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:
176,500 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Avalanche lights problems

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2005 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 162015


  • 203,000 miles


The instrument panel cluster does not light up. Cannot tell what gear I am shifting in and out of. The dic buttons on my steering wheel do not light up, cannot tell if I have a malfunction when driving during the dark. I did check for a recall on this and saw that there was an older one issued in 2005 and that it closed in 2011. I was not aware of any recalls but none the less I feel that with both components failing and not working properly can cause a potential problem when in operation (driving)

- Kempner, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 142012

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche. The contact stated that the high beam headlights could not be activated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact that there were no recalls for the vehicle. The failure mileage was 150,000. Updated 03/15/13 the consumer stated the emergency and hazard lights were inoperative. The repair shop stated the multi-function switch connector was the problem. Updated 03/20/13

- Clayton, NJ, USA

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