Print this page


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,085 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.

2006 Chevrolet Colorado electrical problems

electrical problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2006 Chevrolet Colorado:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2006 Chevrolet Colorado Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #38

Apr 122006

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 1,200 miles


Vehicle purchased new on 05/2006. Less than a month after purchase the vehicle would not start due to passlock system believing the car was in the process of becoming stolen. Owner would unlock vehicle with key fob and place key in ignition to start, but red lock icon on dashboard would blink and engine would not turn over. Original key and original key fob used at all times of occurrence. Owner would have to wait ten minutes and try again if vehicle would not start for passlock system to disengage. While under warranty, customer brought vehicle into GM dealer multiple times and the problem could not be verified. This left customer stranded in multiple locations at times and in situations that could have left owner in a dangerous situation based on area. At one point, customer could not start vehicle after a half hour, he than called GM and had the vehicle towed under warranty, the GM dealership stated problem was fixed or corrected. Now, no longer under warranty vehicle has same issue occurring intermittently. Cost to replace passlock sensor is too costly for owner to afford. Other vehicle maintenance is properly done according to owner's manual by local mechanic. Owner has uploaded video of issue experiencing; please visit youtube at

- Biloxi, MS, USA

problem #37

Jan 012007


  • 12,000 miles
On occasion, my vehicle will not start. It appears that the anti-theft system comes on and will not allow the vehicle to start. Letting the vehicle sit for ten minutes tends to fix the problem. My vehicle has approximately 65K miles and this occurs roughly six times a year. When the dealer tries to identify the problem, they cannot find anything wrong with it.

- Guadalupe, CA, USA

problem #36

Nov 182013

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
I purchased this vehicle new, and for too much information the vehicle is a piece of junk. About a couple of months ago I unlock my vehicle using the remote opener. Get in the vehicle, put key in ignition, try and start vehicle. Vehicle will not start, the engine will turn over, but will not start. I noticed during this time, will trying to get vehicle to start, that the anti-theft lock light has lit up on dash board. To no avail the vehicle would not start. At this time I was not aware of any problems with vehicle, so I think here we go another trip to the dealer to get piece of junk fixed. After I hitch a ride home, I search the web for any reasons vehicle will not start. I found articles from individuals who also had this same problem. I learned from one that for some reason the vehicle's anti-theft system thinks you are trying to steal your own vehicle. I also learned that if you wait 10 minutes after your first failed attempt at starting vehicle the anti-theft would reset itself and vehicle would start. Try to start the vehicle the next morning, and it starts. I think okay I will stop using remote and not lock vehicle, see if this stops problem. It does not. I get in vehicle about 2 days ago and again the engine will turn over, but will not start. There is the anti-theft light lit up on dash board again. This time I wait 10 minutes and the vehicle will start. I have called the dealer and GM, from both I hear there is no solution. Can't by-pass the anti-theft, and for service dept. To find problem, vehicle has to experience same problem at the time of repair. Since the problem is intermittent, a solution is unlikely. There appears to be a problem with this type vehicle, built around the time frame as the purchase of the one I bought. GM should be made to find a solution. I do not like being stranded, and selling the product to someone else is not an option.

- Johnson City, TN, USA

problem #35

Oct 162008

Colorado 4-cyl

  • 18,000 miles


The passlock system is an issue with this vehicle. The vehicle will not start on occasion, or in my case several occasions. Not only is it inconvenient, but I ask, what has happened to people who have stalled with this vehicle at stop lights or in other situations? I live in an area where the weather can drop to -30 (F). 10 minutes to wait for the system to reset can have detrimental effects. How many fatalities and injuries will it take before GM and the NHTSA act? this is a safety issue and it needs to be addressed. Our tax dollars bailed out GM, I expect a product that will not put me in a dangerous situation. Thank you for your time.

- Challs, ID, USA

problem #34

Oct 292013

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 66,500 miles
I own a 2006 Chevy Colorado extended cab. The air bag readiness light stayed on after starting the vehicle. According to the manual, if the air bag readiness light stays on after you start the vehicle, it means the airbag is not in working order. The airbags may not inflate in a crash or they could inflate without a crash. This is a safety problem. I am concerned that the airbag would not deploy if involved in a crash. I am also concerned about having the air bag deploy under normal driving. There is a wiring harness that travels through the hinge of the rear door that appears to be a problem. The opening and closing of the rear doors has caused the wires to break. This rear door gets opened maybe 1 out of every 10 times the vehicle is entered/exited. Since the problem involves the airbags I thought it would be best to take it to the dealership for them to repair. Since there has not been an recall issued, I have had to pay for this myself.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #33

Dec 202012

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
After my vehicle gained 67xxx it began to have issues with the anti theft system. When I turn my vehicle off, and turn it back on the anti theft light blinks. This has stalled my vehicle. When I attempt to turn it on the engine will crank and the lights flicker on and off. After doing some research I have found that numerous people have also encountered this issue. The only fix know at the moment is to wait 10 minutes and then the engine will start. This can become a nuisance and a danger. I had recently encountered a nail in my tire. I had to pull over on the highway to check what was happening. When I shut my engine off I was stuck on the highway due to my anti theft light blinking and my engine not starting due to this anti theft issue. I have addressed this with GM and also the local dealer with no success for assistance. It was suggested that I do a diagnostics test, but that would run me upward of 400+ to figure out what is going on. I find this to be a manufacture issue. Numerous people have addressed this issue online.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #32

Feb 192013


  • 84,000 miles


As I see I am one of may people with this issue, I am having almost daily problems with the passlock/no start for the past few weeks. This happened one other time back in June 2012 but has not done so since. Then about 3 weeks ago, it started doing it daily. I attempt to start it (whether it has been sitting for hours or only a few mins), but it only will crank not start. I have to sit in the truck for about 10 mins with the key turned to the on position and then it will start. This is ridiculous. With so many people having this problem, GM should be forced to put out on recall on the passlock/security and fix these known problems!! this could be very dangerous if something were to happen where you need to move your vehicle in case of an emergency and it won't start.

- Hanover Township, PA, USA

problem #31

Dec 112012


  • 88,000 miles
I was driving home from work during the night-time hours and both headlights quit working. Now, the left headlight continues to go out but I can touch it and it will come on. I have replaced the light several times and nothing works. Also, 1 week ago, the ABS failure message appeared. There are multiple complaints with this problem and frankly, both of my issues are safety concerns. GM has installed defective parts as usual and now the customers are bearing the cost of repairing their failures. These are safety concerns that need to be recalled. I have recently had the intake valve seats replaced because of a GM defective part. This ABS failure concern is my number 1 concern as I have very small children.

- Lebanon, KY, USA

problem #30

Aug 012011

Colorado 6-cyl

  • 35,900 miles
This vehicle has an intermittent crank no start issues, as I have researched these vehicles have problems with a security system known as passlock, as I see there is known issues with this faulty system, you attempt to start it, but it only will crank not start. The only thing you can do is turn the ignition key to the on position for at least 10 minutes and let the security re-learn codes before you can start the truck. I think G.M. should be forced to fix there known problems with this, as it could be dangerous based on a situation where you need to move your vehicle in case of an emergency and it wont start.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #29

Oct 072010


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Colorado. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The contact stated that he turned the key and the engine would not start but when he released the key, the vehicle started independently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for inspection however, the technicians did not locate a failure within the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified but provided no assistance. The failure mileage was 78,000.

- Riverside , CO, USA

problem #28

Aug 122011

Colorado 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


Pass lock anti theft system intermittently engages, preventing the vehicle from restarting for a period of 10 minutes. This problem is a safety issue if the vehicle were to stall while operating on a freeway or major highway and can not be restarted.

- Mount Pleasant , NC, USA

problem #27

Jan 252012

Colorado 4-cyl

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

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #26

Sep 082009

Colorado 4-cyl

  • miles
Went to dealership in san angelo tx, did diagnostic for engine light being on dealership said problem was P0017 (cam actuator) did not have the money to fix it at the time dealership said it would be ok to drive it as is. Did research online and looked it up on book at auto parts store and P0017 says this "crankshaft position camshaft position correlation - bank 1 sensor B" what ever that means. But now I have major problems I still have that and a few more codes I have P0014 exhaust camshaft position timing over - advanced (bank 1), and P0300 random misfire detected.

- Fort Stockton, TX, USA

problem #25

Jun 172008

Colorado 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
I own a 2006 Chevy Colorado extended cab. The wiring harness that controls the air bags, interior lights, and stereo speakers keeps breaking. I was told that it was a defect from the factory. The wires run between the cab and rear doors. I had it fixed under warranty in 2008 and again in 2009. My warranty expired right after the second fix. I have had to fix it myself twice since then. This is a safety issue since the air bags are inoperable when the wires break. I am sure there are several hundred of these trucks on the road with defective air bags since most people will not fix it. I would expect Chevrolet to extend the warranty to 100,000 miles for this problem. I would also expect GM to correct the issue so it doesn't happen again.

- Atascocita, TX, USA

problem #24

Sep 212011

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 63,521 miles
Vehicle air blower fan for heat/air conditioner periodically stops working on settings 1,2, and 3. fan continues to work on setting 4.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #23

Aug 182011


  • 20,000 miles
GM passlock system in my 2006 Chevy Colorado fails daily leaving me stranded for 10-15 minutes until it resets itself. If engine stalls in a turn lane, it creates a hazardous situation.

- Campbell, CA, USA

problem #22

Jul 292011

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 68,541 miles
Blower motor on my 2006 Chevrolet Colorado quit working except for the high position. Leaving the fan in the high position too long will cause the fan to quit working and then there is no A/C, heater or defogger that will work when needed. I took it to the dealer who told me that he knows what the problem may be, a relay or the wiring harness. At a cost of $328. He told me off the record if I wiggle the wiring harness it may work for a while since the harness most likely was incorrectly routed.. I have talked to many Colorado and GMC canyon owners both in person and on internet forums who reported that they are having the same exact problem. This issue could be a safety issue especially in the winter time when the defogger is really needed to keep the windows clear for safe driving. I initially thought that it was just a simple burned out motor, and I would just need to replace it. But since what I was told from the dealer service writer, and what others have said in the forums, I would be wasting money especially is it is from a bad wiring harness. I think GM should look into this and make needed repairs.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #21

May 112011

Colorado 5-cyl

  • miles
The A/C heating fan blower does not work on speeds 1,2, or 3, only on speed 4. after doing some research, I found it is related to the fan resistor burning up. I inspected my truck and found the same problem. The plastic is burnt and has started to melt. This can cause a fire in the cab and be vary dangerous. There are numerous complaints here, so I feel this should be investigated.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #20

Apr 132010

Colorado 4WD 5-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
06 Chevy Colorado vehicle fails to start after shutoff. Passlock failure. Happens regularly. Stopped to fix a tire on the side of the road after changing the tire it would not start. 4am on the side of the road having to wait 10 mins till it rest so I could start it. Happens all the time.

- Asheboro, NC, USA

problem #19

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

Read the next 18 complaints »

Not what you are looking for?