Chevy Colorado or Silverado 1500

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by BradLewisLawnCare, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    Just wondering how you decided? Seriously pondering the chassis cab option with aluminum UTE bed installed in Louisiana then shipped to dealer. All within the GM factory system. That way the bed is 6' wide right from the start and payload is extremely close to what the 1500 is.

    A big wrecking yard in Spokane runs these exact rigs.
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  2. Exact Rototilling

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  3. ecurbthims

    ecurbthims LawnSite Senior Member
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    any little truck I have ever owned [3 s10's, 2 rangers, 3 dakota's ] got no more than 1 or two mpg better mileage than a full-size truck ,and the size of the box and usefullness of the truck was worth more than the minute mpg. gain .Plus,a real truck is comfortable and rides better [I am 6'5" though ]
     
  4. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    Did you have 4 cylinder Rangers with such poor mileage...:confused:

    I see your point re: full size vs. mid size or Ranger. Then it goes 1/2 ton vs. 3/4 ton. If you're going full size why limit to half ton.

    Frankly I'd rather have a UTE bed that is a full 7' wide and 8' 6" long on a full size truck frame vs. the smaller UTE bed at 6' wide and 7+ long which frankly is pretty respectable and useful as a dealer delivered option new on the Colorado. The chassis cab is limited to the 5 cylinder but 4 wheel drive is available.
     
  5. ecurbthims

    ecurbthims LawnSite Senior Member
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    yes ,one ranger was a manual 4 cylinder short box reg cab and it was more thirsty than the 6 cylinder manual ext cab ranger I had .
     
  6. DumasWalker

    DumasWalker LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would like to know if anyone has some recent information on the Colorado. I have a 2003 1500 5.3 now. I have a 6x12 enclosed trailer. Equipment and trailer is 3500lbs total loaded for daily hauling. I have a small tractor and attachments 4800lbs loaded including trailer weight the trailer is a 7x16. I have read the tow rating on the V6 Colorado 7000 lbs. How does it really handle towing? Does anyone have experience going from a older full-size to a newer midsize. I'm talking 2016 Colorado and newer. The price is much less on a Colorado 4x4 than a new Silverado. I am a part time operator no employees. Bed size is no issue I do not put much in bed. I do not haul mulch often if I do it would be on the trailer. I also have not driven a midsize yet I'm looking for people's experience before I spend time at a dealer.
     
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  7. DumasWalker

    DumasWalker LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Is there anyone who has any experience with a Colorado or Canyon or even the new Ranger?
     
  8. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Gold Member
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    I looked at a Colorado a year ago. I like the way they look but IMO they really are a vanity truck. All it's meant to haul is passengers.

    They have a offset drivers seat. (the seat doesn't line up with the steering wheel) There is no CD player, or a provision for one. But the thing that turned me off completely is that stupid wax/grease ? coating on a unpainted frame.

    That stuff will come off over time and cause a rusty frame. That will happen a whole lot faster if you live up North and have salty/icy roads in the winter. That made it a total non - starter for me.

    I haven't looked at the Ranger yet but at least its made of steel and not Aluminum like the F150. And it has a painted frame. But it's way too expensive for what it is.
     
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  9. DumasWalker

    DumasWalker LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks for the information. I did not know those things about it. I test drove one today but during the first test drive there is many things one can miss. I am not in any hurry to purchase anything so I have time to research this.
     
  10. rclawn

    rclawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I had an s10 I ran into the ground. Towed 10k with it several times. This was in high school when I wasn’t the wisest- I now know how stupid that was. After stepping up to an f250 and now a 1 ton drw ram... I would never go back to a light duty truck.

    This said, the new half tons are similar to the older 3/4 tons in terms of capabilities. I would probably go with the 1500 over the colorado as the bed size and towing will greatly limit you. Rather grow into the truck than grow out of it
     
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