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  1. My 2002 Avalanche suffered from terminal body rust, mostly from the edges of the painted metal wheel wells being damaged by road debris. My 2011 Avalanche has plastic OEM fender flares that protect the bottom metal edge of the metal fender from stones and debris thrown by the tire. Plastic takes the abuse, rather than painted sheet metal. It is starting to rust in other places, but not the wheel wells. I’m thinking of a 2019 Suburban RST, but they seem to have no protection for the wheel wells - just paint over the steel of the wheel well. Has anyone done a mod to add the plastic late model Avalanche style fender flares to a Suburban? I don’t want radical wheel flares that appear to be attached with stove bolts... Just something to protect the edge of the fender well from stones thrown by the tires. Any suggestions or experience with this?
  2. Started with 7/8 tank of gas. Last Thursday we drove ~42 miles to the Tunbridge Worlds Fair. Parked for 3 or 4 hours. Started for home and stopped at a bicycle shop in Rochester VT. This was just after a long decent over the Bethel Gap. Stayed ~45 minutes. Got back in the truck and it would barely run! Running at idle very rough ~600 rpm, engine wouldn't accelerate even in Park. Popping and banging, backfiring through the throttle body. 2 restarts showed no improvement. Got engine up to ~3000 rpm in Park and tried to drive north on VT100. Got ~100 ft, popping and banging, backfiring. Not going to make it ~20 miles to home. Returned 100 ft and parked, rather than breaking totally down in the hilly Granville Gulf where there is no cell phone service. Called AAA and had the Avalanche towed to a dealership. Got a ride home. Dealer looked at it on Friday, and it was fine... Started right up and idled normally. Drove normally. No codes. Whassup with that? No repeat of failure. Misfire / cross fire should have thrown a code - but didn’t. They will warm it up on Monday and see if it repeats. I don’t care for transient catastrophic failures. Any suggestions?
  3. Has anyone bought the $2795 brake upgrade? Looks like an expensive way to get red calipers! One dealership said he did not recommend them because, unless you are tracking the truck, you can’t really load them up and they will end up “glazed over” in need of more costly maintenance. For normal street use, just buying more costly brake jobs. Anyone have experience with this brake option?
  4. Noobie here. I’ve had 2002 Avalanche, and now have a 2011 Avalanche. I’m thinking of replacing it with a 2019 High Country, but want it in Silver Ice Metallic. That is a standard Silverado color, available on trucks through LTZ, but not on the HC. Does anyone know of such a “color override” that would allow me to order a HC in Silver Ice Metallic?
  5. Can I get a “color override” to order Silver Ice Metallic, an existing Silverado color, on a High Country?
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