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Just bought a 2011 Traverse

Discussion in 'Chevy Traverse Forum (GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave)' started by Highmarker, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. Highmarker

    Highmarker New Member

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    Well, my wife and I just bought a 2011 Chevy Traverse yesterday. It will be her vehicle to haul the kids around. The decision was between the Traverse and the Honda Pilot. But the Pilot did not have the cargo room behind the third row seats like the Traverse, and plus its not a Chevy. Anyway, we love it, just waiting for snow to come down so we can really see the advantage of the AWD.
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    Good luck with your wifes new Taxi!!:lol:
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  3. ChevyFan

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    Welcome to the site! Let's see some pics.

    The Traverse is an incredible world-class vehicle, I had never been so shocked at the handling of a vehicle than when I went from driving a Tahoe to a Traverse back-to-back and took a corner kinda fast. I expected to feel that big lumbering body-roll, but none-of-it, pushed me back in my seat and I took it like I was on rails.

    Just a great vehicle. What color did you end up with?
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  4. Highmarker

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    It is silver. It is the LT1 model. We are not fans of all the accessories - just power locks, windows, and mirrors that's all we need. It does have heated cloth seats (how strange is that?). I will post pics later tonight.
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    That's awesome. I hope you jump into some of the CNG threads in the fuel forum on this site, would love to get some real-world feedback as people are starting to look at CNG again now that gas prices are getting high again.
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  6. Highmarker

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    Pics of Traverse

    Here are the pictures of the 2011 Traverse.
    DSCN4471 - Copy.jpg DSCN4473 - Copy.jpg
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    Steve,

    I know this is not the place, but since you brought up CNG. I have been driving a Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) for over 4 years now. I started with a 2001 Chevy Cavalier and now I have a 2003 Cavalier and a 2003 Silverado (both bi-fuel). I have saved well over $6,000 in fuel costs because CNG is about 3 times cheaper than gasoline. I have searched these forums for all discussions on CNG and while there are some, there is only a few. Good news is Chevy is listening. They are offering vans now that are CNG and starting in 2013, they will offer Silverados with CNG.
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    Welcome to the G M T C ! I looked at the Traverse when I bought my truck and was really impressed. Do you think it will ever replace the Tahoe?
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  10. Highmarker

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    Ok, I need some ideas.

    My new Traverse "barely" fits in the garage. I have about 8 inches of clearance on the front and about 6 inches of clearance on the back. So, what should I do to easily fit the car into the garage without having to get out and check and get back in and re-position and get out and check again?

    I know about hanging a tennis ball or something like that from the ceiling and having it touch the windshield and about nailing a 2X4 to the floor by the front tires. I was just wondering if someone had another idea.
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  11. Highmarker

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    For those of you who have a 2011 Traverse and are having a hard time (like me) getting it to fit (length-wise) into the garage. Here what I found. I have an upright freezer against the back of the garage. I have tried one of two options:
    1. I can back the Traverse in and use the parking sensors to stop when the car is close to the freezer. My wife says she is not a "backer upper" so this will probably not work for her.
    2. When I pull the Traverse in forward with the lights on, I get to a point where there are reflections on the freezer door. I keep pulling forward until these "reflections" make a perfect X. When that happens, I stop and I am about 6 - 8 inches away from the freezer...Perfect! I will have to take a picture of this "reflection" and post it.
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  12. ChevyFan

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    Did you get this garage solution fixed? lol. I just put a rubber mat down on the floor and that works for me, the kids play with the tennis ball and it comes down.

    ---------- Post added at 11:44 PM ---------- Previous post was at 11:43 PM ----------

    Hey, this sounds interesting. Please post a pic of your Traverse in your garage ... I wanna see. haha
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  13. Highmarker

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    Ok, so the fam and I just made a trip to the "Happiest Place On Earth" - Disneyland in the Traverse. It was very nice. I do have one question:

    The battery indicator fluctuated between ~12 volts and ~15 volts. It would show 12 volts for a half hour or so then go back to 14 - 15 volts for an hour or so, then go back to 12 volts for a half hour or so. I did have several 12 VDC electronics running (two DVD players and my TomTom). Is this normal?
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  14. ChevyFan

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    I think that's probably normal. All of those devices really do suck down the power. You can look on the back to see how much power they pull and figure out the total by adding them all up and you just might be surprised. The good thing is you've got a big enough alternator to deliver the extra current to the system to handle it.
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    We are looking to buy one this week! Nice!
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    Here is a picture of the "X" on the freezer door.

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  17. jinsei

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    Lol at the taxi. :D

    Nice pics and thanks for sharing. I’m planning to get a Traverse soon and would like to look around first.

    Loving the design. Have you tested it yourself? How’s the performance?
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