Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Northern California
Yes - absolutely. In fact I did! In fact, a lot of people have as the diesel is a small fraction of production - what 10% maybe?
So actually 90% of the twins buyers would buy one if the duramax wasn't an option!
If I really cared about towing a heavy load, say over 5Klbs for long distances, I would not use a mid-sized truck, I would not even use a half-ton - I would be in a 3/4t diesel crew cab truck with a long wheelbase - heavy, stable, etc.
I didn't buy the Colorado to tow - I bought it to haul stuff, get me through the snow, do some light off-roading for recreation, and wanted something more useable for driving around town dealing with tight parking lots and something I could park in the garage and that did OK on gas. I am getting 19mpg over my first 10K miles of use in the first year of ownership which is perfectly acceptable to me. I've had full sized trucks and SUV's that are lucky to break into the 14's average in similar driving. Sure - I might get 20-25% better MPG with a duramax in a twin. But gas is pretty cheap, so it doesn't make any economic sense to spend $5K more for that option. At current gas prices the yearly fuel savings would be about $300 in my case. That's more than 10 years to break-even - sure, you could argue depreciation values or whatever may help. Or they may not. Who knows? Who cares? Not me. Gas motor has plenty of power for my needs - sure, need to rev it more, but it runs about 7flat 0-60 which is 2 seconds faster than a duramax. No issues with the powertrain in this truck. When I want to have fun I jump in my SS Camaro Convertible with a 455hp LT1 that gets 28mpg on the highway and knocks off the 0-60 in 4 seconds!
Last edited by c4racer; 01-11-2017 at 12:47 PM.