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Interested in Purchasing an Avalanche
« on: February 11, 2019, 07:07:22 AM »

Two questions:
When transporting bulky items, have the sail panels ever gotten in the way?  VS. a traditional truck where you can lay items on the bed rail it seems the Avalanche may be at a disadvantage? 

Also, I plan on buying an avalanche in the mileage range of 100,000 to 130,000.  Can anyone speak to the reliability of the avalanche including the model year?  Thank you in advance everyone!
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Re: Interested in Purchasing an Avalanche
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2019, 07:39:35 AM »

First welcome to the website!

The only time I have read of the sail panels getting in the way is if someone tried to install a 5th wheel trailer hitch setup. Otherwise it does depend on the load and loading techniques.Some owners have made load carriers on the bed panels or sort of a custom built roof rack extender. Or just tow a trailer etc.
To get some piece of mind read the sections and threads covering "high mileage clubs" to see owners of long time high mileage AVs. Also threads that ask questions like "if you had to do it over would you buy another AV etc." Then you can also see threads where about once a year someone repeats a rumor of a third generation AV being released. That has happened since 2013 and the end of the AV.
Longevity seems to be a matter of treating the AV well, not abusing it and to give it proper maintenance. So buying a used Av can vary depending on it's past.
And the next popular question of people looking at Avs is "is this a good deal?"  That question is best answered by checking websites like www.kbb.com or www.edmunds.com to get pricing based on condition and market in your zip code. as well as thoroughly checking out the AV in question.
Good luck in your search for the right AV for you.
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Re: Interested in Purchasing an Avalanche
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2019, 08:58:00 AM »

You will not be able to carry anything on bed rails...rear of the sail panels are only lids to the saddle storage bins...they would be damaged if any significant weight was placed upon them

I have two avalanches...a 2002 and 2013....the 2002 has a bullet proof 5.3L all cast iron....with 250M miles and all I have done is replace the plugs, wires and belt....the 2013 RWD has aluminum heads, which can be a problem in an overheating event.......in the later years, the 4x4's have an all aluminum engine which addresses the added weight by the transfer case....I would prefer the cast iron engine...

I think the best thing to happen to the Avalanche was the 6 speed transmission...maybe the worst was the 'Active Fuel Management' system...this was also known as 'cylinder deactivation' first introduced on Cadillacs decades earlier....it represents a lot of computer driven technology and parts to gain only appr. 7% savings/advantage (I don't recall where I read that)...can't really assign a negative factor to this AFM because GM has kept a tight lid on it somehow....however, a whole after market industry has developed with the purpose of disabling this feature and re-tuning the computer and making customers happy...

In my case, I don't find it significantly objectionable...but my 2013 never goes into 4 cylinder operation unless I am traveling downhill with the wind under 70 MPH....that being said, it appears that the gains are minimal but necessary to get passed EPA mandates.

If Avalanches didn't exist, I would have to own a truck and a SUV in its place...I can travel and pull into a nice hotel with valet service as well as drive onto muddy job sites and work out of it...I regard it as the most versatile and  utilitarian vehicle ever made...my wife quickly grew accustomed to the size and height/visibility aspect and neither of us can tolerate sitting in a car with our butts less than 18" of the pavement eye level with the bumper of the vehicle in front of us.

IMHO, when shopping for a low mileage, clean, well kept Avalanche, you will discover the relative highest resale values in the used car business.   This would be a testament to strong favor-ability but in a small market and an ever increasing rarity...it appears that GM will not bring back the Avalanche...I waited years, thinking they would...I got a good deal on my 2013 and think I can drive it with moderate mileage for 2 or 3 years and sell it for what I paid.   

Tip:  The narrow market is the buyers only advantage...I found a 'trade in'  Avalanche at an exclusive Lexus dealership...they didn't have the kind of traffic to move it off the lot...after 50 days it went below wholesale and advertised on Ebay...I was first at dealership on a Monday morning with 'note lot' dealers back of me...I didn't have much time to check it out and the sale was "as-is".  I wrote the check and anticipated the worst...pleasantly surprised,  the only expenditures to date are upgraded (2" lifted) Rancho struts and shocks, an Apple-play radio, plugs, wires, and front brake discs...none of which were critically necessary...the owners did sneak a cd Bose replacement for a DVD Bose that went undiscovered by all parties...but I am going to replace it anyway....the 2" lifted struts are necessary if considering any larger wheels/tires in the future and gets rid of characteristic factory slant.


Hope this helps
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Re: Interested in Purchasing an Avalanche
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2019, 09:22:15 AM »

I used my EXT to transport two large boxed wooden TV stands.

The taller of the two did not fit under the opening where the rear window had been removed and sat outside of the truck cab, but it sat comfortably in the bed.

If it had gone in a couple of inches more, I could have closed the tail gate.

The shorter of the two was much longer, yet it fit nicely inside the truck cab after the rear window was removed and the mid-gate was lowered.

The guys at the furniture store loading dock were laughing when I first pulled up to gather my order.

They stopped laughing when I configured the truck to handle the load.

I was smiling as I pulled out of the lot and headed home.

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Re: Interested in Purchasing an Avalanche
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2019, 10:25:28 AM »

Thank you all!  Was really interested to see if anyone had any instances where they ever needed a traditional truck when they owned their AV.
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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2019, 10:40:18 AM »

The thing is you can create situations where any vehicle is not perfect and another serves that specific incident better. The thing is you need to decide for yourself what you will use the vehicle for overall and will it serve your purpose on a daily basis.
Ex. a Suburban will carry more people, a Silverado pickup has larger engines more models and bed space for a 5th wheel and towing capacity that is larger. A Hummer might be better at off-road use.

It has often been said that "the AV is the Swiss Army knife of vehicles." and that is true, it does most things well and serves most people in a variety of daily uses.
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Re: Interested in Purchasing an Avalanche
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2019, 10:52:03 AM »

Times you may want a pick up.

5th wheel towing.
Hauling something very nasty that requires 8ft bed and you do not want to drop midgate because it smells very very bed.
Example: if I was in Waste industry I would not want AVYS.

Everything else Avy to me is way to go.... but they do notmake them any more....

wAH WAH so used is all you get.
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Re: Interested in Purchasing an Avalanche
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2019, 13:07:16 PM »

Thank you all!  Was really interested to see if anyone had any instances where they ever needed a traditional truck when they owned their AV.
The Avy has met all of my needs in multiple configurations.  I wouldn't want anything different.
























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Re: Interested in Purchasing an Avalanche
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2019, 14:12:21 PM »

Well over 90% of the time, I am alone and without any type of load.

I have a utility trailer that handles the loads I carry that I won't attempt to put into the bed.

My truck suits my needs well over 98% of the time.

If I ever need to haul enough stuff to fill a U-Haul, I will rent a U-Haul.

Works for me.

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Re: Interested in Purchasing an Avalanche
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2019, 21:04:28 PM »

First welcome to the website!

The only time I have read of the sail panels getting in the way is if someone tried to install a 5th wheel trailer hitch setup. Otherwise it does depend on the load and loading techniques.Some owners have made load carriers on the bed panels or sort of a custom built roof rack extender. Or just tow a trailer etc.
To get some piece of mind read the sections and threads covering "high mileage clubs" to see owners of long time high mileage AVs. Also threads that ask questions like "if you had to do it over would you buy another AV etc." Then you can also see threads where about once a year someone repeats a rumor of a third generation AV being released. That has happened since 2013 and the end of the AV.
Longevity seems to be a matter of treating the AV well, not abusing it and to give it proper maintenance. So buying a used Av can vary depending on it's past.
And the next popular question of people looking at Avs is "is this a good deal?"  That question is best answered by checking websites like www.kbb.com or www.edmunds.com to get pricing based on condition and market in your zip code. as well as thoroughly checking out the AV in question.
Good luck in your search for the right AV for you.

I've got a 2005 - Original owner with 95,000 miles on it. Ox sensor one time and a  one set of 4
tires and two batteries in 13 years.   I do own a 10 x 6 utility trailer for anything really large I can tow it.
  I'm looking to downsize or a great deal of R+R Maintenance at 100K to take me another 15 years.  make me an offer if interested.
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