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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,333 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Avalanche body / paint problems

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2004 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 052006

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500. The contact stated that fuel fumes emitted into the interior of the vehicle. The contact stated that the ABS warning lamp flashed randomly and the brake pedal became extremely difficult to depress to stop the vehicle. The seat belts failed to work properly to secure and retract. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop and the fuel lines were replaced; however, the failure recurred. The dealer replaced the cables associated with the tailgate. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 06E043000 (fuel system, gasoline), 05V163000 (seat belts), 05V043000 (service brakes, hydraulic) and 04V129000 (structure). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000. Updated 8/17/15

- Austell, GA, USA

problem #2

Apr 222011


  • miles
My 2004 model at 70 mph the front right wheel act like a basketball after hitting a hole, I cross the lane into the oncoming traffic, or the left lane on an interstate etc. There is no control until I slow down. The dealer ship here says they have never heard of it before. So I ask - what did they do to my 2000 model when it did the same thing 4 years ago ?

- Texarkana, AR, USA

problem #1

Feb 142010


  • 58,000 miles
I have a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche and have had several flat tires, was never stuck on the highway so never removed the spare tire. Today and yesterday 02-13-10 / 02-14-10 have been trying to remove the spare tire and feel grateful the failure occurred in my driveway. If not I would be stuck, as it is impossible to remove the tire from under the truck. I did review the instructions, soak the tire release in penetrating oil and made a dozen attempts to remove the tire. The result was a sore back, the first part of the jack handle extension stuck in the back of the truck. The section that is stuck will not allow for proper use of the jack. I have to crawl under the truck and turn it slowly, just gave up and will call the dealer on Monday morning. My complaint is the spare tire release is stuck and the tire cannot be removed. Also when searching for information on the internet on how to remove the tire was shocked to learn my experience is not rare but average. The comments report mine and other Chevrolet models with this type of tire storage do not work. Also they are unsafe and can drop the tire from under the truck on the road, resulting in damage and endangering the public. Also my other complaint is the rear door will not shut on the rear tailgate door of the truck, another common problem. I think both are dangerous and should be fixed by Chevrolet at no cost. They pose a danger to the public and could cause injury or death. I did read one report online of a driver of an S-10 truck where the tire fell and caused an accident. That he received a citation from the police and his insurance rates were increased based on the accident.

- Old Orchard Beach, ME, USA

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