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I bought a 2009 Colorado w/ 168k on it 3 1/2 years ago. I give up! Now when you buy used repairs are to be expected but this stupid thing kept repeating the same issues over and over-most electric related. for example, 5 throttle assembly replacements in the past 8 months. So, IMO unless you have a solid truck from an electrical standpoint, it's good money after bad and just move on.

That's what I get for going domestic!

Good luck everyone.
 

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Yup, that sucks.

Your rant indicates there has been a failure to locate the source of what is causing the throttle body to fail. It doesn't make sense that the throttle body failed 5 times without external help, unless, of course, all of the replacements were aftermarket. Have any of these instances been troubleshot by a professional techanician with the necessary tools and experience, i.e. scan tool, oscilloscope, meter, wiring diagrams, service information?
 

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Yes, they were all installed by my mechanic, diagnostic equipment and everything. The only "code" it had was the what of what was causing it, never a why. Of the 4 that's been replaced they've all been aftermarket until this last one, they went OEM. My mechanic has been gracious enough to warranty out all these replacements, however he did replace the connection to the throttle this past week to the tune of a $77 piece of plastic (?) and $150 total--and that's fine after all the money they've eaten over this, but at this point I finally did what I've been saying since I bought the damn thing and that's get rid of it.

As I mentioned the throttle assembly is only an example of what I've been through, so the thing has had the fuel pump replaced twice, fuel modulator, 3 shorts fixed either to one or both previously mentioned parts, a brake line junction failure (ok that's normal) and to top it off, It would cost me another $700 to replace the ignition switch because on occasion sometimes as much as 3X a day, I have to wait 10 minutes for that stupid security lockout light to stop blinking which is the ONLY remedy despite Old Guy from this forum sending me a YouTube fix involving chimes...whatever! Couldn't get that to work at all and I'm not cutting wires.

Of course, all of this is on top of PM. I've put over 1/2 of what I paid for it in repairs, and they just don't stop, crossing this truck now at 231K into the VERY unreliable category. It's left me sitting too many times, calling friends for rides, having my insurance rate go up 20% because I had it towed 6X in a year, ride to work every other month from friends...ENOUGH!

So, my advice to anyone reading this,,if you have ANY electric problems with your truck replace it at your earliest convenience.
 

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Please re-read...the $700 is the cost to fix the lockout BS the ridiculously priced part was in the total $150 bill. My mechanic is great.
 

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I suspect your Mechanic does not have a tech II compatible or a decent scanner, or he would have found the problem. Just my two cents, since mine runs fine and has 337000 miles on it. Never left me beside the road. Sure you could have gotten a bad one, but replacing the same part 4 times, it is a little mad, that is not the problem in my opinion. Before you say anything negative about my comments, I have owned my truck since new for 17 years. So, my advice for you is stop coming here bashing the truck, sell it and get you another truck and move on. Just because your experience was bad doesn't mean these trucks as a whole are bad.
 

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First congratulations on having such a reliable truck for so long. That sort of performance was what I was hoping for, and it was everything I was looking for at the time. A smallish truck with an extended cab and a bed liner-perfect! I felt I paid a reasonable price for it, liked the way it drove and was a little disappointed the I5 got poor gas milage, but I knew that going in.

However, for the 2nd time in this thread I need to ask someone to please re-read my posts. First, I started the thread under the category of reviews and I'm sorry mine was a bad one but everything I said is true and it's my experience. To come to the conclusion, I was on here to simply to Bash on these trucks is incorrect. What I said -twice- was that if someone was experiencing ELECTRICAL problems IMO they should cut bait and run. I stand by that statement. GM in their penny pinching or EPA driven requirements put wires so thin in this truck, if they were any smaller they would cease to be matter and just be thin air. Let me reiterate the lockout issue. In researching this issue it seems to have been common in a variety of GM cars and Trucks. There is NO REASON EVER I should be locked out by my security system when I'm not even sure what it does. My truck doesn't have a FOB. Further, I had to have the transmission serviced which worked but the tranny still isn't "right"---a delay for it to engage when the gas is pressed, so that could drop at any moment.

Obviously, I got a lemon and I hope you ALL have great experiences with your truck, but I'm a little confused by the reaction since it seemed like I'm someone who just looked up this site just to "Bash" on your trucks. I joined this site 10/13/2019 and have visited regularly, to see an awful lot of other owners with electrical issues. GM has always been crap but I took a chance this time and got severely burnt. I get it, you love you truck---but you shouldn't take it personally

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Oh, I forgot, my mechanic...I go to a local shop that I've used for 25 years, and they've always done me right. They specialize in imports of all kinds both new and old and I'm pretty sure they have diagnostic equipment at the wazoo.
 

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You are certainly welcome to your opinion regarding the condition of your truck. What upsets others is when you advise them what to do with their vehicles if they have problems. Don't like your truck, rant about it and then get rid of it. Then move on. Obviously the re-read comment was in relation to my response to the $700 expense. I'm suggesting that you are the one that would benefit from a bit of re-reading. This Thread is getting a bit tedious so I'll just move on.
 

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Geez what a bunch of snowflakes! Hope you guys spent some time in your Safe Space over this. Cart since you have a problem following along, I was suggesting a re-read to DigEm not you. You'd think I'm insulting your daughter or your mother but it's an f'ing TRUCK!

So please by all means sit in a parking lot in the middle of January watching that stupid light blink. Take your truck to the mechanic so many times you're inviting each other to Thanksgiving Dinner. It's a wonderful vehicle I'd recommend one to anybody, OK? Happy now?

So, I'll leave you pussies with your beloved trucks. Fire up the Rodney Carrington song about marring your pickup truck-I'm sure it will bring back memories of that special day. After I send this, and you get all butt hurt again go throw some KY in your tail pipe and have at it. I'm going to my e-mail account and putting this site in my spam folder so if you want to continue to insult someone who simply had a SHIT truck and felt like sharing it...thankfully I won't be around to see it.

I tried to write my posts in a respectful manner-said please and everything, but if this is the way you want it, then FU
 

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Sorry your Colorado is giving you so much trouble. My 2004 & my Son's 2006 have over 300K miles and still run fine. I did have the passlock issue but fixed it by doing the "cut wire" fix. Cost me nothing except time researching it and electrical materials worth less than $1. On my Son's 2006, we just turned off passlock in the programing with a custom tune.
 

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Oh, I forgot, my mechanic...I go to a local shop that I've used for 25 years, and they've always done me right. They specialize in imports of all kinds both new and old and I'm pretty sure they have diagnostic equipment at the wazoo.
Just because a "mechanic" has been in business for 25 years does not mean he has the right equipment, or even the actual GM classes to actually know how to read for the right thing. He proved this by replacing the same part 4 times with the same result, not fixing the truck. Just saying.
 

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Okay, sorry. I couldn't resist.

Here we have a disgruntled Owner of a 2009 Colorado. How many times did he mention actually working on his truck himself? His truck has problems that his team of imported vehicle specialists cannot properly troubleshoot/repair. That frustrates him. As it would a lot of people. So did he take the truck to a different repair shop? Not that he mentions anywhere in his extensive rants. He can't figure out what to do so, instead of asking for help, he decides to label the truck a 'lemon' and tell the world about how bad it is. Now he finds that he can't convince the world (especially the Nation) that his claim is valid, so he naturally has a meltdown.

Are there vehicles that can be accurately called 'lemons'? I believe it is possible in some cases, but only after substantial actions were taken by highly competent technicians with the proper training and test equipment. I don't see that in this case.

As a DIYer I would never take a vehicle to a repair shop except to accomplish something that was outside of my capabilities, such as module programming. With that said, there are countless vehicle Owners that have to rely on repair shops. To those Owners, I advise never to fall in love with a particular shop unless they have proven reliable to you in the past. Any shop can make mistakes, but if a probem repeats more than once, it's time to start looking around.

I'll try to stay gone this time.
 

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First, let's question replacing the same part 4 times... Who cares if aftermarket or OEM...? Insanity is repeating the same thing with the same results. Give me a Tylenol for my 100* temp instead of finding the infection. This is what I read in your threads. Nothing wrong with the domestic or this brand name, more like replace until we fix no matter the cost and time.

You don't include scan codes from your mechanic, what actions he took for each code, before and after the TB changes, you don't tell what the reasons was for looking at the TB as the cause like choking, shuddering, etc... Your thread assumes those parts your mechanic changed were the cuz...4 times....

Don't get mad at us or the truck for the lack of knowledge to fix.

I myself, would have gotten a second opinion after the 2nd TB. That $700. would have gone to a better place and a possible fix and fun truck.

I'm sure your mechanic friend helped in the past with something in his wheelhouse, but, sometimes you need to know when you're spinning the wheels and going no where...

IMO, take the truck to a reputable mechanic shop and let them scan the issues so you can get your back from your mechanic.

Not apologizing for being blunt but all to often we see these threads of frustrations when their trucks are just misdiagnosed and "fixed" for other causes...

Good luck.
 

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First, let's question replacing the same part 4 times... Who cares if aftermarket or OEM...? Insanity is repeating the same thing with the same results. Give me a Tylenol for my 100* temp instead of finding the infection. This is what I read in your threads. Nothing wrong with the domestic or this brand name, more like replace until we fix no matter the cost and time.

You don't include scan codes from your mechanic, what actions he took for each code, before and after the TB changes, you don't tell what the reasons was for looking at the TB as the cause like choking, shuddering, etc... Your thread assumes those parts your mechanic changed were the cuz...4 times....

Don't get mad at us or the truck for the lack of knowledge to fix.

I myself, would have gotten a second opinion after the 2nd TB. That $700. would have gone to a better place and a possible fix and fun truck.

I'm sure your mechanic friend helped in the past with something in his wheelhouse, but, sometimes you need to know when you're spinning the wheels and going no where...

IMO, take the truck to a reputable mechanic shop and let them scan the issues so you can get your back from your mechanic.

Not apologizing for being blunt but all to often we see these threads of frustrations when their trucks are just misdiagnosed and "fixed" for other causes...

Good luck.
I like blunt so here you go. 1st I really wish you guys would read what I wrote before getting upset.

Once again the $700 was referring to if I had the ignition switched replaced

It is now 6 replacements since the one put in prompting this post went bad four days later.

Y'all keep bashing my mechanics yet offer no solutions. Well they're superior imports Burlington KY. Google them and tell Dan and Kenny they're idiots because they can't possibly be as good as the shade tree crowd.

The only thing I know about the codes is two sensors would have conflicting readings and throw it into reduced power mode where it would idle and lurch as if it was ready to blow up. Lot's of fun on the interstate!

I kept taking it back because they were under warranty. Taking it somewhere else would then have $1400 into with no guarantee it won't die again and the next guy may not be as accommodating.

Plus remember the shorts the fuel pumps, etc. And this thing was Always breaking down almost from day one. So sorry if you thinking I'm bashing your precious babies. But it was a review.

Perhaps this is the wrong forum and if so they should remove the review tab off the site.
 

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Look, you're frustrated, we get it... but you don't list scan codes, you don't list the symptoms other than limp mode, you just list the replacements and ask for our input on something you can't share the issues for this thread to suggest recommendations. Smart people are trying but have no detailed information prior to changing TBs. That may not be problem but we know since your mechanic hasn't shared his scan results with you and his reasons for changing the TBs 4 times....

Good luck.
 
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