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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,899 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.

2005 Chevrolet Colorado brakes problems

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2005 Chevrolet Colorado Owner Comments

problem #20

Jan 112005


  • 1,000 miles


This truck has a recurring problem where the rear brakes freeze into position when the emergency (parking) brake is applied. Has been happening for 10 years since I bought the truck new. If the emergency brake is set, the rear brakes will not release when the lever is released by the driver. I am stuck where I parked with a set of frozen rear brakes. In order to get home I am forced to drive with the rear brakes engaged causing a severe overheating condition in the rear wheels and potential for a brake fire near the gas tank. GM said there was not a problem and refused to fix this problem under warranty. It is still a problem and GM still refuses to fix this prolem even though there are thousands of drivers with this "freezing rear brakes" issue. My work around? I don't use the parking brake. I have a stick shift and the engine compression alone will not hold the truck in place on a sloped driveway, so I have to carry a block of wood to place behind the wheels as my "parking brake". GM needs to recall Chevy Colorado trucks for this systemic failure in the rear brake systems.

- Huber Heights, OH, USA

problem #19

Nov 032014


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado. The contact stated that the ABS warning light flashed intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who replaced all of the brake sensors on four occasions but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the front passenger side sensor needed to be replaced. The technician did not disclose any further information. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #18

Apr 032014


  • 45,000 miles
ABS brake light on pedal pulsates.

- Carteret, NJ, USA

problem #17

Oct 092014

Colorado 4WD 5-cyl

  • 175,000 miles


Pulled into parking lot and went to stop and the ABS system came on. Dry roads at 5mph.

- Freeland, MI, USA

problem #16

Jun 022014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado. While driving various speeds, the air bag indicator illuminated and the brakes were difficult to engage. The failure has occurred for the past three weeks. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Campbellsbille, KY, USA

problem #15

Sep 282007

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The brake light switch installed by Chevrolet to replace the brake light switch that they had recalled, had also failed to work. It stopped working shortly after they had installed the new one, but I hadn't realized because I thought my brake lights just kept going out. I wasn't even aware that there was a recall on the brake light switch and that they had replaced it when I had taken it in for another recall issue. I even told my mechanic and he just replaced the brake lights. It wasn't until much later that I realized my lights were actually fine but that the brake light switch was not activating them. I reported this to GMC and they said that they would not fix it unless I paid for it out of pocket ($137 for a diagnostic test, $64 for the actual replacement).

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #14

Feb 272014

Colorado 4WD 5-cyl

  • 36,000 miles


Display says ABS fault. The ABS pulses when applying the brake.

- Sarver, PA, USA

problem #13

Dec 012005

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
Rear brakes "freeze" after the emergency brake is released. Have to drive several days with the rear brakes shoes applying friction to the rear drums. This has been a problem since I purchased the truck new in 2004.

- Huber Heights, OH, USA

problem #12

Jun 162011


  • 45,000 miles
Upon starting the vehicle and driving at low speeds the ABS starts grinding for about five minutes, after five minutes the brakes stop and an ABS fault appears disengaging the ABS system. The system restarts after the car is restarted and then the same issue will occur. Sometime when the truck needs to make a quick stop this will begin to activate the fault issue. Some times the issue is serious enough to engage a total failure of the system and the parking brake light will also come on.

- Merrillville, IN, USA

problem #11

May 122014

Colorado 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado. The contact stated that the vehicle would not come to a complete stop once the brake pedal was depressed. The failure persisted even when the brake pedal was depressed to the floorboard. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic, who stated that there was a possible failure in the ABS and brake pump. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 175,000...updated 08/11/14 the consumer stated antilock brakes were not operational and that sunroof leaked. Updated 08/19/2014

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #10

May 012014


  • 105,000 miles


ABS fault- locked up brakes- common problem with this vehicle- need a recall but knowing GM we will never see one (until someone dies).... this is crazy the electrical problems with this vehicle and the lack of response from the federal government or GM.

- Norwood, NY, USA

problem #9

Apr 082009


  • 70,000 miles
The ABS and parking brake signal comes on the dash and will remain on for 2 to 3 days. The brakes also lock up and make a horrible sound. I'm not able to push the brake peddle down because it gets harder to push and it agitates. I have owned my Colorado for 6 years and it happens quite frequently. This concerns me because my 16 year old daughter drives my truck often.

- Eugene, OR, USA

problem #8

Jan 222010

Colorado 5-cyl

  • miles
On multiple occasions, the ABS fault light comes on. This is just one of many problems focused around the brakes. ABS fault light is still on, my brake pedal action is soft. Brakes have been replaced. The right front outer brake pad was stuck and wore down to the metal. All the other front brake pads had good wear on them except for the front outer pad. Something is not right with the brake system on these trucks. I've checked a number of web sites and this brake problem is occurring with many trucks and many owners in many stated. I've even read the same complaints posted through the NHTSA.for the same brake problems please do something before someone is killed.

- Hubbard, OH, USA

problem #7

Oct 012013

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The ABS brakes fault will occur on occasions. This has been happening for over a month. It appears out of no where. The brakes became soft and noisy. I can pull over and shut the truck off, wait a few minutes then restart and the problem self corrects. This is happening more often now. I am getting a little scared this may happen when I need the brakes.

- Forest Park, OH, USA

problem #6

Aug 202013


  • 58,000 miles
The ABS is a constant issue on this model. If it fails while driving, which it has for me as well as a lot of others, it is hard to stop the truck. While you try to push the brake pedal the ABS is active and fights against you making it hard to stop in time. This is an issue GM is aware of and should be forced to do a recall before there is a serious injury or fatality.

- Altoona, PA, USA

problem #5

Feb 042013

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 124,976 miles
The ABS light comes on and brakes go to the floor with minimum to no stopping power. When this happens the brakes wine. After this happens brakes return to normal but the ABS light comes on and stays on until the vehicle is cycled on/off. Once the computer sees that there is no issues with the ABS, the light goes off. This leaves you to believe that there was a "bug" in the electronics. Then without warning or a duration of time the problem comes back. And then this process starts all over again. Whats happens when I need the brakes to prevent a accident? after researching online this is a very common issue with this vehicle.

- Valdosta, GA, USA

problem #4

Jan 092008

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Rear brakes noise sometimes lock up.

- Framingham , MA, USA

problem #3

Jul 072006

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
The cruise control stopped working. I paid little attention to this as it did not impair the operation of my truck. Little did I know that my brake lights were not working either. This was due to a brake lamp switch failure. A recall was issued by Chevrolet in 2006, and my vehicle was repaired. In 2010 my cruise control went out again. I knew from the first time that this was a severe safety issue and checked my brake lights. They were not working. It was the very same problem. The brake lamp switch had went bad again. I contacted Chevrolet and they refused to pay for the repair, siting "normal wear and tear". the local dealer did pay half of the repair as a courtesy. Now, in 2012 the brake lamp switch has went out again and my local dealer is talking with Chevrolet to try and get them to pay for the repair. We will see if they stand behind their product and treat a loyal customer right.

- Saint Pauls, NC, USA

problem #2

Feb 012011

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The ABS light comes on at very low speeds. The ABS activates when driving on dry roads. When braking, the pedal vibrates and pushes back on my foot, while making a springing noise. I have come close to crashing numerous times because of the ABS activating and the lack of braking when the ABS activates. The cost of the repair is upward of $1000 per wheel and the code is indicating both front wheels. I was told by a mechanic that the issue is common, but GM refuses to issue recall. I have read hundreds of complaints online of other owners having the same issue.

- Roanoke, IN, USA

problem #1

Jan 032012

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
My truck started grinding everytime I used the brakes and the brakes would not stop you. I took it to a GM dealer ([xxx]). the hooked it up to a computer and it showed both ABS sensors were bad in the front hubs. They said it would be around &1200 to fix them since it will take up to 8 hours for the type of sensor inside the hub. I feel this is a safety issue since you are unable to stop, and there are lots of other people on complaining to GM about the exact same problem with the Chevy Colorado. Please take a look at all the complaints. Thanks! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Boswell, PA, USA

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