Okay, I'm not a troll. I have a 2005 Silverado straight cab, full bed 4x4
with 75,000 miles on it. The exterior looks great, if you don't look at the
crappy step-n-tow bumper that's just about rusted through.
My point is that the cross frame tubes used forward and aft of the rear axle
that the shock absorbers attach to are a flawed design. Those on my truck
both disintegrated this past winter. IF lucky, for about $1,500.00, I can
get some replacement parts and have them installed. These 'tubes' (too thin
to be called pipes) have sheet metal screws in them holding on the brake
lines. The forward tube is also hanging the fuel tank, so trouble is coming
from that quarter soon. The tubes appear to be just cold rolled steel.
These tubes should have had their ends closed and/or been made out of rust
resistant material or come factory sprayed with something to them last
longer. I expect rust. I don't expect a $25,000 truck to have to be junked
in less than 10 years because it is too rusted to be on the road.
The new 2014 are built the same way. I feel strongly Chevy should change the
design and make good on this crappy bit of engineering.
Any other owners dissatisfied enough to sign a petition to GM to have this
issue addressed? Are all American trucks built this way?