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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,336 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Chevrolet Avalanche brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 292009


  • 49,000 miles


Same problem as found in NHTSA id # 05V37900 in 2002 Chevy Avalanche is occurring in my 2003 Chevy Avalanche. The ABS is activated when reaching a speed of 5 mph or less. This is causing my Avalanche to not stop immediately at stop signs or red lights. My Avalanche will travel approximately 2 to 3 feet closer to the car or intersection I am stopping at. If I roll through the stop sign or not go below 5 mph while turning, the ABS do not come on.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #5

Jul 052007

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,013 miles
ABS pump motor will not shut off due to a failed electronic brake control module. ABS fuse must be removed to keep motor from burning up. ABS system is disabled. I am trying to find an affordable way to repair the problem. New factory part is to expensive. Must use vehicle with faulty ABS system until repaired.

- South Amboy, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jun 262004

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After green light and I crossing main road North on paxton St. Advancing at aprox. 30 mph a truck in front stopped quickly to make a 'U' turn on paxton and I slammed my brakes at least 400 feet away but my truck didn't stop and crashed to the back of the other truck. My insurance paid for repairs of other vehicle but fearing premium increase I didn't claim the extensive damage on my Avalanche truck. As of today I haven't received a recall from GM about repairs needed on my trucks ABS braking system. Police report available and bob watson Chevrolet dealer knows about my trucks damage.

- Dolton, IL, USA

problem #3

Feb 172004


  • miles


Pick a problem. Pin from transmission gears were too short from the manufacturer, causing the transmission to not shift properly. This repair was done at 8000 miles. 4 quarts. Low on oil within month of changing. No leaks and no explanation from the dealer as to where the oil went. A/C functioned improperly after truck surged at traffic light. Still no explanation. Remote entry works when it wants to. Interior lights pulse when truck idiling. Heater motor functions according to speed of vehicle, slow when braking and speeds up when accelerating. Drivers power window stopped functioning and started working the evening before taking it to the dealership for repair. Popping noise from exhaust just after starting and shutting off. From inside the vehicle while running I continuously hear cooling fluids flowing. Sometimes the horn does not function while the vehicle is turned off. Braking has always been a problem from day one. Always feels as there isn't enough brake pressure to stop in a normal distance. Along with the remote entry not working the personal presets for driver 1 most of the time do not operate with the remote entry. I have to select driver 1 from the interior to engage settings. Bed plastics are fading. Buttons for radio on the steering wheel and radio are flaking.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #2

Jun 152005

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
2003 Chevrolet Avalanche. The consumer stated the brakes faded at 25000 miles. While sitting in traffic they will go to the floor. The dealership cannot duplicate the problem. These were the original brakes for the vehicle. This has not caused any injury or accidents. This started on June 15, 2005.

- Merryville, IL, USA

problem #1

May 212003


  • miles
When the consumer applied the brakes the pedal went down to the floor and there were no brakes. This forced the driver to pull off the road. Returned usps, 2nd attempt made 10/16/07 failed.

- Eielson Afb, AK, USA

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