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  1. Bingo! Three years on the '16 with painted bumper and no chips at all, one only mark from tapping a pole. Pebbles and rocks follow the laws of projectile motion,. stay at a safe distance and gravity solves the problem. But common sense helps at keeping your distance from the vehicles ahead, don't follow gravel trucks or semis without mud flaps, same goes for semis and especially Jeeps and wide track tires past the fenders with our without mud flaps, never follow a concrete truck because there is always some hung up crap waiting to dislodge and if their tires don't hurl it another car will. Bug hits, yes plenty of them especially going past farms in the Summer stuck to the bumper and grill, but even their shells are not hard enough to damage the the Jello hard clear coat. Painted one on the '19 and no worries.
  2. I'm a fan of 4 cylinders, just not this one. I have nothing against 4s, owned my cars with them. Even the itsy bitsy 1.5T and 2.0T in my Malibus; basically a two scroll single turbo thrown on an aspirated designed engine with electronically controlled wastegate. They are adequate for the task, the 2.0T more so but dumped it when premium exceeded .50 more per gallon (without running on premium is like taking the crack pipe away from the hamster running in the wheel. Actually has to go out of State to find a Silv with a 2.7T to test ride and spend hours with clueless salesmen who didn't have a clue about what they were selling beyond the cheaper MSRP and fantastic mileage saving claims. Test ride and looking under the hood convinced me that this was everything I thought it would be: convinced me the V8 was worth the extra bucks, and dealer's in a rural truck loving State don't carry them for a reason. Before I make a decision both my a$$ and my brain have to be in agreement.....my a$$ loved the sound and feel of the accelerator but my brain disagreed telling my a$$ that the vehicle was designed more with him in mind. But, the screams coming from the salesman on the test ride when I took a really sharp, fast looey and the front end with the $hitty stock tires and less weight of the lightweight 4 over the drive axle and the front end broke loose. Brain said go for $1400 the heavier V8 and the $3K for 22s with lower profile and better tires. Brain says that there is nothing wrong with a 4 cyl in the proper environment and an 5.0l design with a turbo similar to the 1.5/2.0T babies might have both the power and durability and LONGEVITY required of a truck engine. Also that this 2.7T using new not time proven technology was reminiscent of previous GM abortion sticking a new 4cyl design where it doesn't belong. I cursed the days I had to work on my girlfriend's '62 Tempest with 194-1/2 slant 4 (basically a GHM 389 with the right cylinder bank chopped off......no counter balanced cranks in those days, one spark miss and it was a bucking bronco. Same genius came up with the Vegas's aluminum 4 with sleeveless liners to reduce weight; cancer on the cylinder walls burned 2 qts/ 500 miles. Let's forget the genius behind the V4/6/8 nightmare and forward to the 2.7T. If the 2.7T was essentially a bored and stroked on a larger block 1.5T or 2.0T might be OK, although still underpowered and undersized for the Silverado. But, no once again GM assumes the role of Merlin the Magician conjuring up old solutions to a new problem. The engines new fantastic innovative SLC sliding cam lift system brings back sad memories of a similar effort the V4/6/8 kludges on the valve train, roller bearings on a timing chain, an electric pump redirecting coolant to different areas of an aluminum engine brings to mind future upper end, head gasket failures and timing chain failures. No problem, tout over 1 million test miles on the engine, but perhaps not on a single engine. What makes you think that design a wiring harness that is too short for the engine can design the engine for durability and longevity. Owners should enjoy it now because they might just be stuck with it. Unfortunately, Techlink site is down and .pdf too large to post, but include a few screen shots showing what appears the ingenious modifications to increase hp and torque for the hamster..........might well be a recipe for future problems.
  3. Never had that on my double cab, even on really hot days in the Sun. But when waxing the top, that roof metal is mighty thin and can easily be popped in if too much pressure is applied.....situation would be worse with the larger surface area of a crew cab. Might have something to do with the fact that many of the formerly steel panels have been replaced with aluminum.....maybe working like the biometal strip in a thermostat and dissimilar expansion rates under heat cause a creep or pop.
  4. Swap the chrome ones with black gloss replacements.....now a $350+ option on the '20s that can DIY for less than half that. As a bonus you can dremel tool out the red RS from the chrome emblem and add it to the new emblem.
  5. Don't fight it: embrace it! Has it's advantages if you've still got your wits, your hair and decent preventive maintenance over the years.......just like the many 50's era rides running around in Cuba today proving old ain't dead. Easier to talk to young attractive women without them thinking you're trying to hit on them. Have the roads to yourself, empty movie theaters and no crowds shopping during the day when others are working. Plenty of similar old coots to talk with waiting for the wives. Senior discounts come in handy. And when retired, no reason to live in fear or worry in an over taxed blue State either. 1863: "God made men, Sam Colt made them equal".
  6. I see the good and bad in everything - Good: Sure beats walking! Bad: Front ends are too weak and messy for practical deer hunting. Love my wife kept her for almost 50 years. Liked my dogs kept them for their lifetimes. It's been all good and not a bad word to say about any of them. But, no sentiments whatsoever for the 3 dozen or so vehicles I've owned, not even from the first day they rolled off the dealer's lot - like the wife and dogs, they're fun to play with - but not for long with these transportation whores - it is hasta la vista as soon as one pi$$es me off or a flashier one catches my eye.
  7. What have the U.S. automakers come to? Now we're copying the Japanese.
  8. You forgot also so GM can also make big bucks on the replacement parts. Door handles are a good indicator, many an outside handle has broken and now the inner release handles are hollow plastic.
  9. Not worried, just commenting. No more generator oil ports, distributor oil ports, grease fittings, clutches to adjust, spark plugs/wires or other things to check and play with, only oil, air and filter changes even before they are due. I haven't owned a vehicle that hit 50K, changed tranny fluid or bought a set of new tires in over 20 years.
  10. .02 Some penny pinching, eco friendly bicycle rider at GM has removed the automatic transmission dipsticks from the '19 truck transmissions. I was waiting for this as soon as they started pulling this crap in their FWD sedans/SUVs. Now their trucks have adopted the same mantra as their front drive sedans, no dipstick, no filling port, no fluid checks necessary unless you see a leak, and the GM will then get a service visit. Can't leave fluid changes in the hands of a novice, they may dispose of it improperly and kill some fishies or some other lame excuse to tout maintenance free as a guise for saving a few bucks on parts and labor on their bargain priced $50K trucks. Wasn't too bothered when it disappeared from sedan - but, really? - some clueless designer actually removed it from a truck? Trucks have beds and hitches for hauling heavy crap like towing a boat on mountain roads up and down to the river. Manual gear selection and tranny temp gauges are useful for this purpose, but equally important is the dipstick to check the condition of the fluid. On hot days with a heavy load in cresting hills at max tranny temps it is always a good idea to check the smell and color of the fluid. Fading or disappearance of the red color of the heat sensitive dye in the fluid is cause for immediate concern and a fast fluid change to avert future damage. Now without a dipstick to monitor fluid, you're SOL without raising the vehicle and guessing which tranny bolt will permit access for checking without giving you a Dextron shampoo. Good move GM. Next to disappear is the engine oil dipstick with drivers being dependent solely upon the OLM and a low oil check light for oil monitoring. Then the ultimate hood welded shut and buy a new one when the engine light comes on.
  11. Tried - no go - can't read mp4 files and play on the front screen when stopped like the old '16 which could read off dvd or usb drive.
  12. Fresh from a mountain thunderstorm free carwash. Dechromed...replaced with OEM black emblems.
  13. Irrelevant if it is BS. You miss the point - if everything is working 100%, even better than on its the former higher rev - it doesn't matter what rev it is running on or if there is an update available. Foolish to update solely for the sake of updating and take a chance of introducing a problem that didn't exist before. Updates are issued to correct problems or provide additional capabilities not formerly present. Nothing to fix, so unless an update can give my vehicle a capability that it never had or necessitated by a recall to address a specific issue, there is no reason to do it. "If it ain't broke, don't/why fix it". Of course I'm all in if they come up with an update will enable time travel at 88 mph.
  14. Passenger side fuse box heated steering wheel fuse tap will work. I used it for the self dimming mirror.
  15. Annoyed the service department about the rev. just for laughs. From what the dealer was told the GM SD card number containing software and maps for upgrading an OIS (radio added in convenience II package over base OIR) to Nav functions is different from the part upgrading an OIT to Nav functions. The base OIR is not upgradeable. Whereas at introduction only the OIT stock in the LTZ either came with a Nav installed or was Nav ready and dealer upgradable to Nav ; the OIS was upgradable but not to Nav. functions. Later GM did introduce an OIS upgrade kit for adding a Nav which is different to compensate for hardware differences in architecture from the top of the line OIT. And the comparable versions of the software loaded for operation of the OIS with Nav functions and all optional accessories over the base RST is determined at the time of the install. Essentially the IOS operational software and Nav revs. installed were identified by GM as the most currently compatible with the identified VIN. Could be B$ just to keep me walking, connected to my network and verified there were no updates, but since everything is operating 100% a good enough explanation to keep me happy.
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