I purchased a Z71 extended cab in April of 2004. Before this I had an S-10 extended cab. The Colorado has more interior room than the S-10 and a bigger bed, but it shifts a lot when going up hills. If going up a long hill, it does not maintain the speed and so I need to give it more gas and that's when it seems to shift three or four times before it speeds up. I really like the size of the vehicle, but not the 5 cylinder engine. Now, if they put a 6 cylinder into a Colorado body, that would be perfect!!
I often wonder why GM does not offer the same I6 that is standard in the Trailblazer SUV? People who buy pickup trucks often want a vehicle that will offer excellent towing capability, which would be significantly improved with the I6 offering in the Colorado/Canyon truck. Maybe it is planned in the near future?
Perhaps the 4.2 I6 is too heavy for the vehicle? I don't know, but that engine should have been the logical choice coupled with a 6-speed stick :)
Or even better how about a 4 cylinder diesel!!
The Vortec 4200 I-6 is to long for the Isuzu GMT-355 platform. The second year of the H3 is going to have a diesel and v-8, so we can all hope!
The Trailblazer is a built on the GMT-360 Platform.
Chevrolet Colarado is the worst vehicle I have ever owned everything is falling apart the screws are falling out of the doors, the headlights go out every 3 thousand miles and the fog lights are always cloudy up just shoddy craftsmanship.
My Colorado was the worst new car I have ever purchased. When I looked on this website, I was SHOCKED to see the number of positive reviews of this vehicle... not so much because of my own experiences, but for the following:
I have lost count of the number of times I have been out, at a gas station, car wash, etc, and have spotted someone else with a Colorado. The owners see me with my Colorado, approach ME, and say with a depressed tone, "How do you like YOUR Colorado?" They then tell me their own tale of despair, how it is the worst vehicle they have ever owned, will never buy another one, etc.
I don't know man, maybe it's just a certain year/month that have issues? Friends of mine have them and love them and have had hardly any problems.
I'm actually surprised because one friend just totally abuses it off-road to boot.
Hey; I am a mechanic and I worked for a GM dealership. I own an '06 Colarado Z71 and they are great. I've got 37,000 and those are some hard kms and have not had one thing go wrong. I think that the interior is solid, not soft, so my advice to the complainers is to take care of the truck, and it will take care of you!
I just bought a 2004 Chevy Colorado 4x4 4 cyl 5 speed regular cab with 53000 miles on it.
I choose the truck because of the gas mileage. It is a little underpowered with the 4x4 and the 4 cyl, but I assumed such when I bought it. All I need it is for light hauling and transporting smaller furniture.
My question, being I am a first time truck owner, is how does this vehicle do in the snow? I am a snowboard instructor and regularly travel snowy/icy/mountain roads.
I heard the Toyota Tacoma was not very good in the snow, even with the 4x4... I am hoping that is not the case with this vehicle.
Let me know.
I own a 2004 Colorado.
After driving it off the lot and going approx 10 miles, there was a grinding noise in the front left wheel area. I returned it to the dealer and asked for another truck as this one is new and I did not want a truck with problems. I was told I was stuck with it. And it is under warranty, no problem.
Well it starts here, many trips to the repair shop, grinding in front left wheel area, squeak in back seat, A/C fan quit, windows stopped working, tires ate up from inside out, 2-4 wheel drive does not want to change, will not come out of 4wl, truck will freeze up and not want to engage for driving.
Some of these are I will admit simple, but still took forever to get fixed. The last one I am still working on is the front right grinding noise driver side, they say we have found the problem, yet it keeps coming back.
The freezing up of the transmission/gears/ or what ever is keeping it from engaging is still up in the air. The car dealership claims if they cannot get it to do the problem there, they cannot fix it. Well isn't that a new one.
I have taken video of the problems and tried to show them what it is doing. They refuse to look at the video. Will it help or not, I do not know, but it would make me feel like they are concerned.
This truck is now tied up in a lemon lawsuit, this is only a few of the problems, some small ones they fixed, after many trips to the repair shop. And of course there are others that are small and I can learn to live with them, but the worst is the new ones that keep popping up. And then I read a post and wonder when that problem will happen to my truck. Maybe it will take a class act lawsuit to get this and all the rest fixed.
I have a 2004 Chevy Colorado and it runs great, but the interior is crap. Nothing but cheap molded plastic. The truck does have great gas mileage and the 4 wheel drive in the snow is great. I have had problems with the A/C blower motor fan, the windows, the trailer hitch mount, and a few other things. I just moved to Florida and the air conditioner is not strong enough! It's a great looking truck, but GM lost me as a future customer forever.
I have a 2008 extended cab with the I4, and am very happy with the truck. It's great in snow and gets good gas mileage. My only complaints would be that the paint is indeed very thin and the lack of undercoating. Also, bigger rims would be a nice touch, as would a transfer case stick-shift. Chevy did everything to keep the prices low for this truck, but all in all it's nice.
We are having another problem with our 2004 Colorado's brake lamp switch. They replaced it under recall/warranty at about 25,000 miles and with less than 60,000 miles on the truck, it has gone bad again. This time, I had to pay for the repair and I am very unhappy about it. I feel that GM knows this part is a problem since it has been recalled twice. Both times this part failed, the cruise control and all brake lights stop working. Brake lights not working is a serious issue!