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2015 Colorado, new (used) daily driver.

Postby Cronk » Mon May 30, 2016 8:20 pm

Well, I did it, I committed to a vehicle payment. Took new job and was back to daily driving the Rodeo about 50 miles a day. Unfortunately though, I ended up repairing something every week too. I guess sitting for such a long period of time took a toll. It was time to move to a newer vehicle, so I shopped around. I wanted a V8 Colorado but the low mile one I went to look has a severely rusted frame. On the way home, I drove by the Dealer lot and saw a 2015 Colorado with only 10000 miles. I decided to schedule a test drive. Truck was an executive model with a few gear on accessories added. Long story short, I Ended up buying the truck. The price deference was 10k less than list, I was happy letting someone else eat the depreciation. So here we are a month later still happy with my purchase.

Specs: 3.6 liter 305 hp, Z71 package, remote start, back up camera, heated seats, xm radio and on star. Has the gear on bed divider, trailering package and soft bed cover.

So far the mileage has been pretty good. I'm getting 22-24 mph on my commute. My best 25 mile average has been 30.2 mpg and best 50 mile average has been 27. I like the extra horsepower. Being me, I have toyed around with it a bit at work. I'll tell you that the limited slip works great and so does the 4x. I believe I'm going to need to remove the front valence panel as I have scraped it on more than one curb and dug into a dirt ramp when I decided to drive instead of walk. The onstar is a bit weird, I'll likely let it lapse. The internet package doesn't work too well in our area and calling someone for directions is pretty much pointless with a smart phone. I do like the app though, it's pretty cool to be able to see where you vehicle is and to remote start it from anywhere.

I am planning to add body color rough country flares and get a leveling kit. Later on, a better set of tires will be added. I'll probably make a set of nerf bars for it. Also toying with the idea of putting D-max emblems on it.

The Rodeo will be driven intermittently to preserve the miles on the Colorado. Rodeo will serve as my off roader - expo rig. I have this great plan to drive it on a massive road trip including Alaska, if and when I get the back half trailer done. We'll see.

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Re: 2015 Colorado, new (used) daily driver.

Postby itsmehb » Mon May 30, 2016 9:46 pm

Wow, what's not to like. Really a nice looking truck, and the gas mileage is really good for an 8. Good luck with it.
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Re: 2015 Colorado, new (used) daily driver.

Postby Gen1Trooper » Mon May 30, 2016 11:08 pm

Nice.....!
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Re: 2015 Colorado, new (used) daily driver.

Postby squatch » Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:23 am

Nice truck Joe!
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Re: 2015 Colorado, new (used) daily driver.

Postby squatch » Sun Jun 05, 2016 11:48 pm

Joe you might find this interesting.
http://www.wanderthewest.com/forum/topi ... 011-eagle/
These links have write-ups and pics of most anything you ever will do on a 2.6 Isuzu. Engine, brakes, suspension, interior, you name it! Enjoy!
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The continuing Trooper project.
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My '88 Spacecab build. In progress.
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Re: 2015 Colorado, new (used) daily driver.

Postby Cronk » Sat Jun 11, 2016 10:27 pm

squatch wrote:Joe you might find this interesting.
http://www.wanderthewest.com/forum/topi ... 011-eagle/


Funny you mention that, I was planning to measure my father N law's pop up camper next time I was over there.
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Re: 2015 Colorado, new (used) daily driver.

Postby Cronk » Sat Jun 11, 2016 10:33 pm

Received my leveling kit and flares the other day.

test fit the flares, need to get them in for paint. No time to do squat right now.
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Re: 2015 Colorado, new (used) daily driver.

Postby Cronk » Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:30 pm

Just got back from a 5100 mile road trip in this thing. Did it in 7 days solo. Truck did great. I averaged 21.1 MPG with much of that driving at 80+ MPG. I bested my highest MPG ratings on the 25 mile average (36.7), 50 mile average (33.3) and 450 mile average 25.2). No off-roading other than a few rough roads. Truck cab is a little tight to sleep in but I'm short so it wasn't too terribly bad.

Was an impromptu trip to drive to the Grand Canyon, then drive back through Montana. Always talked about hiking the Canyon since I visited it close to 20 years ago. Montana was my last Conus State. Had some extra vacation I needed to burn so I set a date and made it happen. I accomplished both but wasn't able to get a back country permit in the timeframe I wanted, several people ahead of me and I was on a timeline. Decided to day hike Bright Angel, then hit a few other places instead.

All I can say is that I like this truck and The West is beautiful!

Ended up visiting the following places:
Day 1: Driving all day
Day 2: Palo Duro, Texas (on my way to GC)
Day 3: Grand Canyon
Day 4: Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park (Did Angel's Landing)
Day 5: Yellowstone
Day 6: Little Bighorn Battle Site, Devil's Tower, Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse (was a long day!)
Day 7: Driving all day
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Re: 2015 Colorado, new (used) daily driver.

Postby Cronk » Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:35 pm

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Re: 2015 Colorado, new (used) daily driver.

Postby Cronk » Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:38 pm

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Re: 2015 Colorado, new (used) daily driver.

Postby Cronk » Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:40 pm

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Yellowstone before I found out West Access was closed
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Yellowstone North Access Area.....
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Re: 2015 Colorado, new (used) daily driver.

Postby paulevans76 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:57 pm

How's the visibility? My one styling peeve with them is how they shorten the rear side and back windows. The older versions were especially rough because the back seats didn't have removable headrests, so you could really only see out of 1/3 of the back glass.
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Re: 2015 Colorado, new (used) daily driver.

Postby Cronk » Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:25 pm

paulevans76 wrote:How's the visibility? My one styling peeve with them is how they shorten the rear side and back windows. The older versions were especially rough because the back seats didn't have removable headrests, so you could really only see out of 1/3 of the back glass.


Rear visibility isn't the best, the mirrors are good though.
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Re: 2015 Colorado, new (used) daily driver.

Postby squatch » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:17 pm

Sounds like a great trip Joe!
These links have write-ups and pics of most anything you ever will do on a 2.6 Isuzu. Engine, brakes, suspension, interior, you name it! Enjoy!
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