Used 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche Crew Cab Consumer Reviews

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Impressive reliability

Tom, 03/17/2018
LS 4dr Crew Cab SB (5.3L 8cyl 6A)
10 of 10 people found this review helpful

Bought the car new and has been unbelievably cheap to maintain. At almost 25k my Chevy pride was tested as I suffered the semi common active lifter issue and had the camshaft and lifters replaced under warranty. This has been the one and only time my check engine light has come on in just over 90k. I do all of my own work on all my vehicles. Other than tires (just installed the 3rd set)& oil changes( full synthetic only, changed when oil life gets to 30%) I replaced the air filter at 50k exchanged the trans fluid at around 60k for maintenance, replaced the 4 tire sensors when the first 1 died around 70k, first rear brake job and replaced the front sway bar links at 90k. Everything else (including all the exterior bulbs) is factory original. This truck has been incredibly reliable and has been used daily, long trips and for towing. Highly recommended truck very comfortable to drive, gets between 500-600 miles of range on long highway trips. I've towed multiple times including enclosed trailers full of stuff and project cars and the car handles it like nothing has changed.

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Gotta Love the Av

Av Daddy, 03/10/2017
LT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (5.3L 8cyl 6A)
5 of 5 people found this review helpful

This is my second Avalanche. First a WBH 2004 and now 2011. Would buy another one if they still were being built. Reliable, dependable, comfortable, and one of a kind. You gotta love this beast!

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Great Vehicle - Too bad GM dropped it

Allen, 09/04/2018
LTZ 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (5.3L 8cyl 6A)
4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Not many left with low mileage. Really versatile vehicle. Drives great, can tow heavy load.

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the Terrible 5.3L engine

D. R. Jared, 07/29/2016
LT 4dr Crew Cab SB (5.3L 8cyl 6A)
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

There have been complaints about the 5.3L engine since 2007, yet GM has done nothing about it. With only 62000 miles, I had to have $1100 worth of repairs to the engine, due to poor design. The engine had developed a solid engine 'miss', only 20,000 miles after purchasing the truck used. The independent mechanic shop had to look up the cause/effect/recommended repair on their independent web reference. The result: due to a design fault in the valve cover(s) , a replacement had been designed by GM that - supposedly - fixed the problem; oh, that and a premature tune-up, because the spark plugs had been completely gunked up with oil from the poor design. Now, only 20,000 miles later, the same problem has popped up again. A different repair shop described the same remedy as before! This shop owner said he LOVED this engine, as it earned him a lot of money! Personally, he owns a similar truck, but with the 6.0 L engine.

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Love the Avalanche!!

Sully, 10/10/2019
LS 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (5.3L 8cyl 6A)
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The versatility of the Avalanche sets it apart from all other sport utility vehicles. 5 passengers comfortably if I need to, then drop the midgate and I can haul 4x8 sheets of plywood, or wall board, or other large materials. Rated at 8800#'s for towing, and rides like a Cadillac! The only maintenance issue is a check engine light that comes on when the #1 spark plug gets fouled. Poor design that allows cold air to blow at that plug and causes it to run cool. Just replace that one plug, and the check engine light will clear right up for another year or two. Replace once a year and you'll never see that light. Devise a heat shield to keep the cold air away, and the problem is solved. 4 starts are due to this small issue. Update, the fouled plug is caused by the AFM (active fuel mgmt) system. I purchased a chip that plugs into the OBD2 port and no more AFM! Plug no longer fouls, engine runs smoother, however gas mileage dropped about 2 mpg. The AFM was causing excessive oil consumption. With less then 3000 miles between oil changes I would use 3 to 5 qts of oil. After installing the chip, I use no oil at all between oil changes. Aside from the AFM system being total junk, the truck has been great. The Daytime Running Light bulbs have burned out. Dealer offered to replace....for $300! Requires the front bumper to be dropped to access. Guess I can live without them.

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