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jlgolden

I came back to GM!!!!

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Well guys, after a 6 month affair with a 2007 Honda Civic Si, I have come back to GM.

Today I traded the Honda and bought a 2008 GMC Sierra 1500:

Regular Cab

Short Bed

Work Truck trim

4.8 V8

Power windows & locks, cruise, keyless entry

Silver Birch exterior

That V8 sounds awesome after driving a high-strung V-TECH for the last 8000 miles.

I'm happy to be rejoining the enthusiasm here at C&G.

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Glad to hear that you've "seen the light!"

Congrats, can't wait to see the pics.

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Whoa, Mr. Golden! Congratulations on the new truck, I am sure you'll love it as much as I love mine. Cannot wait to see your pictures.

Ironic twist: I was lot hopping this afternoon, checking out an '08 Fit Sport in light blue...

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Congrats on the new ride. I hope you post some pics of it soon.

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Most Civic owners move up to fullsize pickups.

Congratulations. What an excellent choice...can't wait to see pictures!

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WOW, what a change...can't imagine going from (well, what I think is very nice) a Civic Si to a down and dirty pickup, unless I really, really needed the use of a bed and work truck capabilities. Either way, interesting move, for whatever reason.

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WOW, what a change...can't imagine going from (well, what I think is very nice) a Civic Si to a down and dirty pickup, unless I really, really needed the use of a bed and work truck capabilities. Either way, interesting move, for whatever reason.

Yeah why did you switch, will you tell us?

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Congrats to you sir. I am sure you will enjoy your new truck. I am glad you decided to return back to GM.

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Congrats! I too, am curious why you switched from a sporty compact car to a truck?

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Congrats on the truck purchase, and welcome back to the GM family! You know I really approve of your selection :AH-HA_wink:

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OK, you guys want to know why I switched from the hot little Honda to a truck? Well, the Honda had clutch issues and developed annoying mechanical noises.

The dealer had the tranny out twice: in two steps they replaced clutch disc, pressure plate, pilot bearing, throw-out bearing, and flywheel. I got the car back (after clutch job part 2) and the shifter would kick out of third gear, bind & grind into third, and I could detect a rattle and a high pitch whistle / whine in first and second gears.

Additionally, the front suspension developed intermittent "pop" noises when turning at parking lot speeds. Geez...I thought Hondas were more solid and refined than this??!!

They fixed the third gear grind, but other transmission rattle and whining noises were apparently hard to trace and repair. Certain mechanical noises MAKE ME NUTS!!!! After round and round with the dealer, I looked into my options: Texas Lemon Law does not apply (yet), and my patience was gone. Time to unload the car.

Why a truck?

Here's what was going through my mind when considering replacement vehicles: My partner and I are moving into a new house soon, and we will have landscaping projects ongoing for the first year or so. A truck will haul trees and mulch better than the Honda or his Subaru. We also go camping a few times a year, and the pickup would be handy. Furthermore, Houston's inner city streets are rough, and they drain slowly during rainy weather. The Honda was greatly punished in these conditions, and trucks take these conditions in stride. The utility of a pickup just offers a greater sense of freedom. Yeah...freedom...that feels good.

I like the new Tundra, but the Regular Cab equipment combinations are screwy. It's complicated to find a base model with XM radio and cruise control. And even with the big rebates, the Tundra's $$dollar$$ value looks poor. Next stop: Chevy / GMC. I drove V6 and V8 versions of the Silverado and Sierra. The Sierra V8 was satisfying and I was able to make a fantastic deal. Ahhhhh...I am soothed.

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Hmmm... well, have a cigarette and post those pics when you get a chance. Sorry to hear your Honda was somewhat crappy.
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OK, you guys want to know why I switched from the hot little Honda to a truck? Well, the Honda had clutch issues and developed annoying mechanical noises.

The dealer had the tranny out twice: in two steps they replaced clutch disc, pressure plate, pilot bearing, throw-out bearing, and flywheel. I got the car back (after clutch job part 2) and the shifter would kick out of third gear, bind & grind into third, and I could detect a rattle and a high pitch whistle / whine in first and second gears.

Additionally, the front suspension developed intermittent "pop" noises when turning at parking lot speeds. Geez...I thought Hondas were more solid and refined than this??!!

They fixed the third gear grind, but other transmission rattle and whining noises were apparently hard to trace and repair. Certain mechanical noises MAKE ME NUTS!!!! After round and round with the dealer, I looked into my options: Texas Lemon Law does not apply (yet), and my patience was gone. Time to unload the car.

Why a truck?

Here's what was going through my mind when considering replacement vehicles: My partner and I are moving into a new house soon, and we will have landscaping projects ongoing for the first year or so. A truck will haul trees and mulch better than the Honda or his Subaru. We also go camping a few times a year, and the pickup would be handy. Furthermore, Houston's inner city streets are rough, and they drain slowly during rainy weather. The Honda was greatly punished in these conditions, and trucks take these conditions in stride. The utility of a pickup just offers a greater sense of freedom. Yeah...freedom...that feels good.

I like the new Tundra, but the Regular Cab equipment combinations are screwy. It's complicated to find a base model with XM radio and cruise control. And even with the big rebates, the Tundra's $$dollar$$ value looks poor. Next stop: Chevy / GMC. I drove V6 and V8 versions of the Silverado and Sierra. The Sierra V8 was satisfying and I was able to make a fantastic deal. Ahhhhh...I am soothed.

I did not know you live here in Houston. You learn something new everyday. You are not lying about the streets here too! I had to get new struts for my first 98 because of the streets here. I have to drive careful around here. Patching up the streets do not help. It seems that Honda is not great as people claimed they are. Hopefully the truth will continue to come out.

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Congrats on the new truck. By the way our Boy has been complaining about his acura, I'm not at all suprised to hear the story of your honda.

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Ah, that makes sense.

And as far as the Honda, what's funny is, on another forum, we were just discussing problems with brands other than GM that rarely get publicized, and I said this: ...Hondas with weird drivetrain sounds and interior rattles, plus malfunctioning parts...

Guess you pretty much experienced that thought, then. Shucks.

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Glad to here you got a GMC but sorry you considered a Turd they suck.

Wishing you many happy miles in an excellent truck!

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Did your Serria have an SL trim pack on the work truck to get power locks and keyless entry? And also how did you get power windows it wasn't optional on a Silverado WT with LS pack... Hmmm nice ride! RWD I see smokey burn-out approved. Do one for me. Its prolly pretty fast weighing so little and not having 4WD something I would never get on a truck look at my sig.

Why did you even consider a Tundra you know if you got one around here you'd be shot. I did like the SI tho it was a nice lil car.

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Did your Serria have an SL trim pack on the work truck to get power locks and keyless entry? And also how did you get power windows it wasn't optional on a Silverado WT with LS pack... Hmmm nice ride! RWD I see smokey burn-out approved. Do one for me. Its prolly pretty fast weighing so little and not having 4WD something I would never get on a truck look at my sig.

Why did you even consider a Tundra you know if you got one around here you'd be shot. I did like the SI tho it was a nice lil car.

I considered Tundra because I like the looks. But as I mentioned, I could not find one with the equipment I wanted, and the Toyota's pricing was off base.

The Sierra fit my criteria all around.

Here's how I got power windows, locks, keyless entry equipment on my WT:

1. Option code 5B5, Power Windows and Mirrors (Fleet) (w/PCM or AU0):

Includes power windows, mirrors and locks and uplevel door panels. Requires Preferred Package or remote keyless entry

2. Option code PCM, Work Truck Preferred Package:

Includes cruise control, power door locks with remote keyless entry and Solar-Ray deep-tinted glass.

And we can't forget the most important options:

Option code C67 Air Conditioning:

Includes single-zone manual air conditioning.

Option code LY2 Vortec 4800 SFI 4.8L V8 Engine:

Includes Vortec 4800 SFI 4.8L V8 engine with 295 hp @ 5,600 rpm and 305 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm.

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Wow, sorry about your problems with your Civic, but I'm pleased to welcome you back! haha

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All it needs are 2" lowering shackles for the rear end to level it down. Nice!
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