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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,795 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 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2002 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #5

May 152018


  • 200,000 miles


Heard snap while driving hit median, and totaled my needs to be noticed if any body hasn't been killed yet

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #4

Aug 052006

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • miles
GM had repaired the rust brake defects on my type of vehicle in many salt states that endure cold weather. But because there was not enough outrage they did not repair this same defect in my state. There is a problem with the wheel bearings where rust causes the anti lock braking system to needless engage when it should not during slow speeds sometimes making braking dangerous in slow turning and parking situations. I have already spent thousands of dollars fixing these defects on my own but because of a faulty design in the system this problem has a tendency to re occur.

- Washington, MI, USA

problem #3

Dec 282012

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 113,976 miles
Pulling out of driveway and brakes completely went out. Luckily I was only going around 5 mph. Was able to use emergency brake to slow truck down next to the curb.

- Glen Rock, PA, USA

problem #2

Nov 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
I have not given permission to the dealership service department to start repairs. They told me it was the rear axle or rear end that was damaged beyond repair and must be replaced. I was quoted a repair cost of $2,400 for a used part and $3,000 for a new part. This truck has around 42,000 miles and was purchased June 1, 2003. I have had multiple problems ranging from replacement of cd's to a door window motor problem. I inquired/complained about a noise in the rear end at around 25,000 miles prior to the breakdown. However, they could not find the problem. The tailgate would fall open when locked occasionally, but this was adjusted after taking it back for repair. I have also replaced one hub assembly on the front of the truck at a cost of $250. There is an oil usage problem that requires an additional quart to be added between changes. I personally think that this truck is a lemon and needs to be researched to discern if it has had some previous mechanical problems. Although it was purchased new there is a possibility that it could have had some malfunctions before it was delivered. I misplaced my receipts, and I'm not sure that the service department will give me another copy. However, I will search for them as verification that I took the truck in on several occasions for various and sundry complaints.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #1

Nov 102002


  • miles
The incident on May 11, 2002. The driver side rear tire blew out while traveling on the freeway going 65 mph. The vehicle only had 8827 miles and had original wheels and tires. The incident on November 10, 2002: The left front wheel, including the disc brake mechanism, separated and bearing parts, etc. Were scattered on the street. The exposed wheel well dug into the concrete and shock absorber and struts clearly visible with wheel separated. Photos are available if needed.

- Irvine, CA, USA

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