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Old Colorado vs New Colorado

I'm fixin' to trade in my '11 Colorado with the I5 for the '16 Colorado.

BUT... before I do...

Is there anyone here who had the old Colorado, now has the new Colorado, and actually regrets getting the new one?
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Had my Gen1 for 10 years, which my son now has. Have to say....as much as I miss my old one, this 2016 blows my old one away, in mileage, comfort, size, everything !!!

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Had my Gen1 for 10 years, which my son now has. Have to say....as much as I miss my old one, this 2016 blows my old one away, in mileage, comfort, size, everything !!!
I had my 2004 ZQ8 for 12 years. I gave it to my son when I bought my 2016. Night and Day difference between the two.
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I'm struggling to make my decision... because I absolutely love everything about the I5 engine. I also love the idea of having a truly unique engine!
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I'm struggling to make my decision... because I absolutely love everything about the I5 engine. I also love the idea of having a truly unique engine!
"Truly unique" sucks for parts availability

When did they stop producing that motor? I think manufacturers are only on the hook for being able to supply repair parts for 10 years past last production date. And if it was that unique the aftermarket may not pick up reproduction as they cant make money on the volume

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I'm struggling to make my decision... because I absolutely love everything about the I5 engine. I also love the idea of having a truly unique engine!
I loved the I5 too, for all 10 years. Now out with the old and in with 50% more horsepower. (300+)
Serious note though, if you haven't, then road test a new one. You'll see the difference in the blink of an eye.

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I'm struggling to make my decision... because I absolutely love everything about the I5 engine. I also love the idea of having a truly unique engine!
If you get the truck with the I4 diesel, it will also be unique I think.

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I'd love to have one of these rotary engine trucks for fun, but alas, the parts availability.

I'm going from a 2002 Nissan Frontier (similar size to 1st gen Colorado) to a 2017 Canyon, and during my test drive of a 2016 it was like going back to my old 1995 Chevy Cheyenne Full size. I forgot how much I missed that size of truck.

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I'd love to have one of these rotary engine trucks for fun, but alas, the parts availability.
That is funny.....can't even tell how many people asked when I got my Gen 1 I5, 'are they using the Mazda rotary engine?" The concept of an odd number of cylinders boggled so many people's minds.

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I'd love to have one of these rotary engine trucks for fun, but alas, the parts availability.

I'm going from a 2002 Nissan Frontier (similar size to 1st gen Colorado) to a 2017 Canyon, and during my test drive of a 2016 it was like going back to my old 1995 Chevy Cheyenne Full size. I forgot how much I missed that size of truck.
I had one, a 75 as matter of fact. They came with a 13B engine and the dashboard and steering wheel came from the RX3. The battery is located on a small compartment behind the cab underneath the bed. Looks like a small tool box. The body not sure if it was a Ford Courier or the Ford Courier was a Mazda pick up with a 4 banger. Fast little thing but also had a lousy fuel mileage for a small truck. The Mazda 4 barrel carb did not helped either.
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Still think my '11 looks more like a truck..
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Drove my old 2007 I5 Colorado for 8 years, loved it! I love this 16 too, even more so.....
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Is the bed of the new deeper than the old? In my '11, I often transport items that are about 1 to 2 inches above the sides of the bed, and the tonneau cover has to drape over the items.
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Still think my '11 looks more like a truck..
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I'm fixin' to trade in my '11 Colorado with the I5 for the '16 Colorado.

BUT... before I do...

Is there anyone here who had the old Colorado, now has the new Colorado, and actually regrets getting the new one?
get the 17 if you can. totally different engine and transmission than the 15-16, you'll be much happier
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I bought my first '05 Colorado LS CCSB I4 in late 2005. Drove it for 5 years, and still is running at 160,0000. Ordered out a 2010 Colorado LT2 3.7L CCSB and got in March 5, 2010. Drove it just 7 years and ordered out my current 2017 Colorado 3.6L CCSB and took delivery Feb. 22, 2017.

Each one had improvements over the previous. The 2010 LT2 3.7L I5 with 6-way power seats, leather, and upgrade radio was and still is a powerhouse. Amazing passing capability even when stepping it down already at 65 MPH.

The new 2017 seems like a bigger truck. It sits higher, but also just seems wider and more refined. I haven't done anything near WOT since it has only about 400 miles on it , but is has all the power I will ever need.

I 've liked them all and since I am on my 3rd one in 12 years I guess that speaks for itself.

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Is the bed of the new deeper than the old? In my '11, I often transport items that are about 1 to 2 inches above the sides of the bed, and the tonneau cover has to drape over the items.
Anyone know the answer to this question?
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Is the bed of the new deeper than the old? In my '11, I often transport items that are about 1 to 2 inches above the sides of the bed, and the tonneau cover has to drape over the items.
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I'm struggling to make my decision... because I absolutely love everything about the I5 engine. I also love the idea of having a truly unique engine!

I know what you mean. I ordered out and drove my 2010 Colorado LT2 for 8 years almost to the day. S-I-L has it now and still runs great and looks nearly new. I loved that is had 6-way power seats rather than the 4-way the new trucks do. Also, the seats were wider and a bit more comfy. The 3.7L I5 has plenty of pulling power at 242HP. NO problem kicking it down into passing gear even at 65MPH and loaded with gear and a cap on the back. It had a great quality ride even with the Z71 suspension.
But, daughter and her husband needed a new one. . he was driving my original 2005 2.8L I4 and it was needing front end work and more. So. . .. I made the sacrifice. . .

I won't lie, there are things I miss that were on the 2010 Colorado ( a driver side roof grab handle) and I just got used to. But no real regrets. This new truck sits higher and feels more substantial. The new 3.6L V6 is smoother running. I did like the hydraulic steering better in the old truck. The new one is a bit light in steering feedback.

That said, go and test drive 2 or 3 in different trim levels, leather/cloth seats, etc. I think you will like it.
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Thanks everyone. I've actually test drove the new Colorado many times. I like how you sit higher and I'm impressed with the turning radius. I also like the bed much better, as it seems deeper.

But when I go back to my '11 I5 Colorado, for some reason, I can feel the drive better. I don't know if that makes sense, but the new Colorado is almost like it's too refined. On my truck, I can tell you how fast I'm going by the feel of the truck. I can also feel the road conditions just by the way the truck responds. Hmmm.. maybe it's because I've had this truck for 6 years...

I really liked the feel of the Diesel Colorado. But, I makes lots of short trips, and I hear tell the diesel won't be happy with short trips. If the diesel could handle short trips just fine, I'd probably get that.
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