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So i keep hearing that the colorado duramax 2.8 is the same engine as the jeep liberty 2.8 by vm is this true? Has anyone tried putting parts off a jeep 2.8 on your colorado? Reason i ask is that im sure all of you know that the timing belt for the colorado is non existent unless you go to the dealership to have it done. I put a lot of miles on my truck and the recommended service is 150,000 miles i dont trust dealerships last time i had an oil change there they left a pocket knife and a wrench under my hood.
 

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How many miles do you have??

I'd not try inter interchanging parts, I'm guessing there's actually a host of differences between the 2 enginesin reality.
 

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I have 50,000 on it so far, does rock auto also sell the idlers and special tools also? Im sure thwre are a few differences i know for sure the alternator, oil filter and a few other parts are the same, i get that the internal parts like pistons, crank etc have differences but alot of the auxillary parts seem to be the same. I know its weird putting chrysler parts on a chevy but they owned vm 50/50
 

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I have 50,000 on it so far, does rock auto also sell the idlers and special tools also? Im sure thwre are a few differences i know for sure the alternator, oil filter and a few other parts are the same, i get that the internal parts like pistons, crank etc have differences but alot of the auxillary parts seem to be the same. I know its weird putting chrysler parts on a chevy but they owned vm 50/50
Why don’t you go on Rockauto.com and see for yourself. Most times they will show if a part is interchangeable with another model.
 

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You're incredibly concerned about the availability of parts you're not needing yet... you're only half way there!
 

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I like having spare parts for every machine i have, if you did alot of offroading you would understand. As a farmer i am driving around offroad all day and half the night checking crops, maybe 10% to 15% off my driving is on pavement
 

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I like having spare parts for every machine i have, if you did alot of offroading you would understand. As a farmer i am driving around offroad all day and half the night checking crops, maybe 10% to 15% off my driving is on pavement
As my momma always said, we will cross that bridge when we get to it. A little early to start worrying about timing belts.

Also, 10-15%? If that were true you’d never complete a regen and you would have been in limp mode long ago.
 

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I don't do much off-roading at all...in fact I avoid it! That said I do tow a lot, stressing the engine that way. I'm not the least bit concerned about a timing belt though, likely won't be until 90k+...some things just don't cause problems like that. Honestly it seems strange to me :) I get having some spare parts around, I'm in construction and down-time is cash down the drain...I have friends that farm and not one of them carries around extra timing belts as that's just not something you're going to do out in the field if it does break.

And, 10% on the road? ok...that means you've done 45,000 miles off road in the past 3 years...color me impressed!
 

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I realize the post sounds like a jerk-mode...just shocked anyone's so desperate for a timing belt that they want to get it from Mopar already.
 

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I feel the same way about dealerships. I got over 185K on my 2016 and looking to get the timing belt changed before something bad happens. Had the dealership in the past look into a "check engine light" problem and it took them three times back and forth to figure out that I had a bad DEF injector pump. They replaced a bunch of parts during this time and the light kept coming back on after a couple of days. They kept charging me time and time again without fixing the problem until the last time so I am done with dealerships. Trying to find a reputable diesel mechanic is tough too so wish me luck!!
 

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I have a 2016 Colorado Tracker Pro with the 2.8L Duramax. The dealer just did my 40,000 km PMS and told me my timing belt is due for replacement. I find that hard to believe since the truck has barely 25,000 miles. I would expect the belt to last at least 100,000 miles or 150,000 km.
 

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I have a 2016 Colorado Tracker Pro with the 2.8L Duramax. The dealer just did my 40,000 km PMS and told me my timing belt is due for replacement. I find that hard to believe since the truck has barely 25,000 miles. I would expect the belt to last at least 100,000 miles or 150,000 km.
I think I’ve heard of one other person having theirs replaced and they had it done at 100k miles.
 

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So, this thread came back up in my email and I found the answer to my question - https://autoreplacementcosts.com/chevy-colorado-belt-chain-list/

Truly is a bummer that this truck has a belt. We have a Nissan Versa toss away car and that even has a belt. I didn't even think belts where still being used today. The more and more I learn about my 2016 Colorado, the more and more I wish I would of opted for a full size diesel.
 

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Most modern light duty Diesel engines have timing belts. The belt on the 2.8 is a HD Kevlar reinforced belt which is good for 150k miles.
 

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Most modern light duty Diesel engines have timing belts. The belt on the 2.8 is a HD Kevlar reinforced belt which is good for 150k miles.
Hmm, that is crazy to me. Seems all the cost savings I was going to have is slowly getting dwindled down. I guess "they" are gonna get you one way or another. I sure do like the small foot print and being able to tow some weight though.
 

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Hmm, that is crazy to me. Seems all the cost savings I was going to have is slowly getting dwindled down. I guess "they" are gonna get you one way or another. I sure do like the small foot print and being able to tow some weight though.
I think you’re overreacting. Some of the best small Diesel engines (Volkswagen 1.9 VE TDI for example) have timing belts.

A timing chain will stretch with mileage which will need to be replaced anyway, and will be more expensive than a belt. It may last longer but chains are still wear items.

Timing gear drive is the best but expecting one on a small diesel is unrealistic. I can’t think of any modern 4 cyl diesels that comes with a timing gear in a car or truck application. The new Ford F-150 3.0 diesel has a timing belt, and I suspect the new 3.0 Duramax will have one as well.

Nothing wrong with a belt. Replace it with the tensioner and WP at the recommended interval and keep driving.
 

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So i keep hearing that the colorado duramax 2.8 is the same engine as the jeep liberty 2.8 by vm is this true? Has anyone tried putting parts off a jeep 2.8 on your colorado? Reason i ask is that im sure all of you know that the timing belt for the colorado is non existent unless you go to the dealership to have it done. I put a lot of miles on my truck and the recommended service is 150,000 miles i dont trust dealerships last time i had an oil change there they left a pocket knife and a wrench under my hood.
 
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