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Uncus

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    Marc Perkins
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    Los Angeles
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    2016 High Country 5.3
  1. Don't forget the parking garages if that is an issue for you. I live in Los Angeles the home of the parking garage and had to leave mine as low as possible.
  2. The Denali's are great trucks and out here in Los Angeles that's about all you see in high end pickups are black Denalis and Ford Platinums. That's why I liked the red High Country I bought because it didn't look like all the others. Doesn't have quite all the toys the Denali has but the deal was great and I can find it in a parking lot. I never had all those extras so I don't miss them.
  3. I had the same experience as several of the other posters. Mine got real bad at the 4K mile mark and I had intended to take it to the dealer when I had time, but the thing self corrected over a short period of time and has been fairly normal ever since. On very rare occasion I'll notice a harsh downshift.
  4. I read your review and laughed. I could have written it. I came out of a 1/2 ton F150 crew cab into a 16 High Country. I did do a brief test drive but mainly just assumed it would ride like a typical half ton. Only after the fact did I discover that it really did have a much firmer ride than I was expecting. You really feel the bad pavement and cupped out concrete. IMO it rides more like an old school 1 ton. I guess in their race to beef up capacity of all these 1/2 tons it came with the territory but it did take me by surprise. I'd prefer it ride like a town car but I'm old and sure I'm in the minority here on the forum. I do love the truck though otherwise.
  5. I read your review and laughed. I could have written it. I came out of a 1/2 ton F150 crew cab into a 16 High Country. I did do a brief test drive but mainly just assumed it would ride like a typical half ton. Only after the fact did I discover that it really did have a much firmer ride than I was expecting. You really feel the bad pavement and cupped out concrete. IMO it rides more like an old school 1 ton. I guess in their race to beef up capacity of all these 1/2 tons it came with the territory but it did take me by surprise. I'd prefer it ride like a town car but I'm old and sure I'm in the minority here on the forum. I do love the truck though otherwise. I read your review and laughed. I could have written it. I came out of a 1/2 ton F150 crew cab into a 16 High Country. I did do a brief test drive but mainly just assumed it would ride like a typical half ton. Only after the fact did I discover that it really did have a much firmer ride than I was expecting. You really feel the bad pavement and cupped out concrete. IMO it rides more like an old school 1 ton. I guess in their race to beef up capacity of all these 1/2 tons it came with the territory but it did take me by surprise. I'd prefer it ride like a town car but I'm old and sure I'm in the minority here on the forum. I do love the truck though otherwise.
  6. "Chevy Shake" 2017

    Another thing to consider on these test drives: I live in Los Angeles and we have some really bad freeways. Concrete base and they get cupped out from all the truck traffic. I can run my new High Country down these and it will get bucking so bad I can't even make a hands free cell phone call. Most of you would swear there is something bad wrong with the pickup as the vibration is absolutely rhythmic as it is in a defective vehicle. Yet I can run this same truck on new pavement from 0 to 100 and it's absolute perfection. If you are not familiar with the firm ride of these new truck pay attention to what you are running on for the test.
  7. Brake rotors

    On a 2016, do the pads still use the old school wear sensors that will drag on the rotor when the pads need replacement or are these electronic now and throw a warning message on the dash? I haven't had a wheel off yet to try and look. Thanks
  8. I have the 2016 8 speed that started off OK, got real bad around 3K and then resolved it's own issues within the next 1K miles and it's been fine ever since. (knock wood) Perhaps give yours a chance unless it's unbearable?
  9. For what it's worth my 5.3 8 speed was fine from the beginning then around 3000 miles it started getting really bad with the clunking, gear hunting etc, more often than not. From the many things I've read on this forum I was dreading a trip to the dealer so I was waiting till I was in the mood but in the interim but the dam thing healed itself over a period of about a 1000 miles and it's been fine ever since. In my mind it was really strange for something that out of whack to self correct.
  10. I have a 2016 5.3 and I added a 1/2 quart to bring it to full at 4300 miles but in fairness I didn't check it at delivery to see if it was actually on the full mark. I just run it as original.
  11. I was just going to add: I have a 2016 5.3 8 sp 2wd. From new it was fine then around 3K miles it started all the hard shifts, gear hunting, etc. that we read about so much. My plan was to just pay attention to the problem and wait till it got real bad so the condition would be more obvious when I took it to the dealer but before long all these issues worked themselves out and I'd say it's at 98% consistant operation now. It still has that irritating lag at a rolling stop but I consider that design as opposed to defect and I'm learning to live with it. It's definitely a different tranny than we have been accustomed to all these years but it's hard to argue with the mileage relative to the weight it's carrying.
  12. Transmission Issues

    I guess this is why Chevy will send the customer satisfaction survey in the first 30 days, before reality sets in and the new owners are more aware of their problems. I had like 500 miles on mine when I got the survey. I gave the truck high marks. Actually I like the truck just disappointed in the tranny.
  13. Evidently he didn't read his 520 page owners manual
  14. Question I've read all these threads and haven't quite found a straight answer to my question. Seems like most people are beefing their rigs up, I want to go in the other direction. Is there an aftermarket shock available that will dial down the firmness of the ride I'm getting with the factory setup? The truck is great on average to good roads but here in Los Angeles we have some really bad roads & freeways and the ride gets downright punishing at times. I never have heavy load situations that I need to factor in I'm usually running empty. Also I realize going to a 17" or 18" tire and wheel with a taller sidewall would help some but I like the look of what it came with and I hate to start changing all that. I guess I'm looking for a wimpy passenger car type shock that would fit the truck. Just seems to me if such a thing exists it would help some???? Or am I just wrong and it's all about the springs and nothing will really soften the ride? And I know someone will say I should have bought a car if I wanted a car ride....I just like trucks. Thanks everyone for any advice..
  15. I have the 2016 5.3 2wd. My initial problem was the hesitation I've read a lot about, then around 2000 miles it began the hard downshifts. Some were so intense I was convinced I had been lightly rear ended. I kept reading these blogs and was trying to document all the bad behavior for an eventual trip to the dealer and before long I suppose it relearned good behavior so I'm now back to the original irritation, which is the hesitation. I'm at 3500 miles now. On my truck if I come to a complete stop I'm good to go with full power immediately. If I do a California stop I will always have some level of hesitation from very mild to downright dangerous. From all these threads I read and a chat with the dealer I understand they don't have a solution for this.
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