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Hi Guys,

I'm looking around and wondering what the consensus is on used diesel colorado's? I realize that is a loaded question but in general are these a long life engine or is that yet to be determined.?

Anything I am finding around the 30K and under mark is used, some with 50K miles. Also, most of what I'm seeing in the diesel is the z71 package. I'm not specifically looking for that but if it adds some towing capability I'm fine with it...also I do think it is a cool looking package. I commute for my day job but my wife and I also run a small equine business (she has her own 1500 truck) so the Colorado could see some work but not too regularly. If I had to lean one way I would lean toward package/trim that might get better MPG.

Any thoughts for a potential buyer? - Thank you in advance!
 

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I work with a guy that has 110K+ miles on his 2016, 180 miles a day commuting . Also, you may not find too many high mile Diesels in the Colorado, 2016 was the first year for them.
 

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Z71 or the All Terrain package in the GMC are the same package. Both have great towing abilities. The only truck/ package that has less towing is the ZR2. You should be fine with a diesel z71 for any towing (under 7,600 lbs). And get good fuel economy.
 

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Hi Guys,

I'm looking around and wondering what the consensus is on used diesel colorado's? I realize that is a loaded question but in general are these a long life engine or is that yet to be determined.?

Anything I am finding around the 30K and under mark is used, some with 50K miles. Also, most of what I'm seeing in the diesel is the z71 package. I'm not specifically looking for that but if it adds some towing capability I'm fine with it...also I do think it is a cool looking package. I commute for my day job but my wife and I also run a small equine business (she has her own 1500 truck) so the Colorado could see some work but not too regularly. If I had to lean one way I would lean toward package/trim that might get better MPG.

Any thoughts for a potential buyer? - Thank you in advance!
My $0.02:

* Z71 is fine, and will indeed add capability.
* ZR2 is a toy. Toys are fine, if you don't mind the reduced capabilities
* Don't buy tuned.
* Go for immaculate maintenance records.
* If you ever imagine using a bed hitch, go for the long wheel base/bed.
* Find both the short and long bed dimensions and compare them to what you need in your biz. Remember, "long" isn't "long" as full sizers imagine. You won't be hauling 8' boards flat, no matter what you buy.
* You will love driveability/comfort. It's not a rocket, but also not your year 2000 diesel. Quietest pickup I've ever owned (but I buy new and keep for 20+ years so what do I know).
 

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Hi Guys,

I'm looking around and wondering what the consensus is on used diesel colorado's? I realize that is a loaded question but in general are these a long life engine or is that yet to be determined.?

Anything I am finding around the 30K and under mark is used, some with 50K miles. Also, most of what I'm seeing in the diesel is the z71 package. I'm not specifically looking for that but if it adds some towing capability I'm fine with it...also I do think it is a cool looking package. I commute for my day job but my wife and I also run a small equine business (she has her own 1500 truck) so the Colorado could see some work but not too regularly. If I had to lean one way I would lean toward package/trim that might get better MPG.

Any thoughts for a potential buyer? - Thank you in advance!
Use the wife’s truck if you are worried about towing capacity. These trucks weren’t made for that. I can say that my ZR2 will flat tow my 6k lb lifted jeep on 35s all day with no problems. Fuel mpg goes from 28 to 19 but might get better if I kept it under 70.
 

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Use the wife’s truck if you are worried about towing capacity. These trucks weren’t made for that. I can say that my ZR2 will flat tow my 6k lb lifted jeep on 35s all day with no problems. Fuel mpg goes from 28 to 19 but might get better if I kept it under 70.
I can understand that with a ZR2. You are 1K# above rated when towing your Jeep, but with a comparable Z71 you would be ~1.7K# under the rating.

Use your truck for what you bought it for. Want to tart it up to be King of the Cul de Sac? Have at it. But we are degenerate travelers and want to be able to tow our Escape 5.O TA ~7K miles/year. From Mexico thru Alaska. Year after year. So far, so good, for almost 4 years....

 

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Had no intention of towing anything when I bought the ZR2. Just nice to know it will tow a couple of times a year if I wish. If I were to tow long distance on a regular basis as you do, I would have bought a full size truck. Once you drive the ZR2 it’s difficult to go down to a Z71.
 

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Had no intention of towing anything when I bought the ZR2. Just nice to know it will tow a couple of times a year if I wish. If I were to tow long distance on a regular basis as you do, I would have bought a full size truck. Once you drive the ZR2 it’s difficult to go down to a Z71.

No "goin' down" to a Z71. Yes, it rides firmer, with it's manly leaf springs, but I like that. I have everything I need in it, accessory wise.

ZR2 is a toy truck. I go off road on my feet or on a bike, so I can at least try and stay in shape. Not dissing toys, if that's what you want to spend your $ on. But Z71 has the combo of the capability of easily doing what we aks of it, ease of operation, and fuel economy. This is our only vehicle, except for 2 e bikes, and my wife can tool around the city quite nicely in it.
 

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All good, using brake buddy system. Have fun enjoy your rig and be safe, that’s what it’s all about.
 
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