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Chevrolet Colorado



  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    The Colorado uses a new bolt pattern that is different than any other vehicle. When I bought my after market wheels last fall it was near impossible to find chrome mag style wheels that would fit. Even the regular 6 lug wheels used for years on GM trucks don't fit. So you need to be very careful in picking the proper wheel for your truck. I was just lucky in finding someone who owned one at the tire dealer and was in the know. :shades:
  • ocmike3ocmike3 Posts: 232
    I don't have the dimensions but the wheels I had on my 1999 Sierra w/ 6 bolt pattern (New gen Sierra) fit my Canyon (Colorado) with the exception I had to buy a different set of lug nuts. They are 16 In verses 15 in - Changed to lower aspect ratio tire nd they work just great. I've had no problems running them 17k miles.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    my understanding if I remember right was the offset was different too.
  • ocmike3ocmike3 Posts: 232
    Don't know the offset - but the 16" Niche's fit easily on either my Sierra or the Canyon with no slop/problems. New lug nuts I believe were because of the length of the lug bolt. I'm betting finding 15" with 6 holes pattern is more difficult than 16" wheels. I'm running 265/70R16 verses the 245/75R15 General tires that came on the Canyon.
  • rgrossmanrgrossman Posts: 37
    Leased a 2005 z71 loaded crew cab in November and have around 8500 miles on it so far. The truck has run great and handled well during a snowy winter here in the Boston area. I decided to forgo another $40k SUV with lousy gas mileage and have not regretted the decision. Cost of the truck was under $30K and I am getting almost 20 mpg using regular unleaded. More room than most SUV's for both my family and all our vacation stuff. Ride is not quite a good and interior not quite as luxurious as an expensive SUV but still pretty good overall. I've actually had more compliments on the looks of this truck from total strangers than on any other car I've owned.

    My only complaint so far is a squeeky vent fan when on the lowest setting which I've not had time to get fixed yet. I certainly understand the frustrations of folks that get a lemon but overall I can't complain.
  • fontzfontz Posts: 1
    I've had the same vibration at 2000 RPM for the last 10,000 miles. It's the only thing that's been wrong with the truck, it's been a gem in the snow and rain. :)

    When I went to see the dealer last fall about the noise GM said to bring it back after 10K, so I'm soon to bring it back and will let everyone know what they said.
  • lostwrenchlostwrench Posts: 288
    Hi guys and gals. Could someone confirm this as true. The Colorado comes with a 3 yr / 36,000 mi warranty. The Isuzu pick-up ( a re-badged Colorado-same truck) comes with a 5 yr / 75,000 mi powertrain warranty!
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Yes, it appears the Isuzu truck will have a 7year/75k powertrain warranty as well as 3yr/50k bumper-to-bumper. But I have to ask, what good is the longer warranty if the company won't be around to cover it? Isuzu is on its last leg and not worth the risk. Plus, the option configurations will be restricted. They already aren't offering the regular cab.
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
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  • Did you get it bought back under the BBB Auto Line or your states lemon law. I have an arbitration hearing on 6/8 for my 04 Colorado. Power locks, brakes, shakes and loses power, did you have any of these problems?
  • bombardjbombardj Posts: 1
    I have owned 3 S10 trucks. Each one was progressively better, all were junk. The new Colorado Is a fresh breath of air. The 2800 cc 4 cylinder is as smooth as my Honda CRV, the power is as good as my Ford Ranger 3.0 V6 and the ride is smooth for a truck. I Purchased the base 2005 Colorado Extended Cab and to my surprise GM did not put a key entry lock on the passenger door so all entry must be from the street side, not a very safe side to load from. They moved the lock to the tailgate, great if you have a cap.Leave it to GM management to give me something to complain about. I hope they choke on the 50 cents they saved !
  • temj12temj12 Posts: 450
    I had an earlier post for the same thing. I have the base GMC Canyon. Can GM get any cheaper than not putting a lock on the passenger door? Who cares about one on the gate? I agree with you 100%.
  • lostwrenchlostwrench Posts: 288
    GM is not alone in the trend of not having a key entry lock on the passenger door. This trend is spreading throughout the industry. I saw a brand new Nissan Frontier recently and it too had no key lock on the passenger door.
  • tommctommc Posts: 68
    About the same deal with the big trucks I'd guess. Notice they are putting side moldings on the doors only. Really looks dumb on a long bed truck to have this big, wide side molding on the door and the rest of the side is plain. Is anybody paying and attention at GM these days?
  • leadfoot4leadfoot4 Posts: 593
    I have a 2005 GMC Canyon SLE 4wd, which is essentially the same as the Colorado. The bolt pattern is 6x5.5", the same as some of the other GM trucks. The major difference, wheel wise, is the diameter of the center hub.

    The Colorado/Canyon has a 100mm diameter hub. This is approximately 3.9 inches, whereas most of the GM trucks are 88-89mm, that's why older wheels won't work.

    There are a couple of things you can do. What I did was to purchase a set of 16"x8" MB Motoring "Rocker" wheels. They have a +25mm offset, which gives them 5.5" of backspacing, so there's still about .250" of clearance at the upper ball joint. I'm running 245/75/16 tires, which are the same diameter as the OE tires. The only downside to these wheels is that they aren't "hubcentric", so the centerbore of these wheels is a "universal fit" 4.25".

    The second choice is to use American Racing wheels. They have 2 wheels for the Colorado/Canyon. One is the 15"x8" "Baja", the other is the 16"x8" "Chamber". The plus side of these wheels is that they're "Hubcentric". The minus side is that they're only +20mm offset, so the tires will stick out at least 1" more than OE, depending on the tires used.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
     They have more than that as I bought a set of 17" Chrome Mag style wheels from them last fall
    The second choice is to use American Racing wheels. They have 2 wheels for the Colorado/Canyon. One is the 15"x8" "Baja", the other is the 16"x8" "Chamber". The plus side of these wheels is that they're "Hubcentric". The minus side is that they're only +20mm offset, so the tires will stick out at least 1" more than OE, depending on the tires used.
  • jlb2jlb2 Posts: 18
    :) Thanks for all the information,decided for now at 1600 mi on my 05-Z/71 Colorado to go only with new tires.Bought 265/70/15 Yokohama H/TS G051.What a diffirence a good tire makes,its a diffirent truck and dont understand how in this competive market General is still in business .The rattle in my left door was my coin box[sorry GM] , with the 3.5L,auto,3.42 rearend , most around town mix has been 19 to 21mpg.Wish I would have found this fourm before I put new mitchlems on the wifes car,could have done better thanks to you folks.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    I agree with you on all counts. The 2.8 liter 4 banger is a darn good engine. I can't believe its really a GM 4 banger with how smooth and quiet it runs and how good the power is. I honestly think its a much better engine then the 5-banger based on the problems some owners have had with it. I also can't stand the lack of the passenger door lock. Many times I've walked up to it trying to unlock it with the key only to find no keyhole. Quite irritating when I only want to grab something from that side of the truck. It's even more annoying to see that useless lock on the tailgate sneering at me, LOL. That being said, it's really only a problem for the few old schoolers and cheapies like us who didn't get the power door locks with remote keyless. If they wanted to save money, they should have only deleted the passenger door lock on trucks equipped with keyless entry. That way just about everyone would be happy.

    By the way, I own the exact same truck as you. Did you get a 5 speed or auto? What color is yours? Mine is black and 5-speed. Very sporty looking truck. I get compliments on it all the time. Love it and plan on keeping it a long time.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    I haven't missed the lock on the passenger side, really never noticed it missing until this thread as I have the remote but would like to bring to the attention of those out there who are complaining about the tailgate lock and wish they had the passenger side lock instead. I have had one neighbor and 2 people I have worked with through the years have their tailgate stolen right off their trucks at night. Without the key lock anyone can own your tailgate. So keep it locked and wish for GM to add the door lock back, not take away the tailgate lock. My guess would be lots of people who lost their gate have complained to auto makers through the years and they have been heard. :shades:
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    This must be a big city thing. I've never heard of people getting their tailgate stolen. Seems odd to say the least.
  • temj12temj12 Posts: 450
    Apparently, you have the 3.42 rearend. I have the 4 cylinder five speed with the 3.73 rearend and it has absolutely no power.
  • lostwrenchlostwrench Posts: 288
    You are correct about the tailgate lock. It is to secure the tailgate from theft and not placed there to secure the contents of the box. Every time I took my old pick-up to the train station to catch a train, I would remove my tailgate and leave it at home. An unlockable tailgate on a vehicle left at a train station (or airport) is not a good idea.
  • dirkworkdirkwork Posts: 210

    A higher numerical ratio rear-end gear will typically provide faster acceleration and more pulling power than a lower numerical gear. Drag cars and larger HD trucks use higher numerical gears for example. The trade off is fuel milage. When people say high gear and low gear its actually the inverese to the numerical gear number being relatively high or low.

    Your driving experience could be where you live, your average payload and what you are used to driving.
  • Contrary to what most have said on here, the 4 cyl, w/ auto is NOT a bad setup. I have come up a ramp at 35 and let the beast loose (hammer down) and got up to 85 in 4 1/2 seconds....needless to say....i was impressed....and yes i do have the 3.73 rear gear. So, these fools that say it has no go power with that rear gear, either need to learn how to shift smoother/faster, or need figure out that they should use the skinny one on the right... :shades:
  • carglowcarglow Posts: 91
    What kind of gas mileage are y'all getting with the 2.8l automatic?
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Nope, I have the same setup as you. It is pretty slow in 1st gear (1st is geared too low to gain much speed), but after that, the truck picks up speed a lot faster then it feels like. It gives off the sensation that you are accelerating slowly, but in reality, I leave people behind at stoplights even when I short shift at 2200 rpms. It's amazing how easily it accelerates and cruises at rpms below 2k, where most cars would be bucking and choking. It's a very torquey engine down low but this usually comes at the expense of horsepower higher up and this engine is no different. It's mostly pointless to rev beyond 4000 rpms.

    If you want max performance from your truck, the 4.10 gear ratio is the one to get. The 3.42 would make the truck even slower. The 3.73 is the best compromise between power and fuel economy.
  • temj12temj12 Posts: 450
    Thanks for the information. I thought it was just the opposite. I had looked at one with the 3.42 gear and I had wondered if I made a mistake in getting this one. I drive the truck unloaded. I have two other four cylinder vehicles which have smaller engines and they will run off and leave this one. I am not sorry, however, that I bought a four cylinder. It is exactly what i wanted. I am not disappointed at all.
  • temj12temj12 Posts: 450
    You are an idiot. I know how to drive the truck and shift it.
  • temj12temj12 Posts: 450
    Also, thank you for the enlightenment. It is true when you go from first to second that there is too much gap there. As I told the other respondent, I thought it was just the opposite with the gearing. The truck has 300 miles on it and it may get better in time. I had two S10's and I don't remember them as sluggish like this one.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    You also have to remember if you're compairing the truck to a little car than that truck is a whole lot heavier than the cars which don't have a heavy frame for the towing and hauling abilities. 6 or 8 hundred pounds different can make a world of difference.
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