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Chevrolet Colorado, Truck
#29 of 48 Re: Chevy Colorado Pricing [bwherr]
Dec 25, 2007 (12:39 am)
Look up your vehicle used on kbb.om or edmunds .com since that is what your car is now for practical purposes. That may be a mediocre price on a new 07 much less an 06.
A left over, never titled 2006 Chevrolet Colorado with a window sticker of $21,230.00 can be mine for $16,500.00 plus tax and title. Is this a fair price?
#30 of 48 Re: Chevy Colorado Pricing [bwherr]
Dec 25, 2007 (7:05 am)
I would try to get at least another $500 off.
#31 of 48 LT, Crew Cab w/ 5 cyl and many options
Sep 27, 2008 (8:39 am)
I never throught I would buy a Colorado because the automotive press has always been so hard on them, but the deals over the past few weeks were too good to resist. Frankly, once I test drove one, it was clear the press had really exaggerated any drawbacks compared to the Tacoma. Also, after reading on the internet about Tacoma's un-resolved "engine surge" issues and the company's refusal to acknowledge them, I really soured on getting one of those. I had also considered Nissan's Frontier, but the company's reliability record has been generally no better (or worse) than Chevy's on JD Powers surveys the past few years, so I couldn't justify the higher price. Basically, the small-sized GM trucks started looking better and better, and the massive incenrtives finally enticed me. Anyhow, I digress. Here was my buying experience on Sunday, 21 September 2008.
I did massive research on he internet, so I walked in knowing exactly what I wanted, and exactly what I was willing to pay. I found exactly what I was looking for and called the dealer up to make sure it was still in-stock - a 2008, Colorado Crew Cab, LT, 5 Cyl, RWD, in Dark Ruby pretty well "loaded" with:
- Leather seats & Leather wrapped steering wheel
- Power seats (both passenger & driver)
- Heated seats
- Side air bags
- Power windows, locks and mirrors
- 6-disc,CD changer w/ XM & MP3
- Sliding rear window
- Chrome wheels (basically extra-shiney "alloy" wheels)
- probably a couple of things I'm forgetting
MSRP was 27,5XX, GM Employee price was 24,7XX, minus $1,500 "cash back" it came to $23,265, and after subtracting an additional $1,500 in GM credit-card discounts, it came to $21,765. Unfortunately sales tax was $1,800, which pretty much wiped out my GM-card benefits - Maryland sucks for sales tax.
The dealer's finance guy got us 4.9% interest over 60 months thru BoA (which beat my bank's pre-approved 5.44%).
I'd newer used this dealer before (Ourisman Rockmont, in Rockville MD), but they were fine, and very efficient. The entire process from walking in, to driving home took about 1hr 20 minutes.
So far, so good. I'm happy with my purchase. We'll see how it holds up over time; maybe I'll post a follow up in a few months.
#32 of 48 Re: Colorado Options [poncho167]
Sep 27, 2008 (3:14 pm)
With apologies to Will Rogers...like Ralph Nader and Joan Claybrook, Consumer Reports has never met an automobile they didn't hate.
Over the last fifteen to twenty years, CR has so obviously become associated (infiltrated?) with neo-paganist earth worshippers, that I would no longer consider taking their "scientific" advice on which toaster to buy, let alone something as technologically advanced as an automobile.
#33 of 48 Re: Colorado Options [bob_gromski]
Oct 02, 2008 (8:25 am)
CR auto surveys (done since 1964?) are the most comprehensive thing the consumer has for auto reliability period. Some faults I guess can be made but the overall picture is probably accurate. Also the difference between the worst quartile and best quartile has shrunk over the years. Perhaps years ago the best quartile dropped 6 transmissions per hundred vehicles and the worst 20 trannys per hundred.
Now it may be 3 and 10 or so. All quality has improved. Although the worst is still all black dots.
I cannot believe anyone would buy a Colorado after test driving it to the Tacoma or Frontier. (Only comparing CR figures and jd powers stuff a big mistake, the build quality and robustness diff is tremendous. Colorado nowhere near approaches Silverado, Tacoma or Frontier in quality. Similar 2wd Crew Frontiers were blown out at around 20k or so the last month or two. Tacoma managed to hold up their snotty prices as there are a lot of Toyota freaks that will pay up.
Frontier and Tacoma have powerful v6's, heavy duty towing, robust build quality etc. Dodge Dakota was tolerable with lifetime powertrain but you need at least 10-12k off its inflated 29-33k msrp to be tolerable. Ridgeline 08 awd v6 at 8-10k off all day is excellent for a 21-23k purchase and may be superior to any 2wd purchase.
A quick look and test drive at any of them would put the Ridgeline, Powerful Frontier Possibly Tacoma or V8 Dakota well above the miserable Colorado with poor towing an "V5" underpowered engine. Most people would easily see this, regardless of magazine ratings. Body roll with a 250 pound man in the passenger rear crew seat was frightening. Avoid getting tied up with Gm's marketing gimmick cards. You need a full size truck, Silverado fine. Mid size colorado and compact cars are mediocre. You're locked in.
Am sympathetic to the pinko bent perceived on some other CR stuff with but the auto survey, continued and improved for 40 years has remained relatively pure, with no gross distortions. Most useful and comprehensive survey available regardless.
Avoid the Colorado, let the test drives be you guide.
#34 of 48 Re: Colorado Options [bob_gromski]
Oct 02, 2008 (4:42 pm)
Anyone who is serious about and knows autos/trucks doesn't follow Consumer Reports. The company does its surveys on only its subscribing base to their rag. Who knows why those people are responding to their surveys or why they are not. What are their demographics?
I would take CR into consideration when it comes to refrigerators, lawnmowers, microwaves, drills, etc., but not auto's.
CR had their big apology a couple years ago after the company who they outsourced to test child car seats gave an incorrect report in stating 8-11 were bad.
Car/truck magazines are good sources and JD Power and Wards are also legitimate but leave CR to toasters.
#35 of 48 2009 Canyon
Oct 02, 2008 (5:09 pm)
Can yoy get a 5speed man. with the 3.7 . Ken
#37 of 48 Re: Colorado Options [poncho167]
Oct 02, 2008 (10:03 pm)
If you want more proof the Colorado / Canyon are crappy trucks just check out the discussion under Colorado Engine Problems. Engines self-destructing within 30-50 thousand miles does not inspire confidence in these trucks. GM would have been better off updating the S10 / Sonoma. The 4.3 V6 found in these trucks was more durable than the Colorado /Canyon 3.5 or 3.7.
#38 of 48 Re: Colorado Options [jpf]
Oct 09, 2008 (4:13 pm)
I wouldn't say they are crappy trucks at all. I drive a 1992 S10 that I just can't get rid of and yes I agree that the previous models are more heavy duty, It is a known fact based on the towing, etc. The 4.3 L is probably the most durable V6 ever made and the previous generation 2.5 iron duke and 2.8 V6 which I have were very good as well.
I have driven the Canyon/Colorado's and like them fine. I would get the base four banger. The truck has had some issues for sure with the valve seals and the front suspension but overall its an ok truck. My nephew has a 2005 I5 that has been trouble free. Not all the trucks have defects luckily.