As a Mechanic, I’ll be the first to admit that the Holden Ute is a good pickup. It’s got a nice interior, it’s reliable and it’s pretty cheap to run. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any problems with the ute.
In this article, I am going to look at some of the common Holden Colorado problems, these are the problems that customers have reported to my workshop and the truck forums.
If you find yourself having one of these common Holden Colorado problems, then you can get in touch with your dealer about getting them fixed. Let’s jump to it
Holden Colorado Overview
The Holden colorado was first introduced in 2008 by General Motors Thailand specifically made for the Australian market in order to replace the Holden Rodeo.
In America, the Holden Colorado is known as the Chevrolet Colorado and is sold as a mid-size truck.
The Holden Colorado comes equipped with a 2.8-liter 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine that produces 197 hp horsepower and 440 Nm of torque, along with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The model has undergone many changes over the years including an update in 2010 with new headlights, tail lights, and interiors.
Holden Colorado Common Problems
1. Transmission Shuddering at Low RPMs:
The transmission of the Holden Colorado tends to shudder when it’s in low gear, especially when you need to accelerate.
This is caused by a problem with the torque converter. This is the most common issue with the Holden colorado and many owners have reported this problem.
The shuddering is not the fault of the driver, but rather a problem with a faulty torque converter.
2. Malfunctioning Torque Converter:
As mentioned above the torque converter on a Holden colorado is a common problem that can cause a shuddering sensation when driving.
The torque converter is also responsible for maintaining the speed of the vehicle while it’s in gear and slowing down as you change gears.
Unfortunately, they are not built well in Holden colorado, and started having issues earlier than expected.
3. Failing Front Exhaust Mounts:
The front exhaust mount is a common issue for Holden Colorado owners. This is because it’s a simple rubber that holds your exhaust down, but over time it can become loose and cause the exhausts to sag.
The exhaust mounts in the front of the vehicle are responsible for holding up the catalytic converter and muffler. If these mounts fail, then your car will begin to shake violently as you drive down the road.
4. Front Brake Caliper Leak:
The front brake calipers on a Holden Colorado can leak fluid, causing the brakes to become weak. when this happens the car starts to one side when braking, or has trouble stopping at all, it is also a common issue with the Holden Colorado.
5. Clogging Catalytic Converter:
The catalytic converter in your Holden Colorado can become clogged with soot and other particulates, which negatively affects its ability to filter emissions.
When this happens, Holden Colorado will start to produce more emissions than normal, which can lead to increased fuel consumption and reduced performance.
6 Worn Valve Seat:
The valve seat on the Holden Colorado can wear out over time, which will cause the engine to lose compression.
Holden Colorado reliability
The 2.8 Diesel on the Holden Colorado is reliable and can last for many years. However, it is important to have the engine serviced regularly at a Holden dealer or specialist to ensure that there are no problems with the engine before they occur.
Other than the common issues mentioned above, the Holden Colorado is a reliable vehicle that will last for many years.
Fortunately, Only a few issues are connected to the engine which means that the engine can last for a long time. The biggest issue and certainly a costly one is with the transmission,
but Fortunately Holden knows about it and is covered under warranty.