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Under rated work horse diesel.
This is an excellent motor, the last Japanese built in the GMH series.
The vehicle is well built and solid as a brick loo.
The parts are cheap and plentiful.
Everyone knows them well, mechanics know them, parts houses know them.
Not fast and furious but a long lasting slow old plodder, sipping the fuel.
Well designed middle of the road vehicle for those are humble.
Purchased in September 2018 for $6,000.00.
Purchased 2016 Colorado MY17 from Mazda dealership. Car only had 60,000km on it, thought great buy. Found out Torque converter had been replaced only 9000km earlier, and after a week driving, it kept slipping into neutral and then slamming into gear ( even reverse). Took it back to Mazda, they blamed Torque Converter again, sent it to Holden who claimed it was fine. Another week went by same thing happening, dropped it to Mazda and said its getting dangerous. After another diagnosis, problem was traced back to transmission ( as I had told them ...previously). Long story short new transmission was installed after them having the car for 4 weeks. So now a car with under 63,000km has a new torque converter, new transmission installed. Does not leave me with any confidence with this vehicle at all. What will the next issue be?????
Purchased in February 2021 for $33,000.00.
The car has done a lot of heavy duty work throughout its life, we have had it since 2012 and it has been great. never had any dramas with the car except for a blown diff but that is about it. would definitely recommend the car. Absolutely love it. it can definitely handle off road stuff. we have got a camper trailer that we tow around a lot and it definitely handles it well on and off road.
Purchased in June 2012 at honey combes ayr for $24.00.
- Colorado RG 4x4 Z71 (2015-2021)
The car with the most warranty repairs I have had.
Use my Colorado mostly for commuting, running the family around, towing a small trailer and a bit of gentle off road when on holiday.
The car has been serviced regularly and by a Holden Dealer.
Many issues since new - electric window problems, DPF brackets (a few of these), gear box triple flush and initial problem has returned so now expecting a new torque converter, a new gear stick due to not being able to take the ignition key out, oil filler cap melted..... and they are the issues I can remember.
Dealer has been okay sorting the issues out although they still have to go through the step by step fixes even when there is a known issue such as the torque converter. Could save time and money by going straight for the final fix.
Purchased in September 2016 for $65,000.00.
Bought the vehicle in mid 2017 with a host of extras notching the car up to $62k.
Went well and was enjoying the truck problem free for close to 12months then the problems began.
Infotainment system would change between apps with no driver input.
Holden diagnosed the unit to be faulty and replaced it.
Very quickly after this I took the off-road close to my home, super mellow track. The 4x4 system had difficulty in climbing up a small rutted incline. So much so that the vehicle came began making some horrific noises and the system just wouldn't ...
Purchased in May 2017 at Von Bibra for $62,000.00.
I purchased a manual LS Colorado new in 2017. Full Holden service history since. Used privately with an equal mix of urban and rural driving. Never been driven off-road. Light towing duties. Now has 85000 km with no mechanical problems until now... Noticed a month ago a warning message "Change Oil Soon" and "Remaining Oil Life 6%", this was despite the previous service being only 9000 km previously. Holden said it was just a courtesy message and not to worry. Last weekend, I was midway through a 600 km trip, travelling with cruise control set ...on 105 (110 area) and accelerated (gently) to pass a road train. The vehicle commenced to gather speed by itself. I disengaged cruise and pressed on and off the accelerator pedal to try and regain control as speed increased (still by itself) to 145 km/hr. This had no effect. As I had a truck behind me, I couldn't suddenly brake so I placed transmission into neutral and coasted to the side of the road. Engine was running in redline with no accelerator input. I switched motor off, restarted it and the problem appeared to have gone. Had the vehicle checked by a regional mechanic. No fault codes had been thrown and he was unable to replicate problem. Contacted Holden customer care who arranged for the car to be assessed at local Holden dealership. They believe that there may be an issue with the DPF which somehow causes additional fuel to be input via the injectors (??). They said that the oil level was slightly high (they serviced it previously) and asked if the DPF warning message had been displayed recently. I told them I was aware of the DPF warning but hadn't seen it for months. When it gets displayed, I religiously drive the vehicle over a distance to clear the warning. They still have the car after three days, unwilling to release it as the issue is potentially dangerous. Luckily the vehicle is still covered by factory warranty. I will be most interested to find out what has been done to alleviate this dangerous fault. Otherwise I have been generally happy with the car. Good fuel economy, power and towing capacity. I find seats are rather unsupportive but do acknowledge that the car is a base model.
Purchased in August 2017 for $40,000.00.
Great car, no troubles
The car is used mainly for highway driving with a bit of 4x4 thrown in, it runs really well and has not caused any troubles yet. It is regularly serviced (oil every 7000km) and is now at 105000km. Would recommend.
Purchased in December 2017 for $30,000.00.
Loved it so much we bought 2!!
We purchased a 2016 LTZ, we found the car so reliable, we owned it 4 years and never had a problem. It towed our large caravan like it wasn’t there.
We have now upgraded to the 2020 LTZ and are loving the additional features and cosmetic improvements.
Purchased in March 2020 at Holden Dealers.
Certainly works for me.
Previous car was rear ended and written off. Bought this 2nd hand as was last of the RC models @ 70000km.
Service myself, brakes, Diff oil etc. No Dealers, No probs.
Purchased in October 2016 for $28,000.00.
I bought the car with low klms and the Torque converter was no good causing the car to change gears really harshly. Apparently there is a manufacturing issue. Had to wait for so long on the part due to Holden not being able to keep up with the amount of converters needing replacement
Purchased in January 2020 at Zupps.
Dangerous wet weather handling HSV Sports Cat SV
Purchased the car from Kelly Holden Newcastle in September 2019
The car in wet conditions aquaplanes, understeers ,poor traction under acceleration and under heavy braking locks up rendering the ABS System inoperable. The issue being the Cooper Tyres fitted to the Vehicle. I brought my concerns to the dealer in October 2019 with no response from Holden or HSV. I raised my concerns again in February 2020 and referred to HSV to be told "we don't make the tyres so we carnt warrant them". The car is dangerous to the point I will not drive it in the wet.
Leaves a bad taste considering I payed $75 K for the car
My advise to anyone considering buying one of these to budget on replacing the tyres so you your family and other road users are safe.
Purchased in September 2019 for $75,000.00.
Good ute but trade in value pathetic
Bought LS ute in 2015. Had engine replaced under warranty after 30000kms due to excessive oil use, with good service by Holden. Ute now has only done 66000kms which is about half red book estimate (motor has only done 35k), has still got 5 months warranty left and has over $7000 worth of accessories fitted, but Holden will still only offer red book value of $20k as a trade in on a new ute. So I won't be buying!
Purchased in July 2015 for $40,000.00.
Good Ute, offering great value for an entry level truck
Great value for money, impressed with level of refinement for an entry level Ute. Tows the boat and caravan well (both approx 2.8 ton). 7 years free service great bonus.
Purchased in October 2019.
I was told early in 2019 tha torque converter needed replacement - after much denial about any problem at all.
Holden state parts delay but it is now nearly 12 months and car runs like travelling over a badly corrugated road.
Cannot accept parts take so long to be available.
Wait your turn is the standard response.
Purchased in January 2018 for $30,000.00.
Holden Colorado = Rubbish on wheels
We have learned to hate our 2015 Colorado and will never buy a Holden again. It is tinny, the plastics inside have been falling apart, the “heavy duty” clutch failed and cost nearly $6000 to repair - out of warranty! Various other faults that the dealership found and “fixed” after warranty finished - I’m suspicious some were made up faults. Today the power steering failed while my wife was driving with our kids on a steep windy mountain road. Headlights are like dim candles. Too highly geared for proper 4WDing.
Not an enjoyable car to drive.
My advice is don’t go near a Colorado.
Questions & Answers
Hi ,I just replaced my alternator but still not getting any charge. Battery is good . Does anyone know if there is a fuse for voltage regulator? 2013 Holden Colorado 2.8 diesel LS
Make sure all battery connections clean to shiny metal including pins on plugs clean n shiny. Check earth lead for solid n clean connection at engine. Check battery under load, they can collapse very quickly if maintenance free battery. Volt. Regulator in onboard alternator. Make sure you have correct alternator.
Thanks Merlin for quick reply. I have done all above and had auto electrician tested. No joy yet . Also just had alternator bench tested and it is good. Has to be the two wires that plug into back of alternator. Trying to find out if they run to a fuse? I have it booked in Friday to auto electricians , will report back with any findings.
Has anyone else had trouble with the motor sitting on 2100 rpm when doing 100km/h
What sort of trouble?
The motor is designed to operate at this low revs to economise on fuel. Make sure you drive it at highway speeds every couple of weeks to activate the regen cycle.
I drive it on a highway every day it won’t change up a gear unless I tape the aselarator then I will drop to 1700rpm could it be the talk converter
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|Transmission||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic and Manual|
|Drive Type||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)|
|Wheels||16" Steel||17" Alloy||18" Alloy||16" Steel|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||8.6 L/100km||8.6 L/100km||8.7 L/100km||8.6 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||76 L||76 L||76 L||76 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.8L Turbo Diesel||4 Cylinder 2.8L Turbo Diesel||4 Cylinder 2.8L Turbo Diesel||4 Cylinder 2.8L Turbo Diesel|
|Max Power||147kW @ 3600rpm||147kW @ 3600rpm||147kW @ 3600rpm||147kW @ 3600rpm|
|Max Torque||500Nm @ 2000rpm||500Nm @ 2000rpm||500Nm @ 2000rpm||500Nm @ 2000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Thailand||Thailand||Thailand||Thailand|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||3,500 kg||3,500 kg||3,500 kg||3,500 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg|
|Tray Type||Cab Chassis and Pick Up||Pick Up||Pick Up||Cab Chassis and Pick Up|
|Cab Options||Dual, Extra and Single||Dual||Dual||Dual, Extra and Single|
|Maximum Payload||1,326 kg||1,145 kg||1,114 kg||1,078 kg|
|Ground Clearance||215 mm||215 mm||215 mm||215 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)|
|Ground Clearance||215 mm||215 mm||215 mm||215 mm|
|Release date||June 2012||June 2012||June 2012||June 2012|
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