2002 Chevrolet Avalanche Consumer Review: Avalanche 1500 2WD is truck lu

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Avalanche 1500 2WD is truck luxury!
By lizzieann on


2002 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 4dr Crew Cab 2WD (5.3L 8cyl 4A)


Finally, automakers took heed to consumers. No more borrowing hubby's F150. Went from a Celica to the Avi & eased my road rage. 13K miles & we're still happy. A few quirks that need to mentioned. Midgate gasket can leak if not installed correctly. Leaking only visible when back seats down, check for deformities. (Not covered by warranty, but dealer should work with you soon after purchase.) Side exterior body moulding held on by expanded, plastic clips & adhesive. Watch for loosening (Body moulding only covered 12K miles). Unreliable tailgate latch. Gate falls while driving after locking & pulling the handle. Even with the quirks, probably the best vehicle I have driven & owned.

Best Features

Flexibility. Open midgate & sunroof feels almost like a convertible. I haul my extra stuff in side storage units. Stay-dry bed is a great to store groceries & bags, leaving room for 6 in the cab. Plastic body moulding is easy to clean & helps prevent gravel dings from the dirt roads I drive on.

Worst Features

Shorten Driver's visor on left just half inch raises it flush with windshield. Front bench seat drink holders hard to access. Put popout holdervbelow accessory jacks. Recall tailgate latches. Need Passenger tinting side mirror. For pete's sake, put locking gas cap/door on 31 gal rolling gas station!
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