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Chevrolet Avalanche, Truck
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#1865 of 2035 Clad-free Av
Aug 05, 2002 (6:47 am)
Chevy calls it "Avalanche Without Body Hardware" and it will be available in Q1 of 2003. It has the same front end as the Silverado (headlamps on top). It will not be available on North Face Edition or three-quarter-ton models (2500).
From the photos it appears, in comparison to the regular "cladded" Av, to be something of a "stripper" model, although it will have all the features of the regular Av. The cleaner lines do have a certain appeal...
#1866 of 2035 Clad-free Av by mlm4
Aug 05, 2002 (7:53 am)
I prefer the cladding as this is what makes it a Avalanche and sets it apart from the rest of the pack. But it's nice to see that GM is listening to the customer. I can remember the days when you bought it their way or the highway.
#1867 of 2035 Yes and GM found out that many took
Aug 05, 2002 (12:12 pm)
#1868 of 2035 Yes and GM found out that many took by obyone
Aug 05, 2002 (3:40 pm)
Hopefully they learned an expensive lesson.
#1869 of 2035 difference in RPM's & MPG; 3.73 vs 4.10 gears
Aug 06, 2002 (12:57 am)
looking for some info in what to expect in the difference between the 2 final gear ratios available:
3.73 RPM's 60 MPH. City MPG, HIghway MPG [I think these are the ones posted on the Chevrolet.com and Edmund.com websites].
4.10 RPM's 60 MPH. City mpg, Highway MPH
thanks in advance,
#1870 of 2035 Naked Av....
Aug 20, 2002 (1:30 pm)
I've been away for 2 weeks, and didn't see the pics until this morning. As expected, I knew in my mind what it'd be like and I do not like it at all. Neither do most Avalanche owners. Neither do the people I've shown it to, with my mother saying not only did it look cheap, but just like a pickup truck and there's nothing special to it like there is now.
My personal gripes are many. Number one, why, if stripping the cladding, would you then go to the cheap and ugly black plastic side molding off of a Suburban? Then, why would you go and put some cheap looking chrome pickup truck bumpers on? At least, if you want to "clean up" the look, make it monotone, with painted molding and matching styled bumpers.
The 2002 Av's sold quite well, so why give in to the few who didn't like "all the plastic"? It's big, bold, brash, and looks more unique than just about any other vehicle out there. You know, every so often some good news comes out of GM with Bob Lutz working his magic, but this is not one of those moments. But then again, that's just mine and the opinion of thousands of others.
#1871 of 2035 Transfer Case Maintenance
Aug 20, 2002 (5:07 pm)
Help! Looking for maintenance information as it relates to the transfer case fluid.....how often should it be replaced???
#1872 of 2035 Transfer case
Aug 20, 2002 (6:56 pm)
I plan on changing TC fluid at the same time I have the auto tranny serviced. In my case that will be between 60 and 75K.
#1873 of 2035 What makes the Av
Aug 21, 2002 (4:26 am)
attractive is what it does, not how it looks. How it looks is ugly. (my opinoin and thousands of others). But not as bad as when I first saw it. Maybe (hopefully) the '03 with the flares is a 4wd and a 2wd won't have them. At least they would be easier to remove than the cladding. I've been seriously considering one (an '02) because it's cheaper than a Suburban or Tahoe but is a 4 door and rides better than the pickup. It's looks I see as a challange. I have some ideas on how to make it look less obnoxious fairly inexpensively.
Just wish it wasn't so heavy!
Aug 21, 2002 (9:08 am)
I think that red and blue are the only colors with black wheel flairs, the other colors should have body color flairs like the pickup. The black molding on the side will come off easily with a hair dryer. The chrome front bumper is good because it won't chip easily like a painted bumper will.
I like the '03 better, but it looks as if it needs wider tires to make it look more stable. If you don't like the new look, you can still order the cladding in an almost black color.