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Chevrolet Avalanche



  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    I prefer the cladding as this is what makes it a Avalanche and sets it apart from the rest of the pack. But it's nice to see that GM is listening to the customer. I can remember the days when you bought it their way or the highway.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    the highway.........
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Hopefully they learned an expensive lesson.
  • tyguy93tyguy93 Posts: 1
    looking for some info in what to expect in the difference between the 2 final gear ratios available:
    3.73 RPM's @ 60 MPH. City MPG, HIghway MPG [I think these are the ones posted on the and websites].

    4.10 RPM's @ 60 MPH. City mpg, Highway MPH

    thanks in advance,
  • beach15beach15 Posts: 1,305
    I've been away for 2 weeks, and didn't see the pics until this morning. As expected, I knew in my mind what it'd be like and I do not like it at all. Neither do most Avalanche owners. Neither do the people I've shown it to, with my mother saying not only did it look cheap, but just like a pickup truck and there's nothing special to it like there is now.

    My personal gripes are many. Number one, why, if stripping the cladding, would you then go to the cheap and ugly black plastic side molding off of a Suburban? Then, why would you go and put some cheap looking chrome pickup truck bumpers on? At least, if you want to "clean up" the look, make it monotone, with painted molding and matching styled bumpers.

    The 2002 Av's sold quite well, so why give in to the few who didn't like "all the plastic"? It's big, bold, brash, and looks more unique than just about any other vehicle out there. You know, every so often some good news comes out of GM with Bob Lutz working his magic, but this is not one of those moments. But then again, that's just mine and the opinion of thousands of others.
  • belljobelljo Posts: 15
    Help! Looking for maintenance information as it relates to the transfer case often should it be replaced???
  • xyz71xyz71 Posts: 179
    I plan on changing TC fluid at the same time I have the auto tranny serviced. In my case that will be between 60 and 75K.
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    attractive is what it does, not how it looks. How it looks is ugly. (my opinoin and thousands of others). But not as bad as when I first saw it. Maybe (hopefully) the '03 with the flares is a 4wd and a 2wd won't have them. At least they would be easier to remove than the cladding. I've been seriously considering one (an '02) because it's cheaper than a Suburban or Tahoe but is a 4 door and rides better than the pickup. It's looks I see as a challange. I have some ideas on how to make it look less obnoxious fairly inexpensively.
    Just wish it wasn't so heavy!
  • I think that red and blue are the only colors with black wheel flairs, the other colors should have body color flairs like the pickup. The black molding on the side will come off easily with a hair dryer. The chrome front bumper is good because it won't chip easily like a painted bumper will.

    I like the '03 better, but it looks as if it needs wider tires to make it look more stable. If you don't like the new look, you can still order the cladding in an almost black color.
  • mlm4mlm4 Posts: 401
    I think it should be noted that the "Avalanche without Body Hardware" (i.e., no cladding) is an option and probably will only be built in limited quantities. The original styling is still alive and well as a standard feature for those of you who prefer it. Production on the clad-free Av will not begin for a few months and I have not heard of what the option price (or credit) will be for it.
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  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    no as much the cladding as it is the "flattop" wheel wells that don't look good. And that will look better on the '03's even with the cladding. If they had left the wheel wells rounded and had the cladding go over the flared part of the wheel well I think that would have looked better. Never did like flat wheel well openings. Can you say "Oldsmobile", (98's and Achieva's) "Buick" (Skylark). But of course that's just my opinion. But hey my Wife will attest to the fact that I'm never wrong!
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    today. The darker cladding looks better but not that much. As I mentioned before to me it's more the shape of the wheel well and the way the gray doesn't go all the way around it than the cladding itself. And that hasn't changed. Apparently only on the model that isn't going to have any cladding. I guess that make sense, otherwise they'd have to have even more different body panels. Some with holes for the claddding and some without.
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    how about wind noise after you've had the back widow out a few times? Every pickup I ever had with a sliding rear window had wind noise from it.
  • sonjaabsonjaab Posts: 1,057
    Dads looking at new S-10s. Was talking to a
    salesman and he said something like $750
    credit/option on a 03 Av......geo
  • The seal on the Av's back window is completely different. Instead of a little gasket on the slide window like a standard pickup; the AV has a whole gasket all the way around, more like a door seal.
  • emptyempty Posts: 14
    Lutz was quoted saying the cladding added $750 to their cost. I'd guess the body hardware option will be priced $1000-$15000. Of course, as a credit it won't exceed $700.
  • In the new Consumer Reports coming out, the Avalanche is the only full size pickup to be given an excellent rating. Overall, it scored a 4.1 out of 5 with 4-5 being excellent. The next best truck was the Tundra with only a Very Good rating. Motor Trend truck of the year and Consumer Reports Excellent rating-How about that for a first year truck! - Snuffy
  • Guys, come on. Cladding or not, the Avalanche has got to be one of the ugliest vehicles on the market. Yes, it is versatile, there's some attraction in that, but a lot of vehicles fit into that category. And now, for '03, they've gone and ruined the Silverados by using the Avalanche front clip.
    My neighbor just traded in a perfectly good Durango and got a godawful burnt orange Avalanche. I'm ready to put my house up for sale now so I don't have to see it every day in his driveway next door. Ugh.
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    I'm sure your neighbor would welcome it.
  • xyz71xyz71 Posts: 179
    Was ugly - I am starting to warm up to the looks.

    If they would just change the wheel well - round it off - the straight edge is what makes it look bad.

    I also think they should split the mid-gate to allow one side to be up - other down. It would add some flexability.
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    Now I look at it as a challenge to make it look better. Can't very well round off the wheel wells but I think you could make them look like they are. I really like the idea of the Sub. ride with the Pickup utility. I'm thinking seriously about picking up an '02 leftover. I found a couple that are pre-price increase so actually sticker below $32k with power buckets as the only option.
  • Ugly, well that's in the eye of the beholder. Some people buy trucks for their versatility and utility, not their looks. (I have my Lexus and my convertible for those things).

    But, you said "...Yes, it is versatile, there's some attraction in that, but a lot of vehicles fit into that category. " Actually, I don't know of any others (Cadillac version doesn't count) that have the Avalanche's versatility. And that is really what the Avalanche is all about, after all. Just my 2 cents.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    than the Ave. Just cant get over those lights. Wonder who designed them and what he was under at the time.
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    who did the CTS. Or is that CST?
  • I test drove an '03 avalanche this weekend. THe interior changes are very nice. THe whole time I was driving it though I kept wondering where all the zip from the pick up went? It was actually quite slow. When turning a corner and then flooring it, the trans held second gear instead of downshifting to first. This made it seem even slower. I realize the Ave is heavier, I didn't think it was that much heavier.

    I'm still waiting to see one without the cladding.
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    a few more months to wait. I keep looking at the picture and it looks to me like not only is it sans cladding but it looks like a flat out stripper model. No color matching mirrors and door handles. The front end actually looks like the pickup more than the Av. (they aren't the same front end). I hope that's not what we have to settle for to get one with no cladding.
  • When I see the ads for the Avalanche, they say it
    changes from an SUV to a PICKUP. When is it JUST
    an SUV?? Seems like it is ALWAYS a PICKUP with an
    adjustable bed length.
  • I agree, I'd say it's more of a Crew Cab short box that can be converted into a regular cab long box.
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