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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,502 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Colorado Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 012014

Colorado 4WD 5-cyl

  • 111,000 miles


I recently took my Chevrolet Colorado in to a Chevrolet dealership because my "check engine" light was on. It was diagnosed that a sensor on the gas tank was rusted and needed to be replaced. The service manager admitted this was common for a Colorado. Parts were ordered and I was told it would cost about $800 to fix. I brought my truck in a few days later to have the work done. Later that day I was called and asked to come in because they found another problem with my truck that I needed to see. Upon arrival, I was taken out to see my truck on a lift and shown a frame that was completely rusted out. The service manager poked a screwdriver into the frame causing pieces of rust to fall to the floor exposing a hole in the frame. I was also shown where the frame was cracked right under the gas tank. They offered no explanation when I asked why they had not found this problem when they diagnosed the problem with the gas tank. All in this past year a the same dealership, I have had my truck in for new tires and shocks with no mention about my rusted frame. They blamed the rusted frame on the salt brine used on Maine roads during the winter months. I was told my truck was pretty much worthless. When I asked why Chevrolet didn't built frames to better resist the salt brine they offered no answer. I have taken my truck to multiple car shops where they reported they see this frequently and the only thing I can do is either sell my truck for parts or replace the frame which would cost in excess of $15,000. I can't imagine that my truck is an anomaly and wonder how many other people might be driving a vehicle that looks almost new like my truck does but has a rotted frame. Toyota recalled their tokoma trucks due to this same problem. I am hopeful something can be done. Other than the rotted frame on my truck the rest of the under carriage is pretty much pristine.

- Belfast, ME, USA

problem #5

Jun 172011


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado. The contact stated that the check engine light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and they advised him that the 02 sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 82,000.

- Kerhonkson, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 292004


  • 12 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado. The contact was driving approximately 45-65 mph when a total loss of engine power occurred with the illumination of the engine warning indicator. The contact was able to restart the vehicle after waiting a few moments and resetting the codes. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and repaired. The failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer four times with no resolution. In addition, the battery was replaced. The vehicle was not further repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 12.

- Liveoaks, FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 162009


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado. The contact stated when driving at a speed of at least 50 mph, the engine would idle roughly and the check engine light would illuminate on the warning panel. The dealer advised the engine intake valves were straining and all five cylinders were leaky due to the defective intake valves. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 90,000 and the current mileage was 110,000.

- Whelling, WV, USA

problem #2

Jul 012006

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
While driving the vech. Once it goes under 10mph it will stall out. I then have to put it in N and restart. This has been going on for a while. Ever since it about 40-45,000 miles...I have not been able to afford to pay to have it fixed. I was told by a Chevy dealer service manager that it has a faulty coil system and Chevy does know about it but when they choose to issue a recall notice is there choice.

- Cathedral City , CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 282006

Colorado 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
Vehicles check engine light came on then went off after a couple of days. Vehicle idle dropped to 500 rpms. The truck started to act sluggish and acted as if it would shut off at idle. During acceleration the vehicle was again sluggish. Took the truck to a local shop and had the codes run. It came back as an engine low RPM code. I don't recall the actual code number. Had them do a motor vacuum to clean the fuel system and reset code. The check engine light has gone away and has not come back on. Vehicle does from time to time act as it is going to bog down. I thought that I should submit this complaint because it seems there are several others with the same problem.

- Milton, FL, USA

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