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Old 05-07-2014, 10:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Why doesn't 3500 have tire pressure monitor?

I just got my Denali 3500hd CC, SRW, SB, and I'm not overly impressed with the gauge cluster and screen setup. I can't find the Tire Pressure Monitor anywhere. Why wouldn't they put it on a 1 ton? I even have one on my 2 door Jeep Wrangler! The larger trucks need them more than a car because of the heavy loads they usually carry. Plus the center screen and nav setup is way inferior to my Ford F-150. Why wouldn't GM put these on a $65,000 truck? GM puts them on the 2500, why not the 3500? I'm so PO'd right now it makes me never want to buy another GM product. I don't care what reason GM comes up with, there is no acceptable reason for this.
Sorry for my rant...just feels like I didn't get my moneys worth.

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You feel you didn't get your moneys worth and you will never buy another GM because you don't have TPMS? Wow. If you were a smart buyer you would have known that the 3500s don't come with TPMS since they are not required to have it by law. I would refrain from making a post like that to hide my own ignorance than to bash your GM product because it doesn't have an option that it was never specced with. . . . . . .

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Old 05-08-2014, 06:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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TPMS are great for passenger cars but not trucks with 80 PSI tires. What's the low pressure setting from the factory; 65, 45, 35? I don't feel like running to the dealer to get pressure setttings corrected just to avoid warning lights.
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TPMS are a federal mandate for vehicles with 4 tires. Therefore the dually is exempt. I'm not sure if Ford or Chrysler have them on their duallies or not. I will say this: from my own personal experience and that of friends, I'll take mine without the TPMS. Between false readings and expensive sensors going bad, plus tire places charging extra when working with wheels with sensors, I'll pass. If it's that big of deal, buy an aftermarket system that mounts on the valve stems. They are relatively cheap and far easier to service, since you can do it yourself and not have to go back to a dealer.
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I think all vehicles under 10,000 lb GVWR have to have them. Since the 3500 is over that, it is not required by law. I am glad mine does not have it, I can run lower pressures unloaded and not have issues with the monitor being mad at me.
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Old 05-08-2014, 09:11 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Were you blindfolded when you bought the truck?
I personally hated the TPMS on my 08' 2500 because it always had issues, and that was one big reason I bought the 3500 when I purchased my 12'.
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I have never had issues with my TPMS besides when I rotate the tires myself and then I can't get them to change their positions


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I knew this site was full of GM apologists, but I don't understand why GM doesn't at least offer the TPMS as an option. GM is trying to save a few bucks while sacrificing safety. Believe me GM will eventually put TPMS in one tons, but it will be after Ford and Dodge do it first. Dodge already has it and I'll bet the 2015 Fords will.
The main cause of blowouts is low tire pressure. I've had blowouts pulling a load and it's not fun. I understand when your only using your 3500 on the highway going to the country club you don't have a need for TPMS, but when your pulling 17,000 lb loads it's nice to have that peace of mind.
On the bright side GM is now giving $1000 rebates on the 2015's. They must not be selling as good as they wanted. I guess I'll use part of that money to go to Walmart and
buy a cheap tire pressure monitor to put in my expensive truck.
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Not to be an arse here but what did you do before TPMS came out? You can buy aftermarket system that also covers your trailer. I've never had that so I just check tires before leaving and every stop they get a visual and kick.

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I knew this site was full of GM apologists, but I don't understand why GM doesn't at least offer the TPMS as an option. GM is trying to save a few bucks while sacrificing safety. Believe me GM will eventually put TPMS in one tons, but it will be after Ford and Dodge do it first. Dodge already has it and I'll bet the 2015 Fords will.
The main cause of blowouts is low tire pressure. I've had blowouts pulling a load and it's not fun. I understand when your only using your 3500 on the highway going to the country club you don't have a need for TPMS, but when your pulling 17,000 lb loads it's nice to have that peace of mind.
On the bright side GM is now giving $1000 rebates on the 2015's. They must not be selling as good as they wanted. I guess I'll use part of that money to go to Walmart and
buy a cheap tire pressure monitor to put in my expensive truck.
I can appreciate you wanting TPMS on a 1 ton. I'd like to have it on mine. But lets get a few things straight.

1. Technically speaking, there is an option to get a 1-ton SRW with TPMS, however, it's pretty undesirable. It would be a 10,000lbs GVWR configuration with gas engine only.

2. GM isn't saving money or ripping you off by not including TPMS. If they did include TPMS standard on all trucks, they would still be charging you for it. So that $1,000 you can now spend at Walmart would have been spent at the dealer otherwise. The nice thing is, now you get to pick out the unit you want instead of the unit they give you. You can get one that also supports your trailer tires instead of just the truck. You can also get a kit with fill through sensors rather than internal sensors so the tire shop doesn't bend you over to replace them each time.

3. If you want to harp on safety, perhaps you'd have been safer yourself to buy a dually to haul a 17,000lbs trailer. But if you don't care enough about safety to do that, why should they care enough about it to give you free pressure sensors?

4. OTR trucks have been hauling 80,000lbs for years without TPMS, I think we can handle some trips without it on our pickup trucks, even if we absolutely MUST make it down to the country club...

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