What have u done to ur GM truck today?

Discussion in 'Chevy Truck Talk & GM News' started by devilsalmostfree, Feb 28, 2010.

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  1. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    my cousin hasa 08 silverado and a 04ish focus. drives what he needs when he needs it.

    another option nak, would be a 2011/12 certified used, gets most of the factory warrenty, and you dont eat all the depreciation that you will with a new one.

    im glad I went that route.

  2. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    I'll believe it ONLY when I see it, as a Dmax is Nak's unicorn...

    As for what I did today -- I contacted Rigid Industries about the improperly packaged light bar and demonstrated proof of purchase (receipt image) of two of the same light bars ... proof (photo) of the boxes showing that the packaging material should have had two of the same light bars ... and proof (photo) that the package contents did NOT include two of the same light bars. I made it clear that:
    • I was unhappy about the issue
    • I didn't want to have to remove my bumper to get the light bar out in order to ship it back ... and then later reinstall the bumper only to remove the bumper AGAIN to install the replacement light bar
    • I didn't want to drive around with my ride looking dumb with only one light bar in place
    • I only needed the proper light bar -- no mounting hardware, no wiring, etc
    • I was willing to do a pre-auth against my credit card so that they had some protection in the event that I failed to ship the problematic light bar back
    • I felt this was a warranty issue due to improper packaging, hence why I was contacting them instead of the vendor
    • I desired expedited shipping so that I could attend to the removal/replacement next weekend.

    I've got to say that I am impressed with Rigid Industries' response. They addressed every concern I had, as follows:
    • Opening a RMA today
    • 2-day express shipping a replacement light bar to the address I specified
    • NOT requiring a credit card pre-auth to ship me a new bar (the fact that I was willing to do so probably helped)
    • including a label for pre-paid return shipping

    I had heard good things about Rigid Industries' products and customer service prior to becoming a customer. So far their reputation is well-warranted.

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  3. PantheraUncia

    PantheraUncia Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Well that depends on how you look at it.... I am $3000 deep on a tranny rebuild, $1000 deep on a bumper replacement..... It is close to needing a new engine $2500...... The power seat adjuster is $825 (if you can find one). Not sure the cost of getting power locks working, even with the $200 I put in it myself to try and get those working again.... Cheap seat covers cause the imitation leather shows 220,000 miles of ware or get nice ones for $1000, re-wrap the steering wheel, looking at a new rack and pinion...... new front wheel hubs.......

    And if I am crazy.... $3000-8000 for body work to restore it.

    Looking at it that way, it is not cheaper..... I practically have a new truck and all the parts aren't 13 years old. Not sure how you figure it is cheaper to keep dumping that kind of money in it.....

    Light bulbs, batteries, battery cables, stereo, amp, etc can be moved to the new or new used truck. I just listed about 25k-30k in repairs. for an "old" truck. for 30k I can get an 09 with less miles than what I have on my truck now, but it is still used.

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    Depends. I can get allot of use out of a crew cab with an 8ft bed (land Yacht). Anything 2013 and older, that means I need a 2500HD. If I am going through the expense of moving into a 2500 HD and I am going to keep it as long as I keep trucks, then the Diesel makes sense.

    The odd ball that happened now, is in 2014, you can get a 1/2 ton crew (a full crew) compared to the crews of previous years and get a 6.6ft bed. I can deal with the 1.5ft short fall to stay in a 1/2 ton to get a real crew and the same size bed I have now.

    So a dmax might be in my future, we have to see what the 2014's are really like when they hit the dealer. ( And second gen 6 speed tranny is like on the new 1500's that everyone is complaining about).
  4. pmf608

    pmf608 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I mounted my LED light bar behind the grille of my truck and ran the wiring to the fuse box area. A bit more wiring, and that will be functional. I also trimmed the seat heater for the rear passenger seat, spray glued it to the seat cushion foam, ran the wires out of the cushion, and reinstalled the leather. You wouldn't even know I changed anything. I did accidentally cut the wire inside one of the heater pads though, so I'll have to go find another one at Pick-n-pull. Not really a big deal though since they only charge a couple dollars for the heater pads. Once I have them all in, I'll have to build a switch panel to replace the radio controls in the back of my center console, and I'll have working seat heaters in the 2 outside seats in the back.
  5. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Get used to 100 point turns, pulling through double spaces because you barely (or no longer) fit in a single space, and parking in the way-out and walking to your destination!
  6. reggiecab2000

    reggiecab2000 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    finally ordered a JD2 model 3 pipe bender W/stand and 1.5" pipe bending die!!!!
    cant wait to start making my front bumper, and any other toys my life ever desires :D
  7. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Assuming they're made of pipe! (Nice bender, by the way. :))
  8. Zac001

    Zac001 New Member

    well today didnt even start it but im glad because everytime i do i realize something else is wrong with the truck lol
  9. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Received my replacement light bar from Rigid and contacted Rigid because they failed to include the RMA number and pre-paid shipping label for the return.
  10. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Checked my vitals low on coolant but all others are fine. Also learned my school's shop has a coolant pressure tester so I can track down this leak.

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    Taught myself how to solder, not that hard. I think I took a couple years of my life inhaling burnt lead and stuff. Need a better soldering iron, my gun sucks and barely works.
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