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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,995 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Colorado Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Sep 242010


  • 98,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph and approaching a stop when he was advised that the rear brake lights were inoperable. In addition, the cruise control failed during activation. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The technician informed the contact that the failure was contributed to the brake light switch. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 98,000.

- Mason City, IA, USA

problem #20

Sep 012010


  • 64,000 miles
As per NHTSA campaign id number: 06V139000 and NHTSA campaign id number: 09V310000 brake lamp switch assembly was replaced. Since replacement (approx. 10,000 miles) brake lights and cruise malfunctioned. This left driver without operable brake lights. Driver was not involved in an accident. However, safety was compromised. Manufacturer refused to replace brake lamp assembly at cost, because the safety recall was already performed once.

- Austintown, OH, USA

problem #19

Nov 282009


  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado. The contact stated that he received recall NHTSA campaign id number 06V139000 exterior lighting, brake lights switch. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to have the recall performed. The contact noticed that the brake light switch, the brakes lights and turn signals also failed. The dealer stated that NHTSA campaign id number 09V310000 exterior lighting, and the brake lamp switch may not work as designed due to contamination in the switch. The part was on back order and the dealer refused to repair the brake lights. The failure mileage was 77000. The current mileage was 89842.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #18

Jul 022010


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 09V310000 (exterior lighting: Brake lights: Switch) in July, 2010. The contact stated the dealer refused to repair the vehicle under the recall. The dealer advised that the vehicle was not in need of the recall remedy. The manufacturer was contacted and confirmed that the recall repairs would only be performed if the vehicle was in need of the repair. The contact had not experienced a failure. The current mileage was 31,000.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #17

Jul 252010


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado. The contact stated the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 06V139000 (exterior lighting: Brake lights: Switch). Following repairs, the cruise control and brake lights became inoperable. The dealer advised any further repairs would be at the contacts expense and would not be covered under the recall campaign. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current was unknown.

- St. Joseph, MO, USA

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problem #16

Jul 142010


  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado. The contact stated his vehicle had previously been serviced for the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 06V139000 (exterior lighting: Brake lights: Switch). Approximately four years later, the brakes lights became inoperable. In addition, the cruise control would not function. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired for the failure. The failure and current mileages were 49,000.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #15

Feb 182010


  • 70,000 miles


Noticed first the cruise control had stopped working, then was informed by a friend that I had no brake lights. While searching for replacement parts online, I noticed a recall notice for my vehicle from NHTSA(09V310000), but that parts will not be available until June 2010. I contacted Chevrolet and was told that there are no open recall notices on my vehicle. At this time I have not replaced the defective part.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #14

Apr 112006


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado. The contact received recall notice number 09V310000 (exterior lighting:brake lights:switch). The manufacturer refused to repair the vehicle due to recall number 06V1390000 (exterior lighting:brake lights:switch) that was previously repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 20,000. The current mileage was 93,000.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #13

Jun 202006


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado. The contact stated that in 2005 his vehicle was repaired according to recall# 06V139000 (exterior lighting:brake lights:switch). After the repair he experienced a permanent loss of brake lamp function. Failure to warn others of the driver's intentions could lead to a vehicle crash. He notified the dealer again in reference to recall # 09V310000, and was advised that because his VIN number was excluded from the VIN range, he was ineligible for a free remedy. He is in the process of repairing the vehicle.the failure mileage was unknown. The current mileage was 70,000.

- Olla, LA, USA

problem #12

Jan 012009


  • 37,000 miles
Cruise control on my 2005 Chevy Colorado stopped working, when researching the problem I found my brake lights were also not working, there is supposed to have been a recall about this, however my dealership - lithia Chevrolet and george gee Pontiac, both say thier part was already replaced on the vehicle and they refuse to fix it again, thus I am stuck without brake lights, obviously the replacement part doesn't fix the problem.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #11

Oct 312008


  • 39,990 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado. In December of 2006, the vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 06V139000 (exterior lighting:brake lights:switch). Most recently, the contact noticed that the cruise control did not turn off after several attempts. On October 31, 2008, he was informed by another motorist that the brake lights also were not working. The vehicle has not been taken to the dealer. The manufacturer stated that they did not repair vehicles for the same recall more than once. The current mileage was 40,008 and failure mileage was 39,990.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #10

Sep 152008


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado. On three separate occasions, the brake lights failed to illuminate when the brake pedal was depressed. The brake switch was replaced twice and currently needs to be replaced again. The current mileage was 44,000 and failure mileage was 16,000. Phone interview update (10/2/2008): Mr. Hernandez said that he replaced the brake lamp switch three times. He bought the vehicle used and he did not receive a recall notice from GM for brake lamp switch. After each failure, he bought a replacement switch from a GM dealer and did the repair himself. Mr. Hernandez said that the first failure occurred in 2006, the second in 8/08, and the most recentfailure occurred in 9/15/08.

- Rollinh Meadows, IL, USA

problem #9

Sep 162008

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 36,890 miles
Brake lights intermittently did not work. I personally checked the bulbs and they were operative. I checked the brake light switch and noted that the plunger remained "in" although the brake pedal was depressed. I had to push on the plunger several times to get the plunger to push out. The brake lights then worked when the pedal was depressed. I took the vehicle to ferman Chevrolet, tampa fl, after discovering the recall notice on the NHTSA site on 09/17/08. I was informed that this recall (PE05065) had been performed on this vehicle in the past. I had the part replaced and kept the replaced part which is available to you. The part is labeled with the number 25796381 6318B. This is a definite safety hazard and may indicate the "fix" that GM did in this case may need to be fixed again. This was on a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado 5 cylinder. Email update (10/2/2008): My daughter was stopped several times by law enforcement and told that the brake lights were not working. I personally checked the lights and they were not illuminating when the brake pedal was depressed. When I reached up to check the switch with the brake pedal depressed I noted that there were plungers that were not extending when the brake pedal was depressed. I then pushed on the plungers with my fingertips and was able to dislodge the plunger and low and behold the brake lights started working when the brake pedal was depressed.

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #8

Aug 052007

Colorado 5-cyl

  • miles
I have owned my 2005 Colorado since March 2005. Since then, my brake light switch has failed 8 times, the last occurring August 2007. Even after having repairs done per the recall, the brake light switch failed only 3 months after. I have made my complaint known to GM as to the dangers of my vehicle and they do not want to do anything to help. It is a shame that someone will get hurt and/or killed due to this safety hazard. Email update (10/7/08): I will retrieve all invoices I can find and fax to you. Also, the brake light switch has failed on 2 more occasions since I filed this latest complaint. It is constant every 2-6 months. I usually find out that the brakes are out by another driver alerting me. On one occasion I actually got hit from behind at a stop light. Luckily, we were moving less than 10mph and no significant damage, or injury occurred. I really believe I am driving a dangerous vehicle, especially with my 2 year old in the back seat. Someone, at some point will get seriously hurt...thanks again for your research and work on this matter...

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #7

Nov 172006

Colorado 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
- the contact has a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado that he took into a dealership to replace the brake light switch which had failed. Two weeks after repair was done the contact received a recall notice ( NHTSA campaign id number : 06V139000 ) concerning the brake lights switch. Therefore contact called manufacturer to get reimbursement and the manufacture stated it would take 2 weeks in order for contact to received reimbursement form. The contact called back on 01/11/07 since he never received the reimbursement form and they stated it would take another 4 weeks because the system that sends the reimbursement form wasn't working during the holidays.

- Florence, AL, USA

problem #6

Aug 302006

Colorado 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
: the contact stated the brake light switch failed suddenly without warning. There was a NHTSA recall # 06V139000, regarding the exterior lighting; brake lights switch. The manufacturer appeared to be unaware of the recall and informed the contact to notify the dealership who also was not aware of this recall.

- Chesterton, IN, USA

problem #5

Aug 182006

Colorado 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
Original complaint ODI id number : 10145489 well it went out again!!!! a year later!

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 212006

Colorado 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 18,500 miles
: the contact stated the brake light switch was inoperable. The dealer has replaced the brake light switch three times. The manufacturer has been alerted. Updated 07/11/06.

- Danielsville, GA, USA

problem #3

Dec 262005

Colorado 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was driving and someone told me that my brake lights were not working, I got home and checked all the bulbs and fuses, they were all ok. Then searching in the internet at a Chevy Colorado site, I found out that there is a problem with the brake light switch. I had notice that the cruise control has not been working for at least 3 months, I had taken the truck in for a check up since, but I see that they failed to notice that the brake lights are not working.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 152005

Colorado 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,518 miles
Re: NHTSA action number : PE05065 brake light switch was replaced on my 2005 Chevy Colorado after I reported, to the dealership, that none of the brake lights worked and the cruise control would not activate.

- Moon Twp, PA, USA

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