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Key Programming Chevrolet Colorado 2015-2016

Chevrolet Colorado 2015-2016 Key Programming Procedure



The following are the key programming procedures for Chevrolet Colorado for the year 2015 and 2016.

Programming with a Recognized Key (Key Vehicles Only)

Up to eight (8) keys can be programmed to the vehicle.


1. Insert the original, already programmed key in the ignition and turn the key to the ON/RUN position.
2. Turn the key to LOCK/OFF, and remove the key.
3. Insert the new key to be programmed and turn it to the ON/RUN position within five (5) seconds. The security light will turn off once the key has been programmed.
4. Repeat steps 1-5 if additional keys are to be programmed. If a key is lost or damaged, see your dealer to have a new key made.


Program a new key to the vehicle when a recognizable key is not available. Canadian regulations require that Canadian owners see their dealer.

If there are no currently recognized keys available, follow this procedure to program the first key.



This procedure will take approximately 30 minutes to complete for the first key.

The vehicle must be off and all of the keys must be with you.

1. Insert the new vehicle key into the ignition.
2. Turn to ON/RUN. The security light will come on.
3. Wait 10 minutes until the security light turns off.
4. Turn the ignition to LOCK/OFF.
5. Repeat steps 2-4 two more times. After the third time, turn to ON/RUN; the key is learned and all previously known keys will no longer work the vehicle.

Remaining keys can be learned by following the procedure in “Programming with a Recognized Key (Key Vehicles Only).”


About Chevrolet Colorado

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado becomes quite possibly the world’s ultimate pickup truck with the addition of the powerful, efficient, and elegantly integrated Duramax diesel motor.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado was named our Best Pickup of 2015, and for good reason: it’s a terrific combination of big-truck capability, handy interior technology, and good fuel efficiency, all wrapped up in a manageably sized vehicle that’s easy to park. We couldn’t wait to get our hands on a four-cylinder diesel engine when Chevrolet announced it would be available a year after the truck’s unveiling (compare the diesel 2016 model with the top gasoline 2015 truck here, and see our evaluation of the gas models here). The Chevrolet Colorado Duramax has arrived after a lengthy wait.

The exterior of the 2016 remains identical, and the diesel version is only distinguished by a badge on the door. However, if you want a more bespoke off-road style, Chevy provides a Trail Boss version of the Z71 off-road kit. It includes unusual wheels and trim, a bed-mounted sport bar, and LED spotlights that appear to be pointed more at the roof of the cab than the path ahead. It certainly looks the part of a robust off-road vehicle, but the sharp-looking Colorado never needed much assistance looking nice in the first place.

The new 2.8-liter Duramax diesel four-cylinder engine beneath the hood is the meat of the matter. It’s only available with the six-speed automatic transmission and is only available in crew-cab versions of the LT and Z71 trim levels (although you can still specify a long or short bed and two- or four-wheel drive). When compared to the optional 3.6-liter gasoline V-6, it produces less horsepower (181 hp versus 305 hp for the V-6), but significantly greater torque (369 pounds-feet versus 269 pounds-feet for the V-6). You’d assume that more power would result in faster launches, but it comes with an additional 300 pounds of weight thanks to extra equipment and diesel-related gear like a diesel exhaust fluid tank and accompanying hardware.

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