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GMC Yukon XL Denali - Oil Change and Warranty Work: 16414 km

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I took our 2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali into the dealership for an oil change yesterday. With the Oil Life Remaining at 23% I didn't really need to bring it in. The owner's manual states that a message will say CHANGE OIL SOON when you need to change it, but I had some warranty issues I wanted to have checked out. So last week I made a call and setup an appointment to deal with these items:
Oil changeLoose driver's door panel - It seems like one of the clips would not hold the panelClunk in rear hatch - I always thought this was normal but then I read on one of the forums that someone else had a clunk that developed into failure and warranty workLeaking washer fluid tube in the passenger wiper arm - It looks like there's a pinhole and fluid shoots all over the placeBattery problems - The battery has died a couple of times since the first incident a couple of months ago.
Click below to read the results of 3.5 hours of waiting a the dealership....


I'm glad to say that after…

GMC Yukon XL Denali - 16095 km: Bumper Repair

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O.K. I am now officially done with the snow. I've had enough and it can't melt fast enough.

Sadly, the last statement is all too true. The snow that has been sitting around blocking the side-streets has still not been cleared and the warm days and freezing nights have changed it into rock hard ice crystals.

Late Friday afternoon when I was picking up my daughter from a play-date, I was very surprised to see that their street had not been cleared at all--even after 2 weeks since the last snowfall. The roadway was wide enough for only one vehicle and each driveway was marked by 3-foot piles of snow on either side. I could still see people shoveling out a wider opening for themselves. It was nearly impossible to turn our 2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali our friend's driveway and when I tried to get out I backed into a snow--no, it was an ice-bank and put a huge dent in the rear bumper. I know it didn't sound....

...good but when I got home and took a look, I saw the extent of the d…

2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali--Front Lip Removed

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Denali snow
Originally uploaded by istargazer. In December we were hit with a series of snow storms that left many people snow bound. I was totally impressed by our GMC Yukon XL Denali's performance with the AWD and winter tires and I never got stuck--even though I tried :lol:. While my neighbors were busy shoveling their driveways so that they could get out, I refused to shovel mine and simply drove the Denali in and out of our garage. I even used a tow rope to pull out a neighbor's Jeep Cherokee that had gotten stuck on the slope in front of their house. I also picked up strangers walking in the street who waved me down for help. I gave them rides down the mountain because their cars were stuck, the buses weren't running, and the sidewalks weren't cleared. Walking in the road in conditions like that was just too dangerous.

I bought 17" winter rims this season in anticipation of getting chains for my YDXL but I'm happy to discover that even with our record-s…

Battle Without Honor or Humanity

I just bought Kill Bill Vol. 1 on Blu-ray and now this is my current favorite song from one of the coolest movie walk-throughs ever: "Battle Without Honor or Humanity" by Tomoyasu Hotei.