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Chevrolet Avalanche Owners - Meet the Members

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,018
Please take a moment to introduce yourself and share some details about your Avalanche!

My name is Karen and I am the host of the Edmunds.com Owner's Clubs. Please let me know what discussions you would like to see in your Club folder. I will create them ASAP. You may want to take a look through the other clubs to get ideas for discussions.

Also, if you are interested in a live chat, I can arrange that for you. All Club chats are set up on

Tuesdays:
4:00-5:00 pm PT/7:00-8:00pm ET

-or-

Thursdays:
5:00-6:00pm PT/8:00-9:00pm ET
6:00-7:00pm PT/9:00-10:00 ET
7:00-8:00pm PT/10:00-11:00pm ET
(The latter may be rather late for East Coasters, but is available if you want.)

Let me know if you are interested in a chat and the day/time convenient for you.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

KarenS
Host
Owner's Clubs

Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email, karen@edmunds.com, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

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  • fpmikefpmike Posts: 21
    Hello,

    I've been following the Avalanche Pickup Townhall forum for a few months now and a lot of info is there. I got my Av three weeks ago and really like it. I had an Expedition before and this is more stable, comfortable, powerful and great to drive. I've yet to get it off the road but expect good things there too. I am looking for the roof rack and BVE running boards, the local dealer can't find them yet. Anybody have info on access to the parts information?
  • aeric1aeric1 Posts: 5
    I bought my Av on 6/15, and am really enjoying the power and comfort. I recently took a 2000 mile trip throughout California, and it performed beautifully. I also received many looks and comments! I only wish they had offered a 6-CD changer, and a better trip computer.
  • markiiimarkiii Posts: 21
    Have you talked with anyone with the Z71 pkg.? I have the Z71 and can't imagine how they could improve the ride. The only thing I have noticed is a little vibration of the steering wheel and a small amount of rear wheel hop during light off-road. Highway drive is smooth as silk. Love it.

    P.S. Mike, mine is Pewter too. Nice match with the cladding. Does yours have the graphite interior?
  • mordantkmordantk Posts: 7
    Morning.
    I purchased my Av on 6/27. It was loaded with everything except the BVE option. Just like fpmike, I too am awaiting the running boards and looking for any information. They would be mighty nice to have. My wife's grandmother is 4'10", and it is quite a site to see her try and climb in and out of the back seat.
    Constant comments all around whenever I am driving. People asking me questions at stop lights, bank drive-thrus, etc. It is almost annoying, but exceedingly gratifying. The only negative thing that I have found is that if any small car pulls up behind me, they disappear because the rear end is so tall. Other than that, no problems. Water leakage around the mid-gate etc. is minimal to nothing. I have washed it twice through a car wash, drove through heavy rain, and washed once at home.

    looking foward to hearing other comments.
  • darkeyedarkeye Posts: 36
    I purchased my Av on 6/6. It's loaded with all options. Going to add the running boards, molded hood protector, molded splash guards and ventvisors when they are available to order. So far I have had not problems with my Av. I wish I could get a dollar for every person that looks or ask me questions about my Av. I would be able to buy another one. I have been getting 16.7 mpg in the city and 18.14 mpg on highway. No water leak problems as of today. I have been washing it every week now. Blue really shows the dirt and dust. I am completely satisfied with my Avalanche.
  • allononallonon Posts: 14
    I highly recommend the getting WeatherFlectors instead. No tape, Look much cleaner. Already have mine and their sweet. Although you have to put the clips in (at least on the rears), ours popped out and we had to order replacements. The rears on our Durango didn't require the clips and I was seeing if it was really necessary. It was. You can order them from www.macnielauto.com.
  • aeric1aeric1 Posts: 5
    I also notice that small cars disappear, especially at night, when they get too close to the Av's rear. This is especially a pain in Los Angeles, where lots of little car owners like to get right on my tail. (Oh well, Darwin will take care of them!)
    The other problem with the high rear is during reversing; the backup lights seem to be very small and dim for the area they need to light up for me to see beyond the tailgate. I am considering purchasing extra bright reverse lights. Any one have ideas on this?
  • darkeyedarkeye Posts: 36
    Did you say you have these WeatherFlectors for your Avalanche? Do they make them for the Av?
  • allononallonon Posts: 14
    Yes. I emailed them and they said the door/windows are the same from the suburban. I ordered them and they fit great except for not doing the little clip on the rears. They also tell you to put them in the front but I haven't had problems with those. I wanted to leave the clips off because I like to pull the weatherflectors out when I wash the car.
  • allononallonon Posts: 14
    I don't have any problems with it. But I'm also used to driving large vehicles with bad rear visibility (Suburban, Durango, 3/4 ton pickups with full loads) I never use my inside mirror, always the side mirrors.

    There are a ton of comapnies that do rear-facing cameras. You can try that :)
  • frankfx1frankfx1 Posts: 14
    One of the AV's at a local dealer (Stewart Chev) had an aftermarket
    proximity detector installed. I did not take a look at it, but the sales
    man saild it beeped slowly and then speeded up to steady tone when
    backing up on obstacles. I do not know the vendor.

    joe
  • investedinvested Posts: 36
    My wife has a Lexus and I was at the dealer and they had a brochure on a backup alert system. It is manufactured by PORON International in Gardena, CA. The model # is 7303 micro3LV vehicle reversing aid. No phone number though. It was around $250.

    Hope this helps.
  • camtor67camtor67 Posts: 1
    Guys, thank you for your comments, but they are not helping. Why?, cause they are out of stock in my area already (North Atlanta). Because of that prices are also almost on-negotiable. I went today to get mine and from 38500K (4WD Z71)they just came down to 37500k. Am I getting a good deal?. Haven't get it yet, they don't have the Indigo Blue (nice color). If you are in my area, your friend is a Chevy Salesman and is willing to negotiate, please hook me up. I also want people to look at me.
  • stockmutstockmut Posts: 21
    I'm in NC and didn't have time to go out of state

    to get an Avalanche, but it looks like one of the $98 over invoice Chevrolet dealers located a little west of Charleston is selling their Avs for

    that price. Here is a url to their website:

    http://www.marchantchevy.com/


    Please note... I have never purchased a vehicle there and thus don't know anything about how good their service is etc.

  • Camtor67......try Bellamy-Strickland in McDonough..770-954-3000 and ask for Scott Jennings. I bought the first one they had on a special deal from GM however, I know they had a red Z-71 in stock and are waiting for a white and pewter one any day now. I have purchased 3 vehicles from Scott over the last 2 years and can tell you they will deal on them.....great folks to do business with as well. If they don't have what you want I'm sure Scott will try and locate one for you...I have a black Z66 and can't recommend it enough. Hope this helps!
  • allononallonon Posts: 14
    So I have my first real complaint abou the Av. Damn thing likes going to fast, I'm going to get in trouble one of these days.

    Every time I get a nice open stretch, I look down and its at 80-85.
  • showme1showme1 Posts: 38
    allonon, I agree, very hard to keep track of the speed. This thing is so quiet and smooth. Picked mine up in TX and drove home today.

    darkeye, I took your lead and got the Indigo Blue Z-66 with assist steps,luggage rack, tan interior, and conv. package. Your photos really sold me on the blue (you have a great loking AV). I test drove a white one 6/1 and the AV finally came in. The dealer did not have the spash guards or the hood deflector in stock but they are sending both to me UPS on Tuesday. I'll let you know how they look and share my comments on installation.

    My main complaint is the Indigo Blue seems to be a dust magnet! Sure does look good, even if I do say so myself.
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    We took delivery on 8/22/01 of our fully loaded Av. The sales manager confessed that he was skeptical of the neutral interior and then asked if I minded if he ordered another exactly like it - Yes, I mind!

    The hood protector and ventvisors go on tonight and the mud guards will be in next week.

    Check your spares, Firestone Wilderness ATs - good thing they'll see limited duty.
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    I have the neutral in my Polo green Sierra and really like it.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,018
    Folks...today's events are horrendous, and we probably haven't heard the last of it. My prayers for the safety of you, your loved ones, and for us all.

    KarenS
    Host
    Owner's Clubs

    Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email, karen@edmunds.com, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

  • Karen...thanks for the kind words. Our Nation has been violated and will never feel the same again.
  • I have a black 2500 4x4 - fully loaded, with full protection package - what an animal. Reminds me of my '67 GTO - about the same gas mileage. This thing is awesome - turns heads - gets a lot more respect than my 98 Grand Cherokee. Only thing missing is 17" wheel option and a muffler to match the engine. Everybody who rides in it is impressed.
  • ygmnygmn Posts: 179
    Just finished washing her again.

    Light pewter Metallic (SILVER to normal people).
    Z66 loaded with all the options. I love it and so does everyone I drive by.

    Now I am worried about getting hit by drivers staring at me while I drive down the road.

    I want the brush guard seen on the Chevy website. Anyone know where to get it?
  • jefishjefish Posts: 10
    Well, I did it. I picked up my Av 1500 on Friday afternoon. Metallic forest green with neutral leather, convenience package with sunroof. What a ride! I don't want to be at work today! :)
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,018
    What are the most important factors in your car-buying decisions? The Chicago Tribune is looking for a ranking of concerns such as safety, price, monthly payment, styling, quality, etc.


    Please send your response to jfallon@edmunds.com, or post in Talk to the Press.


    Thanks!


    KarenS

    Host

    Owner's Clubs

    Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email, karen@edmunds.com, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

  • fastz28fastz28 Posts: 19
    Just got a 2002 Chevy Avalanche with Z66 Package, Onyx Black w/ Tan interior. Just base + Z66, nothing else.

    Paid $22600 out the door, see "what you paid" forum for details :-)

    If you are in Austin, TX, I can refer you to the salesman who got me the deal.
  • Had my AV 2 wks now. I really like it. Previously had a 99 SLT Sierra which I liked alot as well. I located mine on BuyPower. Black Z77 with graphite interior ,Convenience package,4:10 gears.I got a great deal.I think there is a glut of these now. It runs good,but not as good as my GMC I traded in.It's the extra wt. that's a killer.I also noticed the tow/haul mode doesn't give the hard shifts like my old GMC, just seems to raise the rpm shift points. This thing really needs the 345hp 6litre motor in it,although the mpg would suffer The OnStar is cool,but the subscription is a little over priced. So far I have logged a 1000 miles,the computer went goofy once and wouldn't let it idle,but corrected itself. I recommend the Manic stainless steel step boards. They look as good as the GM ones and are a couple of hundred less. This thing is so smooth that I can forgive its shortcomings.
  • Capitol. I went to Champion first, but couldn't strike a deal there. So I went to Capitol. Easiest deal ever, told them what *I* want to pay, they either take it or I'm going somewhere else. :-)
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