I just bought my new avalanche two weeks ago and I just found this website. So far I really like it! As to my questions, I've heard people talking about the production date (water leak problem threads).. Where do you find the production date? Is it the date on the door? Mine says 08/01....seems odd I bought it in 05/02, it would be that old! Or am I wrong on where to find the date? If so do I need to worry about having problems? Also I was told it had a security device installed in the key. If I wanted a copy I needed to pay 30.00 for a key with a chip. If not, it wouldn't start and security light would come on. Well I decided to just get an extra key made without the chip so I could at least open the doors. I put this key in the ignition to give it a try and it works!! In fact I drove all the way home, about 30 miles with the copied key. Did I misunderstand the dealer, or is there a problem? My final question, I've seen the escalade gauges and I really like them. Has anyone installed them? Is it as easy as they say it is? What would happen if I didn't transfer the milage and hours to it? Well I thank eveyone for there comments and input.