2017 Chevy Colorado Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electrical system, fuel system, powertrain and steering issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

The 2017 Chevy Colorado is supposed to be functional like the Silverado on a smaller scale. Even the automaker claims that the newer models have “major flex.” But no one wants to see those muscles. This compact truck is dealing with a malfunctioning electrical system, a defective fuel system, a bad powertrain and unsteady steering.

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Problems with the Electrical System

By 2017, the electrical system was making up a big portion of what people loved in automobiles, yet much of the technology was new. It seems that Chevy wasn’t sure how to roll out most of the innovations.

Here’s one Edmunds review. “If you use the Bluetooth to make phone calls, be prepared to hear a very loud, ear piercing buzz (like the horn on a commercial dump truck) for the 1st 10 – 15 seconds of every call.  You literally need to make a call and then wait 15 seconds before saying ‘Can you hear me now?’.”

The issues were so bad that there was a class action lawsuit related to the Gen 1 charger in these trucks. It appears that the charger wasn’t compatible with most phones, even though it was hailed as a universal wireless charger. Chevy left many people wondering how to get it working and caused there to be a surge of new Ford truck owners.

Problems with the Fuel System

While it isn’t a heavy-duty truck, owners expect the Colorado to get a job done, but that’s impossible with the defective fuel system.

Here’s another Edmunds review. “I love my 2017 Z71 4WD Colorado with the 2.8L Duramax but $5k to replace the high pressure fuel pump is too much! The diesel shops don’t have the equipment to do it so I am stuck w a dealership and their magical algorithm for labor pricing…I hate being powerless w no options but due to the configuration with this diesel. I have to pay the $5k and I am still under 100,000 miles…no wonder Chevy only warranties up to 60,000 miles on the Colorado”

It turns out that the system was recalled. NHTSA Campaign Number 18V358000 states that affected vehicles are made with a defective high-pressure fuel pump that can detach from the mounting flange, causing damage to the lines, which could lead to a car fire. Maybe Chevy should put some of that muscle into solving the problems with this truck.

Problems with the Powertrain

All trucks should have a dependable transmission, but this is another part that no one can rely on with the Colorado models.

One more Edmunds review states, “Bought new and at 6k miles started to buck and shutter. Torque converter out of spec and replaced. After 3k after fix did same thing. Dealer said in spec and replace trans filter and fluid. 90% better but after 1k started to buck and shutter and dealer representative told dealer only replace fluid and characteristic on Colorado but also know they a problem but no fix. Well I have driven a lot of new trucks and never had one be so bad and GM not honor there warranty. Shame on them.”

Again, Chevy faced class action lawsuits because of this transmission. One 97-page from Michigan claims that the transmission wasn’t shifting smoothly and quickly enough, leaving owners with sudden acceleration, failure to accelerate, shuddering, jerking and the inability to downshift. This is a serious concern that must be addressed. At this point, it’s time for Chevy to stop praising the Colorado and start fixing it.

Problems with the Steering

Keeping the Colorado on the road seems to be another concern. It appears the steering isn’t working well either.

One NHTSA complain states, “Steering locked when turning into a parking lot and would not straighten out.”

Chevy isn’t even trying to hide problems with the Colorado, but exposing all of them to the public. Service Bulletin #16NA109 talks about the excessive amount of grease and sealant found on the steering gears and how it needs to be cleaned off. How can something so simple be missed? Maybe Chevrolet is spending too much time patting itself on the back to notice the obvious – this truck is a bonafide lemon.

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Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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