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#54 of 73 Re: 2007 avalanche dead battery/ blown transmission [atelierarch]
Dec 04, 2008 (9:45 am)
I too have a 2007 Avalanche with 30K and at 26K had a blown tranny, and have received error messages about the tire pressures intermittantly, and then they reset themselves when the car is turned off/on, or when the vehicle begins to move after a stop.
The worst has been the battery issues. I have gone out to my truck on 4 occasions now, to find it won't start. The interior lights will still work, the radio will still work, the gauge lights and information come on, but it just clicks when you try to start it. Each time I have gotten a jump and it has started immediately.
Like the other folks, I am tired of the towing crap and being stranded someplace, waiting for a jump on a vehicle that is fairly new and very expensive.
Has anyone gotten anywhere with Chevy in regards to the problem or is the pat answer just to "live with it?"
#55 of 73 Re: 2007 avalanche dead battery/ blown transmission [christalry]
Dec 04, 2008 (10:41 am)
Mine seems to have settled down after two things occured at the dealer. One they discounected the washer fluid heater due to the recall notice since replacement parts were not available. They also replaced the anti-theft swich/fuse that had a fault.
I hope this helps
#56 of 73 Re: 2007 avalanche dead battery/ blown transmission [DirtyRaceGirl]
Dec 06, 2008 (9:54 am)
Oh let me just tell you--I posted to this site earlier in the year for this battery drain crap I think it was around May. Please see my previous posting.
Well since May I have come out to a dead truck in June,July, November and today Dec. 6. In July I had to jump it so I could go home from work--the dealership was already closed. I called them the next day and told them what was going on AGAIN and I was told that since it is running fine now that no codes would appear and their was no point in bringing it in and suggested that I not jump it, but have it towed in so they could retrieve error codes. (I've been there and done that no codes ever appear whether I jump it or have it towed).
I then wrote a letter to the dealership and opened a case with GM. A few days later I received a call and they wanted to look at the truck. Well they claimed they found loose terminals at the battery and the starter. They said they used dielectric gel and the problem should be resolved. WELL IT ISN'T.
In November it happened again. This time I had it towed in as requested. I got back in touch with the GM Corporate office so that they could offer some troubleshooting help. The dealership basically said again that they could not find anything wrong with it because no error codes came up. I spoke to the area manager who suppposedly was involved with the troubleshooting. He had the nerve to tell me that since they couldn't find anything wrong with the truck that it had to be an external source. I asked him what he meant and he said that I am leaving my radar detector or a phone charger plugged in WHICH I AM NOT. Nothing is ever left plugged in and both items were found in the armrest not attached or on the windshield.
I contacted the BBB Auto Line and opened a complaint. Initally GM didn't want to do anything but they later offered to replace it. I went to the dealership to look at their inventory and I decided to go with a Tahoe instead based on my history with the AVE. They are a little expensive so I knew I would have to come out of pocket a couple of $K difference.
While I was there I decided against my better judgement to go ahead and look at a 08 AVE Z71 since they were cheaper. Well the salesman went to go get it and IT DID NOT START!!!!!!!!!! He gave the same song and dance about if it sits for a long period of time the battery can go dead. This is the exact same thing they told me when I purchased this one. So later yesterday I get a call from the mgr and he said that they want to charge me mileage (19900 mi) and the sticker difference in order to do the trade. $17,000 out of pocket plus the truck!!!!!!!!!!!! I obiously declined--I returned home aprox 5:30 yesterday and this morning at 08:45 the battery is again DEAD. I had it towed to the dealer again.
I am going through arbitration later this month. I am also going to file a complaint with the NHTSA and possibly my attorney generals office.
I paid $38K for this piece of crap and the best thing they can say is well it's yor fault or office to let my but another vehicle. This can't be ok.
If anyone else is having this problem PLEASE post or at least call GM corporate so that they can see that it is a problem.--12/6/08.
#57 of 73 Re: 2007 avalanche dead battery/ blown transmission [christalry]
Dec 07, 2008 (7:39 pm)
I took my 2007 Avalanche in to the dealer on Saturday AM (by appt) after the 4th time it left me stranded after 5 pm, when the dealership is no longer open. I sat for almost an hour before they came to "log" me in. Then, the guy told me that they should know something by 2pm, was I going to wait. WTF? From 8am til 2pm, sit and wait? I basically said I had to know something about the status of the truck by noon. I'm a single mom, and this is our only mode of transportation. He indicated to me that they may not know anything, and on the weekends, they weren't allowed to give out "loaner cars." He told me I could come back Monday morning at 7am when they open, and I'd have more of a chance that it would be looked at, and a loaner provided if needed.
He also proceeded to tell me that there probably wasn't anything they could do if the vehicle wasn't experiencing the problem right now. I tried to tell him about some of the issues I had read about, and he told me that the truck probably just needed a new battery, after all, "you do live in Florida." Again I'll say WTF? I have lived here for 6 years and never had to replace a car battery. Not to mention, if the battery was bad, it would not be so easily jumped when it dies. I asked about some of the updates that might solve the problem, and he told me that everytime they hook the car up to the computer, it will automatically tell them if something needs to be updated. I wanted to tell him that the computers have made people lazy, and they aren't infallible - "oh, nothing must be wrong with it, because the computer SAYS it's fine.").
I too was told to have the vehicle towed in the next time it has this issue. Why should I foot the cost for a tow? I asked the guy to give me his address, and the next time it happens, I'll have the car towed to HIS house so he can see that the dang thing won't start.
After it happened the 2nd time, I started unplugging anything that was in the charger sockets each time I got out of the vehicle to see if that made a difference, and it didn't make any at all. When I had my Ford I always left my phone charger plugged in and never had this problem.
If I can get rid of this vehicle I plan to do it - I love the truck when it's running, but the maintenance isn't worth it, and I want to dump it before it hits 36K and is out of warranty.
I will call GM corporate as well, after I take it in Monday AM and see what they say about it.
Thanks for the extra info!
#58 of 73 Re: 2007 avalanche dead battery/ blown transmission [DirtyRaceGirl]
Dec 16, 2008 (10:27 am)
2007 Avlanche Heard a pop on acceleration . 1st.2nd, rev worked. 3rd & Drive gone. Dealer sys th transmission oil pump broke. Does this sound right?
#59 of 73 Yet another 2007 Avalanche with batter/ blown transmission
Jan 03, 2009 (2:26 pm)
It happened yesterday, simply driving down the street and it would not accelerate. When I changed gears, I heard pop. It would not go past 3rd gear. I took it in today and said it is the transmission. This is ridiculous!! Any direction on calling GM would be greatly appreciated because I cannot afford 2,800 to fix it. I may as well turn it back to the bank! Upset!!!!
#60 of 73 Re: Yet another 2007 Avalanche with batter/ blown transmission [caligirlfrtx]
Jan 03, 2009 (5:48 pm)
Thank God mine was still under warranty when the tranny went, or I would have been up a creek without a paddle. I didn't get any extended warranty on this truck, because everyone told me, with a truck, you don't need one. Good for at least 100K miles. I don't see mine lasting that long.
Upon return to the dealer on Monday AM in regards to the battery problem, they called me Monday afternoon, told me, "Yep, it's the battery." DUH?! They replaced the battery, and it's been ok since then, but after reading this forum, I won't be surprised if it starts acting up again in the next few months.
Good luck to everyone with their issues - given the whole bailout situation with the car industry, I don't see GM doing anything about this problem.
#61 of 73 Re: Yet another 2007 Avalanche with batter/ blown transmission [DirtyRaceGirl]
Jan 25, 2009 (8:46 pm)
No more GM's for me thank you very much... 2007 Avalanche with 6 NO STARTS and NO POSSIBILITY OF A BUYBACK... Gee I wonder why General Motors is having problems... I think that their attitude towards CUSTOMER SERVICE needs some fine tuning... Maybe The board of directors need to know just what ole Rick and his cronies are doing or maybe that should be not doing for GM customers...
#62 of 73 Re: Yet another 2007 Avalanche with batter/ blown transmission [xsgt1]
Jan 31, 2009 (1:24 pm)
How many miles did you have on the Ave when the problem first presented itself and is it documented? Definately check on the lemon law in your state. It is imperative that you have ALL documentation from each occurance. If you are still under warranty I would not jump it or let them come out and jump it. It is very inconvenient to wait on a tow, but I would make them tow it and jump it at the delaership. You can't prove it was dead if you jump it yourself. Look at your owners manuel and make sure you follow the steps for filing a complaint. It sounds like you've been in contact with corporate, but you need to write them a letter as well if you haven't already. You also need to contact the BBB. They will inform you as to whether or not you are eligible to file a claim. They will also give you the information that you will need if you choose to go into arbitration.
Stick to your guns GM is not going to agree that the vehicle is a lemon. Believe me this is not a easy process and certainly not something that you would expect to have to do when purchasing a fairly expensive vehicle.
I would also contact the owner of the dealership, file a complaint with the NHTSA, and possibly contact your congressman.
Again documentation is going to be important !!!
Now Repurchase/Buyback--it is not as sweet as it sounds you will lose $$$ because they will want to charge you for "wear and tear" and you can kiss all the payment you made good by.
I finally got GM to repurchase mine back after months of hassle but I lost around $16K if you figure in the above factors. With the great deals that are out now you may be better off just trading it in on something else. Yea is sucks, but is it worse the hassle?
Jan 31, 2009 (2:32 pm)
you should check out the avalanche fan club website www.chevyavalanchefanclub.com--go to forums and then look up battery drain