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Chevrolet Avalanche



  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    Z71 with the 3.73 - I don't plan on towing over 5-6000#. Towing at 2-4000# has not required the use of tow/haul mode.

    I laugh at the detractors on this posting. I don't think the Av owners are following the "Computer nerd seeks car guy" thread as a BMW owner might. People are always asking about and complimenting ours. I'm sure most people who don't like the styling are decent and courteous enough to keep their mouth shut and think "to each his own".
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    Haven't heard from you for a while. You had worked on the seals on the Av early on - do you see much difference in the final product? It was one of the biggest concerns, and has been answered satisfactorily by many on this thread.

    Have you driven the Av? I've said it before, the styling is over the top and takes some getting used to - but to use it daily for the purposes for which it was designed - it has been a complete package that I got accustomed to very quickly. It is comfortable, smooth and adaptable.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    If you took a real close look at who posted that deragatory remark, it was one who the silverado owners already had a run in with under f150rules.
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    if you were referring to me. I fully understand the 'to each his own". I do like the idea behind the Av just not the looks. BTW......I have talked to more who don't than who do like the styling of it. Somebody ought to do a survey to get an idea how many "Screw" owners bought it mainly because GM didn't have one.
  • bowhuntwibowhuntwi Posts: 262
    I'm not asking it to rile anybody's feathers...but why did you buy an AV? I have had a pickup of many sorts for the last 30 years, they have all been short beds. Yes there were times that a long bed would of came in handy but 98% of the time a shorty was fine. There are many fine pickups out there today that are trucks that can do anything that the AV does. Why introduce the problems of a folding midgate. Why not buy a crew cab pickup of sorts or a Suburban and lay down the seats for hauling. Is it because it's a new & radical machine?

    I was in the market for a new truck, I trade every 2 or 3 years, I looked at the AV, HD's (1500 & 2500)Crew cabs, Dodge's Quad Cab and ford's Super Crew. Mind you at the time I was driving a Super Duty 4x4 Crew Cab, which had enough room for your whole extended family. I test drove them all. (the expense of any of these trucks never was a problem) I wanted something that could pull my boat and let me get into the boat ramps that offer little or very crowded parking after launching. My Super Duty wasn't allowing that. That pretty much eliminated the HD's. I didn't even look at the tundras and that line. I wanted the home grown trucks. It was down to the 02's Quad Cab,AV, SCrew. The dodge was tossed out, very uncomfortable rear seat and very restricted on the options you could buy.

    This left the AV & the SCrew. The midgate was the problem to me (my opinion)I figure why add problems for the equation, they both ride great. But the midgate was the deciding factor to go with the SuperCrew. If I want to haul 8 foot pieces, they will stick out a bit and I'll cover the exposed parts with a tarp. I can still carry 6 people while doing this, an AV, I would be limited to 3 at the most. True everybody and his neighbor has a SuperCrew, but you can still personalize it. Sorry for the long post, but I was just wondering why you chose the AV over the rest. 02 SCrew XLT,5.4,FX4 Off-Road Pkg,6cd changer,power Moonroof,A.R.E.Cap,everything except leather, Black/Dark Shadow Grey
  • f1julesf1jules Posts: 288
    "BTW......I have talked to more who don't than who do like the styling of it."

    Personally, I haven't met anyone who likes the styling. Maybe I just don't hang with the AV type personality but judging by the very small number of them I see on the road I'm guessing I'm not in the minority on this.

    Don't mean to ruffle any feathers, just stating my opinion.

    BTW-oby, you're completely off base with your assumption. I've never posted under any other name and I don't own an F150.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    This past weekend on a trip i seen a bunch of avalanches.
  • First of all, it sounds like your new 02 SCrew is a very nice truck and good luck. Now to my opinion of the Avalanche. I too am currently in the market for a new truck. Since I am a member of a GM family my only choice would be a GM product as I get a very nice discount. This left me with two choices, the 2500HD or the Avalanche. I have decided to purchase an Avalanche Z-71 with all the goodies sunroof, leather, etc.

    My decision was simple as I like the versatility and creature comforts the Avalanche provides. I own a home building business and I often need to haul materials from the lumber yard to the job site. In cases when I need to haul some drywall the Av will work extremely well by keeping the material dry in bad weather. Also, I carry 12ft long boards so for me the longer box means the boards don't hang over as much. The storage box also works well for tools and saves room in the bed since a conventional pickup metal storage box eats into the room of a pickup bed. The Av also has plenty of power for my needs. I do not haul any trailers so I didn't feel I needed the 2500HD with the bigger engines. The 5.3 in the Av makes 285hp which is 25hp more than the Ford 5.4. The Z-71 off road package is also nice with the 17" wheel and tire package while providing a smooth ride, something that the 2500HD does not provide. I like a truck I can use for work and also use for comfortable everyday driving. Finally, it came down to the goodies inside. I like the extra room inside and it sure will be nice to have a truck with a sunroof. Again, this is just my opinion but best of luck with your new truck!
  • bowhuntwibowhuntwi Posts: 262
    I would pick an AV over a bmw ANY day of the week.
    Plus I doubt if my friends would allow me to drive a my neck of the woods........a B would stick out like a sore thumb. At least the AV wouldn't be the oddball at the local watering hole. We can spit shine our trucks and fit right in at the local Police Ball.

    Sure the country girl might like the beamer at first glance, but when the guy behind the wheel won't take her muddin....he will be thrown over for the guy in the truck.........
  • f1julesf1jules Posts: 288
    Maybe it has to do with the part of the country you're from. Here in San Diego, CA, population 1.25 million people, I see very few.
  • f1julesf1jules Posts: 288
    Yeah, I wouldn't take my wife's BMW "muddin."

    "I would pick an AV over a bmw ANY day of the week." - To each his/her own I guess.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    I may be in error. Though, the posting styles remain the same. While expressing one's thought on an item remains your choice. I see no benefit of doing it here. Perhaps you do.

    In my part of the country, I see very few AVs. But then it could be more due to the sticker than to the vehicle.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    Nice to see you around again

    I am from northwest indiana. I seen about a dozen avs on the indiana state tollroad this past sunday

  • ygmnygmn Posts: 179
    I bought my Avalanche because I wanted a locking bed for all the crap I haul around. I did not want a bed cover that only opens up to 30 degrees.

    I love the features some of which are 8 way power seats, sunroof, OnStar, Auto AC, locking center console, Alarm, message display, 17" wheels, removable bed panels, grab handles, steps in rear bumper, exterior lock boxes, strong engine, towing capabilities, sound system, midgate, removable rear window, Plastic cladding to protect against road debris, styling, etc.

    I could continue but these some of the things I like.
  • The AV fits my needs better than the other options. I like to snowmobile & atv, the Av allows
    me transport 4 adults in comfort with a separate
    location for riding gear,fuel,oil,tools. The only
    other vehicle that can meet these needs is a CC
    and that would be overkill for what my needs are.
    I believe the AV is targeted towards the suv owner
    that occasionally needs a pickup box.
  • Why do some people monitor and post in the Avalanche forum topic if they don't like the vehicle? I realize it is a free world here, and it is good to get varying opinions. But what's the point in someone coming on this topic to say they don't like the way the Avalanche looks? Why not stay in the forum for the truck that you own and like?
  • ygmnygmn Posts: 179
    I must say I love my Avalanche Z66. IT rides better than a Suburban which is what I was gonna buy. I actually like the look call me weird and it is not like the Aztec unless you are blind.

    Wait a few years they will all look like the Avalanche.

    Anyone check out the Cadilac version? I want the BOSE sound system. I wonder how comlicated that would be? I mean just the speakers, sub and head unit I do not want a CD changer.

    Anyone actually see the traction control work yet? I wonder how it is.
  • I was looking at an AV at a dealer last Sunday. The tailgate was unlocked so I was able to investigate the functionality of the hard top up close. As I lifted up the first section of the top, I noticed that the rubber gasket was separating from the plastic and that the adhesive had failed. I remember reading that others have had that problem on their AV. Is this something the dealer will fix and how would the situation be rectified?
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    I picked the Av over others because of the right fit for our needs. HDCC was too much truck, and lower fuel economy than I wanted. The Screw did not have the ride or the versatility. The covered, deep bed on the Av is nice. The tonneau cover on my F150 did not come close to sealing, nor did it lock securely.

    With the Av, I keep my bowcase in the bed at all times and I can throw in a shotgun or rifle without worrying about it. The Sub or Yukon XL was not a choice since I did not want two dogs in the cab area. I stow my towing and other gear in the storage boxes which keeps the backseat clear and the bed from being cluttered. Fuel economy and power is better than what the '99 F150 had, also.
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    We haven't had the problem, but I'm sure the dealer will fix with some weatherstrip adhesive. There were earlier posts, but limited to only a couple of cases.
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