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


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,616 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.

2008 Chevrolet Colorado steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Chevrolet Colorado Owner Comments

problem #3

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 #2

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

problem #1

Oct 282008


  • 149 miles
With less than 150 miles on the vehicle the steering sort of pulled to the left when it was given a jerk it caught like it should and then it veered to the left again. Then the tires caught and the truck went to the right. At this time the driver was unable to control the vehicle's path and it veered into a ditch, hit a tree, and flipped over. This occurred after the driver turned off of a major highway and traveled about 1/10 of a mile on the road he turned onto.

- Pitkin, LA, USA

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