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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,154 miles

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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.

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2005 Chevrolet Colorado brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Chevrolet Colorado Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 052007


  • 54,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado. The contact stated that the parking brake would not disengaged after it was released. The emergency brake cable froze the emergency brake unit during the cold weather. The contact had to manually release the emergency brake. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer who stated that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. The contact did not repair the emergency brake cable. The contact stated that this was a manufacturers defect that could cause a crash. The failure mileage was 54,000.

- Newfane, NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 092010


  • 107,000 miles
1. normal driving. 2. brake light switch failure. Brake lights inoperable along with inoperable cruise control. There were no consequences, however having no brake lights could result in sever consequences. One has to wonder if a wreck had occurred would it be considered my fault since my brake lights not functioning was the cause of the wreck? 3. I replaced the brake light switch with a new GM part purchased at a GM dealer. I have 3 of the last 4 failed brake light switches. The first failed switch was thrown away. The P/N of the most recent failure is 25796381. That is also the P/N of the part purchased by me today. The P/N for the other 2 switches is: 15912229 & 1518647. The last time my brake light switch failed was 03/2008. I have owned my truck since 3/2005 I believe.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 152008


  • 27,000 miles
On way to work, I started braking while slowly coming to a red light. My brakes did not stop me and I crashed into another truck. I had extensive front end damage, while the other vehicle had none. When I applied the brakes, they went to the floor.also noticed pulling to the right....had new tires and alignment at sears(well after the accident) and, they said brakes were fine and did an alignment. When I had the accident damage repaired, I asked the dealer ship to check the brakes. They said they pulled the wheels and checked the brakes and road checked the truck, the braking incident failed to happen for them. So they claimed. I have also had other incidences where the wheels will spin upon acceleration from a stop on wet roads and also locking up on wet roads, and a grinding noise. Des someone have to get killed in order for GM to send out a recall notice for this defect? my truck now has 37000 miles O it but the problems have been persisting for several years. I also had to replace the two front tires at 20,000 miles( which I had done at sears after the accident) as they went completely bald. These what recourse do I have?

- B;Ue Anchor, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jan 142007

Colorado 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,200 miles


Emergency brake hangs down below

- Waverly, IA, USA

problem #2

Oct 132006

Colorado 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,722 miles
2005 Chevy Colorado, emergency brake cable is hanging 3 inches, below the frame rail, a clearance of 11 inches. I caught a piece of rebar steel sticking up from a cattle quard on a dirt road, and my vehicles slammed to a stop, throwing me out of the drivers seat, and against the door on the passenger side, dislocating my shoulder, a putting my vehicle in the ditch, with damage, to the wind=deflector, fog lamp, dent in bumper. My phd. Major is in constuction equipment engineering, this routing of the emergency brake cable, in such a manner is an extremely poor design, a bad idea, and consistent with the use of intern level engineers that GM uses on lower priced production vehicles. I want my routing redesigned, and repaired, so that this does not happen again, just March your fat ass out and take a look, at one of your Colorado's for yourself, and you will see the emergency brake cable hanging down, below the frame rails, and measure the clearance for yourself, unloaded vehicles 11 in. Loaded vehicle 7 in. Tell me the name of the engineer, who is so damn stupid. So, I know who's ass to kick.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #1

May 262005

Colorado 5-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
2005 Chevrolet Colorado 2wd pickup with 3.5 litre engine and manual transmission. Regular cab. This vehicle is poorly designed and supported. There has been a hesitation and backfire since it was new in May 2005. Numerous attempts to have GM fix it have met with stoney indifference and total non suport of their (GM) suposed warrranty. It also has a foot operated parking brake and this on a manual transmissioned vehicle is in my opinion an accident waiting to happen.

- Chatham, 00, USA

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