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Holden Colorado

The Holden Colorado ute replaced the long-standing Rodeo nameplate in 2008, after parent company General Motors lost the local naming rights that belong to engineering partner Isuzu.

The Colorado is what became of the split; even though Holden and Isuzu continue to sell their wares side by side, with unique styling and engines. Rather than continuing the Rodeo nameplate, the Isuzu version wears the D-Max badge.

Available in a range of trim levels - from the base Colorado LS (4X2) to the top Colorado Z71 (4X4) - and bodystyles, from single cab or space cab to dual cab with a choice of pickup tray of cab-chassis, the $31,690-$57,190 Colorado also forms the basis of the Colorado 7 SUV. A diesel engine is used across the range, and the Colorado is available with both two and four-wheel drive.

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Holden Colorado Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Holden Colorado varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $31,690 and going to $57,190 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2020 Ute 2.8L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $31,690 $57,190
2019 Ute 2.8L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $29,950 $65,990
2018 Ute 2.8L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $24,989 $67,990
2017 Ute 2.8L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $46,990
2016 Single Cab 2.8L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $13,850 $34,990
2016 Dual Cab 2.8L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $13,850 $46,990
2016 Extra Cab 2.8L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $19,975 $46,990
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Holden Colorado Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Holden Colorado here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Holden Colorado 2011: Problems with the crankshaft

    It’s very difficult to diagnose problems over the phone, just as it is via this website. But, I’d be taking the vehicle straight back to the mechanic in question, because whatever is wrong is going to be fairly major.

    In the majority of cases, an engine with a broken crankshaft won’t run. In fact, it won’t even turn over. Sometimes, it will still run, though, and the symptoms you’ve described are spot on for that. Either way, a broken crankshaft is one example of what’s called catastrophic failure and a new crankshaft (at the very least) is the usual result.

    But those same symptoms can also be the result of a loose harmonic balancer. And here’s the clue: The harmonic balancer has to be removed to replace the front crankshaft seal (which was done the day before the problems started). If the balancer is not reinstalled correctly, it can start to wobble, tear up the new seal and make all sorts of noises and vibrations. The bad news is that often, the wobbling balancer destroys the end (called the snout) of the crankshaft in the process, so even though the crank is not broken or snapped per se, it may still need to be replaced. It does seem like a fantastic coincidence that the balancer started wobbling the day after it was removed and refitted. That said, if the crankshaft has failed, then a coincidence is precisely what it might be.

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  • Holden Colorado 2013: What are the known issues for this model?

    As with any four-wheel-drive that is approaching middle-age, you need to treat every Colorado on its individual merits. How has it been driven? Has it been used as a work truck? Has it spent every weekend off-road?

    Beyond that, the Colorado is subject to the same concerns that challenge all owners of modern, common-rail diesel engines. Those start with the soot filter which can clog up and require manual cleaning. The solution is to make sure you do at least one decent freeway journey every three or four weeks as a means of allowing the filter to regenerate as it’s supposed to.

    The other thing that catches many owners out is a build up of black gunge in the engine’s inlet tract. The black ooze is a combination of oil mist from the crankcase ventilation system and soot from the exhaust (a modern engine consumes a proportion of its own exhaust gasses as an emissions-reduction measure). When these two compounds mix, the black, sticky murk is the result. If it’s bad enough it can trigger a check-engine light on the dash and can lead to poor running and fuel economy. Left long enough, the whole intake system will need to be removed and manually cleaned. An aftermarket oil separator stops this is it traps the oil mist before it can enter the engine and is a good addition to these vehicles.

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  • Holden Colorado 2009 - 2012: What are the servicing intervals?

    The recommended service interval for this vehicle is every 10,000km. Roughly speaking, every second service is a bit more involved, so that suggests it’s more of a `major’ service. Either way, skipped services on a vehicle like this will be false economy in the longer term.

    On the timing belt front, there’s good news and bad. The good news is that both the turbo-diesel and petrol V6 versions of the Colorado both use timing chains, so there’s no need to change a timing belt. The bad news is that the petrol version uses the Alloytech V6 which is renowned for its ability to stretch its own timing chain to the point where it needs costly replacement. This is a known fault with this engine.

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  • Can I have a 2017 engine in my 2014 Holden Colorado?

    Since both variants of Colorado here use essentially the same engine, I’m not sure what sensors would be different and require changing. That said, the MY17 Colorado got recalibrated hill-descent and hill-start functions, so maybe there are some differences there.

    The major mechanical difference that I can see between a 2014 and a 2017 Colorado is probably the power-steering. In late 2016, the vehicle switched to an electrically-assisted system in place of the previous hydraulic set-up. So the later engine would probably lack the pulleys and mounting hardware for the hydraulic power-steering pump that your vehicle requires. Perhaps they can be removed from the old engine and fitted to the later one.

    Perhaps an easier solution would be to return the engine originally supplied and ask for the correct version for your car. If the engine supplied originally was not fit for purpose, then you’ve every right to ask for a replacement unit that is.

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Holden Colorado Towing Capacity

The Holden Colorado has maximum towing capacity of 3500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2020 Ute 3500kg 3500kg
2019 Ute 3500kg 3500kg
2018 Ute 3500kg 3500kg
2017 Ute 3500kg 3500kg
2016 Ute 3500kg 3500kg
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Holden Colorado Colours

  • Dark Shadow
  • Absolute Red
  • Mineral Black
  • Nitrate Silver
  • Summit White
  • Power Blue
  • Orange Crush
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Holden Colorado Dimensions

The dimensions of the Holden Colorado Ute vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2020 Ute 1780x1882x5147 mm 210 mm
2019 Ute 1780x1882x5083 mm 210 mm
2018 Ute 1780x1882x5083 mm 210 mm
2017 Ute 1802x1882x5083 mm 210 mm
2016 Ute 1802x1882x5083 mm 210 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Holden Colorado Dimensions

Holden Colorado Wheel Size

The Holden Colorado has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 245x70 R16 for Ute in 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 16x6.5 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2020 Ute 245x70 R16 16x6.5 inches 245x70 R16 16x6.5 inches
2019 Ute 245x70 R16 16x6.5 inches 245x70 R16 16x6.5 inches
2018 Ute 245x70 R16 16x6.5 inches 245x70 R16 16x6.5 inches
2017 Ute 245x70 R16 16x6.5 inches 245x70 R16 16x6.5 inches
2016 Ute 245x70 R16 16x6.5 inches 245x70 R16 16x6.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Holden Colorado Wheel Sizes

Holden Colorado Fuel Consumption

The Holden Colorado is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 8.6L/100km for Ute /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2020 Ute 8.6L/100km 2.8L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2019 Ute 7.9L/100km 2.8L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2018 Ute 9.1L/100km 2.8L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2017 Ute 8.1L/100km 2.8L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2016 Ute 8.1L/100km 2.8L Diesel 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Holden Colorado Pricing and Specs for 2020