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Chevrolet Avalanche



  • Don't forget there is very little leather in any of the Big 3's leather seat. You'll notice it says leather seating surfaces. The only part of the seat that is leather is the center part of the seat that touches your butt and your lower back. Sometimes there is leather on the armrest and on the door panel. You pay a couple thousand extra for about 4 square feet of leather and the rest is vinyl. The whole rear seat and seat backs are vinyl. If you ask me, the leather should be a discount
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    a company, "Classic Soft Trim" that does interiors, sunroofs, etc. for Dealers. Your best bet here is to buy one with cloth and have the Dealer take it there to have the leather done. Not much diff. in total cost and a better grade of leather. I used to work right next door and asked about doing my truck but they stick it to individuals.
  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    I checked this out pretty closely when paying over a grand for the leather upgrade. The seating surfaces - everything that touches your backside - are leather on the Av. Sides, backs and armrests are vinyl. The rear seat is also all leather on the seats, again everywhere your butt and back contact. Our F150 Lariat rear seat was all vinyl, and I believe the GM X-cabs are as well, but this is not the case on the Av.
  • ygmnygmn Posts: 179
    It still rocks with all the power controls!!!!!
  • Do you feel personally offended or insulted when a person in this forum calls your truck "ugly"?

    I'm just wondering.... Always been a mystery to me why people make negative comments, and I was wondering what kind of effect these comments would have on you.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    "Always been a mystery to me why people make negative comments"

    Either jealousy or some sort of inadequecy
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    about how the (My) Sierra grille resembles a large mouth Bass. Remember that "eye of the beholder" thing?
  • amoralesamorales Posts: 196
    Truck Trend does not care if people call this (IMHO) awesome and very beautiful Father of the Pontiac AZTEK vehicle - ugly. It has been named MOTOR TREND'S 2002 TRUCK of the YEAR in the March/April issue.

    Regards to all Truck loving people.


    PS Been checking out this truck for some time. I may swap my lil 'ole '00 Reg cab C2500 for one.
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    and feel free to do the same.
  • The 2500 rides like a 2500 Suburban - pretty smooth for 6500 lbs of truck. Don't guess, drive one.

    On chips and or HT III - wait for it - they aren't ready yet - try Jet Performance SCU2000 for the speed limiter and tire size - cheaper.

    Before the TOG headers, NGK TR6, Nology wires and WHIPPLE:

    60': 2.564   1/4 mi 16.863 @ 81.88


    60': 2.346   1/4 mi 15.088 @ 91.49

    with Firestone Steeltex tires and 6500 lbs to move.

    mods @

  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    tx - Just so people won't think it was my largemouth comment. I don't remember the post, was it another thread? BTW, I prefer the GMC grills to the bowtie bar - I wish GMC had an Av sibling.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    It was another tim....
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    Apparently he has a sarcastic sense of humor (much like me). At least I'm assuming it's humor. It was awhile back on one of the Silverado or Sierra threads.
  • had a kenwood dvd tv installed in my av its great but I have two questions, 1- any good sites for auto/tv stuff, I am trying to find a boomerrang antenna...
    2- where can i get nice license plate covers...
  • Well, the folks at Edmunds have put me on notice I can't mention a certain unmentionable website.

    I'm working on setting up Avalanche - Cadillac Escalde EXT cruises/meets between May and July in the following metro areas:

    New York
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Madison, Wisconsin
    Dallas/Ft. Worth
    San Antonio
    San Francisco/San Jose/Oakland/Sacremento
    Los Angeles/San Diego

    Right now people are signed up in Boston, Philly/Baltimore/DC, Chicago, Memphis, Seattle/Tacoma, San Fran Bay Area, and Los Angeles/San Diego.

    If you're interested in meeting other Avalanche or EXT owners to go on a cruise (no 4X4 off-road stuff) and have a good time - as well as discuss regular meetings - well we can talk about it here.

    Folks that use the site I can't mention - don't bring it up - lets respect Edmunds.

  • timfarntimfarn Posts: 289
    Didn't you see it coming? With promoting the cruises, etc. you'll be off Edmund's soon. An unmentioned fan club has taken the traffic here to nil.
  • Your still left Tim, looked at a caddie this weekend 51K with no options, add a power moonroof($1550) and diamond pearl white paint ($990)put it up to 53.5K. I gotta admit I like the color coded sides better then the gray plastic, but thats a lot of money for a dinner date.
  • had a kenwood dvd tv installed in my av its great but I have two questions, 1- any good sites for auto/tv stuff, I am trying to find a boomerrang antenna...
    2- where can i get nice license plate covers...
  • Well,

    I am disappointed that the main discussion has moved to that other site not to be named.

    Much of the info is critical, and if people come to this site and are not aware why the traffic has stopped, will they really take the time to figure out why? I know I would frustrated.

    For instance I am on the verge of buying but questions have come, like is the Tahoe really better choice then the Av, and what is the story about the Northface edition, and what are the colors that look good with that interior look, and can we buy the instrument cluster of the Northface, etc...

    Now I need to go to another site, that is not right, just like people bashing people rather then a free flow of opinons, and they are just opinons, no need to make topics personal, now the serious Av owners have moved on, what has all this accomplished?

  • 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.
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