Last post on Oct 17, 2006 at 8:06 PM
You are in the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon
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GMC Canyon, Truck
#170 of 199 Re: Some people will buy anything [superglide]
Jun 27, 2008 (3:16 pm)
I wouldn't say that GM has "screwn-up" I have been a GM fan for years. I have also driven several other brands of vehicles and family has had several other brands. To date I own an '01 S-10 with 90K on it (no problems except a couple minor things), and an 04 Impala with 15K that we bought new 1 1/2 years ago. Absolutley no problems with that car. Before the Impala had a 94 Taurus (I call it a Tortise it was so under powered and slow) but it was a good car and took it to 100K and only a waterpump replaced. Burned not drop of oil and didn't leak anywhere, even the tranny was still doing great and didn't leak. Also had a 95 S-10 hat had its share of problem (long story short - clutch was put it wrong leading to tranny failure to bad tranny install to pinched ignition wires to you get the picture. Anyway all that was fixed and it was going strong at 100K. No oil burn, all that power that it always had, all components worked and overall in pretty good shape. My parents went through an '85 Plymouth Voyager that they took to over 110K before trading on an Aerostar but turned it over at only 90K because of tranny problems, but had an old boss that is on his second Aerostar - the first had over 200K, although he did replace the tranny. I think he still has it, but not sure of the mileage, but I, guessing it is over 100K. After the Aerostar, my mom got an Astro and took that one to 170K with just a few minor electrical problems. It too was still going good upon replacement. Every vehicle my grandparents have owned from Buicks to Towncars to thier current Crown Vic have all been taken to over 100K and beyond before replacement. Thier current vehicle is like a 97 Crown Vic with 125K on it and no major problems. My grandpa's truck is a 1990 Sierra with over 150K on it (although I understand it doesn't run for some reason). He does have an '00 Dodge Ram, but doesn't particularly care for it he would rather have a Chevy, but is stuck with the Dodge for the time being and it has been an okay vehicle for him. My mom did have a 95 Grand Cherokee but there were several problems with it and she ended up getting rid of it before it broke 100K. She bought a 95 Regal that now has 115K on it. My Dad had an 82 Datsun that had well over 200K on it before he replaced it with an 02 Frontier (as a matter of fact that 82 Datsun was the only truck he ever owned while I was growing up. When I was in High School I went through 3 cars and it was the way I treated them. The only one to stand up to my abuse was an 82 GMC Sierra Classic. I drove that thing into the ground and it still kept going. Even the power windows worked! My sisters shared had a Suziki Samari that had well over 150K before she "upgraded" to a Cavalier (this car is indeed not the best car in the world, but it does go from point A to point B) and the Suziki is still going. I was at my parents house just a few weeks ago and my aunt has it now, but it still goes...
Anyway, my point is that all vehicles no matter what brand, make or country of origin have the ability to last a long time given they are taken care of. As you can tell from my vehicular history, resale value means little as we run our cars to very high mileage before getting rid of them, or passing them on, but I have yet to have a vehicle that is plagued with problems (problems caused by how the vehicle was built) I have had my share of car problems, but those can be attributed to how I drove - I.E. you can't run a motor without oil, or how it was worked on - you can't put a transmission back in without a shift tower gasket hence all the tranny fluid will leak out and cause a tranny to go...
So all I am saying is, I'll bet this Canyon/Colorado given that they are taken care of, given the proper maintenance will give years and miles of good service... And I'll bet the Toyota Tacoma will to. It just depends on how you want to do it.
Feb 28, 2006 (6:00 pm)
I purchased a new 2005 GMC Canyon Crew Cab SLE 2WD with 5 cylinder in March 2005.
I have had only 2 problems with it so far after 36,200 miles. First problem that appeared after 12,000 miles was from tires that were feathering around the edges, and I took it to the dealer. They incorrectly said that it needed a front end alignment. This did not fix the problem. Later, I took it to my trusted mechanic, and he said that the problem was caused by the tires not being balanced correctly. Second problem appeared after about 6 months and 20,000 miles. It was a squeaking noise that occurred when the fan was spinning. The dealer replaced the fan motor because the bearings were bad. They actually had the part in stock which surprised me since this is not something that is normally stocked which leads me to believe that it is a common problem. Other than these two issues, the truck has ran flawlessly. In fact, I bought a new 2005 Honda Odyssey EX in May 2005, and it has had way more problems than the Canyon which really surprised me. I plan on trading in the Odyssey in 2 years or 60,000 miles whichever comes first. But, I plan on keeping the Canyon until the doors fall off. It is very handy for towing a boat and trips to Lowe's and Costco--for oversized items and bags of mulch. The truck is a little noisy when accelerating briskly but the ride is quiet and refined once it is at freeway speed. The factory General tires suck. They have no traction on wet pavement and corner poorly. Overall, happy medium between hauling/towing and fuel efficiency for a truck--21 to 22 fwy and 17 to 18 city. This is at about 2000 ft above sea level.
#172 of 199 Re: Problems [gsp9]
Feb 28, 2006 (6:19 pm)
"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. "
Well I rest my case. Your experience is exactly one of those I read too often on here, and too close to my own experience with American cars the last 20 years. I'm not mad at the world and I'm not gonna "get out" of the US. It wasn't my choice to be borned here. If they'd let me immigrate to NZ or AU I would... but they don't want poor dumb americans
And most of the 52 vehicles I've owned were GM products. I've had 10 Corvettes, 2 GTOs, 2 442s, 5 ElCaminos, 3 Silverados, 2 Tahoes, and I won't bore u with the rest of the list. I even sold Chevrolets from 71-74. It's not like I don't have experience in what I'm saying. Most of what I've owned the last 20 years have been Hondas and Toyotas, but I test the water every so often and buy another american vehicle, only to be disappointed. I don't keep cars 200K miles, because when someone comes out with something new and fun (which is what they do to get you to buy a new car), I'm in line to buy it.
And my 6 cylinder Envoy got 22 MPG consistently at 80 MPH, and one 300 mile trip I got 26 MPG... and one 60 mile trip I got 28 MPG... so why would I want a 5 cylinder? I actually liked the vehicle, but every month GM kept giving another $1000 rebate which just furthered my already bad resale value... and it was approaching the end of the 3 year warranty... and the dash had already been disassembled twice for HVAC problems... and I wasn't gonna own it out of warranty. I had it 30 months and 22K miles, and sold it for $10,000 less than I paid for it (not counting tax, license, etc.) and felt lucky.
My nephew just bought a new (leftover) 2005 Canyon with the I5... couldn't get rid of his 2001 Deville any other way but to trade it in (I won't bore you with the list of problems that made him get rid of it). I haven't taught that kid anything
#173 of 199 2007 Horsepower
Mar 04, 2006 (12:46 pm)
GM ups HP and TQ on the 2007 Cols and Cans from 220 to 235 and 225 to 260 respectively....possibly just a revised software...any confirms, as no physical changes to I-5's was mentioned.
#174 of 199 Windshield Grainy
Mar 04, 2006 (6:43 pm)
Has anyone had a problem with their GMC Canyon windshield? I have an 05 and I noticed tonight graininess in the windshield. It looks like grains of sand in the windshield. I first thought it was dirty and tried to wash it with the windshield fluid. Then I thought something had been sprayed on it, but not so. It feels smooth to the touch.
#175 of 199 Re: 2007 Horsepower [granola1]
Mar 04, 2006 (9:38 pm)
Where'd you read the news about the HP increase for 2007? I'd read before that the Colorado/Canyon was due a redesign in 2009; this HP increase strikes me as stopgap measure to maintain/increase momentum for the vehicles until the 2009s arrive.
#176 of 199 Re: 2007 Horsepower [granola1]
Mar 15, 2006 (11:39 am)
Couldn't wait, so I added a K&N intake and a Magnaflow catback exhaust so far...on order is a 2/3 lowering kit, 18" wheels, and belltech sway bar....
2005 regular cab SLE I-5
#177 of 199 Re: Problems [superglide]
Mar 16, 2006 (10:04 am)
wawawa, I had 53 cars, someone crown me king of the forum. I also got 28MPG out of a trailblazer, down hill with a tail wind, drafting a semi. But who needs those facts when I am spinning my stats.
#178 of 199 Re: check engine light...not just a misfire!!! [canyonblues]
Mar 20, 2006 (4:01 pm)
Well, my vehicle is still in the shop!!! 10 of the last 11 weeks!!! The shop has replaced the injectors, computer, o2 sensor twice, exhaust valve springs, 2 coils for the #2 and #5 cylinders not knowing each time if that would fix the problem. They are now replacing the head as the valve seats are eroding in the #2 & #5 cyl! GM has put out a service bulletin stating that if there is a p300 misfire code in the #2 and #5 cylinders (vehicle is running lean), it's a good chance that this head replacement should fix the problem, if not, they said that they are going to replace the engine. If that doesn't work, well, they don't have an answer for that...what?!
#179 of 199 Re: check engine light...not just a misfire!!! [canyonblues]
Mar 23, 2006 (12:46 am)
I would go lemon law on this. It will not be the same after they have done that much to it.