Chevy Colorado

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Moose's Mowing, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think I saw a post or two about some guys running the Colorado as a mowing rig. I'm thinking about buying one for my personal commuter car. I'm currently using a Corolla for my commute to my regular job but I'm sick of having a little car and not being able to fit much in it. The mileage is awesome in that little car but I teach construction & Trades at a high school about 30 miles away. So having something that can haul tools and some occasional material would be nice. I have a tough time using my 2500 running that far, at least often, because it sucks the gas. I'd also like a 4x4 again for my daily commute.

    I did some reading and read either great things or terrible things. The one I found is a 2005 ext cab, I5, 4x4. It's immaculate inside and out but it's got 143k miles on it. I guess they use the 460LE trans or something like that and an Isuzu T-150 t-case. Assuming they use a GM bolt rear end as well but not sure. Read good things about the I5 and the auto trans has been around awhile and seems reliable. Hoping the T-case is fairly stoudt as well but couldnt find much info on that.

    So for those of who have one, what's your thoughts? Good, bad, ugly? I'd like to keep this next vehicle for many years so hitting 250k miles is fairly important. I drove it today and it's tight all around. needs new front brakes but that's no biggie. price is fair for the miles, not a steal, but good nontheless. the backseat is pretty cramped, it's got those little jump seats that flip down but they're forward facing which is nice. hopefully it'll handle a carseat. Not planing on doing much "hauling" or any heavy towing. It'll be towing my little boat though. This will just be my daily driver. So let's hear your opinions.
  2. Vecchio Lawn Care

    Vecchio Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 905

    Possibly a ford ranger? Or a ford f150 with Eco boost. Both are fairly decent on gas.
  3. SRT8

    SRT8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CA
    Messages: 1,318

    How many mpg do the colorados get?
  4. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think mid-sized's for the most part are too much money for what you get, may as well get a full size for almost the same money. That said if you are heart set on a mid size, know up front the Colorado will have no towing guts with that V6. Also, try to get a crew cab model, can seat 4 comfortably at least in my Dakota you can.
  5. KV9064

    KV9064 LawnSite Member
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    Colorado has an inline 5, NO V6 I have a 2006 runs great get 18-22 mpg
  6. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    have you had any issues with the head warping? I read something about a recall on that. What about the front brake rotors? Heard those are really stupid when you gotta replace them. I also read about the transfer cases not holding up well. You have any issues with yours? How many miles you got on yours?
  7. KV9064

    KV9064 LawnSite Member
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    I have 57000 miles on mine with no issues, I change the oil every 3000 miles and the transmission at 36000, will do trans again at 65000. about to have Antifreeze done. Original Brakes its a 2006 Quad Cab Z71 4x4
  8. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Do not do it! I had a 05' 4x4 Crew Cab Z71. Worst piece of crap I have ever had. Front breaks are not a "no biggie". To change the rotors the front end needs to come off the truck as they are inside the hubs. A new set of rotors and pads cost me $1200, and from reading online, that was a good deal. I put so much $ into that thing, it was ridiculous. I traded it in at 140k with the entire underside of the truck soaked in T-case oil. I was just happy it lasted the last bit of time before I signed it over, and they never put it on a lift.

    Do some online research of them. They are not exactly known for reliability....
  9. JimsLocalLawn

    JimsLocalLawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    I use a Colorado. Inline 4 cylinder hauls very well. Mines 2wd extended cab, 6 foot bed.

    My truck has 133000 miles on it and have not had a single problem with it. If I had to guess I would say I haul 1500 pounds everyday with it. No issue's what so ever. getting around 15-17mpg but I am mostly traveling in the city.
  10. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    yeah i read about the rotors being on the inside of the hub.....seems pretty stupid. I think I'll pass on that idea and stick with my little car till i figure out something better. Thanks for the replies.

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