Let's Find Out: Can you brake stand the new Chevy Colorado diesel?

It’s time to answer a question that 12, maybe 21 of you tops, have been asking! Can the Chevrolet Colorado fitted with a diesel engine be used to do brake stands?
The answer… is an oil-burning yes.

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  1. stigshift Avatar

    I didn’t even know that I needed to know that. But I did!!! Now I am much happier.

  2. Austin Nunn Avatar
    Austin Nunn

    It looks like the ESC in the diesel is a lot more forgiving than in the 3.6. I can only get half a donut in before the nannies kick back on automatically in my 16 Colorado.

    1. MattC Avatar

      Real world review. What do you like/dislike about the truck? It seems that GM really thought this one out compared to the last generation (for the record, I liked the last generation and even had a 4WD/extended cab 2.9 as a work vehicle. This truck was pretty solid considering it had well over 250k hard work fleet miles on it)

      1. Austin Nunn Avatar
        Austin Nunn

        I love it. I recently went on a 4,500 mile road trip (more miles than the truck had on it when I set off), and it was absolutely amazing. The seats could be *slightly* more plush, but that’s really all I can complain about. It cruises at 90 all day long, no matter the temperature. The gas mileage on the highway is amazing – I averaged around 23 mpg over the entire trip, which included a ton of “tourist” driving, as well as highway miles.
        The speakers leave a bit to be desired, but I didn’t pay for the better radio because I didn’t want a sunroof, so whatever.
        The engine makes more than enough power for the size of the truck, and when I have a trailer behind it, you can’t even tell. It’s not a full-size truck, but that’s a good thing. It’s easy to park, gets good mileage, has more power than it really needs (not that I am complaining), and is comfortable to drive all day without feeling tired.
        Tl;dr: Want a new truck? Get a Colorado/Canyon. Just not the base model. It’s useless.

    2. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Press. Hold. ESC fully off.

      1. Austin Nunn Avatar
        Austin Nunn

        It only stays off for half a donut, is what I meant. The light displays on the dash, indicating that ESC is off, but it doesn’t seem to *stay* off.

  3. Sjalabais Avatar

    Dr Glucker and has endless scientific pursuit of the burnout. Good.

  4. BigRedCaveTroll Avatar

    Is there a full review of it coming?

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Yes – written though, not video.

  5. dukeisduke Avatar

    What we used to call a gnarly burn.

    1. wunno sev Avatar
      wunno sev

      i mean, what else do you need to know?

      1. wunno sev Avatar
        wunno sev

        welp. i replied to the wrong comment. this was supposed to be for the comment above asking about a full review.
        i could repost it in the right thread but i’m just going to go lie down and cry instead.

  6. Batshitbox Avatar

    Clueless Batshitbox! I thought a brake stand was the 4 wheel equivalent of a stoppie. I thought the enormously heavy diesel engine was going to be used to lift the truck bed up and over the front axle.
    This is a product of my preconceived notions about the weight of diesel engines and the monolithic design of front ‘axles’. And my desire to see pickup trucks do things God did not intend. All of which are rooted deep in my Cold War Era adolescence.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Now THAT would be impressive and terrifying… Impressifying

    2. Tiller188 Avatar

      That makes two of us. I was prepared to be astounded that that actually worked. I was mildly disappointed, but then there was a diesel pickup doing a burnout, so I didn’t mind terribly.

    3. Vairship Avatar

      Be careful when fitting big diesel engines in trucks or truck-based minivans: http://legacy.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/metro/20070726-0830-bn26engine2.html

  7. fede Avatar

    I like this, but I can’t get over the fact that the rear brakes are also applied. Does it generate any noticeable wear or reduced life of the pads or discs when it’s done for longer?
    I guess they’d get hot fast… and that it’d be worse with drums.
    Anyway, the important thing is they are fun.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      This is the double-edged sword that is the Brake Stand

    2. BigRedCaveTroll Avatar

      Moar line locks!

  8. JayP Avatar

    I make more smoke pulling out of the driveway in the Vic.

    1. LeaksOil Avatar

      LOL. Oil smoke? Tire smoke? Both?