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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
300 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Avalanche exhaust system problems

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2002 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


This complaint is regarding our Chevy Avalanche. It was purchased in may, 2002. Shortly after purchasing it, we noticed that it was consuming quite a bit of oil. We were given an explanation that the motor was new, the rings haven't seated yet and 3 different types of oil have been placed in our vehicle -- one of such (straight 30W) is specifically mentioned in the owners manual not to add. Now our vehicle is still burning oil and has begun to blow blue smoke out the tail pipe. We have contacted the dealer, the manufacturer, the better business bureau, the states attorney's office. Currently the manufacturer has us undertaking an oil consumption test. The body (the plastic part) shortly after purchasing (when the weather got hot) started to detach from the metal part in the fender area and the plastic panels in the back of the bed are warped. We are not happy.

- Ogden, IL, USA

problem #1

May 302002

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 600 miles
My brand new 2002 Chevy Avalanche is burning oil and blowing blue smoke out the tail pipe. The manufacturer is now conducting an oil consumption test, but the allowable amount of oil to burn is 1 quart ever 3,000 miles! a new car should not burn oil.

- Ogden, IL, USA

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