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Everything posted by AlaskaErik

  1. At the end of the day, it's still a Toyota. No thanks. One glaring omission is the lack of Auto 4WD. 23 years after GM introduced it on their half tons Toyota still doesn't have it. I've been using Auto 4WD drive on three different GM half tons for 21 years and I wouldn't be without it. It's one of the most useful features ever devised for winter driving. Ford and Dodge/Ram eventually put it in their half ton trucks, but Toyota and Nissan remain firmly planted in the 20th century when it comes to 4WD systems.
  2. I never once had a problem with the radar adaptive cruise control in my car. Although it rarely gets used, the two camera Subaru Eyesight system in my wife's Outback has always worked flawlessly. I always thought it was a bad idea to have an ACC system based on one camera. GM dropped the ball on this.
  3. I have two Silverados for that. My Jeep for serious off-roading. But the trails I go on have all kinds of vegetation that will scratch the side of a vehicle, even something as narrow as a Jeep Wrangler. My Jeep is totally pin-striped as a result. Not something I'm willing to put my trucks through.
  4. I bought my 2015 back in 2015 when they were a lot less expensive. I bought it strictly for off-roading, so I pin-striped it the first weekend I owned it. I can't imagine pin-striping my Silverado, so there's no way I'm ever taking it on back-country trails, not that I want to take a behemoth like that on tight trails.
  5. Exactly. When I go wheeling, it's in my Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. No way would I take a $50k or $60k truck off-roading. It's too long, too wide and not that well suited for the trail. My truck is used for towing.
  6. I make sure the house I'm going to buy has a deep enough garage to hold my truck. Living in a gated community also helps. But looking at the police blotter, it's primarily older vehicles with no theft deterrent technology that get stolen. Or people leave the key in the ignition when warming up in the morning or stopping by a convenience store. I don't see newer trucks getting stolen because most thieves can't defeat the technology. You pretty much need a tow truck or trailer to steal the newer trucks.
  7. It's my understanding there is no way to add it. I don't have it on my LTZ either, and quite frankly, I don't miss it at all. If I need navigation, I just use Apple CarPlay and pull up Maps. It's way better than GM navigation.
  8. I can easily afford to have OnStar, even without any discounts. But OnStar provides no value, so I don't waste my time or money paying for it.
  9. BLIS is a Ford system. You'll get a better response on a Ford forum.
  10. My 2019 is centered, but my 2016 is noticeably offset.
  11. Blind spot utilizes radar units in the rear bumper. Your truck will not have that. Additionally, the computer systems will not be configured for the blind spot warning system. So there is no plug and play solution in this case. Blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert were important enough for me to the point where any truck that didn't have was immediately out of the running. In this day and age one needs to make sure the vehicle they are buying has everything needed/wanted, because adding it after the fact is pretty much impossible for anything that requires electricity and computers. The rare exception is something like the brake controller, although it won't be a factory unit and it won't be integrated with the advanced trailering system.
  12. The chime doesn't start nagging for about a quarter mile. It never nags me when hooking up a trailer. And no, I don't buckle up to hook up a trailer.
  13. Total waste of money. I refused to even sign up for the free 90 days.
  14. I have a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon for those times I want to venture off road. My Silverado is way too big for off roading. Not to mention, I have no interest in getting it all pin striped. My Silverado's primary mission is to tow my travel trailer.
  15. I would not get a diesel if you only have an eight mile commute. That engine will never see normal operating temps, which is murder on a diesel.
  16. I'm at sea level and all premium at every station is 90 octane. No such thing as 91 octane or higher anywhere in the state. Regular is 87 and midgrade is 88.5.
  17. 6 speed with 3.42 axle. My 6.2 also has a 3.42 axle.
  18. On the highway my 6.2 gets over 20 mpg. Better than my 2016 5.3. For a lot of long distance driving I'd consider the 3.0. Driving short distances and never letting an engine warm up is much harder on a diesel than a gasser, but that doesn't appear to be an issue with you.
  19. I'm not aware of the app letting you learn only one tire, so my guess is that's you'd just have to relearn the three older tires and learn the new tire. Just follow the normal relearn sequence. No need to delete and re-add your trailer.
  20. Mine also had the 4.3. But I don't remember any real vibration problems. Good little truck. Only failed me once when the coil pack went bad. Mine was a two-tone blue over silver color with blue interior.
  21. Damn! I had a 1989 GMC S-15 that I had for 12 years. It had 111,000 miles on it when I sold it in 2001. Replaced it with a 2001 GMC Sierra that I sold in 2015.
  22. No. The trailer TPMS sensor is totally different from the one in the truck's tires.
  23. I tow and that is too much trailer for too little truck. A trailer that size is firmly in 3/4 ton territory. I'm sure plenty of people will say that they tow even more, but the bottom line is it's too big and heavy. You'll more than likely exceed the max hitch weight of 960 lbs. The 680 lb tongue weight is based on the trailer's empty weight from the factory. Add in propane, batteries and all your supplies and it's going to be much higher. My 5.3 would struggle in the mountains with a 5500 lb trailer. I can't imagine towing your trailer with a 5.3. But if you're only going 100 miles and it's fairly level you'll probably get by.
  24. My 2016 came with two "free" oil changes and my 2019 came with one. I refuse to let the dealer touch my truck for anything other than recalls, so I never let them do any of the "free" oil changes. I do my own.
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