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2005 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 4dr Crew Cab LS Rwd (5.3L 8cyl 4A) 1500 4dr Crew Cab LS Rwd (5.3L 8cyl 4A)
I bought an 89 Daytona Shelby when I was still on active duty; my intention to keep her forever. 8 years later and 2 children who outgrew the tiny seats had me searching the dealerships. I bought an 08 Dodge Quad Cab Big Horn over the summer, and one trip later realized my critical mistake. Using the mini-rear seats of the Daytona as a reference for something larger was a poor choice. One month later I was already scanning the dealership lots. I saw an 05 Avalanche (never, NEVER a fan of Chevy!)with 49,000 original miles- 1 owner, and the truck was nearly mint. The salesman prompted me to keep it overnight...he knew the outcome. She sure sits pretty in the driveway :)
Comfort, seat support, versatility, handling, more power over my trade-in (4.7 Magnum). Side storage in the bed (and I thought Dodge had the take on side-bed storage).
Sluggish steering, adjustable steering is awkward, telescoping steering wheel for tall drivers What in the heck do all the buttons on the console do? I just want to turn on the radio!!!!!
2005 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 4dr Crew Cab LS Rwd (5.3L 8cyl 4A) 1500 4dr Crew Cab LS 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 4A)
I really love my Avalanche. I bought it new and has been a great vehicle. I've had zero engine issues. things I've done are had to replace speedometer that sprung one day when it was about 10 below 0 outside. Had to have a airbag sensor replaced and replaced one of the oxygen sensors - which I found out is recommended after about 5 years anyway. Also a transmission solenoid was replaced, that was only $120 w/labor. I run the E85 a lot in the summer and I tow a heavy camper with it. Its not the best towing vehicle for something heavy but it gets by. I run Amsoil and engine still runs like new with 65k.
overall size and comfort. I don't use the midgate much. With good tires the 4 wheel drive is excellent in the snow, much better than my wifes SUV.
the rear seats fold up to allow the midgate down. I would have liked a rubber pad to put in back seat when their up so stuff won't slide around, and they s/h made it so can take the headrests out of rear seat too. Mine doesnt have the reverse sensors, but I see the new ones do. Because its big and squarish, takes some getting used to front and rear distances while parking.
2005 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 4dr Crew Cab LS Rwd (5.3L 8cyl 4A) 1500 4dr Crew Cab LS 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 4A)
Never will i buy a Avalanche again. bought because of features.it's a piece of junk there is a rattle in the front end my abs brake went the part is 600.00 to replace not including labor. now shocks in the front need replacing have had to replace o2 scensors brake calipers and so on... oh did i mention it only has 56,000 miles on it.and i paid way too much for a piece of junk
2005 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 4dr Crew Cab LS Rwd (5.3L 8cyl 4A) 1500 4dr Crew Cab LS Rwd (5.3L 8cyl 4A)
I bought this used and have never ever looked back and said "Why" This is the perfect SUV/TRUCK for me. I sold my Ford F150 and my older SUV and rolled two cars into this one. What a joy to own and drive. I'm getting in the low 20s for overall mileage and could not be happier. I take the covers off the back and get 20 bales of hay in with no problem. It hauls out two horse trailer as easy as can be. The interior room is wonderful great to take a trip in. I love the overall looks of it.
Ride. Covered area. Mid gate. Looks
2005 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 4dr Crew Cab LS Rwd (5.3L 8cyl 4A) 1500 4dr Crew Cab LS 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 4A)
Have had my Avalanche for almost 10 months now and I cannot imagine my life without it! I test drove toyota, honda, dodge, and my friend drives a 2004 f150 that has had 6 transmission replacements and 2 overdrive/ transfer cases replaced in 3 months of owning it. I have to say, I have had zero problems with this truck, other than the dealership not tightening my oil filter on good enough... I have the sun & sound package that has the bose sys and the sunroof. We go for a 3 hour drive to the beach we put every window down, the roof open, the back window out and the bose sys playin ur fav song it feels like a sports car and u just wanna step on the gas! Love this truck!!!
Bose sys, sunroof, solid 1 piece body, huge tires, off roading capabilities, great gas mileage for a truck this size (avg 24.5 MPG hwy), convertibility of the truck, looks, power, comfort... list goes on and on... If ur debating about buying one... just go for it! u will be happy u did!
The only thing I can say is an easier panel system on the back, and maybe some material upgrades, but they have done all that on the new model years... so I have to say no improvements... if anything get the engine up a few MPG but still great for a truck its size and weight!
LT2 & Z-71. This truck goes everywhere, anytime, in all conditions. 19+ mpg highway/13.5 mpg city. Will tow or haul most anything in style. Quiet ride, lots of luxury everywhere, auto everything, great stereo, easy to drive. This is my 2nd Avalanche. I am about to buy #3 (2009) Had only minor problems when new (1x in shop). Since new, just oil changes, rotate tires, and gas. I love the look too. Get a lot of compliments, even from high dollar car owners. If you find a clean low mileage Avalanche, buy it. Do not buy expecting great gas mileage. This is a big truck that is 4 wheel drive designed for work & hauling. Buy knowing that this is a 6700 lb truck with a big V8.
#1: Midgate: Others wish they had this feature! #2: Bed Covers: What a great design. Easy to use and water tight too. #3: Bose Stereo. #4: Interior creature comforts: great seats, auto everything... I normally will take the Avalanche & leave the Mercedes at home. #5: Easy to drive & safety.
Option for painted (matching) bed covers. Non-fading plastic on bed covers. Back up range sensor (I added an aftermarket, very hard to judge backing up w/o some form of sensor), integrated bumper step to access bed. Built in rechargeable flashlight. DC/AC inverter for tools.
2005 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 4dr Crew Cab LS Rwd (5.3L 8cyl 4A) 1500 4dr Crew Cab LS Rwd (5.3L 8cyl 4A)
Purchased the vehicle at 10 miles. Enjoyed the vehicle for almost three years when I started to have problems with the transmission. It would not shift properly. Fixed under extended 75,000 warranty. Few months later tranny went bad again. Bad part about I exceeded the coverage under the warranty and the tranny warranty;( The rest is history
Enjoyed the way it handled for the time being
Need to make better quality tranny parts.
Love the truck. Got new in 9/05 Not had a problem with mine. Rides great. No noise, no problems, plenty of power. 14-16 MPG in city 20- 24 Hwy. It's a heavy truck and I am happy with the MPG and the ride. Great truck. Want better MPG get a car but you won't have a truck. Want worse MPG buy a Ford.
Side storage compartments. The Bermuda Blue paint.
The black plastic spoiler and the bed covers have faded in the sun, spots of white. I was going to take it back to dealer before the warrenty ran out and get new covers and back spoiler but procrastination beat me to it.
Great car with a very good ride. Beats the ride of Tahoe by a wide margin. Very comfortable with many applications and adaptability. Leather seats should be leather. Way too much vinyl for the price. Bose sound system is a joke for the money. Infinity in Mitsubishi's SUV blow it away.
Adaptability. I am in the real estaste business and I can carry my clients and my equipment at the same time. I also fold it down for extended hunting trips. Great!
Leather seats should mean leather. Bose sound system is way overrated.
I have had this truck for 3 yrs and still would not trade it for a new one. It has been one of the best investments I have ever made.
Comfortable and a great ride with plenty of power.
This is Avalanche #2 (and I am about to buy #3). There is no comparing this car to a Ford, Dodge etc. They are not as flexible, nor have the fuel economy that the Avalanche has. 19.9 MPG Hwy, 13.5 city; avg 16.5 MPG. The midgate is terrific. The vehicle is as comfortable as the Escalade yet costs $1,000's less and uses less gas. It is a truck, SUV, SUT, and luxury car all at once (I know, I also drive a BMW 528it). Never had anyone say anything negative about my Avalanche. No major problems, some minor ones, all covered by warranty. Dealer has been great. Mine is Z71 LT w/o cladding; pretty loaded. Z71 is not necessary. Side rails are a must. Don't hesitate to buy, you will love yours too
Midgate: if you do not own one, you cannot comprehend the versatility of this vehicle. Bose stereo is awesome. Comfort behind the wheel, seating position, the seats are comfortable & steering wheel controls are terrific. Go for a drive, I dare you. This car swallows my kids stuff for college.
Standard back up sensors, better brakes, 100% vehicle locking at push of FOB, higher quality on fiberglass covers & optional colors (black only now). Diesel option would be terrific (increased towing capacity w/o sacrificing fuel mileage).
Love the concept and versatility, but disappointed with reliability. I have had to replace the transmission at 32 months/49,000 miles (at considerable out-of-pocket expense) and continue to have problems with steering and front suspension noise.
Fun to drive, even in city traffic.
Improve durability and dependability of drivetrain and suspension components. Interior is too plain.
I had a 2000 Frontier Crew Cab and thought it was a good truck, that was until I bought the Avalanche. We've driven it to NYC and it was as comfy as my wife's Acura. I've hauled loads and loaded my touring motorcycle in the bed. It pulls trailers with ease and has plenty of giddyup when you want to pass. I average about 20mpg highway and 16mpg in the city. The stereo is awesome and the a/c gets cold in a flash. I am angry I waited so long to upgrade from the Frontier. That little truck is nice if you're a suburban pretender, but if you're a do-it- yourselfer or a working man, the Avalanche is the truck for you.
My favorite feature is the bed cover system. We drove to NYC and DC for our vacation. It rained like Vietnam in DC and our luggage, which included my wife's designer gown, stayed dry. I also like being able to lay down the backseat and haul long objects.
The dash is rather plain-Jane. They need to spice it up a little.
2005 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 4dr Crew Cab LS Rwd (5.3L 8cyl 4A) 2500 4dr Crew Cab LS 4WD (8.1L 8cyl 4A)
This is my 3rd Avalanche. I have bought lots of vehicles and this is my favorite. The 2500 is not your average Avalanche. It weighs about 2000lb's more and has an 8.1 litre engine. However, the outside diminsions are all the same. I now know why they put a fuel limiter switch on it. Definitely a man's truck. I pull a 3 ton boat and have to be careful because you can forget it is back there. Get better gas mileage with it pulling the boat than the 5.3 litre. But, the 5.3 did get over 20 mpg not pulling. Unfortantly they don't make it anymore.
Pulling capacity, luxuary, comfort, gps, heated seats, XM, 4x4, looks
Come back with a 2500 with the diesel and Allison tranny.
I really enjoy driving this vehicle, however, I only get about 13-14 miles to the gallon. The other issue I have experienced is, behind the rear driver side passenger seat, it leaks water every time it rains. This will be my third time taking it to the dealer. I'm considering getting different truck.
Able to lay down rear seats to to put long items. Nice Bose stereo system!
Need to fix water leaks, improve on dashboard with some woodgrain and obtain better gas mileage.
Great ride, easy to drive. Lots of room and can handle a payload. Hauled 2 900lbs. Bags of bulk sand and it still drove like a champ.
Smooth ride, lots of room and a full tank of gas lasts 2 whole weeks.
Retractable rear window, bigger tires and wheels, a sport model, flashier paint options.
I went from a Mustange GT to my Avalanche LT and all I can say is I love it! I got the maxed out truck (even the upgraded paint) minus the luggage rack and have experinced nothing but perfection. This is my first truck and don't see how I ever managed without it. The new 07's have hit the mark with the tailgate, rims, and upgraded interrior. Very nice Chevy, very nice!
The heated seats and DVD system. The intergraded phone is an added bonus due to me being in the military and can't use cell phones while driving on base.
Would like to see the black plastic on the back to be modeled after the Escalade (smooth) so it can be painted to match if desired. Maybe even come that way. Now that's an idea Chevy!
Transmission problems at 34,000 miles and less than 1 year of service. 2wd to 4wd selection buttons and servo motor went out at 45,000 and had to be replaced. Repaired transmission failed at 53,000 miles and is being replaced with a used transmission underneath an extended warranty purchased at a cost of $2,800 as insurace for the transmission repair. I think I should learn how to spell Toyota?
I love my truck. I often sleep in it when I'm in between jobs. It's the only truck I ever considered buying. I waited 3 years to buy and it was well worth the wait. Although, it has a rattle in the engine compartment. But I still love my truck. I've heard others traded theirs in or got rid of it because of the noise. I love my truck and I'm keeping it for life. I may get a sports car (of course a Chevy) in the future and I'm still keeping my truck.
The whole truck! Since I have to name a favorite feature, I would say the cooler and storage compartments.
Get rid of the engine noise. It's a rattle in the engine compartment not the engine itself.
This is as comfortable as any car and drives just as well. I love the concept. A full lenght bed when you need it, and covered bed for smaller items.
The covered short bed.
Change the covered bed latches. Would like to latch and unlatch all from back of vehicle.
Very fun to drive. For a truck, it has averaged about 16.5 MPG, which is not bad. I tow a boat and a travel trailer at times. It has been in the shop three times, twice with transmission problems, at the dealer a week each time, other time was a computer problem. I have had major tire problems, none of the orginal tires are on the vehicle, I have had it 14 months now.
XM Radio is awesome! I got the sun and sound package, off road package and the everything else package. It is loaded.
I do not know how many other people are having transmission problems, but it has been the worst problem with mine. I would have liked a sportier dash package but took care of it with aftermarket parts.
Owned a Ford F-150 for 10 years, still have it, still use it, still a great truck. Ive owned the '05 Avalanche LT for one year now. I bought the truck because I liked the style and every Avalanche owner I spoke to was passionate about how much fun it was to drive. This vehicle is easy to handle with great control, power, and smooth ride. Every truck owners dream, including great gas mileage; city 19 hwy 24, I average 20.1mpg. Best investment Ive made in a long time. Now all I need is to find an E85 fuel station.
The ride! Sun roof, heated seats, and chrome running boards all come in handy.
Poor visibility. I added rear safety sensors. There is a good sized dead spot right behind the vehicle. Rear safety sensors and rear video camera should be required on this vehicle. Back seats are a bit stiff for adults, would recommend GM improve lumbar support in rear seat.
My Dad was looking to buy an Avalanche the day they came out a few years ago. But with all that plastic, he wouldn't buy one. But after Chevrolet made the plastics an option, he bought one up pretty quick. I was a bit dissapointed that he didn't go with an LT or Z71, but the LS works just fine. The ride is quiet, and around town the power is sufficent to keep the truck going. Fuel mileage isn't bad either for such a large truck, and even when we are doing 80MPH with the A/C on, we still average 22MPG. Added to that, the MidGate system is awesome. Going from a SUV to a pickup truck was a great idea for GM, and it has come in handy so many times, it is just awesome.
Easily the Vortec 5300 V8 is one of the best features of the truck. With 290HP on tap, it is pretty powerful, and it is eager to work. Added to that, the E85 capability is quite nice as well, now that all Meijer Gas Stations will be using it. Other than that, you can't go wrong with the MidGate.
Knowing that it is baisically the same GMT800 as a Silverado or Suburban, I can't complain too much. The interior isn't the greatest, and the seats arent too comfortable, but what can you expect from a truck? It isn't a Lexus, and it won't try to be one.
This is a great vehicle. It has numerous features that turn out to be very useful, such as side compartment that also serve as ice coolers. The fact that the bed drains is nice during the winter. Interior is extremely roomy (I'm 6'2")and comfortable.
Side compartments and removable hard cover top over the bed.
None, this vehicle is great!
We love this multi-purpose truck! It accomodates us on our camping trips, hauling the kids bikes, and provides a very comfortable ride around town and on long distance trips. (We do have some concerns about the quality of GM's workmanship tho)
Love its versatility and comfortable ride!
Automatic locking tailgate would be nice. The brakes are a bit mushy and the interior is a little cheap for a $40,000 vehicle.
Great ability to open and store deck panels by one person. Good visibility in traffic. Handles all 4W terrain well.
Ease of use of deck panels.
Remote tailgate lock. Side steps standard. Remote reverse camera for backing and seeing tailgating cars in traffic.
Well my eperience with trucks are are not old enough but I love this vehicle,spent little extra on interior and eterior equipment but dont regret single buck. Finally I have car I can go easy fishing or hunting without any doubts like "Am I gonna get there without ripping all my brake hoses and wires under the car?".This time I would say GO FOR IT! and still when I get back give a little bubble bath put a nice suit on and take my wife to dinner in nice restaurant. This car has its class, runs great. Handling is good very responsive to driver no matter who that is. Lots of power and still looks great on the road. Have proof, everyone's turning heads towards me.
Leather and heated seats,great stereo, dvd system on the back OnStar assistance is helpfull, Z71 package, it's doing it's work very well. Sleeping is easy on the back.
I knew what I was buying so I'll not write about fuel mileage improvments, it is what it is.The only detail I would improve a little are those narrow side steps could be an inch wider.
I have owned 17 vehicles, most of them trucks, and this is by far the best. The ride is excellent and it handles like a dream. It is a very quiet ride and has a lot of power. Huals a ton of pellets with no problem and back is very easy to convert. I would recommend to anyone.
I love the ability to lock the back, but the ease to convert
I think a Bose w/ at least 6 disc changer should be standard
I've owned trucks since 1980. Fords, Toyota, Chevy..and without a doubt this is the nicest riding, roomiest, and responsive truck I'v ever owned.The paint is great, no orange peel, and the lines with the clading make it fairly bulletproof. The weight distribution is so good that in most snow, I don't even use 4WD. If you are on the fence about buying one of these, and are willing to pay for a 6000 lb moose, do yourself a favor and buy one of these. It has a tight turning radius and is nimble and quick for its' size. You can't see well out the back window, but it's not as bad as some reviews make it seem. You get used to it. I love this truck. I tried to find fault with it but I couldn't.
I drive for a living, and after owning 3 vehicles in 2 years...I've finally found the perfect vehicle for spending up to 8 hours a day/four days a week in. Comfort is incredible-Handling is great-Power is spelled C-H-E-V-Y.
Ease of bed conversion. Extra side storage. Exterior appearance. Interior comfort.
I was more than happy to be able to upgrade my Chevy vehicle from a Tracker (2WD convertible) which was fun to drive-like a golf cart, to the Avalanche. WOW! I have had it for 3 months now and enjoy every second driving it. Power, style, and smooth ride. I should mention that the stock stereo/CD system works just fine. I have Bose in the house and thought I'd be spoiled and would need the Bose quality in the truck-NAH. It rocks just fine.
I love the flexibility to go from SUV to truck. Hauling the kids or a stack of sheetrock-it's all good! The ride is smooth and engine gets it done.
The gas price increase was the last thing I needed and the worst thing about the Avalanche-I suppose that is true about every big truck. It just costs too much to fill up. I have opted to just accept it because it is a new truck. Will be something I look at next time.
This truck is awesome. I debated with myself for a long time before breaking down and getting one. I dont regret my decision, I love it. I also believe the truck looks best in the Sunburst color. This truck has the best comfort I have ever owned. I traded my Tahoe in for it.
Bose stereo system and DVD system.
Fuel, but it gets the best fuel economy versus any truck
I have been very satified with my purchase. It has proven to be very reliable and durable.I can ride with style and grace or pull, haul, and move anything I desire with no problem. I will be trading for the next year model soon.
To provide a fair assessment, I waited 5000 miles to post this. The Avalanche had by far the best ride of any truck in the class, with the Z-71 package being a relative bargain. Fit and finish is excellent; engine is smooth, ride exceptional for a behemoth of 5800 lbs; OnStar is a plus; very capable offroad and in the sand. It powers right through. There is nothing like the ease of use of the bed. It has held everything from a yard of topsoil, fishing gear, home depot trips and it handled them all well with ease. The side locking compartments around the bed are valuable and the truck could not be sturdier. Truly the best all-around vehicle I have owned and the most comfortable truck to date. No real complaints. Gas mileage on the hwy is great- about 21. Around town it's exactly what you'd expect- 13 or so. Air pressure makes a big difference in mileage on the Avalanche. Too low and it drops. If you can afford the gas, this is the truck.
Ride & build quality, utility, power & design. The 4WD is quite capable as well. The look of the truck has always been appealing to me. My wife loves riding in it, but feels it's too big to drive. I love it and so do the kids. We have 4 vehicles and take this one constantly. Step in bumper is great.
The non-skid bed liner is actually too non-skid.
Love it! Drove on a family vacation 7,000 miles. It was great. The only drawback is the gas mileage. If you use your luggage rack, it will drink extra gas. It rides heavy on the highway and handles well in the mountains. I don't regret one thing about this purchase except me and my wife fighting to see who gets to drive it.
17 inch wheels, sunroof and removable back glass. Bose system. It feels like a convertible sports car with an attitude.
Better gas mileage
After owning other 4WD vehicles, this one is the best ever! You forget that this is a truck and not a car, the ride is so smooth and all the gadgets makes this vehicle the best I've ever owned.
Radio controls on the steering wheel. The interior is so roomy that if I had to reach the radio to change the station of volume, it would require me to move my seat forward in order to be safe driving.
I would make the Bose System with the 6 CD changer standard. Other then that, this vehicle ROCKS!!
I owned a 2002 Avalanche for 3 years and just bought a 2005 Avalanche this month. I found the 2WD fuel usage to be very good considering the size of the vehicle. Except for the tailgate support recall and routine maintenance, I did not have one problem with the vehicle. It has been fun and useful to drive.
The gate feature makes it great for hauling longer items. The ability to transport four adults comfortably and still have the cargo room of a pickup makes this vehicle very versatile. Being a camper, I have the flexibility of dropping the gate and sleeping in the back during storms.
The 2005 interior gray color is lighter than the 2002 so stains will show easier.
This has been the best vehicle that I have ever owned. It is very comfortable and quiet to drive.
Seating comfort is great. I like converting it into a useful truck bed. I appreciate the truck bed cover that allows you to stand up on it.
I would increase the CD changer to a 15 disc changer. I would make the front seat quickly convertable to accomodate a third person with the same comfort as the other two seats. I would increase the power assist to the brakes in emergency application
It has great comfort for travel, and tows like a dream. For a big vehicle, the fuel economy is bettery than expected. I've owned several trucks and this is the best ever.
Back opening up to haul, rear seat fold down for extra storage, and back window removeable for air and hauling
Better material on back to prevent the discoloring of the panels
Bought the basic vehicle with only the Z66 package. it has all I need. I love the ride and versatility. I use the midgate at least twice a week for something. The look without the body molding but with the wheel flairs is great. I usually get tired of a vehicle within a year, but I'll be keeping this one for a number of years.
Midgate and ride
Dated interior but still looks good.
This is my second Avalanche. The 2002 model had many flaws. On my new vehicle, I ditched the cladding. This gives the truck a cleaner appearance and will prevent the cladding from coming loose. The ride on this vehicle is smoother, the braking is better and the fit/finish is tighter than the 2002 model. Fuel economy is approximately 16 mpg overall. I get 19+ MPG on the highway, which is pretty good for a vehicle of this size.
Heated seat surface and back. Bose stereo system, power pedals, and driver information center.
Put a step into the non-cladded bumper a la the cladded version. Do something to eliminate the driveline clunking when shifting into reverse, and get the memory seats to remember their settings. They seem to forget an awful lot.
I have had my Avalanche for a month. So far I have not been dissapointed. I can't find one thing to dislike. It tows my boat with no problem. The ride is beautiful for a 4WD vehicle. I took it off road the other day up some step and rough hills and it handled them with no problems at all. I was riding in comfort with my XM radio playing and the air conditioner on. It was a blast. This is honestly the best vehicle I have ever owned.
Z71 4WD! If you can get it, you should get it! I also love XM and OnStar. I used OnStar on a recent trip and it was invaluable. My kids now say "OnStar it" if we need help on the road.
Make more of the luxury features available on the 6 seat model. I haul around 5 people all the time (6 including me) and needed the 6 seats but would have loved to had the onboard navigation system and the luxury Bose system.
After a few weeks and 1200 miles, along with a long camping trip, I am happy as can be with my new Avalanche. It is a pleasure to drive and very functional. I was able to load everything I needed in the back as well as a dog and kid in back seat with 1/2 the seat down for additional food and pillows, etc. I love the way it looks and the way it performs. I drove several trucks before buying this one and I know now I made the right choice. Even the highway gas mileage was better than I hoped. Yes the mileage suffers in heavy city traffic but then thats usually during shorter distances anyway. I rate this vehicle a 10.
Lets see, my 10-way power seats (if you have to drive a lot, get this!), the 3 section back covers which makes it easy to pack stuff, and the back side containers which I used one as a cooler (has a little drain in it too). XM radio is nice and I already needed to use OnStar as well.
I don't like the location of the parking brake. Also, you can fold half the back seat down, I would like an easier way to take half the back seat out completly like those SUV 3rd seats. And add reverse sensors (easy to add afterwards though like I'm doing)
I purchased this unit about three months ago and since then it has been used for almost everything. Its a very versatile unit, in that in most cases it is really a full size 4-door pick up. It's very comfortable as it rides better than most full size automobles, but you then have the ability to haul almost anything with it up to items which are eight feet in length, all at the flip of a couple of switches.
The convenience of the fold down seat and window arrangement.
I went from a BMW 325i to a Chevrolet Avalanche, but I have truly enjoyed this vehicle. Fuel prices are up, but it's worth the extra fuel costs. Lots of features, drives beautifully, a pleasure to drive short or long distances. It's like having a luxury SUV,with all the room and comfort and features, but also a truck for power and performance and hauling stuff around. I recommend this vehicle whole- heartedly.
Design, driving comfort due to improved suspension, lots of interior features I enjoy all within my command.
Improve fuel mileage.
2005 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 4dr Crew Cab LS Rwd (5.3L 8cyl 4A) 2500 4dr Crew Cab LS 4WD (8.1L 8cyl 4A)
The real thing. A Chevy big block with even more cubes than it's ancestors. Needed more than a standard cab truck for new family addition, and couldn't stand the idea of not having an 8' bed for occasional use. This fits the bill just right. A very versatile truck with all the comfort and power of an old full size vehicle. We found the midgate to be a breeze to operate. A real cool truck on a nice day with the midgate down, 4 windows and sunroof open. Will add a performance program, synthetic oil, and performance air filter to wake up the 8.1. 12 to 13 mpg on a variety of driving. The 7 month pregnant wife loves it too.
Big Block, Mid gate, cargo covers, storage boxes. Extra steps on bumper. Bed mat & trim package. Bose speakers. Low key, no 8.1 liter badges. Bold style is cool.
The tire & wheel package looks a bit small on it. Wish all the locks were power including the tailgate and boxes.
I have always loved the look of the Avalanche and now I love everything about it. The ride feels like you are not in a truck at all but a big luxury car. It has alot of power and is very fun to drive.
My favorite feature is the midgate bed. No one else has anything like it!
Better gas mileage would be great, but when you purchase a truck you don't expect it to be the best for mileage.
I have 8000 miles on the unit and am getting 19.6mpg driving 40 miles/day to and from work. it's very comfortable on long trips.
Fold down rear seat when I need to carry 8 ft pieces of lumber home.
Need to have a locking compartment in the cabin, either center console or glove box. It would also be nice to have the second sun visors back as a feature like my '02 had. Also the second cargo box light like the '02.
I have owned several trucks over the years, and this Chevy Avalanche is definitely #1. So, if you are deciding which truck to buy, don't hesitate. It's worth every dime spent. It even has the OnStar feature. I can't say enough. It's just the best!
Take out window and easy storage of window. Fast fold down of seats for larger cargo area.
A great vehicle for a mix of luxury and utility type environments. It accomodates and impresses passagers with comfort and style, while providing area to haul almost any type of cargo. The interior provides room, comfort and quietness to conduct business in person or on the phone. The cargo area can be changed and adapted with ease and on-the-fly to provide security with lockable closed- in space or one can change the setup to enable hauling of large long items. All of this with one vehicle, saves me money and a tremendous amount of time and effort.
I especially enjoy the ability to convert the cargo space on-the-fly to accomodate my variety of needs.
Provide more variety of colors for leather interior. Lower the height of the vehicle from the ground to provide greater ease in entering and departing the passenger space or change the spacing of the GM step bars to be more equal.
This Avalanche is by far the best vehicle I have ever had. The ride is not only quiet, but it rides like a car, and is the best looking truck/SUV by far. If you're looking for a great family truck, this is it. No problems at all
The room inside, the look outside, and the ride.
2005 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 4dr Crew Cab LS Rwd (5.3L 8cyl 4A) 2500 4dr Crew Cab LS 4WD (8.1L 8cyl 4A)
This truck drives like a Lamborghini - plenty of power and excellent handling, far better than the 1500 series. After one year and over 10,000 miles, the truck runs better than new and is free of mechanical problems. I love it!
4X4. Electronic compass. Removeble rear cabin window. Sunroof.
Larger wheels and tires
My Avalanche is the first full size truck I've ever owned after 25 years of driving. I bought it for its versatility, towing capacity and styling. The truck has not disappointed after 16,000 miles. Gas mileage in congested Dallas, with a lot of stop and go traffic everywhere, has averaged a little over 15 MPG. I like the ride and handling of the vehicle and it's really very comfortable as a daily driver. The only build quality problems I've had are with the body side molding which developed adhesive bubbles that required replacement of all door moldings after one year. I would never buy a just a pick-up. The versatility of a luxury vehicle with the ability to tow and haul is great!
Interior comfort. Ride comfort. Good handling for a big vehicle. Good power. Versatility of truck bed and the midgate. XM radio. Auto climate control
Improved reliability of memory seat and control settings. I have to reset my mirror postions, seat and pedal about once a week--my dealer is clueless about how to fix the problem.
This truck/suv has it all. You can lock items in the back with the rigid cover like an SUV. You can take it off and haul items in the bed. You can extend the bed into the cab of the truck. It is much more versatile than the standard truck.
The exterior is sharp and unique. The versaility and features offered are also one of a kind.
The braking is soft and takes some getting used to.
I have had it for 3 weeks now, and I drive 60 miles each way to work. Great ride. Gas mileage is not bad for the highway. I have been averaging 19-21 mpg. @ 80mph. We tow our camper with it, and it handles it with no problems. Very comfortable back seat areafor our 3 kids.
None that I can think of.
Our new Chevy Avalanche is the best vehicle we have ever owned. The smooth ride and comfort of the interior are awesome. XM Radio is a surprisingly nice feature.
Smooth ride and great interior, especially the seats.
Gas mileage needs to be 10-15% better.
I love this vehicle. So smooth, and rides like you're on clouds. The Bose stereo system is excellent. I can't believe I'm doing 65 mph. It feels like it 25mph, that's how smooth it is. I love this vehicle. If I trade it in later on, it will be for another one.
Ssteering controls and adjustable pedals. The up high feel. The smooth drive.
I've used every inch of this vehicle and it can handle any type of cargo. One of the best options for self employed construction, plumbing, etc. Z66 impressed early but as time goes on it needs far too much dealer work. Comes with almost anything you could need for short, mid, or long drives. Comfortable seats both front and rear but leather is very cheap and wears quickly. Stereo is well below the quality that should be expected for the price of this vehicle. Eats oil like nothing I've ever driven. Gas mileage is horrible...and I was prepared for bad mpg, but not single digit bad. Tires become worn easily for some reason. Any truck is as good and 10K+ less with fewer overall hassle
Cargo covers keep 12ft lumber dry, styling still new to the market, 5 adults easy, nice looking workhorse if you can afford it
Better quality leather, better quailty stero, rear a/c vent location is terrible, body armor pure style no true function (go steel), bed lockable w/other locks, cargo tray w/wheels, fix oil consumption/gas consumption, standard backup sensor, less plastic inside...it's only a very expensive truck
First we thought about buying an Escalade, then we looked at both the Avalanche and the Escalade side by side. Not any difference in the profile. The front end was different as was the interior. For saving the extra money and being practical we went with the Avalance on a Smart buy. We have been on one trip (1200 miles) and this is a very comfortable and luxurious truck. We averaged 19 mpg on the trip, the power is very good along with the fuel economy. Six passengers are no problem. We took my daughter's dog with us one way to leave with a friend, the back seat folded down, the rear bulkhead folded down and the kennel sat with the door open in the cargo area facing forward. Worked great
The luxurious interior, easy ride and being able to reconform the interior.
Offer the Pearl White available on the Escalade.
The most complete vehicle I have owned in years. Will trade for a new one if this one ever dies. Engine does well above expectations. Interior is like sitting in my own private entertainment center.
BOSE, BOSE, BOSE, and warm leather seats. My second home.
Of course fuel economy. Get rid of that air intake for something more suited for a true driving experience.
The truck is neat in its design, but this makes it very, very large. Performance is poor (sloppy brakes, sloppy steering, handling and acceleration). I had mine back to the dealer six times within the first 9 months at which point I sold it to buy a different brand. Great concept, but GM needs to do a lot of work on overall build quality, interior design quality and performance (needs a little sport).
Midgate and built in bed covers. Four full size seats. Looks (WBH package... I hate the one with all the plastic on it).
Performance, handling, quality.
A little pricy even on base models. Tow package should be installed on all models standard. A little taller than regular trucks is a plus.
Hard bed cover panels, OnStar, locking tailgate, and side storage.
Rubber mats, tow package
I bought my Avalanche because I liked its looks. The power is definitly there when you need it and the comfort level is up with the best. I love the control I have when driving on the old dirt roads where I live. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone who asks.
The push button four wheel drive and the seats.
There is a little trouble seing when backing up in the dark maybe some bright reverse lights.
I bought the Avalanche used with 12,000 miles in excellent condition and have not been dissapointed a bit. It does not get great gas mileage but I have driven a sport utility in the past, and it is about the same. The comfort of the ride and the usefullness of the Avalanche has made me very satisfied.
Confortable seating, roomy, has truck features, but rides like a car. I love the covered truck bed for those rainy days you're hauling stuff.
I have truly enjoyed this truck. I have owned Chevy 1500's and 2500's for years. I like the road feel of a Chevy. I think the interior is well conceived. I wasn't a fan of the plastic exterior in the beginning, but the look grew on me. Then GM offered the "Without Body Hardware" option. This removes the lower plastic panels. That did the trick for me.
I think this design is the perfect SUV / truck for those in the suburbs. This truck seats 4 easily, and 6 if you're close friends. It also allows you to have lockable dry storage for the cargo I always needed a truck for.
An optional hybrid engine.
The Z71 has it all. Rubber floor mats. 4 wheel drive. Aluminum 17 in. wheels. 4-door. 5 seats. Large enough for a 4 wheeler or my 425 John Deere mower, yet it doesnt look like a long school bus. The sun and sound package is great too. Power moon roof and Bose. Almost 300hp is great for the tow package. The OnStar and XM radio are nice to have too. The best part is the car-like ride that I don't normally get with our farm trucks.
Being able to remove the back window, but a power one would have been better. The look of the front end. Looks meaner and badder than most new trucks.
A little better mileage would be nice.
Fun to drive with exceptional comfort and smoothness. Decent fuel consumption for its size. A lot more versatile than a standard truck. Bed is way more spacious than given credit for.
Ability to cover and uncover bed, which is waterproof by the way when covered
Horsepower could be a bit more due to vehicle weight.
Excellent and fun truck to drive. Fell in love with it when I first saw it.
The style of the truck is gorgeous. Gets noticed every where you go. The interior of the truck holds 6 comfortly, and is like being in a luxury car.
Only complaint is mileage, mostly due to price of fuel now.
I considered a Suburban and Tahoe/Yukon, but I needed a truck with a bed. I got a luxury 4WD SUV that drives better than a luxury sedan. The lined bed is great, the hard cover makes it better, and the fact that it locks tight is awesome. Extremely comforatable on and off road, but especially cozy on the highway! Leather buckets cradle you like an expensive recliner. Locking side compartments are huge and very useful. I've driven the Caddy, and this is the same truck with a little more plastic but a lot less pricey. This is not an SUV, this is a truck, but you'd never know it by all the amenities. I'll buy another when the time comes to trade this in!
It's a truck - I love the bed! Locking side compartments are great! Bose stereo doesn't need to be upgraded - it sounds awesome. Plenty of power and towing capability. Driver Information Center provides info I didn't even know I needed! XM Radio is a plus for long trips.
Backup sensors are really needed. I added aftermarket sensors because you can't see a small car immediately behind you, much less a kid on a bike. GM should angle the rear window a bit to reduce dash board reflection (real bad at night!). Do something about fuel efficiency without lowering power.
So far the truck has proven a very versatile and capable vehicle. I use my truck for home improvement projects, hunting, fishing and camping trips. With some off roading during trips to Michigan's UP. It is also a daily commuter with fuel economy in the 16- 18mpg range (66 miles daily roundtrip) much better than the competition. No durability/reliability issues to date.
Lockable storage bins & rear compt 5.3L V8
Improve interior design (dated vs competition)
This is a great vehicle. I bought a used 2002 K2500 series and loved it, but didn't realize how poor the gas mileage was. So I sold it and bought a brand new '05. The AV is so versatile. There is no other vehicle like it on the market.
Folding midgate, large SUV interior
Make center console a little narrower so arm reset can be a little wider. Have both trip and odometer readings on the display. Better fuel economy!
Bought this truck for my wife, but wish I could drive it everyday. My six year old loves the moonroof, teenager loves the XM radio, both dogs like the removable rear glass window so they can stick their head inside while riding in the bed. The only thing my wife complains about is parking. As far as problems, the oxygen sensor had to be replaced at 2500 miles and one of the speed sensors malfunctioned (5000 miles) so the check ABS and traction control lights came on.
Bose sound system, Onstar virtual advisor (for traffic reports, nice to know why i'm stuck in trafic), locking rear compartment (peace of mind that my cold beer is safe and secured).
I have had an Avalanche for 1 1/2 years. I have used it to go to beach, go on trips with my son's baseball team (transporting team players and equipment), go on vacations, and also to go out on the town. Being a contractor, I have used this vehicle on my jobs to transport materials and tools. I have loaded this vehicle up with lots of plywood, lumber, concrete, a/c equipment, landscaping materials, cabinets, office furniture, and many other things. The great part about it is that many of the times that certain materials were being transported, it was raining and none of it got wet, because of the Avalanche's closed in design. This vehicle is great in every way, for fun, family, and work.
Good looks, great ride, adaptability to many situations, height, comfort, and descent gas mileage.
Continue to improve gas mileage
I love the way it rides comfort and style. It is just so funny that when you buy a vehicle no matter what it is all of a sudden you see hundreds more then you saw before. Chevy made a nice looking and comfortable truck... Keep it in the family a long time Please...
The look along with the way it feels from a womans point of view... I drove a Hemi Ram for the Day that was such an uncomfortable ride and feel. I will never get do without my truck. Plus my husband loves the cargo cover it comes in handy when he need to remove the snow and ice from our home's roof
It would be great if each back seat folded down separately along with the back fold down gate. It would be great to put in one long pike etc on one side and the other side still seating someone.
Excellent. Back up visibilaity a little difficult. Rides better than any SUV I have rode in or owned and much, much more luggage room w/covered bed!
Covered bed. Great for luggage. Locking side compartments great fo storage and quick to get into.
Could use extra cup holders especially in back seat as the only 2 available there are in the fold down console which you cannot use if 3 people are riding there.
Purchased new, wheel alignment out of specs from factory it pulled left on test drive. Oxygen sensor went out in 1900 miles- took two days for part. Lots of interior room room for four large adults. Thats why I bought it. At 5400lbs, good touring vehicle and can haul/tow
No side cladding, looks clean. Fit and finish perfect. No squeaks/rattles, good sound system, plenty of power, smooth shifting
Lower step into vehicle
I spend my weekends doing home improvments and handy work for friends and family. I've had trailers and SUVs and always had issues. The Avalanche is the best of both worlds. It rides like a dream and It has all the elbow room I need. Its my first one and will buy another one when I'm due.
The best part of this truck is its an every day SUV with room to Invite friends out to dinner. But when my work calls for a full size bed, I have it. Most of the time I only need the 5 foot bed with locking cover. Its a great feature to be able to lock up your materials when your not at home.
I'd suggest Chevy develope a 60/40 Wall to allow long 2x4s without having to lose both back seats. The back seats are already 60/40 split. Why not the wall too?
I was looking for a versatile truck that I could use for hauling as well as room for my family of three. After spending a considerable time looking and driving all options available I settled on the Avalanche and I am glad I did. It is the best purchase of the 20+ vehicles I have owned. I bought a model without body armor because of the improved looks from past models. My only suggestion to Chevrolet is that they improve the interior on the LT models by using less plastic. I have 5000 miles on the vehicle now and have experienced no quality or warranty problemns and getting a consistent 18 MPG. I would definitely recomment this vehicle to anyone.
Versitility of the vehicle. It's a great family hauler and is ready to haul load up to 8' when the rear seats are folded and mid hatch folded down. You also have the ability to haul loads out of the weather in the inclosed bed.
Plush up the interior on the LT models. The leather seats are nice but the plastic parts used on the dash and door panels look cheap in comparison.
I am the Avalanche's biggest supporter. This is my second Avalanche purchased in three years. The first Avalanche had an unpleasant encounter with a tree and utility pole. I was able to drive the vehicle home after the accident and had no injuries. The same could not be said of the vehicle. As long as Chevrolet continues to produce the Avalanche, I will continue to purchase them. They are an excellent, safe vehicle for my family of five. The Avalanche gets two thumbs up from this customer.
The vehicle is very versatile. You can haul home improvement supplies in back while enjoying comfort for five up front.
The areas for improvement I have found concern the bed cover storage and location of the door pillars. G.M. should locate a storage area under the box for the bed cover panels. They also need to locate the pillar between the front and rear doors forward about eight inches.
It's the best driving vehicle I've ever owned. You can take 5 people up front and haul all of the luggage in the dry. You can haul a 4x8 sheet of plywood or other materials if needed in the dry .It has two tool box's that you can use for what ever ,I use mine for a fishing rod and equipment ,umbrella tie downs ,even a extra pair of shoes . Being able to take the panels off of the bed is great ,you can take two panels off and haul a stove or refrigerator ,you dont have to take all of the panels out and you have a bag to store them in .
6 cd stereo,bose,controls on the steering wheel,keyless entry,removeable bed panels, 1 yr free onstar
Telescopic steering wheel, both front seats power , molding around the fenders,
This truck is an excellent vehicle. I enjoy it more every day I drive it. It is like no other truck as far as versitility goes. And it is as comfortable, and smooth as any truck can get. It rides like a car--very smooth. I have used it for numerous things- mostly comfortable trips back and forth to work, but also have picked up plenty of supplies, and it is soo easy to change from suv to p/up truck. The top panels come off, and go back on so easy it is great. anyone interested in this vehicle, do not pass it up it is an excellent vehicle. buy it and enjoy it, as much as i do.
Top panels so easy to use side compartments on outside of truck-- storage areas. awesome interior-comfortable great design on outside-an excellent looking truck. heated leather seats-has been great for the winter.
Lighted glove compartment (like the Trailblazer has), and lockable as well.
I've had it a year and it is a joy to drive. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting more versatility than an ordinary truck would offer. Very comfortable ride on long trips and a joy to drive to work daily. Good power and fun to look at and own.
Size, not to big, not to small. Attractive exterior
Richer look on the inside that matches the quality of the truck.
Best riding vehicle I have owned and this is my first truck. I will buy another one.
5.3 liter motor,electric folding mirrors, covered bed and fold down seats to extend the bed
Power rear window, power locking tailgate.
I drove every truck before I bought my Avalanche ... I haven't had such a solid sweet ride since I had my 1998 Suburban ... since then, I have had two Tahoes ... but the Avalanche is the best!
GPS Nav System ... we named her 'Avalanche Blanch'
Auto locking tailgate
This truck is awesome. You get so much versatility with it. I bought the tent to go caming in and it works great. On long road trips with friends the waterproof bed is more than enough to keep everyones luggage dry and there is more than enough room for all of the luggage. I can load it up with a trailer of 3 ATV's and have six people ride comfortably and still have room for 3 dogs in the back with 2 large coolers. The dogs love it. They ride great under the covers sleeping most of the time and you don't have to worry about them jumping out. We take the one closest to the back window off to give them plenty of air. There is plenty of leg room for everyone and cupholders. Great overall buy.
We love the watertight enclosed bed. It allows you to do so much more with the truck. I like the accessories you can get for it, such as the tent and the storage compartments on the back. The hardbody is a major improvement. The instrumentation panel is easily accessible and full of features.
Still a lot they could do for me. The one thing that drives me crazy is when I want to convert the truck to a full 8 feet you have to slide the front seats all the way foward. The storage bins on the back could be insulated like a cooler. FUEL ECONOMY. If you receive the Bose system, need a REMOTE.
Great truck.Easy to drive and great on week-end trips. Bad gas mileage, but everything else makes up for that. On- star is new and a great value too.
Onstar, phone. Just sit in the truck and talk. Everyone in the truck can talk too.
Sun roofs, should be installed.
The most comfotable truck I have had the pleasure of driving. With the power adjustable pedals my 5'2" wife finds the vehicle easy to drive and handle. When I first bought the truck she said she would not drive it. After riding in it for a few months I have a hard time getting it away from her. The cargo area is small but the cover is very easy to remove and the bed is dry. (even after 20" of snow). This is not a work truck but great for pulling a trailer and transporting a family. The 4 wheel drive options are nice. I used both automatic 4WD and full time 4WD druing our 20" snow storm. I went where ever I wanted. 14 mpg city about 17 mpg highway
Automatic closing mirrors (very useful at the ATM) Electronic adjustable pedals (makes driving easy for all sizes).
Better placement of drink holders. (current not bad but could be more convenient).
I have over 52,000 miles on my 2002 Z71 4x4 Avalanche, I also tow a 6,000 lb tralier on camping trips. Never have had a problem since I've owned it, not even a burned out bulb. I change the oil & filter every 3,000 miles. Chevy got this one right! Best SUV/truck on the road, rides like my Town car. Off road is awesome too.
The reliability, the ride, comfort, powerful Votec engine and the handling.
For the size of the SUV/Truck and weight, I do belive they could get better gas highway mileage than 17 MPG. Towing I get around 11.5 utlizing the TOW Haul Mode.
functionability, biggest trunk in the business, converts into a truck when needed & still has that soft car ride. comfort, mines loaded, a friend of mine has the H2 which has the same steering wheel controls, dash and stereo, door controls (seat heaters and foot adjustments) but you just don't sit at the same angle as the avalanche or suburban H2 more upright and stiff. In the nine monthes i've owned my 04 i've put 25k on it from the beach to the snow. "had the tranny replaced at 20k, warranty covered, bought extended 48 mon. 80k". Around town & local L.A. highways it's like you're to only be in this urban cruiser, feeling safe due to size and able to see over traffic, AWSOME! & 14.3mpg avg.
sunburst orange, sunroof, bose system ( you don't need to upgrade)trunk space, huge! dogs the the fold down back seat. and it's not a truck, your able to cart clients around like a sedan. Nice.
i raised the torsion bars on the front end up 2 inches to level out the truck, "100 bucks @ local tire shop, big difference" gives a bit of a stiffer ride (not much) but i like my vehicles to be tight on the road. Go make your own story. Have fun...
I had every intention of buying a 1500 silverado crew cab. However, I took the Avalanche for a test drive and immediately fell in love with it's ride, power, comfort and most of all..."versatility". I'm not the type of guy who will spend $4k on exterior mods for "others" to look at.....I deal strictly with functionality and reliability. The Avalanche not only fit the bill for everything I wanted in a truck......but it also gave me a "built- in" bedliner, a bedcover, extra storage and lots of other bonuses that most consumers end up spending lots on after they buy a new truck. This truck also has great brakes and plenty of power.
self dimming rear-view and side mirrors, heated seats, mid-gate, hard-cover bed panels, cargo lights, foot step in rear bumper for getting up into the bed of truck!
tail gate lock should be integrated with door locks and bed cargo lights should be "switched" to tail-gate! Also, need a passenger airbag "OFF" switch.
THIS VEHICLE HAS A SUPERIOR RIDE AND HANDLING OF ANY SPORT UTILITY I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED. IT IS A VERY MULTI- PURPOSE VEHICLE. GOOD FOR SPORTING OR LONG FAMILY TRIPS. IT QUITE HONESTLY IS THE BEST AUTOMOBILE I HAVE EVER OWNED.
I've had my truck for 3 months and it has been the best purchased vehicle I've made thus far. It does not ride like a truck. It is very confortable to drive and ride in. I consider this to be one of my better investments.
My favorite feature is the fact the I can go from SUV to Truck in a matter of minutes and still have the same quality of ride.
My suggestion is to make Onstar standard on all models.
GM keeps raising the price and removing quality from the interior. I have had a 2003, 2004 and now a 2005. In 04 they took the nice carpeting and replaced it with the flat cheap stuff they use now. For 05 they took away the nice chevy floor mats and put in cheap $5 Walmart specials and took away the double visors. For 05 they also changed the rear end options you can't get the 3.73 anymore you get either a 4.10 or 3.42. They also took away the nice dark charcoal seats leaving you with tan or light gray. Both will show the dirt. I pulled the nice mats out of my 04, even dirty they look better than the cheap 05's. Someone should slap their beancounters. It's a $40000 vehicle. Stop already!
The ride is what keeps me buying them. The hard cover, locking compartments and tail gate are also handy.
Make a optional rear cap for it similar to a Jeep wrangler and put anchors in the box floor for a removable van type seat. That would increase the fun factor 10Xs and make it the perfect top-off summer ride. Put back the carpet, dark seats, and floor mats and don't take anything else off it in 06.
Very good ride quality when compared to pickups - especially over rough surfaces. Hydroboost brakes big improvement over '03. I use this truck as a daily commuter and as a recreational vehicle for hunting, camping, etc... Interior refinement is required - maybe the next generation will put it on par. Overall, the most versatile SUV/pickup on the market.
sunroof, lockable exterior storage boxes, midgate, secure rear storage area, XM, OnStar, Auto 4X4.
refine interior, steering, add quadra steer, ground clearance.
Indeed a great show of power and looks. It is rugged yet with refined maneuverability and interior design. My wife finds the masculinity and yet get the utility one finds in a kitchen (table?)! I feel the thundering power when it revs up to 110/mph or humping mountains in NH. It is like an Abrams tank that every car in your path, that is in the fast lane, move to the right of the highway when you come to their tail. The gas mileage is awful though but still manageable compared to others of its class.
Silver panels or interior, like Nissan or Ford trucks; mileage, mileage, and mileage.
I have had it for two months, absolutely satisfied in every way - thanks Chevy.
Best crossover truck on the market for all weather use. Great power for towing, from small boats to six-place snowmobile trailers.
The sporty rugged look and the ride. The best we tested in ride comfort and driveabilty - we drove Ford and Dodge - NOT EVEN CLOSE.
A little better fuel ecomony.
The avalanche has plenty of power and handles very well for a large vehicle. The only problems so far was a knocking sound that was later diagnosed as a loose cross member. The vehicle has been a real pleasure to own so far.
The versitility, the engine power and the handling of the Avalanche. The ground clearance is a big plus.
The quality of the interior needs to be up-graded. The brakes are very soft and braking distance seems to be excessive even at slower speeds. Definite improvement opportunity with the brakes.
I bought the Z66 package and it rides great! smooth acceleration plenty of power and looks cool without the body hardware. Took it to the dealer to fix a suspension noise, they found it, fixed it, same day. Best riding vechicle I have ever owned.
Midgate, Midgate, Midgate!!!!!
this vehicle is awesome!! This is my third one. Was in an accident in the second one - totalled the truck not a scratch on me. Very safe feeling in this truck!!
the ride is the best feature by far. Rides like a cadillac. Otherwise a very versatile vehicle. I like the fact that you can lock the bed.
would like to be able to get wheel flares color matched in any color.
The Avalanche is a sharp looking multi- purpose vehicle combining the plush ride of a Suburban with the utility features of an off-road pickup. The ride and handling is excellent and extremely quiet. It is loaded with neat features, several of which I have yet to figure out. Although it pulls a 12 foot box trailer full of antique motorcycles quite well, it seems to shift quite a lot, even in the trailer mode. This is my second new Chevy truck, the first was less than desireable. Quite honestly I bought the Avalanche because I could not get a decent price from a competitor. I am very pleased with the Avalanche and will probably purchase another.
The ability to change from short to long bed capacity, the covered bed, the Onstar system and the many neat little electronic features. This is a great vehicle.
Improve the fuel mileage, the best I can get is 16.5. Lose the "non-skid" mat in the bed, it is so non-skid you can only use the first few feet of the bed, you absolutely cannot push anything toward the front.
chevy trucks are great - the dealers suck. I bought two trucks at the same time a Z71 silverado & a Z71 Avalanche. in addition I bought the 100,000 mile warrenty for the avalanch because it is FULLY loaded. My dealer will not cover anything tranny leaks, bad rattle sinse the day I bought it, front light fixture etc. Oh and be prepared to pay 300.00 for a set of brake pads (labor & service's not included) Thats more then my Mercedees E320
The Z71 Avalance is an "I can't believe its a truck truck". I've been on black diamond off road trails testing the 4WD and power, this thing is a goat. I've been on long freeway runs, it rides easily as smooth as the best domestic car. I've taken it hunting, and to important business meetings. It is comfortable in both roles. Now if we could do something about the gas mileage...
Other than the great performance on and off road, I think the driver visibility 360 deg. with out blind spots is a real great note.
The significantly unexpected drawback to the truck is the gas mileage. Thankfully there is a 31 gallon gas tank, but you'll drink every drop @13mpg and 400 miles freeway unloaded.
good truck but box cover leaks and fades in the sun
improve on box cover
Traded a 1999 silverado on this vehicle. This vehicle can do all the silverado did plus the ride is far superior. It is fully loaded and has all the creature comforts that the Cadillac EXT has with exception of stabilitrak. All for $9000 less than the EXT
xm sat radio, sunroof
Use Michelin tires instead of Goodyear. I switched mine out and you can tell an immediate difference.
It is a great vehicle, good fuel economy for a full size truck, great ride, very versatile and a joy to drive.
That you can get 3.42 rear end now. It will still tow up to 8000lbs. and the fuel milage is improved.
Make heated seat available for all seats. and put a transmission temp gauge in.
This Truck has to be THEE........Best truck we ever owned!!! We have leased alot of cars and trucks but decided to Buy this, and what a GREAT choice, this truck is a reall LOOKER!!! All heads turn when we are driving the "BIG" Dog.She is Great on gas drives like a dream, but is a truck, no complaints on this Beauty!!!
Everything, but mostly her Bright RED color, and she has every thing you would want and need, no complaints here.
I LIVE OUT IN THE COUNTRY ON DIRT ROAD, AND FULL OF POT HOLES, MY AVALANCHE GIVES ME A GREAT RIDE.JUST LIKE A LIMO, AND ITS GREAT ON SNOW..
I LIKE THE POWER THE CONFORT
Having three active boys, the Avalanche has been the perfect vehicle for our life style. Whether we are going to one of the boys baseball games, out of town, a trip to Home Depot or the loading up on groceries, the Avalanche has been great. With all of the little extra touches and features it has to offer, it's obvious that a lot of effort and thought went into designing the Avalanche.
The advantages of having a truck and a Suburban in one.
How about a third row removable seat that locked into place in hte truck bed.
I've had Hondas, Jeeps, and truck and the Avalanche has been the best vehicle I've owned. You have to get the Z-71 package to appreciate it.
none, its perfect
it had good fuel
the out side and the seats
nothing its perfect