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Chevrolet Avalanche



  • I am also interested in buying an Av and have questions, and also have considered a Tahoe or Suburban. This past weekend I got into an unlocked used 2001 Tahoe on the local dealer lot to check out the interior. I was not impressed with the condition of the interior. Either the vehicle has poor quality or the first owner beat the vehicle up (it only had 17,000 miles on it). The rear doors squeaked when opened and closed, the rear inside door handle was loose. The seat material seemed flimsy and I envision they would wear out having to constantly lift up the seat bottom and then fold down the back rest on a regular basis. The running boards seemed to be in the way. Maybe for shorter people they are useful. Also, how can you access the rear seat when the floor is flat and very high (obviously not a problem in the Av)? Seems like you would need to be a kid to crawl back there, or step on the back of the middle row seat and get it all dirty and worn over time. Additionally, when sitting in the middle row seats, it was difficult for me to swing my feet out the door because of the door sill. I don't remember if I experienced that problem when exiting the Av.

    Since the Av's cabin is based on the Tahoe/Suburban, I'm wondering if there will be problems with the interior quality or functionality. Or was this just an isolated case of car abuse by the Tahoe owner? Any thoughts?
  • Well I will tell you alot of the questions you ask are personal opinion. Colors and style are what you want and like. If everybody liked the same, think how boring life would be. As far as the quality goes in any new mass produced vehicle it is all in maintenance by the owner. I believe in 1990 the Lumina APV was rated below average in CR in about every category. However it still has the same engine and tranny at 200,000 and other than 2 sets of brakes and an alternator is all I had to put into it. Now my 1996 grand caravan had to have a tranny at 105,000, and you know the reputation they have. I have a White Z66 with leather and think it is the best looking and functional vehicle on the road, but that's my opinion.
  • tmltml Posts: 10
    I have looked at the Avalance extensively and basically like the vehicle - but I have two questions.

    1. Has anyone seen a 2500 series Avalanche yet?

    2. Why would Chevy design the truck so you can't fit a decent size four wheeler (ATV) in the bed. When I took measurements at the dealer and then measured my Polaris - my four wheeler is 3" wider than the brackets for the hard tonneau cover. Is this just a major engineering screwup?

    I also recently drove a Silverado CC 4x4 with the 8.1L and Allison and could not believe how much power that truck had! What an engine!!
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    "1. Has anyone seen a 2500 series Avalanche yet?"

    Yep lots
  • If there would have been a moderator for this site the main traffic wouldn't have flowed to a certain unmentionable dedicated Avalanche site that from here forth shall be unnamed. Thanks go out to f1jules and other spoilers like him!
  • I'm sure nobody went to other sites with a gun to their head, I'm not an AV owner, like many people that cruise in & out of this forum, but to say certain people forced others out, thats going a bit far. I myself I have 3 or 4 vehicle web sites I visit. The down slide from Edm. went when they changed to the new format and it has never quite recovered.

    I have owned gm products in the past and the interior has held up to alot of abuse, if you take care of your vehicle, then it should last. If something breaks get it fixed, wheather it's under warranty or not, if you let it go, chances are it will have the domino effect and cause other related problems.

    As for why gm designed a truck that an ATV doesn't fit in, they do, but just not the AV, in my opinion the AV was built for the family person, that needed the occasional 8 ft bed. It has the towing capability to tow a trailer with your ATVs. If you want an ATV in the bed, you need to buy a regular pickup, be it a reg, ext or a crew cab.
  • f1julesf1jules Posts: 288
    Chev interiors-I have noticed that the interior of GM vehicles is not very durable. I went to the L.A. Auto Show last year and remember getting into a Corvette and I noticed that the interior was a shambles. The leather was creased and looked horrible. I also have noticed this on many used Fords I've looked at-specifically the Explorers. Under 60k miles and the interior looks like the vehicle has 120k miles on it.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    its all in how you take care of it

    Did they use any leather treatments? Conditioners? Manual for my moms blazer states i forget once or twice a yr to use leather conditioner on her seats. After 2.5 yrs they still look new
  • sonjaabsonjaab Posts: 1,057
    Check out
    They make interior parts , seats, etc
    for ALL brands of cars and trucks.
    Check it out you will be suprised !
    Do you think they make toyota plastic
    parts better than the ones for GM ?
    I think not. Price prob the same.
    BTW: I think the AV 2500 is awesome
    and wish it was offered in May 01
    when I got my new Pickup !
  • f1julesf1jules Posts: 288
    All I know is that this was a brand new Corvette. People are getting in and out of the auto show cars all day long and the seats on that Vette looked like crap. That stood out in my mind is all I'm saying. I don't remember any other car interior looking as bad or as worn as the seats in that Vette.
  • f1julesf1jules Posts: 288
    This is not my only experience with GM cars by the way. I could name countless other examples of poor workmanship and cheap materials but I'm not going to. Just take my word for it.
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    It doesn't take long. Leather durability - almost 14k and the interior still looks like new, but I do take care of it. The 2500s are out there - why only 16" wheels? I have had an ATV in the back of the Av - a difference in dimensions between models and mfrs. The Av is versatile, but it can't do everything.
  • Well with the current $2002 rebate & financing I bought a red Z71 a few weeks ago. It came with the sport leather interior, convenience package, and 4.1 rear differential. I am absolutely thrilled with this vehicle in all areas: ride, power, design, and especially fit and finish. My last new car was a 95 Astro which has proved very reliable but the fit & finish was disappointing. Not so with the Avalanche. I am glad to have opted for the sport leather which includes fabric inserts on the door panels as well as the seats. The seats are extremely comfortable and the cloth helps negate the need for heat. I struggled with the Z71 & convenience packages but am now glad I have them. Anyways, just a five star review for anyone shopping. Regarding leather seats, they need to be taken care of with conditioners to stay looking good over the long hall. The 4.1 rear ratio will cost a bit in fuel but I love the get up and go and it will really come into use towing my travel trailer over western mountains this summer.
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    with leather and other than some creases, which any seat is going to have if you sit in it, they look really. The drivers seat is the only one thst even has creases as it's usually just the Wife in it. I've only treated the leather a couple times in 40k miles. And to stay on subject, I hope your Avs are as good as our Explorer has been. Can't get her to trade it for a Yukon.
  • sonjaabsonjaab Posts: 1,057
    Check out any 6-7 yo car. No matter
    what brand. They all look creased
    and cheap esp. cars in the sun belt !
    The leather in my 96 caddy is wrinkled!
    Not ripped or anything...But Comfy too.
    Woman wants new car with NO leather !
    Prob. made them too !
    She loves the cloth seats in my truck.
    If she didn't want a new car this year
    i would trade my 01 2500 pickup.
    for a 2500 AV with plow prep of course !
    Syracuse NY winters are brutal on cars....Geo

    BTW: Txyank I had a 94 Yukon loved it and
    plowed with it too ! But needed a pickup
    and had to get one !
  • Question:
    I have been looking at the Avalanche for a few months now. I have driven one twice, and even took one home overnight a few weeks ago. Both my wife and I love it, and intend to use it as a family vehicle. The only question I have is if I should buy the 2WD-Z66, or 4WD-Z71?

    My question comes down to this: Does anyone know how well the Z66 package with traction control really works? I live in Ohio, so most of the time we could probably do without the 4WD and save a little money. Just not sure how well the Z66 traction control and differential lock would be? Anyone actually have a Z66 that has had it in the snow or mud?

    Any help is appreciated.

  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    with GM's cloth seat (other than the ugly prints on the light-colored Chevy's) is it's like sitting on velcro. You have to raise up off the seat to shift position! Does help keep you from sliding around in those "esses" though.
  • I too am moving to the other better website, when ever i post a message no one answers me......
  • I'm one of them. My wife and I wanted the extra horses and capacity for the to-be-purchased trailer. We did opt for the more fuel economic 3.73 rear (hmmm, 11 vs 12 mpg :). My boss has the 1500 with the Z offroading package. We both love the AV.

    I check both this and THE OTHER AV web site. More traffic on the other site. :)
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