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#935 of 1099 Re: Why no two-way advanced remote start for '11 Denali? [steve_]
May 10, 2011 (1:26 pm)
Agreed. I got by fine for 20 years without keyless, electronic ignition and all the other goodies too. But once ya have keyless, it's hard to go back to not having it. Once ya have remote start, it's hard to do without....and once ya have 2-way transceiver remote, it's hard to go back to a factory fob that only works from 10-50 feet and can't give you any status feedback.
You have to really read the fine print to figure out the 2-way is simply not available on the Denali. Worse yet, some websites incorrectly list it as available - probably a left over from the 2010 model. The dealers don't know it's not available either until they try to look it up.
The 2-ways take more juice to operate, so you have to change the AAA battery once or twice a year. The standard fob battery lasts years, so I'm thinking maybe the average guy can't change the fob battery without breaking things or find it annoying.
The 2-way transceivers have other advantages too. The signal is so strong that they rarely ever not communicate. No more click, click, click just trying to get it to unlock. They beep/buzz to let you know the car got the signal. They display lock/door status so you see on the remote if it's locked or doors are open. Couldn't find the keys a few times and you can push a button in the car and remote will beep for 20 seconds to help find it.
Like I said, I was all ready to sign the papers and everything, and not until then did the dealer figure out he couldn't put one in. The official GM Accessory website has a number of the 2-way remotes for various models with/without power hatch, with/without factory remote start, etc., but it isn't until you've looked at them all do you find out there simply isn't a model for the Denali. But there was for 2010 Denali - because I printed out the webpage from the 2010 model year. It's simply not there now. But the models are there for the Tahoe, and the dealer confirmed he could put one in a base 2011 Yukon. Also, if you do a Build Your Vehicle, it shows up as an option for base 2011 Yukon - or at least it did. GMC recently totally revamped their website. I'm just fried because I do my homework and from what I could tell, I had my ducks in a row.
Even with all the web trolling I've done for the last 12 months, I never came across anything about the new GM dexos 1 oil spec either. The dealer didn't say anything about it, but it's required for ALL 2011 GM vehicles. Fill the crank with mineral based oil and you just voided your warranty. I came across that little ditty when I went to look up the oil capacity in the owner's manual to see my quarts I needed for the first change. You'd think they'd have a tag on the dipstick or filler cap or something like that to make sure the owner was aware of it. What are the odds that the $8/hour kid at the quickie lube place knows about it?
I knew GM had quietly dropped the heated washer fluid option after several cars caught fire. The company that made the system is in bankruptcy due to lawsuits over it.
I just want to know exactly what's different about the Denali and specifically between the 2010 and 2011 Denali that makes the 2-way transceiver not available. My due diligence shows no difference in the Nav unit or other electronics that could account for it. OnStar had a tweak to allow more web based operations. Zero changes to the motor and tranny.
I'm never going to find out why. I'm just going to have to move on and go with aftermarket if I want it bad enough. I passed up 2010 Denali I found just because it wasn't the color I wanted, and it already had 2-way installed. Should've heard the salesman yelp when I wouldn't sign after telling me he couldn't put one in. Took a closer look at the 2010 the next day and decided that the color I wanted was more important than the 2-way.
It's just really disappointing when you know what you want....find exactly what you're after, and then at the very last second you discover you've been blindsided. Dealer saw a $60k deal circling the drain and had the service manager make calls most of a day trying to sort it out. Couldn't put it in, couldn't get an answer why either. Embarrassing for the dealer too, because they'd put them in other Yukon's - totally unaware about the 2011 Denali/Hybrid exclusion.
So between the 2-way remote, and now the 3rd seat that doesn't latch correctly and the sunroof cover that's jammed shut, it's just left a bad taste in my mouth. I had my 30 years in last year and the new Yukon was supposed to be my one-time treat to myself, but the markets/economy had tanked so I had to wait till now.
#936 of 1099 Re: Why no two-way advanced remote start for '11 Denali? [bookm_danno]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 10, 2011 (3:40 pm)
Next you'll be telling me I can't live without power windows (and you'd be right ).
Maybe check out an Escalade?
#937 of 1099 Re: Why no two-way advanced remote start for '11 Denali? [steve_]
May 10, 2011 (4:29 pm)
The Denali IS a poor man's Escalade. Same motor & suspension, sans the $10k badge. Still, money no object, I do like the looks of the caddy. Had to sell my '98 Expedition and trade the '06 Buick to make the deal as it was. I thought the button count was too high on the Expy back in '98. Had reliability concerns back then with all it came with, but the Expy turned out to be the best I've ever owned - no rust, no drips, no rattles in 100k miles. Very few repairs....so you never can tell.
So far, 15.7 mpg worst, 17.9 mpg best with the Denali - it's not great by any standards, but that's pretty impressive for 6.2L, no matter how you slice that onion. I've driven 460's and 454's under the hood, and they'd be no match for this thing, not to mention twice the mileage or more, so progress has been made. I was hoping/counting on at least a consistent 14mpg combined, so I think it'll meet that expectation at least.
#938 of 1099 Re: Why no two-way advanced remote start for '11 Denali? [bookm_danno]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 11, 2011 (7:21 am)
Escalade has a way worse reputation though, for some reason.
#939 of 1099 2002 Yukon Denali
May 16, 2011 (5:09 am)
can someone please help me out it seems like my yukon is falling apart it has 150k on it 2002 yukon Ok so i was having a issue with my heat it seems like it would stay hot for a minute then become warm for some reason and this would happen quite often so now its getting warmer out and my air was working just fine all winter because i would test it now it seems like neither my heat wants to get hot enough or my air doesnt get cold enough not sure if this is my compressor or i have been hearing something about climate control does anyone have any ideas?
#940 of 1099 Re: Why no two-way advanced remote start for '11 Denali? [bookm_danno]
May 20, 2011 (5:08 am)
Unfortunately, I do not have information available as to why this option is not available.
Caron, GM Customer Service
#942 of 1099 2002 Denali - Loud Clunking Noise
Jun 07, 2011 (6:47 am)
I have a 2002 Denali. I have replaced the transmission at a cost of $3,000, so assuming this isn't a transmission problem. The truck drives fine most of the time when I drive short distances. As soon as I drive for 20 minutes or longer and the car is "hot", when I have to make a hard left hand turn, there is a horrible clunking, grinding noise..sounds like the tire is falling off. This only happens after the truck has been driven longer distances.
I took the truck into JAWS in Sacramento and they supposedly worked on the front differential for $800.00...didn't resolve the problem at all. Appears to have been a waste of money.
The problem seems to relate to the steering? Is it the transfer case possibly? About ready to turn it into Carmax and never buy an American made car again!
#943 of 1099 Re: Service Ride Control Light [waitingonyukon]
Jun 07, 2011 (9:04 pm)
If you have Air Ride System it may be your shocks, sensors, or your air pump. Actually even if you do not have air ride system but you have shock sensors this could be the problem.... Let me know what you find. I also have a lead on the products if you are in need of them..
#944 of 1099 Re: Service Ride Control Light [08dboy]
Jun 08, 2011 (6:31 am)
Thank you! I will have someone look at that. My next move was to have the transfer case removed for $600...and then any work would probably be $1,200. The truck isn't worth more than $10,000 I assume in this market (sad). Just shocked no one seems to know what it is! I will take your advice and let you know what I learn.