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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-13-2013, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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5 cyl towing capacity

new to the forum, i know you guys are probly always getting questions about towing, but im looking to buy a colorado because i want to trailer my car but also get decent gas mileage.

picture of the car, it will also have about 1,000 lbs extra inside the vehicle

this car will only be on the trailer for a couple hours. no long hauls



heres a couple trucks iv been looking at

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2004 Chevy Colorado Ext. Cab 3.5L 5cyl. Vortec.

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-13-2013, 10:50 PM
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you probably wont be impressed if you buy a 355 for its gas mileage...dont get me wrong, i freakin love my truck. but as for gas mileage yes it will be better than a 6.0 full size but no you probably wont see 25 mpg very often.

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And you definitely won't see good mileage towing either.

Some people on here tow a lot and say it is just fine, which indicates to me that it gets equal mileage empty as loaded, pulls hills in O.D and motors all day with no issues at 65.

To me, you can tow alright but this vehicle isn't a tow vehicle.

You may choose to look into a trans cooler and perhaps servos. There is a how to here for installing corvette servos that work well I guess. Firms up and the shifts and makes it a quicker shift too. Maybe even a tune.

What are you looking at, maybe 6,000lbs max? You should consider the Z71 option as it has a 4.10 rear end option. Go for the 3.7l over the 3.5l engine option too. Figure the engine is rated for about 240hp at high rpm, which you don't be driving at max HP all the time either. I don't remember the tow capacity but that is something to consider when looking at your total payload. Also double check the combined vehicle weight (truck and trailer) if you plan to load up the truck with gear/supplies also.

Many people on here tow quite often, not sure if they use it as a car hauler though.
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I believe the towing capacity is some thing like 3900 pounds. not much, but it is a 5 cyl.

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The published towing capacities for the Colorado are all over the place depending on cab type, year, engine size, and transmission. The biggest impediment (drag) while towing is wind resistance of the trailer and what is on it. Weight is a secondary concern only when going up large hills and when braking.

I tow various trailers all the time. I tow everything from snowmobiles and Jet Skis to my John Deere Diesel tractor on a heavy 4 wheels trailer. That thing with the heaviest attachments is 9,500 pounds. I never tow it more than about 75 miles one way. Lighter but larger box type trailers have the most impact on mileage. Also keep in mind that this is flat land country so I'm not usually dragging trailers up and down large hills.

Tomorrow I'm towing a light weight 2 wheel snowmobile trailer with a washer and dryer on it for about 180 miles.

I have a 2005 Z71 5 cylinder automatic with 3.42 differential It will pull those loads with no problem. Granted, with high resistance loads or in heavy winds I occasionally I have to pull it down to 3rd gear to keep it from shifting in and out of overdrive excessively.

Towing your proposed load, I strongly suggest that you install an transmission cooler and a trailer brake controller. Also make sure your heavier (over 2500 or 3000 pounds) trailers have working trailer brakes.

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5500 lbs is the rated capacity for my 2012 crew I5
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Good info on here guys! I definately didnt buy my truck as a towing rig but since I do have to tow stuff from time to time the colorado is a nice middle ground between a full size pick up and a honda civic!

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new to the forum, i know you guys are probly always getting questions about towing, but im looking to buy a colorado because i want to trailer my car but also get decent gas mileage.

picture of the car, it will also have about 1,000 lbs extra inside the vehicle

this car will only be on the trailer for a couple hours. no long hauls



heres a couple trucks iv been looking at

2008 Chevy Colorado

2004 Chevy Colorado Ext. Cab 3.5L 5cyl. Vortec.

'08 Chevy Colorado

thanks for any help
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Towing weights will vary based on engine, axle ratio and transmission.

For the 2008 model, please refer to pages 4-41 through 4-60 of the owner’s manual. For your convenience, a digital copy of the manual is available at: http://www.chevrolet.com/content/dam...ado_owners.pdf

For the 2004 model, please refer to pages 4-45 through 4-69 of the owner’s manual. For your convenience, a digital copy of the manual is available at: http://www.extendedgmwarranty.com/ow...t-Colorado.pdf

I hope this information is helpful. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me.

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I really wish people would not think this way "this car will only be on the trailer for a couple hours. no long hauls" If it can't safely handle a long haul, it can't safely go around the block. As they say, most accidents happen within 20 miles from home and an emergency braking situation is far more likely around town.

That said, I don't recommend going over 75% of the rated capacity unless you're in a dedicated towing rig, think Silverado 2500HD to tow your rig, likely approaching 6000 lb on a dual axle trailer, the car alone is near 4K. Any compromises with towing capacity are not just fuel mileage.
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The 2008 trucks should be higher rated for towing than the 2004.

That being said, I tow a 16' enclosed trailer weighing about #3000 empty with my '04 pretty frequently and it does just fine. (By the way, "just fine" doesn't mean it does the same as unloaded, that's ridiculous. It gets about 10mpg towing my trailer, and you definitely know it's there. My definition of "just fine" is that it doesn't accelerate slower than normal traffic, isn't running at what I consider abnormally high RPMs, and doesn't seem labored during braking....though obviously that'll depend a lot of whether you have trailer brakes and whether they're set appropriately.)

I don't know they weight of your car or trailer, but you'd have to have that information available to properly evaluate whether the truck can tow it well.


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I would just like to add that I haul my Explorer and jimmy around behind our 06 z71 crew and 4:10. I built my car trailer on the lighter end, and have good brakes on both axles(with a prodigy p2 brake controller). It struggles on hills, and I drop it down a gear, even on flat ground on the highway. I feal pretty confident towing with it. I get around 20mpg empty, 10 hauling a 5-6000lb load. Around 14mpg when I haul my buggy(around 3-4000lb)

almost forgot, I added an auxiliary transmission cooler because the transmission use to get a little too warm towing, now it never gets above 210 and that was a 10km uphill stretch towing 4000lb on a hot day.

If your buying a DD that you will occasionally tow with, I say go for it, if your primary reason for buying it is to haul your car, get something bigger.(I'm currently building a 1965 c20 so I don't have to tow with the colorado anymore)

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If your buying a DD that you will occasionally tow with, I say go for it, if your primary reason for buying it is to haul your car, get something bigger.
pretty much sums up this thread right there

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i just got an 04 z71 ex cab with cap 4x4 5cyl and wanna tow my 5x8 trailer weights 2000 empty. heavyest thing i would tow is a ton of pellets or cord wood in fall and atv (1800lbs), lawn tractor if needed service snowblower etc would i be ok. it as a tow hitch i like the truck so far
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And you definitely won't see good mileage towing either.

Some people on here tow a lot and say it is just fine, which indicates to me that it gets equal mileage empty as loaded, pulls hills in O.D and motors all day with no issues at 65.

To me, you can tow alright but this vehicle isn't a tow vehicle.

You may choose to look into a trans cooler and perhaps servos. There is a how to here for installing corvette servos that work well I guess. Firms up and the shifts and makes it a quicker shift too. Maybe even a tune.

What are you looking at, maybe 6,000lbs max? You should consider the Z71 option as it has a 4.10 rear end option. Go for the 3.7l over the 3.5l engine option too. Figure the engine is rated for about 240hp at high rpm, which you don't be driving at max HP all the time either. I don't remember the tow capacity but that is something to consider when looking at your total payload. Also double check the combined vehicle weight (truck and trailer) if you plan to load up the truck with gear/supplies also.

Many people on here tow quite often, not sure if they use it as a car hauler though.
FYI. Not all Z71 have 4.10 rears. Mine is 3.73
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My 05 (built in 04) Z71 has a 3.42 rear end. Check the codes on the label inside the glove compartment to see what they put in yours.

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what are the codes so i can tell what gears and whats towing cap. can also tow with wife trailblazer will most of the time
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G80 : AXLE POSITRACTION, LIMITED SLIP
GU4 : AXLE REAR, 3.08 RATIO
GU5 : AXLE REAR, 3.23 RATIO
GU6 : AXLE REAR, 3.42 RATIO

GT4 : AXLE REAR, 3.73 RATIO
GT5 : AXLE REAR, 4.10 RATIO



GM RPO Codes - Axle & Ratio Identification - Sierra Gear & Axle

Look back at the beginning of this thread. Someone posted the GM approved weight chart. Yours ought to be around 5500, but look at the chart for sure. I have towed as much as 9500. Trailer brakes are a must have for over about 3000 pounds.

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2004-2007 5cyl automatic towing capacity was 4000lbs. We can all tell you around here we have gone beyond that but its personal opinion. In my theory if you can't pay to replace what you break don't bother trying it.
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i made a mistake trailer weight is 650 lbs empty holds 2,340 heavyest thing i would tow is a ton of pellets or cord wood in fall and atv (1800lbs), lawn tractor if needed service snowblower etc would i be ok. it as a tow hitch i like the truck so far
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I used my 3.5l 5cyl, 5 speed manual, reg cab ZQ8 to tow my 2500# 24 Hours of Lemons car on a 2000# Uhaul trailer over the Castiac pass from L.A. to central California in 110 degree heat. I had to turn the AC off, and there were times I was in 3rd gear, but I was faster than the loaded semis going up the hill. I forget if I figured the mileage afterwards, but I know it was better than the 3/4 ton 460 powered Ford van I had borrowed to do the same job a few months previously. The van got 12mpg, I think my truck got better than 15mpg.

Personally I think anything but a 4cyl Colorado would be fine towing 6000#, provided you have a trans cooler, or a manual trans.

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