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    2014 Silverado LT, 2017 Acadia Denali, 2018 Enclave Avenir, etc
  1. I was not trying to start an argument, and I do not think anyone has said factory NAV was better than Google maps. My point was that in my other vehicles with factory NAV, I have lost cell signal but factory NAV was still working. Its been rare, but it has happened in Colorado and Kansas while traveling more rural areas. Off the top of my head, I know of 4 locations where this has occurred to me. Generally, I agree if one works, then both will. I was merely throwing my 2 cents out there as that was mentioned to me when I was debating on whether or not to stick with IO5 or spend the extra $300 to go to IO6. At that point, the cost was a moot point to me (which I know will not be the case for everyone), so I decided to get the IO6. I agree Off line maps would solve the issue, but you would have to know ahead of time to download it. That has not always been the case with me. If I know, then I will do that. My other issue was that this truck will be going to my son next year and I would rather have the piece of mind that he has both options available for maps if needed. Once again, not trying to convince everyone to do IO6 over IO5, just throwing out my reasoning. Also not sure if my old IO5 was going bad or what (just got this truck a few months ago and don't drive it often), but my wife would complain when I would talk to her over bluetooth because of extra noise. Since doing the upgrade, no issues and she cannot tell which car I am driving based on what she is hearing on her end. I do think this is a great upgrade either way!
  2. while I agree that google maps or waze are updated more regularly and give live updates. The one caveat to remember is if you are in a rural area with no cell service, then the maps will not work, but factory GPS might have signal and still work. I ran into this issue when I was driving through Colorado in the past. I just did this upgrade in my Silverado and spent the extra money to have both options. My thinking is that its a small extra cost to the project and its nice to have the backup. Now if you don't travel or live in areas with sketchy cell service, then might not be worth the extra money.
  3. I was excited about this when I first heard about Cadillac coming out with a 3 row finally that is smaller than the Escalade, as for my DD, I prefer something with better gas mileage but still needing room for at least 6. But what is not mentioned above, is that size wise its the same as the new Acadia and smaller than the new Enclave/Traverse. We have both a new style Acadia and Enclave and it will be hard for me to justify switching either out for the XT6 given the price jump but then decrease of space (compared to Enclave) or just price jump (compared to Acadia). I was hoping that it would be the size of the Enclave/Traverse with more upgrades, which would help justify making a switch from Enclave to XT6...
  4. Heated seat wiring

    Pgamboa, thanks for that info...man that's way more complicated than I would have thought to just use the OEM switches! Guess I'll probably just get an aftermarket kit and see if I can mount the switch in the stock location.
  5. I was swapping out my radio for the MVI upgrade to CarPlay and io6 today on my 2014 silverado LT and noticed that the wiring for heated seat controls was behind the trim piece that plugs into a blank spot on the back of the trim piece (red circles in the picture). I was wondering if there is a chance I can swap out seats for heated ones (just swapped out the steering wheel for heated one) or if I would have to go aftermarket if I wanted a heated seat. I know aftermarket would be cheaper, but trying to keep OEM look. Other idea I had was to get an aftermarket kit and see if its possible to use OEM switch and run the wiring up there.
  6. I ended up going with MVI as well, I was apprehensive about due to costs about if it would be worth it since its not a DD and I plan on handing this vehicle down to the boys next year when they start driving. But after having to drive and try to hold my phone for GPS, figured it would be safer for them as well as more convenient for me when I am driving it to just do the upgrade. Definitely worth it if anyone is on the fence. I did with factory nav as well as in the occasional instance when we are out of cell service, can at least still use factory nav. Everything functioning like it does on our DD's that have factory nav and CarPlay. I know there might be some cheaper options out there, but MVI sends everything you need in 1 package and was very patient and helpful when I was asking questions before my purchase.
  7. Heated steering wheel

    just wanted to give a shootout to pgamboa for making the harness and helping me with making sure I ordered the correct parts. Between the harness and the videos, this was a super easy swap and now I have heated steering wheel in all of our vehicles!
  8. Laura GMC Trade In

    wow thats awesome, I tried that with several local dealers and no one could match, one got about $3k from price and was trying to say "you would be supporting your local dealer if you bought with us." At another dealership (where I previously took all my vehicles for service), the sales manager called me a liar when I told him the price I was offered, needless to say, I walked out and haven't returned with any of my vehicles (before calling me a liar, I told him I had 5 GM vehicles that all get regular service at his service dept and he could look it up to confirm, he didn't bother looking my service record up). As I mentioned, with upgrading my wife's car a few months ago, I was ready to fly out to Laura again, but noticed Robert Brogden actually had a better price, so went there to check it out and ended up leaving with a new car for the wife. Each time I had been there, was told about other customers flying in from different places (east coast and west), so they do a lot of internet sales.
  9. 2018 Silverado 2500hd homelink mod

    I got mine for $90, new remote for my opener is $40. Plus the cost of all the other stuff (since I don't know where my sodder gun is, Id have to buy a new one) plus my time, less than 10 minutes overall done with install and programming. Not dissing your method, just saying for less than $50 difference and my time saved, it was worth it to me.
  10. Adding Home Link?

    yea, i got 10% off. went back and forth a couple of times. Motown-partsman
  11. Adding Home Link?

    So just FYI for anyone interested in doing this. PN: 84083245 is a direct replacement plug and play that took less than 5 minutes to complete the entire install. I removed the stock overhead console and unplugged the main harness connector and plugged in the part number above and it worked. I only had to switch out the passenger airbag light and put into the new part. There was no additional harness to try and find a plug in for (this PN above included the harness for me along with the homelink). I did NOT have the have any extra plugs to try and plug in or find a ground or power wire as some have mentioned previously as everything connected through the main harness. Programming took 1 more minute and now having functional homelink, lights and passenger air bag light in less than 10 minutes. I purchased on Ebay for less than $100. This is on a 2014 LT without sliding rear window. Ash grey in color.
  12. 2018 Silverado 2500hd homelink mod

    So just FYI for anyone interested. I was going to do the above and sodder in a button and hide a stock remote, but after pricing everything out (including a new remote as I usually grab the remote to move between other vehicles as well) and it turned out to be not much more than to purchase a new overhead console on Ebay. (PN: 84083245). It is a direct replacement, took 5 minutes to remove the old console, pop out the airbag light and plug into new one. This is a direct plug a play with the only thing I had to unplug was the large main harness and plug in the new one. I did NOT have the have any extra plugs to try and plug in or find a ground or power wire. Already programmed the home link and working with no issues.
  13. Laura GMC Trade In

    I have bought 4 vehicles for Laura Buick GMC over the last 5 years (Live in KC, so its about a 4 hour drive or 1 hour flight). I have talked to them about trading in and they would give me a fair price, but I ended up just selling to the local car max (or we sold our last one to wife's sister for the trade in price). Drove out with the wife for the first 2 and drove 2 cars back (took the kids and made a weekend trip). The last 2, I just flew out and they picked me up from the airport and brought me to the dealership and I was on the road within a couple of hours. They have always been stand up guys with me, hence why I kept going back, plus like you said, price could not be beat previously by anyone locally. Couple of months ago, traded the wife's Enclave for a new one and actually found it cheaper locally at Robert Brogan Buick GMC in Olathe, KS and it saved me the hassle of traveling to Laura Buick (might want to check them out as well if you are traveling anyways). Only down side was that since it was an instate purchase for us, had to pay Olathe's slightly higher sales tax than the county we live in. As long as you did not with hold any pertinent information regarding your trade in, they are usually good about honoring the quote. or like someone said, take it to carman and get a trade in quote thats good for the week and can sell your call locally.
  14. 2018 Silverado 2500hd homelink mod

    awesome, thanks for the pic.
  15. 2018 Silverado 2500hd homelink mod

    thanks for the info, will be tackling this project soon! so really, I could hide this switch else where if you were not tapping into any of the wires in the upper console.

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