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  • dhill3dhill3 Posts: 11
    Does anyone know if GMC will be offering chrome wheels on the Denali anytime soon? (perhaps late in the 2001 model year, or as an option for 2002?) I believe chrome wheels were actually standard on the 2000 model. It was disappointing to see that they were not available on such an exclusive, high-end vehicle.
  • drb2002drb2002 Posts: 72

    Is it possible to see some photos?

    I just received my "Poron Reversing Aid" last Friday after ordering it Wednesday afternoon. Did you specify "Edmunds $50 discount" in the comments section when ordering? Just to let everyone else know, you get it for $157 out the door if you order on-line and specify you heard about it here at Edmunds.

    My Denali XL will not arrive until Feb 7th, but I was looking at the brochure and saw that space between the trim with the "gap" for the wire. I thought that would make a great spot for mounting. What method did you use to mount it there? Also, you said you were going to mount a 4th sensor? How does it interface with the control module.

    This device really looks well made and thought out...

  • andyl2andyl2 Posts: 84
    I do not have a digital camera. So, I must first take the pictures, get them developed and then scan them in. I will be happy to do this, but it will take a little while.

    They gave me an adapter along with the 4th sensor to split the middle sensor into 2 sensors. I plan to mount the 4th sensor between the grill and the front bumper. It should be almost hidden. Unfortunately, I will have to make a custom bracket to di this since their brackets are too tall.

    I ordered before the $50 doscount was available. But he said he would give me $100 of of an additional unit. So, I may get one for my car as well.
  • drb2002drb2002 Posts: 72

    I would really appreciate the photos!

    I envision a phone line splitter? Is this splitter any more than just a low tech wire splitter, or is there some type of logic unit involved? How much do they charge for the extra sensor and splitter?

    Sorry for all the questions :P

  • andyl2andyl2 Posts: 84
    I think that is is like a phone splitter, but I am not sure (I can't see inside the small adapter). I believe the charge was about $42 (that was for the extra sensor, the splitter was no charge).
  • drb2002drb2002 Posts: 72
    I talked to John at Poron, and he explained that the center receptacle of the processor unit has 6 wires rather than 4 like the other 2. This plug is the "ONLY" one that can be split. This is due to the amount of signal power sent to the sensor. Each outboard plug has a power, ground, transmit, and receive wire. Whereas, the center plug has an extra transmit and receive wire for the 4th sensor.

    As designed, you would seriously degrade the performance of the unit if you tried to add more sensors to the 2 outboard plugs.

    He further explained how you would not need more than one sensor in the front since you are aware of what you are pulling up towards. This is in contrast to something in the rear that may be out of sight.

    It would really like to hear if this front sensor is worth the install and wire fishing. I was going to buy a "Park Zone" for my wife when she is pulling into the garage, but it would be great to have one mounted to the Denali in the form of the Poron sensor...

  • layne65layne65 Posts: 12
    "Park Zone" ? Have been looking at sensors- what is Park Zone?
  • andyl2andyl2 Posts: 84
    I use a tennis ball hanging from the garage ceiling for a park zone. It is accurate, reliable, and inexpensive.
  • drb2002drb2002 Posts: 72
    Yes, I have the "Ball System" currently! We keep a Yakima Bike rack on our vehicle (hitch mount) almost the entire summer, and I am tired of remounting the dang ball twice a year. This device will let you park at whatever distance, and then calibrate it. It can be changed with the push of a button. Also, my kids (5 and 2) and their friends have pulled my screw out of the ceiling too many times!

    Here is a link to the manufacturer's web site.

    Click on "Store Locations" and then "JC Penny" to find the platinum model for only $14.99 on sale right now! This same model costs $69.95 at (ouch - Go figure)

    They also sell it at K-Mart, so I think I will stop by on my way home and check it out...


    PS. I am considering using a front sensor with the Poron reversing aid I just bought instead of this Park-Zone. That is how the subject popped up.
  • drb2002drb2002 Posts: 72
    $49.99....end of story....on to JC Penny....Dave
  • drb2002drb2002 Posts: 72
    Today is the last day to order them for $14.99 at JC-Penny's online store! It cost $6.50 to ship one, and only $12 to ship 6 units (got together with some friends).

  • Just wanted to let eveyone know (and thanks to Terry (I can't find your e-mail address!!!) that I got my Denali last Tuesday (then I left town for 6 days...) I'd ordered it around Dec 5 from a dealership in Farmville, Va. and I received it in Dallas on the 16th of January - outstanding, considering the plant shuts down during a week in that time period and had just come off another week-long shutdown. Best part is, I was only out invoice +$350 (plus another $200 I paid the Dallas dealership) with no other fees and the Virginia dealer was a pleasure to deal with in every way. They are Davis Pontiac-GMC (I have no affiliation with them whatsoever, just giving my thanks), and I dealt with Wayne Davis. If this helps someone, I'll be pleased. I'd appreciate it if you do contact them if you'd just tell them that Mark in Dallas had written kindly of them - I am very thankful for their help, as the best I could do in Dallas was about invoice +$2000!!

  • Did you purcjhase a Denali or Denali XL? Where in VA is the dealership?
  • Did you purchase a Denali or Denali XL? Where in VA is the dealership?
  • ssyssy Posts: 1
    Is the sunroof worth giving up the automatic back controls? Pewter interior with black exterior?
  • Very impressive thus far. Rides much better that I anticipated, the 6.0 is powerful & sounds wonderful. Pewter/Pewter, 4 Bucket seats & Sunroof, no regrets.
  • Took Delivery Of a 2001 Denali on Tuesday 1/30/01. Truck is very nice!! Just a few minor faults so far. There is no storage in this truck!! I empted out my 1998 Durango and could not find a place for jumper cables, tow strap or even the hitch receiver.

    I would like to "clean up" the look of the truck by removing the roof rack. I dont want to go thru filling and repainting the roof. Might anyone know of any after-market companies that sell replacement screws/plugs to insert in the holes?
  • kcoolkcool Posts: 6
    Picked up my 2001 Yukon XL Denali on Monday. Got it with Garnet Red and Pewter interior. It looks great and rides and handles even better. Was a little concerned about the red color but it works well. Previous post is right though about not having much storage room. It is scarce. Got it with second row buckets which even cuts down more on the storage. In my 99 Suburban You could stash a lot of stuff under the middle row seats.

    Will give it a few months and then have a better evaluation but I am pleased with it so far.
  • Anyone have any insights on the Denali's seats?
    I like all of the power adjustments, maybe someone can tell me more about them.
    I'm guessing that it's a 6 way seat cushion controller, a 2 way backrest recliner, a 2 way lumbar inflater, and our favorite the 2 way side bolster inflater. Anyone know a bit more on how they work and how great they are?
    And about the wood trim; real or fake?
    And how is the third row seat room like; is there legroom, and can your legs go all the way down to the floor, or is it raised up with your knees in your face?
    Overall, is the Denali worth the $$?
  • kcoolkcool Posts: 6
    Don't know if your referring to a Yukon or Yukon XL.

    The Seats are ok though but not great. Have the same ones in my 2000 Silverado LT. They are comfortable but could be better and have a larger/longer seat area. Especially in he Denali.

    As for the rear seats, it is a little tight but you can place your feet on the floor and not have your knees in your chin. My advice is to go look at a Tahoe/Suburban or Yukon/Yukon XL. They are laid out the same with the same seats and controls.

    As for whether the Denali is worth the dollars or not, it depends on what you are comparing it to. At any rate, the value is something you have to determine. If you are comparing it to a regular Yukon LX, I would say definitely yes. The drive train and the AWD in the Denali are great and the Yukon XL is under powered. The AWD drive makes a big difference in handling and the power from the 6 liter makes it fun to drive. Also, It rides better than many mid and full sized cars.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Since this topic seemed to be focused mainly on the Yukon/Yukon XL Denali now, I've renamed the title to reflect this. Besides, there is already a seperate Cadillac Escalde topic.

    WRT the Poron system, correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't it get it's power from the reverse lamp wire? As such, it does mean that unless one rewires it seperately, it won't work for forward operation. I would think that it would be confused too, since the rear sensors could have something entirely different than the front sensor. I have a reverse warning system on my own vehicle and it's a 4 sensor unit. Installation wasn't easy, but it looks stock. If any of you are interested, pictures in both the first album and the "Parkpilot" album at

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  • andyl2andyl2 Posts: 84
    I setup the reversing system with 2 powering methods. Standard operation is reverse only. I use a relay which disconnects the front sensor. In forward operation (flip a switch) all 4 sensors are active and the alarm will react to the closest sensor. The idea is in a tight area going forward, the front sensor should be the closest and, therefore, trigger the alarm. It is possible to disable the 3 rear sensors going forward, but I didn't think it was worth the trouble.
  • andyl2andyl2 Posts: 84
    Where can you get more information of this system. The sensors look impressive.
  • Is the 3rd row seat in the Denali leather or vinyl?
    The 3rd row looks nice and two-toned and all, but is it the real deal?
  • I was wondering if anyone knows of a dealer who will accept GM Supplier Discount Papers or deal near invoice on a Yukon XL Denali, preferably in Northern California. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  • escaladepimp: I have a 2001 Denali XL and for the life of me I can't tell if the third row seat is leather or not, both to the touch and the nose. It is however "very" slightly different from the second row leather but not really to the eye only the touch. I also checked my manual and literature and couldn't find anything. What made you ask the question? Did you read somewhere that its vinyl?

    If it is vinyl, I won't be disappointed since I had previous Subs with removal third row seat and would prefer a more durable material since it might be left outside in the sun, rained on, spilled on or scratched somehow while out of the vehicle. I particularly won't mind given that I can't even tell what it is up close and far away.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Sounds great. Thanks for sharing the info with us.

    I got the Bosch Parkpilot system via a friend who was visting Germany. FYI, Bosch is the OEM supplier for the Parktronic obstacle warning systems on MB vehicles; hence my sensors are identical to those you'll find on MB cars equipped with the factory installed Parktronic option. Unlike the Poron system, the Parkpilot system is custom made for each individual vehicle. Drilling templates are provided for precise positioning of the sensors into the rear bumper. So far it has been working great, although installation was a real PITA. Hope you're enjoying your new gadget!

    If you're interested in reading more about the Parkpilot system, go to:

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  • My 2000 Tahoe has leather on the seat but not on the sides of 3rd row, just like all of the other seats.
  • Check again, you will find that it is not leather. All 3rd seats in these SUV's are vinyl.
    The only place you will find the info is in a showroom brochure, listed in tiny print on the pages that show the seating configurations.
    It says: 3rd-row bench seat surfaces are vinyl.
    You can tell if you feel it! Now the question is WHY do they do this??????
  • What can I expect city/highway mpg? What kind of horsepower difference can I expect compared to the 6.0? This is on the 3/4 ton.
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