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#61 of 71 Brakes grinding and truck wobbling at HWY speed (around 60) cruise control
Feb 24, 2012 (3:25 am)
I just got my '05 colorado to haul my bike and it has been back to carmax 4 FOUR times. I explained to them that it was almost a grinding feeling as I used the brakes in traffic, a jerking grab as i coasted to a stop and a wobble at Hwy speeds ( I use cruise control for my commute to and from work). The second time I was told they couldnt find anything. (The Tech has me drive the car with him to try and explain what I was feeling) But, it might be the tire out of balance and they would go ahead and get all four balanced for me, lost he truck for a few days. I got the truck back had the same issues. call them back to set up another appointment. The third trip they told me the rotors were warped and they would have to replace them, lost the truck for about a week. The customer service rep assures me that they've nailed the issue and the truck is good togo. No more than a week later I'm setting up another appointment due the same wobble shaking the truck so bad you'd think a tire was going to fall off, absolutely driving me insane with the grind making me think I'm going to kill myself trying to get home one night when the breaks fail. Back to setting another appointment (fourth), the service Rep tells me that the tech ( a different one from the last) would like to drive the truck with me to see if they could "recreate" the issues I'd been having. sure enough the truck wobbles and grinds before we get out of the parking lot. We continued the test drive and I point it out to him as we ride and he give me the story of how hard the truck is to work on and how it still might be a balancing issue. I leave the truck with them. Day two the service rep calls me and says they have to turn the rotors. I ask could this be because when the put the new rotors on the didn't replace the pads? he had NO CLUE! the kicker that makes you want to freak out is the machine to turn the rotors was broken and they were trying to get it up so they could get me fixed up. OUTSTANDING! Now the question is when will I actually get the truck back. Three days, (3) days later I get the call the truck is ready and all issues have been resolved. I rearrange my wifes schedule and make plans to pick up the truck and once again before I can get out of the parking lot we ahve the same issues. My scheduled wouldnt allow for me to head strait to the Chevy dealer to have the people who built the damn thing tell me what was really wrong with it. and after reading these post, sound like they have no idea how to correct the problem either. The Christmas gift (purchase date DEC 21, 2011) to haul the motorcycle around and allow us to not be tethered to on car when we haed out of town has turn into a pain in the A##. Three months I'm working on and the truck still runs like S%^& and I just got an email from a Carmax manager asking my how was my last how my last visit went after seeing I had been in for service. I emailed him back asing if would cold talk about my visit(S) this friday and i"ve yet to hear from them. Of course the 30 day warranty is up and it nothing buy a up hill battle now. Shame on Chevy for neglecting a design flaw, not standing behind its brand and issuing a recall to fix this. Easy to see why they needed a bail out! a sad shame. If anyone can help I thank you in advance.
#62 of 71 Re: Brakes grinding and truck wobbling at HWY speed (around 60) cruise control [dgrmuxb]
Feb 24, 2012 (7:33 am)
I'm sorry to hear that your Colorado is creating such difficulty for you. I just want to make sure I understand: Carmax is an independent shop, not one of our dealerships, correct (I'm about 99% sure, but wanted to ask just in case)? And you haven't been in to one of our dealerships to have this looked at yet?
If you were to visit one of our dealerships (I realize you state that your schedule makes this difficult), we would be interested in following up on how everything goes. Please get in touch via email if we can be of assistance.
GM Customer Service
#63 of 71 rear brake issues
Mar 01, 2012 (4:23 pm)
The rear brakes on my truck grab, lock up, and squeal. It is a real pain. I took it to the Chevy dealer twice. The first time they told me they had cleaned them and that worked for a few weeks. I took it in again and they said that they needed cleaning again and charged me for the pleasure of doing this for me. It was still less than 3 years old and had less than 15000 miles on it. It started getting so bad a few months later that I had a different shop put new brakes on the rear and turn the drums. This worked for a few months and they started doing it again. I took it to a third different shop and they said it was just a bad design. They worked on them and it helped for a little while, but within several months the problem was back. This time the front brakes were screaming too. I had the second shop redo the front brakes and clean the rear. This has worked for the front brakes, but the rear ones are back to their horrid ways and it's driving me crazy. I have forked out about $1000.00 on the brakes of this truck and it only has 31000 miles on it. If I could get the brakes truly, fixed I would spend another 1000.00 and be happy just in knowing the brakes weren't going to kill me. Has anyone tried replacing the entire brake system on one of these trucks with an aftermarket system. Can anyone point me in the right direction. It is a 2008 Chevy Colrado
#64 of 71 Re: rear brake issues [greg164]
Mar 02, 2012 (6:15 am)
Good morning greg164,
I'm sorry that this brake concern has been so problematic for you. Were the last two shops you worked with independent or some of our dealerships? We're available to you to follow up with any dealerships on work done, if you like. Please get in touch via email.
GM Customer Service
#65 of 71 Re: rear brake issues [gmcustsvcsarah]
Mar 03, 2012 (9:15 am)
The last two shops I took it to weren't Chevy Dealerships. I took it to Sutherland Chevrolet in Nicholasville, KY the first two times and they didn't fix it, so I tried elsewhere. Is there a fix for this problem or am I doomed an have to deal with it.
#66 of 71 I fixed the brake problem
Mar 13, 2012 (7:42 pm)
I finally got rid of my brake problem, I traded it for a Honda Ridgeline. Good luck to anyone who owns one of these trucks with squealing brakes. It is unfortunate, but you're one your own. I have made my second and last mistake with GM.
Mar 27, 2012 (12:54 pm)
My 04 Colorado, 60k miles, has had recurring E Brake sticking, brakes squealing and grabbing when cold. The brake pedal goes so low when cold that your foot can simultaneously hit the accelerator. The entire brake system is a disaster waiting to happen. The last time I took it into a GM dealer was during a trip eastward in new mexico. The service writer was so busy telling me about GM diagnostic fee, I told her to forget it and made do. (AND IT WAS UNDER EXTENDED MAINTENANCE!) Solution? Never use the parking brake, put it in Park and it won't roll. This is what happens when you use MBAs to design and sign off on vehicles. And then they fly multiple biz jets into DC to ask for money! I drove GM products for 40 plus years but last year, I purchased a new Ford product. One year later, only a valid low tire pressure warning. When I can unload this sucker it won't be a GM product that replaces it!
#68 of 71 No problems with brakes
Mar 30, 2012 (12:04 pm)
Since I plan to unload my last GM vehicle, I called a local dealer and asked how they were repairing the recurring Colorado brake problems. He said "There are no problems aside from wear and tear" Well, I am amazed! Since I cannot in good conscience dump this PU on an unsuspecting buyer, I'll do it myself. New ceramic pads and I'll just fight with or replace the stupid parking brake cable! Since it probably cost GM a buck, their markup will make it 100.00 retail. Good-by GM!
#69 of 71 Brakes just sealed it!!!
Apr 12, 2012 (1:34 pm)
I'm happy with my 05 Colorado other than the electrical glitches that GM won't own up to (bad design/flaws). Tried to change the rotors and saw the Cluster**** that GM has decided to use on the Colorado for brakes. Changing rotors and pads should take no more than 30 minutes per wheel. What was wrong with the old design of having the rotor slide over the hub/studs? Too simple I guess. I figure GM had to make this newfangled design so average Joes like me couldn't do it themselves and force us to take it to the dealer so they can charge $600 to do an $80 job. Way to go GM! This seals it for me. I will never buy GM again. I'm tired of GMcustserv apologising for problems with the vehicle that GM won't own up to. They have lost a loyal customer and I will make sure I tell everyone I know.
*** Can't wait to hear "We are SO sorry that you have had prblems with your vehicle. Have you taken it to your dealership?"
Dec 07, 2012 (3:41 pm)
i went to look at one today, 4x4, they wanted 9962.00, i thought it was to much, 120,000 miles, was in a small accident, i drove the truck, ran good, i told the sales man, have to fix the lens in the back light, wheel bearing hums left front, drivers seat can't be adjusted, needed a evac sensor, brakes (front) front grill rattles, back tail gate wouldn't open, needed tierod ends and front brakes, seemed ok to me, but he said they needed them, now i am so glad i read alot on this forum, i told them i would give them 9000 out the door after they fixed the items, they came back said, out the door would cost 12,000 because of all the work it needed, never said 9962 as is, i expected the work to be done, tax's and all dealer cost i know, but to fix and pay for the work, kiss my butt, you probably gave the poor sucker 6000 for the truck because it needed all the work. thanks again, i will stay away from these. my brother swears by his, but it goes to the shop for everything, i work on my own.