2012 Chevrolet Colorado Reliability - Consumer Reports
The Colorado seemed promising when it replaced the S-10 in 2003. However, its unrefined five-cylinder engine, which it shares with its GMC Canyon twin, is anemic and doesn't offer a fuel-economy advantage over a V6. Notable shudder plagues the ride, the seats are uncomfortable and interior quality is lacking. However, handling is sound. Starting in 2009, the Colorado offered standard stability control.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 Colorado will be less reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019, 2020 and 2021 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

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The 2012 Chevrolet Colorado has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 Chevrolet Colorado owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Electronic or air suspension

"Same as brake system"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.7-L 5 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Power steering rack had to be replaced on two different times"

Robert K., IN (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 5.3-L V8)

"Repair shop want to replace whole steering assemble to fix issue."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.7-L 5 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Car repair center says it needs to be replaced we are getting a second opinion from the Chevrolet Drealer"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.7-L 5 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"water under passenger side mat after heavy rain-believe it to be a leak in taillight area"

Woody T., NC (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.7-L 5 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Front windshield leaked on the passenger side along the bottom of the seal"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"The 1/2 back doors are chronic rattlers and am unable to cushion or tighten"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Seems like it is just part of such a vehicle"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Computer chip needed replacing with new one - refurbished did not work - had it in for repairs 3 times before new part was authorized by GM"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.7-L 5 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"cylinder released liquid"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 5.3-L V8)
Parking brake

"Parking brake failed to engage"

Rodney L., ME (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Replaced front pads and rotors at 24k miles. Calipers were hanging up. I always get over 40k on front brakes."

Mary C., MA (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.7-L 5 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"The Manifold was cracked. I have no idea how it happen"

Joe C., CA (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust manifold cracked - currently in the shop getting repaired."

Dale B., NE (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"The wiring for the air bags run through the rear doors. Opening and closing the doors caused the wiring to break. Because the wires broke, the computer illuminated a warning light on the dash. This also disabled the air bag system. CHEVROLET told me it wasn't covered my warranty and wanted to sell me another vehicle wiring harness at prohibited costs. I repaired the problem myself."

Paul H., PA (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.7-L 5 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"long story short, poor wiring causing many systems to malfunction such as abs, trac control and stabitrac"

Robert K., MI (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.7-L 5 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"A lot of valve rattle on start up sometimes. I assume the oil pump was slow pumping up the oil pressure"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)

"engine will rattle frequently on start up until oil pressure builds up"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Stability control (ESC)

"Light comes on"

Warren H., CA (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)
Transfer case

"Loud noise when speed reached 45 MPH. Took truck to dealer and they found the whole rear end had broken inside the transfer case. They replaced the whole inside of the rear end"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Blowing hot air in the summer time and failure of power windows"

William B., OH (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Fan doesn’t work for heating or cooling, replace fuses, controls module but still not working. Haven’t yet gotten repaired"

C T., NC (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.7-L 5 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Software update fixes

"Coolant leaks; service dealer stated it was seal. Seal was replaced. Now, every time I stop, turn the car or move I get warning signals that don't relate. I'm sure there is a problem with the computer now. Car dings whenever I turn, stop or start."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

"Heat gauge wouldn't come up to normal operating temp."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.7-L 5 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"still a problem technician may be temp sensor ai 100 an hor i am at 500"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 3.7-L 5 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Plugged oil solenoid due to sludge in the oil when I bought the vehicle."

Michael P., WI (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 2.9-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Rust

"Hood rusting underneath, not from stone chips"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Chevrolet Colorado None 5.3-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
PROVIDED BY
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
Dec 19, 2012
If the primary hood latch is not engaged, the hood could open unexpectedly. During vehicle operation, this could obstruct the view of the driver and increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon vehicles manufactured from November 9, 2009, through August 28, 2012, for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 113, "Hood Latch System." The hood may be missing the secondary hood latch.
What should you do:
General Motors will notify owners and instruct them to inspect their vehicle for the presence of a secondary hood latch. Dealers will replace the hood on any affected vehicles, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 17, 2013. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 or GMC at 1-866-996-9463.
For more information:
GM's number for this campaign is 12319.Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V594000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 118800
SEAT BELTS
Nov 17, 2011
THE LOOSE CONNECTIONS MAY CAUSE THE DRIVER TO NOT RECEIVE A VISUAL OR AUDIBLE WARNING THAT THE DRIVER SEAT BELT IS NOT FASTENED, THEREBY INCREASING THE RISK OF PERSONAL INJURY IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH.
Summary:
GENERAL MOTORS (GM) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 CHEVROLET COLORADO AND GMC CANYON VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 9, 2011, THROUGH OCTOBER 19, 2011, FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NUMBER 208, "OCCUPANT CRASH PROTECTION." THESE VEHICLES MAY HAVE BEEN PRODUCED WITH DRIVER SAFETY BELT BUCKLE ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR TERMINALS THAT DO NOT FIT SNUGLY WITH THE CONNECTOR PINS, CAUSING THE CONNECTION TO BE INTERMITTENT.
What should you do:
GM WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE SEAT BELT BUCKLE ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR TERMINALS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 7, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438 AND GMC AT 1-866-996-9463.
For more information:
GM'S SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 11322.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V552000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5593
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