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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,513 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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2004 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #12

Jan 182007

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,567 miles


RPM gauge, speedometer, and tilting sideview mirrors (while in reverse) doesn't work all the time. The speedometer doesn't read accurately and sometimes the needle doesn't even register a speed. One evening the speedometer was registering 35 mph and I was doing at least 55 mph. That same evening I came to a four-way stop and at acceleration the speedometer didn't work at all the remainder of the trip home. The RPM gauge was the first thing I noticed wrong with my truck and then the sideview mirrors. Sometimes while backing my mirrors won't tilt down.

- Jenkinsburg, GA, USA

problem #11

Jan 222007

Avalanche 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,500 miles
My 2004 Chevy Avalanche is having a problem with the speedometer. I was on a cross country trip and it started going past 120 when I was driving 10 mph in the snow!!! the it sticks at whatever speed it feels like sticking on.. my RPM gauge has been acting a bit funny also. It didn't work at one point just last night. I turned the truck off and restarted it. I can been able to "reset" the speedometer by almost turning the truck on until it gets back to "0", but I am afraid this will eventually break my starter. This is a safety issue (even though GM says it is not) because if speed wasn't a factor in auto safety we wouldn't have speed limits! how can a consumer be safe if they cannot tell how fast they are driving?

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #10

Jan 262007

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
The speedometer on my 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche indicated a rising speed while, in fact, I was decelerating to try to meet the speed limit (I thought). The needle continued until it was completely off the scale while actually doing about 65 mph. Now, at a stop, it registers about 45 mph and varies with actual speed.

- Ceresco, MI, USA

problem #9

Nov 152006

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


1) I haven't replaced anything, or done anything that would cause this to happen. 2) A-problem that im experiencing is that when my Avalanche is sitting still in the driveway the speedometer shows that I am doing 30 to 40 miles per hour. When I drive on the freeway it completely stops working and goes to over 120 mph. B-my drivers side window doesn't work either, the motor slowly started giving out about two months ago. Now it doesn't work at all. It seems like many more Chevy Avalanche owners have the same issue; 3)the only thing I did for the window not working was check some fuses that were good.

- Rialto, CA, USA

problem #8

Dec 302006


  • miles
I have a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche. The speedometer failed while I was traveling down the interstate and now does not work. I understand this is a trend in 2003-04 Chevrolet's. recommend a recall to fix this ongoing problem.

- Hinesville, GA, USA

problem #7

Dec 252006

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,400 miles
I have a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche with 38,456 miles and the speedometer is erratic. It began yesterday, 12/25/06 while driving to my family's christmas dinner. I was on the freeway 70 mph and the speedometer needle jumped to 95 mph without me accelerating. I exited the freeway, came to a complete stop and the speedometer needle registered 35 mph. This morning 12/26/06, the speedometer is still incorrect. It now registers 20 mph in park. I have researched this on the internet and this seems to be a common problem with Chevy trucks/SUV's 2003 or newer. It seems GMC needs to issue a recall. Repair cost seem to start at $500 and go up. From what I was able to decipher, the "cluster" needs to be replaced.

- Reynoldsburg, OH, USA

problem #6

Oct 312006

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,500 miles


I own a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche with 46655 miles and on or about October 31, 2006 the speedometer began acting erratic. The speedometer registered past 120 mph and locked while driving on I 95 at 70 mph. I know the speed because I was following a family member and was talking on the cell phone at the time. When I arrived at my destination the speedometer remained locked past 120 until I unhooked and re-hooked the positive battery cable at which time it returned to 0. speedometer worked for about a month then did the same thing, I subsequently repeated the battery procedure until I talked to my local Chevrolet dealer who without even looking at the vehicle said that I needed to replace the gauge cluster and that it was a common problem. When I returned to the big country Chevrolet in hemingway, SC and they ran the diagnostics it was determined that the cluster needed to be replaced for $380. After researching this problem on the internet I found that this a very prevalent complaint that Chevrolet is not addressing but is charging consumers $375-1000 to correct but is not taking any responsibility for installing a substandard speedometer cluster. I have read all about the class action suits lawyers are advertising but I am not interested in making money for lawyers. I am a retired police officer and paid, what I believed, is a lot of money for my vehicle and I'm not sure who to turn to other than your Agency. I would like to know if there is any ongoing investigation into this problem or anything being done to force Chevrolet into taking responsibility for this dangerous situation. I look forward to your response.

- Hemingway, SC, USA

problem #5

Nov 022006


  • miles
No events before speedometer started to stick I was driving on interstate when my needle showed 90 mph but I felt like I was doing 70 mph and when I finally stopped it showed 40 mph and now when driving on interstate I don't know how fast I am going but it shows 120 mph I am driving by rpms I know between 2000 and 3000 rpms I should be around 80 mph.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #4

Nov 012006

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
2004 GM Avalanche have only 38,000 miles on truck speedometer reads 120 when going 50 mile per hour will not zero out. Safety issue. I have read 100's of postings with the same problem. Dealer wants over $700 to repair. Not right after spending lot for the truck this should be a recall.

- Kettering, OH, USA

problem #3

Oct 302006


  • miles
Speedometer failure, dealer will not replace part even though is clearly a factory problem issue as well as a safety issue.

- Hutto, TX, USA

problem #2

Oct 022006

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,500 miles
Speedometer malfuntions it sticks and or drops to 0 while driving

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #1

Sep 302006

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,288 miles
2004 Avalanche speedometer malfunctioning with 36000 miles. I have done a search on line and have found numerous complaints with the same problem.

- Adairsville, GA, USA

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