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Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra - Owners hangout



  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    Both the '04 Sierra Denali and Silverado SS are 1500 series trucks that come with the 6.0.
  • My blower does not turn on in the first two switch settings, yet turns on for switch settings 3, 4, and 5.

    What gives?
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    Bad blower motor resistor
  • Helped me get a 2006 Long Bed Silverado 5.3 for $14,100 today after tax. Incredible to get 295HP for that cheap.
  • Dustyone, after reading your post, I nearly bought a replacement switch for $45... but he task of removing the door panel, and the fact that I never use it (as I'm nearly the only driver) prompted me to start working with the switch and after a few days of manipulation it is now working. My '99 Sierra has 110K and the mirror switch has been acting up for the last 2 years. Key is to keep using it.
  • check the 4 bolts at the bottom of the plate that holds all the brackets on the front of the engine. they are at the very bottom of the bracket just above the balancer.(these bolt holes are acually the holes for '55-'57 motor mounts----don't ya just love chevy?) if one or more of these bolts is broke off or missing you will need two extra belts just to get home. been there --finally figured it out. hope this helps.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    I assume you bought a regular cab 2WD work truck with a 5.3 engine. The maximum allowable rebate on the old GM card is about $ 3500.
  • I did indeed. What a bargain. Only options are auto and the 5.3 flexible fuel, in addition to it being the long-bed, it does have cloth seats.

    I used to have the original GM card but switched to the new one. Glad I did, or I would have been capped at $2000 on the trade. Bought an S-10 with the prior card 4 years ago. The $3K rebate was a big plus.

    The GM Card is a must for anyone that buys GMs.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    According to GM customer service, there is no maximum redeemable limit on the old card. In other words you can apply the entire rebate toward any GM vehicle. I had $ 3,600 rebate built up on my old card. I could have used the entire amount toward the purchase of a new 2005 Cavalier SV, which with another $ 3k rebate from GM and the sticker price of $ 10,800, could be bought for $ 4,000 plus tax. Unbelievable for a new car with A/C and CD player. Unfortunately, there were only a few left in the country and the one I found within 500 miles radius was sold before I had a chance to buy it.
  • The old card is capped at $500 per year. Since I bought an S-10 four years ago, 4*$500 would have capped me off at only $2000 max that I could have earned. I charge everything on my GM Card, so I end up better off with the new card.

    I like your approach to value shopping. I also toyed with getting a Cavalier simply because they were so cheap with all the rebates.
  • I'm thinking about trading my Silverado on a new Avalanche once they become available. Right now I don't have a GM card, but I have a couple other cards that I'm in the process of paying off. If I was to transfer the roughly $2k balance from one of these cards to a new GM card what kind of earnings would I expect to see toward the new vehicle purchase? In other words, given the short time period before I'm planning the trade, would I benefit from transferring the balance from a different card to the GM card and cancelling the former? (I understand the longer term routine use of the GM card would be beneficial)
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    So the new GM card is not capped at $ 500 a year? What is the maximum annual earnings on that one?
  • As far as I know there is no cap. I usually have my earnings balance go up between $700-$800 per year. The downside is that the new card is subject to redemption restrictions. I had $3800 of earnings on the card, but the redemption allowance was $3000. So you lose some flexibility.
  • I have a newer GM Card. I believe I'm topped out at 5% of the price of the vehicle.
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    If you buy a new car every 2-3 years (or less) then the new card could give you a higher rebate - that is IF you charge MORE than $10,000 per year on the card. Since most items earn 5% - if you don't spend more than $10K the amount of earnings will not be changed. The old card is capped at $500 of earnings per year. The new card has no limit on earnings.

    But the new card earnings have other limits - GM sets the maximum earnings level on each vehicle - for example if you want to buy a 2007 Tahoe you can only use $1,000 of GM earnings - even if you have $10,000 of GM earnings built up - if you want a 2006 Tahoe then the limit is $3,500. So if you always want the new model - and trade vehicles every 4-5 years - then the old cars would be better.

    Under the old card - if you have spent $10K or more per year over the last 7 years - you would have $3,500 in earnings built up - you could use it all on a 2007 Tahoe (the $1,000 limit does not apply) - or on a 2006 or just about any GM vehicle.
  • for all the information on the way these cards work. At 5% I'll only get roughly $100 credit if I were to transfer the remaining balance from a different card to the GM card and close out the other account. That's also assuming GM applies the earnings to balance transfers. (Does anyone know if this is the case?)
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    I am almost positive that you earn rebate only on purchases, not balance transfers. But they could have changed the rules recently.
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    Sometimes GM has a special deal for new customers where they will allow GM earnings points on balance transfers. But most of the time they do not allow it.

    This is the GM card home page
  • Thanks for the link. I'm reading up on it now. Too bad I didn't apply for the card a year ago. :P
  • I am having trouble shifting into park and removing the ignition key on my 2001 Sierra 2500HD. Any ideas would be appreciated before I have to cave into the dealer.
  • So I took my truck in to have the tires rotated today, and just like any other time I take one of my vehicles in the mechanic tries to sell me on other maintenance that would wind up costing me hundreds. What do you all recommend for 30,000 mile maintenance, and what should I leave up to the mechanics? I've worked on my previous 2 trucks just fine, but they were older ('77 Chevy Luv and '95 Ranger). Thanks for the help.
  • I'd go by what the owner's manual recommends.
  • yea ive used mine twice i hear guys talk about caps but i had 112.00 in rewards they topped it off to 2000.00 and with the 4000.00 in incentives i paid 13000.00 on my silverado which i love this is my second chevy rocks!!!!! and so does the gm card :)
  • dustyonedustyone Posts: 262
    The switch is a 5 minute removal job. The door panel doesn't have to come off. The switch is gently pried up, disconnected, disassembled, cleaned and reinstalled. Very simple.
  • dustyonedustyone Posts: 262
    Started receiving the message, removed the switch and cleaned the contacts. Did not fix the problem. Under extended warranty
    the dealer rebuild the front differential. The 4wd felt as though it were engaged at all times. Charged GM $600 (I paid $100 deductible). Also replaced the 4wd selector switch as they said that it had an internal short (part number 15709327)

    I am experiencing what may be another problem. When the switch is in Auto 4wd, the front propeller shafts turn and the wheels bind when turning as though it were in 4 hi. The dealer says that this is normal. The assembly turns but is not pulling unless the rear wheels slip. Is this correct?

    2000 Silverado, Ext Cab, Z71 with 54K fun filled miles.
  • aik262aik262 Posts: 9
    I have 2004 1500 reg cab, std box (6.5), 4.3 v6, 5spd, 3.42 rear gear, Now I get 17-18 miles avg,87 shell gas, on 89 shell gas, i get 18-19.5 avg,witch depends on how much city and highway driving I do, I'm sticking with 89, the engine seems to run smoother, other than that i love this truck, drive till wheels fall off.
  • vp46vp46 Posts: 6
    I bought a new a 05 Z71 Crew Cab - it now has only 15,000 miles on it. Its the nicest most expensive vehical I have ever owned. I gave up the dream of aircraft ownership for this truck. :mad: Dammit if I am going to put up with a bad tranny.......that said:

    Tranny Slipping on a 15k mile 05 Z71 CC

    I don't have any wierd noises any where in the truck (unless the kids are in back ofcourse).

    I am wary of my transmission - when its cold the tranny feels like it slips in Reverse. There have also been times where it would slip in forward also cold - it may have been an overly sensitive shifter???? IE not all the way engaged becuase it was in between D and another gear? Not really sure.

    Any one else have this issue? :confuse:
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    What do you mean by slipping in reverse? Transmission slippage is characterized by prolonged shifts, with an accompanying increase in RPM during the shift. You may have a shifter issue, not a transmission slipping issue.

    I have an '06 Z71 crew cab with the same transmission (4L60), but I have too few miles on it to have any issues yet. However, two people who live on my street own Z71's. Both had their tranmissions fall apart recently. One was an '04 with 35K miles, the other an '05 or '06 with something like 20k miles. They were pulling large trailers, but still, these failures do not instill any confidence in this truck. Something tells me I should have bought a Dodge 2500 with Cummins diesel and 6 speed heavy duty manual transmission.
  • vp46vp46 Posts: 6
    It does not have prolonged or delayed shifts in Reverse (cold engine). The rear end kind of feels like it pulsates? (just came back and read this - for the record the wife was not on one of those quarter operated beds)

    Possible prolonged shift in Forward, it felt like it popped out of gear (higher rev but would not characterize it as HIGH) and then would settle back in. Both times I'm moving from a stop to about 5-10mph when it occurs I let off the gas but not completely. This has happened at least three times. Once I screwed with the shifter (muttering WTF) to see if it was a misaligned shifter or something - which is quite dangerous if your off road on a steep incline......popping out of gear gives me the shivers.
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    I wonder if there is a service bulletin describing a problem similar to yours. You need to have the shfting linkage checked on the transmission. You never know - somebody could have adjusted it wrong, so hopefully it is just an adjustment issue. Unfortunately, these auto transmissions are complicated. If you like, go to site, register, and describe your problem in the "GM tech" forum. There is a genuine GM tech on the site and he is usually helpful.

    Why is it that GM does not offer manual transmissions with the 5.3 liter engine in the Z71? I am a manual transmission guy and really do not care much for automatics, especially when they are problematic.
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