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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-26-2010, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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2006 Colorado P0017 nightmare

:( good evening; I have been searching the net for P0017 emissions code for my 2006 Chevy Colorado crew cab. I have a little over 50 thousand miles. I have faithfully and routinely had my oil and filter changed. My check engine light came on. I can't pass Massachusetts State emissions test. Currently have a Rejected sticker. Went to State certified emissions repair facility. After two failed attempts and $500 later they say take it to the dealer. I did I was told that GM has a known Sludging problem and this crankshaft positioning problem with Chevy Colarado's like mine. I called a few places and they gave me the same thing. When I called the dealer they said "oh no problem it is an easy fix, will take less than half hour and under $100 to clear the code." When I took the truck in to the Dealer they said how much do you want to spend like I was made of money. My reply was I need to get my truck fixed. I am out of work and have to look for a new job. I can't walk to interviews. I asked them to look into it and let me know before any work was performed. Well several hours into diagnostics I am told it will cost about $2500.00 - $3000.00 and they can clear the P0017 code but there may be other codes that come up. The alternative was to replace the engine. The catch here is they would replace it with the same type engine and that engine may have the same problem down the line. I contacted GM at first they told me they are aware of the P0017 problem and that they have a program to help owners like me. After two week of calls lasting 3-4 hours daily I am still out of luck!!! One I get a call that said well we are going to fix it. Next I got a call that says "sorry your waranty expired after 36 months" and we don't cover that problem now. I get another call that says wait a minute we are still looking into it. Now it's no we're not. I have spoken to at least a dozen GM reps, I have several case numbers. Different people call me seeming to pretend they are supervisors, managers, district reps ect. In the beginning they called time after time after time to ask the same questions over and over and over. Each rep stated they are taking all the info and recording it. I get a reps name and extension. Doesn't matter. Another rep would call, or I would call back like I was asked the next day. I had to start all over again. Even when I pass the info onto the next rep who says Oh I see that info, then they ask the same questions again. I don't get it. They give me new case numbers. Then I get a rep calling me back to say disregard the last rep and they are consolidating the case numbers. However, when I call to check on the status the case numbers don't match. I have been put on hold for half an hour at times then disconnected mysteriously and when I call back they say oh we are sorry you were disconnected, we are sorry you have spoken to so many people and we are forwarding it on to a district superviser or rep. Then the following calls they all pretend to be the district rep, or a supervisor with authority. Problem is they have no authority. They all say I will forward this information. And on and on it goes. I am going nuts. At this point I can't afford 3-4 thousand dollars for a "maybe solution with no guarantees", nor can I afford to replace the engine. I can't pass state inspections and the state tells me I have to spend $750 with a state certified emissions repair facility. I only spent around $600 with the State approved facility initially. The dealership does not meed state certification. So the $500 or so I spent there doesn't count. Even though the State repair facility told me to go to the dealer. Go figure. No I have to take my vehicle to a state certified repair facility to not fix my truck for another $150 or so to meet the $750 the state says to allow me to get a waiver to continue to use my truck. Hows that for catch 22. Can't fix the truck, have to spend money not to fix it so I can drive legally!! Crazy. Does anyone know how many people have have this P0017 problem? Also any advice where to go from here would help. My truck runs great so far (keeping fingers crossed). I did have two oil changes within one week and the oil I was told was jet black and sludgy. So if you have any suggestions/advise please, please let me know. My mechanic said to dump the truck. Go buy a new one and trade it in. I don' t want to be sneaky and do that. If I tell them I won't get much at tradein. If I don't someone else will get my problem. I can't afford to buy a new truck just yet since I am not working. I just got hired but doesn't start for couple of weeks. Can't get loan till I have at least 6 months (usually) on the job. So I am stuck between rock and hard place. Let me know what you all think. Thank you Unhappycoloradoowner.!!!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-26-2010, 11:31 PM
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Re: 2006 Colorado P0017 nightmare

First off how does the truck run?
Second take a look at this thread, its about the Camshaft position sensor, its easy to check on your own. Or have a mechanic check if your not up to it.

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I don't know about the laws in the states but here you can record a phone call legally IF 1 of the parties on the phone knows it is being recorded(that being you). It is illegal to record a call between 2 unknowing people. Look into the law and record all calls with them and provide all calls of them saying they have a program to help with the known problem(instant win) in court.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-29-2010, 12:35 PM
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Re: 2006 Colorado P0017 nightmare

sorry to hear you are having problems with the truck. Jugfu has posted a possible way to solve the problem.

Check out that thread and other and hopefully that :( can be turned upside down :) .

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Re: 2006 Colorado P0017 nightmare

To answer jugfu the op did bury this in his narrative

My truck runs great so far (keeping fingers crossed).

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Well so far I am between rock and a hard place. The truck seems to run great. But when I failed state emissions test they sent me to an approved state emissions repair facility I couldn't use a non approved facility or do it myself (I am not a mechanic so I couldn't do it anyway). Anyhow theyfirst said oh we can take care of it. After 2 trys they couldn't and told me to go to the dealer because GM was aware of the sludge/P0017 camshaft problem. they even put it on thier invoice. They actually spoke to GM/dealer. I did also. When I went to dealership they did diagnostics again and then well you can see the resest in my initial thread. I am out over 1K my reject inspection sticker expires tommorrow, the registry wants me to get reinspected but the inspection station won't because the problem is not fixed. The registry will not give me a waiver for a valid inspection sticker until I get retested and they won't retest until the repair has been done, even though "I have had some repairs to clear other codes done. So it is a catch 22 situation. I can't afford to pay 3K to maybe fix code P0017, nor can I afford to replace the entire engine which may have the same problem later on. GM washes thier hands of the whole thing because I told them they were dragging their feet and if something wasn't done I would go to the States Attorney Generals Office. They told me if I did that was it they would do nothing and that is what it is now. So I did and I contacted the Better Business Bureau (BBB), I also contact the local TV stations consumer problems line because they always like a good story. MAybe they will get me some help. I have tried everything I can think of. I am affraid that somewhere down the line as I drive more damage is being done to my truck but I can't not drive it. Any advise is appreciated. Thank you
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sounds like your in a very expensive situation

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Re: 2006 Colorado P0017 nightmare

For right now I think you have gone the whole 9 yards with this problem.

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