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Update: My 2015 2500HD Duramax LTZ Crew Short (last 8 of the VIN: FF558385) was in the shop for a week. They finally isolated the issue to water penetration at the top of the passenger side windshield pillar. They removed the windshield and repaired/resealed the seam at the top corner, put the windshield back in. They retested and stated that it was the problem and is now dry. We will find out as I am headed from Denver to Chicago on Sunday and there is going to be plenty of rain. Not sure how it left the factory leaking so bad but maybe they really don't test them.

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Hi Collimare,

 

We're very sorry to hear you were experiencing water penetration in your new 2015 2500 Duramax. It's good the dealer was able to address this for you. If you need any further assistance or have any questions, please don't hesitate to send us a PM. We're here if you need us and will be on the lookout for updates.

 

Sincerely,

Eddie A.

GM Customer Care

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Hi Collimare,

 

We're very sorry to hear you were experiencing water penetration in your new 2015 2500 Duramax. It's good the dealer was able to address this for you. If you need any further assistance or have any questions, please don't hesitate to send us a PM. We're here if you need us and will be on the lookout for updates.

 

Sincerely,

Eddie A.

GM Customer Care

 

It took a week and part of the problem lied in the fact that the Dealer was hesitant to remove the windshield because it was going to take 3 weeks to get a new one if it broke getting it out. So I insisted that they do their best to get it out with out breaking it and they did. It is very disappointing to spend this kind of money on a high margin product to have a very obvious quality defect. This is my third GM product in a row and it will give me hesitation in the future. Thank you for following up!

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Collimare,

 

We appreciate the detailed update. We're glad to hear the dealership was able to resolve this for you despite the initial hesitation with removing the windshield. Your continued loyalty is important to us as we hope to continue being your prime vehicle choice. Feel free to reach out anytime if you have questions. We're only a PM away!

 

Sincerely,

Eddie A.

GM Customer Care

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It took a week and part of the problem lied in the fact that the Dealer was hesitant to remove the windshield because it was going to take 3 weeks to get a new one if it broke getting it out. So I insisted that they do their best to get it out with out breaking it and they did. It is very disappointing to spend this kind of money on a high margin product to have a very obvious quality defect. This is my third GM product in a row and it will give me hesitation in the future. Thank you for following up!

It almost seems that the price and quality at GM are inversely proportional nowadays.

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  • 5 months later...

My 2014 Silv/duramax is doing the same thing. with the big rains in Texas it has now become more than a minor problem.

I recommend removing the door/floor trim piece and wedging something under the insulation to help it dry. I positioned a fan on it on a sunny day and it seemed dry. pain in the butt for a $60K truck

 

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It almost seems that the price and quality at GM are inversely proportional nowadays.

That applies everywhere. In this day and age, companies are less concerned with workmanship and pride and will take risks knowing full well that they may have some fallout that they would have to payout from time to time. All of this is considered in business decisions. Inferior products from overseas are to blame for this shift in mentality unfortunately.

 

Not defending GM as I too am pissed at the issues I'm having with my 2014. Mind you, I've owned so many vehicles I'd still say that Dodge and Ford rank # 1 and # 2 as the biggest POS's out there. I had a 2006 Dodge 3500 with the famed 5.9L Cummins - the truck was a POS as I had to replace the entire front end within 40K miles and the engine developed severe blowback by the time it got to 70K miles. Funny thing is that I rarely towed with it and the heaviest item I towed was my 7000lb boat which was towed twice a year.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Just now found water sitting under the passenger side carpet after tracking down WTH my truck smelled like trash or something of that nature. No idea where it's leaking water from but searched the forums and it gave me a few places to look. I'm thinking it may be coming from the firewall given the extent of the moisture.

 

Just had 8in of rain fall in 72 hours here in Dallas, but didn't ever go through any high standing water. So now the question is.. Why the heck is my 2015 Z71 leaking water after 6 months of ownership. Sigh* It'll never smell the same again, I'm incredibly disappointed in that more so than anything. Oh, and the dealer can't get me in for another week to look at it due to them not having another loaner truck (need it for work).

 

Is this what I get for buying new vehicles? I had issues with my 2014 DC and as it sat in the shop for 5 weeks tracking down the issue i said screw it and traded it in for my 2015 thinking things would be better this time. I'm a GM fan, but it's becoming harder and harder to justify buying another new $42k+ Silverado come 2016.

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Yes you will get mold. My 2007 had this problem. It took a few years to rear its ugly head. MOLD IS VERY DANGEROUS!!. I am very sensitive due to having Asthma. Kept getting cold symptoms. Never smelled anything for about two years. The dealer had to strip everything out. Then I traded it in. Im just saying do not take it lightly. Good luck.

Yes, mold can be very dangerous to your health. Recently I saw a case on Forensic Files where people living in a large house that leaked undetected behind the walls got seriously ill from toxic mold and almost died. Hopefully nothing this toxic would grow in your vehicle, but the air volume is small and you should get the leaks fixed ASAP and thoroughly dry all affected areas.

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Same leak on the e brake pedal and floor below it. I live in NW where it's raining daily. I took and ran a small bead of clear silicone around the roof antennae on one of the dry days and no more leak. Early 15 model. Just thought I would mention it.

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Same leak on the e brake pedal and floor below it. I live in NW where it's raining daily. I took and ran a small bead of clear silicone around the roof antennae on one of the dry days and no more leak. Early 15 model. Just thought I would mention it.

Glad you fixed it. That antenna gasket is probably too hard and not sealing properly.

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The following week a very heavy but brief rain occurred. the truck was parked on a level driveway. I did not use the truck until a couple of days later. I opened the driver side door and found that the plastic receiver tracks to be very wet, though the padding was not. As I was moving around to the opposite side of the truck, I shut the driver side door. When I shut the door, water came pouring out from the underside of the driver's- side fender near the door hinge. When I looked under the truck in this area, I saw water exiting between what I think is the firewall and the fender. I suspect water is pooling somewhere in between the two. I saw in a forum where water can collect in the opening in the sidewall next to the emergency brake, wiring harness is mounted here behind the vinyl flooring. This may indicate a seam that is improperly sealed in the firewall door framing. I intend to contact the dealer tomorrow and discuss it with them. It would appear that the fender needs to be removed and the seams investigated and repaired.

 

 

 

 

Hi Collimare,

 

We're very sorry to hear you were experiencing water penetration in your new 2015 2500 Duramax. It's good the dealer was able to address this for you. If you need any further assistance or have any questions, please don't hesitate to send us a PM. We're here if you need us and will be on the lookout for updates.

 

Sincerely,

Eddie A.

GM Customer Care

 

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