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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,000 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 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #5

May 152018


  • 74,000 miles


Clear coat peeling on all horizontal surfaces, upper dash panel developed multiple cracks creating a safety hazard if airbag deploys.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #4

Jul 022014


  • 160,000 miles
Driver and passenger exterior door latch did not latch when door was closed. While the driver was turning right on a village street, both the driver and passenger doors opened unexpectedly. While in motion around the turn the driver attempted to close the door to avoid oncoming traffic. During the attempt to close the door, the car hit a tree on the right side of the road. A police report was filed. I suspect the stuck latch was due to water and/or dirt getting in the latch hinge.

- Owego, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 052016


  • miles
I was driving to work on highway 144 going about 30 miles on October 5th around 1130 am. When my front passenger tire with axle inside it still came off and rolled away from the vehicle. My vehicle immediately bottomed out afterwards. I was informed by the previous owner after the accident that it happened to the front driver side as well. This has left

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #2

May 142015


  • 91,000 miles
My husband, 3 year old, any myself were driving back from a doctor appointment when we had to make a sudden stop because of a driver 2 cars ahead of us that quickly applied brakes to make a quick right hand turn. The driver in front of us in turn had to apply his breaks on and when my husband applied the brakes on our 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche there were no brakes!! our 3 year old was asleep in the backseat!! we hit him of course because we could not stop (going downhill on a busy highway) we ended up having to coast up the hill in the middle of the lane because there was nowhere safe for us to pull off. There were almost several other accidents due to it being a blind spot for drivers coming over the hill both ways and we were stuck there because we had no way to stop ourselves again. So after all that we ended up needing our truck towed and the brake lines are corroded and had busted!! so not only do we have a tow bill now we are responsbile for replacing them! the estimate is $800!!! thanks GM! we will be selling this one soon! GM won't do a recall on these after all the complaints and accidents about the brake lines on here" seriously" we had no clue about any of this until today! the mechanic that is fixing ours today told us he has 2 more that have the exact same issue and have to be replaced on theirs too! I guess it takes people dying or getting seriously injured before the car manufactures have to take responsibility. And what makes it even worse is that the whole brake line replacement is available (for us to purchase) and it's only about $160!! nice to know the safety of our family, friends, and other motorists aren't worth it to them. Just 2 miles earlier we drove though a school zone!!!!! as the kids were leaving for the day! thank god they lasted that 2 extra miles and no one was seriously injured or killed.

- West Frankfort, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 012007

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Retaining hook attached to underside of hood is rusting apart from the hood panel. Chunks of rusted metal are falling off of the area around the hood retaining hook. Vehicle is still under rust warranty but General Motors will not honor rust through warranty. Severe rust began when vehicle was approx 2 years old. Partial or complete separation of this retaining hook could cause hood to fly open at speed. Many members of the Chevy Avalanche fan club have the same issue, but it is more noticeable on a vehicle with white paint.

- Middletown, RI, USA

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