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Chevrolet Avalanche



  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    I considered the Ran QC before I bought my Avalanche mainly because of the new Hemi. Just the thought of that 345 HP!! (never actually drove one). Two main reasons I didn't - first and foremost price. With the bigger rebate, my GM card rebate, and GM Supplier Discount pricing, the higher-priced Avalanche was cheaper to buy. The other consideration was the size. I never really liked the 143" wheelbase of the Sierra I was driving, and the Ram is only a couple inches shorter. And the overall lenght about the same. Whereas the Av is onl;y 130" wheelbase and several inches shorter overall. And of course I have an even longer bed that the Ram or my Sierra when I need it, which isn't often. For a beautiful ride and a pickup when I need it the Av is ideal. BTW, I got the model "Without Body Hardware". Never too crazy about the cladding, or even more so, the flat-top wheelwells. However I do wish it had the Av front end.
  • blackavblackav Posts: 5
    Ryanbab - you might be right on that. I was at a Pontiac dealership a feeks ago, and I may have not realized the GMC versioned AV was on the Envoy frame. That being the case, it will probably get the 6.L engine (maybe optional), but a bit smaller. I know the Chevy Trailblazer now offers an upgrade 5.3L engine instead of the 4.3 six cylinder. But it's stictly all SUV. Nice looking, but I needed the truck. The AVs WBH do look nice, but with or without, it's a good truck. And that Dodge Hemi is nice and has a good motor. One always respects the competition. Just stay away from the Ford SVTs as they're fast cars disguised in a truck body. Tangled with one in my Pontiac T/A, which is far from stock, and only because of a good shift and maybe a few footpounds more torque, did I keep from being humbled. But I went away and said, damn - that was one quick truck. But I love my AV and when weather breaks just a wee bit more, we'll see how it pulls my T/A.
  • joelisjoelis Posts: 315
    I tested both of these a lot before making my decision:

    Pros for Hemi: Exhaust note is awesome. Lots of torque to pull whatever you need to.

    Pros for Chevy 5.3L: MUCH quicker off the line (not even close here). Much better gas mileage (4-5 mpg difference).
  • tn23tn23 Posts: 3
    Tundra owner here thinking of getting rid of 02 Tundra for 03 Avalanche! Wife thinks I'm nuts, but w/ Tundra's well known brake problems it might just happen. Like the de-plastic version and the powerful 5.3L is always inviting compared to the weak 4.7L toyota offers. Anyone drove both? Any responses would be welcome.
  • Why limit yourself to 5L in the 1500? Go for the 8L1 found in the 2500 Avalanche. :) The 5L is faster off the line (the times I've raced my manager) but the 8L pulls ahead later. Heck, or just throw a 9K pound trailer on the hitch and see who wins.

    Sorry, I can't help you on the Tundra. I have driven the 4Runner and found the ride harsh, even for a truck chassis. Your gas mileage will be worse in the AV.

    Good Luck!
  • Guys, those who have Z71, how does it do off-road? Can you compare it to other off-road models by Chevy and other companies? Thanks!
  • Fellas, is steering in 1500 2003 Av rack-and-pinion or recirculating ball? has it as a rack, but every other site I checked has it as a ball. So, which one is it?
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    Rack or ball steering? Damned if I know.
    I can tell you that compared to the Sierra I had previously, the steering is light. It's nice that it steers easy, but not enough feel and way too easy for my tastes. You can feel every little movement of the steering wheel.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    4wd = recirc ball
    2wd = rack and pinion
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    it looks like it's got torsion bars...on a 2wd? That's diff. than the truck.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    the 2wd avs, burbs, and tahoes all have torsion bars
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    Thanks Ryan.
  • And those of you, Av owners, who have had experience with both Rack and Ball, which one do you prefer and why?
  • Maybe it's only in Canada (though why?), but clearly shows all 1500 models have Rack steering. Maybe it's a typo?

    See for yourselves al_details.html
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    I've ever driven. I notice more difference between it and my Sierra (both R&P), than I did between my '96 Silverado (Ball) and the Sierra. As I said before (I think it was here), the Av steering is too light. Not enough road feel, but you sense every little movement of the wheel. It's like you can't hold the wheel still enough to truly go in a straight line. Make any sense? Maybe my speed-sensitive steering isn't working right and it's always light like when you're going slow.
  • SpangSpang Posts: 6
    I know the rebate was increased up to $4000. Was it decreased to $3000?

    Any word if the Av will come with diesel power?
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    With possibly a GM Loyalty incentive of some kind if you currently own a GM.
  • joelisjoelis Posts: 315
    The $1000 Loyalty ended March 31. So did any auto show $500 bonuses that were on.

    So, by buying on March 21, I guess that means I saved an extra $1500!
  • Does anyone know where I can find some visor plaques to cover up the ugly warning sticker on the visors of an S-10?
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
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