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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,046 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Chevrolet Avalanche brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 202010

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • 15,800 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche 2500. The contact stated the anti lock brakes goes off when the surface is dry. Vehicle is stopping short before it should stop. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and stated there is a problem with the brakes but it is not covered under any recalls and contact has to pay for the expense. The failure mileage was 15,800. Updated 03/04/10 the consumer stated he experienced extended stopping distance which resulted in a crash. Updated 06/14/10.

- Ontario, NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 172010


  • 15,800 miles
When coming to a stop on clean dry pavement, the anti-lock brakes begin pulsating, tripling your stopping distance.

- Ontario, NY, USA

problem #4

Oct 062008

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500. The contact stated that the tailgate straps were rusty and beginning to fail. In addition, the ABS speed sensor was slow at stopping the vehicle. The ABS would pulse and the vehicle would take longer to stop. The steering wheel was loose and vibrated when driving over a bump. The shaft bushing is also failing in the steering wheel column. The manufacturer stated that there were no recalls for the failures; therefore, the contact would be responsible for the repairs. The failure mileage was 86,000. Updated 3/5/09 updated 03/10/09.

- Negley, OH, USA

problem #3

Sep 082005

Avalanche 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles


The consumer noticed a brake problem on September 8, 2005. NHTSA recall 05V379000 for the service brakes was issued. Contacted the dealer and the manufacturer, and they said this vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN.. when going between 1-10 mph the ABS system will kick and could hear a noise, the ABS will let go then catch and let go again, then the brake pedal will down further. Had to stomp on the brake pedal in order to get the vehicle to stop, like loosing the brakes.

- Shellsburg , IA, USA

problem #2

Oct 012004

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,675 miles
The consumer bought this vehicle brand new, the brakes will come on by themselves. Took the vehicle to the dealer, they said the brake fluid was contaminated. Then, took vehicle to GMC, they gave the consumer a run around and thought that consumer did something to it. The vehicle has been sitting for a little over a month. Now, took it to a local mechanic, who determined that the brake fluid was not contaminated. The dealership said this vehicle was not covered under a warranty, and noticed this on October 1, 2004.

- Anaston , AL, USA

problem #1

Jan 032005

Avalanche 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Consumer complained about a brake problem. When applying the brakes they went down to the floor, losing about 95% of braking power. Consumer contacted the dealer and the manufacturer, neither was willing to assist the consumer.

- Papillion, NE, USA

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