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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,121 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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2002 Chevrolet Avalanche brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 202007

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,363 miles


Brakes were pulsating and took to local brake shop for check. Rear brake job completed. Left rear rotor needed replacing due to damage from parking brake. Parking brake also replaced. Service technician indicated damaged rotor from parking brake was a design flaw by GM and although Chevy avalance hasn't had a recall on this flaw, the Tahoe has.

- Nampa, ID, USA

problem #2

Feb 112005

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
1) anti-lock brake unit failed; ) park brake needs adjusting every 4 mos eventhough used daily; 2) both found in driveway; no accident 3) replace ABS unit at $950, and readjust parking brake at $80 each time.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 122004


  • miles
Parking brake failure involving 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche. There was no damage or injury. However, when brought in for repair, I was given a report that states, according to Chevrolet technical assistance "parking brake is not designed to hold on a down slope and only designed to hold at 8% grade on up slope." This runs counter to the 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche owners manual, section 7-20, entitled "parking brake and automatic transmission park mechanism check which instructs as follows: "park on a fairly steep hill, with the vehicle facing downhill" and proceeds to give steps for checking the parking brake function that create a clear expectation that the parking brake should function "on a fairly steep hill." Since bringing my vehicle for requested adjustment/repair, I continue to find that the parking brake will not hold with the vehicle facing downhill on even a modest slope. Knowing that I cannot rely on the parking brake, for now I will take other steps to assure safety. I am very concerned for other owners of this vehicle... for their safety and the safety of their families. If an owner, unaware of this defect, having a driveway of any modest slope, relies on this vehicle's parking brake... they clearly face the risk of unexpected movement of the vehicle... risking damage to property or to human life.

- Duluth, MN, USA

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