Jun 9, 2015 update to the Chevrolet Colorado project car

Our Colorado Goes to the Lake

Our first weekend off in a while and we got to play with our new project Chevy Colorado a bit. On a two lane country road with a lot of high-speed passing areas, we found the additional power over our Honda Ridgeline to be most welcome. Out in the trails the 4WD system works wonderfully and this truck is immensely capable.

We even put it to work on the plow to clean weeds out of a lake. The low range four-wheel drive made it so we never got stuck. Our Honda Ridgeline might have been a bit more comfortable on the street, but out here in the woods, the Colorado is very capable and the clear winner.

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Petrolburner
Petrolburner HalfDork
6/9/15 1:36 p.m.

"We even put it to work on the plow to clean weeds out of a lake."

What does this mean?

Fueled by Caffeine
Fueled by Caffeine MegaDork
6/9/15 1:44 p.m.

Didn't know colorado's can plow as well..

92dxman
92dxman Dork
6/9/15 1:54 p.m.

Nice color scheme..

Brett_Murphy
Brett_Murphy PowerDork
6/9/15 4:21 p.m.

I'm imagining that they hooked it up to a drag rake and scooped weeds out that way, but that is just a guess.

If we were in a bar, we readers would be gesturing at you, trying to get you to stop, yelling, "Tell us about the lake!"

crewperson
crewperson New Reader
6/9/15 5:56 p.m.

What rest of the storey? Click on the link and I get a carbon copy of the forum post.

Junkyard_Dog
Junkyard_Dog SuperDork
6/9/15 9:01 p.m.
crewperson wrote: What rest of the storey? Click on the link and I get a carbon copy of the forum post.

Yup. Really dislike this.

Spinout007
Spinout007 UltraDork
6/10/15 2:00 p.m.

I'm curious about the fuel mileage you guys are getting out that thing. The 4x4 Canyon is on the short list for a new vehicle.

TR3only
TR3only Reader
6/12/15 8:31 a.m.

If I can manage a new vehicle in the next 6-9 months a Colorado is on my list, though probably not a crewcab 4x4. I'll be interesting in reading how this turns out as a project.

TIGMOTORSPORTS
TIGMOTORSPORTS HalfDork
6/13/15 8:55 a.m.

I see you can order a 2wd with the 305hp V6 and a locking rear.

high winding V6 - peak hp at 6800 rpms

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy PowerDork
6/14/15 8:25 p.m.

I stopped to see these at Chebie the other day. Since they had only 2 in stock they were fully loaded crew cabs pushing upper $30,000's? For that I'd consider a Silver colored Silverado.

TIGMOTORSPORTS
TIGMOTORSPORTS HalfDork
6/14/15 9:13 p.m.

In reply to Datsun310Guy:

I became sidetracked looking at being able to order a reg cab shortbox 2wd with the 5.3 and a 3.42 locking rear diff. Edelbrock now makes superchargers for the 2015:

http://www.edelbrock.com/automotive/mc/superchargers/gm-truck-suv.shtml

CamaroKeith
CamaroKeith Reader
7/13/15 11:48 a.m.
Datsun310Guy wrote: I stopped to see these at Chebie the other day. Since they had only 2 in stock they were fully loaded crew cabs pushing upper $30,000's? For that I'd consider a Silver colored Silverado.

That's the thing about the Colorados though: on a Silverado, you'll spend $10k more, for capabilities you probably won't use, for a truck that's now grown to the size that you can't park. For someone like me who lives in the burbs and has to commute into a city, there are downtown parking garages that even I have a difficult time parking my Tacoma in. Forget about street parking. Colorados and Canyons are roughly the same size as the C/K 1500 that ended in ~1987 - and can out-tow them. It gives you an idea of just how big trucks have become these days. Buyers are opting to save the $10k for something that's less of a PITA to live with day-to-day. This is why GM can't make enough of them to satisfy demand and I suspect Ford will announce, soon, the Ranger will becoming stateside.

HiTempguy
HiTempguy UberDork
7/13/15 12:48 p.m.

One of the truck channels on YouTube used a crew cab 4x4 colorado to tow 6k + lbs up the ike gauntlet. Got ~4usmpg at WOT and 55-60mph.

I was impressed to say the least.

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