Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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Print this page 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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,500 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.

2005 Chevrolet Avalanche AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2005 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 062009


  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche. The contact stated that the driver side vent would blow hot air when the air conditioner was activated. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer and they advised him that the door actuator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The failure mileage was approximately 65,000.

- Golf Breeze, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 012005

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500. The contact stated that the GM dealership has tried several times to repair the vibration and humming noise coming from air conditioner. However, GM manufacturer wrote a letter to the dealership, telling them to stop all attempts to repair this vehicle until they come up with a solution for this type of problem. The contact has been having this problem for a couple of years. He stated that one could feel a humming noise in the steering wheel when driving. This occurred all the time when the air conditioner was turned on. If the air conditioner was off then one would not hear this noise.

- South Fulton, TN, USA

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