I am not a fanboy of any brand and I wanted to try a GM product. I seen the Denali I have now and really liked the looks of it and the power of the 6.2L engine which is in my opinion superior to the 5.7L Hemi or 3.5L EcoBoost, and I had several of both. I can't speak for the new GM/Ford joint venture 10-speed since I have e never driven one. What I can say with certainty is that the Ram 8-speed transmission is far superior to the GM 8-speed or Ford 6-speed. It is licensed of the German ZF transmission which is also found in most BMW and Mercedes vehicles. I suggest you go take a test drive. And yes, Ford and Ram have their own set of problems but the Ram 8-speed is not one of them. I wasn't bashing GM because I do like my truck overall, however, GM's response time with a transmission fix is subpar.
That is about the dumbest excuse I ever heard, there are countless Fords and Rams out there in your area and I bet they don't have those issues. The last thing I was told by my service manager that they and GM are very aware of the problem and that GM is supposed to come out with a fix during the 1st quarter of 2019. My truck's transmission was also flushed twice, in September at 15K miles and then again in November at 20K miles. I don't have any vibrations but it sure shifts hard at light throttle (not all the time) and it seems to get worst. I have another oil change appointment on the 14th and will ask again while I am at the dealership. This is my first GM (after many Fords and Rams), I really like the truck but the transmission is starting to get on my nerve. If they can't fix it by this fall I am buying a new Ram Limited or Longhorn. Ram has the best 8-speed on the market in my opinion.
71_340 replied to txab's topic in 2014 - 2018 Chevy Silverado & GMC SierraNice unit. My questions is does it play well with the steering wheel controls? Also, my truck has a lot of programmable features which are controlled through the head unit.....will that still work the same?
Did you hand calculate? My truck's MPG readout is off by almost 2 mpg and my hand calculated average is usually in the 19 to 20 range driving "normal" which isn't bad for a big heavy truck with a 6.2L engine.
Well, since you asked...…….both look gaudy and I wouldn't put them on my truck if they were free. Maybe on an old beater but not on a Denali, very unbecoming of the truck. Now you have my opinion. Its your truck and your money.
71_340 replied to Luke Martin's topic in 2014 - 2018 Chevy Silverado & GMC SierraI had a 2015 F-150 King Ranch 5.0L and a 2016 F-150 Platinum 3.5L EB, both were great trucks, had plenty of power (especially the 3.5L EB) and were mechanically sound. What I didn't like was the constant dealer visits for the electronics, I guess that is the prize you pay for the high end gizmos. Now I have the Denali and all I do get the oil changed and put gas in it; I like it that way. I don't understand why people always bash Ram trucks. I had several and they were always trouble free for me. One thing is for sure, they have a much better 8-speed transmission then GM has; no clunky shifts!
Exactly! I always like and buy the high end trucks because they already have everything I want/need. Makes no sense to me to retrofit later and still just have an SLT or XLT (Ford) and you never get the money back when you trade or sell. Before the Denali I had King Ranch, Platinum or Laramie Longhorn.........just better trucks in my opinion.
Best cover in my opinion, have one on my Denali and had the same cover on my last two trucks. Almost 100% waterproof except for right at the tailgate (maybe 10" into the bad).
I bought my truck 3 month ago. 2017 Denali 1500, 6.2L, 8-speed, 4WD, one local owner, 15K miles, CPO for 43K. I don't know if that was a great price or not but so far I put about 7K miles on it and really like it. My first GM truck ever after driving Ford or Ram.
I also have a 18 Denali 1500 with the same feature (LKA), the warning works in two ways: 1. The light in the cluster changes to orange and you eventually get a message to "Take Steering Wheel". 2. Depending on your settings it either beeps or your seat vibrates on the side where you run over the line. The setting for the alarm type is in the radio under Vehicle. Took me a bit to figure it out, whatever setting you pick will also apply to the Park Aid.
Well, my truck still has the occasional clunky shift despite two transmission flushes. I guess I wait until GM comes out with the "official fix" early next year. It really doesn't present an issue right now and it is well documented with my dealer. Other then that it is probably the best truck I have owned up to this point.
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