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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
8,467 miles

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2008 Chevrolet Colorado miscellaneous problems

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2008 Chevrolet Colorado Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 072010


  • 8,000 miles


My son was driving my pickup on a two lane county road in the evening, after dark, the truck crossed the center line and went off the roadway on a gentle curve in the roadway. The truck struck the end of a guardrail, went down an embankment and struck a large tree. There was no debris or skid marks on the pavement. The accident was sighted the following day by a passerby. The driver and only occupant, my son, was deceased inside of the truck. He died of blunt force trauma to the head.the air bags did not employ and the on-star communication system did not make an emergency call. The keys were in the ignition. I asked the state patrol right away about the airbags not employing, it was shrugged off, saying well sometimes they don't. I asked my insurance company to look into it and had them hold the truck for investigation but after several months they called, said they didn't need it and wanted to get rid of it, so they no avail, I called Chevrolet and explained what happened and was it wasn't on a recall list and couldn't take a report. I told them maybe it should be on a list but they didn't agree. I called the state insurance commissioners office and state attorney generals office and got no where with them either. I called an attorney and the bar association and was told there was nothing that could be done and a suit would get me know where since he was not married. I called on star and they gave me their condolences. Everywhere I turned was a dead end. But I just feel it isn't right and if the airbag would have worked I would still have my son today.I got your information a couple of weeks ago from a news reporter.

- Shelton, WA, USA

problem #2

Feb 052010


  • 15,000 miles
Driving a leased 2008 Chevy Colorado with 15,000 miles, always travel a very safe distance from the vehicle N front, cars ahead were stopping at a traffic light, so eased up behind the vehicle in front at a slow rate. When my vehicle had come to a complete stopped I felt my engine racing a bit, so I pushed down on the brake harder, and as I applied more and more force to the brake this continued on and on. After about 5 seconds of the contest, I put the automatic transmission into neutral which stopped the episode. This was the first occurrence of this type of thing, although both my wife and I had both experienced a handful of isolated incidents where the engine raced a bit while slowing down without applying the brake. My wife takes the vehicle to the dealer on a regular basis and has filed at least 3 complaints. Because the vehicle never behaves this way when the dealer checks it, they can never find anything wrong and sends her on her way. No wonder, the odds of it behaving this way during the time they happen to be checking it are less than one being struck by lightening. So we must go on trapped in a lease hoping that one day it does not act up in a way that causes an accident or even kills somebody. And its not that we want to get out of the lease, because other than this we love the vehicle. We just want it fixed, but it has become so overtly obvious that they can't fix it. Wonderful system here in America. Everyone is forced to trust America's true god, money.

- Safety Harbor, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 202008


  • 2,400 miles
While driving our 2006 Colorado truck, the engine stops. This has happened three times. We were able to coast to a safe area and park. These incidents put one in dangerous situations.

- Franklin, TN, USA

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