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#995 of 2035 My thoughts on the 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche
Oct 05, 2001 (11:12 pm)
I just purchased a metallic blue Avalanche fully loaded and would like to post a few comments. I am happy overall with the style and performance, but the price is a little high, around 38, but with 4.9 financing the payments are not that bad, course I am single and live with my grandparents. I traded my 2000 Silverado 1500 4x4 ext cab to purchase the Avalanche and have noticed some differences. The avalanche does not have a tape deck, nor a key cut off switch for the front passenger air bag. With a price tag that high I felt these features should have been available. Also, pertaining the bed and the so called "water tightness" I have a leak on the drivers side at the mid gate, with small amounts coming into the main cabin. The rest of the bed has maintained a good seal, just the really bad leak below the window. The pluses I like about it are the sunroof, the OnStar which I upgraded to Premium and use everyday,if not lost just to have someone to talk to, the mercury dimming rear view mirror and side mirror on drivers side, the sunroof(a big plus), and the way it drives, almost like a Caddie. Guess if I was grading this vehicle i would give it a B+ on its report card. Just curious if any others out there that have purchased this vehicle have a leak like the one I described. Please email jimboyngaol.com
#996 of 2035 tape decks
Oct 06, 2001 (8:36 am)
I've noticed a lot of the Manufacturers are going away from Tape Decks. In of itself that doesn't annoy me since the only thing I use The deck for is a cassette adapter for my MP3 player. The thing I wish is that would have the stock head units fitted with an aux in that you can get to without ripping the dash apart.
#997 of 2035 air bag sw
Oct 06, 2001 (8:52 am)
If the vehicle has a back seat they don't install an air bag switch,that why my lowly Sonoma has one.Cost $12,000 new.
Oct 06, 2001 (10:01 am)
I guess no one was bright enough at GM to think that you may need to haul a load with the midgate down and still have to take the baby along. What this does for my family is now I must 'plan' to use the midgate in advance, so that I do not have to take my daughter along. So much for spontenaenty [sp?] like the commercial, but hey, the target market for this vehicle wasn't single 20 something's, was it?
Oct 06, 2001 (2:20 pm)
I agree with you gerrik, they should have left the key cut-off switch on the Avalanche. I have a young nephew who still rides in the car seat, but if I am hauling stuff with the mid gate down, he cannot ride in the front passenger seat, due to the potential danger of deployment if something where to happen.
#1000 of 2035 Response to Jimboyng and chevyusa1, et al
Oct 06, 2001 (2:36 pm)
I just purchased a Sunset Orange off road and convenience package version. Instead of red, take a look at the Sunset Orange. I had a black one on order, saw this one come in and took it. Also, Chevy has 0% financing for 36 months! I had not intention of a car loan but, hey, it is their money for free.
I have not experienced any leaks. Water under the rubber mat is considered "normal". I guess some have expected absolutely none, but they are quite clear that there can be condensation under the mat and in heavy storms or car wash, water can come in but is guided under the mat.
Give Chevy/Gm credit, they have done a heck of a job with this vehicle. The midgate works like a charm. The instruction book can be followed by an impatient idiot like me. The ride is very good. My only fear now is that this will turn into the "got to have car" of all the yup types around me. Well, maybe they will stay away from Sunset Orange
#1001 of 2035 Visit to the dealer
Oct 06, 2001 (4:30 pm)
I went to the dealer today to look at the Avalanche and 2500HD. Didn't get chance to drive either one (got to the dealer just before there were closing). Going back Monday to drive both. I do have a couple of comments.
The Avalanche seems like a very solid truck and fit and finish seemed great especially for a first year vehicle. One problem might be looking out the rearview mirror. The truck seems so big in the back it seems as though you could easily not see a car behing you. Anyone who owns one have any problems?
The 2500HD is nice but doesn't have all of the bells and whistles of the Avalanche. Also, I understand there is a problem with the pistons on some of the 6.0 V8s when starting the truck. The dealer said some have the problem with a loud knocking noise during start up and GM is coming out with revised pistons for replacement. Great, but I don't think I want to spend 36-38k on a truck that may or may not need the pistons replaced. The 8.1 V8 is too much engine for my needs and I'm not spending $4,800 for the diesel.
The Av fits my needs and I liked the Z71 they had with the sunroof, leather, etc. The problem is the price, sooo expensive. I usually Smartbuy my vehicles since I only keep them for 2-3 years. The dealer said they didn't have any great Smartbuy deals right now but that could change next week. I like to know if anyone out there did a Smartbuy or lease on their Av and if they got a good deal. Anyway, sorry for the long message and any advice is welcome.
#1002 of 2035 2500 AV SIGHTING
Oct 06, 2001 (6:24 pm)
Dodunk NY, 2500 av 8.1 (no allie), Hard
cover,4:10, posi, plow prep pkg....
Gold colored (not pewter),2500 alloys..
Sticker $37800............Nice Rig.
#1003 of 2035 Installed Bug guard and Mud Flaps....
Oct 06, 2001 (9:06 pm)
Had no idea the bug guard was soooo involved. Apparently once the guard is installed the deflected air wreaks havoc with the weathestriping on the windsheild. Therefore after you install the guard you then have to remove the previously mentioned weatherstriping and put down some double-sided tape to keep the strips from chattering like a teenage girl with a private phone line.
Not a majorly BIG deal although I can't see your average owner attempting this procedure without the proper tools.
The Guard fits really nice and the instructions are pretty clear.
The mud flaps are a MUST HAVE!! Not that they do a whole lot but they Look really kewl. They repeat the same Jurassic park pattern that the cladding has. I found it easier to install by 1st removing each tire.
Brad in SoCal
#1004 of 2035 In response to glfweb and water leak in the AV
Oct 07, 2001 (8:10 am)
The water leak that I have is not just under the mat, that is ok. The water is coming in under the mid gate into the main cabin behind the rear passenger seats and my carpet is getting wet which = mildew in the long run.