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  1. The same way I do the start/stop system now. I don't have heated seats, but the radio and HVAC controls are permanent settings. I set it how I like and it stays that way until I decide to change it. Nothing frustrates me faster than a manufacturer or developer deciding how I should use their product instead of allowing me to use it as it is able to function. This goes for GM, Google, Microsoft, anyone. Don't provide an on/off button that doesn't function as an on/off button. It works more like a pause button. I've built Arduino powered CANBUS modules in the past that will keep turning things on or off as I see fit when the manufacturer doesn't allow it. My old 2004 Malibu wouldn't stay in HVAC recirculate mode for more than 10 minutes without switching back. I complained that I wanted to keep bus and truck diesel fumes out of the car with my infant child. Dealer said it is "as designed". My arduino plugged into the OBD port and listened on the CANBUS for the "recirculate off" message and would send the "recirculate on" signal in response. Worked great!
  2. I'll leave it up to you whether it's something you want to install on your truck, but this is exactly what the Auto Stop Eliminator product does for me. I too was tired of pressing the button every time. Now when I turn it off with the button, it is permanent. I can turn it back on if I want to and it will be permanently on until I turn it off again. Each time I start the truck, the device does its job and the dash board flashes with the message telling me the system is disabled before the revs drop to idle. It's worth every penny for me to put me back in control of a feature of the truck (whether I wanted it or not).
  3. Same blank screen and unresponsive physical buttons on my 2019. Dealer was "unable to duplicate" and "no faults found" despite me driving straight into the service bay and showing the guy at the service desk before I turned off the truck. Suggested the issue was my fault due to turning on the truck with my phone already plugged in. One time it was almost like the radio module rebooted while driving down the highway. I was listening to Spotify via Bluetooth (not plugged in with Android Auto) and suddenly the screen went dark and the music stopped. Tried mashing a few buttons but nothing. A minute or so later I saw the Chevy logo on the screen and it started working fine again. Edit: Make it twice now for the radio reboot.
  4. Classic flag for me. BSDTrims 3D Raised letters from Amazon
  5. GM Accessory running boards aka "work steps" https://www.gmpartsdirect.com/oem-parts/gm-assist-steps-work-step-84017116 Undercover Ultra Flex Hard Folding Truck Bed Tonneau Cover Both work well for me.
  6. Confirmed. I asked that very question to the "technology guy" when I bought my '19 expecting it to be the same or better than my wife's '17 Equinox. He told me that they removed the native text integration and added Android Auto and Apple Carplay instead. He said that research claimed that everyone plugs in their phone to charge on every trip anyway so they defer to the phone to provide the integration.
  7. The outer bezel around the screen with the buttons and controls comes off. Same process to install the auto stop/start eliminator, which I also have. There's a thread on here somewhere. Here's their Youtube install video if it helps. If you don't have the full front console, it will be similar. https://www.autostopeliminator.com/collections/autostop-eliminators-for-gm-vehicles/products/2019-silverado-sierra-autostop-eliminator https://youtu.be/eQ5h3n-290o
  8. I used to have a 2009 LS. I had a mirror damaged by a hit and run while parked on the street and upgraded to the turn-signal mirrors while I was at it. Wiring comes with the mirrors and there was an unused socket in the door panel. The new mirrors were actually power-fold, heated signal mirrors. I didn't have the door module for the power fold, but heat and signals were plug and play for me. Not sure if the WT has the connection, though. Search this forum for DL8 to DL3 conversion.
  9. It's a "feature" of Android Auto to keep you from getting distracted by the notifications while driving. SMS notifications will silently appear on the Android Auto main screen with the option to read aloud or respond with "I'm driving right now". I've also seen my phone (Galaxy S8 with Android Pie) turn on the "Do Not Disturb" feature when Android Auto is active. You can't prevent it. Ironically, my smart watch will still buzz with the notifications but the music playback will cut out for the second or so that the notification is playing. If you ask me, this is more distracting than knowing I have an email or SMS waiting for me to read when I stop.
  10. Pictures attached as promised. I like this position because it it within easy reach for Google Maps and Spotify and I can easily plug my phone into the radio for Android Auto or (my preference) a quick charger in the 12V socket. I primarily use the Android Auto app on the phone screen so I can use the quick charger. I used some left over computer fan screws I had laying around (link below), but any basic screw should work. I drilled pilot holes so the screws wouldn't crack the plastic. I also had to take the dash panel apart (same as installing the auto start/stop eliminator) because the filler panel wasn't fully locked into the clips on the back and it pushed in. Once I made sure the clips were fully seated it was solid. Fan screws: https://www.amazon.com/Computer-Cooling-Mount-Screws-Pack/dp/B01LLKY3GO?ref_=fsclp_pl_dp_1
  11. Personally, I don't like the suction cups on the windows or dashboard. In the past, I've use the Panavise custom dash mounts with a PortaGrip holder. They don't have one available for the new body style yet so I made my own mount using the following to parts. My truck doesn't have a trailer brake controller so I screwed the swivel mount into the blank filler panel. I figure I could replace the blank panel for about $10 in the future (PN 84161640 according to the sticker on the back). I'll try to post a picture tomorrow in the daylight. Swivel mount with AMPS mounting pattern https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SV2LXTG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Panavise PortaGrip phone holder https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CO3HBK8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  12. I had a similar experience when trying to get the bed cargo lights activated on my truck. Local dealer asked me for the activation code and there was none in the box. TCSC (internal GM department providing the updated BCM code) won't activate the lights without it. Ended up returning the kit and ordering another one from a different dealer on Ebay (both were about $30 cheaper than my local dealer including shipping). This one also came without an activation code. This time the selling dealer told me that TCSC will supply the code. I called TCSC myself to confirm (Ebay dealer gave me the phone number). Apparently there were 265 kits produced without codes in the box and they are supposed to honor it without the code. Just my luck I ended up with 2 out of 265. Good luck.
  13. That may be true, but there are some features that used to be standard are missing. My 2019 LT crew cab is worlds better than my 2009 LS crew cab, but my 2009 came with the back seat arm rest/cup holder. My 2019 LT (higher trim level) does not. My kids have no place for their drinks in the back seats except for the door pockets which are not easy for a 4th/5th grader to reach. Also, like others have said, why is it that the only 2019 trucks that don't come with LED tail lights are the bottom of the line work truck and the bread and butter LT? It's a money grab to make the most purchased trucks cheaper to make or persuade buyers into more expensive trims.
  14. Fingers crossed for sure. I'm not too concerned about either issue plus I know it's a new model year and all, but I am a little concerned about the dismissive attitude about the brakes. I was on track for a new set of front pads at 5k, rear around 9k. As long as there is no physical issue (sticky calipers, etc) causing real wear I won't fight too hard, but I can't help being a little upset that part of my $40k+ truck doesn't work correctly and the service department doesn't seem to care. I might take it to a different dealer and see if they'll do more than a physical inspection. Good luck to all of us willing beta testers. Unfortunately it's the price we pay to get the latest style.
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