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  1. I've done the DIY thing too, with my air compressor. But I got tired of my sinuses being packed with oil, and my wife wasn't too crazy about the slick on the driveway either. 😁
  2. That'll certainly do it, but @ $120-140 per application it violates my personal policy of "cheap insurance". I prefer to have a full oil spray done when the vehicle is new, and maybe every 2 or 3 years thereafter. In the meantime I keep a can of spray goop around for quick touch-ups when swapping the tires every spring and fall. Fluid Film, Rust Check, Corrosion Free... it's all good. So is a spray bottle filled with WD40 and some vaseline or linseed oil. In the end it's all about maximizing service life (or resale value) for as little $$$ as possible.
  3. The discussion of whether or not a given model "needs" an extra warranty is irrelevant, since model reputation is priced into the warranty. Bottom line is that extended warranties are a tax on people who don't budget for repairs. Instead of buying a $40,000 truck with a $3,000 extended warranty, they should buy a $37,000 truck and keep some money in the bank. It's really that simple.
  4. Thoughts on the Nissan Titan?

    Most Nissan Titan nightmare stories stem from the early 2000s, when Nissan went on a cost-cutting binge and produced some truly crappy vehicles. Newer models are almost certainly better, although I wouldn't expect any significant advantage over other brands in terms of reliability or resale value. The biggest deterrent to buying a Titan over a domestic brand is poor selection and lack of qualified aftermarket repair shops.
  5. Well, that didn't take long. Four months of road salt and the frame of my 2018 Silverado has surface rust peeking through the wax coating all over the place. Then again I didn't expect it to hold up like my 2012 Volvo, which already looks better by comparison. Looks like pressure washing & Krown will be a springtime ritual with the Chevy.
  6. Shake or Vibration Issues

    I like a good conspiracy theory as much as the next guy, particularly when it involves the manufacturer of my craptacular 1980 Pontiac that turned me off American cars for over 30 years. That said, it's hard to be sure of how widespread defective driveshafts really are, given how many of these trucks are sold every year. At these sales volumes it only takes a 0.1% defect rate to create a huge uproar in the forums. And then there are the cases like mine, where a tire swap or other "quick fix" did in fact solve the problem. GM was right to suggest it as a first line of attack. Anyway, I hope the more seriously afflicted owners do find a cure. Big corporations are driven by economics, always seeking the cheapest possible way around a problem. The trick is to make it unbearably expensive for them to ignore you.
  7. Shake or Vibration Issues

    Sorry for the late response. I have the OEM Wranglers... brand-new truck just this summer. Definitely try your luck at a private tire shop. A good one will be happy to diagnose what the dealer missed, and give it to you in writing. I was lucky that my dealer recognized the shaking, as it wasn't very severe. Although I said it was gone in my previous post, I still get traces of it at highway speeds but not all the time. Not sure this truck will ever feel glassy-smooth.
  8. Shake or Vibration Issues

    It's important that your dealership is equipped with a road force tire balancer. My Silverado's rear tires were found to have over 20 lb each of road force, resulting in two new tires under warranty and no more shaking.
  9. When I find myself thinking about spending money on something that has already cost me money, and which is working perfectly fine, I try thinking about other things.
  10. Nobody can predict whether or not you will get value of one particular warranty contract. All they can do is offer anecdotal stories and opinions which have no predictive value. Over a lifetime of buying cars and trucks it generally makes sense to skip the extended warranty and pocket the money. In the long run you will almost certainly come ahead, with only temporary setbacks along the way. If you are financially solid my advice is to cancel the warranty and start saving now. If you are not on solid ground - if a large repair bill would ruin your life - then keep the warranty. And consider a less expensive vehicle next time; one that you can afford to pay off during the factory warranty period.
  11. 2018 5.3L engine knock

    Reman is common, but on a low mileage 2018 yeah I'd feel a bit cheated. If you've only had the truck 3 weeks I'd go after whoever sold it to you. Good luck.
  12. Aside from a little juddering now and then I really don't mind the Rancheros. By comparison my old Ford shuddered and shook like a school bus. Handled like one too. Yeah, yeah, ignorance is bliss. But it can also be financially smart. Edit: Polls of this nature invariably attract more modders than average owners, so take the results with a grain of salt.
  13. 2018 5.3L engine knock

    You should feel better about the CPO deal you got, now that it includes a brand-new engine. This is GM's loss. Don't make it yours!
  14. The safety police have done a good job of blocking all sorts of convenient features, which ironically leads to more distraction as you fumble around trying to figure out why all that fabulous technology is suddenly not cooperating. Some days I just feel like replacing my smart phone with some plastic cups and string.
  15. +1 Financing a depreciating asset over 8 years is a really bad idea. If you can't pay it off within 3-5 years (the warranty period) then you can't afford it. It's that simple, and yet so many people get it wrong. People also turn a blind eye to the hidden cost of this "free money". By accepting the current zero percent offer you may lose ~$1200 in cash rebates.

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