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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,250 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.

2004 Chevrolet Colorado electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Chevrolet Colorado Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 062006

Colorado 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,150 miles


Soon after new vehicle purchase in 1/04, cruise control periodically became inoperative. I do know if the brake lights were also inoperative. Dealer could not duplicate the malfunction and did not diagnose a problem. This problem occurred approximately 5 times over the next 2.5 years. Recently, the cruise control became inoperative again, as well as the rear brake lights. I took the vehicle to the dealer and informed them that a recall had been issued, though I had not received a recall notice from GM. I presented the dealer with a printout of the NHTSA recall information. Dealer stated that there was no recall for my vehicle, and since my warranty had expired, I would have to pay for repairs. Repair consisted of replacement of the brake light switch. The total cost of the repair was $175.04. I'm not sure if this has any connection, but the vehicle was inspected just prior to expiration of the warranty. One week later, and after expiration of the warranty, the battery died and required replacement.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #2

Mar 152005

Colorado 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,600 miles
Battery on Colorado keeps going dead. 4 trips to the dealer for solution to this problem. Replaced body control module and battery.

- Vermilion, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 162005

Colorado 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
Air is seeping out of the passenger side glass because it may not have been properly sealed at the factory. Also, the battery warning lights comes on upon starting the vehicle. The light dims then brightens as the vehicle is driven. This indicates a failure in the battery. Although the battery is fine. This maybe due to an electrical short. Dealership is not being helpful with resolving any of the problems.

- Saint Albans, VT, USA

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