Interesting Facts about the Chevrolet Colorado
- The Chevrolet Colorado was introduced in 2004 as a replacement for the S-10, putting an end to the S-10's 22-year run in the Chevrolet truck lineup. Although it was still classified as a compact or mid-sized truck, the Chevrolet Colorado is bigger than the S-10. It's also the fifth all-new truck that Chevrolet has produced after the Avalanche's debut in 1999.
- The Chevrolet Colorado is the first truck in its class to be equipped with optional roof rail side air bags. Aside from that, it was also the quietest and smoothest pickup truck in its class. It was also equipped with head-protecting curtain side airbags covering all seating rows-a feature that is available on a GM pickup for the first time.
- Japanese car and heavy truck manufacturing company, Isuzu, participated in the production of the Chevrolet Colorado. In 2005, Isuzu came up with its own version and sold it with the name i-Series.
- The Series 490 Light Delivery chassis cowl is the Chevrolet Colorado's great grandfather. It was the first pickup model introduced by Chevrolet in 1918. Powered by a 2.8-liter four-cylinder engine, the Series 490 had a top speed of only 50kph.
- In 2010, pickup trucks dominated more than 40 percent of Thailand's auto sales while the midsize and compact trucks sales in Thailand has surpassed the sales in US. That is why the second generation Chevrolet Colorado debuted at the Bangkok Motor Show in Thailand in 2011.
- For the next generation of Chevrolet Colorado trucks that could be the first diesel mid-sized trucks to be sold in the United States, production will be held at the General Motors assembly plant in Wentzville, MO. The automaker has reportedly shelled out $380 million for the expansion of 500,000 square feet plant where both the Chevrolet Colorado and Canyon will be built.
- The all new Chevrolet Colorado pickups are equipped with Duramax engines. These engines were developed and produced at the new and state-of-the-art $200,000,000 engine power plant in Rayong, Thailand. This engine plant that can produce about 120,000 engines per year has a fully-automated, computer-guided sequence for gauges, and employs lasers for high-level precision.
Common Problems with the Chevrolet Colorado
The Chevrolet Colorado was introduced by General Motors in 2004 together with its counterpart, the GMC Canyon. Since then, this mid-size pickup truck by the American carmaker has gained a lot of following due to its improving style and performance through the years. However, there are a couple of things that car owners should watch out for with the Chevrolet Colorado.
In 2006, GM has recalled 2004-2009 Chevrolet Colorado pickups that are having problems with their exterior lighting. The recalled vehicles were originally sold in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Utah. Due to a contamination in the switch, the brake lamps of these vehicles either stop functioning permanently or they stay illuminated at all times. This problem with the brake lamp usually affects the center high-mounted stop lamp and the cruise control. Aside from that, this problem also causes the trailer brake lamps connected to the pickup's brake lamp wiring to mimic the brake lamps. This might confuse the driver and cause a rear-end crash without prior warning because the driver wouldn't know if the brakes have already been applied.
The suspension system is another problem area for the Chevrolet Colorado. GM has recalled model year 2011 of the Colorado pickups for its suspension problems. Because they were not properly heated, the rear axle cross pins have a tendency to get fractured and displaced within the rear axle. In the event that the pin shifts out of position, it could lead to an interference that will cause the rear axle to lock. As a result, the driver might find it hard to maintain control on his direction and a crash could occur without warning.
The consumers have also encountered a problem with the Chevrolet Colorado's fuel system. The Chevrolet Colorado was one of the 27,188 vehicles recalled by GM for this fuel system problem in which water is able to seep into the fuel system control module. This is caused by a separation in the adhesive between the room temperature vulcanizing (RTV) seal and the housing. When water seeps into the module, this could result to an open or short circuit. It may also illuminate the service engine soon lamp, and set the diagnostic trouble codes. Aside from stalling, this will make the engine difficult to start or not start at all, increasing the risk of an accident.
Chevrolet Colorado Care Tips to Save on Gas
If you own a Chevrolet Colorado, be proud! Parked in your garage is a midsize pickup truck that packs a powerful and efficient engine, comfortable and convenient interior, and excellent safety technology, among other amazing features. You can even boost its efficiency and save on fuel costs by making sure your pickup gets its regular maintenance.
Remember: a small investment in simple and low-cost vehicle maintenance steps can improve fuel efficiency and save money. Our tips below can help you get the best mileage from your Colorado:
- Get rid of unnecessary items in your pickup.
Even tasks as simple as putting away all those junk in your vehicle can do wonders for its mileage. How? If your Colorado carries less weight, it consumes less fuel. It is that simple and will not cost you a single penny!
- Check your tires' pressure and inflate them regularly.
Did you know that by inflating the tires regularly, you can improve your Colorado's fuel mileage by 3.3 percent? If your tires are underinflated, resistance increases and the engine will have a hard time moving your vehicle along the road. That is bad for your pickup's fuel mileage. To know if your tires are properly inflated, refer to the website of the tire manufacturer or your owner's manual for the optimal PSI (pounds per square inch) ratings. Make sure that your tires' PSI ratings do not fall under the optimal rate, lest you lose precious miles per gallon.
- Keep your engine properly tuned.
You will lose an average of 4 percent of fuel mileage to an engine that is incorrectly tuned. So do not take your engine for granted.
- Make sure the oxygen sensor is free from damage.
Also a key to a better mileage is an oxygen sensor in good condition. As soon as early signs of damage are detected, replace the faulty oxygen sensor. Doing so will improve your mileage by 40 percent.
- Replace air filter every 12,000 miles or when it is clogged.
Changing your Colorado's air filter can give your mileage a dramatic boost—it can save you as much as 22 cents for every gallon! This is true especially for older Colorados. A clogged air filter can hurt your vehicle's fuel economy by constraining the flow of air into the intake manifold. So check your air filter regularly and replace it as soon as it is clogged or when your Colorado has reached 12,000 miles.
- Use the correct motor oil for your pickup.
You cannot use just any type of motor oil and expect maximum fuel efficiency from your Colorado. Yes, it will run with a motor oil grade that is different from the one recommended for your particular vehicle's year, make, and model. However, the wrong kind of oil will not be as efficient. Check your owner's manual and use the exact motor oil for your vehicle.
- Get a new gas cap if your old one is missing, loose, or damaged.
A worn-out or missing gas cap allows gas to vaporize into the air. That will reduce your vehicle's fuel efficiency by 1 or 2 percent. Avoid wasting precious fuel by installing a new gas cap.
Chevrolet Colorado: The Compact Budget Pickup
During the 1970’s, Datsun (now known as Nissan) and Toyota flooded the U.S market with small pickup trucks. Chrysler, GM, and Ford were market leaders when it came to the larger pickups, but the market changed and it fell in love with the smaller and compact “fun-to-drive" pickups. Chevrolet is one of the first compact pickups or “trucklets” to compete in the compact pickup segment, which gave birth to the LUV, (Light Utility Vehicle) S-10, GMC Canyon, and the Chevrolet Colorado.
1972 to 1980: The Chevy LUV
Since GM owned a part of Isuzu Motors Ltd, Japan, it decided to buy trucks from Isuzu and rebrand them as Chevy LUVs or Light Utility Vehicles. These LUVs made their debut in 1972 and they were powered by a 1.8-liter SOHC engine, coupled with a four speed transmission. Sales of the LUV grew and in 1979, Motor Trend named the LUV 4x4 as their second “Truck of the Year”. But in 1983, the popularity of the LUV waned and it was time for GM to build its own home-grown pickup.
1982 to 2004: The Chevy S-10
It was the new generation Chevrolet pickup that was “not too big, not too small.” Using the GMT325 platform, it was powered by a 1.9-liter Isuzu I4 engine with a two-barrel carburetor. The compact sport utility S-10 was called the Chevrolet S-10 Blazer, and it was powered by a 2.5-liter “Iron Duke” OHV I4 engine. A 2.8-liter V6 and 4.3-liter V6 was also offered to the S-10 in 1998. From 1998 to 2004, the S-10, was always second to the Ford Ranger and just like the LUV, it had to give way to a slightly larger midsized truck, the Chevrolet Colorado.
2004 to 2012: The Chevrolet Colorado
The Colorado was designed by Isuzu, GM’s Brazil Operations, and GM’s North American Operations. Using the GMT355 platform, the Chevy Colorado was powered by a 2.8-liter LK5 I4 engine, coupled with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. The ZQ8 was a more road-tuned Colorado, which offered 17-inch alloy wheels, low profile fender flares, a sport suspension system, and color-matched bumpers and grille. Side skirts, a different set of front and rear bumpers, fender flares, headlights, grille, and 18-inch alloy wheels were offered to the ZQ8 Extreme edition. Four more engine options were made available to the Colorado, and they were the 2.9-liter LLV I4, 3.5-liter L52 I5, and the 5.3-liter Lh8 V8. In 2005, the Chevrolet Colorado’s sales peaked at 163,204 units, surpassing the Ford Ranger. Due to the “Poor” side impact rating received from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Colorado was equipped with side curtain airbags in 2010.