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BruceCr_ms

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« Reply #25 on: 03/18/02 03:23 PM »

I've had my radio loose time AND lock up (I use the radio lock feature).  Of course, the dealer couldn't find anything wrong.  At least it's on record.
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« Reply #26 on: 03/18/02 04:33 PM »

Our 2500 was built on 12/01 and we have not had any problems with it including the roof rack.  However, it only has 730 miles on it so time will tell.  

 
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« Reply #27 on: 03/19/02 03:57 AM »

My Avalanche was built on 11/01 and I have had just minor problem. My Cruise controll fail around 2000k miles and needed to be replaced. I did bring it in to havew the transmission checked with the clunking noise sometimes. They have a technical bulitin on it and there is no fix as of yet. I did just notice on my rear door on the drivers side that the cladding is pulling away from the door ever so slightly. Did you get yours fixed and if so how did it come out??

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« Reply #28 on: 03/19/02 08:07 AM »

Did I mention my truck is still in the shop?  Grr...
three,count em... three straight weeks with no truck.. >:(

Once I get to 4 it turns into a lemon....I wonder what the 2003's are gonna be like  ;D
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« Reply #29 on: 03/19/02 09:07 AM »

Did I mention my truck is still in the shop?  Grr...
three,count em... three straight weeks with no truck.. >:(

Once I get to 4 it turns into a lemon....I wonder what the 2003's are gonna be like  ;D


What is wrong with your Av and when was it born?
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« Reply #30 on: 03/19/02 10:06 AM »

Scroll up for my first post...  



What is wrong with your Av and when was it born?

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« Reply #31 on: 03/19/02 10:08 AM »

dang... new page.. anyways, it's on page 3.
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« Reply #32 on: 03/22/02 01:41 AM »

Built 05/01 (call me an early adopter)

Problems fixed:
- Have had front axle bearings replaced (the front axle sounded like I was grinding coffee...the dealer said that the bearings had defects in the at the time of manufacture...fixed and out of the dealer in half a day)
- Have had the entire front axle differential replaced (Same grinding noise reappeared about 1,500 miles later.  This time the dealer says that the entire differential needs to be replaced becasue of a casting defect.  The noise is gone now...let's hope it stays that way.)
- Have had the passenger power window motor replaced

Problems that I still have:
- The left rear suspension severly squeaks going over bumps.  I haven't crawled under it yet to find out what it is.
- Two VERY annoying noises/rattles in the cab.  One from the glove box lock and one I swear sounds like it is coming from the gauges (more of a grinding noise).
- The lock on the passenger side bed side pocket is broken.
- The truck pulls severly to the right.  The dealer put it on an alignment rack and charged me the obligatory $50 to tell me that it is not out of alignment.  I have aftermarket Ultra rims with BFG All-Terrains in place of the stock rubber...the dealer blaims it on the tires.  Next stop...Discount Tire to see what they have to say.

In summary, I am less than impressed with the build quality of the vehicle to date.  I truly like the vehicle and am trying to get the kinks worked out...but if this keeps up it is really going to try my patience.
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« Reply #33 on: 08/20/02 03:42 PM »

Built 08/01
Oil Consumption problem - 1 qt every 1,000 miles.  

In shop right  now - doesn't shift into 2nd.  Not sure how long they will have it, they don't know why.   :C:
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« Reply #34 on: 08/20/02 04:02 PM »

Born 07/01
Roof re-painted.
Stripped out mounting bolts on the roof rack.
Rust just about everywhere.
Missing strike pads on tailgate.
Tailgate adjustment.
Replaced rear quarter panel that took almost 45 days, but that doesn't count.
Lots of paint chips, but waiting for the cumulative effect. :8:
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« Reply #35 on: 08/20/02 04:39 PM »

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Production date 08/01 1.Shimmy in steering wheel 65-75mph
solution: dealer dropped driveshaft & turned 180 degrees
2. Occassional blue smoke at startup. solution: dealer changed pvc valve.  
3. Av 3/4" lower on driver's side. solution: Dealer adjusted torsion
screw.
4. Firestone tires feathered after only 6500 miles. solution: dealer replaced all four tires under bumper to bumper warranty.
5. Low harmonic sound coming from front end at 35-45mph in 2WD
& louder in auto4WD. I suspect it is the ring & pinion gears in the front differential. solution: none! dealer does not hear the sound
or hears it but pretends not to  
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Since then I occassionally at startup still have blue smoke maybe 2% of the time out of a hundred startups. ::)
I think I need a wheel alignment because my tires are feathering again. Maybe that's the cause of that low harmonic sound I am hearing. I saw a post that some av's get knock out of alignment during transport. Why isn't there a TSB on this subject? :-\
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« Reply #36 on: 08/20/02 05:52 PM »

So far no problems with my AV 2002.
just a little oil problem maybe.watching it closely. :B: :1:
« Last Edit: 08/25/02 06:52 PM by goo929 »
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« Reply #37 on: 08/20/02 08:26 PM »

So far no problems with my AV 2002.
just a little oil problem maybe.watching it closely. :B: :1:


But when is your build date?

From inside the driver's door.
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« Reply #38 on: 08/21/02 10:35 PM »

Most of the more serious probs have already been fixed by Chevy....hopefully...leaking bed panels, oil consumption issues.....but it all depends on when your build date is....some of the problems seem to be concentrated on a more specific date in time.... :B:
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« Reply #39 on: 08/21/02 10:57 PM »

Mine was built on 8/01 and I have had some serious issues.  First off the rust above the doors is going to require the roof of my Avalanche to be painted.  I don't think that's too cool.  Second the A/C has been loosing refigerant.  Then there have been some other minor issues like seals not being installed right, missing fastening screws, etc.
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« Reply #40 on: 08/21/02 11:37 PM »

Bought my 12/01-born Av on 2/28 and have had almost 6 months of blissful no-problem time together.  Unless you count the stinkin' flat tire I had to replace for $160!   ;)
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« Reply #41 on: 08/22/02 12:20 AM »

Built in march ( I think) and have a small leaking problem.  It's not pooling just  a few drops.  But.. and thats a big BUT, I was driving home yesterday and noticed a little bit of smoke drifting by while stoped at a light.  It wasn't very much, just enough to catch my eye.  Also, noticed it this morning in the parking lot at work.  I've read the threads on the AV's smoking at start-up, but this is 20 minutes after the fact.  Plus, it has a build date of 2002.  So, I dont' know what to think.   I'll have to see if it keeps up.
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« Reply #42 on: 08/22/02 01:03 AM »

Date of Birth - 02/02 and no problems in the five weeks since I adopted it.
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« Reply #43 on: 08/22/02 01:14 AM »

Build Date:  04/02

Taken into service department twice for minor problems:

1st time:  
Totally Dealers fault.  The GM tubular assist steps I ordered weren't on truck at delivary.  My dealership had to get them sent from the dealership my truck originally came from and put them on.

2nd time:  
Tailgate needed adjustment - Done.  
Front wheel center piece cracked - Replaced.  
Occassional shifting glitch with transmission - Dealer couldn't find any codes and couldn't duplicate.  Has only happened 3 times.
Fuel Consumption is way off of what vehicle is rated at. (9 to 9.9 mpg) I have the 1500 4x4. - Dealer couldn't find any reason for it.  I am suppose to be keeping a journal of each fill up and I am becoming more conscience of how I drive (which sometimes could probably account for my mpg due to a lead foot).

Overall I am very happy with the truck and I think it has a pretty good record considering it is still a very new model of vehicle.  New models always have some kinks that need worked out in the first few years.
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« Reply #44 on: 08/23/02 07:57 AM »

:4:

03/01 - 03/2001 - Yep, thats right.  PreProduction.
NO PROBLEMS!
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« Reply #45 on: 08/23/02 08:11 AM »

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03/01 - 03/2001 - Yep, thats right.  PreProduction.
NO PROBLEMS!

Where did you get your Avalanche?   ;D

The earlist build date that I have seen recorded in GM's database is 04/01.  
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« Reply #46 on: 08/24/02 02:23 PM »

I would like to official enter into the database my frame date......24 July 01......The sticker says 8/01 in the door......

Kinda cool under the avy ...yall should look under yours....when you get a chance.
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« Reply #47 on: 08/24/02 02:48 PM »

I would like to official enter into the database my frame date......24 July 01......The sticker says 8/01 in the door......

Kinda cool under the avy ...yall should look under yours....when you get a chance.

I have been under there....who do you think painted the bowties on the mud flaps...my frame dates is july 4th 2001 (boom, pop of the firecrackers)  not a holiday I guess in Mexico
only problems have been minor 1) both side compartment doors wouldn't latch 2)passenger heated seat wouldn't work 3)rear air vent on one side blew very little air...corrections 1) replaced both latches worked fine since 2)replace safty swich in seat belt mech. they said a safty feature seat has to be buckled to heat..lights still gome on but buns don't get warm if not buckled. 3) wd 40 the thumb switch and it opened right up...all pretty minorin first 14 months :B:
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« Reply #48 on: 08/25/02 11:34 AM »

:) Red 4x4 1500
Wow I don't no about some of you av owners!!!
My born on date is 7/01. I got the truck april of 2002, It sat in the dealer show room for a while had 250 miles on it when I got it! I now have 14,000 hard miles on it! Haven't had the tires rotated yet they are in great shape! No problems, no water leaks no rattles, I have had the oil change a total of 3 times so far!  I have yet to make a trip to the dealer for my free oil change!
I am just wondering how your av is driven?
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« Reply #49 on: 08/25/02 12:16 PM »

Born on date 9/25

Minor problems  -  tonneau panel 3 sags (warranty work this  
                               week)
                             gasket on the outside of midgate glass              
                                deformed
                             small tailgate adjustment

This was a demo and surprise the sales manager did not screw it up.  I am having a hard time finding services records for it prior to my ownership.
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