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Buick Rainier, Chevy TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy

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  • How many of you guys here have the GM card? I just got one yesterday. I already have a TB, but figure it will only help for he next purchase. Ther is currently a $2,250 limit on the TB. Is this something new? If you have an older card, can you use all of the points you have accumulated? Once you use these points from your old card, can you start rebuilding points in the same manner, or do they "upgrade" you to the new, and less desirable, card?

    Thanks
  • seifordseiford Posts: 68
    The rules of the new GM card do not apply to the old card. We kept the old card..
  • pepper50pepper50 Posts: 195
    Under the rules for the old GM Card, you can get a maximum of 3500 points--up to 500 points a year for 7 years, then they start expiring a month at a time. People who already had the old card were given a choice as to whether to go with the old card rules or the new card rules. I, too, chose the old card rules, since I don't buy a new car very often. But the card is a good deal, since I would have bought the purchases anyway, I might as well get back 5%. It's good for GM, too, since it tends to lock people into a GM again. When anyone goes to make a deal on a new car, do not mention that you have GM points until after you make your best deal.
  • ross1962ross1962 Posts: 229
    3.73 is in the middle of the 3 ratios. 4.10 provides the best get up and go and torque. 3.42 provides the lowest cruise rpm and the least torque.

    3.42 also seems to provide you the highest top end. wpkellysr tripped the limiter at 115 with the 3.42 and I tripped it at around 108-110 with the 3.73. So, this tells me the limiter is strictly RPM and not MPH.
  • Pepper,
    Thanks for the info. The old card would be better suited for me also as I don't plan on getting a new vehicle for some time. For people that get a new car every 2 or 3 years though, the new card would be better as there is no yearly limit on earnings. You could conceivably earn the entire $2,250 TB maximum in the first year. For people that put all of their purchases and expenses on the vard and pay it off at the end of the month so that no interest accrues, the points will pile up very quickly.
  • ericevansericevans Posts: 33
    Has anyone here installed an LCD in their Trailblazer dash?
  • ericevansericevans Posts: 33
    Does anyone here know which aux input adapter would work with the non-Bose headunit in the '02 Trailblazer?

    Or does anyone know how many pins are in the jack?

    Thanks!
  • ericevans,
    I can't answer your question but maybe someone at this site could help you. I've been trying to figure out how to get XM radio but my '02 LS doesn't have the "band" button to use the Soundgate interface. I don't want the FM modulator.
    http://www.cardomain.com/member_pages/search_results.pl?make=Chev- rolet&model=Trailblazer
  • kram18kram18 Posts: 45
    I have a Kenwood KVT911-DVD, the picture below was actually to show where the radar dector was mounted but the LCD snuck in it, I can take some better pictures if you want.
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    -Mark
  • ericevansericevans Posts: 33
    Is that a pop-out LCD or do you have a bracket in the crack? I'm trying to keep from blocking the vents, radio or climate controls but it looks like that will be difficult.

    I mounted my radar above the mirror, extended the wire and ran it across the ceiling.
  • kram18kram18 Posts: 45
    That is a pop out LCD, here are detail shots of it open and closed.
    image
    image

    as for the radar dector I though about putting mine above the rearview but didn't want those dots painted on the windshield blocking any signal espically laser :-) and have a clearer view out the back below the rearview.

    -Mark
  • ericevans,
    I do have the CD/AUX button, but on left side of that toggle it says AM/FM. To get the Soundgate interface to work with the factory stereo for XM there needs to be the "BAND" button instead of the AM/FM. The band button would allow you to choose between AM, FM, or XM. I don't understand why the Soundgate interface can't use the AUX button to bring up the XM on the factory display. There is no good place for the XM display box and I don't like the way it looks or the FM modulator sounds compared to the '04 factory XM. I'm holding out for a better solution by GM or an aftermarket stereo maker.

    I did see a custom job on that web site that I gave you of an LCD where a hole was cut in the middle of the dash behind the middle vents and a flip "up" LCD screen was installed in the hole. It looks like it was set deep enough that you could see the screen fine but still not block the view through the front window. It looked very nice and expensive. Sorry but I don't remember which TB it was on that site.
  • ficussficuss Posts: 541
    Am I missing something here or are some of you installing
    tv's to watch while driving? The thought of someone watching Jerry Springer while driving 70 mph is very troubling. Please say it isn't so, or at least give us the state you do most of your driving in so we can stay away. BTW, I am not trying to be funny or sarcastic, the roads are dangerous enough without the distraction of TV. Now someone can eat, put on makeup and watch tv while driving to the Springer tv studio to star on the days program.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    ...watch while driving?

    Don't fret! It's illegal.

    tidester, host
  • kram18kram18 Posts: 45
    While yes my headunit DOES have a built in tv tuner and plays DVD's, the kind folk at Kenwood Electronics have made it so that you can't watch any moving picture unless the parking brake is engaged. But even if video did work while in motion it wouldn't be something I as a driver would watch, I would listen and the video is there for the rest of the passengers. Now how about going off on navagation screens in cars as IMO those are just as dangerous and work while in motion.
  • hardhawkhardhawk Posts: 702
    Not to mention all the people watching porn in their cars that is clearly visible in surrounding cars. Amazing that people can't wait to get home to watch that stuff!
  • ficussficuss Posts: 541
    I agree with you, people who don't know where they are or where they are going should not be behind the wheel unless they have a guide to tell them where to go. There are too many distractions out there as it is. BTW, the people at Kenwood Electronics would have served the public better by inhibiting the screen unless the car is in PARK. The parking brake light activates with a slight activation of the parking brake. I'm sure someone will figure it out and chance premature brake wear to watch Jerry.
  • kram18kram18 Posts: 45
    the only problem is with our TB's try driving with the parking brake engaged 1 click... it emits a most annoying chime for a good 5 mins... (of course there is a work-around for the whole e-brake thing but I left mine as is.). What's up with you and Jerry? I think you have a secret affection for that show ;-) you mention it in every post! Seriously though it won't be too long till all cars have computers with internet connections in dash (as is already the case with some cars in Japan) and ultimatly it's going to be up to the drivers to act responsibly and keep their eyes on the roads. Distracted drivers have been around long before the invention of indash LCD's, hell I still occasionally see people reading a book that's in the center of their steering wheel while doing 75 MPH on the merrit parkway...
  • ericevansericevans Posts: 33
    no no no...this is for my GPS, MP3s and maybe OBD-II. I currently have no plans to install a tv tuner or dvd player.
  • ericevansericevans Posts: 33
    Their adapter must be for an XM ready radio. PIE, Blitzsafe and PAC make adapters for people that don't. I really wanna see if that AAI-GM24 would work with mine. PIE and Blitzsafe do NOT have one for the '02 Trailblazer.

    I dunno if I wanna drill a hole through the top of my dash. That also would make it pretty visible and tempting to theives.
  • ericevansericevans Posts: 33
    How much room is left in the hole after installing a standard head unit? Enough for another device about the same size?
  • kram18kram18 Posts: 45
    If my memory serves me the space left below the new headunit is a tad smaller than the new headunit its self. I'll check it out after work and let you know for sure.
  • ficussficuss Posts: 541
    No, I don't have a "Jerry" complex. It's just the first thing that came to mind when I thought of people driving while watching TV.
  • kram18kram18 Posts: 45
    Hey Eric, I looked closely at the space beneath my head unit and it looks like it's about 2/3rds the height of the actual head unit, meaning you def. couldn't fit 2 head unit's un there...

    Mark
  • tmarkb2tmarkb2 Posts: 37
    Has anyone experienced a very slight stumble or surge at mid-range (1500 to 2500 RPMs at 35 to 50 MPH) with the A/C on? It's hardly noticable but annoying and stops when I turn off the A/C. It has always done it but seems to be getting worse. Almost as though the compressor is seizing up(?).
  • deadwooddeadwood Posts: 8
    Look for it spring 2005.
  • ericevansericevans Posts: 33
    Well that sucks. The layout in my Blazer was so much better. But noooo...they now like the shifter and brake in the center to make things sportier. That looks nice and all but it sure take away a lot of room.

    Hey, you know that little slanted foot rest on the left below where a pedal parking brake would go? Why didn't they have the floormat extend over it? I don't see why they didn't put in a floormat hook either. Oh well.
  • ericevansericevans Posts: 33
    I sent an email to PAC Audio about their AUX adatper.

    I have a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer LS with the factory Class II RDS radio
    without an external changer installed. Would the AAI-GM24 work with my unit?

    Reply:
    As long as you don't have any of the factory add-ons like XM radio, factory changer or entertainment system, etc.
  • ericevansericevans Posts: 33
    I forgot to mention that the adapter is available at Logjam for $100.
  • adamjeepsadamjeeps Posts: 56
    I would guess it is the compressor cycling on and off and is normal, although I have not noticed this. If it is under warranty I would call the dealer, if not then I would not worry about too much unless a/c performance suffers.
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