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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,837 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 #6

Aug 032011

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 141,574 miles


Recently my 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche has begun to shut off while driving which causes the vehicle to lose power. Another important safety issue, the brakes began to press all the way to the floor while braking. On August 3, 2011 while my son was driving the vehicle approaching a stop light, he pressed the brakes which went to the floor and rear ended vehicle in front that was making a turn. The front bumper is now damaged ( T-boned) and the air bags did not deploy. I'm not very pleased that I never received any notices about the braking system. I can't afford to make monthly payments and still have to pay costly maintenance fees. I can not afford to jeopardize my life and my family, especially my granddaughter. Something has to be done about these safety issues: Braking, cutting off while driving and no deployed air bags.

- Capitol Hts, MD, USA

problem #5

Jun 092011

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • 92,448 miles
07/12/10 brakes failed on 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche...brakes went to the floor and left lane was free of traffic or I would have rear ended cars in front of me stopped at red light. Rusted brake line was replaced at brake specialist for $573.55. 06/09/11 as I approached red light, brakes failed, pedal to the floor stopped just inches from stopped car in front of me. Took the Avalanche to repair shop tx. They currently have the Avalanche, four rusted brake lines...$1700 to replace. I have googled this "rusted brake issue with the Avalanche and it seems many other owners are having the same problem.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #4

Apr 232010


  • 84,000 miles
The ABS kick in while turning at low speed.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 182005


  • 82,000 miles


Dash light don't work. Dimmer switch very hot to the touch.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #2

Nov 102009


  • 120,000 miles
2002 Avalanche 1500, ABS would activate when coming to a slow stop. Dealer said it was probably the speed sensors, recall was already done so they wouldn't do it again. That is not right! I don't care how many times they have to fix it, if safety parts are failing, they need to replace them! long story short... I replaced the sensors, didn't work. I replaced the whole bearing/hub assembly which came with pre-installed sensors. Fixed!

- Sheboygan, WI, USA

problem #1

Jul 012002

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
2002 Avalanche 1500 truck. Electric brake control module, ABS and brake light would come on and stay on when I hit a bump, contacted Chevy has no recall but said that module has failed and possible failure of brakes to operate correctly. Spoke to a friend that owns a Chevy Suburban, had the same problem. My cost to replace $1162.41 please respond.

- Bartlett, TN, USA

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