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Chevrolet Avalanche



  • wxman87wxman87 Posts: 1
    Just got my AV two weeks ago while in MO and when drove it back to CO I noticed a "hail" like noise at speeds over 70MPH. Believe I have isolated to the plastic covering the hood hinge area. Has anyone else noticed the plastic vibrating at highway speeds or as in my AV's case not even sealed down?
  • I have been reading this message board and looking at Avalanches for about a month now. My first choice would be a Pewter 2wd, bench seat, Z66 on-road package, and 4.10 rear axle. Sunroof nice but not required. I own a 24.5 foot Searay Sundancer that I estimate the towed weight to be about 7500 lbs, thus the 4.10 axle. I tow infrequently however.

    Dealer has offered me a deal on a Pewter 4wd, AN3 power leather buckets, Z71 off-road package, 3.73 axle, ZM9 convienence package, CF5 sunroof, BVE assist steps, and V54 luggage carrier. The sticker is $38,446 plus $720 destination.

    Vehicle was "returned" after previous buyer's financing fell through (noted a February temp tag on the rear bumper). It has 600 miles on it and is missing the 3 piece bed cover. Dealer has offered to sell for $23,978 plus $1,421 for replacement bed cover. $25,399 "feels" like a good price. Vehicle is considered new with full warranty and the $2,002 rebate is figured into the above price. By my calculation the "invoice" is $34,295 less the $2,002 rebate or $32,293.

    I am concerned about the 3.73 axle regarding my towing requirements, but could probably get by since I tow infrequently anyway.

    What do you guys think? Do this deal, or wait for 2003 model and try to order my first choice? All opinions/suggestions are welcomed. Hopefully I will be in a position to start contributing to this message board in the near future. Thanks!
  • mdennishmdennish Posts: 16
    i just returned from a 3 day vacation,low desert,high desert,interstates, country roads, with little stop and go driving and i averaged 19 mpg with speeds from 35 to 80 mph, i agree with belljo re: the ac, the elevations i drove were from -30 feet to +7000 feet, the temp guage never got to midpoint, and the transmission temp. guage never got past 190degrees, with temps of 50 to97 degrees [ambiant temps], better mpg than my former f150 ex cab truck with less hp and torgue, so far i am very pleased with my av! dennis
  • minikinminikin Posts: 389
    Sorry for the late reply; been out of town. Like I said, 19+ is on cruise in the summer. Normal summer commute mileage (mostly w/light traffic) is 18. 5.3L/4x4/3.73/265x75/ext cab. Only mods that could affect fuel mileage are Mich A/T tires, an Access bed cover, and HPIII. Normally run it on premium w/the HPIII 93oct programming, but the best mileage I've pulled out of it was last June running on 87oct across southern Illinois and Indiana at 72 on cruise with a light load; a bit over 20 mpg.
    -- Don
  • cccompsoncccompson Posts: 2,388
    Whether this deal is for you really depends on whether you want to "trade" the 600 miles on the vehicle for the 4wd, leather, etc. You should be able to buy a new bench seat Z66 (without sunroof) for around 26K, a figure very close to the offered price on the 4wd. If you find that you need to do a change-over to a 4:10 gear, that'll be another expense (maybe $700-$800 from what I understand - ask the dealer). The real benefit, it seems to me, is the increased resale of the 4wd down the road plus, of course, having use of it during ownership. I've been shopping these and have decided on a Z66 but, if offered a deal similar to yours, I would snap it up.
  • dogsportdogsport Posts: 4
    I also got a pewter Av that was returned when the financing didn't go thru. It had 500 miles on it, was a 4WD with the 4.10 gear. My concern was how was this broken in, did the 1st owner adhere to the not going over 55 miles an hour for the 1st 500 miles and when he was asked to return it, did he take it out and drive it hard before he brought it in. I got a good deal, it was of course under warranty, so I went for it. But with the 3.73 gear and the 4WD, you are over the limit of 7100 lbs towing. If anything goes wrong and GM finds out how much you were towing (I don't know how they would find out) it would void your warranty. Good luck.
  • dogsportdogsport Posts: 4
    Has anyone else had a problem with the GM bug deflector working on their AV. I ordered it thru the dealership and had them put it on. I'm pretty sure it deflects the bugs right into the middle of the windshield. I took a trip this weekend with probably 6 hours on the road, and I couldn't believe the amount of bugs on the windshield, and its only the middle of April. I'd hate to see what will happen in the middle of summer.
  • dwy73dwy73 Posts: 1
    Just picked up a Black Z66 with the 5.3 and 3.73 rearend. Traded a 2000 Sierra. Logged 18.9 MPG on a 700 mile trip in Florida. A/C on. BTW does anyone else have a steering noise? Mine usually occurs at low speed, when cutting the wheels from right to left ala a 3 point turn. I get a low groan and vibration thru the steering wheel. Fluid is full. I've never heard this before in any vehicle. Anyone else? I'll let you know what the dealer finds...
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  • ggmts01ggmts01 Posts: 1
    Rumor has it in 2003 the excessive molding on AV's is going to be optional
  • avnutavnut Posts: 10
    Hi! Have put 600 miles on my new AV, a Victory Red Z/71 with sunroof and leather. So far, I've been fielding admiring questions from friends and perfect strangers every day. I must have "converted" it 50 times already. This vehicle gets FAR more attention than any I've ever owned, even more than my Z/28. So far, I love it! I picked it off a dealer's lot for $9700 off the sticker ($8400 off MSRP). I had to settle for the 4:10 axle but love everything else including the Onstar.

    Some people seem concerned about theft. Well, here are a few inexpensive steps you can take to cut it down further. Put on a locking gas cap (Stant part 11591 - $10) and locking lug nuts (Use a 7/8" O-Ring or rubber band to retain the wheel cover plastic lug). Always lock with the key fob and I recommend Onstar which will track a thief. Maybe you have noticed, the windows are etched with ID #s so unless the AV is "chopped" there is a good chance of recovery should it get stolen!

    And remember, "flash" your fellow AV Owners. We are in good company! We've got an SUV that converts to a truck that rides like a car.
  • xpara504xpara504 Posts: 4
    I'm interested in the Avalanche and I've read where the cladding will be optional on the 2003 model. I also read in Autoweek or Motor Trend, that the fender wells were going to be rounded instead of straight. Anyone else read about this? What other, if any, 2003 information is available.
  • akuma007akuma007 Posts: 6
    Can anyone tell me why GM designed such an ugly truck like the Avalanche?
  • dcrislerdcrisler Posts: 118
    bueaty is in the eye of the beholder... can anyone tel me why people ask questions like this on a site devoted to the vehicle??
  • avnutavnut Posts: 10
    Mr. akuma,

    Well, GM designed a CUTTING edge design, not an imitation of all the other trucks out there. And yet, I'm beginning to think admirers outnumber loathers... Today, I took my new truck to Les Schwab (I know, I know, it's too early to be looking at 20" wheels and 3" lift...). I just went in for some lug nuts... I parked discreetly, and yet, 3 people came out to look over the AV. All praised the design and thought the red looked fantastic. Actually, the contrast sorta grows on you. The paint is so easy to keep clean and the cladding protects from door dings, rock chips, and dirt!

    I was "very bad" and took my new AV "off the speedo" today. Well, at over 100, it is as smooth and steady as a rock! I always have to see how fast a vehicle will go. Tomorrow, I'll have my buddy pace me in his T/A. Anybody know the TRUE top speed of this beast???

    Happy Trails, and keep on "Flashing."

  • minikinminikin Posts: 389
    Thinks the Av is gorgeous. But then his right leg is 2 inches shorter than his left and he's just now starting to notice.
    -- Don
  • the top speed of a av is computer controlled to a top speed of 100 mph this at a low rpm of about 4000 in third gear this can of course be bypased by haveing your copmuter reprogramed hmmmmm 4000 rpm in 3rd wonder how fast 6000 in 4th would for the reason as per goverment and all otheir car makers have to put limiters on suv's and pick ups because of safty and tire limatations as in speed ratings on truck tires
  • avnutavnut Posts: 10
    Thanx JohnnyCat8! Well, there really is no reason to go over 100 in the AV. That's why we buy a Camaro or a Vette. I guess I've tested my new AV to it's max design speed. It was smooth, quiet and steady as a rock at 100mph. I really don't need it to go any faster because the gas stations are somewhat far apart here in the Northwest.
  • lol and you didnt even ask how i knew th top speed was 100???? i guess im like you i to have to top every car i own to it's top speed at least my 2002 mustang gt dose'nt have a limiter ..well i admit i havent had it over 130 yet not enought road with out trafic here in sacramento california but i may try it again. as all of you if you have been in the troubles room i am in my 2 av my first one was lemoned and i got a replacment (after 88 days total in shop im glad it was replaced) and this one was a big upgrade at no cost went from a peuter 2x to a red 4x4 with all but the hole in the roof and not a bit of problems except the 2x got 18+ mpg the 4x4 gets about 17 on a good day avg of 15-16 but as a gun owner would say youd have to pry it out of my dead cold hands befor id give it up
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