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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,140 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.

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2004 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

May 012015


  • 73,245 miles


While driving or in park the tachometer sticks as does the speedometer. This has lasted from minutes to days. The vehicle appears to run properly, however, I am very leery of my safety and the safety of my children when they are in control of the vehicle.

- Rockwood, MI, USA

problem #41

Apr 152015

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 102,605 miles
The vehicle's ABS and brake lights are on. I took the vehicle in for repair and a state inspection. The part to repair the ABS and brake light are on national back order with no definite availability date. The truck is not usable because of the failed state inspection.

- Yorktown, VA, USA

problem #40

Mar 132015

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
While driving all my cluster gauges froze...I was parked and it still said I was going is this not a recall? no clue how fast I was going, nor how much fuel I had...we should be reimbursed something.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #39

Mar 012011


  • 95,000 miles


Upon start up of the truck, the ABS light stayed illuminated and started chiming at me. Everytime I start the truck this happens. I had my brakes inspected and they were fine. I currently do not have ABS. I took the truck to a mechanic this last week and had it looked into. It is a known problem with the Chevy Avalanche and they informed me that there is a part for this problem but it is on indefinite backorder. What and how does that happen? the ABS system is throwing fault codes stopping it from working properly but there is not a part to replace it. Per Chevy!

- Marysville, WA, USA

problem #38

Aug 012014


  • 102,000 miles
I was issued a recall a few years back specific to my vehicle about a blower motor operation malfunction. It stated that settings on the blower motor may not function properly. For example, when I turn on the air or heat I have settings for 5 blower motor options. All the settings 1-4 work just fine, setting 5 does not work at all. When I set HVAC to setting 5 no air blows out. I have since then misplaced that recall notice. If you have any information on this recall can you please get in contact with me thank you

- Merrillville, IN, USA

problem #37

May 012008

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Was driving at a rate I thought was around 65-70 mph but got pulled over for going 84 mph. I explained to the officer I was only going about 68 mph. He then showed me the radar gun and it said 84mph. When I went back to my truck I noticed my gauge was stuck on 18mph I showed the officer and luckily he told me ha had the same problem with his Chevy truck and let me off with just a warning. To make things worse all gauges don't work now. I've read some messages online and some people said they got letters to repair this problem. I've been the only owner of this truck since May 2004 and never received anything about this problem. I believe GM should repair the problem because it's a big safety issue. Please help. Thank you

- Los Banos, CA, USA

problem #36

Nov 062012

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 118,052 miles


Oil pressure and water temperture gauge's pegged out to the high side and will not return to normal.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

problem #35

Aug 222012


  • 100,000 miles
Speedometer readout stuck at 40mph while vehicle parked. If driven continues up from there and sticks. Next day speedometer resolved itself and RPM gauge is stuck on 6 when it should be reading 2-3, its' been stuck for two months still.

- Alma, MI, USA

problem #34

Aug 012004


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the steering wheel became hot. The components on the steering wheel illuminated and upon further investigation the contact noticed that the wires had melted. The contact also noticed that the radio became very hot and melted the cd inside of the system. The contact also stated that the instrument cluster failed. The manufacturer was notified and stated that they would pay for a new instrument cluster, but not the installation. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 146,000.

- Oxford, MI, USA

problem #33

Dec 032011


  • 93,120 miles
The transfer case buttons only light up occasionally but it might be the neutral button that lights up or sometimes the two-wheel drive button. The oil pressure gauge is pegged on the right side of the guage. Yesterday my radio quit working does not even light up.

- Butler, OK, USA

problem #32

Jan 042011


  • miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche. The contact stated the speedometer and RPM gauges have stopped working. The contact stated he should be able to see how fast he is driving and does not feel safe driving the vehicle. The failure was diagnosed and the contact stated the instrument cluster needs to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle identification number was not available. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 130,600.

- Alexandria , KY, USA

problem #31

Nov 212011

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Driving North on 95 at 70 mph..noticed tach was a 6000 RPM's.and speed was 0 mph...pulled over shut down truck...restarted..same results...trucked seemed 2 run proceeded home...with no speedometer...and a tach stuck at 6000...googled trouble shooting...Avalanche...and here I am...recall site...I love this truck...can U fix it 4 me.....[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Jacksonville Beach, FL, USA

problem #30

Oct 152011


  • 108,000 miles
Speedometer not working at all reads over 120 mph even when turned off. All windows get stuck when trying to close them.

- Parsonsfield, ME, USA

problem #29

Jan 122011

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 81,494 miles
Speedometer began working erratically and then not at all. Dealership replaced "stepper motor clutch". charged for labor only.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #28

Jul 222008

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
2004 Chevy Avalanche 1500 2wd spedometer became erratic and stoped working. The problem was first noticed with the tachometer acting erratic, it stopped actin funny and then the speedometer began acting crazy and then stuck.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #27

May 102011

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
First the speedometer stopped working, then the tachometer stopped working and the latest is the fuel gauge.

- Saratoga, CA, USA

problem #26

Apr 232011

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
Instrument gauge cluster on 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche. The speed odometer does not work correctly it goes wherever it wants while driving, the voltage gauge stays on 9. the tachometer does not work right.

- Vinegrove, KY, USA

problem #25

Apr 032011


  • 147,424 miles
Was driving my 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 down the road, when I noticed that my speedometer was acting funny. Was moving erratically in upward increments of one mile per hour, while sticking and jumping on each increment. Then, it just flat quit! not knowing the mechanics of my vehicles speedometer (ie; speedo cable, electronic, or what have you), went online to search this out. Found out that there are many, many of this incident happening with consumers. Seems that GM refuses to recall this, even though it seems to be a very common problem"? have read that this can cost upwards of $600 to repair" just bought this truck/Avalanche (used) from a dealer in portland, Oregon. Can I get any help with getting this repaired? from my understanding of what I have read (online), there are several "step motors". these step motors are apparently a poor (design) product, and are the same for the speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, etc. Also read that because they are all built by the same manufacturer, that (eventually) they will all fail? it is my contention that GM is fully aware of this, from the information obtained (online). I am hoping that this will be repaired for me, free of charge, thru GM"? how do I know how fast I am going? what if I get a ticket? what if my other instruments fail"

- Odessa, WA, USA

problem #24

Nov 022009


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche. The contact stated that upon starting the vehicle the fuel gauge was not displaying the proper amount of fuel. The contact also stated that while driving approximately 65 mph the service lights which tell him if the vehicle was a 2 wheel drive, 4 wheel drive or all wheel drive illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed he would have to pay to have the vehicle to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure continued to occur intermittently. The failure mileage was 91,000 and the current mileage was 103,000.

- Springer, NM, USA

problem #23

Jun 272010


  • 80,000 miles
Windshield wiper will not cut off. Left side of dash blows hot air while the right side blows cold air when air conditioner is on.

- Tupelo, MS, USA

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