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#101314 - 07/06/05 12:09 AM Re: Anyone buy a new GM?
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Registered: 12/15/03
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mdrew ... good stuff. If there is anything I can do to help you help get this vehicle "right", please ask ...

Finding a tech who will just fix things seems to be a lost art.... bummer
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#101315 - 07/06/05 12:51 PM Re: Anyone buy a new GM?
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Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 4017
Loc: Up yonder
That is not BS Craig…..I get so frustrated when I have to diagnose the problem because the “technician” told me nothing is wrong because there is no error code. If no code exists, then the customer MUST be imagining the symptoms. The ABS would go out on my 03 Ram when I was in rainy conditions, the trouble light would come on, an obnoxious beep, the cruise control would go ape [censored] and take control of the truck (either 100% throttle or 0% depending on it’s mood at the time). The first time this happened, it scared the crap out me. After a few more times, I started to find it amusing. Three trips to the dealer, every time they told me there was nothing wrong. – No error codes stored.

I did a little research and downloaded the speed sensing circuitry of this truck, and found out that the speed sensor compares rear axle speed to transfer case speed and if there is a difference, it kicks out the cruise control and disables the ABS. I bought a speed sensor for the rear diff, changed it and that did no good. The next step was the trace the wiring to the sensors. I found a small rub spot on the sensor wire that had exposed bare wire. When it would get wet, it would short to ground, disabling the cruise control and ABS circuits. This took me a whole two hours of research and actual trouble shooting. Problem fixed.

Then I started feeling vibration in the seat when coming to a stop. Every one knows that this is symptom of the rear drums or rotors being out of balance, or warped. Took the truck in. Service reps took the truck for ride, and of course they didn’t feel anything – two different times to the dealer. Screw it, I pulled the rotors, had them turned, popped them back on and changed the pads. Problem solved.

I could go on and on. But nothing was wrong…….

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#101316 - 07/06/05 01:09 PM Re: Anyone buy a new GM?
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Registered: 12/15/03
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I have an unusual perspective, being a silent partner in the dealerships, and also doing financial services with auto dealers. I get the same "red carpet" treatment as does anyone else who enters the ahllowed halls of the service department.

All I can say is : I feel your pain. Finding a mechanic who will actually find something through hard work just seems to not happen in today's world.
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#101317 - 07/06/05 02:29 PM Re: Anyone buy a new GM?
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Registered: 12/20/02
Posts: 624
Loc: Pembroke, Massachusetts
traded my 99 gmc extend cab about 3 months ago for an 05, 2500hd extended cab. with rebates and 1k towards the purchase of a plow, wasn't a bad deal for me. the 2500 is so much more truck than the 1500. however, i did step down from an slt to an sle with cloth seats, and no bose radio. just waiting for snow so i can do the two lots here at work, and drive at home.

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#101318 - 07/06/05 03:46 PM Re: Anyone buy a new GM?
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I've got one.
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#101319 - 07/06/05 07:17 PM Re: Anyone buy a new GM?
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Registered: 05/28/03
Posts: 1501
Loc: Manhattan Beach, CA
a friend of mine bought a new Suburban. He found out that the new discounts are just starting points....just as if they were sticker prices....and that you can still work on getting a lower price from there. But it is difficult since most people are just taking the discounts and not negotiating further, so he spent a lot of time working on the dealer....more than usual he said....but got even a better price.

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#101320 - 07/07/05 07:37 PM Re: Anyone buy a new GM?
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Registered: 06/19/02
Posts: 248
Loc: London, Ontario
Way too much? Are you crazy mang! Its the cheapest its ever been for a GM product. Thats why they offer 4 years with 0% interest on vehicles, their stocks are now poop and they need to sell sell sell; even I could afford a new GM right now
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#101321 - 07/07/05 07:46 PM Re: Anyone buy a new GM?
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Registered: 06/19/02
Posts: 248
Loc: London, Ontario
Good God, I cant believe you had those problems, id crap myself if all of a sudden I was driving and the throttle just jumped, specially in a truck, the torque would frighten me
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#101322 - 07/09/05 04:24 PM Re: Anyone buy a new GM?
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Registered: 01/29/04
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Loc: Iowa
It appears GM has extended to offer until August 1st, I've also heard that Ford and Chrysler will be offering similar deals.

Randy

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#101323 - 07/09/05 05:06 PM Re: Anyone buy a new GM?
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Registered: 08/03/03
Posts: 1235
Loc: Moorhead, Minnesota/US
Update city on the Fix Or Repair Daily Explorer. My son drove to work, about 20 miles out of town. The darn thing wouldn't start at quitting time and gasoline is leaking from the undercarriage. It may be time to look for a Honda.

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