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#129 of 380 Re: 2006 Chevy Colorado [bjmcgarry6]
May 23, 2011 (1:40 pm)
I have posted on Edmunds a number of times about the problems with my Colorado. I have replaced a total of 5 hubs including the originals. The ABS system is constantly misbehaving, never sure when it will work or not! Have replaced the abs rings with each hub replacement. The Fan resistor had to be replaced, now the drivers door is popping if you do not close it gently at the top of its run. I am now replacing both front calipers and front brake hoses. On various occasions the front brakes progressively lock up. Depends on how far from home I am as to whether I make it home. On two occasions the rotors got so hot that I could see them glowing red hot. Had I not called my wife to have the garden hose ready when I got home it may have caught fire. The truck is useless. The underside of the hood near the latch has a 3” square rust hole through it. This is all on a 2005 vehicle with less than70,000 miles. I am a retired public school auto mechanics teacher with 32 years in the classroom as well as having taught numerous adult night classes at our local community college. I also have my own restoration business so I know my way around automobiles and this is without a doubt the worst vehicle for reliability and quality I have ever owned. I have been a GM man up until this truck. I still have my nice one ton dually diesel and did have a nice GMC Envoy. After this Colorado I traded the Envoy in for a Ford Edge Limited. None of these complaints are unique to my truck as evidenced by not only the posts on Edmunds but also on sites like Colorado Fan.com. You are aware of the issues but seem to offer no relief. Guess if you wait long enough the trucks will all end up in the junkyard but in the meantime you will be losing long time customers! I never know how to use the brakes on my truck. Maybe you could offer some advice. Since I never know if the ABS will engage or not, in an emergency stopping situation do I pump the brakes as if no ABS or step and hold as if I had ABS. That does present a dilemma to me as well as a safety issue. What are you thoughts if you had to drive the truck since the problem seems incurable for me as well as many others. Keith Williams
#130 of 380 Re: my issue is resolved [eddy29]
May 23, 2011 (3:19 pm)
"Eddy29", my brakes have been functioning properly since I did the repairs.... My ABS light does not come on, but keep in mind, I replaced the wheels speed sensors.
#131 of 380 Re: my issue is resolved [leadfoot4]
May 23, 2011 (5:58 pm)
I have replaced the wheel sensors twice, 2 pair and that hasn't fixed mine. Beware they may work for weeks and then stop and then work again for a while,totally random Good luck with yours
#132 of 380 Re: my issue is resolved [kmartic]
May 24, 2011 (3:31 pm)
"kmartic", while I understand your sentiments, my OE sensors worked well for 5.5 years/29,500 miles. I only had trouble after I disassembled the front end to replace the brake rotors, and it was only with one of the sensors (LF).
According to one of the "dirty fingernail, skinned knuckle" Canyon/Colorado websites, you have a 50/50 chance of having ABS sensor issues after disassembling the front hubs. It appears that I fell into this category.
However, I then disassembled the truck again, replaced both sensors with ACDelco replacement parts, and have had no issues. That was 6 months/3500 miles ago, and the ABS saw a regular workout through the winter, with the slippery road conditions that I regularly drive through.
FWIW, my truck is a 4WD....
#133 of 380 Re: 2006 Chevy Colorado [bjmcgarry6]
May 26, 2011 (5:09 am)
I understand your frustrations with your situations. As all major companies or corporations, we have standard operating procedures. GM does handle their customers individually, not all situations are the same, so they must be handled on a case by case basis. I am here to help make GM aware of your situations. The only way I can do this is with your assistance. First, I need your contact information (including a good number to reach you), VIN, current mileage, involved dealer, and a break down of what you are experiencing. The best way to get me this information is a direct email. If you are unsure or uncomfortable please feel free to inquire with the host, or send me an email with your telephone number and I can give you a call. Second, the vehicle must be taken to a GM Dealer. They have a contract with GM and must look at the vehicle. For GM to know you are experiencing issues, you must contact GM; whether it is me via email or Customer Assistance via the telephone. This will help identify the problem and how large it is. I understand when you are experiencing these concerns these processes can be frustrating. All concerns, whether it be with a dealer or your vehicle, are documented in the cases set up if you directly contact GM. If you would like to call Customer Assistance and speak with someone the number is in your owners manual, or email me and I can provide it to you. If you would like me to assist you, please feel free to email me the information requested above. I hope everyone has a great weekend!
GM Customer Service
#134 of 380 Re: 2006 Chevy Colorado [kmartic]
May 26, 2011 (11:31 am)
I apologize for your frustrations. Can you please email me your VIN and mileage? I would like to look into this further for you.
GM Customer Service
#135 of 380 Re: Might as well jump on the bandwagon [gmcustsvc]
May 26, 2011 (12:12 pm)
I have contacted customer service on many many occasions.
We never get anything resolved.
#136 of 380 Re: Might as well jump on the bandwagon [coloradolemon]
May 27, 2011 (5:04 am)
As I was finishing the latest brake job yesterday,calipers and hoses and another set of pads,4th set, because they had been baked into a flaking state by the calipers locking and sticking, I was thinking on how much this junk truck would have cost me and made some GM dealer. At this point it would have been multiple thousands of dollars. Thank God I have the ability and the tools to do this stuff myself! As soon as I am financially able I will be off to a different manufacturer for a new truck. Sorry to say this but it will be a long time before I walk into another GM dealership after this experience!!!!! Christina suggests that we open a case with GM. That will get nothing. They are already fully aware of the problems with these trucks and really are just giving lip service to the problem.
#137 of 380 Re: 2006 Chevy Colorado [gmcustsvc]
May 27, 2011 (5:09 am)
Good morning, the Vin on my truck is 1GCDT136258140039 and the mileage is 68,789. Can you tell me the date that the warranty was put in service because I have that large rust hole on the bottom of the hood but I am sure the warranty won't stand by that some how it will be too late. Thanks, Keith Williams
#138 of 380 Re: Very few problems with my Colorado [brewerguy]
May 27, 2011 (5:18 am)
That's how mine started, (according to my mechanic) there is ring on the bearing with a raised bump on it. As the ring spins it passes a magnet on the sensor which confirms that the tire is in fact spinning. That ring has a tendency to break loose from the bearing and will on occassion stop spinning with the bearing which tells the sensor that that wheel is locked up. The ABS will in turn kick in and "pump" the breaks. Mine did it rarely for about the first 6-8 months then it got worse as time went along. It eventually got so bad that i could not even drive the vehicle. Maybe you are lucky and you will never have to replace the hub, but my guess is that within the next year or so you will be replacing a hub.