I feel terrible for this guy too. But, there are only two explanations for that photo: Either the specific truck he had was a lemon, or there's more to the story than what we know. I wouldn't let this one incident rule out the platform if you are shopping for a rig; there are tens of thousands of these on the road in North America, and thousands more elsewhere, that have never had this problem or anything remotely like it. It's akin to swearing off buying lottery tickets because one winner got struck by lightening, and there's no evidence to suggest the platform is fundamentally flawed in its design.I feel for the guy. If it had happened to me I'd be furious too. We had been considering a Colorado and now, we aren't.
So, the fellow was pulling a 2100 lbs. trailer with nearly 400 lbs. of tongue weight (if I recall correctly). Doesn't that seem like a lot of tongue weight? I would have tried like hell to get the tongue down to 10% of total weight. Do yall think that had anything to do with the frame failure?
I haven't towed anything with that much tongue weight in any rig and am genuinely curious.
If we see reports of this happening more than this one time, that could change things.
I do however gotta say...C'mon GM. This would be pocket change for you to fix, even if it was the guy's own fault, but you are choosing not to fix it and letting pennies get in the way of dollars as this photo spreads like wildfire and turns people against your brand and platform. Just like Toyota's response to the poor guy whose engine blew up on the slope a few weeks back, or Chrysler's response to my transmission issues back in the day, I think the big lesson here is if you are an off road enthusiast, consider your warranty the same as you would a a round of roulette. It might go your way, but there's a chance you'll bust out.