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2005 Chevrolet Avalanche
Problems & Complaints
CarComplaints.com Notes: It didn't take long for the cladding to fade, discolor, and in some cases crack. Cladding is the protective plastic piece that runs along the outside of vehicles, and exposure to both heat and UV rays give the Avalanche's cladding a chalky, faded appearance.
Owners have said the problem is especially bad on the panels near the cargo bed. Eventually, GM agreed to a one-time treatment of ArmorDillo, a protective treatment similar to what you find in any auto shop. Unfortunately, that would only help for 6 months (on average).
Eventually, GM offered another coating solution for owners within the 3 year / 36,000 mile original warranty under TSB:04-08-111-001C.
Worst 2005 Avalanche Problems by Category
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- transmission problems28NHTSA complaints: 6
- interior accessories problems11NHTSA complaints: 38
- engine problems6NHTSA complaints: 12
- AC / heater problems5NHTSA complaints: 2
- drivetrain problems4NHTSA complaints: 18
- exterior accessories problems3NHTSA complaints: 6
- body / paint problems3NHTSA complaints: 5
- fuel system problems3NHTSA complaints: 20
- steering problems3NHTSA complaints: 15
- brakes problems2NHTSA complaints: 18
- electrical problems2NHTSA complaints: 28
- wheels / hubs problems2NHTSA complaints: 10
- lights problems1NHTSA complaints: 2
- suspension problems1NHTSA complaints: 2
- seat belts / air bags problemsNHTSA: 26
- miscellaneous problemsNHTSA: 8
- windows / windshield problemsNHTSA: 2
- cooling system problemsNHTSA: 1
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