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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,015 miles

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2006 Chevrolet Colorado brakes problems

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2006 Chevrolet Colorado Owner Comments

problem #19

Mar 072011

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 47,742 miles


Description: ABS failure, transmission, leaks (select above won't work) ABS warning lights goes on intermittently and brakes fail to function. Trany sticks in 4 wd & won't go into 2wd, driver floorgets about 1/2 inch water on floor from rain.

- Pottstown, SC, USA

problem #18

Jan 252012

Colorado 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
No brake lights. Fuse is not blown.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #17

Sep 082011

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
After having my front brakes replaced, the ABS sensor on my brakes intermittently fails when driving this truck. When the sensor fails, my anti-lock brakes engage impairing my ability to stop. This is a widely reported problem with Chevy Colorado/canyon trucks and GM needs to acknowledge and recall the truck and fix the sensor. I had an estimate done to "fix" the sensor and it was over $1000, this is after already putting $1000 into replacing the front brakes six months ago on a truck with barely 40K miles.

- Marquette, MI, USA

problem #16

Oct 152010

Colorado 4WD 5-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


2006 Chevy Colorado- 4WD- Z71, extend cab 1. premature rear brake shoe wear (more than front disk); 2. right brake light blows out repeatedly and shows shortout burns on contacts at bulb socket. Replacing bulb just blows each time. 3. rear window leaks in heavy rain storms.

- Pottstown, PA, USA

problem #15

Oct 012010


  • 56,900 miles
Pulling up to a stop sign the brakes were applied and they started to pulsate as if it was hard braking and I went through the stop sign and into the oncoming lane. Thank god there was no oncoming traffic. I was able to put the truck in reverse and get out of the lane of traffic. Since then the ABS light has been coming on intermittently and I loose the anti- lock braking system when this happens. I believe the front hubs may be failing or the speed sensors which is built into the front hubs are failing.

- Colchester, CT, USA

problem #14

Sep 012010


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Colorado. The contact stated that the ABS and traction control lights illuminated, the left turn signal failed intermittently and the heater blower switch only work on the fourth setting. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000 and the current mileage was approximately 44,000.

- North Charleroi, PA, USA

problem #13

Oct 282010


  • 60,000 miles


ABS brake hub/ sensor....brakes go into ABS mode without cause or reason. Brake pedal goes into ABS mode, when brakes are applied truck pulls hard to the left. Chevrolet has replaced three hub assemblies of which I have had to pay for two. Dangerous situation.

- Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

problem #12

Sep 162010


  • 47,000 miles
2006 Chevy Colorado ABS brake faults. Light comes on and brakes pedal hard to press. Brakes seem to not want to stop truck normally.

- Jackson, NJ, USA

problem #11

Aug 142010


  • miles
My 2006 Chevy Colorado is having ABS problems. Brakes are squishy and pumping own their own for no apparent reason. Sometimes when I apply the brakes they aren't totally there. The peddle will almost go to the floor. The ABS and park brake light comes on and off. This has been going on for quite along time (last couple of years). Have heard numerous others complain about the same thing. Just check the internet. Am I in danger of a crash? please address this problem we are all having.

- Lexington, TX, USA

problem #10

Aug 102010


  • 101,000 miles
Having issues with: ABS braking fault on 2006 4X4 Colorado crew cab. Having vibration in brake pedal and feel as if brakes are not being applied enough to stop in an emergency. ABS fault light on dash goes off after restart of engine and all is okay until I don't know when! I've read where people are being charged in the thousands to repair this and are still having these same problems.

- Freeport, MI, USA

problem #9

Dec 252009


  • 30,000 miles


Have a 2006 Chevy Colorado I am the only owner and at about 30,000 miles the ABS fault light started to come on and off.took to dealer and they could not find anything wrong. At 37,000 miles light stays on and brakeing feels interupted at times. Took back to dealer and they said that whole hub needed replaced on the left side at a cost of nearly $700 and that the right side would probably need replaced soon to. I am 77 years old and the cost of the truck was $33,000.I have been into the forums for this truck and there are hundreds of same complaints. Should this not be a reason for a GM recall ? thanks GM I have been a loyal GM purchaser for 58 years.

- Lagrange, KY, USA

problem #8

Jul 202010


  • 65,561 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Colorado. While driving 65 mph he heard a squealing noise on the front brakes and later it was a grinding noise. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic in the area were he was traveling. The local mechanic replaced the entire front brake system because of the corrosion. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 65,561 and the current mileage was 68,243.

- Brocton, NY, USA

problem #7

May 052010


  • 80,000 miles
There appears to be a design flaw with the front brake assembly of the 2006 Chevrolet Colorado. Under normal operating conditions the inner brake pads can fail to function. Inspection of the front brakes on my 2006 Colorado showed the outer pads had normal wear while the inner pads showed virtually no wear (pads were almost factory spec thickness). This was after 80,000 miles (85% highway driving) which indicated the inner pads were never functioning properly. The inner side of the brake rotors were badly corroded which required that the rotors be replaced even though they had no scoring or warpage. The vehicle was safety inspected in Pennsylvania 4 times (2006-2009) by a Chevrolet dealer who never noted this problem. I can't understand how they could miss the fact that one the bake pads on the outside of the rotors were getting thinner while the inside pads never changed in thickness. During the four years I've owned the vehicle I never had properly operating front brakes. I've owned 14 vehicles, various makes and models, that had front disc brakes and I've never seen a problem like this. I've talked to two independent garages in New Jersey who told me that out of 17 Colorados they collectively have serviced 14 have had this problem (>80%). that seems like an abnormally high percentage of failures for a braking system. The remedy proposed by the service department of a Chevy dealer in New York was to have the front brakes inspected every 3 to 6 months (at $40 a pop) for this problem.

- Colton, NY, USA

problem #6

Feb 102009


  • 45,000 miles
Feb 2009 took for oil change, was advised needed brakes. Brakes installed. Brakes have excessive grabbing ever since.... I will not drive on wet roads/rainy days. Brakes have locked up while sitting in driveway- cannot go forward or reverse. Have had at Firestone automotive repeatedly for them to adjust the rear brakes..... now dealing with GM... today is the 3rd time in their shop (patriot Chevrolet in dade city, fl) have been told by patriot Chevrolet that there is nothing else to do except keep adjusting them when they get too tight. I have to take to shop every 2-5 weeks for adjustment.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #5

Jul 142008


  • 29,073 miles
Rear brake grab and premature rear brake wear.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #4

May 152007


  • 6,000 miles
Brakes squeak and grab after rain or when wet. Problem occurs mostly upon first couple of stops. I have referred to the dealer they said rust buildup on rotors normal condition.

- Virgie, KY, USA

problem #3

May 222006

Colorado 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Colorado. While driving 10mph another vehicle caused him to engaged the brakes abruptly and they failed to stop the vehicle. The contact reapplied the brakes and the vehicle slowed down just enough to maneuver and prevent a crash. The brake failure occurs daily. The failure mileage was 4000. The dealer has replaced the brakes on more than one occasion and the problem continued to occur. The current mileage was 17000.

- Chinao, AZ, USA

problem #2

Feb 122007

Colorado 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear brakes have failed four times since purchase; almost caused two crashes. Cruise control doesn't always work. Brake lights only work sometimes.

- La Follette, TN, USA

problem #1

Dec 202005


  • miles
At about 12,000 miles, owning truck for less than a year, the brakes started to squeak, and then grind. Service department said that there was a high metal content in front pads. Front brake pads were replaced at 15,000 miles.

- Monroe Township, NJ, USA

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