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  1. The body lines, rounded wheel openings, tailgate, and headlights surround are very Fordesque. Hideous!
  2. Wow, just when you thought it couldn't get any worse. Ugggly! I just wonder what the Sierra is going to look like? https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/957609001
  3. Just went over 50,000 last week on my 2014 Sierra Z71 4x4 SLE 5.3L 3.42 Double Cab. In service on September 2013, 44 months. Went through all the recalls, tsb's, headlight upgrade (if you can call it that). The POS Vosla headlights burn out every year in March, so far. Installed in March 2015, burned out in March 2016, and again in March of 2017. Right now, the door lock actuator is bad on the rear passenger door. Sticks in the locked or unlocked position, and the dealer wants $100 just to look at it. I'm betting on this being another recall at some point. It could be a serious safety issue if you had small children riding in the back, and the door did not lock, or stay locked with the child lock function. They could open the door while the vehicle is moving down the road. Since it doesn't lock when putting the vehicle in gear, or with the key fob, or door lock controls on the front doors. You have to manually lock it or unlock it. They have had recalls on previous year vehicles as late as 2014 for the door lock actuators. I don't think they have a long term fix, at least on the 2014 model year vehicles that were produced in 2013. Now it is starting to show up on these vehicles. Other than that, and a few interior rattles, the truck mechanically has been fine. Knock on wood! Still have the original 265 65 18 W.O.L. Good Year Wrangler tires, and they have plenty of tread left. No shake or shimmy, ever. Overall, it's been a great truck. I'm going to stick with it, at least for now.
  4. My 2014 Double Cab rear passenger door started doing this a couple weeks ago. It will not work with the key fob, or with the door lock/unlock controls on the front doors. The first time I noticed it was when I needed to get in that door. It was stuck in the locked position. Once in awhile it will actually unlock with the other doors, then when you lock it up, it sticks in the up position. This is bad, thinking it's locked. So I have to look every time I lock it now. Just had an oil change at the dealer, and they want $100 just to look at it. I'm thinking this will be a safety recall down the road. If you were to have the child locks on the doors, thinking it was locked, they could actually open the door from the inside. That would not be good. I don't have any grandchildren yet, or anyone that rides back there. I think GM is going to have a lot of complaints on these door lock actuators. It's not like they haven't had this exact same problem on previous models that were recalled back in 2014. My 2014 has 50,000 on it and is 44 months old. Looks like history is repeating itself, and GM doesn't really have a fix for it? I think I'm going to make a formal complaint, for what it's worth.
  5. Mice or rats building a nest someplace. They got my Camaro liner real bad one fall/winter. Built a nest on the intake and both shock towers in less than 2 weeks. My liner looked like the Tasmanian Devil was in there. Bounce dryer sheets will help deter them on stored vehicles. You might be able to secure some in strategic places under your hood on a daily driver.
  6. You cannot go beyond 7,500 miles and maintain your bumper to bumper or powertrain warranty. Full synthetic or not.
  7. Probably a snowballs chance in hell, but they didn't design the 2016 lights to be able to fit the 2014/2015 front clips by accident. There is obviously a little factor of a possible class action going on in their world. The lights are pitiful and dangerous where I live, 2-1/2 miles off the pavement grid. Especially with the Kamikaze deer! My truck is within 120 miles of the B2B warranty expiring. Just a matter of time before one of those deer blind sides me. The POS Vosla Bulbs burn out in less than a year. The next time will be on my dime again.
  8. From the album: MPG

    2 full winters, and one spring/summer/fall.
  9. I've had it happen over last winter, driving in a snowstorm, with slushy road conditions. It would only flash for just a second, so it took a couple, before I could actually catch what it said. I let the service department know, and this was also close to the time I was experiencing both headlights (Vosla), both licence plate lights, and the upper right rear turn signal bulb failures. They checked it out, put some dielectric grease in the connectors, and no problems since. Fingers crossed.
  10. The grille number for the All Terrain grille with iridium painted surround was GM# 22910418, and the Z71 emblem was GM# 22432559 two years ago. Since you already have the chrome surround, you might be able to just buy the inner part of the grille now? Wouldn't hurt to check with a body shop to see if it can be ordered that way now, it was only available as the complete grille and painted surround two years ago. I have heard that the complete grilles come with an unpainted surround now, and would have to be painted to match. FYI, I have been running with the chrome surround, All Terrain inner grille with Z71 badge since May 2014. It has really grown on me, and is unique. Have not seen another one like it in two years. Good luck!
  11. Nope, found out they are all using the same exact filter. They do list them as a high capacity air filter on my window sticker for the Z71 package. Just marketing BS left over from previous packages in older series trucks. I checked with every place I could find, and there is only one part number. I ordered it from the GM Dealer parts department. All the same filter and part number. So either they are all high capacity, or none of them are. It does have pretty deep pleats, and a lot of them, so I'd say they are all high capacity. I get great gas mileage with mine, so I just went with OEM AC Delco to keep everything the same. They were. Unless he was talking about a 2500 HD? They could have more than one filter. The 1500 with 5.3 only have one per GM Parts.
  12. FYI, the SLE All Terrain model only have the same headlights with the LED accents as the SLT. They come with the package, as well as chrome molding and power folding mirrors among other things. The SLE Z71 and SLE 4x4 headlights do not have the LED accents. Just in case you look for another replacement.
  13. Truck Monkey actually shows 3 different part numbers and colors. There seems to be some confusion in the ad for the cocoa dune handle, if one even actually exists??? Read the fine print in the third one, it says cocoa dune, while it says shale in the heading. It also shows both the light gray and the shale ones above it? Just went back and read it again, and the third one is a PASSENGER side assist handle. The color in the pics is obviously deceiving. It does have a (4dp) code on it, so maybe the base trucks don't have the passenger side handle either? Do they maybe offer a darker charcoal one or a darker cocoa dune one for the 2016 model pillars??? http://www.trunkmonkeyparts.com/index.php?p=catalog&mode=scat&scatgrp=interior&scatsubgrp=assist-handle-package
  14. Metal clip under lower dash panel. Mine started rattling like mad at 30,000 miles. I stuck a folded over piece of cardboard between the two panels until I can find a better solution to tighten it back up. Haven't really got under there and even looked yet but, will take a closer look this weekend. You can feel the metal clip by putting your fingers under the dash panel. Just touch the clip and it will quiet it right down to nothing.
  15. That would be worth checking out. I'm hearing these Vosla bulbs are around $33 a piece. So $66 every 11-12 months or less is not what I would call a good solution for the consumer. Not to mention the inconvenient times that they can go out on you. Going to have to keep at least one spare bulb in the truck, and the tools to remove the air box for the passenger side. Another kick in the nutz gift that keeps on giving from GM.
  16. If you are still under 3yr/36,000mi it will be replaced under warranty. If not, then it's on your dime. Mine both went out at slightly under a year as well. It's going to suck. I'm not even sure mine were replaced with the Vosla bulbs yet, even though imade it very clear that I had upgraded to them. Might pull the cap on the drivers side and take a peek this weekend. Maybe it's just me but, they just don't seem as bright as they were before.
  17. I live 2-1/2 miles off the pavement grid, so that could also be a factor. It's not always smooth sailing!
  18. I wouldn't trust just that site. Mine didn't come up on there until after the dealer confirmed mine was on the list and ordered the replacement. Then it came up after the part was ordered. Was about a week or so wait for the part to come in, then had it replaced last Monday. Just checked the GM recall site, and it is all clear again. I think they are notifying people in waves, when they go in for service. Sounds weird but that is how the replacements are coming in. I work with a bunch of guys that have 2014 Chevys, and none of them even knew about it. There hasn't been any mail notification that I am aware of. I think they started with the Max Trailering Packages first, since they are more likely to be hauling a heavy trailer, then going in stages from earliest builds, and working from there. Purely speculation on my part but, I was the first to own a 2014 of all the people I work with, by several months.
  19. Don't know about that but, mine was built in Ft. Wayne in Aug 2013, and it was on the recall. I'm thinking there were at least 2 different suppliers, since some are on the recall list, and some are not.
  20. That's what I thought but, just had to ask. I guess there won't be much left of those Ford trucks in a fire.
  21. It's exactly what CWilliams said, the trim around the radio. I have had my truck since September 2013, and I have probably heard it at least 500+ times. It will fool you into thinking it is the windshield at first for sure, until one day you are touching the trim around the radio with your fingers at the same time it does it. Then you'll know exactly where it is coming from. The good news is after 2-1/2 years, it doesn't do it very often anymore. The bad news is you will have a bunch of other rattles to take its place. One is the clip for the trim piece in the lower dash below the steering wheel. That SOB started at about 30,000 miles, and will drive you nuts. At least until you stick something between the two panels to shut it up. Like was said earlier, the stone hitting the windshield sound is actually the plastic trim around the radio/CD player snapping due to temperature changes.
  22. Exactly what I was thinking! OP, Did the FD rip the aluminum hood off, or was it a total meltdown? I'm thinking the latter? I park my truck in the garage every night. Things like this will definitely make a guy wonder. Just glad to hear nobody was injured. I wish you luck on your claim, and hope you are made whole again.
  23. Mine was replaced Monday. Lots of little weld splatter, and a crappy paint job. I'm sure it will be all rusty by this time next year, after a Michigan (salt capitol of the world) winter.
  24. My drivers side Vosla Headlight burned out yesterday. The passenger side burned out a couple weeks ago. Already replaced under warranty but, they are only going to last a year +/-. That will get expensive over time. Will be looking into the modified 9011's, when it's on my dime. Wonder if they are lasting any longer?
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