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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
124,000 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.

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2005 Chevrolet Avalanche miscellaneous problems

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2005 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 072015


  • 215,000 miles


The fuel lines rubbing together causing fuel to dump every where right next to the cat on the driver side of the truck N this is not a recall. Then I say its attepmed murder charge agaisnt Chevy....

- Lyndhurst, NJ, USA

problem #4

Nov 162015


  • 203,000 miles
The instrument panel cluster does not light up. Cannot tell what gear I am shifting in and out of. The dic buttons on my steering wheel do not light up, cannot tell if I have a malfunction when driving during the dark. I did check for a recall on this and saw that there was an older one issued in 2005 and that it closed in 2011. I was not aware of any recalls but none the less I feel that with both components failing and not working properly can cause a potential problem when in operation (driving)

- Kempner, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 252015


  • 110,000 miles
The blower stopped working on my auto temp control and now won't shut off.

- Levittown, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 022012

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
At approx 47000 mi traveling at 65mph a heavy thud in the engine compartment that sounded like the whole engine block had dropped out, was able to coast off road to a vacant lot. Transmission toast with damage to ring and pinion gears, never towed anything, city driving to work and home mostly.(47K) miles. Really? 3500$ repair. Next speedometer failure at about 53K miles, im either going 0mph or 120mph. Also have lost alot of backlighting on my dashboard instrumentation along with cd player. Seems the cd player cannot eject a non existent cd, just makes clicking noise and says check disc. Now at 59K miles im experiencing the popping front end sound when turning sharply in reverse, possibly suspension or A-arm related have not looked into yet.

- Port Hueneme, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 242008


  • 45,000 miles
The speedometer in my '05 Avalanche stays at zero while driving or reads anywhere form 20-40 mph slower than I am going. I was doing about 50 mph on the freeway passing everyone (according to my speedometer) and passing everyone in sight. It felt a little fast so I turned on my gps and realized I was going about 80 mph. This is a major problem and GM needs to recall the vehicle.

- Thornton, CO, USA

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