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#2128 of 6769 Extended Warranty Suggestions
Mar 19, 2001 (11:24 pm)
Getting very close to purchasing a new 2001 Silverado 1500. Asked about the extended warranty options available, cost, etc. I was surprized to find the the Chevy dealer uses "Fidelity Warranty Services, Inc.". The brochure which lists the "Silver", "Gold" and "Platinium" coverage doesn't have anything in it specific to GM. The Company is licensed in Florida. Anybody had good or bad experiences with this company? Is there a GM connected company as an option out there? Do I have to choose this company if I buy from this particular dealer or can I go on my own with someone else? Any suggestions?
Mar 19, 2001 (11:59 pm)
You are doing the right thing by asking. I'd really try to find someone with claims experience with that company. A guy at work had an ext warr and he had nothing but trouble. They would nit pick and usually end up saying the problem was caused by a non-covered component. Once he had to get the state insurance commissioner involved because the company approved a repair, then the policy was sold to another company, and then they wouldn't pay because they didn't pre-approve the repair!
If you have AAA insurance, they have an All Risks plan which covers mechanical. I'd trust them more than any non-manufacturer ext warr company. GM sent me a letter with full details on a 3-level plan for my truck and I'm sure it was a GM plan. You could call the GM 800 customer service number and ask.
Mar 20, 2001 (3:01 am)
Major Guard honored at all GM dealers. Course us problem plagued rado owners got ours free courtesy of GM. 6 year/100,000 mile $0 deductible.
#2131 of 6769 Extended warrantys
Mar 20, 2001 (5:54 am)
...if you actually needed them....why would they sell them?....aka if the chances of you using more than what it costs in repairs was there...they wouldn't sell them....aka if they put more money into the car than you buy it for....they wouldn't sell it....aka you don't need one!
...you can purchase one at 35,999 miles if you want to...(if GM discount being used you must buy within' x months after)..
wait until later....and after nothing has happened of any major cost...then decide..
Mar 20, 2001 (7:30 am)
I also like my WeatherTech vent shields. But, when I got a new Silverado I moved them to the new truck.
#2133 of 6769 warranty
Mar 20, 2001 (7:31 am)
i've wavered back and forth on this one. i tend to agree with tim for the most part - that it's just throwing money away. i didn't get an extended warranty on my '00 rado - just the 3/36. with my wife's used jimmy though ('99 with 18k on it when purchased) i purchased the additional coverage up to 5/50. basically because it's her car and if she's ever travelling and has a problem, she's covered. i know i can deal with a mechanic. i didn't want her to get swindled. my parents always recommended getting a warranty that lasts as long as the term of your loan. that way, anything that happens to the vehicle while you're still paying it off is covered. after that...you're not making any more payments on it, so put some of that money in a "rainy-day" account - just in case. i've got over 20k on my truck now and no problems so i'm glad i didn't buy the extended warranty. i did notice the other day though, that gm is going to 5/50 warranties (at least on the olds equivalent of the new trailblazer). it'll be interesting to see if that pans out to all new gm vehicles.
Mar 20, 2001 (8:10 am)
all olds now have a 5 yr 60K warrenty because they are going out of business in the next few yrs
#2135 of 6769 locking diff info from GM
Mar 20, 2001 (9:05 am)
The locking differential allows for normal differential function as indicated in the standard rear axle description. Additionally, the locking differential uses multi-disc clutch packs and a speed sensitive engagement mechanism that locks both wheels together if 1 wheel spins excessively during slow vehicle operation. Under light loads, the clutch plates alone tend to lock the axle shafts to the differential case, and therefore, locking each other. This is due primarily to the gear separating the load developed on the right clutch pack. This induced clutch torque capacity resists motion between the side gear and the axle differential case. The differential allows the wheels to turn at different speeds while the axle shafts continue to transmit the driving force. Heavier throttle application will cause an axle speed difference. This action starts the full-lock feature of the unit. You can accomplish full-lock through the use of a heavyweight governor mechanism, a cam system and a multi-disc pack. The flyweights on the governor mechanism move outward in order to engage a latching bracket whenever the wheel-to-wheel speed varies by approximately 100 RPM or more. This action retards a cam which, in turn, compresses the multi-disc clutch packs locking both of the side gears to the case. The 100 RPM wheel-to-wheel speed allows for cornering with the differential lockup. At vehicle speeds above approximately 32 km/h (20 mph), the latching bracket overcomes a spring preload and swings away from the flyweights. At this vehicle speed, or greater, the differential is designed not to lock since added traction is generally not needed. The axle parts of the vehicles equipped with the locking differential are interchangeable with those equipped with the conventional differential, except for the case assembly.
#2136 of 6769 Daytime running lights
Mar 20, 2001 (9:09 am)
looks like there is a new bulb that lasts twice as long...
When replacing the DRL lamp on the vehicles listed above, use bulb P/N 1999482. This bulb has a trade bulb number of 4157K. These bulbs should be replaced in pairs for customer satisfaction. This bulb has an expected bulb life that is almost double the previous bulb.
This new DRL bulb, P/N 1999482, is currently NOT available from GMSPO. Parts inventory is expected to be available shortly. However, the bulb may be purchased from the local jobber under the trade number 4157K.
#2137 of 6769 Stumble on acceration when engine cold
Mar 20, 2001 (9:19 am)
Technical - Lean Hesitation, Sag or Stumble When Coolant Temperature is Between -6 and +20 Degrees C (Reprogram PCM) #00-06-03-009A
Lean Hesitation, Sag or Stumble When Coolant Temperature is Between -6 and +20°C (Reprogram PCM)
2000 Chevrolet and GMC C/K Models (Silverado, Sierra, Suburban, Tahoe, Yukon, Yukon XL)
with 4.8 L, 5.3 L, or 6.0 L V8 Engine (VINs V, T, U -- RPOs LR4, LM7, LQ4)
and 4L60-E Automatic Transmission (RPO M30)
This bulletin is being revised to add 6.0L (RPO LQ4) V8 Engine applications. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 00-06-03-009 (Section 06 -- Engine).
Some customers may comment on a lean hesitation, sag or stumble condition present during light to moderate throttle accelerations.
The condition is usually present only on the first one or two accelerations.
The condition occurs when the coolant temperature is between -6 and +21°C (20 and 70°F).
Fuels with a high driveability index can also be a contributor.
Calibrations not optimized for various operating parameters.
Verify that the driveability condition is not the result of an inoperative component, or a related wiring/other condition.