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  1. As a proud owner of a Silverado Z71 myself, I share most comments about CR testers not knowing enough about real-world use of pickup trucks. But, I do take exception to those who think "GM didn't pay CR enough" for the review, or that they have "contempt for American vehicles". First, CR takes ZERO, NADA, NOTHING in the way of money from car companies or any other manufacturers. They use anonymous buyers to outright purchase the vehicles they test, to prevent the manufacturers from giving them "doctored" vehicles specially prepped to do well in their objective tests. It's a mark of their objectivity that they will never accept products offered to them, because they steadfastly refuse to have their reputation compromised by accepting gifts from manufacturers. Also, if you were to read their reviews rather than listen to the nay-sayers, you would see many examples where they have high praise for American vehicles: the Buicks and new Impalas have been very highly rated, and just this month so was the new Ford Mustang GT. Unfortunately, most American cars and trucks simply do not hold up over the long-term when it comes to reliability. CR actively polls all of its members annually to find trends in maintenance problems, and then (as long as their poll results are statistically significant) reports the trends in their annual reviews. Most vehicles made by Chrysler suck when it comes to long-term reliability; hence, they earn low ratings on frequency-of-repair stats, and yet there were many good comments of CR testers when it came to first impressions of the new Dodge RAM trucks. Just because a vehicle tests out well, it doesn't automatically follow that it will stay reliable; those are totally separate measures. So give CR a break; they report honestly on their tests and even though you may not like what they have to say, it's pretty damned hard to argue with their reliability ratings, which to my mind are more important than first-impression tests when deciding if I want to commit my hard-earned money to purchase a vehicle for the long-term.
  2. I just found out from a neighbor that their fuel tank connection was also chewed on by vermin, requiring a replacement line! Question for the group: does anyone know of a fix to protect the lines? the dealer mentioned placing mothballs on top of the tank, but that seems like a real PITA solution. Is there a more-permanent way to protect the fuel lines from rodents?
  3. Got to check my fuel tank out with the mechanic, with my truck up on the lift. Evidently a squirrel or other rodent had gotten onto my tank and chewed on the fuel connection! Some people mentioned about the black powder coating on the new-version brake lines and indeed the replacement brake line installed last summer was black-coated. So while they've got my tank down (again), I'm having the opposite rear brakeline changed out as a preventive maintenance measure. Thanks for the comments!
  4. My 2003 Silverado LT experienced brake failure last summer, due to rusted out line to the rear brakes. Cost me over $900 for repairs; which the dealer attributed to having to buy a 1-piece replacement line and having to drop the fuel tank in order to install the new line. Can anybody tell me if there's a manufacturer out there selling stainless steel replacements? Also, just yesterday I had a guy stop alongside me at a traffic light and advise me I had gasoline spewing out of my tank! I took the truck immediately to my Chevy dealer. I'm wondering if this was caused by them improperly reconnecting my fuel lines when they reinstalled the tank, or if it was corrosion related. Anybody out there have experience with this, too? What's frustrating to me is that I live in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. We very seldom have to deal with snow, and the VA DOT usually just uses grit, rather than salt on the roads. Why the heck would brakeline corrosion be a problem in my area?
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