You know when I first saw this when I was getting the once over with my truck I thought how often are you really going to use it... after a few years with this truck I use it all the time. When you have your hands full and you can use your knee to put close up the truck it's awesome. It's fun messing with people too that see the tail gate open and have some one throw something in the back then have them walk away and the gate goes back up... I actually LOVE this feature...
So to clarify a few things for those who want to take this on... I would give it a 2 out of 10 as far as difficulty... Under $50 investment to add this to the console lid... This is the charger I used. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PYQQ1R7/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 4 screws under rubber pads and the plastic shell will separate. I took and reversed the screws to hold the board to the back cover as it was a much cleaner look. I also used some t-taps that I had similar to this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B087PPW7CK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I directly taped into the 12v cigarette lighter in the console using this adapter https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y4PD3N3/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 To tap into the lighter area you will need to remove the rubber cup holders (very easy to tug off) and then remove 2 x T15 Torx bolts one on top take the cup holder trim up and it will expose the 2nd bolt directly center then the back will simply pull out as its held with simple body clips. I used a 5 minute epoxy that worked perfect for this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0044F9KFI/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Hardest part was removing the plastic but a good set of pliers or Dremel tool will make quick work. Hope this helps others prepare to do this and it works perfect with the dc to dc converter supplying a higher voltage to the charger. No issues with it not charging.
* Update #12* Truck is back in the shop to finish up repair orders. New development though. Now I have a metallic grinding noise at 2000rpm. They are supposed to investigate it. I'm hoping that it's something stupid like a loose heat shield but with my luck it's probably a broken transmission component. We will see this afternoon what they tell me. I do hope I get my truck back today as we are supposed to get a BUNCH of snow the next 24 hours.
*Update #11* I got the truck back last Thursday. I drove to work on Friday morning and the radio and dash gages wouldn't shut off. I'm not going to lie that I lost my ever loving mind. So far the brakes work... so fingers crossed. They are still waiting on more parts to fix my truck as not everything is 100% yet. I'm so upset by this entire process... For now the truck is in my garage I guess but yeah. This has not been a good journey with GM at all.
*Update #10* Well....... great....... all this time of waiting around and the parts I need for my truck are on backorder with no expected date to when they can be shipped.... I guess that the saga continues and I wait...
So I'll chime in my 2c worth of experience... I own a 2019 HC with the 5.3L and the 8 speed... Yes, on cold starts I notice a hard shift or two but no shaking or any issue trans wise. My truck has been at the dealer for almost 2 months and the past month I've been driving a 2020 trail boss with the 5.3L and 10 Speed. The 10speed is very smooth compared to the miles I've driven on mine. Like a noticeable difference when I go to launch the vehicle. The MPG is a little less but it's also a few inches taller than my truck and has different wheels and tires. Overall I've been very happy with the performance of the TB with the 10 speed...
November 18th to January 14th seems like a reasonable amount of time? (heavy sarcasm expressed) *Update #10* Well, I got the call from GM this past Saturday that they are going to approve for my truck to be fixed. I was told today that the dealer is now working on it. I don't know what this means exactly as far as my entire list of items that I wanted to have addressed but it's supposedly happening... Fingers crossed that it's all good in the end... *side note* After tooling around in the 2020 trail boss with the 10speed trans... I don't hate it...
Well, I may be a bit biased but if I were you I would wait until you hear that GM has the brake issue and rear window leaks sorted before you dive into a new truck. There's several threads about the issues and I can tell you that they are not very fun at all. I'm paying for a truck I can't even use... Just my two cents but I also know that I'm not alone. I love the new Silverado's but some of the issues that are now cropping up are really a big deal...
*Update #9* Well, today is the 1 month anniversary of GM allegedly receiving my claim about everything going on with my truck... It's funny because in my mind this all took place well before thanksgiving but I digress... What do I know today verses the previous posts? NOTHING! No information either way from GM or the dealer. I'm just in a holding pattern. I am now driving around a 2020 Trail Boss which is a nice vehicle but I'm pretty sure that I'm paying for a High Country. I know I shouldn't be upset since all my miles and wear and tear are not going onto my vehicle but I mean it's also not my vehicle. It's also difficult to get my 79 year old mother into this loaner truck being a Trail Boss and having no side steps. She's stubborn and does not like the fact that I have a step stool to help her in and out. I'm a very patient person but this is starting to fray my nerves. The more I look at the entire picture and think of the money I'm paying out every month, (Truck payment, insurance, OnStar, Etc.) but not really getting to utilize all that I'm paying for is really frustrating. Buyers remorse I guess really is a thing but unfortunately it took over a year for it to hit me. I really love my truck but this entire experience has really made me rethink my purchase and loyalty to this company...
I can tell you that if the dealer used the truck for a loaner then the like to get 2000 to 2500 miles on them before they switch them. That's my experience locally though. I'd also be surprised if they used a High Country as a loaner. I wish you luck with your issues as I'm over a month in with 0 from GM on what they suggest to fix them.
*Update #8* Well met with the field tech on Wednesday. He went to the dealership first went over the truck then came to my home to meet with me. Seemed like a very nice gentleman. He also now understands why it's a necessity to have 4wd for where I live... Took some pictures and got my information. He was hoping to have his report submitted before Christmas. I'm sure that GM will not respond until the new year however. Hoping that everyone has a safe and joyous holiday season and stay safe. I've been warning other 19 drivers about my issues and making sure that they know about the newest recall on the brakes. I don't know if mine's anyway related to that but it should be enough to get people thinking about it... *side update on the rental truck - I still have it sitting on 2,300 miles at the moment... I will probably clip the 2,500 mark today as I'm out running errands... Called the dealer to see if they had a replacement 4 wheel drive and I was told all they had was a Malibu so I'm keeping the truck... I hope the mileage thing doesn't come back to bite me in anyway cause It's not really anything remotely my fault that they can't get me into another 4wd...
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