Chevrolet Avalanche Transmission Problems



  • jbw85jbw85 Member Posts: 1
    Merry Christmas, I stopped at an intersection, started to drive away when I heard a bang and my D & 3 is gone. Everything else works as it should. Took it into a shop & a clutch spring had broke. Was told that the new part is improved so this shouldn't happen again. Warranty, HUH! Why won't GM fix the problem if they know it has a design flaw? Guess I should have stuck to the Ford.
  • oknationoknation Member Posts: 3
    On Sunday January 8th, my wife and I were heading back home from church and just as we pulled out of the lot we heard a clunking noise. A quarter mile down the road the "Transmission Hot" display came on the the dash. We were able to make it home going at a slower rate of speed and eventually the light went out. I called GM Customer Service when I got home to notify them what had happened. They didn't have any suggestions, but just asked if I was towing something at the time and other questions to which the answer was no. I decided to take my Avalanche to the dealer the next morning to have it checked out. Later that day, on the 9th, the service manager advised me that they were able to determine that 2nd and 4th were out. I asked him if it could be repaired and he said they would have to tear into it to find out. I asked how much that was going to be and he said around $580.00. What choice did I have, so I let them tear into it starting on the 10th. Didn't hear anything on the 10th or 11th but on the afternoon of the 12th, the service manager advised that the transmission was "pretty well cooked" and that I would need to replace it with a remanufactured transmission for around $3200.00. He said the remanufactured one would come with a 3yr/100,000 mile warranty. I told him I would get back with him. In the evening I called back GM Customer Service and had to leave a message for them to call me back. Based on everything I've read on this message board, it appears that this transmission has a well known history of failing and I don't believe a 2005 Avalanche with only 88,000 miles on should have failed. I've use my vehicle for mostly going to and from work and on long trips. I don't drive like some teenagers either. Hopefully, GM will accept responsibility for their failed defective equipment and provide me with a remanufactured transmission. It appears the transmission was designed to go out past the 5yr mark, which of course is out of warranty. If I understand correctly from reading the posts here, this transmission is really not a "truck" transmission but is also used in some of GM's other sedans which weigh a lot less and are not used for the same types of things a truck is meant for. It's no wonder it failed. :mad:
  • mikeandgaylemikeandgayle Member Posts: 7
    I contacted GM a few times, spoke to a couple of customer service specialists at headquarters, and while they were all so sorry about my premature transmission failure, they were more sorry that I was out of warranty...and out of luck. They won't live up to their mistake and would rather lose good customers like us. B/t/w, I just had brake lines at the master cylinder blow out for no good reason. My Ava is falling apart at 80,000 miles...way to go, GM!
  • gmcustsvcsarahgmcustsvcsarah Member Posts: 1,964
    Were you assigned a Service Request number when you called? If you were to email this to us, we can look into this to make sure that things were thorough.
    GM Customer Service
  • oknationoknation Member Posts: 3
    I called GM Customer Service when I got home to notify them what had happened. I talked with a lady named Francis. She didn't have any suggestions, but just asked if I was towing something at the time and other questions to which the answer was no.

    I decided to take my Avalanche to the Chevrolet dealer from whom I had purchased my vehicle the next morning to have it checked out. Later that day, on the 9th, the Bob Howard Service Manager, Richard Underhill advised me that they were able to determine that 2nd and 4th were out. I asked him if it could be repaired and he said they would have to tear into it to find out. I asked how much that was going to cost to tear into it and he said around $580.00. Given little choice to determine the severity of the problem, I let them tear into it starting on the 10th. I didn't hear anything on the 10th or 11th, but on the afternoon of the 12th, Richard Underhill advised me that the transmission was "pretty well cooked" and that I would need to replace it with a remanufactured transmission for a cost of around $3200.00. He said the remanufactured (not new) one would come with a 3yr/100,000 mile warranty. I told him I would get back with him. In the evening I called back GM Customer Service and had to leave a message for Francis to call me back. On the 13th of January, 2012 in the afternoon I decided to call GM Customer Service again since I hadn’t heard back from Francis. The lady I talked with made notes of what I told her with regard to what Richard Underhill had advised me after tearing into the transmission and said that Francis would get back in touch with me within 24 hours.

    Based on everything I've read while doing research on the internet about this issue, it appears that this transmission has a well known history of failure, not only in the Avalanche, but other GM vehicles as well. I don't believe a 2005 Avalanche with only 88,000 miles on it should have a transmission that fails. I've use my vehicle for mostly going to and from work and on long trips. I don't drive like some teenagers either. Everything I have read about the transmission problems on Avalanches seems to happen to models 2004 and newer. Regardless of warranty coverage, a transmission should not fail with only 88000 miles on any vehicle. I even asked the Service Manager at Bob Howard, Richard Underhill about this and he agreed with me that it should not have failed with that low of mileage.

    GM states that they are “committed to delivering vehicles with flawless quality and reliability”. There are clearly issues with the Avalanche transmission, and I paid significant money for this truck and expect it to last at least 100,000 miles plus. I love driving it and I love everything about my truck, especially the sporty look, comfort, the handling, and the spaciousness. There’s one thing I was not expecting with my Avalanche – a transmission with known engineering flaws. Yet that’s what I’ve been seeing all over the Internet – comments, complaints and reviews not just for the 2002 year – but for many years from 2000 through 2011. This is the third Avalanche I’ve purchased (2002 Z66, 2003 Z71, 2005 Z71), and I tell people this is the best thing since sliced bread. I have loved this vehicle but will not do business with a company that refuses to stand behind their product or long time loyal customers.

    But I have been left with such a feeling of disappointment. I have always made it my priority to deal only with companies that take pride in designing a good and safe product. I am hoping that GM can do something to help my me and my family to continue to believe in the quality of GM products. Will GM help me to make my truck drivable again? General Motors states that they are passionate about designing, building and selling the world’s best vehicles, and this vision is the hallmark of their customer-driven culture. I can only hope and pray that GM will consider doing the right thing for this loyal customer.
  • oknationoknation Member Posts: 3
    Well, after spending some two and a half weeks going back and forth from Francis, whom I could hardly understand, and talking with the service person at Bob Howard Chevrolet, I finally was made an offer whereby I paid half of the cost of transmission replacement. I felt it was best to take that offer, since one, I had been without my Avalanche now for 2 1/2 weeks, and two, I was beginning to think Francis at GM Customer Service was my second wife as we had more unproductive conversations than I care to think about and I had had enough of that. I'm not really sure who the offer of paying half came from, the Service Manager at the dealership Forrest Reining, or GM Corp. In any case, I agreed to pay half which my total came to $1420.93. I still feel that I shouldn't have had to pay anything, but technically I was out of warranty, that is past the 5 year mark, but under the 100,000 miles.

    The replacement transmission supposedly comes with a 3yr, 100,000 mile warranty. Will I keep this Avalanche past either one of those marks? Probably not, because I feel that the replacement transmission is just as bad as the original and will go out after the 3yr mark but under the 100,000 miles. Hopefully, I can trade the Avalanche I love for some other vehicle whose company will do the right thing (ya think).

    If you wondered why I waited so long on at least getting some result from GM Cust Serv, it's because I went out the same day I took the Avalanche to the dealership to get fixed and bought a brand new 2012 Jeep Wrangler Sahara. Unfortunately, GM knows that most people cannot and will not wait to get some result from them, so the customer gives up and just goes ahead and pays for it themselves. A lot of people can't afford to have their vehicle tied up at the dealership for weeks waiting to find out if GM is going to stand by their product/s. Yes, I still need a truck, so I'll keep the Avalanche until it's time to get rid of it before the warranty runs out.

    All I can say to others out there is Good Luck! You'll need that, and a WHOLE lot of patience as well! Oh, and don't forget, some of your own money.

    My Service Request: 71-1026833584
    My National Highway Safety Administration/ODI Safety Complaint Number: 10443635 :lemon:
  • mikeandgaylemikeandgayle Member Posts: 7
    While it's surprising that they offered anything, just be aware that they're not losing any money on that deal, either. I had my trans. rebuilt by my local mechanic for $1700, so their 'offer' just brings the price down to reality. However, it's a bit better then the offer I received for $1000 coupon on the purchase of a new vehicle! I agree, we paid top dollar for these trucks expecting to pass 100,000 miles w/o major failures. Oh well :(
  • hippycritterhippycritter Member Posts: 1
    Hi folks,

    Unfortunately, I think I might be joining the broken Chevy Avalanche transmission club, a most unfortunate club to belong. My tranny went out at 57,000 miles on my 2005. It was the old sprag gear failure, a well known issue. Seeing how I didn't want to have them replace an old crappy tranny with a new crappy tranny, I had it rebuilt elsewhere seeing as how even new ones didn't solve the problem.

    Now I wonder if I might get some satisfaction. My extended warranty ran out last April due to time being up. After your experience, do you have any hints as how to go about getting at least some of my money back? What number do you call? Did you find anyone worth mentioning.

    I am outraged that this failure occurs regularly and GM is not stepping up. They replaced my instument panel so I hope they will stip up here. If I don't get some kind help with this, I know GM is not in the running for my next two cars that I will buy.
  • dale07bonddale07bond Member Posts: 1
    the midgate glass on my Bermuda Blue 06 LT avalanche is cracked. only the abs plastic is cracked but it is cracked in the lower left corner and it lets water in the cab behind the rear seat. the chevrolet dealer in clovis ca told me that its a common problem and they sell a lot of them. right in the middle of my talking to G.M. my avalanche was stolen. after the insurance paid me for my avalanche. The city of Palmdale Ca. Called me and told me that had found my truck. the insurance told me that i would have to bid on the truck @ witch I did and got the truck Back for about $5700.00 the insurance paid me $24,000.00 for my truck. I had allready bought a new 2011 avalanche L.T.Z. loaded in the steel green met. went out the outher day to wash my 2011 ava while cleaning the windows found my rear window is cracked the dealer replaced it. mand i told the service writer that if it crackes again i will be back and i will be inppspecting that rear window every time i wash the avalanche. and i suggest every avalanche and Cad EXT owner to look at the back window. the price of that window is $726.00 list cost is $545.00 so look at yours befor warranty runs out
  • palmer12palmer12 Member Posts: 7
    I have experienced the same problems with my 07 Avanlanche also.
  • eddie98eddie98 Member Posts: 1
    i have a 2005 avalanch and i am going threw the same thing driving down the road everything is fine then get a trany hot mess. and it started slipping so i pulled over fluid was fine gave it time to cool off and went about a mile it came back on and started slipping agean i got on a back road were i could go slow and everything was fine then so i called gm and they said they aint heard about it happing to anyone befor and they would get back to me but from looking here it is clear that they have heard of it befor min only has 60.000 miles on it and if they tell me theres nohing they will do then this will be the last gm i ever own and i have had them all my life but this just aint right
  • gmcustsvcsarahgmcustsvcsarah Member Posts: 1,964

    I apologize that you're experiencing these concerns with your transmission. Our Customer Assistance Center agents on the phone operate independently of the forum, and so it is very likely that unless the agent was perusing Edmunds on his or her own time that they would not be entirely familiar. All of our interactions are handled on a case-by-case basis at our level, as well.

    Were you planning on getting this looked into? I hope everything goes well! If you decide to work with a dealership on this please keep us posted on the progress there, and if we can be of assistance please get in touch via email ([email protected]).

    GM Customer Service
  • dlcole76054dlcole76054 Member Posts: 21
    From 2010 and newer, the Avalanches have a 6 speed tranny, vs the older 4 speed tranny. Has anyone experienced a problem with this newer transmission?
  • 69z2869z28 Member Posts: 9
    Oh yeah. Look at my forum post #56. Bought my Avalanche new in March 2010 & lost the torque converter while cruising at highway speed in October 2010 with less than 13K on the truck. Some other problems at the outset too, but they are noted in Post #56. Doesn't help build much faith in the future performance of the vehicle, but it has held up better since Oct 2010. There's about 41K on it now.
  • bohmbjbohmbj Member Posts: 1
    My transmission just went on my 2002 Z71. Had to drive back home from my family's easter party on back roads because of this. Yes driving home on Easter and my tranny goes out! A one hour drive turned into a 4 hour drive. How fun!
  • 69z2869z28 Member Posts: 9
    I understand the misery! When mine failed, we were on a trip we had been planning for nearly a year. The trip was blown and there's no way GM will ever compensate for that, regardless the terms of the warranty.
  • toneandtoneand Member Posts: 1
    just had it happen to me today. 2007 with a little over 57,100 miles. Lost D, 3, and R. Was able to limp to the dealership with 2 and 1 but slipping bad. This sucks, cause I've never towed anything or put any stress on this truck. Just waiting to hear how much they want to fix it. I'm sure I'll have to get someone else when I hear their wild price.
  • gmcustsvcsarahgmcustsvcsarah Member Posts: 1,964
    Good morning toneand,

    Hopefully this will be resolved for you soon! Please keep us updated, and if you should like to get in touch with customer service you can send an email to [email protected] (include your name/Edmunds username, phone, address, last 8 of your VIN and approximate mileage, and the name of your involved dealership, as well as a description of the issue at hand).

    All the best,
    GM Customer Service
  • hex98hex98 Member Posts: 1
    Hey whats up Eddie98 just had the same problem start today on my 2007 Avalanche. I was planning on getting the transmission serviced just kept putting it off (my luck). So now its time to call around for price check on repairs. I was wondering the price range and the repair time you experienced cuz I have the same issues no revers and gears keep slipping. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
  • mcogsmcogs Member Posts: 4
    Eddie98, being a 2007 and 57k it should be covered under the powertrain. Mine was and the damage was so severe they replaced the whole trans, converter, and radiator (trans cooler was plugged). I was upset that it happened and I had to pay for a rental car, but it was fixed in 3 days with a rebuilt one. I even got them to replace ujoints, and seals the front axle.

    Go to the dealer. They will do right by you. Don't blame the dealer for the engineers errors.

  • lionmamalionmama Member Posts: 2
    I bought this truck with 20,000 miles. Regular maintenance, put 32,000 in 4 years, nothing! Easy driving. In the past year, put 30,000 but almost all freeway miles, no towing. Yesterday it just went out, when I'd hit 3rd it would go into neutral. No warning, nothing obvious. I did have trouble getting it into drive on occasions, hard to shift and loud when it moved. I thought these truck were tuff! This truck couldn't have had an easier life. What sucks more is I bought the extended warranty because I bought it used, the date hasn't expired but I've exceeded the miles. It's a joke.
  • gnsofastgnsofast Member Posts: 2
    Does this issuse go along with the 2007 Avalanche aswell?
    I've only had mine for only two weeks and same problem just happened to me. Got it right into dealership ASAP
    Please tell me theres some solution!
  • gnsofastgnsofast Member Posts: 2
    Was there any help from dealership or GM on your issue?
  • gmcustsvcsarahgmcustsvcsarah Member Posts: 1,964
    Good morning Eric,

    Please keep us updated on the progress at your dealership - our technicians are our eyes and ears into vehicle problems and we rely upon them for a diagnosis. If you would like for us to check into this further, please email us the following information at [email protected] : your name and Edmunds username, phone and address, the last 8 digits of your VIN and current mileage, and the name of your dealership.

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • afbuis03afbuis03 Member Posts: 1
    Well Appears GM does not care about its customers. So I no longer care about GM. My 2006 Avalanche just recently had a transmission failure as well, with between 68,000 and 70,000 miles on it. I bought it new in 2006 at that time it only had 164 miles on it. I have kept it in good maintenance and have records on all the up-keep that has been done fot this truck. I will of course replace the transmission - however I will never buy another GM Vehicle for as long as I live and will constantly give that advice to all that I meet.

    Good By GM - from a once loyal fan/customer.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Member Posts: 4,252

    We're sorry to hear that the transmission failed on your Avalanche. If you were planning on working with a GM dealership to have the replacement put in and wanted for us to check into the situation further, please email us at [email protected] (include your name and contact information, a summary of the situation, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and the name of your dealership).

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • 69z2869z28 Member Posts: 9
    Since I was an early victim (12k miles) of Avalanche transmission failure, I've continued to monitor comments on this thread. One theme in the background seems to surface from time to time...a warranty agent asks the owner 'were you towing with this vehicle?'

    If that's a question being asked by GM or Chevy regarding transmission warranty repairs, then it bothers me A LOT. Chevrolet willingly advertises the Avalanche with stated payload and towing capacities; equips most Avalanches with towing packages before shipping to dealers; and installs a transmission selector (at least on my 2010) that includes a button to select TOWING MODE. THIS VEHICLE IS ADVERTISED AS PROVIDING SIGNIFICANT TOWING CAPACITY IN ITS CLASS. So, is the question 'were you towing with this vehicle?' for statistical purposes, or is it being used as a rationale to deny a warranty claim? If it's the latter, then I think I would consult some legal advice.

    And in my case, no, I was not towing.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Member Posts: 4,252

    The Avalanche is a vehicle that is able to tow and there is a section outlining the appropriate procedures and weight limits in the manual (for the 2012 Avalanche Manual, this section begins on page 9-66). How is the transmission repair going on your Avalanche?

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • walsh73walsh73 Member Posts: 3
    We have now fallen victim to the transmission going. Our odometer reads 29857 and we are months outside of our warranty and GM customer service has served worthless for us. They are claiming that we denied a diagnostic warning that we received. I have my email from the night before our truck crapped out that everything checked out great and we had no warning sign or lights that came on just no drive gear. We were quoted $3400 for total cost and then we received a call that they would cover half but then the dealership stated tey quoted us the price with the discount. For a truck that is five years old this is ridiculous to say the least and there are so few miles, rest assure we will be voicing our opinion on the poor quality and lack of customer service. We paid too much for a truck that was not used to tow either that did not meet our expectations at all.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Member Posts: 4,252
    If we can check into this situation further with you, please contact us via email at [email protected] (include your name and contact information and the last 8 digits of your VIN so we can locate any file already opened through the Customer Assistance Center).

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • jchujchu Member Posts: 18
    OK, here is my story about Avalanche's transmission problem. I have a 2007 Avalanche with 64,640 miles on it. I really love the truck that is strong, quiet and very comfortable. In the past few years, I had some battery problems, and it has been changed twice, like every another year I need a new battery. I hated GM's battery but still love the truck til last night. In the past few weeks the battery problem is coming back, if I didn't drive the truck for one day, next
    day the car won't start. To keep the battery charged, I had to drive
    it every day once even I didn't need go somewhere or just run the engine for 10 minutes. Yesterday I didn't drive at daytime and by the evening I was worried about the battery will be bad next day, so I wanted to drive it for little while. It was hard to get it ignite but it did start without jumping, but
    the message "stability-control service" was shown on the dashboard, I
    thought it might be the weak battery caused computer malfunction and
    drove for about 5 minutes, and every time when I hit around the third
    gear I could feel some kind of lagged throttle move. I turned off the engine
    and turned it on again, drove less than 500 feet, felt 3 more constant lagged
    throttles one by one then the car was on the neutral, it couldn't move
    forward only could backup. This morning I called onstar service, and it
    was diagnosed ignition problem, but the engine was running during the call, so the representative suggested me get the car towed to the
    dealer. After check, the technician said the
    transmission needs to be replanced, and it will cost >$3,000. I was
    shocked, for a car only has 6 years with ~64,000 miles on it, never
    towed any thing more than 200lb (I have a small plastic boat), alway had
    suggest services, and the transmission need to be replaced? Is this GM's
    quality? I had told so many people, friends, colleagues, even some
    strangers who ever asked me how do I feel the car, I always said love
    the engine (strong and quiet), transmission (smooth), and style, but
    now I feel I'm betrayed. I expected gift for the Xmas but never though I could get this. Maybe it is time for a change and GM would never be my choice again. Shame on you, GM!
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Member Posts: 4,252
    It looks as though you may already be working with Customer Assistance? Do you have a Service Request number?

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • jchujchu Member Posts: 18
    Here is some update for my Avalanche's transmission problem. I received a call from the dealer next day and told me there are more problems than just transmission it self, and for all fix it will be cost ~$4600 plus tax (the total would be almost $4900). I couldn't believe what I heard, but what else I can do if I want my truck running again? On the same day, after I sent an email to [email protected] told them what happend to me and asked if this is normal or common life of transmission for 2007 Avalanche, a representative from [email protected] emailed me back and started a case file for the available options for cost assistance, and later asked my contact number, forwarded the case to a district specialist who will work with the dealership management to better consider cost assistance. The specialist never called me but I could wait for that long to get my truck back for this Sunday's planed trip. I called dealer, and they told me the specialist offered free 2 years oil change and tires rotation, and dealer will give a 10% off for the parts, so the final bill will be $4400. I think 10% off from the dealer (Lannan Chevy Woburn in MA) is the best they can do, and for the major repaires I always had some discount from them and alwasy appreciate for that. But from GM free stuff that is just nothing to me, I only drive ~10k per year, 2 years oil change might be worth ~$200, and I have my tires rotated free from Costco, so basically only ~$200 from GM for what they built and not acceptable major parts failure. Here are what were fixed for the $4400 that I paid:
    Replaced transmission $3220
    Replaced serpentine belt $98
    Perform charging system check and replaced defective alternator, road test $483
    Perform engine scan test, replaced crankshaft position sensor and clear cods $427
    I don't mind pay wear and tear, and when I bought 2007 modle I also bought 5 years warranty which was extended from manufacture's basic and paid $1000 for that, just thought about there were some major changes for 2007 modle so I need prepared for any defect or early failures. Indeed I did have some services after basic warranty expired and the $1000 was paid off already for what it was cost for the repaires. But I never though the transmission could be failed just around 6 years with 64,640 miles on it. When my friends and colleagues asked me what happened to my truck, they just couldn't believe it (I guess no body would believe it either unless you had same or worse experience wit GM's product), everybody's responds from this was GM not only produces bad products and they won't do much for their reputations to fix the problems such as this, so better stays away from GM, no body wants get a junk and hit the head a $4400 bill at Christmas. But I still appreciate [email protected]'s effort to set up the case quickly just wished I could get much better results than some cheap S**t from GM! And who knows what would happen to this junk in next 2 years, oh yeh I forgot, maybe I can use that $200 to balance another few thousand grand!
  • jchujchu Member Posts: 18
    More update from GM. I received a phone call from GM today (finally) but I really wished I have never had it and I guess GM should had the same feelings too, because it didn't help their reputations and just made it worse, and I'm not talking about how the representative handled the case, I don't think she has the power to make the decision. The whole conversations were GM willing to make their customers satisfied but they can't do anything more for my case at this moment because the warranty is expired. The message is here, if you don't want spend few thousand grand to fix the early failures of major parts, buy extended warranty, and not only buy one like what I had that covered 5 years, get another one for the following years, otherwise you are on the risk of your own. 6 years and 64k miles for GM is too long and too much to cover their transmission, they are not guarantied for a truck with normal driving, towing less than 200lb during summers and not even a constructor's vehicle either, also not mention it was followed suggested maintenances all the time, why? I guess every one will get the same and the only answer, they don't have any confidence for this truck. They will never put any advertisement that let buyers know some extended warranty (and not only one) is a must for this truck, but now I tell you, put two more grand for the security and have some peace in mind if you want to buy a brand new Avalanche, otherwise you better pray no such gift (lose not get few grand) arrives at Christmas! I don't need say any more Shame on you, GM! Because it looks like shameless is a better description and good luck GM for the competition with other manufactures!
  • katana6katana6 Member Posts: 2
    edited January 2013
    My 2005 Avalanche Transmission started slipping New Years morning just after midnight believe it or not. Later that day it completely went out. I towed it to the dealer the following day and found that the transmission was totally shot! How can this be for a vehicle with only 77k miles? This is so dissapointing. I boought it new and a new vehicle is usually not starting to be broken in until around 60K. This shows the poor workmanship of this product produced. So dissapointing. Now Im looking at $3,200 that I can not pay. I thought I was going to be a long time customer. This is my second Avalanche. Luckily now looking back I traded in the first one at around 30k miles before the problem could have started. Trust me, there won't be a third one or another GM vehicle.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Member Posts: 4,252

    We're sorry to hear that your new year began with the transmission going out on your Avalanche. If you would like for us to check into anything further, please email us at [email protected] (include your name, contact information, the last 8 of your VIN, and a summary of your vehicle).

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • jchujchu Member Posts: 18
    No surprises at here after what happened to my truck! And don't count on GM will give you $$$$ to balance your bill, I guess another 2 years oil and tire rotation? Can't wait to hear what offer you have, because it is out off GM's warranty! After I spent $4400 for the truck, now the truck is running again but feels not same to the before fix. I can hear some rolling clicks whenever step on the gas that I have never heard even the day before the transmission broken, no more quiet ride, and I guess if I complain to the dealer, they might say they found another problem and few hundred bucks more are needed to fix it. I asked the dealer what was wrong with the transmission they said they have no idea, open the parts and try to find if there is a defeated piece is not worth it. So nobody knows what's going on with GM's transmission after short life. Sociame[email protected] just GM pretending they care their customer but cannot help you if you have some problem with their bad product. After 2013, Avalanche will be discontinued, I wonder why and you will never know the true reason...
  • katana6katana6 Member Posts: 2
    Update, I spoke with GM and they were going to review my situation. Then I was told that they needed to contact the dealer that had my vehicle before they made a decision and that they would call me back within 24 hours. Well its been 5 days and they havent called the dealer because I spoke with them yesterday myself and they said GM never called. So I called back to GM to see what is the hold up and some representive says that she sees in some notes that a decision has been made on my situation but she can't see what the decision was decided to be. OK wait! You make a decision, can't tell me what it is, never called the dealer to find out what they have to say because this is what YOU GM said YOU had to do first in order to make an informed decision, and then don't call me to tell me what it is. I left 4 messages and still no call back. GM you can forget me ever being a customer in the future, and for the local Avalanche club, I will make sure that all 28 members are aware too so that they aren't dissapointed too. Just horrible.
  • jchujchu Member Posts: 18
    Nothing new and that was what I thought it would be...
  • kkowalskikkowalski Member Posts: 2
    I just had a same problem out of no where. I was at a red light turned green and I accelerate, my rear end sounds like it spins out and i lose all gears drive 3 2 and 1 i did not try r. dealer has me paying 2822 .98 for a new transmission my 07 avalanche has 94,000 miles on it. the dealer said a new transmission come with a 300,000 3 yr warranty so I think its a good deal for me but I want to know what every one thinks
  • kkowalskikkowalski Member Posts: 2
    My 07 avalanche has not had much problems until recentlyin 2007 I had a 3000 dollar repair bill for struts belts another suspension problems. But thats in the past last night I was on my way to work and I was at a stoplight I was waiting for oncoming traffic to drive by the opportunity came so I could turn as I turned my rear end sounded like the tires spin out I wasn't drive and could not accelerate after that sound I could not accelerate in third gear second gear or first I had it towed to my local dealer whom I've always used for any of my repairs and the dealer told me that my transmission needed to be replaced and was going to cost 2822 dollars and 49 cents and to rebuild the transmission would be about the same cost with the new transmission I got a 300,000 mile warranty 3 year warranty my Chevy Avalanche has 94,000 miles on it it is an 07 LT model I bought the truck used the truck had 35,000 miles on it.I was reading some of the old posts and it seems like I'm getting a good deal but would like to know if this is true and is worth the money.
  • mikeandgaylemikeandgayle Member Posts: 7
    It's an OK deal if you plan on keeping the truck a while longer. I was able to get my trans rebuilt by my local (trusted!) mechanic for a little over 1/2 of what the dealer's asking...that included a 1 year warranty which was plenty of time to look for a replacement truck. Lucky that you got 94K out of it!
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJMember Posts: 3,516
    I've never even heard of a 300,000 mile warranty on a class 8 truck/tractor or a motorcoach, let alone a pickup transmission. Please check with the dealer again on that mileage.

    kcram - Pickups/Wagons/Vans+Minivans Host
  • jpinelajpinela Member Posts: 6
    edited February 2013
    I don't know if that is a deal. It seems like everyone has replaced the tranny.
    The dealer is making money. These chevys are not made ti last.
    I'll consider buying a toyota or Nissan.
  • jpinelajpinela Member Posts: 6
    Don't get me wrong. I love my 2007 Avalanche.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Member Posts: 4,252

    There is a replacement parts warranty of 3 years/100,000 miles on transmissions. If you have any further questions, we can be reached at [email protected] (include your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and a summary of the situation so far).

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • walsh73walsh73 Member Posts: 3
    Not that it should go out before 100,000 but at least you got 94,XXX our of your vehicle, ours did not even make it to 30,000 miles. We got the transmission replaced end of October and it doesn't matter who you contact, it is worthless they will not assist you. Too bad so sad your warrenty is up sorry we put a junk transmission in that model but now you still get to pay for it. They have the worst customer service and we have made it known to anyone that will listen. Right now as we go on the lot looking for a new car we still continue to inform people about our experience and we will not touch another Chevy for the very reason no car that was taken care of like ours, not used to tow and did not last us 30,000 miles without the most major expense of any of our vehicles and two are over 10 years old! Pathetic!
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Member Posts: 4,252
    I see in an earlier post that your dealership was going to work with you to have repair work done on your Avalanche, jpinela. Did everything work out okay?

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • deanosavydeanosavy Member Posts: 1
    I have an 05 Chevy Avalanche now on the second tranny outage. Found a 4L60E at a good price that was going into an 01 Silverado and with shift kit, racing clutches (red stage)and stall convertor (2800 stall),corvette billet servos. I am being told this is a much more aggressive tranny and will not be anything like the stock one and eill be a totally different ride, but I wont have to worry about it going out. So my question is this a good call and what are the ups and downs if any??
  • citydudecitydude Member Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 Avalenche. I have read all the postings but none directly address my issue. With the 2 wheel button engaged, the transmission will work for a bit, then I loose all gears. If I select the Auto 4 wheel button, the transmission will work fine and has never slipped out of gear. Does anyone have a suggestion regarding what is going on? Thanks
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