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Chevrolet Avalanche



  • joelisjoelis Posts: 315
    I got my 99 Z71 LT in Nov 98 (one of the first LT's in the midwest) for $500 over invoice. (due to my repeat customer status with the dealership).
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    I have the opportunity to buy a '99 Silverado Z71 LT (fully loaded, 20k miles). I would use it while selling my '92 privately, keep it over the winter and trade it for a new model in the spring. Any idea of what the '99s are bringing in your area? IYO, can I pull this off without getting hurt on the trade?
  • joelisjoelis Posts: 315
    In my area, this guy is going for about $21-$23k right now.

    Just go to a local Chevy Dealership and tell them you have one you want to trade in right now, and ask what they will give you. It should only be about $1K less in spring.

    That will give you an idea of how much you want to lose (pay) for it now.
  • I just heard that GMC will build the twin of Ava in 2003 production year.
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    Wes - what was the source of your info?
  • I read this from one of the online magazine but can't remember from which one, Automobile, MotorTrend or Car & Driver.

    I will do a search, if I find it again, I will post a link to that web page.
  • I was glad, after seeing many rag on the S-Crew for having a short bed, to see some question how big the Av bed really is, when half of it's "inside." I was on the original Av mailing list, cause I don't mind the looks at all, but am leaning heavily toward the S-Crew instead. Why? I can fit my dirtbikes in the bed. On full-sized bike with the gate up (even with a kid's bike thrown in); or two adult-sized dirt bikes with the gate down. I don't think the Av will be able to do the same.
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    The Avalanche is 63" with the midgate up while the Supercrew is 67.2". The Ava does have the capability to carry full 4X8' sheets of drywall, plywood, etc. with the tail gate up (midgate down). More versatility and interior room with the Ava, if the minimum size of the bed fits your needs.
  • roger350roger350 Posts: 157
    My Dad went to the TX State Fair this weekend. The guy there demonstrating the Avalanche features told him that the 2wd version will be about $35K, and the 4wd will be $39K. After hearing that I'm glad I ordered my 2500HD instead. But The Avalanche is still a cool idea, just too pricey for in my opinion.
  • jose13jose13 Posts: 11
    isn't that sort of the twin to the Avalanche? from pictures (read: guesstimating) it looks similar in dimensions... or is it something different altogether?
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    Nope the terradyne is a work horse truck. Has the 6.6 duramax 4 wheel steering (all 4 wheels turn) on board generator and storage. power sliding doors. Terradyne is a concept truck and probably wont ever see production (the concept is like cost a few million dollars)

  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289

    Chevrolet’s new four-door sport-utility/pickup debuts at the beginning of 2001 calendar year as a 2002 model. The truck’s base engine is the 5.3-liter Vortec V-8.

    The cargo box is 5 feet 3 inches long. But open a door on the back of the cab, and the cargo area stretches into the passenger compartment and provides an 8-foot-1-inch cargo area.

    The Avalanche sets the styling cues for Chevrolet’s future truck line.

    GM will offer a Cadillac model based on the Avalanche but no GMC version.

    For the 2003 model year, the Avalanche’s standard V-8 engine will be modified to handle blends of ethanol and gasoline of up to 85 percent ethanol, a year after the Tahoe and Suburban receive the same modified engine.
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    I picked up a magazine in a waiting area this morning (mag called "Outside"?) and a large foldout of the Avalanche was very evident. Has anyone run into a dealer that knows of its existence or possible ordering timeframe?
  • wesyangwesyang Posts: 32
    I did a web searching on "Chevy Avalanche" to hope finding some new stuff. Here is my search results.
  • joelisjoelis Posts: 315
    There are some new Avalanche Concept pictures on
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    And then come these pics. Is it the accessories or the putrid colors? It looks more like an overstuffed Frontier in this configuration. Chevy can lose the brush guard that neatly angles around the bowtie, because the only place this thing is going will be to tailgate weekends where the colors match someone's alma mater. The elk would be puking if they met this in the Rockies!
  • joelisjoelis Posts: 315
    The blue suits who came up with this one must have gone camping together one weekend and got a little too heavy into the booze and geef - and then said "hey, what if we did this..."

    I agree, its not easy to look at. You would think that there would be no way they could ever let this one get thru, but then they produced the Aztec, so go figure...
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    they might keep the entry level models more mundane looking. The Aztec is a good comparison to this concept. GM has recently revised expectations on production for that cube (do I need say lower?). It sure has been quiet as to the release of the production models of the Avalanche.
  • joelisjoelis Posts: 315
    Maybe they are still trying to get that rear window working right (without leaks), and are keeping quiet on the release until they know everything works properly.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    Acquisition #13....allow current and future owners to determine operational efficiency of vehicle components.
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    What are the first 12 GM Rules of Acquisition?
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    Per your request...the first 12

    1) Once you have their money, never give it back.

    2) You can't cheat an honest customer, but it never hurts to try.

    3) Never buy anything for more than is absolutely necessary.(This relates to quality)

    4) Sex and profit are the two things that never last long enough.

    5) If you can't break a contract, bend it.

    6) Never let family stand in the way of opportunity.

    7) Always keep your ears open.*

    8) Keep count of your change.

    9) Instinct plus opportunity equals profit.*

    10) A dead customer can't buy as much as a live one.

    11) Orange peel isn't the only thing that shines.

    12) Anything worth selling is worth selling twice.

    Be sure to note #1 and #12 as they are the most used by GM. Especially when talking buyback...LOL!!
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    Is your Denali shaking, rattling while rolling? I take it you have a buyback story, but you're still with GM? I, too, have been through the buyback (an '87 Grand Am 2.5l "Iron Duke" with an idle problem - try driving a 5 speed that won't idle below 2500 rpm after a couple stop start sequences.) They did buy the car back and I received an '88 (my third GA) with the Quad 4 and a 5 speed - great car. I was treated fairly; it did take a little haggling but I ended up with more car for the same cost. #12 did hold true - I found out later a guy from a neighboring town bought the '87 and took it to the Univ. of IL. He hadn't had a problem with the high idle, yet. I still prefer GM over other domestics for the ride, economy, performance and looks.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    The problem with the vibrating Denali was taken care of buy replacing the Firestone Firehawks with Michelin LTX M/S. Truck rides real smooth now. Couldn't believe what a difference tires made. The worst thing about it was that they couldn't find anything wrong with the Firestones so they said that it was the nature of the tire...

    My '00 silverado came close but so far, the dealerhip continues to work on all the little quality if they want to continue that's fine with me as I get to drive all the different new trucks while mine is in the shop. Plus I figure the truck is like new with all the new parts they keep putting in...
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    on the Avalanche front. Has anyone spoken with a dealer that knows anything about release dates or the model itself? GM is busting out all over with info about the new Envoy, Trailblazer, etc.; what has happened to this model?
  • Chevy says production is to begin in January to early February. No hint of order dates, etc. In other words, no new information from the General.
  • joelisjoelis Posts: 315
    I think its due to them still not being able to get a good seal on that rear window area.

    First thing I'm going to do when I can get my hands on one to test drive is take it thru a drive thru car wash (with towel in hand).
  • at this point are speculation. I think the sealing of the window may be less of a concern than the entire mid-gate. I have a 1979 TA with the Fisher T-Tops and have never had a leak problem. As long as the Fisher Body people are being used, I would expect they can make the window seal. Accessories are being offered already on the GM site, including running boards to match the lower cladding. Will the cladding be available in colors other than the gray?
  • 92 was posted by me; I was logged in. I'll see if it happens again. (timfarn)
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