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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,092 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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2003 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #8

Dec 042006

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles


Speedometer is very erratic. When I am at a dead stop the speedometer says 70 mph and it tops out at 120 mph when I am doing only 30 mph.

- Crawfordville, FL, USA

problem #7

Jan 052007

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,500 miles
Speedometer reads incorrect or not at all.

- Ironwood, MI, USA

problem #6

Jan 042007

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles
Speedometer started reading inaccurate speeds. Lately it reads 55 mph when at a stop and pegs out at around 60 mph. Replacement ranges from $220 for "do it yourself" kit with old part needing to be returned for core charge to $650 and up from the dealer. Still haven't fixed problem. Part is still in the vehicle.

- Mooresville, IN, USA

problem #5

Dec 192006

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,127 miles


Speedometer on my 2003 Z71 Avalanche works erratically or not at all. A significant safety issue I went to the dealership from who I bought my vehicle. Dealership said there was no recall on speedometer (instrument clusters) for my type of vehicle and that they could not replace the cluster as part of "goodwill" by GM because they have not been instructed to do so. They were not aware of the fact that many Avalanche and other GM SUVS have identical problems (usually a bad stepper motor in the instrument cluster). Cost to replace cluster is about $350-$400 including labor. Given the nature of the failure and how widespread it is, I think the NHTSA engineers should investigate this problem and perhaps tell GM they need to recall these vehicles before accidents occur. I have to estimate my speeds on a vehicle with only 58000 miles on it. I have read reports where speedometer failures have occurred within 10,000 miles.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #4

Nov 012006

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
The speedometer on my 2003 Avalanche went out. It registers up to 120 mph sitting still. The tachometer recently went out, also. Very dangerous for my wife (who drives the vehicle) and my children. I have seen hundreds of similar complaints on the internet. Why is there no recall?

- Mansfield, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 262006

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
Speedometer and fuel gauges not functioning correctly.

- Ft. Belvoir, VA, USA

problem #2

Dec 082006

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
Speedometer sticking on 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 4WD, nothing leads up to it just driving and it sticks at a certain speed wont correct itself, to correct it you have to unhook battery cables and then it is ok for a while until it sticks again, this has happened over 4 times now have been waiting for a recall to fix problem. This can not be caused by bad driving by owner or improper maintenance, this is something electronic.

- Wardensville, WV, USA

problem #1

Nov 022006

Avalanche 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
Speedometer failure on our 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche at 43,000 miles. Speed does not register whatsoever or displays, for example, 20 mph when traveling in excess of 60 mph. It is a dangerous situation; a distraction and not knowing one's rate of travel. GM should address this problem.

- Marietta, GA, USA

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