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Thank Goodness For The Cladding

AvaLance

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This morning we got about 1" of snow (wet snow) and we live on a huge hill that is a pain in the winter time so there was ice under the snow and we have an inch of new snow so I am driving up my hill to go home and get my dad an I turn in to my driveway and I am in 4WD I slide over to the right side of the drive was and we have steel posts on the side I hit the post and now I am stuck so I put my AV in 4LO and get un stuck look the only damage I have is the piece of cladding be hind the rear door is sticking out and I have a small dent in the wheel well that was under the cladding so I go to the chevy dealer they order me my new clips that holds the cladding on and I am on my way I love the cladding no only how it looks but what it does by protecting the lower part of the truck if I would have had sheel metal I would have had a dent srached paint and it would be over $100 dollors to repare but now it is only a few bucks so let me say one more time I love the cladding :love:
I will post a pic of the cladding piece later and the small dent

 
Thats good to hear. but it also brings up a question. You have a 2002 as do I. Now that they have changed the color of the cladding for the 2003 model, how long will replacement cladding for the 2002's be available? If the same thing were to happen to you 5 or 6 years from now and you had to replace a piece of the cladding itself, would it be available? And a better question might be,.... at what cost?
Just thinking out load (and in writting:))
 
Blulanche said:
Thats good to hear. but it also brings up a question. You have a 2002 as do I. Now that they have changed the color of the cladding for the 2003 model, how long will replacement cladding for the 2002's be available? If the same thing were to happen to you 5 or 6 years from now and you had to replace a piece of the cladding itself, would it be available? And a better question might be,.... at what cost?
Just thinking out load (and in writting:))


And what if they decide to change the cladding 2004 color to a different shade of gray or different color. Just thinking outloud also. :D
 
Luckly I don't have to replace my cladding piece just the clips under it I don't know what will happen down the road with the lighter cladding

any way here is a pic of the bent cladding even this little damage made me want to :cry: and just looking at it makes me :9:
 
:B: :B:

If GM stays true to their past efforts, the '02 cladding will be around for a few years before they drop/discontinue it. More than likely they will change the part numbers to the '03 ones and put a note in the parts catalog that states "Customer Paint to Match" ???

Let's enjoy it while we can....... :D

Jake

 
Lance,

I really feel for you man and I know what your going through. At least the damage isn't "major" and doen't require any panel work.
 
We had a close call with our cladding this last week in PA. There was a 2 ft tall bank of snow but it had been raining so that softened up the snow. My dad and I have a good time parking the Av in snowbanks so we pulled into this snowbank and the right front tire just went right into the snow instead of over top of it. To make matters worse, my dad tried to make it go father in.

So when we got out to "admire" the parking job, we noticed that the cladding had separated from the area below the passenger side DRL. We thought that we had damaged the Av but we backed it out anyway.

To our amazement, once we were out of the snow bank, the cladding was normal again - no cracks and no separation. Whew!
 
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