealer of the solution and their reply was "couldn't be".
This is my 14th GM vehicle. On the first 13, the vehicle was fixed when there were problems. This is not the first defect I have had with this vehicle. This in one of seven issues (three of them major). You tell me that I am complaining because it is American. I once owned a vehicle from one of those great German car builders and I'll never buy another car from them again! This Colorado is reminding me of that German car. I would rather buy American, but if it has issues, the car/truck builder should be expected to correct the problems.
#836 of 1033 Re: Brakes [mike2250]
Mar 23, 2006 (12:50 am)
Don't accept that. That is too dangerous. What if the leak increases at some point in the future and you have brake failure. Make them give you a rental. GM will provide that. I had another problem and they provided one for me. Don't let that go!
#837 of 1033 Re: Colorado valve springs [vatak]
Mar 23, 2006 (4:33 am)
I sort of feel bad bragging about my 2004 ext cab 4x4 I5 but I have 27000 miles on it and no problems to speak of. I changed tires first thing so I didn`t have the tire problem. I love my truck because it does everything I ask it to do. I have had many chevy trucks in the past and I like this one the the best so far. I hope that all of the people that are having problems get through them and have a change to enjoy this truck, Good luck.
#838 of 1033 Re: Colorado valve springs [motorhead1]
Mar 23, 2006 (8:41 pm)
My 2004 Canyon Crew 4WD I5 has been pretty much a champ for over 28k miles. My daily driver and although I changed the wheels and tires after a month or so of ownership, I never had any issues with them.
I hope this forum isn't dominated by those with problems... I'm seeing quite a few Colorados/Canyons on the roads now and so far haven't seen any pulled over on the side of the road.
#839 of 1033 Re: Colorado valve springs [motorhead1]
Jun 27, 2008 (3:16 pm)
Don't feel bad braggin... there need to be more people on here championing the cause.. it seems as if there are not enough. The majority of the posts here have been complaints which doesn't surprise me. I would suspect that if you really did an in depth study however, that you would find that overall the Colorado is a fairly well to do vehicle and the majority of owner's experiences have been as yours has been. Sure the Colorado has some things that could have (should have been better), as I have noticed in the little time that I have been able to test drive and actually research. There is evidence of GM cost cutting, but I don't think that's really affected it's drivability or reliability. I probably would be driving one right now except my S-10 is in good shape and paid off so my practical sense is telling me it's better to not have a payment for as long as possible. The Colorado is a good truck and if more people bought one (and other GM vehicles like the Malibu and G6) maybe GM wouldn't be in the financial boat it is in now. But that could be a result of it's own mis-management and not a result of not being able to sell vehicles.
#840 of 1033 Colorado Engine Update?
Jun 27, 2008 (3:16 pm)
I have searched with out much success as to when GM plans on updating the Colorado. More specifically the engine. I am not completely sold on the I-5 motor and would like to see a little more HP and Torque - specifically torque. A little more on the grunt out of the motor would sell me on it no matter what it's cylinder configuration.
Also is it possible that GM would do an interior update? They did an update to the S-10 interior 4 yrs after it '94 debut and that also would be a nice thing. While functional and it will not keep my from buying when it is time, I would like to see a little more effort put into the interior. That is where GM's cost cutting techniques shine through like high gloss fake wood trim (or in the Colorado's case - fake aluminum trim coupled with hard plastic dash and door panels. )
But other than that what I have seen of the Colorado is good and I plan on getting one when my S-10 kicks the bucket when ever that happens.
#841 of 1033 Re: Colorado Engine Update? [thebigal]
Mar 25, 2006 (11:55 am)
I feel the same way about the Colarado. I have a 2000 S10 with the 4.3 V6. I find this engine well matched to the size of the vehicle. I get 20 to 22 MPG on the highway and 16 to 18 MPG in city driving. For a totally new design, the 5 cylinder in the Colarado does not seem like much of an improvement given the huge drop in torque when compared to the S10's V6. I hope GM makes some improvements to the Colarado by the time I look for a new vehicle.
#842 of 1033 Re: Colorado Engine Update? [jpf]
Mar 25, 2006 (12:09 pm)
Unless you are pulling tree stumps or doing some wild four wheeling, why do you need the amount of torque as the 4.6 liter in the S-10. Sure it's nice but off the line the S-10 bogs down due to the torque and the way the transmission is geared to use it. I have had experience with the S-10 and to tell you the truth; in my opinion I like the acceleration of my Colorado Z71 crew cab and I have plenty of torque for normal conditions. Don't forget the horsepower of the 3.5 is not that far off the 4.6. Just my two cents worth, but I'll stick with my I5.