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  1. We almost bought one, but ended up getting the HD instead as the 1/2 ton was going to be close/watch what we pack for trips. I did find that an LTZ+ Tech with no other options other than those required (ie both driver assist groups/convenience) gets about 1600lbs of payload. I don't think any of the competing 1/2 tons with similar features match that or even come close. The thing I like about Diesels, is even when you are putting down the power in the passes while towing, the engine is still fairly quiet. Listening to a V8 grind up a hill or into a headwind gets old real fast. Also consider the Diesel will generally be worth more than the gas truck, unless it gets recalled and nerfed a la ecodieselgate. I had a Touareg TDI and it depreciated much less than the gas counterpart did - but I sold it before the recall. Another point: aux tanks and XXL replacement tanks are more likely/easy on Diesels than gas trucks.
  2. I'm trying to avoid swapping between Google Maps and invisible camera view. That or having my external camera monitor suctioned to the dash or my phone on a vent clip...
  3. The online part is what I am wondering - if the truck is connected to a hotspot, does it get the traffic/etc... without a plan? I am still on my 3GB trial so I cannot test.
  4. Do you need a data plan for the online nav? what if I join the truck to my mobile hotspot on wifi? The problem with onstar is they are paying the base connection fee for all the trucks - they do that so they can get all the data they take from you, and cover their costs when they sell it to others (anonymized according to their privacy policy). So the remote plan, for $15/month lets me use what might amount to maybe 2MB of data a month. At Google Fi's incremental $10/Gb for example (using the same network) that's like a 7500% markup. I realize onstar also has to operate some other services on the back end, but much of that is also subsidized by their data harvesting of me.
  5. I finally bought after waiting 2+ months. I don't think we'll see deals/great availability until the fall. Dealers that had a lot of stock didn't have good pricing. I also noticed that some dealers have old stock vs newer production. I valued newer production as this is a first model year truck and there are some rolling changes - so I got one of the last ones to leave the factory before closure. When the factory restarts, it's going to be slow as they also need their part supply to ramp up. We may not see any 2020s built besides those that are sold order trucks before they switch over to 2021 -- which will limit the "end of year" sales. If you need a truck, and see a good deal (15-20% off MSRP), and it's newer production LF2xxxxx VIN, and it has the features you want without too many extras - I wouldn't wait as there may be a shortage for a bit. On the other hand, maybe the bottom of the economy really falls out and no one can get financing, and you can get 30-40% off as a cash buyer with a crate of toilet paper in a few months.
  6. I held a level off the shark fin/back of truck and used a laser measure to the ground -- looks like it's right between 6'8" and 6'9" -- wasn't on perfectly level ground so hard to say precisely. So the bar is definitely too low if it's 6'9" clearance. I'm going to tread lightly for anything less than 7'.
  7. It was about to be the roof itself if not the shark fin/clearance lights if I kept going.
  8. I'd hope that the actual clearance would be 6'10" or 7' or something, and that they just set the bar and sign lower. I knew it was going to be tight, so I came at an off hour to make sure I could backup on the ramp if needed. That would be true if I brought the tape measure or laser measure with me
  9. GMC says my 2500 HD Denali is 79.82 in tall "overall". I'll call that 6'8". I went to a garage at work that was supposed to have 6'9" clearance and it wasn't going to happen. So who lies? GM? Or is the clearance bar in that garage less than 6'9"? I haven't managed to measure with a level and tape measure yet, but wondering if anyone else has measured their trucks. I certainly have a commanding rule of the road but if I have to park on the outside lot, this will be a bit of a pain.
  10. The more visibility the better with all the quality drivers out there...
  11. Maybe semi-related -- any way to track DEF usage in a handy app?
  12. I wouldn't be surprised if the modem in the truck doesn't support MIMO or carrier aggregation either. Most of the retrofrits for big rigs aren't either.
  13. Costco $1000 off is here: https://www.costcoauto.com/save/brand.aspx?makeid=7 1To qualify for the Chevrolet Limited-Time Special, you must: (1) be a current Costco member by April 30, 2020; (2) register with Costco Auto Program online or through its call center to receive a certificate with your unique promotion code; (3) present your certificate and unique promotion code to the participating dealer at time of visit; (4) take delivery of a new and eligible 2019 or 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2500 or 3500, a 2019 or 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe, or a 2019 or 2020 Chevrolet Suburban between May 1, 2020, and June 30, 2020, from a participating dealer to receive the $1,000 incentive. Incentive will be applied at time of eligible purchase or lease. Chevrolet Limited-Time Special is compatible with most publicly available Chevrolet incentives for which you qualify. Incentive cannot be combined with HR Voucher Coupon. Subject to change without notice.
  14. I guess my point is - the unlock my car, check gas level part is free, when I pay the $15/month I get unlimited internet. So remote access: Ford Free, GM $150/year. Ford internet $180/year, GM $480. Feels a little rediculous.
  15. I pay $15/month for my Ford -- but that is for unlimited, unthrottled 4G internet. $15 for onstar is rediculous.
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