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300,000 mile club
« on: July 23, 2012, 06:58:11 AM »

I've got 331,000 on my 2002, I am the original owner.  Original engine and transmission.  Anybody else over 300k??


11-7-2012 update just hit 338,000

02-07-2014  353,000 miles and still going although the rust is starting to show....a lot!!
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2012, 08:06:12 AM »

 :o wow :thumbsup:
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2012, 12:03:44 PM »

 :cheers: to the next 300,000.

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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2012, 17:25:55 PM »

I have about 104k......what is your secret? What have you had to replace or fix?
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2012, 09:48:56 AM »

Change oil every 3000 miles, and never drive over 95 mph :4:
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2012, 11:07:33 AM »

Humm that 1,000 quarts of oil @ $4 = $4,000. Small price to pay for all those miles.

I believe we have a few more members over 300,000
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2012, 11:35:07 AM »

Have 302,127 miles. Bought it new in August '02. I am only owner. Valves are going wacky at this point and rings are a bit shot. Just bought a rebuilt 5.3 with bigger cam and pistons from GM through JEGS with 100,000 mile warranty or 3 years. Cam and pistons pushed it up to 327 horse. Swapping it out on the 6th. Sorry it had to go but don't want to be towed home. LOVE this truck. Going to put Rancho RSX 170000's on with new Michelins all around. Been everywhere with my baby. :thumbsup:
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2012, 14:01:17 PM »

 :welcome: bby hmv

Wow, 300,000 miles! That is simply insane!

It'll take me another ten years to get to 300,000.
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2012, 15:33:12 PM »

:welcome: bby hmv

Wow, 300,000 miles! That is simply insane!

It'll take me another ten years to get to 300,000.
20 years for me  :D i have nt hit 100k yet lol
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2012, 19:21:45 PM »

LOL. It will take me like 70 years to get 300k.  :B:
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2012, 12:23:23 PM »

 :thumbsup: If y'all don't want to happen to you that happened to me make SURE you change your oil every three thousand. Let mine go to seven, by mistake, SLUDGE!!! That's why my valves are "rockin". But oh well. Gonna have a new engine, 40 more horse, a few pounds more of torque and I'm good to go for at least another 300,000. Ths time I'm shootin for 500,000 with NO problems. Maybe I'll get a new 2500 HD Crew Cab from mother GM at the end. But ya gotta love the AV. Will never let her go. Any monthly or weekly meets in Oklahoma?
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2012, 21:07:09 PM »

I have about 312K on mine. Really I have had to do little outside of routine mtce. Last week i pulled my 10,000# tractor and tri-axle trailer about 20 miles over hill and valley to do some work for a friend. She never let out a whimper, just trudged along. I suppose everyone with great automotive success will attribute it to something or other. Regardless of what may have worked for one, i swear by Mobil 1 and care. If you take her to the mud hole, be sure to treat her right when you get home. Works well for trucks too.....  :4:
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2012, 05:18:25 AM »

I am the original owner of a 2002 Z66 I am at 377,000 miles and counting.  Just came back from a 5000 mile trip and averaged 21.3 MPG.  My Avalanche is the best vehicle I ever owned. I use Mobile 1 5W30 and change it every time the the oil change light comes on. 
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2012, 06:24:31 AM »

I am the original owner of a 2002 Z66 I am at 377,000 miles and counting.
your going to need a 400,000 mile club thread soon  :o
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #14 on: September 4, 2012, 10:04:00 AM »

I have 281,000 on my 02.  I am the original owner and the truck has been impeccable, unfortunately Im hearing some knocking. Looks like a new engine is in the future.  Wish I could have reached 300. 
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2012, 19:45:13 PM »

I am real close to turning over 300k.  Bought it just over 200k and did a ton of work to it (came with a bad tranny but was only 900$).  It looks pristine and the engine has never been rebuilt and runs VERY strong... even tows my 7x14 5,000+lbs trailer fully loaded with minimal uphill overheating.

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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2012, 04:56:12 AM »

Everyone with over 300k miles - if it is a 2002 is it an early production model with a real throttle cable or a later 2002 with the electronic throttle?
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #17 on: October 20, 2012, 09:49:35 AM »

Mine has a real throttle cable
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2013, 06:50:39 AM »

2002 - z66 - 317K

tranny is getting rebuilt as I type this.

Biggest issues i've had:

2 - alternators - done at a local shop
1 - fuel pump - deal replaced - cost me 1k
1 - front passenger window regulator - never fixed
1 - anti lock brake computer - never fixed - so no anti lock brakes
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2013, 06:50:39 AM »

And to think I was happy when I finally broke the 100K mark!  You peeps with the high miles makes me think I can run my Av for another couple decades!   :A:
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #20 on: February 1, 2013, 17:06:31 PM »

Wow! Makes me feel good to know that some of you have reached 300k on original engine
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #21 on: March 3, 2013, 12:51:23 PM »

Just passed the 270k mark on my '05 a few days ago!  Hoping to hit that 300k mark soon.
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254,000 on my '03 Z71
« Reply #22 on: March 6, 2013, 14:50:06 PM »

I bought it new 10 years ago, never any problems with the engine or transmission.  I change oil and filter every 6000 miles, but I use Mobile 1 synthetic.  Biggest problems I have had is in the last year I've had to replace the fuel pump and the water pump.  In the last couple weeks the drivers side seat has started balking at raising or lowering so I got to figure that out.  Great riding vehicle, and I usually get 19-20MPG on interstates.
I am debating on whether to trade for a new one or just drive it til it gives out.
Definitely the best vehicle I have ever owned.
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #23 on: April 7, 2013, 21:48:03 PM »

I just changed my oil today, at 89xxx miles.  I just go by when the DIC tells me to change it.  I get about 7-8k miles between changes, but I don't tow anything and rarely go on long trips.

Just noticed today that I may have to replace my water pump.  That's gonna be fun...  lol
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #24 on: April 12, 2013, 14:49:54 PM »

I have a question for the high mile club . What about changing the tranny filter and oil ? I have 146k on my 05, bought it with 60k and I haven't done it yet. I have to kits in the garage just no time. My biggest fear is blowing the tranny . I've been looking at an 07 with 96k on it. The other problem I will have getting there is body rot , my left rear quarter has a rot hole at the gas door. 
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« Reply #25 on: May 18, 2013, 04:49:31 AM »

Everyone with over 300k miles - if it is a 2002 is it an early production model with a real throttle cable or a later 2002 with the electronic throttle?
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #26 on: May 28, 2013, 12:59:02 PM »

I have a question for the high mile club . What about changing the tranny filter and oil ? I have 146k on my 05, bought it with 60k and I haven't done it yet.
Just saw your post. I've been changing my tranny fluid and filter every spring or early summer (seven times so far).  With the weak tranny in the 1500 trucks, I figure it is cheap insurance. So far, I've had no issues.
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« Reply #27 on: June 9, 2013, 17:55:49 PM »

So if I have a 160,000 and I got her for $5k I am really ahead! Still half it's life left for 10% of the new price. I just put $7k into her prettiness and now I feel better knowing she will last another 10 years.
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #28 on: June 21, 2013, 19:13:57 PM »

What motor is it? I have the 8.1 in my 05 2500 with a little over 90,000. I guess I have a long way to go.
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #29 on: November 22, 2013, 11:22:45 AM »

Hi all,

I'm new to this club, and I bought my 1500 when it was a year old and had 13,000 miles on it.  I have just passed 313,000 miles and I was wondering how many of us are out there.  Original tranny and engine, and no issues to speak of.  It has spent the last 10 winters without a garage in Minnesota.  This truck is amazing and I wanted to share.
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« Reply #30 on: November 22, 2013, 11:24:42 AM »

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« Reply #31 on: December 22, 2013, 13:21:53 PM »

I have about 312K on mine. Really I have had to do little outside of routine mtce. Last week i pulled my 10,000# tractor and tri-axle trailer about 20 miles over hill and valley to do some work for a friend. She never let out a whimper, just trudged along. I suppose everyone with great automotive success will attribute it to something or other. Regardless of what may have worked for one, i swear by Mobil 1 and care. If you take her to the mud hole, be sure to treat her right when you get home. Works well for trucks too.....  :4:

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Now 327000 miles. Transmission just lost 3rd gear. Pulled it and rebuilt using improved Alto parts. Back to like new condition. Wish it would have lasted longer. From what I hear though, the 4L60Es have lots of problems with the 3-4 packs.
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« Reply #32 on: December 23, 2013, 05:55:07 AM »

***UPDATE***
Now 327000 miles. Transmission just lost 3rd gear. Pulled it and rebuilt using improved Alto parts. Back to like new condition. Wish it would have lasted longer. From what I hear though, the 4L60Es have lots of problems with the 3-4 packs.

I had that happen on a 2nd hand tranny that I put in while I was rebuilding the original.  I've also had the band start getting soft on the 1-2 shift as well.  I also use the Alto 3-4 clutch packs when rebuilding.  All in all though you did well to get that many miles on a 4L60E.
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« Reply #33 on: December 25, 2013, 21:52:41 PM »

I had that happen on a 2nd hand tranny that I put in while I was rebuilding the original.  I've also had the band start getting soft on the 1-2 shift as well.  I also use the Alto 3-4 clutch packs when rebuilding.  All in all though you did well to get that many miles on a 4L60E.
I'm adding all new electronics and new corvette servo this weekend. I still have a weak 2-3 upshift. Hope I can get this cleaned up.
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #34 on: June 25, 2014, 11:31:22 AM »

Logged 300,000 last month on May 22nd. I had a Jasper re-manufactured 5.3L installed at 267,000 miles but probably could have gotten over 300,000 out of the original engine. It was starting to tick more frequently and oil pressure was erratic. However, I think the oil pressure gauge problem is simply just a stepper motor. Still have that problem.

I use it for work traveling to NC, SC and VA. and didn't want to worry about breaking down on my way to a business meeting. It's been all over pulling my 25ft camper, FL, The Lowcountry of SC, DC, Mt. Rushmore, Rocky Mtns, Yellowstone, Gulf Coast, etc..

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« Reply #35 on: August 4, 2014, 06:54:21 AM »

I've reached 350k on Thursday 7/31/14.  Fuel pump went out Friday morning.  Getting that fixed right now, than back on the road.
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« Reply #36 on: August 4, 2014, 06:56:15 AM »

I've reached 350k on Thursday 7/31/14.  Fuel pump went out Friday morning.  Getting that fixed right now, than back on the road.
Is this the only repairs that has been required?
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« Reply #37 on: August 4, 2014, 11:30:29 AM »

Mike what year is your av?
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« Reply #38 on: August 4, 2014, 11:59:34 AM »

Is this the only repairs that has been required?

This is my 3rd fuel pump
3 - altenators
I also did a tranny rebuild somewhere into 310 - 320k mark.
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« Reply #39 on: August 4, 2014, 12:02:29 PM »

Mike what year is your av?

2002


this is way off topic but last week I rented a 2015 Tahoe.  That truck is really nice.  Makes me think about what could have been for the a 2015 Av model.
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« Reply #40 on: August 4, 2014, 12:14:38 PM »

Yeah, we test drove a 2015 Suburban on Saturday.  Quite nice.  Not crazy about the external styling but the interior and how it drove were excellent.
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« Reply #41 on: August 4, 2014, 12:20:57 PM »

nice, this past weekend i had 2014 Durango.  It's was ok..but that Tahoe has me.  When I returned it the guy ahead of me had the Suburban.  Still not sure if i'm a fine of the headlight design.
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #42 on: August 11, 2014, 18:50:11 PM »

Hey guys,

I've got 311,371 on the '02 Avalanche, its been driven well and served some good purposes. It just had the transmission go out on the highway this weekend. Asking the group for some feedback to repair the tranny or just look to the next car. We've had some bad luck with the motor (replaced at 172K) transmission rebuilt at 190. Hoping to get to 500K with it. 

Thoughts?  :help:
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« Reply #43 on: August 12, 2014, 04:00:39 AM »

Hey guys,

I've got 311,371 on the '02 Avalanche, its been driven well and served some good purposes. It just had the transmission go out on the highway this weekend. Asking the group for some feedback to repair the tranny or just look to the next car. We've had some bad luck with the motor (replaced at 172K) transmission rebuilt at 190. Hoping to get to 500K with it. 

Thoughts?  :help:

Things are going to wear out.

If you are happy with the truck, spend some money and get it fixed.

Repairs are a heck of a lot cheaper than a new car, in most cases.

I say drive it until you are tired of it.

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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #44 on: August 12, 2014, 04:51:45 AM »

Things are going to wear out.

If you are happy with the truck, spend some money and get it fixed.

Repairs are a heck of a lot cheaper than a new car, in most cases.

I say drive it until you are tired of it.

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x2. As long as you are happy with it in general, it's cheaper to fix it than buy a new one.  I had an economics professor in college in the mid 80's who drove a 1960's era VW Bug.  The dude was loaded and could drive whatever he wanted.  He often used his car as an economic example of how it's more effective nomical to maintain and fix what you have than to buy new.  The guy was a hoot.  He actually used dredge from the primer used to paint a local bridge to paint his car and would give us impromptu lessons on auto repairs.
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #45 on: July 29, 2015, 13:04:44 PM »

02 original owner 327,059 2 fuel pumps many sets of tires but absolutely still love it. The cladding very faded but thanks to PlastiDip looks great again. Having issue now with many misfires so thinking engine is finally going. Any recommendations on engine appreciated, was looking at the jasper. Thoughts?
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #46 on: July 29, 2015, 16:55:44 PM »

02 original owner 327,059 2 fuel pumps many sets of tires but absolutely still love it. The cladding very faded but thanks to PlastiDip looks great again. Having issue now with many misfires so thinking engine is finally going. Any recommendations on engine appreciated, was looking at the jasper. Thoughts?
Not that any two issues are alike, as experience tells me, I had multiple misfires not too long ago. Turned out to be an O2 sensor giving bad info leading to rich mixture. No idea if same issue as you but for what it's worth.....
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #47 on: September 13, 2015, 15:34:01 PM »

Only 70k to go to reach this mark.  I put 35k on the clock in a year.
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #48 on: October 5, 2015, 14:13:21 PM »




All Original Drivetrain, transmission rebuilt at 250K. Upgraded the stock wheels to new 2015 18" takeoffs last month, replaced the Shocks at the same time. 5W30 regular Penzoil & a WIX Filter every 3K. 17MPG. Ultra reliable, totally comfortable, and extremely versatile daily driver.  
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #49 on: October 5, 2015, 15:15:20 PM »

Not bad Dragracer and it still looks very good.
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #50 on: October 9, 2015, 08:15:08 AM »

I have an 04 Z66, got to 275,500 before having to replace motor with a new Jasper ready for 400,000 + now.

Cracks in the heads became to big and lost my water pump all in the same week.

New engine runs great though.
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #51 on: October 9, 2015, 08:31:59 AM »

I have an 04 Z66, got to 275,500 before having to replace motor with a new Jasper ready for 400,000 + now.

Cracks in the heads became to big and lost my water pump all in the same week.

New engine runs great though.

If you don't mind. How much did that new engine cost you?  FYI - I have an 08 z66 385k original motor
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #52 on: December 16, 2015, 16:18:36 PM »

bought my 02 z66 3 or 4 years ago with 324,000mi knowing it may need an engine and trans (orginal engine and trans I was told) for $2,000.  tk went form sellers house on rollback to my mechanic, minor isuses only. I clicked over to 390,000 this week. looking for at least 1/2 million >:( :thumbsup:
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #53 on: March 2, 2016, 07:25:32 AM »

Ol' Yellar joined this club last night.  I've personally rebuilt the transmission (took it out for rebuild a bit over 200K) and had my mechanic drop in an ATK High Performance 6.0L, 460 hp, 470 ft-lb at 289K.  Still love driving the old girl.
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #54 on: May 28, 2016, 07:37:02 AM »

260,000 miles and this thing runs like a champ!!!
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #55 on: June 4, 2016, 21:25:47 PM »

Wow. These high-mileage stories are encouraging. I recently bought an '04 1500 Z71 with 163k miles. Looks like with proper maintenance and TLC, I've still got a long way to go yet!
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #56 on: January 22, 2018, 01:21:10 AM »

     It is my right, Honor and duty to report to you all that my 2004 Z71 Avalanche has crossed the next mountain on the odometer, the 300,000 mile mark. Since these threads are worthless without pictures I offer this as evidence I have owned my truck now for 5,081 days and now over 300k miles. My truck purchase brought me an extended family and my own family. It is a testament to regular maintenance and fixing stuff before it breaks. In 300k miles it has NEVER not started upon demand and has NEVER been towed in disgrace. There is only 1 part that REALLY needs some love. The driver seat! Otherwise I'll keep on rolling toward 400k 1 day at a time.

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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #57 on: January 22, 2018, 07:45:15 AM »

Way to go John, here's to the next milestone.
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #58 on: March 24, 2018, 08:41:31 AM »

354,139 miles but finally had to replace engine. 2 dead cylinders but I can't complain So I found an engine with 72k miles and put in If it gives me at lease half of the original I will be happy. Truck still looks good so hoping for the best!

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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #59 on: March 24, 2018, 16:13:01 PM »

     It is my right, Honor and duty to report to you all that my 2004 Z71 Avalanche has crossed the next mountain on the odometer, the 300,000 mile mark. Since these threads are worthless without pictures I offer this as evidence I have owned my truck now for 5,081 days and now over 300k miles. My truck purchase brought me an extended family and my own family. It is a testament to regular maintenance and fixing stuff before it breaks. In 300k miles it has NEVER not started upon demand and has NEVER been towed in disgrace. There is only 1 part that REALLY needs some love. The driver seat! Otherwise I'll keep on rolling toward 400k 1 day at a time.

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That's awesome dude.  I wonder what I would have if I just would have kept my 02 :beating:
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Re: 300,000 mile club
« Reply #60 on: April 5, 2018, 19:59:37 PM »

304k. Original everything. Truck still runs like butter!
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« Reply #61 on: July 20, 2018, 08:22:20 AM »

turned three hundred on mine, just installed a new 04 motor with a few upgrades ,, 4.8 pistons and 04 vette cam
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« Reply #62 on: July 21, 2018, 12:09:30 PM »

Getting close on mine... 273k...

Only thing I have done on my engine is replace the cracked castech heads at about 260k miles.. Still running strong... Did PM on drivetrain, rear diff, trans, transfer case but otherwise no major repairs.

Still cheaper than buy a newer truck...

And still going strong. Actually better than when I bought it 100k miles ago.
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