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Chevrolet Avalanche, Truck
#39 of 88 Loyalfan - Don't
Jan 09, 2002 (7:04 am)
I think one of the best features is the hard cover supplied on the Av. The tonneau is an option for a credit - and the $600 (MSRP) is not worth it. The soft weighs less and takes less room on board to store. The hard covers will support weight, attachment is quick and easy, and they make for a tight, solid cover for the bed. I can't speak for the sealing ability of the tonneau on the Av, but my F150 did not seal at all with the factory tonneau.
#40 of 88 Tonneau
Jan 09, 2002 (3:24 pm)
I looked at one and was not impressed with it.
It seemed difficult to remove and reattach.
Go for the hard cover IMO.
#41 of 88 Am I dreaming?
Jan 10, 2002 (9:58 am)
I picked up my Pewter Z66 on Tuesday. Its got the Z66 and neutral sport leather seats. It drives like a dream.
In doing my research I looked into the soft tonneau. I knew I didn't want it, so I asked several dealers about swapping for the rigid cover. One flat out said it could not be retrofitted.
Another(I bought the truck from)said that there are a lot of soft cover trucks out there due to production problems at the factory(same thing happened with the privacy glass). So instead of shutting down production they offered the soft covers with a $600 credit. He said supplies should increase in April and there would be a retrofit kit.
I guess a lot dealers are stuck with trucks with the soft covers. You might be able to get a deal on truck with the soft cover. But I think the hard cover is a requirement, otherwise why get the Avalanche?
#42 of 88 Option from the start.
Jan 10, 2002 (12:49 pm)
The tonneau has been available from the beginning as an option for the $600 credit. Maybe there is a supply problem with the hard covers or perhaps dealers have ordered low cost units as loss leaders. I've seen two ads recently - one advertised starting prices at $22,995, and the other $24,495 (rebates applied). My wife was about to jump me until I said those are 2WD without Z package, leather, sunroof, etc.
#43 of 88 Whose dream?
Jan 10, 2002 (12:52 pm)
Get the promise of the retrofit kit in writing from the dealer. I'd put money on this being a dealer's dream (imagination, excuse, lie).
#45 of 88 Hard v. Soft
Jan 11, 2002 (9:03 am)
Let me clarify: There was a short period of time when the hard covers were not available from the supplier so the factory continued production with the soft covers. My dealer said that the soft cover models were not moving very fast, if not at all. He said from now on he would only be ordering Z66 and Z71 with hard covers.
It seemed that several weeks ago, when I was looking for my truck (in SF East Bay), the only ones available with the options I wanted had soft covers.
Jan 13, 2002 (12:45 pm)
I just picked up my new Av with the Z71 package in Summit white. It looks great and rides even better than the 99 Yukon that it replaced. Yes, I did settle for the soft tonneau, but I think it will work fine, I don't see myself removing it very often here in Vermont. Its covered with snow right now.
#48 of 88 Summit White Z71.............Fully Loaded
Jan 17, 2002 (5:50 pm)
I purchased my Summit White Z71 Avalanche on October 26, 2001. As of today, I have driven over 11,000 miles and my Avalanche runs smooth with no problems. The heated leather bucket seats are a special treat at 4:45 am when I leave for work. I paid the actual dealer invoice while the MSRP was $38,571.00. So I saved enough money to purchase all the accessories.