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Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« on: 08/22/10 09:54 AM »

I bought my 2004 at around 66k also- now it has about 100k-

lets see...

speedometer is broken
steering clunks left to right
ac blows hot air on drivers side
cv boots torn
wiper motor burnt out
front hub bearings gone
going on 3rd factory installed transmission within 5 months (don't even get me started!)
rear diff cover leaking

and I only drive it about 35 miles a day to & from work with an occasional trip to maine (from mass) I have to baby it for fear it will break again.

This is the worst truck I've ever owned and I'm in the process of trading it in now- maybe for a ford crossover or a toyota tacoma- done with chevy and their over-hyped & over priced avalanche!
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #1 on: 08/22/10 10:06 AM »

Sorry- don't mean to be a hater and I used to love my avalanche but I can't take this truck anymore!

I've never had a truck with so many issues! lets see...

speedometer is broken
steering clunks left to right
ac blows hot air on drivers side
cv boots torn
frozen brake caliper
wiper motor burnt out
front hub bearings gone
going on 3rd factory installed transmission within 5 months (don't even get me started!)
rear diff cover leaking

and I only drive it about 35 miles a day to & from work with an occasional trip to maine (from mass) I have to baby it for fear it will break again.

This is the worst truck I've ever owned- I've already been a few rounds with Chevy customer care they ended up not helping in any way- and the factory tech who's been in the garage for 18 years says these trucks are always in with tranny & electrical problems! I'm in the process of trading it in now- maybe for a ford crossover or a toyota tacoma- done with chevy and their over-hyped & over priced avalanche! bye bye chevy crapalanche :E:
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #2 on: 08/22/10 10:12 AM »

2004 avalanche- 100k miles

speedometer is broken
steering clunks left to right
ac blows hot air on drivers side
cv boots torn
frozen brake caliper
wiper motor burnt out
front hub bearings gone on both sides (left me stranded 500 miles from home in Holton, ME)
going on 3rd factory installed transmission within 5 months (don't even get me started!)
rear diff cover leaking

These trucks fall apart like wet newspaper in a wind storm once they reach 99k! Junk!
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #3 on: 08/22/10 10:22 AM »

2004 avalanche- 100k miles

speedometer is broken
steering clunks left to right
ac blows hot air on drivers side
cv boots torn
frozen brake caliper
wiper motor burnt out
front hub bearings gone on both sides (left me stranded 500 miles from home in Holton, ME)
going on 3rd factory installed transmission within 5 months (don't even get me started!)
rear diff cover leaking

These trucks fall apart like wet newspaper in a wind storm once they reach 99k! Junk!
The new Avalanches look horrible- and I'd never buy another avalance again- I'll be trading this one- in about 3 days. Getting either a new ford edge crossover or a toyota tacoma. 
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #4 on: 08/22/10 10:39 AM »

Sorry you are having so many problems.
 I have a 2003 3/4ton 4x4, with 119k miles on it. I use it regularly to haul stuff for work, including pulling a 12000lb car hauling trailer 300 miles, about once a month.

I have replaced the left front wheel bearing twice, and the right front once. I have replaced the tie rod ends and drag link, and done the front brakes once.
The only problem I'm currently having is that the tach quits when it gets hot (I live in Phoenix, where it has been 108-110), and the driver's seat is torn.

So I'd have to say that maintenance has been a bit higher that I'd like, but nothing extreme.
And this is definitely the most versatile vehicle I've ever owned. I dread having to replace it with a regular pickup, GM or any other brand!
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #5 on: 08/22/10 11:33 AM »

versitile yes- reliable no.
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #6 on: 08/22/10 11:37 AM »

What year and how many miles are one it? I have a 03 with 145,000 miles on it with and have had no problem get regular maintenance.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #7 on: 08/22/10 11:42 AM »

Sorry you had the problems. Did you buy the truck new or used? Not that it really matters since you've decided to get rid of it; it sounds like you got a lemon. I've got 65K on my 02, 40k of those with the Magnacharger in place. Mine has been the best vehicle I've ever owned. Other than the brake recall and the cats going out within the warranty period it's been trouble-free. I believe you'll find the vast majority of owners have had a good experience.
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #8 on: 08/22/10 12:42 PM »

What year and how many miles are one it? I have a 03 with 145,000 miles on it with and have had no problem get regular maintenance.  :thumbsup:

It's a 2004 just turned 100k (babied highway miles) - been having problems since 70k-
regular maintenance???  ::) it's been to the dealer 7 times since I bought it 6 months ago! They've had it almost equal as much as I've had it!

My problems seem to be echoed by many other avalanche owners- so saying it's a lemon isn't quite accurate- more like substandard cheap Chinese parts or poor engineering. When thousands of people complain about the same exact  problems- it's not a "lemon" issue... it's a quality control issue.
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #9 on: 08/22/10 01:10 PM »

It's a 2004 just turned 100k (babied highway miles) - been having problems since 70k-

it's been to the dealer 7 times since I bought it 6 months ago!

70k in 6 years then you did 30k in 6 months ?
It sounds like it wasn't driven regularly with no regular maintenance, believe it ot not if the previous owner only took rare long distance trips with it on the highway just sitting for long periods can cause many of your problems.
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« Reply #10 on: 08/22/10 01:31 PM »

70k in 6 years then you did 30k in 6 months ?
It sounds like it wasn't driven regularly with no regular maintenance, believe it ot not if the previous owner only took rare long distance trips with it on the highway just sitting for long periods can cause many of your problems.


I don't think the 30k I drove it is the problem- The truck isn't driven over 65mph and 80% are highway miles to & from my summer home in Maine- I can justify replacing wheel bearings at 100k- but 3 trannys with different failures every time? (no lie) speedo gage? ac issues and a wiper motor??? and just recently my drivers window motor is acting up- hardly pushes the window to the top.

 Sorry bro- these are all known issues with these avalanches (come to find out a little too late) and a little highway driving does not justify these kinds of failures- poor craftsmanship and cheap parts does.

Even Chevy acknowledged epic failures with the ac system & transmission when I got into it with them, but stopped short of helping financially. They offered to mediate between the previous repair facility and the new one via 3-way conference calls- that's about it. I need a reliable vehicle for my family and me, and the 2002-2005 avalanche simply has too many issues be considered even a 3 star vehicle.
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« Reply #11 on: 08/22/10 02:20 PM »

It's obvious you've made your mind up and have closed it to any thoughts except yours. Good luck wherever you go in the future....... :wave:
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #12 on: 08/22/10 03:31 PM »

driver window regulator is normal if it freezes shut, try to use it then it breaks

Some of the other things too, you don't know for sure how it was treated since 2004
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« Reply #13 on: 08/22/10 03:49 PM »

There is no way that it is that bad are chevy would have had alot offset recalls it sounds like it was a lemon and has not been properly  maintained not because of bad parts look at the people that still have 02 with only regular maintenance.
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« Reply #14 on: 08/22/10 04:05 PM »

I don't think the 30k I drove it is the problem- The truck isn't driven over 65mph and 80% are highway miles to & from my summer home in Maine- I can justify replacing wheel bearings at 100k- but 3 trannys with different failures every time? (no lie) speedo gage? ac issues and a wiper motor??? and just recently my drivers window motor is acting up- hardly pushes the window to the top.

 Sorry bro- these are all known issues with these avalanches (come to find out a little too late) and a little highway driving does not justify these kinds of failures- poor craftsmanship and cheap parts does.

Even Chevy acknowledged epic failures with the ac system & transmission when I got into it with them, but stopped short of helping financially. They offered to mediate between the previous repair facility and the new one via 3-way conference calls- that's about it. I need a reliable vehicle for my family and me, and the 2002-2005 avalanche simply has too many issues be considered even a 3 star vehicle.

Sad to see you're having these issues. 30K in 6 months AND replaced 3 trannies during that time, as well as other issues! Wow! Do you take the scenic route thru Texas to your summer home? Just sayin'.
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #15 on: 08/22/10 04:15 PM »

It's obvious you've made your mind up and have closed it to any thoughts except yours. Good luck wherever you go in the future....... :wave:


hahaha- are you serious? "closed it to any thought except mine." Yes, I have my own thoughts, because the ones posted above don't make any sense, sorry to disagree but I am the worlds most leading authority on my opinion, and my opinion is based on a solid foundation of facts compromised by the sum of many hours of research and reading over the past 6 months since I bought this money pit.

I'm a Quality Control Analyst for one of the worlds largest pharmaceutical research manufacturers- before my current position I was a QC Analyst for a manufacturer that fabricated "machines" for military / government applications- QC is my field, it's what I know.

That being said...  A few problems here and there over the course of many years, on any one vehicle's model in particular is normal- BUT similar complaints (in the thousands) about very specific failures in a very particular model year cluster is not to be considered a "lemon" vehicle purchased from a dealer. Simply put, it's a failure by the manufacturer to utilize the proper research & development and to secure quality components to build their automobiles. This is why european & Japanese manufacturing is far superior to that found here in America. European manufacturers allocate a much larger percentage of money on research & design and emphasize  the importance of quality engineering. American manufacturers spend more money designing vehicles with pretty bells & whistles to entice the consumer into a purchase. This is a fact, by the way, not an opinion- It was my undergraduate thesis.

The failures I have experienced with this truck are not caused by a lack of using it- or as a result of driving it 30k miles in the past 6 months. Justifying these failures as "common" is ludicrous and is the path I expected die hard pro avalanche owners to take.

The truck I bought was (ascetically)  perfect in every way, with a clean car-fax with regular service records reported.
Your comments about regular service makes absolutely no sense to me! What type of maintenance are you referring to? What maintenance do you perform for a wiper motor, door window motor, AC actuator and a speedo gage cluster??? What kind of "regular maintenance" ensures a transmission won't need to be replaced 3 TIMES IN THE PAST 5 MONTHS!!!

Your comments make absolutely no sense taken in the context of my truck's failures! And the cherry on top of this heap of mechanical failure is that THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO OWN THE SAME VEHICLE ARE HAVING THE SAME PROBLEMS!!!!!  

A sincere thank you to those who tried to help, I appreciated your input.     :wave:
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #16 on: 08/22/10 04:31 PM »

Looking at your problems, I see some that look like regular service items for a truck with 100,000 miles.
Wiper motor, for that mileage, I wouldn't have a problem replacing.
Same with window motor.
Speedo guage cluster - I would expect that to last life of vehicle.
AC actuator, depends on dust and other items that have been sucked through system.

It appears that the most valid complaint is on the tranny - should definitely should last longer than yours have. One of two things appear to be happening to me, problems are since you have owned it. to me it could definitely be an owner problem, or whoever is rebuilding the tranny.
Chevy is not rebuilding the trannies, so to put the blame on them is ridiculous.
Whoever is doing the rebuild is the other possibiltiy.
I realize that you are defending your opinion of what I and many on here have found to be a great truck. but put the blame where it belongs.
It is either the owner or whoever is doing the tranny work, that is causing the majority of the trouble.
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« Reply #17 on: 08/22/10 04:54 PM »


I'm a Quality Control Analyst for one of the worlds largest pharmaceutical research manufacturers- before my current position I was a QC Analyst for a manufacturer that fabricated "machines" for military / government applications- QC is my field, it's what I know.


My whole career - 27 years to date - has been spent in Quality Engineering/Management in manufacturing of various types (electric motor manufacture; surface mount capacitor manufacture; tier one polyurethane foam manufacture for many domestic and foreign OEMs; aluminum and zinc diecasting, machining, assembly, and testing for heavy equipment manufacture; tier one stamping and assembly of decorative and structural trim for automotive; tier one extrusion and injection molding of EPDM rubber for automotive; tier one assembly and testing of automotive seating for JIT delivery; and the past two years have been in the manufacture of medium power transmission transformers) so I am also aware of what quality is and is not. I've been all over the world and seen good and bad manufacturing in many countries. I may just have a little relevant experience to pass judgment also......

I'll give you that GM made a really poor decision regarding the 4L60E in the Avalanche but something is wrong with the trannies being installed if you've burned through 3 trannies in 5 months. Mine's been behind my supercharged Av with 475 hp or better for 40k miles now (65K total miles) and it's still surviving. The cluster issue was a known and documented defect that GM should have (and did, as far as I know) stood behind.

European manufacture superior to American...... :laugh: .....and how much more does the European product cost? Every person I've known that owned an Audi had nothing but problems with it and it costs and arm and a leg to fix them. Japanese manufacture was in the past but how about that current Toyota quality?  :o

In my experience routine maintenance has very much to do with how well a vehicle lasts. I would consider a window regulator motor going out in a truck with over 100K miles to be normal maintenance; that driver's window has been up and down a zillion times in that many miles. Same goes for a/c service with that many miles.

You can do the same research on ANY manufacturer's vehicle that's sold in large volume and find thousands of complaints about some type of issue with their vehicles also so that argument holds no water either.

Like I said to start, sorry you had the problems but don't bash the record of the Avalanche based on your bad experience. As I stated, there are many more here on the forum that have had a positive rather than negative ownership experience. I've been here since almost day one.  :cheers: and Sayonara.
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #18 on: 08/22/10 04:55 PM »

I always find it interesting that my local mechanic knows the common problems for all the car/trucks I bring him, such are mechanicals and materials.  One benefit of buying used so others can find the failing for you to consider models against.  When my ford turned out to hit many of the negatives of the model it got replaced with my chevy.  When my Chevy start to hit the failings of this model, it to would be a pos to me. I just hope to get further down the road from where you got stuck or mine too would be my last chevy.  I can't believe what some people seem to accept for the sake of blind brand loyalty.   Enjoy shopping for your next and the objective studies.
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« Reply #19 on: 08/22/10 05:12 PM »

I can't believe what some people seem to accept for the sake of blind brand loyalty.   Enjoy shopping for your next and the objective studies.
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« Reply #20 on: 08/22/10 05:26 PM »

If you thought my observation was directed at you, please rest assured that it was not.
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« Reply #21 on: 08/22/10 05:27 PM »

Looking at your problems, I see some that look like regular service items for a truck with 100,000 miles.
Wiper motor, for that mileage, I wouldn't have a problem replacing.
Same with window motor.
Speedo guage cluster - I would expect that to last life of vehicle.
AC actuator, depends on dust and other items that have been sucked through system.

It appears that the most valid complaint is on the tranny - should definitely should last longer than yours have. One of two things appear to be happening to me, problems are since you have owned it. to me it could definitely be an owner problem, or whoever is rebuilding the tranny.
Chevy is not rebuilding the trannies, so to put the blame on them is ridiculous.
Whoever is doing the rebuild is the other possibiltiy.
I realize that you are defending your opinion of what I and many on here have found to be a great truck. but put the blame where it belongs.
It is either the owner or whoever is doing the tranny work, that is causing the majority of the trouble.

These transmissions are Chevy remanned / rebuilt- they are being rebuilt and installed by Chevy ASE techs. As far as it being an "owner operator" problem- total miles between tranny 2 and 3 ... 254 miles (2 weeks) It's not something I'm doing, not even close- unless shifting a tranny into D from P is considered wrong.


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"European manufacture superior to American......  .....and how much more does the European product cost? Every person I've known that owned an Audi had nothing but problems with it and it costs and arm and a leg to fix them. Japanese manufacture was in the past but how about that current Toyota quality?"

I'm not digging out my 8 year old research paper now- but you need to do some research yourself. I spent over half a year writing my 40 page paper comparing foreign & domestic vehicle research, design & engineering- The statements I made are 100% accurate, there are published reports on the subject to back it up straight from the manufacturers. I used these documents in my research paper.
If you are as experienced in QC / R&D and continuing engineering projects as you say you are, this really should be no surprise to you. As the finest vehicles ever manufactured in the world are all foreign. American R&D is a joke. Audi (Volkswagen) spends more money on interior ergonomic design concepts and engineering then Chevy does on an entire vehicle from crank bearings to bumper mounts- this is just a very well know fact. Don't even get me started on what Porsche spends on engine R&D compared to what Chevrolet spends on engine R&D- you'd be very embarrassed.
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #22 on: 08/22/10 05:28 PM »

Given that the mileage equates to roughly 167 miles per day, 7 days a week for 6 months, I don't see how his driving pattern would cause a transmission failure.  2.5 hours driving at 65 mph should make the tranny happy if anything.  These issues are caused from poor quality repair and/or service on the parts involved.  Even though the window, and wipers should not be failing at this point, it is not uncommon for them to fail at this stage in their life.  If he only drove while it was pouring down rain and had the wipers on "hi" for 30k miles, I might expect them to fail even sooner.  If he rolled the window all the way up , then all the way down, and repeated this process for 30k miles, I would expect the window motor to fail prematurely.  But I doubt this was the case.  Still, these things do fail at any given time.  It's the nature of electro-mechanical items.  Even the gauges can fail at any time.  All these items can fail about the same time.  It's never expected or welcomed.  But it's something we all must deal with.  The transmission would be the main deciding factor here.  I would insist on a new transmission, not a rebuilt one.  I have never been a big fan of anything rebuilt.  And certainly not from the same place in such a short time.  It is unfortunate that these problems have ruined how he perceives the vehicle.  How can we be sure that the carfax was accurate?  If it had never been serviced by a recognized facility, there would be no record of the service ( or lack there of).  Even if it were taken to a recognized facility that reported the services to carfax, it's only paperwork.  We don't know that the tranny was flushed and serviced properly just because the shop manager put it on the ticket.  If the shop was trying to cut corners and only replace a portion of the tranny fluid with new, that would be detrimental to the tranny.  There are too many factors involved to say that all Avalanches are junk.  His may be junk.  He might not have the know-how or willingness to tinker with it and see what's really going on.  Maybe the dealership where it is being repaired is hard up to sell him another vehicle.  I agree that many parts put into these and many other vehicles are inferior.  I look at all of that when I look to buy a vehicle.  In many cases, I would buy a used vehicle over a new one simply based on the materials and fit/finish.  I looked at new Silverado's a few years ago...didn't like the way the plastic in the center console felt.  Plastic is here to stay, but there are different quality levels even in plastic.  
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #23 on: 08/22/10 05:54 PM »

When I bought my Avy I did one thing I swore I'd NEVER do and something else I didn't think I'd do until a few years later. 
The first thing was buy a brand new model of vehicle it's first year out.  I swore I'd NEVER do that!  I bought my Z66 in September of 2001. 
The second thing I didn't think I'd have done until a few years later was buy domestic.  (Admitedly it was odd selling a made in Tennessee Nissan to buy a made in Mexico GM.   ???
In my 30 years of driving I've owned multiple Toyotas, Nissans, Pontiacs, a Ford and a 5 series BMW.  The only 'POS' in the bunch was the BMW (but it did drive nice  ::) ). 
My Avy has 106k miles on it and has never had one single item go wrong.  Literally, not one.  I just bought it's third set of tires, and it's third battery.  Besides oil changes (oops, I lied, I replaced a headlight bulb that burned out the other day and the driving lights) that is it.  And I mean that is it!   Though I drive it pretty conservatively,  I certainly have not 'babied' it by any means when it comes to maintenance, meaning I won't tell when I had the other fluids changed (but it rhymes with NEVER).  The only time it has ever been to a dealer is when I had the working perfectly fine tailgate cables replaced for free with the coated ones under the only recall notice I've ever received.   That 2 minute replacement was well.... 2 minutes.   For crying out loud I'm on the original brake pads! 
Sorry you got a bad AVY.  Good luck with your new ride...  whatever it is. 
If it makes you feel better, I'm mad at Gubment Motors too... but it sure isn't because of the quality of my ride.   ;)
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #24 on: 08/22/10 06:03 PM »

Looking at your problems, I see some that look like regular service items for a truck with 100,000 miles.
Wiper motor, for that mileage, I wouldn't have a problem replacing.
Same with window motor.
Speedo guage cluster - I would expect that to last life of vehicle.
AC actuator, depends on dust and other items that have been sucked through system.

It appears that the most valid complaint is on the tranny - should definitely should last longer than yours have. One of two things appear to be happening to me, problems are since you have owned it. to me it could definitely be an owner problem, or whoever is rebuilding the tranny.
Chevy is not rebuilding the trannies, so to put the blame on them is ridiculous.
Whoever is doing the rebuild is the other possibiltiy.
I realize that you are defending your opinion of what I and many on here have found to be a great truck. but put the blame where it belongs.
It is either the owner or whoever is doing the tranny work, that is causing the majority of the trouble.
i agree with that
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #25 on: 08/22/10 11:38 PM »


hahaha- are you serious? "closed it to any thought except mine." Yes, I have my own thoughts, because the ones posted above don't make any sense, sorry to disagree but I am the worlds most leading authority on my opinion, and my opinion is based on a solid foundation of facts compromised by the sum of many hours of research and reading over the past 6 months since I bought this money pit.

I'm a Quality Control Analyst for one of the worlds largest pharmaceutical research manufacturers- before my current position I was a QC Analyst for a manufacturer that fabricated "machines" for military / government applications- QC is my field, it's what I know.

That being said...  A few problems here and there over the course of many years, on any one vehicle's model in particular is normal- BUT similar complaints (in the thousands) about very specific failures in a very particular model year cluster is not to be considered a "lemon" vehicle purchased from a dealer. Simply put, it's a failure by the manufacturer to utilize the proper research & development and to secure quality components to build their automobiles. This is why european & Japanese manufacturing is far superior to that found here in America. European manufacturers allocate a much larger percentage of money on research & design and emphasize  the importance of quality engineering. American manufacturers spend more money designing vehicles with pretty bells & whistles to entice the consumer into a purchase. This is a fact, by the way, not an opinion- It was my undergraduate thesis.

The failures I have experienced with this truck are not caused by a lack of using it- or as a result of driving it 30k miles in the past 6 months. Justifying these failures as "common" is ludicrous and is the path I expected die hard pro avalanche owners to take.

The truck I bought was (ascetically)  perfect in every way, with a clean car-fax with regular service records reported.
Your comments about regular service makes absolutely no sense to me! What type of maintenance are you referring to? What maintenance do you perform for a wiper motor, door window motor, AC actuator and a speedo gage cluster??? What kind of "regular maintenance" ensures a transmission won't need to be replaced 3 TIMES IN THE PAST 5 MONTHS!!!

Your comments make absolutely no sense taken in the context of my truck's failures! And the cherry on top of this heap of mechanical failure is that THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO OWN THE SAME VEHICLE ARE HAVING THE SAME PROBLEMS!!!!!  

A sincere thank you to those who tried to help, I appreciated your input.     :wave:



If your so high up in your company why are you buying a used vehicle anyways? stick to your audi's and bmws if that's your thing, we have ours, and go with the types of trucks we use/like ect.  Every car requires maintenance. Audi, for example has a terrible design with it's timing belt that has to be replaced every 100k or sooner, that in itself is not cheap, then the brakes, the cost to have serviced, the high price of special oil yada yada yada.... (my mom has a 06 A8L for around town (tires she just bought alone were $2500 that last only 20,000 miles at MOST, I called michelin and complained until they said that's alot for those tires normal is 15k, and yeah, stock wheels) and a 07 SL63 amg benz that is incredibly overpriced for her use of it) you want to know a real pile of junk, it's those, Great design, if you have money to take care of it, I unfortunately do not make 100k+ a year to cover it. I'm with the rest of america that loves my chevy truck and goes to work to earn my living. The cost of fixing these are something we take in to consideration. Perhaps you should have done more research before you bought one....perhaps even looking into issues with it. then again, any car is going to have issues.

3 trannys, that's alot of bad luck. Plain and simple. Some people have alot of that. You more than others


I'd love to sit on here and argue all day, but as for me, I'll stick with my Beloved Avy, She's everything I could want, and I'm sure there are alot of people here that would agree. I don't mind getting my hands dirty and fixing a few things here and there. But hey, i'm sure i'll have a wife one day that will have a lot of maintenance and upkeep too, but i'll still keep her around regardless.

P.S. You sound like a prick. No offense. Just saying.
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #26 on: 08/23/10 01:16 AM »

Couldn't have said it better myself jolt he can afford a summer home but not a new truck
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #27 on: 08/23/10 03:24 AM »

quote: "I unfortunately do not make 100k+ a year to cover it. I'm with the rest of america that loves my chevy truck and goes to work to earn my living. The cost of fixing these are something we take in to consideration. Perhaps you should have done more research before you bought one....perhaps even looking into issues with it. then again, any car is going to have issues.

3 trannys, that's alot of bad luck. Plain and simple. Some people have alot of that. You more than others"

Couldn't have said it better myself jolt he can afford a summer home but not a new truck

yep- that's exactly the kind of 2nd grade answer I'd expect from some people.
What the f**k does my summer home have to do with the failures my truck has???

Bad luck you say  :laugh:   try poor engineering.

Here- lets sell my $75k northern maine summer house- NOW DO I HAVE THE RIGHT TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THIS POS TRUCK????
c'mon-


Are you implying I don't "work" for a living? I grew up with nothing- public schools, no money for college- spent 8 years in the Marines, first gulf to take advantage of the GI Bill- spent 5 years as a carpenter and a diesel mechanic while studying in college to secure a position in quality control R&D- And I don't make anything near $100k year.

You sir- are a simpleton.
Your comment does nothing but deflect the issues. I've simply stated the "common" problems with these trucks and my opinion on it- last time I checked, I could do that. If you don't like it- then don't read the post!

man- amazed at how lost and unrelated some of these responses are!
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #28 on: 08/23/10 05:08 AM »

Glad I'm off this week, this is better than the daytime soaps!


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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #29 on: 08/23/10 06:59 AM »

02 ava Z/71  171 tho. + miles  simple maint. drive back and forth to FMC daily  :cool:
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #30 on: 08/23/10 07:18 AM »

Thats it...

Enough...
now children go sit in the corner for a few hours...

Read what you wrote.. and find all the personal attacks.. and then think about what if you swapped places how would you feel..

to Original poster.. sorry for your troubles..
it happens..

but as I always say go get second opinion from another dealer...

this thread is closed
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #31 on: 08/23/10 10:19 AM »

These trucks fall apart like wet newspaper in a wind storm once they reach 99k! Junk!

We're sorry to hear about your bad experience, I don't blame you for being soured on Chevy trucks with that laundry list of problems. Thousands of others have had little or no problems other than routine maintenance or wear & tear. 

If you count Chevy/GMC/Cadillac GMT800 truck & SUV models they far outsold the Ford F150/250/350 and it's sibling SUVs. Data is available from many sources as to reliablity since the GMT800 ceased production in 2006, again sorry you got dealt a bad hand  :(   
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #32 on: 08/24/10 09:51 AM »

My guess is that beergut got a truck used and it wasn't well taken care of. 

I did that with my '95 Jimmy.  Bought it at 70K miles and had multiple issues with injectors and the 4x4 system.  Still drove it to 150K miles.

Just passed 80K miles this weekend on my AV.   :4:
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #33 on: 08/24/10 11:07 AM »

not sure what kind of maintenance one would perform on a wiper motor, door window motor, ac acuator, speedo gage and just yesterday the illumination behind the climate controls went dark, and other then changing the fluid after 70k, why a tranny would blow- 3 times in 5 months..... these tranny's are junk, the amount of problems documented with these chevy transmissions are staggering! I've printed up gobs of info on these transmissions failing.

Bearings I'd expect to go at 100k-

ehh- no matter, it'll be someone elses problem soon.
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #34 on: 08/24/10 11:34 AM »

I'd say for the electrical items, maybe garaging the truck if you live in a place where it gets cold. (I live in Southern California.)

As for the tranny, I've heard of issues but know only anecdotal evidence of a bad design.  AFAIK, this transmission has been in service with minor changes for almost 20 years and is really only an enhancement to the 700R4 from '82.  You can search my posts - if the transmission goes, you do not rebuild with the same model. You get a more beefy model that can handle the type of service you put into it.  Only things I've done with this transmission are to change the fluid annually and add a transmission cooler. (I just got back from a camping trip where I towed a 3,000# trailer up over 9,000 feet in 100-degree weather.)
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #35 on: 08/24/10 12:16 PM »

quote:
"if the transmission goes, you do not rebuild with the same model. You get a more beefy model that can handle the type of service you put into it."

If the tranny goes- it gets replaced with what ever tranny the factory says goes in it that's covered under a warranty. Replacing the oem tranny would void any warranty on the motor & drivetrain.


quote:
"I'd say for the electrical items, maybe garaging the truck if you live in a place where it gets cold. (I live in Southern California.)"

that's not a viable option / solution. Should not have to garage a truck because it's cold out- Half the planet is in a colder climate-
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #36 on: 08/27/10 08:34 AM »

Beergut... That sucks  :E:

More to the point.  Since I live in south Florida, I rarely, if ever need heat.  The nasty hot driver's side thang is happening more frequently and bugs the crap outta me.  So...

Since the default position for the actuator is heat...
how about jammin, crammin, or rammin something into the Blend Door Actuator to keep in in the cold position.

Any ideas along that line?

Holla  :4:
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #37 on: 09/08/10 06:57 PM »

I got rid of my avalanche- couldn't keep up with the repairs. Bought a ford edge and not missing that avalanche a single bit!
Seems like people around here are more likely to justify and excuse these issues as "normal"
instead of what it really is- poor craftsmanship.

People on here have actually responded by telling me to keep it in a heated garage, or to do regular maintenance-
How do you do maintenance on a speedo gage, wiper motor, window motor and transmission? Or they say it's normal for these items to fail- WELL, NOT ON A 5 YEAR OLD TRUCK!!

Hell- I have a 1970 Lemans with over 200k on it- same wiper motor- never had a tranny flush- and all the gages work!
I know- apples  & oranges but- THIS WAS A $40,000 TRUCK!!! I SHOULD NOT HAVE THESE ISSUES ON A 5 YEAR OLD  $40k TRUCK!!!

heated garage :laugh:
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #38 on: 09/08/10 07:18 PM »

Hope you enjoy your F@rd Edge  :4:
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #39 on: 09/08/10 07:24 PM »

I am- I love it!
Built better, drives better, handles better, better on gas, have a 10 year warranty on it and I bet the house my wiper motor will work in 5 years, my ac won't fry my face off, my speedo won't be stuck at 120mph and I won't go through 3 factory installed transmissions-

Good luck with your avalanche.
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #40 on: 09/08/10 07:27 PM »

I've had 1 problem with mine in 93K miles. But good luck with your F@rd :thumbsup: 
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #41 on: 09/09/10 10:33 AM »

Good Luck with the Ford....Before Buying my AV, I test drove about 10 of them, ranging in age from Brand-new, to 2003 with 170K miles.

The Z-71's with 170K Miles drove like new, which is what convinced me it was a well built vehicle. I dont disagree there do seem to be some common dip sh!t problems GM never addressed on all their trucks, but overall a very well built vehicle.

I owned a few Fords...I know a few Ford owners....Give it 4 years, and see how you like it....There are other issues with fords such as the materials used in weather seals, gaskets, and&finish of body parts...the ford will have its own problems....and has anyone ever owned a Ram past 60K miles...those things literally start falling apart, after my friend owned 2 brand new Rams from 2003 and 2006 it convinced me Dodge was a great looking poorly made short-term vehicle.

And if the Ford looses 30% of its power after 2 years...dont say I didnt warn ya....

Good luck, and hope it works out for you.


I got rid of my avalanche- couldn't keep up with the repairs. Bought a ford edge and not missing that avalanche a single bit!
Seems like people around here are more likely to justify and excuse these issues as "normal"
instead of what it really is- poor craftsmanship.

People on here have actually responded by telling me to keep it in a heated garage, or to do regular maintenance-
How do you do maintenance on a speedo gage, wiper motor, window motor and transmission? Or they say it's normal for these items to fail- WELL, NOT ON A 5 YEAR OLD TRUCK!!

Hell- I have a 1970 Lemans with over 200k on it- same wiper motor- never had a tranny flush- and all the gages work!
I know- apples  & oranges but- THIS WAS A $40,000 TRUCK!!! I SHOULD NOT HAVE THESE ISSUES ON A 5 YEAR OLD  $40k TRUCK!!!

heated garage :laugh:

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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #42 on: 09/12/10 06:36 PM »

6 years and this was my only problem.
Enjoy you Ford :laugh:
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #43 on: 09/12/10 07:31 PM »

Sounds like you got you a lemon not an Avalanche. So sad to hear of your troubles got 124,695 on my 04 and only had mostly normal maintenance stuff (knock on wood) Love my truck and plan to keep it for a few more years.  Key word "Plan" :B: :B:
I bought my 2004 at around 66k also- now it has about 100k-

lets see...

speedometer is broken
steering clunks left to right
ac blows hot air on drivers side
cv boots torn
wiper motor burnt out
front hub bearings gone
going on 3rd factory installed transmission within 5 months (don't even get me started!)
rear diff cover leaking

and I only drive it about 35 miles a day to & from work with an occasional trip to maine (from mass) I have to baby it for fear it will break again.

This is the worst truck I've ever owned and I'm in the process of trading it in now- maybe for a ford crossover or a toyota tacoma- done with chevy and their over-hyped & over priced avalanche!
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #44 on: 09/22/10 07:23 AM »

Let us know when you miss your avy. I have had f@rds my whole life before this avalanche and have had nothing but trouble with all of them. Looks good and sounds good at first, but you will soon regret the f@rd, nothing compares to the versatility and looks of the avy.
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2003 avalanche 2500 2WD 8.1L V8, custom flowmaster true dual exhaust, full time DRL's, black painted bowtie, K&N FIPK Gen. 2 cold air intake, 5% tint all around, custom grill, 265 knobby tires, pioneer avic-d3 head unit with dvd player and rear tv with backup cam.

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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #45 on: 09/22/10 08:47 AM »

Let us know when you miss your avy. I have had f@rds my whole life before this avalanche and have had nothing but trouble with all of them. Looks good and sounds good at first, but you will soon regret the f@rd, nothing compares to the versatility and looks of the avy.

Not a single day that I wish I still had that pos avalanche. I am so thrilled to not have to deal with sub substandard craftmanship and obvious design flaws that the factory ignores. Unlike your self, looks and versitility (assume you're talking about the mid-gate?) arn't on the top 4 list of what I look for when I buy a vehicle- Reliability, durability, craftsmanship and maintenance are- and for a $45k truck, the avalanche is none of those. Just read the TSB's and user ratings- Avalanche got piss poor ratings.
The ford I have now is a 5-star rated vehicle and I love everything about it.

There's a reason Ford didn't have to take a handout from the gov't- for the past 8 years ford has been building high quality vehicles compared to the craftsman ship of the volvo. Yes- older 80's and early 90's fords were junk- but so was every other american made auto in that time frame.

You can love your $45k money pit with chinese made gages and it's faulty ac system (thousands of complaints) - that's fine, as for me- I'll take my 100k ford warranty and $30k crossover with twice the features then your avy any day.
I see an avalanch on the road and I feel sorry for the guy driving it.

 
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Re: Done with this POS Avalanche truck!!!
« Reply #46 on: 09/22/10 09:53 AM »

Please go to your Ford site and stop the Flame wars..

I understand you had a bad experience with the Avy you owned but for the most of us you seem to be the exception not the rule....

Most of us are members here because we LIKE the avalanche... and we do not take kindly to those who just come here to start crap and break our Terms of Use rules...

I wish you well and good luck...

but this thread is closed...
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