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Old 03-30-2005, 04:52 PM   #15
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Any GM vehicles with or with out a warranty will be serviced by any GM service, I had a 2000 Chevy Trailblazer that needed service when I was in Cheyenne and the Chevy dealer would not be able to get to it for over a week and I was leaving in 3 day . so I took it to a GMC dealer and they fixed it in 2 days.
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Old 03-30-2005, 05:01 PM   #16
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Oh man - that just doesn't seem sporting! Does it have a dash read out visible for all or does it just make a log in the vehichles computer that the dealer has to print out. I can see it now - "well Lizzie, your data all looks pretty good, we adjusted the mixture a little for improved performance, but about this weight spike at the holidays....."
Some SUV's and trucks have downloadable data from the airbag computer. It works like a flight data recorder on an airplane. An insurance company can hook up to it after an accident that deployed the airbags, and see how fast you were going, how hard you hit the brakes, if you were wearing your seatbelts, and sometimes, if the headlights and wipers were on. A very good reason to drive safely...
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Old 05-06-2005, 02:05 AM   #17
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Oh man - that just doesn't seem sporting! Does it have a dash read out visible for all or does it just make a log in the vehichles computer that the dealer has to print out. I can see it now - "well Lizzie, your data all looks pretty good, we adjusted the mixture a little for improved performance, but about this weight spike at the holidays....."
Janet,
I see where you're going with this...LMAO
There's an red led indicator on the left hand side of the "grab bar" in front of the passenger side dash.(showing toward the driver)
Paula has what I call the ideal tower for the trailering...When I drove it down to Va. for her, I had passed over the mountain top in NY state without even realizing it until I started the decend on the downward side..The "big dawg" runs smooth as glass and, its tows the airstream beautifully..
Paula's adventures are but just starting..
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Old 05-06-2005, 05:45 AM   #18
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I drove a 1983 4 X 4, GMC 3/4 ton High Sierra Suburban, 6.2 L diesel for 278,000 trouble free miles. (except for the transmission self destruct @ 25k) May have been the best TV I've ever owned.

I would probably still own it if the body didn't rot away.
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Old 05-06-2005, 08:55 AM   #19
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Have a 1995 3/4 ton 4X4 Burb w 454 & 4:10. 150,000 miles and all I have had to fix were brake pads and an alternator. Previously owned a 1987 1/2 ton Suburban w the 350 & 3:73 sold it w 120,000 miles to buy the 1995. Both were and are great vehicles. The 1995 is my favorite vehicle of all I have owned.
Have towed anything from a pop up camper to our 34' Excella w absulutely no problems.
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I tow with a 2003 GMC Sierra 2500HD (crew cab 4x4) with the 8.1L and Allison transmission. The transmission is spectacular - the only way to describe it. Towing is absolutely a pleasure. The engine is not as impressive – oil consumption and piston slap are concerns. Check out www.pistonslap.com before you buy. I’ll buy GM again but I hope that they soon get the piston slap resolved – this is my third slapper – “like a knock!”
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Old 05-06-2005, 10:35 AM   #21
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I've had great luck with all of my GM tow vehicles. My current GMC Savana 3/4 ton passenger van has the best towing power of any that I have owned. My capacities are 9,900 lbs. with a 6.0 liter engine and 4.10 axle. Big advantage with the 3/4 ton size is the better transmission which will allow towing in O/D. Something I never did (nor was it recommened in the owners manuals), with the other GM vehicles.

Part of the reliability I attribute to changing the transmission fluid, having a transmission oil cooler, and staying out of O/D when towing.

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Any GM vehicles with or with out a warranty will be serviced by any GM service, I had a 2000 Chevy Trailblazer that needed service when I was in Cheyenne and the Chevy dealer would not be able to get to it for over a week and I was leaving in 3 day . so I took it to a GMC dealer and they fixed it in 2 days.
I now pull with a 2500HD Silverado quad door
Not to argue, but back in the mid '80's I needed a radiator repair on my '79 Cutlas right after I moved to Atlanta. I took it to the only Olds dealer I knew of and they had lost my service reservation and couldn't get to it the day I had taken off from work. I took it to Hennessy Cadillac/Jaguar/Range Rover just down Piedmont Rd. from them to see if they could repair it.

I was politely told that Hennessy D/J/RR only worked on Cadillacs, Jaguars, and Range Rovers. But, the service writer was nice enough to call the next nearest Olds dealer to see if they could repair it for me. I was referred to Mitchell Motors on Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Imagine my surprise when I pulled into Mitchell Motors' service entrance and saw that Mitchell Motors was an Olds/Mitsubishi and ROLLS ROYCE dealer. To think the Cadillac dealer turned up his nose at my Cutlas, but the Rolls Royce dealer took it right in!

Of course, Mitchell Motors outsourced the repair to a radiator shop down the street, but being new to Atlanta, I had no idea which radiator shops were reputable and which were not.
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I tow with a 2003 GMC Sierra 2500HD (crew cab 4x4) with the 8.1L and Allison transmission. The transmission is spectacular - the only way to describe it. Towing is absolutely a pleasure. The engine is not as impressive – oil consumption and piston slap are concerns. Check out www.pistonslap.com before you buy. I’ll buy GM again but I hope that they soon get the piston slap resolved – this is my third slapper – “like a knock!”
As far as the "piston slap" I did hear it once on my 2004 2500 Suburban,
but I am happy to report that I have never heard the startup slap sound in the first 11,000 miles on our 2005 2500. IMHO I feel that Chevy has resolved the "problem" and I will buy Chevy again.

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Old 05-07-2005, 09:45 PM   #24
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Well, thank you all! I took the opportunity durring the GM employee pricing and bought a 2005 GMC Sierra Denali, It has the LQ9 H.O. 6.0L engine (also used in the Cadillacs- 345HP, 380Tq), All-Wheel Drive, 4.10 Gear ratio, Crew Cab, Short Bed.... I simply can't wait to tow with it!!! Here's a picture!
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That HO 6.0L has some guts....it'll really go if you kick hit hard.
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Congrats on the NICE TRUCK!!!! I get a new 1/2 ton 4X4 Chev every 3 years, and they see a lot of towing and hard use. Not one has caused the slightest bit of grief. When I see some of the problems my Dodge and Ford driving friends have had (even though thier trucks don't get worked like mine), it makes me an even bigger believer in the quality of GM trucks. P.
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Congrats on the NICE TRUCK!!!! I get a new 1/2 ton 4X4 Chev every 3 years, and they see a lot of towing and hard use. Not one has caused the slightest bit of grief. When I see some of the problems my Dodge and Ford driving friends have had (even though thier trucks don't get worked like mine), it makes me an even bigger believer in the quality of GM trucks. P.
Yes it does! I've tested it out a few times, im going to do a retune of the pcm to get more power and better mpg...and yes it is possible to do both (Wester's tune)

And it was time to upgrade to a real truck, and I found one I love... did my feeling around here and everyone gave me good advice and helped me get to the point that I was able to choose a vehicle! thanks all!
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