by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on October 8, 2015
Somewhere between California and Wyoming a rock chipped the windshield of our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. The harmless blemish remained dormant for weeks until one afternoon when it gave birth to a two-inch crack. Minimal coaxing stretched it to five, the 10 inches long, at which point we declared the windshield dead.
In many states, windshields are covered under standard auto insurance plans. No such luck in California. So we would pay out of pocket for this one. The first step was locating replacement glass.
August 24, 2015
Back in April we had the oil changed for the first time in our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. Then in mid-June, we took it back to the dealer to address the loose seat recall and a TSB for loose wires in the footwell.
When the truck hit 15,000 miles in Wyoming, it reminded me that it was time for its second service. I took it to Selman Chevrolet the day after our return for an oil change and to address two more recalls.
August 3, 2015
The rubber on the parking brake pedal of our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado refuses to remain attached to the pedal. It first detached itself a few weeks ago before I left on my Wyoming road trip. It was harder than it should be to reattach the pad, but after a few minutes of wrestling, it stuck back in place. In addition to the rubber edges which wrap around the pedal platform, there's a small rubber post on the back of the pad which locates it by penetrating the hole that's visible on the pedal.
July 28, 2015
Despite plenty of time to think about our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado hitting the 15,000-mile mark, I managed to miss the actual moment. It happened in Wyoming and there were plenty of distractions, which I'll tell you about later.
June 15, 2015
We were just at Puente Hills Chevrolet for our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado's first service a month ago. Now General Motors is issuing a recall affecting more than 48,000 new Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups. Some seats were not properly secured during assembly and had to be inspected at a dealer to ensure correct fitment.
Our truck was one of the affected, so we made an appointment to have it inspected. The dealer also informed us of a service bulletin about wires located in the body wire harness that could chafe against the driver's foot when applying the parking brake. We were told it would take two hours to complete the recall and bulletin work.
April 6, 2015
Soon after our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado took a Line-X bath, an oil change message popped up in the instrument panel. Oil changes are calculated by the onboard computer separate from the scheduled service intervals recommended by the manual. We planned things this time to get the oil change and 7,500-mile service performed simultaneously. The manual prepared us for a tire rotation along with a variety of inspections and fluid checks. I made an appointment to visit Puente Hills Chevrolet at 10:45 AM on a Friday.
March 12, 2015
Like many of you, we were blown away by the good looks of the color-matched Line-X spray-on bedliner we added to our 2015 Ford F-150 pickup a few weeks ago. A lot of "are you thinking what I'm thinking?" water-cooler talk followed soon after, and the next thing we knew our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4x4 pickup was in the spray booth at Line-X of Orange County.
We thought about trying GM's factory spray-on bedliner when we first bought our Colorado, but the trucks we found in dealer inventory didn't have the $475 option. The Chevy Colorado Z71 CrewCab 4x4 we eventually selected had the $140 accessory bed mat instead.
It turns out we're not big fans. The rubber protects the bottom well enough, but the box sides and tailgate are fully exposed. Water gets trapped underneath, too, which might be a concern if it ever rained around here again. And it turns out we're not that fond of how the rubber is a bit grabby when we try to slide certain items in or out.
A Line-X spray-on bedliner was just the ticket, but this time we decided to try a standard black one. After all, our Colorado is a dark shade of gray that goes by the name Cyber Gray Metallic. Black should go nicely with that and save us money.
March 6, 2015
As I was moseying along on the 405 North freeway in our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado on my way to the office, this maintenance reminder popped up.
March 2, 2015
We bought our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado with the Trailering Package because we wanted it to be ready to do some towing. The 3.6-liter V6 is good for only 3,500 lbs. without this option, but that jumps to 7,000 lbs. when the package is present.
Among other things, the trailering package pre-wires the truck for a 7-pin trailer connection, the kind that supports electric trailer brakes and trailer battery charging via the alternator when on the move. It's all built into the wire harness and fused in the under-hood fuse box.
The only thing missing is an electronic trailer brake controller. The current-generation Silverado options list offers a built-in one, but that option is not available on the Colorado.
This isn't that unusual. Built-in trailer brake controllers in full-size trucks are a relatively new development. So we simply did what truck owners always did up until a few years ago: We installed our own.
In the recent past, pre-wired tow-package trucks would come with a small sub-harness that was stuffed in a bag in the glove compartment or hidden under a seat. It'd have a connector on one end and bare wires on the other. The idea was you'd splice you're trailer brake controller to the bare wires and plug the connector into a waiting receptacle under the dash.
I went looking for something like this and ran into a roadblock.