The Worst 2004-2012 Colorado Problems

5.3L Vortec 5300 Engine Oil Consumption

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From 2010-2014 GM's Vortec 5300 engine had multiple design flaws that led to an excessive oil consumption responsible for soiled spark plugs, bent pushrods, and timing chain wear to name a few. The problem was compounded by an inadequate oi…

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Passlock Security

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One of Chevrolet’s solutions for stopping thieves from driving away with a car is, coincidently, doing the same thing to the actual owner.

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What Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

Worst Topics

Worst Years

1st Generation Colorado in the News

By the Numbers

  1. 9 model years

    Grouping all models by their year can reveal some baddies.

  2. 378 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  3. 48th in reliability

    Overall reliability rank out of 80 eligible generations.