Brake and powertrain issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners
There isn’t a large selection of pickups for consumers to choose from when looking for a mid-size truck, which is why the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is so popular. To further appeal to drivers, Chevy states that “life’s more fun with a truck” in hopes of selling the model to enthusiasts. Sadly, many people that get behind the wheel of this vehicle find that there is no fun involved. It has a defective powertrain and malfunctioning service brakes that lead to massive failures.
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Problems with the Transmission
The powertrain is one of the most important parts of the vehicle and must run as expected, especially when putting out a good amount of money to drive. With the Chevy Colorado, many people find that the powertrain isn’t what they expected it to be.
One Edmunds user wrote, “My vehicle is a 2019 Colorado WT with the V6 3.6L engine and 8 sp transmission. It’s been 29.5 years since I bought my first Chevy Silverado truck and in this time I am completely amazed that Chevy can’t or won’t fix the 8 speed transmission correctly (or ditch it for the 6 speed tranny) as my new 2019 Colorado now sits in the dealer’s service shop with two warranty items that now make my purchase a complete waste of time and money. First off at 1800 miles the tranny refuses to shift from 3rd gear to 4th gear normally. I have to get my foot off of the gas pedal to make the tranny shift into 4th gear and yet I do not tow or pull anything with my Colorado.Next up at 2000 miles the check engine light illuminates and the preliminary findings are the engine is running way too lean…..probably the reason the exhaust pipe smells like alcohol when the engine is running.This was supposed to be my “retirement” gift as I just retired and wanted a good-reliable and dependable mid-sized truck and since I owned a 1990 Chevy Silverado for 23.5 years before it finally got stolen, I wanted to see how much Chevy had improved their products even in a mid-sized truck platform. Now I’m totally unhappy, am paying too much a month for a truck with issues and I’ve ONLY had this vehicle for 2 months. I won’t ever buy another Chevy truck, ever. Chevy won’t even fix their known issues with the 8 sp transmission so now I’m left with a lemon vehicle that CAN’T be trusted much less driven on normal streets thanks to not being able to shift from 3rd gear to 4th gear. That limits me to about 30 mph top speed. GO FIGURE Chevy..!!”
Chevrolet isn’t attempting to hide the issues associated with the powertrain. There are currently more than 20 manufacturer communications illustrating various problems found in the system. Service Bulletin #080730026F talks about how the truck might rock forward or rearward while in Park. On top of that, Service Bulletin #N192217820 demonstrates a shake or shudder feeling felt by occupants, while Service Bulletin #16NA017 documents a ticking noise. The list of problems goes on from there, but this is simply an illustration. If drivers aren’t having one transmission problem, it’s likely that they will have another. Still, we aren’t seeing the fun that this truck promises unless the driver enjoys strange noises and movements while behind the wheel.
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2019 Chevrolet Colorado Complaint Summary
|Complaint Category||Number of Complaints|
|Unknown Or Other|
|Forward Collision Avoidance: Warnings|
Problems with the Brakes
Most people can handle some transmission difficulty, as long as the truck continues to move. One component that can’t be dealt with once it begins to malfunction is the service brakes. Not only does this cause major panic in any driver, but it is something that must be looked at by a mechanic immediately.
We see this illustrated by an NHTSA reviewer who wrote, “The vehicle was going down hill on a very busy highway when we tapped the brakes to slow down and the brakes went to the floor and we skid about 300 yards before being able to get the truck to come to a stop. We kept tapping brakes trying to get them to grab and stop us luckily, the car a head of us turned right at the light so we did not crash into them. Then when it did stop the RPM started revving up and the truck lunged forward then the RPM went down. We were very lucky we did not go through the intersection and wreck.”
Browsing through the manufacturer communications, the first thing that jumps out is Service Bulletin #PIT5479B. While this doesn’t address the above concern, it does show how defective the brakes are. The automaker discusses how it appears that fluid is leaking from the brake caliper piston, but it is in fact grease that wasn’t cleaned up during manufacturing. If life is fun with this truck, it might be better to find something slightly less eventful to drive. Between brakes that stop working and a transmission with a mind of its own, it might serve owners better to find a hobby and keep the truck parked at home.
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