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  1. IMO dealers should only have 5-6 configurations of each model for test drives, compare options, etc. Once you’ve decided what you want, you place an order and get your brand brand new truck. That’s how it works in Europe and I never understood the inefficiencies stocking up on 100’s of cars, some of which no-one may want. The only advantage is being able to drive it off the lot the same day but I’d happily wait for getting exactly what I want and knowing no one has honed it in a test drive. Added benefit is you can completely configure to your taste and no more endless hunting for that rare combination of options dealers won’t stock because they don’t think it will sell. I bought my Silverado on order but that seems more of a rarity so it was a huge hassle on its own - wish it was the standard car buying experience.
  2. Ahh yeah I haven’t thought of that. There are podcasts on Spotify, and there’s free apps for that too but probably not that one. There are certainly some exclusives on Sirius you won’t get anywhere else. My twin daughters love Dolly Parton and some kid songs so that’s their playlist
  3. I have Serius on my LT TB and I would never pay for it, the sound quality sucks!! You’re much better off with Pandora or Spotify. I use Spotify and with offline mode I have all the music I need wherever I go, reception or not.
  4. Get ceramic coating, it’s pricey (~$800) but will make your truck look like new for 2-3 years. When washing, use the two bucket method (google it) - about twice a month. Then repeat the ceramic coating every 2-3 years and your truck will look like new for a very, very long time.
  5. I think you're right. I have the sunroof and only had one 'unused' wiring harness - rest was all plugged into the console. Could also be for the power rear window (which I have also).
  6. Btw - easy test to see if it works (before putting everything back) is by covering the sensor in the back of the mirror with your finger, you'll see it slowly dim, put truck in reverse and see it light up again, then back to Park to see it dim. Mission accomplished!!
  7. Can confirm, this simple method works. Taking off the console sounds more scary than it is, it goes back together very easily. Even the two front screws some had trouble with went right back in on the first try (maybe I was just lucky lol). Altogether in total it took less than 30 mins, what took the most time is prying all the glue off the wiring harness, mine was covered in it (see pic)!! Thanks @Semedar for the pics - made it a lot easier to do it!!
  8. Without knowing the residual and MF (money factor) you really can’t say anything about lease. Go on Leasehackr or Edmunds forums to figure out what the residual and MF are this month for your ZIP and you’ll know if you’re getting a good deal. That number doesn’t seem bad on the surface but again, without knowing those 2 things you really can’t tell. In addition you can ask your dealer to provide it but make sure you still ask inn Edmunds so you know they’re not marking it up.
  9. The TB is def cheaper but once you start adding options the difference becomes less, but still significant in my mind (1500-2000). I’m also in the camp that I much more prefer the looks of the Chevy.
  10. Go on Chevrolet.com and ask in the live chat. Although not super helpful they will give you the last event code so you can check if your dealer is telling the truth. Mine was about 2 weeks in transit. Came from Mexico and dealer was in NorCal but it was stuck in the train yard 10 miles from my house for at least a week of it - very frustrating but worth the wait, shouldn’t be too long now!
  11. Also very happy with my 5.3/8 speed TB. Have 800 miles on the truck and have had no hard shifts at all. The truck is smooth and plenty fast and I have no complaints. I’ve driven the 6.2 and don’t think the “real world” price difference of 10-15 is worth it. You can get 19s for up to 20% off right now and it probably won’t be until this time next year you’ll get similar discounts in the 2020s.
  12. There’s room for negotiation, even on Trail bosses. I ordered mine in May with the dealer who agreed to sell it to me for $750 below invoice before any incentives at time of delivery. My truck was a loaded $60k MSRP and invoice was $56k, July rebates were 4500 for me so I paid around 51k before tax. Brought my own credit union financing (currently no GM finance deals/rebates on Trail bosses). Hope this info helps.
  13. Sure did. Went with the Suntek this time (recommended by Detailer, same price as XPEL). I got a package: full front clear bra and full Quartz ceramic coat for $2400. A lot of dough but I think it’s worth it with black paint and I plan to keep this truck for 10 years or so.
  14. Don’t forget it’s the internet and without knowing all the information like is it purchase or lease, did they have a trade, what type of financing I would not put too much value on these “I paid xx” posts. 20k off sounds good until you realize someone got 5k less for their trade, they financed at 10% APR due to bad credit or are not including the 10k in “dealer installed accessories”. At the end of the day, too many variables go into a car purchase and it’s impossible to paint a complete picture in a single post. Not saying some of these deals aren’t possible, there’s crazy circumstances like you came 30 min before closing on quarter end and the dealer was 1 sale away from hitting their quarterly bonus and giving an extra 5k off your truck would earn them 50k in bonuses or you are buddies with the son of the dealership, member of military and GM employee who happens to qualify for 9/10 rebates to get to 20k off. Without getting that complete information these posts should really be taken with an enormous grain of salt.
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