Print this page Notes: The 2015 Chevy Colorado has a significant trend of transmission problems.

Most owners reporting transmission problems with their 2015 Colorado report sluggish shifting or other similar problems with the truck not shifting properly. Although most of these 2015 Colorado trucks are still under warranty, it's not a good sign.

The Chevy Colorado is mechanically identical to the GMC Canyon.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
36,600 miles
Total Complaints:
17 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (9 reports)
  2. replace steering gear (4 reports)
  3. replace steering rack, module (4 reports)
2015 Chevrolet Colorado steering problems

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Owner Comments

problem #17

Sep 022019

Colorado Z71 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles


The steering cuts off randomly. If it happens during turning and at high speed in the highway, it can be deadly as the wheel strongly pulls to its home location and this can cause the driver to lose control. The wheel become extremely hard to steer, it's very dangerous when it stops working at slower speeds as the driver requires a very high force to be able to steer the wheel and prevent a possible accident. I do not allow anybody to drive this very unsafe and accident high risk vehicle. There are many 2015-16 Colorado Trucks having this extremely dangerous problem and the Manufacturer knows about it. A recall should be opened.

Washington DC

- jaec-2020, Washington, US

problem #16

Sep 242019

Colorado LS 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,945 miles

While driving down the street in my 2015 Colorado, my power steering quit working and it was very hard to steer, so I took the truck to the Chevy dealer to have it checked. They said they found steering rack to be intermittently dropping signal and causing inop power steering condition. They installed part # 88498587 SL-N-GEAR (06508-CT). They told me at first it would cost around 2000.00 to fix and I ended up paying 750.00. But I feel like it should have been on the recall.

- Ralph U., Nevada, MO, US

problem #15

Oct 072019

Colorado Z71 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,400 miles

Power steering warning and service stabilitrak warning coming up on display. There was a total loss of power steering. I shut engine off for a bit and restart and problem disappears for a while. Then it comes back.

Very annoying and highly dangerous with NO power steering. Barely steerable and I'm a big strong guy.

- Terry O., Powder Springs, GA, US

problem #14

Sep 102020

Colorado LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,491 miles


I was past the 3 year warranty, but under the miles. I was fortunately parked when the steering went out. However getting to the Chevrolet dealer to get it fixed was a serious struggle trying to turn the steering wheel. I am in the process of contacting Chevrolet regarding this matter to see if there is any chance I could get a little help on the repair bill.

I have been buying new Chevrolet's for well over 30 years. Probably purchased in excess of 20 vehicles. This is the first one where I have had this serious of an issue before trading in on a new one. If I had 90,000 miles on it, I would not file any complaint, but 32,000 if ridiculous.

- Steve B., Clover, SC, US

problem #13

Mar 172020

Colorado LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

Lost power steering and was 68 miles from home. Drove home and had to fight the steering all the way. Took truck into dealers today and they checked it out and said that my electric power steering units was out and I'm now stuck with a total bill of $1920.00. I will have to pay this out of my pocket and I'm pissed because with only 64000 mile it did not last longer. I've got older cars with old type power steering fluid and have no trouble. They come along with a new type which is electric and it can not last long. something wrong here. I known there into making money but I paid enough so that this new electric steering should last longer. Newer is not better. I will pay my $1920.00 to get the truck back, but still am pissed and was told that it is in warranty for only a year. This whole thing can happen again, GM has no pride in it products anymore. Thank you for letting me express my thoughts.

- Gerald F., Biloxi, US

problem #12

Jun 262019

Colorado LT 3.6L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,600 miles

While driving at 45 miles per hour on a straight section of road the power steering quite working. Lights on the dash were "service power steering" and "service stabilitrack". Continued to drive approximately 10 miles to destination, turn engine OFF and restarted. Problem and dash lights disappeared.

- Larry T., Eatonton, GA, US

problem #11

Jun 232019

Colorado LT 3.6L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,500 miles


While driving at 45 miles per hour on a straight section of road the power steering quite working. Lights on the dash were "service power steering" and "service stabilitrack". Continued to drive approximately 5 miles to destination, turn engine OFF and restarted. Problem and dash lights disappeared.

- Larry T., Eatonton, GA, US

problem #10

May 152019

Colorado ZL1 4WD 3.6L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,815 miles

Loss of Power Steering is NO JOKE! Lost power steering (plus ABS, Stablitrak) traveling down the highway. I thought I'd crash when I realized it didn't steer like my old '69 with manual steering. If I didn't have the arm strength to limp to where I was going, I would have been calling for roadside assistance. I can't imagine what might have happened if the failure occurred while I was in a turn. It's sad that someone will probably lose their life over this before GM steps up to the plate. How is this not a recall? I've owned GM's since 1986. This WILL be my last!!

Update from May 29, 2019: My dealer reported back to me and said the code set was a "loss of communication with steering module" or something similar. GM recommended they replace the steering gear. They did the repair in a timely manner. Sadly though, it cost me $2200 parts, labor and alignment. So far, the problem has not returned, although this is the first day driving my truck. I have opened a case with GM for some "assistance." I'm not feeling very confident they'll do the right thing.

- Steve P., Fleming Island, FL, United States

problem #9

Apr 232019

Colorado LTZ 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,672 miles

Was driving home from work on a rural road in Jamestown Kentucky. I only have 67K miles on my truck and two different codes came up on my dash, StabliTrak and Traction, then Power Steering failure drive with safety. After having to drive 2.5 miles in order to pull off the road, turned off vehicle and restarted. No codes. Had power steering back. Drove 4 miles home no problem Tried to restart vehicle 4 time to see if issue occurred again. Nothing. Drive 4 miles from home to work next morning and same issue occurred and had to drive 3 miles without power steering with my blinkers on until I could pull off the road. Turned off vehicle. Restarted and drove 6 miles to work no issues.

Took truck to local Chevy dealer and they are saying its the power steering pump failed at 67 k miles and in order to replace the entire unit, which includes the steering rack, module etc will have to be replaced at the cost of $1800.00; parts, labor and taxes. Really GMC/Chevy. Only 67k miles and this happens to my truck. I expected more out of your brand. Not part of the Power Train Warranty. Seriously!!!! Seems that this issue occurs a lot to other 2015 Chevy Colorado's. Might rethink about a recall for this.

I love my truck but having to fix several issues in 2 years that were not under warranty, not a good sign.

- Lisa R., Jamestown, KY, US

problem #8

Jan 212019


  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles

Started my 2015 Colorado last night Jan 21, 2019 and the dash showed power steering loss. Could not use my truck, steering did not work. Next morning everything was ok. There should be something we could do about this. My vin is not on the recall list and I only have 26,000 miles on my truck. General Motors should be taking care of this problem.

- Steve M., Glenshaw, US

problem #7

Mar 162018

Colorado LT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,227 miles


On 22 Mar 18, while driving my Colorado LT at 30mph, a warning light came on, with the message: “Service Power Steering (PS), Drive with Care”. I cleared the message and another message came on: “Service StabiliTrak”. I went to work, using a lot of Power Muscle. Parked it and 3 hours later, steering was normal.

On 23 Mar 18, on the way to the dealer the truck had no problem with the Power Steering.(O’Reilly Chevrolet in Tucson, AZ) and explained them the situation. The dealer test drove the vehicle and had no loss of PS. They scanned the vehicle through the DTCS and found DTC U0420/42, stating the torque sensor not properly learned. They performed PSCM Setup and cleared the DTCS. In the words of the service person, they had to reboot the computer. Afterwards, they drove the vehicle and had no malfunctions, all to the tune of $153.24.

On the way home, I had no problems, to include the weekend. In the days of 26 to 29 Mar18, I had several instances in which the “Service Power Steering (PS), Drive with Care” and “Service StabiliTrak” came on with the subsequent loss of PS. On 27 Mar 18, I received two emails from OnStar stating the following: “An issue with the StabiliTrak® stability control system in your 2015 Chevrolet Colorado has been detected. Please service your vehicle within 7 days” and “An issue with the Antilock Braking System in your 2015 Chevrolet Colorado has been detected. Please service your vehicle within 7 days”.

I took it back to the dealer with copies of the above related messages and he stated this would allow to better pinpoint the problem with the vehicle. The service manager called me later that day sating that the warranty has expired 2 months ago and that I would be responsible for the repairs. He said that the steering column had to be replaced and it would cost around $1,800, but after consultation with the factory, they were willing to cover about half the cost and I would be responsible for about $650. He said that they would have to order the part – back order and no idea when the part would arrive. I decided to pick my truck and drive carefully.

- Antonio L., Tucson, AZ, US

problem #6

Oct 062017

Colorado V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

While on the interstate driving 70 mph with many cars& trucks around. My power steering went out, no warning until it won't work. I finally got off the road and shut it off. After several minutes, I start again and it works. But it's very dangerous, and should be fixed. This has happened several times. But in bumper to bumper traffic running 70 mph is very dangerous. And my truck just turned over 40,000.

- Merritt T., Chenoa, US

problem #5

Feb 282016

Colorado Z71 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,200 miles

I took an outside sales position last year and my truck has a lot of miles on it now. About 2 weeks ago I was driving about 20 miles an hour and the power steering went out. It totally freaked me out and it was very hard to steer. I pulled over and turned the truck off and restarted after about 5 minutes. It was working properly afterward. Two weeks later while driving kids to school it did the same thing. I called GM dealership which told me there was a recall on the truck for the power steering. I called them 2 days later to set the appointment and was told it was a limited time recall? Which according to them is only a recall that covers this problem with the standard warranty of 36,000 mi or 3 years. This sounds like a warranty not a recall. Anyways, they want me to bring it in and pay them for this faulty power steering that is a "Limited time offer recall" whatever that means.

- Kelli N., Ontario, CA, US

problem #4

Jan 152015

Colorado LT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles

It was very Scary. Went to A&W to eat after son hockey game. After eating came out to go home. Got in truck it lost steering as I went out to main street. Scared the hell out of me took allot of strength to turn in wide turns. I drove it to the dealer it was a Sunday they were closed. Shut the thing off for a while, waiting for my bother to give me a ride home. Then I started it because it was super cold. It then worked. I took it in they fixed it. I hope this is not a sign of things to come.

- rhinomn, Centerville, MN, US

problem #3

Nov 092015

Colorado Z71 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,321 miles

Complete loss of power steering while driving. When I brought it to dealer, they stated this is a new recall and I should have a notice soon......they replaced the entire gear/power steering assembly....about a $3k recall job. Other than this I still really like my truck!

- flywildbranch, Ennismore, ON, Canada

problem #2

Jun 162015

Colorado Z71 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,900 miles

Power steering failed twice. First time Bill Stasek Chevy said there was no problem. Second time it failed I brought it back to same dealer and called Jerry Hagerty Chevy to be told it has been happening to multiple Colorados and the steering gear needs to be replaced. Power steering went out while I was driving.

- Jered W., Buffalo Grove Il, IL, US

problem #1

Aug 202015

Colorado Z71 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles

Driving into work this AM suddenly lost my power steering. Lights on the dash and message indicating service power steering, Drive Carefully. After pulling over.. stopped and restarted engine and was back to normal. Not a good situation.. could steer but very hard to turn.. serious safety issue for sure.

- Michael S., Fremont, NH, US

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