Kenny my friend how are you? You are most certainly correct about the dashboard problem remedy. I have a 2011 Silverado with no cracks at all. Simply because, as you mentioned, I put a dash cover on it a week after purchase. Maybe GM should have provided them with the purchase of a new truck? Seems it would have saved a lot of headaches and money. I got mine from LMC truck for about $39.00 a few years ago. The cheap plastic they use for the dash, GM calls it weight-saving material, is beyond cheap-looking. That's the first problem. The second problem, and I'm no expert, is that it seems the extreme "rake" of the windshield allows much more sunlight to hit the dashboard. This becomes apparent when trying to clean the inside of the windshield. It's much more pronounced than previous model years. But I could be wrong. Just buy a dash cover and you will be fine. Thanks, Kenny.