really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,435 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

The NHTSA is the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints can be spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem. See the Back button — blue bar at the very top of the page — to explore more.

Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2008 Chevrolet Colorado:

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

problem #29

Aug 152019


  • 134,000 miles
The pass lock system will not let the truck start, I have had this same complaint/problem for many years, have had in many shops for same issue, yes each one replaced something/fixed it for a sum of money. It happened again yesterday leaving me stranded once again. If I can get it running it appears my only fix is to sell/trade it and pass this very problematic truck on to other.any help would be greatly appreciated.

- Milton, FL, USA

problem #28

Apr 102019


  • 125,657 miles
Exterior lighting:brake lights:switch. All brake lights stopped working; no longer illuminate when brake pedal is pressed. This includes the top lamp, above the back window. There is a recall number 09V310000 that describes this situation, but only good for certain states. In process of bringing to certified Chevy dealer for formal diagnosis. Requesting consideration on expanding the current recall to include NJ, where my truck is registered. Critical safety hazard, as can potentially cause an accident.

- Stanhope, NJ, USA

problem #27

Jun 122018


  • 91,000 miles
Sitting in a parking lot none within 100 feet of me my keys were on passenger seat when the air bag exploided then on January 2019 battery went dead put new battery in it then on February 13 lost all power to dash still had all other power but when I turned it off will not do anything had it towed to dealer said it the body control module put it in and still nothing I think it all goes back to the air bag

- Urbana, IL, USA

problem #26

Jul 272018


  • miles
Heater blower motor stopped working on 1, 2, & 3 settings. Blower motor resistor and plug were burnt and could have started a fire.

- Antioch, CA, USA

problem #25

May 222018


  • 23,723 miles
Intermittent problems wihere the passlock anti-theft system is activated without intervention and truck will not start. I am the new owner of this vehicle (3 weeks) problem began 10 days ago. Has occurred 4 times (twice in one day). Research online shows this is not an isolated problem.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #24

Aug 202017


  • miles
A well known, researched problem exist with my model truck and several other GM cars with the security passcode which causes the ignition to fail thereby forcing a wait time of 10 minutes to start the car. This is extremely dangerous for anyone stuck on a railroad crossing or if a flood is abound or should for example a raging lunatic happens to be in chase with a weapon. Should any of these happen GM would be looking at multi millions payout to victims. I called and explained this to them but to my amazement, there is no recall. This is know for Colorado, canyon, Hummer, Impala, HHR, colbalt vehicles. This failure to start happens repeatedly albeit intermittently.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #23

Aug 152017


  • 83,000 miles
83000 miles on vehicle. Air conditioning system on. Smoke and pungent odor started emanating from passenger side with air blower motor on, followed by blower motor stop working. Investigation showed connector on blower motor was melted resulting in a bad connection to the motor. Replaced the harness and after 2000 miles, again blower motor connector melted.

- Niceville, FL, USA

problem #22

Oct 272016


  • 105,000 miles
This vehicle seems to have a mind of its own. You get in the vehicle to go somewhere and it wont start. Everything comes on, lights, radio, A/C but it wont crank. Let it sit 10-20 minutes and it cranks right up. And it doesn't do it all the time. It may happen 3 times in a week then go 2 months or longer without happening again. It has caused me to be late for work, sitting a the gas station many many times!. I have tried using the key fob and just using the key to unlock the doors. It doesn't make a difference. Please tell me how to fix this!

- Plant City, FL, USA

problem #21

Aug 012016


  • 120,000 miles
Vehicle accelerates on its on, very scary when in parking lots. Stops while cruise is on. Its been doing this since August 2016. We have tried cleaning throttle body. But since it doesn't do it while the cruise is on. We have to assume their is an electrical issue.

- Russellville, KY, USA

problem #20

Apr 222016


  • 156,000 miles
When I turn to the right my vehicle dies it has been doing it for 2 weeks every day

- Tipton, OK, USA

problem #19

Jan 222013


  • 144,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado. While driving 65 mph, the contact smelled a burning odor. The contact coasted the vehicle over to the side of the road and noticed smoke appearing under the passenger side dashboard. The failure recurred three times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the heater fan relay was burning and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 144,000.

- Galloway, OH, USA

problem #18

Jan 222014


  • 57,600 miles
If you leave it set for a day it will not start new battery and altanator was tested it was good. And airbag light is on.

- Indiana, PA, USA

problem #17

Jun 252015


  • 174,512 miles
Driver side back door wiring harness between door and frame. 3 wires are broken inside boot. This is second time this has happened. Lasted 3 years. I have pictures. Part number 15214393 June 10 2012 air bag light on dash. Onstar told me that seat belt tensioner was not operating, and air bag will not deploy until it is corrected. Found that driver side back door that 2 wires were broken in the harness in the between door and body in boot. GM part number 15214393. I have pictures. This is a problem and still no recall. No air bags till fixed.

- Prairie View, IL, USA

problem #16

Jul 172011

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
This was the first time it happened, an it is still happening to this day. While you are driving at any speed the vehicle goes into reduced power mode. This happens mostly when the air is cool. At idle the rum's fluctuate about 100 RPM on days it happens most. There should be a recall on the throttle body's since you can't just change the tps.

- Madera, CA, USA

problem #15

Dec 012014

Colorado 5-cyl

  • miles
TPMS failed and flashes continually. Chevrolet can't fix it and neither can anyone else.

- Coconut Creek , FL, USA

problem #14

Dec 072014

Colorado 4WD 5-cyl

  • 98,200 miles
Electrical connector for blower motor caught on fire.

- Groveland , NY, USA

problem #13

Aug 072014

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
This vehicle seems to have a mind of its own. You get in the vehicle to go somewhere and it wont start. Everything comes on, lights, radio, A/C but it wont crank. Let it sit 10-20 minutes and it cranks right up. And it doesn't do it all the time. It may happen 3 times in a week then go 2 months or longer without happening again. We have taken it to 3 mechanics and they cant find anything wrong. We have taken it to the dealership and they cant find anything wrong. The same thing happens to my 2001 Chevy Suburban! I really really hate this! we bought this for my daughter to drive and it has left her stranded, late for class, sitting a the gas station many many times! I see on these posts that I am not the only one this is happening to. Please tell me how to fix this!

- N Augusta, SC, USA

problem #12

Aug 172011

Colorado 5-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Frequently, due to some failed or intermittent sensor in the pass lock system, truck will simply not start or function. Truck will not engage the starter and if bypassed will not engage furl or spark systems. System is designed to prevent theft but upon intermittent failure, prevents normal usage. Pass lock light will appear on dash. Car will not start, ten minute periods will pass when system is supposed to reset, but often it will not which means another 10 minute wait for next reset. At times it takes up to four resets to convince the security system to accept the input. I often now carry two sets of keys to try to increase the signal strength-no idea if that helps. I would hate to be in an unsafe area or out in -20 degree weather with this piece of crap GM engineering. Dealer uses the "can't duplicate problem but we will be happy to just randomly begin replacing parts at your expense" approach. A mandatory recall to force the corporation to fix this rampant (google passlock and see the cottage industry trying to fix this piece of crap engineering) problem in GM vehicles.

- Burlington, VT, USA

problem #11

Jun 242014

Colorado 4-cyl

  • 84,572 miles
I had the stop lamps fail on my 2008 Chevrolet Colorado, there was a recall issued for these trucks from 04-09 but my truck was not included, I called GM and got no where with them as far as taking care of this common problem. There are obviously other Chevrolet Colorado trucks having the stop lamp problem that may not have been recalled and should be.

- Oxford, MI, USA

problem #10

May 172014


  • 71,500 miles
Sitting still after starting truck, noticed "doors" light on dash. Got out, checked all passenger doors and got back in drivers seat and closed the door. Door ajar caution remained lit. Radio will not turn off with ignition off, key removed and drivers door opened.

- Macomb, MI, USA

Read the next 9 complaints »