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Old January 13th, 2017, 12:46 PM   #1
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Anyone own a Colorado or Canyon with the 2.8L Duramax?

Driving impression? Towing? Real world mileage?
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Old January 13th, 2017, 12:55 PM   #2
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I'm looking at a 2 year lease, 15k miles per year. ~$517.00 per month. ~$540.00 due at signing.

The one I've got my eye on is the 2017 Denali, long ( 6') bed. Although for my use, I'd prefer the shortbed (with less wheelbase).

Towing a 22' boat with BBC power medium distances, and a 24' pontoon short distances. 5x9 utility trailer everywhere. Quite possibly an 18' car hauler with my CJ5 on it. Should be below the 7550 towing capacity.

Really don't want to get a fullsize pickup, because the bulk of my driving is commuting back/forth to work (35 miles total).

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I think @RDK_YJ88 has one and uses it to tow.
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Jesus. $517 a month for a half ass Silverado?

You sure you're spending your money wisely here?
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Jesus. $517 a month for a half ass Silverado?

You sure you're spending your money wisely here?
No shit, my CC full size z71, well optioned with higher towing capacity is cheaper than that.

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No shit, my CC full size z71, well optioned with higher towing capacity is cheaper than that.

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You have a lease on a new silverado Crew Cab less than $500 a month for 15k a year?

I've shopped crew cabs for the last 10 years (owned 3) and have never been given a lease price below $500 a month for a crew cab 4x4 with a 5.3.

I know the double cabs can be leased extremely cheap, but never made it under $500 on a true crew cab....
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You have a lease on a new silverado Crew Cab less than $500 a month for 15k a year?

I've shopped crew cabs for the last 10 years (owned 3) and have never been given a lease price below $500 a month for a crew cab 4x4 with a 5.3.

I know the double cabs can be leased extremely cheap, but never made it under $500 on a true crew cab....
Sure do, and my buy out is only 21k at the end.

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have you checked out the Ram Ecodiesel? Allegedly gets similar MPG to the canyon diesel if thats what you're concerned about. Larger/heavier truck is obviously going to be much better for towing
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Sure do, and my buy out is only 21k at the end.

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Someone found a good deal....
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Someone found a good deal....
I've had very good experiences with Erica Smith at Young in Owosso.

Whoops she got married, it's Erica Teeter now...

Edit: my truck is a 2014, but I'm confident she could do it again, they haven't jumped that much.


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A crew cab Ford F150 XLT with the 2.7L is also very cheap right now. @trailrail302
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Old January 13th, 2017, 03:10 PM   #13
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We love ours. My wife drives it everyday from Fenton to Ann Abor and averages about 30-32mpg. Towed my 2 door Jk on 35s to the sand dunes last summer. 70 mph, never shifted out of overdrive and we got 18mpg hand calculated. Has heat within minutes of a cold startup. We have just over 11,000 miles on it now. Green Diesel Engineering in commerce is working on a tune for them right now. Can't wait to try it out. 7,700lbs tow capacity. What's the crew cab 5.3l bumper pull capacity?
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I have to agree with some of the comments. I talked a buddy out of buying one. For the price of the compact trucks and their size, you can get more truck and bang for buck getting a full size.

I was looking at a Tacoma for $35k Canadian. I bought a used f150 for the same ball park and it has more room and towing ability. I'm also seeing the same mileage numbers. When I had my ranger.

I liked the size of my ranger, it fit places where my f150 can't. I paid $28k for my ranger in 08, I could have gotten an f150 that was similarly packaged for the same price.

If all you want it for is the deisel, look at dodge. The 1/2 ton trucks seem to get similar numbers as far as fuel consumption is concerned. My f150 has gotten 22mpg going from Detroit to silver lake. That's a 6k truck with a 5.0L and 3.73's. Pretty good imo.
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I was thinking about getting one, but financially it didn't make sense.

I could buy a new Double cab with a 5.3 for less money, about the same for crew cab. Also could get a ford super cab 2.7L

Ended up "saving" about 12k buying a one year old ram crew cab with a hemi.

I did test drive a diesel Colorado, wasn't nearly as exciting/interesting as I had hoped. Basically I would have been paying the same amount of money to have truck slightly smaller.


With that, I'll probably just go buy a new Tacoma in 2 years.
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We love ours. My wife drives it everyday from Fenton to Ann Abor and averages about 30-32mpg. Towed my 2 door Jk on 35s to the sand dunes last summer. 70 mph, never shifted out of overdrive and we got 18mpg hand calculated. Has heat within minutes of a cold startup. We have just over 11,000 miles on it now. Green Diesel Engineering in commerce is working on a tune for them right now. Can't wait to try it out. 7,700lbs tow capacity. What's the crew cab 5.3l bumper pull capacity?
PPEI has tunes for them already.
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We love ours. My wife drives it everyday from Fenton to Ann Abor and averages about 30-32mpg. Towed my 2 door Jk on 35s to the sand dunes last summer. 70 mph, never shifted out of overdrive and we got 18mpg hand calculated. Has heat within minutes of a cold startup. We have just over 11,000 miles on it now. Green Diesel Engineering in commerce is working on a tune for them right now. Can't wait to try it out. 7,700lbs tow capacity. What's the crew cab 5.3l bumper pull capacity?
9200. 11000 with the max towing package.


the thing i dont like about the baby duramax is the 150k service interval for the timing belt. not an issue if your leasing... but something to consider if you are buying. it seems like GM dropped the ball going with a belt vs a chain.
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A 150,000 mile service interval is a bad thing?
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PPEI has tunes for them already.
GDE has been tuning the libertys with the 2.8l and the mini max is the same "ish" motor, just the newer version. They are way more knowledgeable than any other tuner. I believe the owner did tuning for Jeep originally.


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9200. 11000 with the max towing package.


the thing i dont like about the baby duramax is the 150k service interval for the timing belt. not an issue if your leasing... but something to consider if you are buying. it seems like GM dropped the ball going with a belt vs a chain.

That's the gooseneck rating right, not bumper pull? Not everyone wants to pull a gooseneck.

Timing belts are easy. I'm not worried about doing a timing belt in 140k miles from now.

I didn't buy it to have the fastest truck out there. It has plenty of power for daily driving and that same power stick around when towing my Jeep. I work for GM and get the employee discount, the Colorado was a few grand cheaper than a crew cab Silverado and tows my Jeep better. The exhaust brake is nice to have too.

We get about 650 miles to a full tank.
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I have to agree with some of the comments. I talked a buddy out of buying one. For the price of the compact trucks and their size, you can get more truck and bang for buck getting a full size.
Exactlyn then factor resale. Full size resale is obnoxious.
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