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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,513 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #32

Oct 062007

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche. While driving 45 mph, the speed control stopped working. The speedometer needle was not registering any speed. The contact attempted to receive assistance from Chevrolet, but was unsuccessful. Chevrolet stated that they were not responsible due to the mileage on the vehicle. The current mileage was 76,104 and failure mileage was 72,000.

- Leeds, AL, USA

problem #31

Oct 192007

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,562 miles
1 speedometer became erratic and now there is no movement of the speedometer at all. Unable to determine speed. Dealer informed me this has occurred often on 2003-2004 GM trucks and SUV's.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #30

Sep 012007

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Speedometer failed to keep accurate speed.

- Lakemoor, IL, USA

problem #29

Sep 152007

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,209 miles


Several instances where the speedometer read 0 mph when traveling at various speeds. One instance where the speedometer read 120 mph when traveling at 65 mph. Always occurs during first trip in morning and then seems to reset when it has been shut-down and a period of time has passed.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #28

Sep 252007


  • miles
2004 Chevy Avalanche 5.3 liter, 4X4, speedometer first started with incorrect mph, then began to stick on varies speeds, and final it went to 120 mph and stayed.

- Divernon, IL, USA

problem #27

Apr 302007

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
My speedometer and tachometer on my 2004 Avalanche is very erratic, to say the least. On several occasions, the speedometer indicated higher or lower speeds than what I was actually going. The first time I noticed it was on a rainy day when the speedometer indicated 65mph, but afer later comparing the tach to the speedometer, I estimate I was actually going about 80mph. Some times it indicates 0 mph and some times it gets buried over 120mph. This is a significant safety factor and should be recalled and fixed by the manufacturer before someone gets killed or seriously injured.

- Vail, AZ, USA

problem #26

Jul 232007

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


Speedometer does not show the correct mph.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #25

Jul 292007

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,198 miles
My 2004 Avalanche speedometer started sticking, first I thought I was going about 45 mph, when I realized that I was passing everyone. I accelerated and noticed that the speedometer didn't move. Now it sticks at various speeds and stays that way. It has gone past 120 mph. GM really needs to look at this problem and fix it. This is a serious safety issue. Especially on reduced speed curves and construction. Is GM waiting for a fatality to issue a service recall?

- Lake Odessa, MI, USA

problem #24

Jan 012007

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
Around 37,000 miles, the speedometer on my 2004 Chevy Avalanche went erratic. The truck was 1 month or 1000 out of warranty. This has led to inaccurate speeds which is posing a danger problem to my young teenage drivers. They do not know how to regulate their speed using the tachometer like I do. I have not fixed it yet because I thought something as important as a speedometer would have been recalled. It appears that their are thousands of these late model GM vehicles that have the same problem.

- Burlington, CO, USA

problem #23

Jul 102007

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
Speedometer stops working, sticks or reads too low or too high. Very dangerous.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #22

Jul 242007

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles


The speedometer has malfunctioned on several occasions. Most recently July 24, 2007. I was driving down a highway and it jumped to 75mph -approx 20mph faster than I was actually doing. Upon coming to a complete stop, the needle settled on 21-22mph mark. The needle doesn't move smoothly either. It jitters as it moves and jumps more as it is fixing to come to a rest. After turning the vehicle off, then back on - the needle will fall about 5mph. I had turn shut off / restart several times to get the needle back to 0mph. Today, I drove to work and didn't see a problem outside of a jittery needle. Previously the speedometer has stopped all together while driver and settle on 0 mph or will max at 35mph while driving. At these instances I would pull over, turn the vehicle off and back on to no avail. However, opening the door, which I guess turns off the electricity to the vehicle (radios goes off when door is opened), seemed to reset everything. A few things concern me about this. Am fixing to take it to a dealer, but I believe my warranty is out and they will not fix it without huge $$$$. had purchased a brand new 2003 cavalier and had the same thing happen to the instrument cluster. Luckily, I caught it very soon after, and during warranty, and was able to have it fixed for free. I'm not sure what the dealer will say but I'm not very optimistic about it right now.

- League City, TX, USA

problem #21

Jul 072007

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,842 miles
Speedo at 60 miles per hour when stopped. Increases from there when moving. Can not tell correct speed. Appears to be a common problem with 03 to 06 Chevy vehicles. Warranty up on vehicle due to age not miles. Dealer says cost is over $500.

- Camp Verde, AZ, USA

problem #20

Dec 272006

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
The speedometer on the 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche works intermittently it will indacate that the speed is 65 mph when I am actuauly going 75 mph. Sometimes it will read the opposie or not at all. General Motors has indicated that this is not a safety problem. This is a safety issue. It is very dificult to exit the highway onto a ramp when you are not sure how fast you are going.

- Newbury, NH, USA

problem #19

Mar 182007

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,650 miles
The speedometer in my 2004 Chevy Avalanche is malfunctioning and does not show the correct speed of the vehicle. I notice a lot of other consumers are having the same trouble. What is your organization doing to pressure Chevrolet/GMC in making good on this faulty product?

- Leesville, SC, USA

problem #18

Nov 152006

Avalanche 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,500 miles
Starting in November of 2006, the speedometer has not operated correctly. When sitting at a stop, it registers 30-50 mph and when actually driving, it goes to 120 and stays there. Does not come back down until vehicle is turned off. This is a very serious issue - or is it Chevrolet's way of earning extra money? the dealer wants to charge over $1500 to fix the problem since due to mileage we are out of warranty.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #17

Jan 072007

Avalanche 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
Over the last few months I have noticed that my 2004 Chevy Avalanche speedometer suddenly goes off by 10-80 miles an hour. There are no events that "cause" this to occur, it appears to do it randomly. I notice it when the vehicle suddenly appears to be going faster or slower than the speed indicated. I tried contacting the dealer for repair but they have ignored my online repair appointment submittal. The upsetting part is that my warranty just ran out. This is a major problem and needs to be fixed. Luckily my cell phone has gps and will indicate ground speed. I can use it to verify the vehicle speed. I am lucky that I have not gotten a ticket or killed. I have a photo of my speedometer nearly pegged out at 115 miles an hour to prove it. I have never driven my vehicle that fast. I heard that others are having problem with GM SUV speedometers. This appears to be a wide spread problem.

- Elliston, VA, USA

problem #16

Feb 182007

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,920 miles
The speedometer on my vehicle sticks and does not reflect the actual speed of the vehicle.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #15

Feb 102007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
I have a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche Z66 and it has 45K miles on it. The speedometer has stopped working. It either sticks in one spot or jitters but I can be in park and it says I am going 60 mph. GM has not recalled this although I found a website and there are 46 posts on this website of people having the same problem with the 04 Avalanche and GM has not recalled it yet.

- Sayre, OK, USA

problem #14

Feb 142007


  • miles
Speedometer didn't work at all thought it was just the cold, when it started working, the needle kept going until it was pinned well past 120. That is where it sits right now.

- Ware, MA, USA

problem #13

Nov 172006

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
Speedometer cluster stopped working. Speed shows 120 mph when stopped or driving. Chevy dealership suggested I "follow someone", but refused to admit this is a safety issue.

- Palmer Lake, CO, USA

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