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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,513 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #72

Aug 302013

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 0 miles


My trucks speedometer cluster does not work and wont work. Its stays at 0 mph.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #71

Jul 172009

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche. The contact stated that the speedometer and RPM gauges did not display the correct information. The dealer stated that the instrument panel cluster module failed and needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 70,000. Updated 12/01/14 updated 5/7/2015

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #70

Sep 302005

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
First incident of speedometer intermittently working occurred in September 2005. Was taken to dealer, and quoted to fix but was not covered under warranty. Other cluster gauges began failing completely over the past few years. Finally the voltmeter gauge completely fails this year. Entire cluster is completely inoperative now.

- Powell, TN, USA

problem #69

Jan 142013


  • 103,000 miles


I did an internet search to see what causes a speedometer to go out and to my surprise there are many people who have had their speedometer to go out on this model vehicle. Most people experienced this problem around 30,000 miles. It would benefit consumers if this problem were addressed by the manufacturer.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #68

Jul 142012

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
In May 2012 I bought a used 2004 Chevy Avalanche 1500. About two months later, I noticed issues with my speedometer. I first noticed it on a small trip where I was traveling about an hour or so, then all of a sudden, the speedometer dropped to zero. I pulled over for a minute to see what might be wrong, and it seemed that after the truck was shut off for a bit (need to cool down??), it started working ok again. This has happened several times since then, not usually on short runs, but more when the truck has been running for a while. Another issue with the speedometer was when I was hauling a small utility trailer, and going up a hill, it did it again. Someone told me to check out recalls and I found this site where I see that many, many others are experiencing the same, or very similar issues. If there are so many with these same types of issues, why isn't the manufacturer doing anything about it, or at least investigating it? I am military, and I cannot afford any type of motor vehicle violation on my military record, nor can I afford a speeding ticket...just like everyone else. My permanent address is tyrone, pa, but I am stationed at ft. Benning, ga where I bought the truck. Since I live in barracks, I've listed my permanent home residence in pa. Phone contact number is good, and any mailings should go to the address provided below.

- Tyrone, PA, USA

problem #67

Feb 242012

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 133,678 miles
Speedometer jumps all over the place, causing the vehicle to speed up or slow down dramaticaly if the cruise control is on. When stopped the speedometer may stick at any mph other than zero.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #66

Sep 222011


  • 75 miles


Gas gauge not working always showing emty speedometer not working correctly sensor light keeps comming on and off.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #65

Sep 202011

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
The vehicle's speedometer was sticking for about 5 miles. Then, the vehicle's speedometer stopped on 60 mph permanently. The speedometer has been stuck at 60 mph and poses a signifcant safety hazard. Also, several other owners have had the same issues with this model 1500 series Chevrolet pick-up truck.

- Galloway, OH, USA

problem #64

Jan 122011

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 81,494 miles
Speedometer began working erratically and then not at all. Dealership replaced "stepper motor clutch". charged for labor only.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #63

May 102011

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
First the speedometer stopped working, then the tachometer stopped working and the latest is the fuel gauge.

- Saratoga, CA, USA

problem #62

Mar 242011

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,970 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500. The contact stated that the speedometer functioned erratically. Most recently, it was stuck at the highest speed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that he was responsible for repair costs. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The current and failure mileage was approximately 85,970. Updated 5/9/11 updated 05/18/11

- Killingworth, CT, USA

problem #61

Nov 062010


  • 90,672 miles
On the 2004 Avalanche Z71 the speed gauge gets stuck therefore making a safety hazard. Not been able to know your speed could end up deadly.

- Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #60

Aug 262010


  • 116,000 miles
2004 Avalanche defective speedometer dealership refuses to repair even though the had a common problem with them.

- Athens , AL, USA

problem #59

Jan 072010


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500. The speedometer would show that the vehicle was traveling at different rates of speed when the vehicle was parked. When driving, the speedometer would fluctuate so he had to use gps to find out how fast he was driving. The vehicle had not been inspected at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 46,000. The current mileage was approximately 50,200.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #58

Oct 032009

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
My 2004 Chevy Avalanche Z66's speedometer malfunctions constantly while I am driving by displaying that I am going over 120 miles per hour when its only just been backed up and out of a parking spot. Then when I drive, I have no idea how fast I am actually going due to this defective speedometer by Chevy still displaying that I am going over 120mph. Even after it is parked and sits for awhile, and is turned off, it still reads over 120 miles per hour.

- Downers Grove, IL, USA

problem #57

Feb 052010


  • 23,965 miles
The contact owns 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche. The contact was driving 55 mph when the rpms increased. The contact had difficulty switching gears and the vehicle lost power. The windshield wipers would not shut off unless the contact restarted the vehicle. The transmission and the water pump failed completely. The driver side door handle broke and the contact cannot get out of the vehicle unless she climbs over the passenger seat. The speedometer only displayed 10 and 20 mph whenever it was cold outside. The failure mileage was 23,965 and the current mileage was 97,323.

- Southington, OH, USA

problem #56

Jan 172010


  • 60,000 miles
The speedometer will quit working correctly, after driving for a little bit the speedometer needle will get jerky and then start dropping down to zero while maintain the same speed on the vehicle. This is a serious issue as you don't really know how fast you are going any more and all the other dash instruments seem to be working fine and the odometer seem to keep working correctly too. I was checking on line about this issue and found that many other are having this issue too and felt this should be a safety recall to fix their issue.

- Round Lake Beach, IL, USA

problem #55

Dec 262009


  • 41,000 miles
My 2004 Avalanche speedometer no longer operates, it says I am going 120 miles per hour and 70 miles per hour when stopped. I checked a web site and this seems to be a standard problem with this vehicle and I think this should be a recall.

- Klamath Falls, OR, USA

problem #54

Aug 042009


  • 79,000 miles
I have a 2004 Avalanche and it has been working great for the last 4 years. Recently within the last 6 months my speedometer had been twitching and sticking on a certain number. After a few weeks of that. It finally got stuck on 15 mph. I called GM and they stated that they know it is a problem, and they have allowed for a special circumstance replacement for 7 years or 70,000 miles. I am over the miles, but believe that if GM has identified a problem they should cover the repair especially when it is a safety concern. On top of that, I never received a letter informing of such special circumstance.

- Rome , GA, USA

problem #53

Jul 022009


  • miles
The speedometer on my 2004 Chevy Avalanche is not working properly. Sometimes it sits at 0 when I am definitely going faster than that. When it does start moving, it isn't keeping the correct speed. I purchased the vehicle in June of 2009 and noticed the problem in July of 1009.

- Winchester, VA, USA

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