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Diesel - FAQ - Start Here First

Hoping the Moderators might be kind enough to sticky this. If possible please point out anything pertinent missing (or anything we should delete) so we can keep this valuable for new forum members / lurkers / etc.


Q: How are you getting weekly updates on your diesel orders?

1. Proceed to GMC or Chevy website
2. Click on the "Contact Us" link
3. Click on the "Chat" or "Chat with us" buttons
4. Provide your order number (6 Digits Alphanumeric from Dealer)
5. Request weekly updates from CSR*

*Note recently Chat has been requiring a TPW before sending weekly updates to some forum members.


Q: How long will a diesel take to come in?

As of March 2016 we are seeing 3 months from order date based on forum member data supplied within the TPW spreadsheet.

(Yes diesels have been delivered to forum members despite what your Dealer is telling you).


Q: Where is this "TPW Spreadsheet" at?

The TPW Spreadsheet is a Google Doc that anyone can update with their order information at the link below:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...=2&pli=1#gid=0


Q: What real world MPG can I expect with the diesel?

Fuelly Real World Results - Canyon:

http://www.fuelly.com/car/gmc/canyon...=&submodel_id=

Fuelly Real World Results - Colorado:

http://www.fuelly.com/car/chevrolet/...=&submodel_id=

Otherwise... official media test results:

- Motor Trend (`16 Canyon 4WD): 22/30/25 (Link)


Q: What technical articles exist about the diesel?

Owner's Manual Supplement:

http://www.gmc.com/content/dam/GMC/g...sel-manual.pdf

http://www.chevrolet.com/content/dam...Supplement.pdf

2.8 Duramax:

2.8 Duramax - GM Techlink Article

Centrifugal Vibration Pendulum Absorber:

6L50 CPVA - GM Techlink Article

DEF System Techlink:

http://sandyblogs.com/techlink/?p=5699


Q: Why are you buying a diesel when it takes so long for the gasoline / diesel price differences to show ROI?

This is a complicated question that some prefer to evaluate with one piece of the equation: fuel price comparisons. Others prefer to look at the total cost of ownership (TCO) figures instead. TCO accounts for gasoline, repairs, maintenance, insurance, depreciation, fees, and taxes. For example, in 2013 the University of Michigan analyzed (Link) thousands of diesel and gasoline vehicles sold at auction with the diesel variants saving buyers $2,000 - $7,000 over a 3-5 year window.

Others need features the diesel offers such as:

- Improved towing capacity
- Improved MPG while towing heavy capacities
- Trailer controls / engine braking for towing in mountains
- Auto 4WD (Canyon AND Colorado Diesels both have Auto 4WD)
Finally some simply enjoy owning diesels: If you have the means, we highly recommend picking one up.

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If someone has the time and can be so kind to post who is confirmed to be working on tunes for the diesel I would like to include that in the FAQ. I just don't know who is really confirmed vs assumed to be working on it.
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If someone has the time and can be so kind to post who is confirmed to be working on tunes for the diesel I would like to include that in the FAQ. I just don't know who is really confirmed vs assumed to be working on it.
DuramaxTuner.com will be working on my truck via EFI live. Just sent over stock ECM & TCM files for Nick and R&D team to start working on.
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I am hoping we won't need the "how long for a diesel order" sticky for long. .
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Very nice work ekko.

Only thing that might be a little questionable, is the order lead times. True many are and have waited that long, or longer, but they also placed orders 2 and 3 months before production started, also that was before the fed had appoved the emmisions making them legal to sell in the US market, there was also typical holiday plant shutdow for several weeks only days after productuction really got up and going on the diesels.

Now that those major delays are behind us, with production actualy up and running, i fully expect 14 to 18 weeks (3-4 months) to cover most orders here on out. The 5-7 month waits should be over.
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Thank you ekko, nice job and I appreciate it very much.
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If someone has the time and can be so kind to post who is confirmed to be working on tunes for the diesel I would like to include that in the FAQ. I just don't know who is really confirmed vs assumed to be working on it.
coloradotuner.com there's a reason it redirects to Fleece
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I'd like to thank you for setting up this "Diesel" section. This is great!
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Can anyone confirm if the Colorado Diesel comes with Auto 4WD (Autotrac) mode? It doesn't seem to come other Colorado gasoline models, only on the Canyon.

I like the styling of the Colorado and I have Chev dealer I want to deal with. If I can't the Auto 4WD in the Colorado it might be a deal breaker.

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Can anyone confirm if the Colorado Diesel comes with Auto 4WD (Autotrac) mode? It doesn't seem to come other Colorado gasoline models, only on the Canyon.

I like the styling of the Colorado and I have Chev dealer I want to deal with. If I can't the Auto 4WD in the Colorado it might be a deal breaker.

Thanks.
Yes, the Colorado diesel has Auto 4WD. You will see it as option NQ6 rather than NQ7.
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Can anyone confirm if the Colorado Diesel comes with Auto 4WD (Autotrac) mode? It doesn't seem to come other Colorado gasoline models, only on the Canyon.

I like the styling of the Colorado and I have Chev dealer I want to deal with. If I can't the Auto 4WD in the Colorado it might be a deal breaker.

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My 2016 Duramax Colorado diesel does indeed have auto 4wd.
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Think we could add in the Duramax supplement link, now that it's on the website. Don't have the desktop link on my phone but the mobile one is

http://m.chevrolet.com/manuals/2016-...-Colorado.html
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Great write up. Everything u wanted to know! Thanks
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Have a 2015 Canyon SLT V6. Purchased a new 4000# travel trailer to do some trial tours before my wife and I retire. After picking up the trailer and towing it back home (approx 220 miles), traveling down a relatively flat highway the V6 had a difficult holding 60 - 65 and some trouble finding the correct gear. 9.5 mpg. Transmission temp over 210F at times. Outside temp. 85F. Would the diesel do any better?
(Off topic: Do I need an aftermarket tranny cooler?)
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Have a 2015 Canyon SLT V6. Purchased a new 4000# travel trailer to do some trial tours before my wife and I retire. After picking up the trailer and towing it back home (approx 220 miles), traveling down a relatively flat highway the V6 had a difficult holding 60 - 65 and some trouble finding the correct gear. 9.5 mpg. Transmission temp over 210F at times. Outside temp. 85F. Would the diesel do any better?
(Off topic: Do I need an aftermarket tranny cooler?)
Yes, probably double the mileage. See if you can borrow a dmax and do a test tow, I think you will be impressed. There was an article posted here a few months ago where someone put an F150 V8 and the Colorado Dmax in a test tow. The V8 accelerated faster but it also used almost twice the fuel. I love myDmax!
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Yes, probably double the mileage. See if you can borrow a dmax and do a test tow, I think you will be impressed. There was an article posted here a few months ago where someone put an F150 V8 and the Colorado Dmax in a test tow. The V8 accelerated faster but it also used almost twice the fuel. I love myDmax!
I was afraid of that. I bought my 2015 this past February. Currently only 3200 miles on it. Put on a topper, BedRug, and added Redarc trailer brake controller. Should have waited for the diesel. Hindsight is 20/20.
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My trailer is about 4,800lbs loaded. I get about 14 mpg going 60 mph on the flats. 50 mile round trip to work and I get 29 mpg.

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Any issues with the tuner?
Mine was in for 12 hours and now has to go to the dealer to have a manual ReGen because it went into limp mode and has not stopped wanting to ReGen yet even though I have driven it (in limp mode) as well as ran it above 2k rpm for an extended period.
Rather nerve racking to have to take my truck in immediately after putting in the tune. I put it back to stock on Monday and have a service appointment for Thursday. I have been working with Duramax tuner on the issue. They say it's very isolated. The truck did run like much better for the 20 miles I drove it before it falling limp.
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Any issues with the tuner?
Mine was in for 12 hours and now has to go to the dealer to have a manual ReGen because it went into limp mode and has not stopped wanting to ReGen yet even though I have driven it (in limp mode) as well as ran it above 2k rpm for an extended period.
Rather nerve racking to have to take my truck in immediately after putting in the tune. I put it back to stock on Monday and have a service appointment for Thursday. I have been working with Duramax tuner on the issue. They say it's very isolated. The truck did run like much better for the 20 miles I drove it before it falling limp.


Were you running tune 4? How hard were you driving it before the issues arose? Another member here did have the same issue after running tune 4 and some very spirited driving.

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