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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,344 miles

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2007 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #18

Dec 012012

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


The dashboard on my Avalanche has developed a fairly significant crack right next to the passenger side airbag. The crack starts from towards the windshield side and leads up to and terminates at the crevice where the airbag is located. This in my opinion jeopardizes the integrity of the airbag. The concerns are that (a) the airbag may not deploy in the intended direction (B) may get ruptured due to making contact with the sharp edges of the crack or (C) may deploy unintentionally due to the weakness of the material holding it in place. This is a safety issue and GM needs to address it as such.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #17

May 012012


  • 72,000 miles
Around the May 2012 timeframe I had to take my 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche in to a local dealership for service to the cracked dashboard near the passenger side air bag. The dealership agreed that this was a defective issue through out a number of other GM models. The dealership agreed to replace the dashboard at no charge. This week on 9 December 2013 I noticed another crack in the new dashboard. Just slightly over a year this has happened again but this time in a new location. This crack is on the drivers side near the front of the windshield near the VIN number plate to the base of the instrument cluster. This crack in the past two days is opening more and more everyday. On 10 December the crack has now formed a "V" shape and has split to towards the drivers door. I took the vehicle in today and the dealership, the same dealership that replaced the dashboard the first time, said no and that they could no longer help me and recommended to me that I just get a "cover" to not see it and bother me. I paid nearly $40,000 for the truck and keep very good care of it. I feel that these cracks are a safety concern that should be addressed and fixed. The dealerships around the country have acknowledged that this is an issue and they will no longer help. Other owners like me are having this issue and we need help to get our vehicles fixed. Please help all of us in getting this issue fixed as soon as possible.

- Navarre, FL, USA

problem #16

Jun 112013

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
GM has a safety issue with dashboards cracking near where the airbag deploys on the passenger side of the vehicles. There is also cracking on the left side of the instrument pod. All cracks are in identical areas of these same model years and newer. This is my second dash board that has to be replaced.

- Loxahatchee, FL, USA

problem #15

Dec 222012

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


GM has a safety issue with dashboards cracking near where the airbag deploys on the passenger side of the vehicles. There is also cracking on the left side of the instrument pod. All cracks are in identical areas of these same model years and newer. I have two vehicles (2007 Tahoe and 2007 Avalanche with same cracks and will file two complaints).

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #14

Oct 212012

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Dashboard crack on passenger side next to airbag.

- Madison, VA, USA

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problem #13

Dec 302010

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The dash is cracked next to the airbag on passenger side. Manufacturer refuses to fix or replace without the consumer taking responsibility and paying for replacement. This is a one owner vehicle, garage parked, dash-mat since first acquired truck. This seems to be a very widespread problem for GM vehicles of the same make and other similar vehicles. I have a huge safety concern that the airbag upon deployment will be ruptured and become ineffective due to the crack in the dash possibly puncturing the airbag. It is also very evident that this is a manufacturing flaw that GM will not stand up for and take responsibility.

- Tyler, TX, USA

problem #12

Jun 182008

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 36,000 miles


Cracked dashboard on passenger side where airbag is fitted. Upper lefthand side of airbag. Traction control/stabilitrac system: Service indicator warnings activate, switches from 2 wheel drive to 4 wheel drive high even though selector is in 2wd mode. The first occurrence of this was at 70K miles, then again at 90K. Then again at 97K the transmission was damaged and needed to be replaced. Again at 101K miles the ringgear in the rear axel was destroyed. Rear axel was replaced. Fifth time for those counting, 116K miles service stabilitrac and service traction control warnings, switching from 2wd to 4WD high while moving, while parked, selector in 2wd position with someone at the wheel or cab empty. Evaporative emission control warning. Check engine light on, code comes back to eec. Indicating a leak in the return line. The first time this was replaced at 70K miles, this is the second time. And no it is not the gas cap being loose or needing replaced. The first time there was "water in the connector" (yeah sure).

- Morristown, TN, USA

problem #11

Oct 212010

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Cracked dashboard directly above airbag on passenger side on 2007 Z71 Avalanche (original owner). This is apparently a manufactures defect and is apparently happening on numerous GM vehicles for this model year. GM is unwilling to fix saying it is not a defect and is only cosmetic and will not fix.

- Tyler, TX, USA

problem #10

Jan 052011

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Dash panel is cracking in numerous areas.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #9

Jul 312011

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
2007 Chevrolet Avalanche tailgate handle broke while opening tailgate. Many GM trucks seem to have this problem. Dealer did not have it in stock. The dealer recommended but they do not carry Avalanche parts. This problem happened on our last Avalanche a 2005, when it turned 4 years old also. Judging from just doing a google tailgate handle search, this seems to be a widespread problem through many model years and trim levels. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Saint Marys, GA, USA

problem #8

Nov 272010


  • 87,000 miles


2007 Chevy Avalanche - the peeling metallic coating on door handle sliced my finger; no serious personal injury involved (glorified paper cut this time) but this condition cannot continue.

- Houma, LA, USA

problem #7

Mar 102010


  • 45,000 miles
2007 Chevrolet Avalanche has two cracks in the dash. One in the upper left hand corner near the passenger side airbag and one on the left side of the instrument cluster.

- Ladson, SC, USA

problem #6

Aug 312009


  • 20,000 miles
My 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche ltz has been in the shop 10X for grinding and squeaking noises coming from the right front wheel. The dealership stated they cannot duplicate this even though their service tech's heard it twice. The brakes have been replaced and the rotors re-surfaced, with the problem beginning @ 22,000 miles and continuing to this day at 44,000. The sound has been caught on video several times at different mileages but GM continues to state that it is not a concern to them. The sound begins slowly as the truck picks up speed it increases and then finally disappears at @ 35mph.

- Milford, NH, USA

problem #5

Jul 042010


  • miles
The interior door handles on my 2007 Chevy Avalanche ltz have peeled and become razor sharp. Opening the door under normal characteristics has caused a slice, or paper cut type of wound to my hand.

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #4

Aug 202010

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche. The contact opened the glove compartment and discovered that rodents had infested the interior of the vehicle causing damaging. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact first noticed signs of rodent infestation three months prior. The failure mileage was 17,000 and the current mileage was 22,000. Updated 11/12/10 updated 11/24/10

- Fridley, MN, USA

problem #3

Aug 012010


  • 40,000 miles
The dash cracked on my Avalanche as I was sitting at a light right by the passenger airbag. This truck is very well taken care of, and it happened just outside of the 36,000 mile warranty. The dash is only cosmetic, but I am concerned about the stability of the airbag at this point, and if I get into a crash that the airbag will come loose or the dash break into many pieces. These cracks are an issue on Avalanche, Tahoe, and Suburban, and there have been many complaints so far. GM is not helping and considers this cosmetic only. There are very serious potential safety issues with the airbag.

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #2

May 062010


  • 78,200 miles
Dash crack far left corner on 07 Avalanche causes airbag unit to not sit properly in mounts. Area on indicated part of dash flimsy not reinforced. Damage caused by heat (speculating, ) spilt 2" from 0" in 6hrs during drive from san diego ca to las vegas nv, no prior damage or signs of stress. Due to passenger airbag not seated properly, afraid if airbag deployed may not deploy correctly. Dealer considers crack cosmetic, says airbag is independent and should not be affected which I agree but that doesn't mean it will open if it can be "jarred" from its seating in the dash if it can dislodge. And in an accident with enough force to deploy airbag it could be thrust upward from its seating and thus changing the angles of which it is intended to cover during deployment. I see a potential flaw here due to oversight in engineering and feel it needs further review. I have included a video I found on youtube that shows a dash in a 07 Tahoe (same dash as 07 Avalanche) which is cracked the same way, it clearly shows how due to this crack the airbag unit is not secure in its seating and could potentially "jump out" as well the flimsiness in the dash area I am speculating towards lack of reinforcement. *please note that no crack or indication of stress was visible 2 days prior, dealer considers crack to be strictly cosmetic and not covered under warranty. I agree the crack in nature is cosmetic however being that it can disrupt a crucial life-saving component the manufacture should be required to repair so that all possible effected systems function correctly as required.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 162008


  • miles
My 2007 Avalanche demonstrates a popping and creaking noise from the front end while in 4 wheel drive and turning a sharp corner. This noise is accompanied by a felt binding in the steering wheel and a feeling of a loss of power.

- Surrey, 00, USA

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