Print this page Notes: It didn't take long for the cladding to fade, discolor, and in some cases crack. Cladding is the protective plastic piece that runs along the outside of vehicles, and exposure to both heat and UV rays give the Avalanche's cladding a chalky, faded appearance.

Owners have said the problem is especially bad on the panels near the cargo bed. Eventually, GM agreed to a one-time treatment of ArmorDillo, a protective treatment similar to what you find in any auto shop. Unfortunately, that would only help for 6 months (on average).

Eventually, GM offered another coating solution for owners within the 3 year / 36,000 mile original warranty under TSB:04-08-111-001C.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,000 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Avalanche fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2005 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 172005

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


Fuel lines - 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche while driving home from work 2/17/2011, I kept smelling gas. Since it is a 45 minute drive, the smell did not disappear until I reached home and turned off my vehicle. My son took our jack out to see if we could locate the problem. He found the gas lines soaked with gas under the truck but at that point it was hard to tell if it was what we thought the problem might be; a hole in the gas lines. Since the dealers were closed we took the vehicle to the garage first thing the following morning. The smell followed me the same as it did the night before. When the dealer pulled it in the shop, they confirmed our suspicion of what was going on. The original installed gas lines on my truck were crossed for what reason is unknown and they rubbed over time and rubbed a hole in themselves. They are a reinforced braided line. Upon doing so, and while the vehicle was running, gas was spraying all over the underside of my truck. The catalytic converter was soaked. The dealer would not allow me to remove the vehicle from their shop under any condition because of the possibility of a fire. They also check all the resources used by any Chevrolet dealership and there is not one recall out there for this problem. There are several reasons I am sending this information. One is that after researching on line about my problem I have found many complaints for vehicles of that time frame bursting into flames and GM warranting it off as a short under the dash. GM seems to be taking the vehicle fire issue of some of the complaints I read too slight. My truck could have burst into flames and caused my life and possibly others. Even now that our son checked the problem, he was even at risk just trying to see what it was! the other issue is that we have to pay for a problem GM created in the design of the fuel lines. I have pictures we took that night you are welcome to have should this problem be escalated.

- North Plainfield, NJ, USA

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