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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,565 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 182007

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,565 miles


Since purchasing this truck on 02/01/2007, there have been multiple problems with the transmission, engine, and electrical system that have not gotten resolved, however they do seem to get worse. The worst of these problems has occurred while driving on the northeast extension of the Pennsylvania turnpike. While attempting to pass another vehicle in the left lane the engine "shut off". I was doing approx. 60-65 mph when this occurred during the am rush hour. After losing engine power I somehow made it safely to the right hand shoulder and let the truck "coast" to a stop. The power steering was not working, nor were the power brakes. After finally stopping, the truck did restart and I slowly continued on my way to work. The truck was taken to a dealership, and for almost (2) weeks the truck sat there while they tried to figure this out. After getting the truck back, the same problem occurred, and it went back to the same dealership. Since then it has been ok, except I have lost dashboard lights, radio lights, and also the cruise control indicator light, they claim other problems, however these issues were never a problem before they worked on the truck. Now I have air-bag lights flash at me while driving, and the transmission is slipping, this was the first problem with the truck that I reported on 03/14/2007 to the dealership that I purchased this truck from. I have already paid over $1500 I repair costs, only to have them tell me it will cost approx. Another $800-$1000 to correct the air-bag, and transmission issues. These should be covered by my warranty, except the dealership insists I pay for the repairs. I have paid enough, and I am at my wit's end with this truck, and the dealership. I feel that I can no longer "safely" drive my family around in this truck, and I still have many years of payments left. ( I have never been late on a payment) please help me, I feel as though I have been sold a "money pit".

- Zionsville, PA, USA

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