Which Year Chevy Colorado Is the Best One to Buy Used?

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The Chevy Colorado has been around for 15 years now. So which model years should a potential buyer avoid?

Used cars and trucks present us with a great opportunity. Since the original owner paid for the vehicle’s depreciation, you receive a much better value. But there are pitfalls in buying used, of course. Namely gambling on the hope that the previous owner(s) took care of the vehicle. And each model year or generation of any vehicle has its own unique quirks. Thus, Chevrolet Forum member fotyfobravo did the smart thing and sought advice from his fellow members before looking for a used Chevy Colorado.

“I am looking at buying a V6 Colorado between 2015 and 2017. Is there anything I should avoid or insist upon? Is one year superior to another? I am looking at 2WD, but could occasionally use the 4WD in winter. I’m hoping to average about 20 mpg all around, 25 or 26 would be nice on the road. Thanks for any suggestions.”

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Member subfan597 immediately points out that going for the first model year of a brand new vehicle is usually not a great idea.

“When Chevy reintroduced it in 2015, it came with a new problem-plagued, computer-controlled trans. The 2015 and 2016 should to be avoided, but it seems the problem with the trans lessened in the 2017 and 2018 model years. I have made it a habit to avoid a new model year on any vehicle and wait until the bugs are worked out of it over the next couple years. When the Colorado first appeared in 2004, that and the following year were swamped with complaints. By 2006 the complaints decreased and the truck became pretty reliable through 2012.”

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Fellow member surgedoc seconds that notion and adds in his own experience with a new Chevy Colorado.

“I can add my personal experience from just recently getting a newer Colorado in the hopes it helps you. A month ago I just got a 2018 Colorado Z71 2WD with the smaller I4 motor. I initially wanted a V6 because it seemed odd to me to have an I4 in a truck for light towing on random occasions. I drove a V6 LT but wound up going with the I4 Z71.

Mileage wise, I’ve been getting about 18-20 in town and anywhere from 23-29 on highway. I get closer to the 23 if I’m doing 75 mph on the highway. Not disappointed at all. Personally, the I4 is fine with me due to my very light towing. Not a race truck by any means, but if common sense is applied while towing it’s a surprisingly capable motor.”

So far the OP has received some great recommendations from his fellow Chevy fans. But we want to know what you think. Do you own or have you owned any model year Chevy Colorado? If so, head over here and give the OP some tips on which one he should buy!

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

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