2014 Chevy Silverado, actual mpg

I swear the sticker said 22 or 23…maybe even 24mpg but reality is far different.

All stock, no changes, same stock highway-only Goodyears. After paying for a 2nd Alignment the dealer wrote down @30k miles that the right tire has “radial pull” but said, Chevrolet refers warranty claims to the tire manufacturer and will not help me. (Contrary to my warranty booklet which says at 30k GM will still pay a percentage of replacement.) Maybe the faulty tires, that have no warranty, lend to the next significantly different result from the sales propaganda:

Photo showing last 20,000 cross-country miles: 15.9MPG in my new Chevrolet 1500.
I’ve been 50,000 miles in my 2014 Silverado. I’ve driven from Montana to New York to Tennessee and back…and forth and back. I have never gotten better than a short recording of 21mpg. (Like right after I reset the trip and drive downhill on a highway….but all roads eventually climb and that’s when the mileage descends)

 

The photo above shows better results for the past 7,000 miles since February. Local driving (50 RT relatively flat highway miles commute), staying below the speed limit and trying to drive efficiently.

Now here’s my great idea: oh, I have 2.

Dear truck makers,

Please make a truck for dog owners or dirty people. Vinyl seats, no stupid slots to fill with hair and mud (see useless 60/40 bench armrest/console that no cups fit into and which has 3 rectangle slots for no purpose other than dirt receptacles you can’t wash) Please make all areas accessible, washable as well. Not a single piece of carpet. No padded rubber to puncture. …you can make it nice, just not as stupid as the interior of the 2014 Chevy Silverado. Also, no black box, no gps, no tracking, no TPMS, and most of all; not one single piece of bullshit plastic flare held on with 10 extraneous pounds of bolts: see Chevy for example of keep adding more and more weight and importing everything.

2nd idea;

I’m going to find out what the last date a truck was made that used all American Parts. I don’t care if it’s 1930, I want something real and made in the United States.

It’s a true shame my Toyota was of greater percentage American than my Chevy…and it was a much simpler, smarter, better vehicle (better is too subjective? Ok: better fuel economy, better resale value, fewer issues and recalls in 1st 2 years, considerably “smarter” transmission…to name a few)

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