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Print this page Notes: The Chevy Colorado is mechanically identical to the GMC Canyon.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,562 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Colorado electrical problems

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2008 Chevrolet Colorado Owner Comments

problem #20

Apr 222016


  • 156,000 miles


When I turn to the right my vehicle dies it has been doing it for 2 weeks every day

- Tipton, OK, USA

problem #19

Jan 222013


  • 144,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado. While driving 65 mph, the contact smelled a burning odor. The contact coasted the vehicle over to the side of the road and noticed smoke appearing under the passenger side dashboard. The failure recurred three times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the heater fan relay was burning and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 144,000.

- Galloway, OH, USA

problem #18

Jan 222014


  • 57,600 miles
If you leave it set for a day it will not start new battery and altanator was tested it was good. And airbag light is on.

- Indiana, PA, USA

problem #17

Jun 252015


  • 174,512 miles


Driver side back door wiring harness between door and frame. 3 wires are broken inside boot. This is second time this has happened. Lasted 3 years. I have pictures. Part number 15214393 June 10 2012 air bag light on dash. Onstar told me that seat belt tensioner was not operating, and air bag will not deploy until it is corrected. Found that driver side back door that 2 wires were broken in the harness in the between door and body in boot. GM part number 15214393. I have pictures. This is a problem and still no recall. No air bags till fixed.

- Prairie View, IL, USA

problem #16

Jul 172011

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
This was the first time it happened, an it is still happening to this day. While you are driving at any speed the vehicle goes into reduced power mode. This happens mostly when the air is cool. At idle the rum's fluctuate about 100 RPM on days it happens most. There should be a recall on the throttle body's since you can't just change the tps.

- Madera, CA, USA

problem #15

Dec 012014

Colorado 5-cyl

  • miles
TPMS failed and flashes continually. Chevrolet can't fix it and neither can anyone else.

- Coconut Creek , FL, USA

problem #14

Dec 072014

Colorado 4WD 5-cyl

  • 98,200 miles


Electrical connector for blower motor caught on fire.

- Groveland , NY, USA

problem #13

Aug 072014

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
This vehicle seems to have a mind of its own. You get in the vehicle to go somewhere and it wont start. Everything comes on, lights, radio, A/C but it wont crank. Let it sit 10-20 minutes and it cranks right up. And it doesn't do it all the time. It may happen 3 times in a week then go 2 months or longer without happening again. We have taken it to 3 mechanics and they cant find anything wrong. We have taken it to the dealership and they cant find anything wrong. The same thing happens to my 2001 Chevy Suburban! I really really hate this! we bought this for my daughter to drive and it has left her stranded, late for class, sitting a the gas station many many times! I see on these posts that I am not the only one this is happening to. Please tell me how to fix this!

- N Augusta, SC, USA

problem #12

Aug 172011

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Frequently, due to some failed or intermittent sensor in the pass lock system, truck will simply not start or function. Truck will not engage the starter and if bypassed will not engage furl or spark systems. System is designed to prevent theft but upon intermittent failure, prevents normal usage. Pass lock light will appear on dash. Car will not start, ten minute periods will pass when system is supposed to reset, but often it will not which means another 10 minute wait for next reset. At times it takes up to four resets to convince the security system to accept the input. I often now carry two sets of keys to try to increase the signal strength-no idea if that helps. I would hate to be in an unsafe area or out in -20 degree weather with this piece of crap GM engineering. Dealer uses the "can't duplicate problem but we will be happy to just randomly begin replacing parts at your expense" approach. A mandatory recall to force the corporation to fix this rampant (google passlock and see the cottage industry trying to fix this piece of crap engineering) problem in GM vehicles.

- Burlington, VT, USA

problem #11

Jun 242014

Colorado 4-cyl

  • 84,572 miles
I had the stop lamps fail on my 2008 Chevrolet Colorado, there was a recall issued for these trucks from 04-09 but my truck was not included, I called GM and got no where with them as far as taking care of this common problem. There are obviously other Chevrolet Colorado trucks having the stop lamp problem that may not have been recalled and should be.

- Oxford, MI, USA

problem #10

May 172014


  • 71,500 miles


Sitting still after starting truck, noticed "doors" light on dash. Got out, checked all passenger doors and got back in drivers seat and closed the door. Door ajar caution remained lit. Radio will not turn off with ignition off, key removed and drivers door opened.

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #9

Feb 122014


  • 58,545 miles
Battery keeps dying got a new battery and if I don't drive it one day and go out to start it its dead. And also the airbag light is on, rough idling.

- Indiana, PA, USA

problem #8

Nov 012013

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 88,800 miles
The truck goes dead every time you apply the brakes so I'm afraid to drive it is been parked since late November when I took the truck into the Chevy dealer for the same problem they charged $350 change the plugs and clean the injectors and said it was fixed. I drive it once a week about 5 miles to take the trash off. I called the Chevy dealer to ask about a recall they said there was no recall on that truck and the truck was safe to drive but if I wanted to bring it back they would check it again at a cost of $300 to $350 when driving the truck I have to drive extremely slow because when it cuts off you lose all power steering and brakes and are subject to running a red light or side swiping another car.

- Salem, AL, USA

problem #7

Jun 152013


  • 40,000 miles
Airbag warning light came on and wont shut off. Tried a new fuse but nothing worked. Don't want to spend 100 for tech 2.

- Holmen, WI, USA

problem #6

Jul 082013


  • 26,700 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado. The contact stated that the engine failed to operate upon starting the ignition. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician informed the contact that the malfunction was contributed to the faulty computerized system control module. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 26,700.

- Niles, OH, USA

problem #5

Aug 012012

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 75,106 miles
Ac blower motor works intermittently and now does not work. Other people on the web have had small fire melted wires. This has been a problem with the Chevrolet Colorados. I had 2004 with the same problem. So as you see it is a 4 year old problem. When are you folks going to address it with GM since we as the people have some much invested in them.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #4

Jan 102012

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 80,300 miles
There is an issue with the driver side headlamp, where it will not work under normal driving conditions. I replaced the headlamps to have the same result. Also replaced the fuse for the lt headlamp with same result. The left headlamp will work in high beam mode but not in normal driving conditions. I tried manually switching on, same result.

- Dundee, OR, USA

problem #3

Jul 152010


  • 22,700 miles
The brakes drag and squeal all of the time. They grab some of the time, and have temporarily locked up on 6 occasions. Being ABS; they don't actually lock up but do grab hard enough and long enough to make the tires "chirp". the problems are not noticeable at highway speed but the lower than expected mpg and higher than expected variation in mpg makes me think they occur at all speeds. Having no doubt that the brakes are defective worries me. I'm anxious about when they will fail and at what speed. On four of the six "lock up" occasions the vehicle had shifted itself into high range 4WD. That might have happened but went unnoticed the other two times. Every time it shifted itself into 4WD (and tried to lock the brakes) was after backing up. When the vehicle is self braking; a turn of the steering wheel makes the vehicle brake harder. A turn of more than 1/2 rotation results in a "grab" and a "chirp". if starting from a stop and turning at the same time, the rear wheels might spin. I've been driving 4X4S for many years. I know that front wheels "lurch" during a tight turn. That is not what this vehicle is doing. It will exhibit the same symptoms in 2wd. I think it's an electrical problem. This Colorado has been to the shop for 8 electrical fixes already. The number and variety of electrical problems with the Colorado model are staggering. They should be recalled and made reliable in the name of safety. Unfortunately, it seems like a certain number of injuries and deaths must be reached to warrant a recall.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #2

Aug 102009


  • 21,000 miles
Occasionally when the truck comes to a stop or coasting, the RPM gage starts to fluctuate, and the truck starts to shake. Most of the time it will result in the truck completely turning off. This happens almost every day; occurring atleast 1-3 times. The first time it started was in the summer of 2009. It is really frustrating when this happens at an intersection, a light or maybe as I am turning, but it is extremely frightening when it happens while I'm going down hill or if I am on the freeway. I have almost gotten into car accidents because of this. My truck is still under warranty and I have taken it in to the dealership atleast 6 times and they return my vehicle usually clueless about what to do. They usually recommend for me to change my gas to shell, which I have been doing since I purchased the vehicle. They have re-done maintenance jobs on it, hoping that the problem will go away, but it doesn't. the engine light never goes on, which is a huge problem. Recently they placed a data recorder to record when it happens, I recorded 5 incidents, and they came back normal!!! the data recorder doesn't pick it up! the mechanics are baffled and running out of ideas. They don't know what to do, nor do I anymore. Driving this truck with this problem is not only putting me and my family at risk, but it is also endangering the people driving along me.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 052009


  • 1,700 miles
I purchased a Colorado one week later my brakes went out. And I managed not to get in a crash. I took it to the dealer and they fixed it. They told me the vehicle sits on the lots 4 months and months and stuff might wiggle loose. Ok I figured. Three weeks later which would be 3/5/09 I left work and it was a nice day I turned my ac on and noticed my blower only worked on 2 and 3 my 1 and 4 would not work so I drove to an auto parts store about 10 miles away and talked to the guy and he told me its probably blower motor resistor switch. Which the part was only 20 bucks but he convinced me to take it to the dealer. Because it under warranty and things like this can short out and cause fires. So I left the store and about 5 miles down the road stuff started shorting out on my truck. Than my passenger air bag deployed and than within 1/2 mile stuff was crazy there was smoke every where so I slammed on my brakes which they didn't work so I tried pulling off the side of the road my steering was locked up.and than something exploded under my dash than I started seeing smoke billowing out of my hood which quickly turned into flames. Keep in mind the whole time this is going on my truck is going 60 mph and I have no brakes. So than I started seeing flames under my dash than my floor than everything on my floor started catching on fire and I started throwing thing out the window and the whole time this is going on I am trapped in my truck while its on fire my door locks are spacing out and im trapped. About 1 mile after my truck was pretty much fully engulfed than some how I managed to get Y door open and jump out before I looked down my spedo said 35 mph and when I jumped out I managed to land on my feet and my truck slid in the mud 4 about 50-75 ft within minutes 4 police and 18 firefighters where there and 2 or 3 firefighters got hurt from shrapno. What scared me was I was trapped in my truck while it was on fire. I only suffered very minor injuries.

- Ortonville, MI, USA

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