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.


  1. 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. Okay,
      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. 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.

      1. 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.

      1. 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.

  2. 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. 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. 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.

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