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Old 10-07-2008, 04:58 PM   #15
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We had a Chevy Silverado Hybrid for three years. Sounds great but we got rid of it and got a regular jeep with the life time warrentte. Figured they can replace the tranny and engine if they don't live up to what we put it through. We may have to duct tape the windows but won't have to worry about the driving part of the TV.

The problem with the hybrid was that replacing even the power steering fluid was expensive and had to be ordered from back east. Each time a warning light came on when we traveled we had to educate the nearest repair place about the hybrid. Many Chevy places said, "we sent a man to the school but this will be the first truck he as ever worked on" As the warrentte ran out it was predicted that we would need $6000 for batterie replacement. Power steering unit was over $900 just for the part. Too many problems even after two years with the new tech.

When we got the Jeep, we actually got better milage on the highway than with the hybrid silverado. About 2 1/2 mpg better on our last California trip of 1800 miles so it really added up. Maybe around town we would have gotten better but we don't usually pull our trailer around town.

My rabbling point is that two years may not be enough of a wait to see how the new trucks preform.
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:45 AM   #16
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My rabbling point is that two years may not be enough of a wait to see how the new trucks preform.
<sigh> Yea, you may be right. But there is change coming . . . and since I have a TV that's runs fine . . . it ain't pretty or luxurious . . . but it gets the job done. So I can wait.
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Old 10-10-2008, 08:49 PM   #17
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Just a quick note, but it isn't how many cylinders the engine has, it's how big and efficient those cylinders, and what's attached to them, may be -- One has to look at the numbers to know the full story (as Peter H did, comparing the two trucks).
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Old 11-02-2008, 11:37 PM   #18
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We use an '05 GMC Canyon crew cab as the tug for our '05 5er. Doesn't do too well on really steep grades but on moderately rolling terrain at 55mph I don't know its back there!
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Old 11-03-2008, 12:11 AM   #19
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We use an '05 GMC Canyon crew cab as the tug for our '05 5er. Doesn't do too well on really steep grades but on moderately rolling terrain at 55mph I don't know its back there!
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Which engine does your Canyon (The GMC version of the Chevy Colorado) have?
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:08 PM   #20
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Which engine does your Canyon (The GMC version of the Chevy Colorado) have?
Peter,
It has the in-line 5 cylinder (not sure of the displacement) with auto transmission.
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Hope to have some mileage figures posted on the Yahoo Scamp forum soon.
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:17 PM   #21
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My 2 cents here...

In my newest edition of Camping Life, it only mentions the Colorado/Canyon both 4WD and 2WD, 5.3L V8 - 6,000lb tow Rate. Automatic, 3.42 axel ratio or 3.73 axle ratio. It doesn't even list any engine lower than V8 for towing. It has an entire New Vehicle Tow Rating Directory in the center fold.
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