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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,625 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Colorado electrical problems

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2004 Chevrolet Colorado Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #15

Nov 292008


  • 98,593 miles


Blower fan works intermittently. Does not work on settings 1,2 and 3, will only work on setting 4. fan will resume working on all speeds if fan motor tapped with foot or hand..

- Rocky Mount, NC, USA

problem #14

Nov 012007


  • 80,000 miles
Blower fan works intermittently. Finally stopped working on settings 1,2 and 3, will only work on setting 4. replaced resister 1st from dealer, the climate switch panel. Finally the fan wouldn't run @ all, took to local mechanic replaced wiring harness & fan motor. Took about a year to get truck fully repaired.

- Epsom, NH, USA

problem #13

Dec 162006


  • 45,000 miles
Blower fan works intermittently. Ocassional smell of burnt wires. Finally stopped working on settings 1,2 and 3, will only work on setting 4. this seems to be a common problem on the Chevy Colorados that GM will not acknowledge.

- Procious, WV, USA

problem #12

Dec 242006


  • 14,000 miles


For the past year my 2004 Colorado has intermittently failed to start when ignition key is first turned to start position. By turning the key off and than on again it will start. It does this once in while, but always seems to start the second or third turn of the key to the start position. Twice over the last two years it wouldn't start at all and I had to let it sit for ten minutes or so, than try again, at which time it started. I believe the problem is caused by the pass lock security system. Because its out of warranty I haven't done anything about it.

- Fairhaven, MA, USA

problem #11

Nov 202008


  • 50,000 miles
Vehicle sometimes will not start. Once it happens, let sit for 10 minutes and it will then start. Taken to dealer and was told it is the passlock (security) system. Checked internet, seems to be a common problem with newer GM vehicles.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #10

Oct 082008


  • 66,000 miles
My check engine light has been coming off and on continuously for the past six months, however it was diagnosed and it wasn't a big problem. Recently, I have been able to unlock my truck using the keyless entry and when I am in the vehicle the doors will not lock with the lock/unlock button on the door. When driving, after accelerating over 20 mph, the doors use to lock themselves, but now they do not. Normally when I put my truck in park, all the doors will automatically unlock. This has not been happening. I am scared to keep anything in my truck and fear that this might cause more serious problems and expenses. I would like to know if this has been happening with other Colorado's? it seems like since I have gotten this vehicle it has been one problem after another and I am very disappointed in Chevrolet.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #9

Aug 182008


  • 15 miles


The first and ongoing problem grinding in front left, driver, side wheel area. Many attempts have been made to fix this problem, they started out changing the whole front end, along with alignments, after some adjusting the problem will seem to go away only to return with in 2 months second, tires worn from inside out alignment, new tires, I was told one reason was the truck was dirty. I do not feel this is a reason for tire wear. New tires same problem. Third, truck not engaging when shifted into gear. This is on going, we have taken it in many times, the modular for the 2-4H-4L drive was changed, still have problem, they claim can not fix if it does not happen with them, , I video taped it, they will not look at video. Problem is intermittently, and have been asked to do different things to the truck when it happens, the problem is happening more often now, the problem seems to be growing. And still no answer to this or other problems, the dealer should have took back the truck and replaced it, if they can not be fixed.

- Purdy, MO, USA

problem #8

Dec 012005

Colorado 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,800 miles
Their seems to be a short in the electrical system. Shortly after purchasing the vehicle the clock in the stereo would not keep time. No matter how often you set it you can leave the vehicle parked for an hour or so come back and the clock has the wrong time in hours. I have recently had to replace all the bulbs on the passenger side "front and rear". now the driver side park-signal light will not work when the vehicle is in gear. After you put the vehicle in park the light will come on. Also the electric windows do not always work. The tires on the front end have excessive wear on the in side.

- Procious, WV, USA

problem #7

May 022005

Colorado 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,649 miles
6 months after purchasing a brand new 2004 Chevrolet Colorado ZQ8 3.5L extended cab I noticed while driving on the highway wind noise coming from the passenger door as if the door was not completely closed. 2 months later and it was so loud I had to turn my radio over half volume just to listen to my radio. I had the truck seen by the dealership which I bought it and they said that the cause was misaligned. The B4000 door assembly front right align 9635 W5 0.30. They adjusted the door and for 2 months there was no wind noise. The problem keeps occurring needing alignment. I also have a problem with the screws coming loose on the driver side door causing a metal binding sound everytime I open and close the door. Each time I open and close the door the screws are loose enough to were I can hand tighten them. I also had a computer problem in this vehicle as well. A year after having my vehicle out of nowhere and no warning my truck would not start. It would crank over but would not start. I had it towed to the dealership and the invoice states: Scan computer codes P2610 stored in PCM. Mandy codes stored in BCM. Ran bulletin search. Found PCM failure replace PCM. Reprograms and clear codes recheck ok. However since the new computer was placed in the truck the alarm light will come on and stay on every once in a while.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 202005

Colorado 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,615 miles
ODI 10150645, ODI 10150645: 3rd recurring problem. Customer invoice: Drivers window inoperative, screws backed out of window motor causing it to bind R & R window motor and reinstalled bolts. Noise gone after repairs. Upon engage driver's side turn signal, failure to operate visible turn indication. Daytime running light also inoperable, bulb not working. Customer invoice: Driver side daytime run light inoperative. Lf turn signal bulb burnt out. Replaced bulb upon engaging brake system, brakes exhibit high frequency squeaking, more on left than right. Extreme tire wear is apparent on the insides of both front tires. Customer invoice: Brakes noisy at stops all the time. Unable to verify customer concern at this time. Vehicle has a lot of mud underneath. Engaging 4WD high, vehicle became stuck in 4WD. Continued to drive vehicle in condition until service department opened for the week. Four wheel drive became operational intermittently. Customer invoice: Axle/differential, vehicle stuck in four wheel drive once. Unable to verify customer concern at this time. No codes & working as designed. Engaging A/C & heating operation the ac diminishes blower power and begins blowing smoke-like coolant from dash vents. Dashboard condensates extensively. Condensation must be wiped dry to deter interior damage. After running A/C at maximum power for 20 minutes or longer, operational problems discontinue until vehicle is started 'cold'. customer invoice: A/C cuts off and blows smoke out of vents all the time. While driving. Unable to verify customer concern. Checked pressures. All ok, working as designed.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #5

Jan 252005

Colorado 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,742 miles


Recurring incidence of failure of driver side window and lock/unlock buttons on both drivers side and passenger side door pad inoperable at indeterminate periods of time. ODI 10150643: Recurring narrative complaint #1 dealer response; dealer customer copy invoice: Left front window inop, window works everytime, never duplicated customer complaint. Door locks will not operate with remote locks working everytime. We tried. Never duplicated customer complaint. Cd player/radio power will shut itself completely off. Upon pushing power knob, and selecting cd aux button the cd player will not play, eject, or load 6-disc cd player. Dealer customer copy invoice: Sometimes cd player will not take or eject cd. Cd player not taking or ejecting cd. Found calibration for radio. Recalibrate radio with tech 2. cd working ok now. Upon engaging ABS system on dangerous road conditions the driver must apply extreme pressure on brake pedal. ABS system engages with extreme vibration and noise, brake pedal will be engaged to the floor and pedal will push back with resistant and then fails to respond. Resulting in car taking longer to come to a complete stop and tires to lock up without shifting power to alternate tire. Dealer customer copy invoice: When you stop real hard feels like pedal goes to floor and vehicle doesn't want to stop. Test operation of brakes. Operating as designed at this time. Advise customer of ABS operation no problem found with brakes. Driving on ideal road conditions and/or off road conditions, back of bed rattles and loud rattling noise is observed inside and outside of vehicle. Dealer customer copy invoice: Bed of truck rattles. Test drove found trailer hitch rattling. Also front license bracket loose and making a lot of noise. Remove bracket and install bigger push in tabs. Adjust hood, it was a little loose and making noise. Lube hood latch also. Courtsey transportation-rental- total invoice... 0.0.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #4

Dec 212004

Colorado 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,570 miles
Driver's side electrical button control pad inoperable at irregular and inconsistent instances. Upon pushing driver's side window electrical button, driver side window will not roll down. However, the driver's back, passenger front side, and passenger back side electrical keypad window buttons remain operable. Both the driver and front passenger lock/unlock electrical keypad buttons are inoperable. Upon turning off engine, removing key, exiting vehicle, closing all doors, and pushing the keyless entry lock and/or unlock buttons result in response from keyless locking mechanism. When key is left in ignition and engine running, upon pressing either the lock/unlock electrical buttons on the driver's door or pressing the keyless entry lock/unlock buttons result in a double "dinging" sound from the dashboard display but no other indication is produced from dashboard. Dealer response; customer copy invoice: Operate window, check connector on switch. Window operates normally, cannot duplicate customer complaint. ABS light will come on and stay for an indeterminate amount of time. Normal and correct operation of ABS dashboard display light indeterminate. Results in customer concern for safety of driver and all passengers relying on correct functioning of ABS brake system. Dealer customer copy invoice: Scan computer code C0040. Run flow chart, found right front hub and sensor had intermittent open circuit. Replaced right front hub and speed sensor. Upon starting vehicle to warm up engine in 40-50 degree Fahrenheit environmental conditions, inside manual heat-directional knob will not turn unless extreme pressure is applied. Dealer customer copy invoice: Compare knob operation with another Colorado tension knob is the same. Cannot duplicate customer complaint at this time. Total labor... 0.0 total parts... 0.0 total sublet... 0.0 total G.O.G... 0.0 total misc chg... 0.0 total misc disc... 0.0 total tax... 0.0.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #3

Jun 102005

Colorado 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
Chevrolet colorad 2004. The cruise control picks up several miles going up a hill, going down hill it jumps. It will kick in real fast sometimes. The vehicle revved in park position approximately 75 mph. When it did it would slow down it started to miss very badly. It was like the whole truck was shaking. The dealer said it had something to do with the computer and with the crank. The cruise control was inoperative.

- Salem, WV, USA

problem #2

May 012005

Colorado 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2004 Chevrolet Colorado experiencing problems with the air bags, defective tires, body structure, water leakage, electrical problems, and slippage of the automatic transmission.** answer required***. the starter was stuck, the wiring harness in the roof laying on the door caused a short when the door was fully opened, power mirror was inoperative, the door locks opened on their own and there were missing screws in the fender. The consumer requested reimbursement for the replaced tires and for the missing screws. The master switch wa replaced and the seams behind the brake booster area were resealed.

- Laytonville, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 192004

Colorado 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
In very cold windy weather the battery light in drivers information center will come on and warning chime will ding twice. Light goes off. Problem does not repeat, unless the vehicle is turned off. Vehicle taken into the dealership for repair four (4) times. All repair attempts have failed, and dealership cannot duplicate problem due to the warmer weather conditions by the time an appointment is obtained at the dealership. Problem continues to happen, in cold weather.

- Shelby Twp., MI, USA

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