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Chevrolet Avalanche

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  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    had the same initial reaction to the Ava - since more views have been released she has come to accept it. She still thinks the Supercrew is better looking as of now - because there is no radical changes from a standard Ext bed. I think the utility of the Ava will sway us.
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    Idea yet...short box...8 foot indoors if ya need it...as well as a burb seating....just pretty the damn thing up man!....

    The HD Ado will drive fine....I love the 8600GVW ride now..and can't wait for 9200GVW.....at least there is a truck them people won't buy...(maybe??)....the Ave. will be yuppy all the way...

    Bitter?...nahh...I am surrounded by yuppy ville..but I just "be me" and well......let's just say a lot of them don't like it...

    But Who am I to be real and not pretend to be something I am not??/

    - Tim
  • supposedly will have a twin to the Avalanche, when has GM not put out a vehicle with a twin? (ok besides the 'Vette)


    I gotta see the real thing to judge it but the Avalanche doesnt look very good. And Chevy is gonna use this look for future trucks? (as rumored) No thanx.
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    where did you hear about the Cad twin? And Tim (mgdvman), do you think the yuppy crowd might stick to the Tahoe, Yukon, Burbs, JGC and Ford Ex's? I have enough dirty work between yard, farm and hunting that the Avalanche seems to make the most sense. I keep going back to the Wieck photos - the Ava on the road looks good to me. They have new pictures of the 2001 Sierra 3500 on Wieck.
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    the Avalanche is to be equipped with the five link rear suspension on the redesigned Tahoe/Yukons and the 1500 Burb/Yukon XL. Is the design of the Ava too utilitarian for the soccer moms and yuppies?
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    GM has enough problems with windows and doors leaking and causing wind noises. With the new design of the Avalanche, I'd be giving odds on the abundant amount of air leaks this baby will have. Don't think you'll be able to listen to the stereo unless you have it max volume. Fit and finish is not GM's strongpoint. It will be very interesting to see who buys the first generation. I can just picture scraw posting to this board like he did with the '99 rado...anyone remember way back when....LOL

    Dean
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    Ave. will be more yupps than people like me....I believe...(or hope) the HD series will seperate the men from the pretty boys....it seems to have worked for Superduty's....(at least near me)..once in a while you see one in a Superduty...but most will say..."That's too rough"......so the HD series should be thumbs up.....

    Most burbs are 1500's...so they appeal to yupps....as will the Ave.

    Good Luck on This One now!

    - Tim
  • joelisjoelis Posts: 315
    Unfortunately, I think Tim and Dean are both on the right track. The fact that the Ave will have the cushy 1500 Suburban suspension package means it will not have the hauling capacity it really should. (otherwise they wouldn't still have leaf springs on the 3/4 ton Subs). Hell, my 1500 Silverado WITH leaf springs still has trouble.

    Dean, the fit and finish with that rear window will be interesting to see. I already see a new topic here at Edmonds next spring - "2001 Avalanche Rear Window Problems"

    Don't get me wrong, I really want to like this new truck, but I'm just being more pessimistic (realistic) based on past experience.
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    so critical for the Avalanche, considering 3' of the cargo area is in the cab and over the back seats? The 5'3" bed doesn't leave a whole lot of room for too much heavy, dirty stuff. The 1500 suspension should suffice. The towing capacity, at 8600# for 4X4 is plenty. The F150 Supercrew is only 7700#.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    The 3/4 ton burb has the optional 8.1. That should be a hauler. Would have to take a torch and cut off the roof tho...
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    but most burbs are 1500's....

    - Tim
  • joelisjoelis Posts: 315
    Why have a truck if you're not going to haul anything (besides people). Might as well buy a Suburban and keep everything inside.

    The reason this thing appeals to me is that it does actually form an 8' bed when necessary. But you inadvertently make a good point - how much of that 8' bed is actually useable before the plastic overhead crap gets in the way. I wonder if you could even get a full pallet of something in there. What do you think Ryan.

    Regarding Towing Capacity, they can pull whatever numbers they want out of their [non-permissible content removed] to say it tows more than the other guy, but all I know is that when I put a pallet of retaining blocks in my 1500, its basically on its knees pleading to get it out. I don't know what the payload capacity numbers are but they are probably exagerated too.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    I can put a full pallet of anything anywhere i am very skilled.

    True story a guy came into menards with a ford fiesta the gate guard announce guest needs assistance with a "forklift" at the cement.

    hmmm how many bags did he need? 1 bag haha i wanted to put it on a pallet and put it on his roof.

    Whats with the fasination with a forklift??? Its amazing people for the dumbest things need a forklift its funny.

    Ryan
  • roger350roger350 Posts: 157
    The point of the outside bed portion is for junk you wouldn't want to put inside your $40K Tahoe/Burb, i.e., lawnmowers, gas cans for the mowers, bags of cow manuer for the garden, etc.

    The looks are definitely love it / hate it like the Dodge was. It is much better in person than in pictures for sure though. I love it, my wife hates it. She is begging me to get a Vette instead.

    I am no yuppy. If I could have my first choice it would be one of the new HD2500 crew cabs with the Duramax. But, it won't fit in my garage. Turns out an extended cab short bed will only fit with 4 inches to spare, which won't be too fun either. So the Ave, is looking like a good compromise. I do wish they would have a 2500 version, for the 6.0L, and the leaf springs, but in reality, I don't need that much truck. I just need a hunting/home improvement project type hauler, so I can compromise and go with the Ave. But, I'll miss the power of the 6.0L for sure.
  • joelisjoelis Posts: 315
    Yep, I guess it would work ok for that smelly dirty stuff you don't want inside (hopefully there will be a good enough seal from the rear seatbacks...)
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    the Avalanche makes the case for compromise - sometimes you need seating for 4 or 5 - sometimes you need to haul stuff outside in a bed. (I also hope the seals are good enough.) As to my "inadvertent" point, it wasn't that at all - the point is, if you need a 3/4 ton with leafs and overloads, buy it! If you need an 8 foot bed with cargo room at or above the roof line - get a pickup! Match the vehicle as closely as possible to what you need to haul or tow.
  • joelisjoelis Posts: 315
    I went to the Minnesota State Fair this week specifically to see the new Ave in production clothes. HA. What a joke. All they had was the same old Burgundy one-off show truck that was in Detroit in January (with a few more scratches, etc).

    I asked where the production prototype version was - I got a blank stare, and then the GM guy said "Its not in production yet". No [non-permissible content removed] sherlock, but where is the black one that is on your latest mini brochure doc? "Oh, its right here" he says, and points to the same picture of it on his pamphlet that I already have at home. No idiot, where is the real one? Another blank stare - "I don't think they have one yet". I just shook my head and left. It was either that or hit him...
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    I was looking forward to your pictures. Wesyang saw the Avalanche in Seattle. Was it the Burgundy show truck also?
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    at Woodward Cruise in Michigan was a Burgandy one as well

    -Tim
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    They have one. I seen pics of it in a magazine elsewhere actually driving on a road. haha its like a government conspiracy. I dunno i dunno deny deny deny

    Ryan
  • wesyangwesyang Posts: 32
    At Seattle SeaFair, the truck is in light gray. It looks very close to the black one shown in the mini brochure. In addition, it has the running-broad but no sun-roof. The demo truck has the 18" wheels. I asked the Chevy rep how much difference between the demo truck and the final production one. He said very few. 18¡± wheels for sure will be replaced.

    Interior in demo truck is very close to the current Yokon. The dashboard and front seats are almost identical to Yoken. The only difference I found out is the head-set in the second row seats. They are smaller (more like the head-set in the third row seats of Yokon XL). The Chevy rep said the head-set of second row seats are not adjustable but Chevy web site said yes.

    Overall, I feel the truck looks very cool. However, some of my friends think the truck looks funny when they saw it because the cab is very big and truck bed is so short.

    Wesley
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    ..how about Yukon

    - Tim
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    Were they on the light gray truck? Does the black truck in the brochure show Boards? The red show truck clearly shows boards but I can't pick them out on pictures of the other trucks. I'm wondering if running boards are built in as part of the lower cladding.
  • Does anyone know anything about when GMC will get its own product from the GMT805 program(Avalanche) and how it will differ? I would have preferred the Avalanche's looks when I was 16, but 15 years later it seems a little adolescent for a 30-something. And a Cadillac version, which I've heard called the "Warrior" and also the Escalade EXT, strikes me as a bit of a "dandy." GMC's new look, exemplified by the new Yukon Denali, Denali XL, and Sierra C-3, are what I'm looking for....and adding the 6.0 V8 is even better.
  • Black truck in the brochure doesn't show the running boards. It's a seperated part from the lower cladding. Chevy rep mentioned the running broad, roof rack when he talked about the accessories for the Avalanche. I guess we have to pay extra to have them.
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    will be no twin to the Avalanche - see post #21 on this topic. Also, no 6.0 (at least in the first year).
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    Almost a week - no posts. Is the interest level in the Avalanche dropping off, or is there just not enough new info to post? Is interest in the big SUVs and trucks fading as fuel prices stay high? Excursions have been at 0.9 -2.9% financing and you still see them sitting on the lots. Just wondering...
  • I read in car & driver that Caddillac will have a twin to the Ave to compete with the Lincoln Blackwood.
  • Last year, when Chevy/GMC introduced the new re-designed Suburban/Tahoe, dealer didn't want to sell them any price other than full MSRP for a full year, do you guys think this will happen to new Avalanche? It seems easier to get close-invoice price on Ford F150 S-Crew than Avalanche. And I really hate to pay dealer more than 500 over invoice.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    to get an Ave for $500 over invoice unless you wait a year.
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