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Arrival Blue is fantastic! Would love to see it side-by-side with Blue Topaz, they look pretty similar with Arrival being lighter. I'll be painting my 1993 RCSB one of those shades, or the standard Indigo Blue, eventually.
GM claims low sales, and while that's true, there are reasons for that beyond what the market demands. CAFE - part of the calculations are based on vehicle footprint. The same 5.3L engine is a way worse "hit" in a small RCSB than a larger CCSB. That give GM corporate incentive to sell fewer of them. Markups - I bet it's $1-2000 difference in their cost to build them with the extra doors and seats. But they can sell them for a much higher premium than that. So dealerships are incentivized to sell more of those than the smaller trucks. Rebates - When I bought by RCSB, they barely budged off the price. I paid $42k (Canadian). I tried and tried, and all they kept doing was offering me a similarly equipped double cab for less money. How does that make sense? From a purely financial perspective I was stupid not to take one of those other offers. However I don't want a big truck. Trims - if you want the higher trims or nicer options, they force you into a 4-door model. When I bought in 2014, LT Z71 was the highest model you could get. No leather, no touch screen (I think that changed later on), etc. The majority of the two-door trucks of either box length they made were optioned to be cheap work trucks. The 6.2 was unavailable in a regular cab at all. If GM offered regular cabs at proportional prices to the bigger trucks, with all options available, and similar rebates, they would sell WAY more than the pitiful numbers they point to as justification. As it stands, THEY STILL BUILD THEM. They are not saving money at all since they still make them for Mexico and the middle east. So the "it costs too much to make small production numbers" is bogus. Anyway, I own my 2014 RCSB, and I guess that will be it for me buying new GM trucks. I'll just have to keep mine on the road as long as possible. That was kind of the plan already, but I did plan on buying a new one eventually.
Edit: soory, "make" not "take. Lol yes. I've gone through the same thoughts, after a rugby practice I don't really want to climb in all soaked onto my cloth seats. We just use the high school field with no building access, so no shower possible. Most of the time I get by with taking my shirt off as soon as we're done, and delay putting on a fresh shirt until right before I hop in to try to let the sweat air dry. Doesn't work the best in the humid summers but better than full sweat. I've tried doing towels etc but yeah they fall down right quick.
Had to replace mine for the first time this fall, my truck was built in Oct 2013 so ~7years. I got whatever they carried at PartsSource, I think it was ~$230 if I remember correctly. First battery I've had to change so I don't how it compare to others in terms of ease but didn't think it was that bad. Took off the diagonal brace and the bar that goes down from it. I didn't touch the reservoir, I think I did need to roll the battery at some point.
I'll second that the LTX M/S2 (whatever the current iteration is named) are excellent for the winters we have in Southern Ontario, which is essentially everything. Fresh snow/packed snow/slush/ice, they handle all of them very well.
Just a wash and wax today, a couple weeks ago I got a Gator roll up tonneau. It's okay, it was the cheapest one I could find so not gonna complain much lol. Replaced the battery last week. Expensive! But I suppose I got 6 years out of it so not bad. In the sometime near future I need to do rear breaks, and front ball joints and maybe bearings... And then maybe I can move onto figuring out what the engine noise I'm hearing is. Oil change mechanic thinks it's a piston noise ? All of that is taking money away from what I REALLY want to be modding, which is my recently purchased '93 Sierra.
D'oh! I'm so miffed about them discontinuing the RCSB that I forgot the RCLB was still an option. I was just trying to think of a "recent event" that would cause that beauty to get "demoted".
Need the extra seats?
Lo Looks badass man! Got any more pics?
I'll play! My truck as it was until about 6 months ago. Plasti-dipped emblems, grille, and wheels, 2" rear drop.
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