2005 Chevrolet Avalanche 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.