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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,043 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2004 Chevrolet Colorado Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 022007

Colorado 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Unexplained failure of windows and door locks. Driver's window will not go down. Door locks are inoperable. Will not lock with the remote or with interior button. Cannot secure the vehicle once this happens. Have taken it to be serviced 10 times, and they cannot locate the problem. No parts replaced because it is working when taken to be serviced.

- St. Johnsbury, VT, USA

problem #7

Jan 252005

Colorado 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,742 miles
Recurring incidence of failure of driver side window and lock/unlock buttons on both drivers side and passenger side door pad inoperable at indeterminate periods of time. ODI 10150643: Recurring narrative complaint #1 dealer response; dealer customer copy invoice: Left front window inop, window works everytime, never duplicated customer complaint. Door locks will not operate with remote locks working everytime. We tried. Never duplicated customer complaint. Cd player/radio power will shut itself completely off. Upon pushing power knob, and selecting cd aux button the cd player will not play, eject, or load 6-disc cd player. Dealer customer copy invoice: Sometimes cd player will not take or eject cd. Cd player not taking or ejecting cd. Found calibration for radio. Recalibrate radio with tech 2. cd working ok now. Upon engaging ABS system on dangerous road conditions the driver must apply extreme pressure on brake pedal. ABS system engages with extreme vibration and noise, brake pedal will be engaged to the floor and pedal will push back with resistant and then fails to respond. Resulting in car taking longer to come to a complete stop and tires to lock up without shifting power to alternate tire. Dealer customer copy invoice: When you stop real hard feels like pedal goes to floor and vehicle doesn't want to stop. Test operation of brakes. Operating as designed at this time. Advise customer of ABS operation no problem found with brakes. Driving on ideal road conditions and/or off road conditions, back of bed rattles and loud rattling noise is observed inside and outside of vehicle. Dealer customer copy invoice: Bed of truck rattles. Test drove found trailer hitch rattling. Also front license bracket loose and making a lot of noise. Remove bracket and install bigger push in tabs. Adjust hood, it was a little loose and making noise. Lube hood latch also. Courtsey transportation-rental- total invoice... 0.0.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #6

Nov 152004

Colorado 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer was unable to un lock the front passenger door. Passenger side door can only be locked and unlocked from the inside.

- Napa, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 032004

Colorado 4WD 5-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,224 miles


The design on the vehicle was poor. Consumer was not satisfied with the keyless entry door on driver's side. The consumer stated it was an inconvenience. The consumer stated tht the passenger door could not be opened from the outside. The consumer stated that if the airbag were deployed might not be able to open the passenger side door.

- Klamath Falls, OR, USA

problem #4

Aug 182004

Colorado 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • 159 miles
The passenger lock was not accessible from the outside of the vehicle. The door did not have a regular key lock.

- Klamath Falls, OR, USA

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problem #3

Sep 072004

Colorado 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 100 miles
GM is making all their vehicles with manual locks inaccessible from the outside on the passenger side. Dealers are not telling consumers about this. If, as I did, you purchase a two door vehicle with manual locks, you must climb through the driver side to unlock the passenger side. This poses a great safety risk for women and children. The infant must be set down unattended (perhaps on hot pavement) while the mother climbs through to open the passenger door to place the infant in its child seat. The same can be said of a toddler who may wander into traffic during this activity. Also police routinely tell women that if the vehicle is next to a suspect van in a parking lot, that they should enter on the passenger side. This is no longer possible. This also applies is someone just parks too close, you will not have access to your vehicle until the other vehicle is moved. I feel that these are viable safety concerns and the dealers (when questioned) state that they didn't realize you can't get in on the passenger side with a key. Their only solution is to pay for electronic locks and the key fobs to operate them to the tune of nearly $800 for a 2-door vehicle.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #2

Aug 052004

Colorado 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 998 miles
Drive side rear door on ext cab is lose and will not latch in turn make doors bounds when driveing down road. Plus tuck shack dealer said they all shack> nothing they can do about it.

- Hazleton, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 282004

Colorado 2-cyl

  • 120 miles
Vehicle did not have an outside key door lock on passenger's side. Consumer was unable to enter the vehicle from the outside passenger door. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. The consumer went to put child in the vehicle and noticed the power locks did not work and could not open the passenger door from the outside. The consumer had to open the passenger side door from the inside by reaching over and unlocking the door. The consumer took the truck to the dealer and was quoted a price of $350 to install power locks. The consumer feels she should not have to pay since she preferred manual locks in the first place.

- Peoria, IL, USA

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