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Mar 17, 1999 (1:34 am)
I see your problem, I have hauled my sons two Rotie's before and they are not that big, but I wouldn't want do do it to often. My Irish is small, 45 pounds of hunting stock. since I have a fifth wheel hitch in the bed a cap is not an option. we all have our own set of needs. ......
Checked the site I mentioned a while ago and the counts have went up.
Chevrolet truck - Silverado - 3
Ford - F series - 8
Dodge - Ram - 22
beings the Chevy is the newest body style I would expect them to have the most, And Dodge being the oldest would have the fewest, but thats not the case. So like I said it could be worse. But this does not take into account the seriousness of the problems. ..... Rich
#833 of 841 GM Alarm prices for Silverado
Mar 17, 1999 (4:28 am)
I just received my new 1500 Silverado. Will describe later. I am to receive this at 500 over factory invoice. The Alarm was not installed at the factory, but has to be done at the dealer.
They're quoting $695 for the GM alarm. I don't think that is factory price but retail. Anyone know what factory invoice prices are for GM alarms?
Mar 17, 1999 (12:35 pm)
I have 2 ~40 lb dogs and have had leather seats in my RX-7, Expedition, and my BMW and have never had a problem with them hurting the leather seats in any way. The only problem with dogs on leather seats is that there's very little friction and when I have to make a QUICK stop, the dogs tend to become projectiles moving forward at high speed. That's why I got cloth seats in my '99 GMC 2500. Cloth seats provide much better holding power.
I have towed my boat (~9000 lbs) several times with my new truck (6L, 2WD, 3.73 rear, extended cab), the ambient temperature has been between 60-82. While cruising down the interstate, the transmission temperature gauge levels off around 165. While in heavy stop and go traffic in town, the tranny gauge indicates about 180-185. I live in _very_ flat Central Florida.
#835 of 841 bobfox
Mar 17, 1999 (12:54 pm)
Edmunds database has the basline cost of the trucks and the options price list, cost and retail. I have just purchased a new Chevrolet ls Extended cab with everything except sunroof. I have drove Dodge, Gas and Diesel, and Ford in the last 8 years. This is the finest truck I have ever owned. The room, largest of pickups and the ride are no comparision to the rest of the field. good luck and make the dealer install your options for you or go to another dealer. I do not know what state your are in. If you are in Georgia I can recommend a dealer that will work to get you as a customer, not work to get your money.
Mar 17, 1999 (1:43 pm)
My selling dealer told me that replacing the entire drivers side power seat will not be done since GM will not cover this. They said very soon, it has been two months since they know of my seat clunk, and still no action by GM, so they say, to repair/recall/issue a technical service bulletin, on how to fix the seat. I am going to visit them tonight face to face and straighten this out once and for all. Either replace my seat or tell me what Chevy is going to do to repair my seat, or they can keep my truck in their shop forever and give me a loaner car to drive until my other 99 Chevy without power bucket seats is in!
Mar 17, 1999 (2:20 pm)
Bobfox: I don't know what kind of alarm you're getting for that price, but that's almost what my Avantguarde cost (including remote start, window control, page-to-start, etc). Sounds to me like you're being taken for a ride.
Mar 17, 1999 (4:20 pm)
I think you'r right, you have to get the Z85 with the tow package near as I can tell. From what I could get out of my dealer (not a lot) it looks like the springs are the same, shocks are different. One way to overcome this would be something like aftermarket air shocks where you can adjust for loaded/unloaded conditions (kind of like the ZX3 option we can't have either). My reasearch says I can get some adjustable air shocks or something like that for less than $400. The only way you can get the tow package is with the Z85, not an option.
Mar 17, 1999 (5:20 pm)
Why don't you get the Z85 suspension so you can have the tow package, and then just change the shocks?
I don't recommend air-shocks because the truck shock mount is not designed to support carrying a load. Better to use Air Lift (tm) air-adjustable pneumatic helper springs to level it out, but still maintain a plush ride. I paid around $180/pair at Camping World. I wrote about them under topic #588,
The springs set the ride height from the axle to the frame (not the ground). Since the normal unladen ride height is about the same for the 1500 and the 2500 since they both have to ride in the middle of the shock stroke, and since both have the same travel, the springs on the 2500 are stiffer, with a correspondingly stiffer ride quality. The 1500 ZX3, Z83, Z85 and Z71 should all have the same springs because they have the same payload and GVWR. So the difference in ride quality among them is from the shocks alone, which can be easily changed. That the Z71 seems so much stiffer off-road also has to do with its stabilizer bar (anti-sway) which transfers weight from opposite corners to achieve flat cornering, but stiffens axle articulation.
Mar 17, 1999 (5:41 pm)
I have not yet had any problems with my manual bucket seats, or the arm-rest.
Leather is only used on the seating surfaces, not the sides, back, or rumble seat.
If I had them, I would not want my 45 lb dog to scratch them with the nails of his paws. Since I have a regular cab, he has to ride shotgun. With cloth seats, a dog could stink 'em up over time. My solution so far has been to throw a queen size fitted linen sheet over the whole front seat (driver, passenger and console). You can find a pattern that matches your truck interior. The fitted corners keep it from slipping down when he squirms around. It absorbs skin and body oils instead of the seat, and gets machine washed. Washable slip covers, when they become available are what I might settle on.
A shop-vac works well for the hair. Although my hound is a weimareiner with short hair, he still sheds it just like long-hairs do.