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200,000 Mile Club

Oberloh

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Joined
Dec 2, 2020
Messages
62
Location
Northern California
My 2003 1500 has 217k miles on it, Ive had it since new with little mods. I've decided to remedy that as money becomes available. Isn't that and wife's approval always the case.

My motor still runs great with no smoke and drives great. I did have to have the tranny rebuilt at 154K and just replaced the plugs for the second time, the knock sensors for the first time, as well as the AC clutch and the old valve cover gaskets in the last three months. I over towed a 6000 lb trailer for a while and carried more than the miniscule payload a time or three with lumber loads. Last year I replaced the pitman, and idler arms, upper and lower ball joints, sway bar links, tie rods and sway bar bushing. It's very tight now, and does (Can do...I surely don't exceed the speed limit ;). the sweeping 90 degree turn over then local freeway bridge on the way to the city at 90 MPH. Last summer I replaced the rotors with drilled and slotted ones, and bit the bullet for ceramic pads. It stops better than when I drove it off the lot in '03. I replaced the gauge cluster for less than a hundred bucks with all new gauges, and am on the third set of tires now.

I have put way less money into maintaining this Chevy than I have in my last 5 Fords, but I wish I had been more patient and waited to find the 2500 instead of this "1500 wannabe truck." With the price of decent 4x4 trucks starting at 50-60K these days, my $30K list of future overlander mods and a rotisserie restoration should result in my old AV. being better than any new 1/2 ton for half the price. Including the Raptor, that buy the way, has an equally low payload rating as my 1500.

Anyone ever stay with a 1500 and beef up the frame, steering box, brake booster, tranny cooler etc, for Dana 60's?

Thank you,
Don
 
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Chris64

New Member
Joined
Jan 31, 2021
Messages
2
Got almost 250,000 on my 2004 base model and traded it in for a 2008 2LT with only 54000 miles.
Thought I would need to settle for just a truck as I could not find any decent Avalanches.
love the Avalanche.
 

IslandAvy

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Joined
Jun 6, 2006
Messages
21
Location
Camano Island, Washington
My 2005 Has 230,000 on it and I just changed oil yesterday. Daily driver since 2005. Been to most of the National parks in west. Roadtrips of thousands of miles summer and winter no problems. goes wherever I point it and still gives me good mileage. Thinking of a tuneup after a bit. Last tuneup was when she reached 100k. Been in desert, mountains, Plain. Very good vehicle Carries 4 large adults (european) in comfort. One knitting in back seat. Smooth ride and comfortable. Problems- none to speak of. Usual maintenance, keep clean and they last forever.
 

Olea454

New Member
Joined
Sep 4, 2018
Messages
3
Ive got an 02 with 210xxx still going strong. Replaced water pump, brake booster, tires, and just regual services (oil, trans fluid, rear diff fluid)
 

jfrysz

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Joined
Sep 18, 2021
Messages
3
I just got tags, title and insurance today. 2004 Z66.

It has 194858 on it.

Just had O2 sensor replaced. Knock sensor replaced, wiring harness replaced, brake pads replaces and both serpentine belts replaced.

Still needs headliner fixed, cracked dash and passengers side interior a-pillar fixed.

Lastly, put a cold air kit on it.

Next is exhaust in next couple of weeks.
 
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