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2008 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

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2008 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Review

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As gasoline prices continue to edge upwards, the compact pickup is beginning to look mighty attractive. Though it can't tow or haul like a full-size Silverado, the 2008 Chevrolet Colorado makes an attractive alternative for those whose truck use tends to be more recreational than occupational. The Colorado's 185-horsepower four-cylinder and 242-horsepower five-cylinder engines provide good power and excellent fuel economy, while a four-wheel-drive option allows the compact pickup to tackle deep snow and venture off-road. Although the Colorado's cab and bed are not the largest in this segment (and its turning radius is uncommonly wide), the truck remains competitive with Ford's Ranger series and, to a lesser extent, the Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier and Dodge Dakota.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like the rugged, bold look of the full-size Silverado, but want it in a smaller package that gets better fuel economy, check out the Colorado. The standard four-cylinder engine is surprisingly strong yet, with two-wheel drive, is EPA-rated at 24 miles per gallon on the highway.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Some may find the Colorado too narrow and, with the Crew Cab model, short on rear-seat legroom. Also, the Colorado's optional 3.7-liter in-line five-cylinder engine does not offer as much torque as the V6 engines from Toyota and Nissan.

What's New for 2008

OnStar with the Safe and Sound package is standard on 1LT and Z71 trim levels.

Driving the Colorado Extended Cab

Driving Impressions The Colorado's greatest strengths can be found in its chassis and powertrains. The newest body-on-frame chassis is much more rigid than previous Chevrolet compact pickups and you can...

feel it in the way the Colorado handles off-road and in the corners. Even over washboard roads, the Colorado exhibited no sign of dash-rattling or squeaks. Chevrolet has also created a number of performance and off-road packages that enhance the Colorado's rugged image. Surprisingly, for such a small truck, the Colorado has a rather wide turning circle. The standard in-line four-cylinder is fairly potent for such a small engine. When ordered with the manual transmission, it also offers exceptionally good fuel economy.

Tailgate
The Colorado's rear tailgate can be set at a 55-degree angle so that items can rest flat on the tops of the wheel wells and align with the tailgate.

Side-Curtain Airbags
Optional side-curtain airbags are a first for this segment.

2008 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Details
Interior

The Colorado's interior layout is highly functional, with all the gauges and controls in clear sight and easy reach of the driver. The seats offer firm bottoms and good lumbar support, and the cloth fabric is both durable and comfortable. Crew Cab models are a bit tight when it comes to rear-seat legroom, but front seat occupants should be more than satisfied. The one drawback may be the over-abundance of gray throughout the cab. Chevrolet has revamped the interior color scheme to lessen this mass of gray plastic, but the most vivid improvements show up only in the pricier trim levels.

Exterior

The Colorado definitely has the look that says "Chevy." Bulging fender flares and bright alloy wheels punctuate tall slab sides. Regular Cab models ride on a 111.3-inch wheelbase while Extended and Crew Cab models are on a 126.0-inch wheelbase. The bed length for the Regular and Extended Cab models is roughly six feet, while that for the Crew Cab model is about five feet. Both beds feature tall sidewalls, for deeper storage, which give the Colorado best-in-class cargo volume. The Colorado has a clever tailgate that can be opened flat or set at a 55-degree angle, effectively placing the top of the gate in line with the tops of the rear wheel wells, which makes it easy to load and carry, for example, large, flat panels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Colorado LS features a five-speed manual transmission, 2.9-liter four-cylinder engine, air conditioning, cruise control, anti-lock brakes (ABS), tilt steering wheel, dual outside mirrors, automatic headlamps, color-keyed carpeting, AM/FM stereo, tachometer and forward-facing jump seats in the Extended Cab. The LT trim adds chrome front and rear bumpers, Deluxe Cloth upholstery, CD player, leather-wrapped steering wheel and some trim items. To that the Z71 adds the Z71 off-road suspension, auto-dimming mirror, rear sliding window and the 3.7-liter five-cylinder engine.

Optional Equipment

Options include four-wheel drive, four-speed automatic transmission, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, heated leather seats, automatic locking rear differential, tow package, six-disc CD changer, XM Satellite Radio, side-impact airbags, traction control, Z71 off-road package and a Sun and Sound package that adds a six-disc CD changer and power sunroof.

Under the Hood

Engine choices for the Colorado include four- and five-cylinder powerplants. The standard 2.9-liter four and the optional 3.7-liter five are both derivatives of the in-line six found in the Chevrolet TrailBlazer and GMC Envoy. Though the sizes of these engines might seem small, they are both big on power. The 2.9-liter four-cylinder produces an impressive 185 horsepower and offers up most of its 190 pound-feet of torque between the ranges of 1200 and 5600 rpm. That's enough power to muscle any lightly-equipped four-wheel-drive vehicle through the toughest terrain. The optional 3.7-liter engine makes 242 horsepower. Both of these engines produce class-leading horsepower while returning good fuel economy.

2.9-liter in-line 4
185 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
190 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/24 (2WD, manual), 18/24 (2WD, automatic), 16/22 (4WD, manual), 17/22 (4WD, automatic)

3.7-liter in-line 5
242 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
242 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 (2WD), 15/21 (4WD), 16/22 (2WD, Crew Cab), 15/20 (4WD, Crew Cab)

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2008 Chevrolet Colorado Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.8
Out of 10

Based on 985 Ratings for the 2004 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.0/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

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By on Saturday, August 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,800

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "fun to drive."

Cons: "has cup holders"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have all the service records when it was serviced at the dealership. Get good gas mileage. It does have a few scratches."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Very Good Truck Overall

By on Wednesday, July 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 177,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Very dependable and tough"

Cons: "Interior comfort and electrical system"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought this truck used in 2007 with 54,000 miles on it as a sole vehicle for my family of 3 while my wife and I finished school. We have taken this truck to many different places and all kinds of roads and terrain throughout the west and it has handled it all very well with no problems. Our family has since grown to 5 people and the truck now has 177,000 miles on it and is still running great. I take this truck on small/narrow, rough mountain and desert roads fairly frequently as well as on snow and it does everything I need it to with no drama. I use it to go camping, hunting, fishing and haul my mountain bike to the trails as well as hauling dirt, rocks and other large loads and it does it all. I have moved twice with it and it has hauled a lot of our stuff including a good sized trailer with no issues. This truck has the 3.5L 5 cylinder engine and has gotten decent mileage over the years (18-20 mpg city/rural and 23 mpg highway @ 60 mph). I still get 20 mpg at 80 mph on the interstate. I have had some minor issues with the electrical system, Colorados are notorious for this I guess, all of which I have been able to fix myself thanks to the internet. Everything else has been awesome. All of the repairs that it has needed have all been pretty minor and I have been able to repair myself (U-joints, fuel pump, thermostat, serpentine belt, spark plugs). The only things I don't really like about it is the interior space particularly the leg room in the driver's seat. The seat is too low to the floor. But then again it's a small truck. Overall, this has been the best vehicle I have ever owned so far. It has been super reliable it has never let me down."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Love my colorado ! Runs grear-good gas milage

By on Thursday, June 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Got my moneys worth and more."

Cons: "Whish I'd bought the long bed for hauling."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My truck has never let me down on the highway or city streets! My 95 year od Dad can get in and out easily so I don't have to help him. I drive every day and all ways go out of the way just to enjoy driving it!"

10 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Love my Colorado

By on Monday, May 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had very good luck with my Colorado Better on gas than a full sized pickup very good on the snow comfortable ride Great for hauling mulch or leaves"

13 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Good daily driver

By on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I get 19 mpg with it with 99% city driving. The inside is pretty bare-bones with the LS models. Overall, good truck for people with no need for loads of power."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

One of the best vehicles I have ever owned.

By on Friday, April 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great value for the price and size"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The body is great, the engine is strong for a 5 cylinder and the usefulness of the truck is outstanding. Only had minor repairs like brakes, water pump and thermostat."

13 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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