Buying a Used Colorado


G’day John,

My wife found you on YouTube and I just can't stop watching your show.  It is so refreshing to find someone who says it as it is without the BS, so thank you very very much for being the type of person you are.

I have a family of 5 (including myself). We have four quad bikes, one dirt bike and all the camping gear that goes with.

We currently own a 2002 Chrysler Voyager Limited addition ( I know, I know….please insert abuse here).  One of the quads fits into the back of our vehicle + some of the camping gear. The quad size is 1020mm x 1050mm

We have a 10x6 trailer. Three quads and the dirt bike fit into it along with most of the camping, riding gear etc. At the time my wife found you on YouTube I was searching for a second hand four-door ute and for us thought the Mitsubishi Triton might be the go, until I sat in the back of one in the middle seat and realised no one could sit there for more than two seconds.

I watched your review on Utes with great interest which trained my eye towards the Colorado 4x4 crew cab.

My issue is of course budget.  I will only be able to afford $25,000 when the time comes and going by your reviews, all Colorados’ in that price range are only three star for safety and four- or five-speed gearboxes. I don’t need 3.5t towing, 3 tonnes will do us easily.

Also the registration compared to a station wagon is approx. $300 per year dearer.

Finally my question is: is it still ok to buy a 2008 – 2011 Colorado or maybe look for other 4x4 alternatives which body types are classed as station wagons.

Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,


PS: I am writing this email to you greatly in advance as I will not be able to purchase a vehicle for approx. two years. I just like to keep an eye on things as time goes on while we are saving, to keep myself up to date, especially with the help frompeople like yourself.


Tim, a good rule of thumb to remember is that vehicles lose about half their price at the five-year mark. In two years' time, when you intend to buy, it will be 2017. 

For example, a 2010 Ford Ranger XLT 3.0D dual cab 4x4 (currently five years old) was $46k brand new, and sells privately for early-to-mid $20ks now. So in two years' time a 2012 Ranger (ie the current shape) in a similar spec should be on offer for about the same money - with a five-star safety rating, etc. (I'm just using the Ranger as an example - the Colorado and BT-50 will be similar propositions, and they're all decent examples of this breed of vehicle.)

The Colorado 7 and Isuzu MU-X will be similar propositions. They are designed off the ute architecture and perform in a similar way, although you might find these more practical from a family perspective - and they have good all-terrain ability and a three-tonne tow capacity.

Hope this helps, and thank you for the kind words mate. Sorry about the Voyager (but note I refrained from saying a single negative thing about it...)

Please apologise to your wife on my behalf because she was forced to watch me on YouTube. Nobody deserves that.

Best regards Tim.