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Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9-19-2018 GM is recalling vehicles including the 2015-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500, 3500, 1500 Crew Cab Special Service, Tahoe Police Pursuit/Special Service, GMC Sierra 2500, and 3500 vehicles. The reason is that the brake pedal pivot nut may loosen, causing the brake pedal to be loose or inoperative. The consequence of that could make it difficult or impossible for the driver to stop the vehicle by using the brake pedal. In addition, a loose pedal may also interfere with the accelerator pedal. Either condition may increase the risk of a crash. NHTSA says that GM will notify owners, and dealers will add adhesive to the nut and reinstall the nut with increased tightness, free of charge. To verify if your vehicle is part of this recall, you can look it up here at GM's lookup site.
John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9-18-2018 A new story by Left Lane News titled, "FCA Confirms New Midsize Ram Pickup" seems to have facts to support its claim. The publication says that " A presentation slide from FCA's Capital Markets Day shows the new model on the roadmap for 2022, slotting below the Ram 1500." A new Ram Dakota is long overdue. The name sounds weird to our ears. "Dodge Dakota" has a nice ring. Both Dodge and Ford have missed out on hundreds of thousands of truck sales by missing the market's resurgence. Toyota is selling over 20K Tacomas per month now and GM could be as well if it had the capacity. Left Lane News says the new Ram Dakota would be built alongside the new Jeep pickup. GM-Trucks.com reached out to our FCA contact to ask if the news can be confirmed. The answer was "NOT CONFIRMED." Hmm. Check back in a week or so and we will see how this develops.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9-17-2018 Nothing. That's what Mary Barra has on her mind when it comes to pickup trucks and the future for GM. In her recent discussion with Fast Company, Mary Barra discussed, "...GM’s immediate priorities and the broader, bigger vision that it’s working toward." We read over the interview that Fast Company published and looked carefully for any discussion of trucks. Trucks are presently what pays GM's bills and pays its employees paychecks. Barra focused mainly on electrification of cars and ride-sharing. Presently, electric vehicles like the Bolt cost GM money. The company has a target date set for profitability on EVs in 2021. Barra answered a direct question on what she sees as the future of transportation. She said, "Well, we see four major areas that are transforming the way people move today, and one is propulsion. That’s our focus on electrification. We’re putting significant investment there, not only in electric vehicles but fuel-cell electric vehicles. The next is autonomous, and clearly we’re putting significant investment there. The next is connectivity, and we think we’re just scratching the surface of how we can really create value for consumers from a connected point of view. And then the last is sharing, which we’re also making investments in with Maven." We really didn't expect her to say "Every vehicle after 2020 will come equipped with a snorkel." But how does a profitable truck company that dabbles in money-losing cars ignore its core competency? Let's be sure we enjoy the diesel Bisons and V8 Camaros folks. They are not part of GM's future. It looks like if GM is still making trucks they will be electric, self-driven and connected to a geo-fenced boundary, and owned by a ride-sharing company you will subscribe to.
John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9-15-2018 General Motors is recalling certain 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Sierra 1500 and Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade vehicles. Electric power steering (EPS) assist may be lost momentarily, followed by a sudden return of EPS assist. That can cause - and has caused - crashes. 30 so far that GN knows about. Luckily, nobody has yet been killed. GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the EPS module software, free of charge. GM has not yet provided NHTSA a notification schedule. So why wait? You can check the VIN of your vehicle right here. Does this recall sound familiar? The Detroit Free Press reports GM recalled 2014 model year vehicles for the same problem last year. Too bad GM didn't fully identify the issue then. 30 owners would not have been in a crash.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9-13-2018 General Motors is recalling 10 models and about 1 million total vehicles for a reason we have never heard before. The apparent cause of the recall is that the rear brakes may contain trapped hydrogen gas. As any mechanic knows, any trapped gas in a brake line can cause problems, notably a soft pedal as the gas expands and contracts. GM says it knows of no accidents due to the issue. The solution is to bleed the brakes. The affected models includes 2018 and 2019 MY vehicles: GMC Terrain, Buick Lacrosse and Regal, Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Cruze, Equinox, Volt, Impala, Bolt, and the Chevrolet Malibu. To see if your brakes may contain a hydrogen bubble check it here at GM's VIN lookup.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9-12-2018 Let's face it. The Bison is a Colorado ZR2 with skidplates, better bumpers, and the cool snorkel. Except you can get the snorkel just as easily on a ZR2 or even a base Colorado. Chevy isn't supplying them from the factory. To have that cool appendage, you have to install it yourself or have someone do it for you. Cutting out the catcher's mitt-sized hole in the fender is one thing, you can always replace a fender, but drilling into the A-Pillar may seem scary. That A-Pillar is responsible for a lot of safety functions as well as being a tougher part to repair if need be than a removable fender. To drill or not to drill, that is the question. It is also a question we put to the Facebook Chevy Colorado ZR2 club. 77 of the 144 respondents said "No F'ing Way!" to drilling into that particularly sensitive spot. To see if the A-Pillar is off limits, we reached out to the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI). These are the folks who help automakers to develop the exotic steels now used for lightweighting and strengthening key parts of trucks and cars. First, we asked SMDI what exactly the A-Pillar in a Chevy Colorado is made from and how it is made. They told us, "A-pillars are typically designed with 3 layers of sheet metal. An outer body side panel which is the painted exterior surface, and an outer (middle layer) and inner (interior to the passenger compartment) A-pillar structures. The outer panel is made of mild steel and is mostly to cover the structure of the vehicle and contribute to styling. The two structural pieces for the A-pillar are made of ultra-high-strength steel (UHSS) and have tensile strengths greater than 1000 MPa. The outer is a press-hardened steel (PHS), also called a hot-stamped steel. The inner is a multi-phase grade (stamped at room temperature). These grades are 4-6 times stronger than the mild steel of the outer panel and deliver exceptional performance in strength and resistance to intrusion (bending or crush in a collision). These grades also deliver efficient designs of the A-pillar in that higher strength allows for a thinner section design (over lower strength materials such as aluminum) which gives better visibility to the driver." SMDI reviewed the video of the install from AEV, the supplier of the snorkel. We then asked them if they thought the drilling was any kind of concern. SMDI replied, "The way this process is shown in the video is more than adequate to attach the snorkel without compromising the performance integrity of the A-pillar. It is attached directly to the outer panel and does not disturb the load path performance provided by the outer and inner structural pieces." So the experts say "full send!" Send us images and video if you do an install of your own. We'd love to do a post showing them off. Here's how to get the snorkel kit. Image note: Component images are slides from the 2015 Great Designs in Steel presentation by Wendy Malone (GM) on “The All New 2-15 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon Cab Structure.” Courtesy of SMDI.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9-10-2018 The research team at iSeeCars.com has determined which used truck sells the fastest, and which sells the slowest on used vehicle lots. Neither is a GM product. The group looked at the sales data for over 4 million used vehicles to make its determination. The overall average number of days a pickup sits on a used car lot is about 51 days. Cars and SUVs tend to move a bit quicker, around 47 days on average. Every GM product is a bit slower than the average, but not an outlier. The Nissan Titan is the dog in this group. The Honda Ridgeline is the fastest-selling. iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly, says the reason may be that the Ridgeline “..ceased production between 2014 and 2017, so there aren’t as many in the used car marketplace, which drives up demand.” Ly says the Titan has a poor reliability record, which may help explain its longer than usual stay on dealer lots.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9-6-2018 Would you like a snorkel for your Chevy Colorado just like the one the all-new Bison has? If so, American Expedition Vehicles, AEV, can hook you up right now. Even Bison customers and Chevy dealers will be buying theirs from AEV. The price is $459 and the part number is 48306001AA. The video below shows the installation procedure. It involves cutting out a part of the fender and drilling a half-dozen holes in your passenger side A-pillar. You can find the part at AEV's website. Please be aware that this kit does NOT fit GMC Canyons.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9-6-2018 The all-new 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison was revealed today. The Bison is primarily a Colorado ZR2, but with some modifications from GM's new off-road partner, American Expedition Vehicles (AEV). The Bison will come standard with all of the ZR2's gear. In addition to that, the Bison will have hot-stamped boron steel skidplates covering the front and rear lockers, oil pan, fuel tank, and transfer case. The Bison also features unique steel front and rear bumpers. The front bumper is winch-ready and has standard fog lights. The rear has standard recovery points. The drivetrain options are the same as the ZR2, and the Bison has the same added track width and 2" suspension lift over the Colorado Z71. Under larger fender flares, the Bison has its own 17x8-inch wheels with Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires. The Bison will be available in both crew and extended cab configurations with short and long beds respectively. Look for the Bison at Chevrolet dealers in January. We will update our coverage with price information when it becomes available. The bad-ass snorkel is not standard and Chevy will not provide it to you directly is we read the Chevy info correctly. Rather, it will be available from AEV and is adaptable to every Chevrolet Colorado trim, not just ZR2 and Bison. Details on the kit can be found here.
John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9-5-2018 According to Bloomberg , who has journalists with sources within GM willing to leak information, truck sales declined last month and helped account for a pretty substantial 13% overall decline in sales for General Motors. For comparison, Toyota's sales were flat last month compared to August 2017 with a decline of 1.2%. The industry as a whole declined about 7% in August. GM dropping by 13% is huge - but unsubstantiated - news. It is unsubstantiated because GM has stopped providing sales data on a monthly basis. Times like this are exactly why they did so. There is no upside to bad news. Buried way down the page in the story, Bloomberg mentions briefly that GM has just started to build the new 2019 Silverado. The story's headline and main gist are that GM's lower truck sales are due to scaled back incentives. No place does it mention that GM is having a well-planned short-term lack of inventory as the company moves out of 2018 models and into 2019s. In February of this year, GM-Trucks.com noted that GM will lose about 120,000 truck sales in calendar 2018. We also predicted at that time that the mainstream media would likely report the reasons incorrectly. (Injures arm patting self on back) Our story noted that GM would have about one-third less Silverado and Sierra inventory to sell in the first quarter of its product launch. Which we have just entered in the month of August. Watch for sales to continue to remain soft through fall. Then sales will take off barring any unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances. The media will then report that sales increase as a huge triumph over the competition. Rather than pent-up demand being satisfied as owners (like us) waited for delivery. Aside from all this blather and re-reporting is the GM-Trucks.com truck we have on order and would be happy to take possession of. During an initial launch, there are often willing (or enthusiastic) buyers wanting the vehicle, but things can take time to happen. GM's sales are very likely down. Reporting that incorrectly as a surprise is just a lack of depth on the part of the mainstream media's automotive reporting.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9-4-2018 A few months ago we brought news that Tuffy has a new Lockbox for under the rear seat in the Silverado and Sierra. Now, Tuffy Security Products has added its Model 343 Under Rear Seat Lockbox for current generation Chevy Colorado/ GMC Canyon Crew Cab pickup trucks. The box is a full-width formfitting lockbox designed to mount under the rear seats of the pickup. Built from powder coated 16 gauge steel, the security lockbox features more than 2,100 cubic inches of storage space. The lock is Tuffy's patented Pry-Guard locking system with a 10 tumbler double bitted security lock. Tuffy Security also incorporates an exclusive Pin-Lock hinging system with built-in weather seals to further protect the contents of the box. Concealed under the rear seats, the lockbox is accessed by flipping either or both the rear seats up and opening one or both lids. The lid under the single seat has a center lock while the lid under the double seat has two locks. The Model 343 mounts into the vehicle by fastening to the original OEM hardware and does not require any drilling. Basic hand tools are all you need to secure the lockbox into the pickup. "Tuffy Security Products offers innovative and secure storage solutions to our customers in order to best protect whatever our customers store inside their vehicles, whether it be hunting gear, important documents, laptops or anything else of value or importance," said Tuffy Security's marketing director, Chip Olson. "The Model 343 is an excellent addition to the Tuffy line and can be used in both recreational and fleet pickups."
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Staff Writer 8-30-18 GM-Trucks.com is excited to announce that we will be one of the first to test the new LOMAX Hard Tri-Fold bed cover from Agri-Cover , Inc. Agri-Cover is a friend and sponsor of GM-Trucks.com and already has ACCESS and LOMAX covers ready to go for the new 2019 GMC Sierra and Silverado. As you may know from watching Zane's updates, the new GM-Trucks.com Silverado is on order, built, and has been sitting in Indiana for about three weeks. We hope to have it arrive for dealer delivery shortly. Once it arrives, we will be fitting it with the bed cover and doing a full review of both the truck and the cover. Agri-Cover has bed covers available for GMC and Chevy trucks from 1999-2019.
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Staff Writer 8-30-18 Take our quick poll - Which of these two new Chevy Colorado ZR2 colors do you prefer? Crush (orange) or Shadow Gray Metallic?
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Staff Writer 8-30-18 No, this isn’t another J.D. Power Hammer story, though we do love them. This one is a story about a survey report we particularly like, AutoPacifica’s Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA). In a nutshell, this is an award that goes to the vehicles which most fully meet the expectations of their buyers. At the end of the day, is there really anything more important? The overall winner for 2018 is the Chevy Suburban. Maybe even more impressive is that Chevy swept the truck segment. Like all of the best awards and reports, this one isn’t about what the car and truck testers think. They tend to be very heavily biased towards a certain type of car, a sports coupe or an extreme off-road vehicle. Who cares what those writers and bloggers think of your Silverado? Rather, this award is based solely on owner opinions. “IVA’s speak to a vehicle’s layout and design,” says AutoPacific president George Peterson. “Giving owners a chance to tell us what they would change and how they would change it reveals which vehicles are designed to meet their needs and expectations. In other words, having owners who are happy with things the way they are says the manufacturer did their upfront research and designed the vehicle with their target buyer in mind.” Interestingly, trucks outperform cars in the IVA. And not just in one area. Auto Pacifica says that trucks beat cars trucks (SUVs and pickups) outperform cars in all attributes including; visibility, technology, interior quietness and safety features. Chevy dominated the trucks segment. “The Suburban nailed most of the problem categories. Its packaging is just what their target consumer wants,” says Peterson. Chevrolet earned the win all three pickup segments with the Silverado 1500, Silverado HD and Colorado, which tied with the Honda Ridgeline. Here is the complete list of winners:
Gorehamj posted a topic in The NewsroomJohn Goreham Staff Writer 8-29-18 Recently, our colleagues at iSeeCars.com released a report that detailed which models were the longest kept by owners. This is a metric that can help to paint a picture of how long vehicles last, or are still interesting and satisfying to owners. Following the report, GM-Trucks.com reached out to see if the data generated had any more details. It turned out that the data also reveals which vehicle is the one that owners keep the longest in each given state. Chevrolet vehicles are the ones kept longest in six states. They are: Arizona, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, and West Virginia. The chart above shows the state by state breakout looks with the vehicle that is kept the longest in each state. Coincidentally, Ford also has the longest-kept vehicle in six U.S. states. Honda and Toyota dominate the rest of the country. By any chance, do we have any members who own that specific vehicle in that specific state? *Note: Data was not available for every state. Hence the total that is less than 50.
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