Many have suggested replacing the removable glass with a rear power window that retracts into the midgate. I like the existing design. By lowering the midgate, while leaving the glass and tonneau in place, I get extra load space AND protection from the elements. I love the adjustablity of the driver's seat, especially the lumbar support. It's the most comfortable seat I own. I've owned trucks with both the 5.7 and 5.3L engines. GM claims the 5.3 has more power and better economy. That has not been my experience. The 5.7 always felt like it had more grunt and got better mileage. This truck needs both. I average 14-15 mpg. On the whole, though, a great truck.
Driver's seat, midgate, tonneau, redundant controls, adjustable peddles, WBH (Without Body Hardware) - i.e., no cladding
Better fuel mileage, more power (especially low-end), redesign front end and, especially, the flying buttress behind the C-pillar, better rear visibility
I love my new avalanche. I upgraded from a 2WD Sierra w/bare essentials to the Z-71 with every option except the DVD player($1200 not worth it). What a difference. This truck is suprisingly nimble, and the turning radius is less than that of extended cab trucks(ie-easier for my wife to park). Towing capacity is solid. We towed our Grand Prix on a car trailer(total lbs= 6900) from FLA to WA state, only stopping for 9 hours and driving for 66. There were times I forgot I was even towing. What a beast! The midgate is awesome. I've halled everything from drywall(full sheets) with the tailgate closed to 3 backhoe scoops of bark.
Full feature heated seats. Torque, mid-gate feature. Locking tailgate. XM, Bose, locking toolboxes, audio controls on steering wheel.
A back up radar system similar to the Ford escape. It is difficult to back up since the rear sits so high. Upgrade the hitch capacity.
Owned a 2004 for a month. Pleasure to drive. Excellent ride. As a custom home builder need to pick up supplies very often. Avalanche converts to "truck" within 15 seconds and can easily put 9' long pieces of wood in it which are protected from the weather. Smartest vehicle buy I have ever made!
It is obvious that I got a lemon
compared to the positive remarks I read
about the truck. I had nothing but
TROUBLE. It was first in shop over a
month for AC replacement. Then Tires,
Tires AGAIN. They never got the
tires/wheels balanced correctly. They
finally gave me a new set and I still
had to take the truck back several
times to try to keep the balance right!
Then a shortage in the Radio. Problems
with the CD player. Brakes were
terrible. I can't leave out the fact
that when I drove over 70MPH the
speedomoter whould flip over to
120MPH!, never corrected.This was the
worst vehicle I have owned and will
NEVER buy a GM product again!
Interior design and comfort. Covered
truck bed panels and built in step in
bumpers made access easy.
I never thought I'd like the smaller
bed but not once has it ever been an
issue. I love the locking rear
tailgate and hard cover. I go camping
in the truck and simply lay down the
back seat and put my pillow behind the
front seats and feet out in the bed.
It's secure and comfortable. I
recommend the Avalanche to anyone
looking for something different
without giving up their truck.
Believe it or not the locking boxes on
the side are pretty cool too. I go
boating and I also trailer motorcycles
to the trails and it's a good place to
store my straps and hitch. The lock
too so my stuff is safe. Plenty of
room for the family and plenty of
power to pull my 4,500 pound boat
through the hills.