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#49 of 88 Request from Edmunds PR!
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
Feb 25, 2002 (10:55 am)
Did you recently purchase or lease your first full-size pick-up truck? If so, The Wall Street Journal is curious about your experience with it, especially if you traded in a car for the truck. Please send your story directly to jfallonedmunds.com. Please include the model truck you drive, your city and state of residence, and your e-mail address.
Mar 11, 2002 (8:49 pm)
in July 01 i got my first pewter av great truck but it soon had many problems 24 qts of oil in 5500 miles and spent 55 days in the shop for repairs many water leaks the worst from the front seems the e-brake cable and a floor plug on the drivers side is loose fitting and leaks water had a few small leaks on the midgate but not a problem after two carpet kits and more rental cars than i ever had gm decided to replace it so now i have my second av gm at no cost to me replaced my 2 wheel drive with a red 4x4 z 71 fully loaded for the inconvince would of rather had another pewter but the red is growing on me im just glad they replaced it as i went and looked at all the cars on the market and just kept coming back for my av its a blast to drive all the comments and its just to handy i have hauled lumber bricks plants trees and all sort of things the only thing im afraid to put in is dirt the front drains at the midgate do plug up easy i have found blasting them with air works great the new av is great 1500 miles and no oil use at all the engine seems quieter than the last one and no water leaks at all i like the z 71 drives a tad rougher than the 2x but with a extra trans and 400-600 lbs not bad at all people thought i was crazy for getting another on but i just said if you had one you'd never get anything else the darn things are addicting
#51 of 88 My Av is Cool
Mar 12, 2002 (4:41 pm)
I've had my Av since Oct01. I've only encountered some rattling noise, but since it's been cold-no noise. I have bench seats so I can still car pool kids to school and haul trees to plant in my backyard!
#52 of 88 I guess this is meet the owners "thread."
Apr 23, 2002 (10:44 pm)
Hi, I'm Gary. I just picked up my AV: Victory Red Z/71, leather, sunroof, running boards, and OnStar. This is by far the best vehicle I've ever owned. The ride is fantastic on and off road. I have "converted" it about 50 times to the amazement of all. Every single day, a perfect stranger compliments me on it. I love everything about it! With only 450 miles, have already installed amber DLR's, a locking gas cap, locking lug nuts, and a tail/brake light receiver cover. Next mod is steering wheel audio controls. Fun, fun, FUN!
May 23, 2002 (10:52 pm)
i too changed the drl to amber everyone but the police like it.... i also put in brighter bulbs for the headlights and fog/driving lights just be carefull not to over do it i went to 30 watt on the fog and 75 on the low beams mad a great big diff. i think i have the truck down pat now this is my second avalanche mines just like yours red my otheir one was the peuter(like the red better)i also installed a backup radar device love it it talks telling you how far you are backing up
#54 of 88 I can see where the
May 24, 2002 (3:58 am)
Police might have a problem with brighter headlight bulbs. But not the drl's being amber. I changed the ones on my Sierra too. Like the look much better. I think they are more noticeable too. And isn't that the point of DRL's?
#55 of 88 yes it is txyank1
May 25, 2002 (9:42 am)
but in california the only allowable amber light facing forward are turnsignals. but most people dont know that its only a fixit ticket and if you get caughtfor it you were probaly doing somthig else wrong or got a teed off cop. i agree with you they look and stand out better. i get asked about them all most as much as the avalanche.....lol
#56 of 88 odd law.....
May 25, 2002 (5:12 pm)
Other GM's come with amber DRL's. Do the Camaros come with white DRL's just in Calif.?
Jul 10, 2002 (3:29 am)
Well the wife picks up her new Avalanche this afternoon. The Red with leather and sunroof and Z71 package. Had a very long and heavy downpour overnight the other night and I went to the dealers first thing and outside of a few drops in the bed near the edge like the books says can happen the cab was dry. Took it out on a bumpy road and no rattles so looks like we may be off to a good start. She traded in her Honda Odyssey and sure wish the resale value on the Avalanche would be even close. Got $24k out of a 01 van that stickered at $28.8. Not bad for a little less than 2 years. At least here I shouldn't have to put up with those DC van people that also thought their vans were the best.
#58 of 88 Congrats dmathews3
Jul 11, 2002 (11:50 am)
You're wife will LOVE the AV. The bed has a 'water management system.' What that means, in essence, is if the object is on the rubber mat, it should stay dry. Water along the sides and under the mat is acceptable.
The AV looks 'mean' on the road so those little DC van people should just move out of the way.