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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,125 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 272011


  • miles


Owner was driving, attempted to turn up HVAC fan to higher speed but noticed that fan would not increase speed and stayed on the low speed. Then started to smell smoke. Pulled over, shut truck off but noticed HVAC blower fan was still running on low speed. Saw fire inside right side of dash. Fire originated inside right side of dash at location of blower motor and resistor components.

- Seekonk, MA, USA

problem #3

Dec 082007

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • 36,500 miles
Anytime I turn the air on in my 2005 Chevy Avalanche it makes a high pitch screaming sound. I have had two blower motors installed and it is in need of a third. This sound is still present even after I have had the new motors installed. I have had one mechanic say their is a crack in the plenum box and it would take 11 1/2 hours to repair and cost $ 1700. This is the only quote I have had so far. I have had it at the dealership where I bought it and they never seem to find anything, then again they seldom do anything right.

- Grand Junction, CO, USA

problem #2

Aug 122010


  • miles
I have a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche that the driver side blows hot and the passenger blows cold sporadically. I have read that many people have had this same exact problem. I have only owned the vehicle a few months at it has happened approximately 4 times already. I will have to replace one of the actuators to repair. This should be a recall as it is a widespread problem.

- Semmes, AL, USA

problem #1

Jun 152008


  • 80,000 miles
HVAC failure routing hot air when A/C is on and vice versa, also routing to defroster and heater works erratically.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

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