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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,716 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Avalanche steering problems

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2005 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #12

Jan 082011


  • 77,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche. The contact stated that when driving at low speeds, the steering wheel would suddenly lock without warning preventing the contact from maneuvering the vehicle. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer and they advised him that he would need to replace the power steering pump. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 77,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Golf Shores, AL, USA

problem #11

Nov 232006


  • 20,000 miles
Rattling in steering column...have had greased 3 times and it stops for about 6 months. 2 friends drive 3/4 ton Chevrolet pickups and have the same problem.

- Ingram, TX, USA

problem #10

Mar 252007


  • 39,574 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500. The contact stated that the intermediate steering shaft has failed. The contact stated that whenever he was driving the steering wheel locked and made a clicking and grinding noise. There were no recalls or warranties for the vehicle or related to the failure. The vehicle was diagnosed twice by the dealer and was told that the failure continue to occur since no remedy was available. The first failure occurred on July 25, 2007 and the failure mileage was 39,574. The second failure occurred on July 7, 2009 when the failure mileage was 86,494 and the dealer replaced the parts. The dealer has replaced the same parts every 2 years. The failure mileage was 39574 and the current mileage was 96,600.

- Beltsville, MD, USA

problem #9

Jun 152005


  • 5,000 miles


Vehicle made knocking noise in the front drivers side. Took it into the dealer for inspection and repair under warranty. Was told by the service manager that there was a recall for this problem and that they had to grease the steering intermediate shaft. Problem appeared to be gone, but re-appeared months later. Have lived with this knocking noise now for (4) years. Called dealer and asked if they could fix this problem again for me (vehicle now not under warranty). Was told they never performed this repair for me on my vehicle, but if I wanted the intermediate shaft greased they would charge me $135 dollars. Had entire front end of vehicle greased by local auto store with problem not being solved. Noise is very disturbing and causes concern for future issues.

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #8

Feb 122009

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche. The contact stated that the speedometer does not work correctly and the instrument panel is not in english. While making left turns at low speeds, the contact heard a noise under the steering shaft. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that there was nothing to worry about because it would not affect the vehicle. Mileages 85279 updated 04-14-09 updated 04/15/09.

- Chinquapin, NC, USA

problem #7

Jul 272006


  • 12,535 miles
Bought our 2005 Avalanche in June 05. Not long after it started making a popping noise in the front end every time I turned the corner, into and out of the driveway etc. Have taken it in numerous times. They have replaced the steering shaft. They also did something with the upper and lower actuator. They have also changed the spring rubbers and regreased the front end. The noise goes away for awhile and then returns. It is now louder then ever. Even people in other vehicles can hear the popping noise. My wife drives this vehicle on a daily basis and I am afraid that something is going to come loose and cause her to have an accident with our son in the truck.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #6

Mar 232008


  • 78,000 miles


Rattle and bumping noise transmitted through the steering wheel while driving.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #5

Jan 022008


  • miles
I am experiencing the issue noted in service bulletin #050235003. Since my vehicle is over the 36,000 miles I now have to pay to repair. It is in the steering and I do not want to have a problem with the steering.

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #4

Apr 042005

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 250 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500. The contact stated that the steering chamber was malfunctioning. After taking the vehicle to the dealer eight times, the steering shaft was changed. The failure recurred and the contact stated that the steering chamber was shaking while driving 45 mph. He also experienced tire vibration with the front and rear tires, in addition to huge vibrations from the exhaust, which flow throughout the entire vehicle. The current mileage is 35,000 and failure mileage was 250.

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #3

Oct 302006

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,666 miles
: the contact stated while traveling over a bump or while turning at various speeds there was a popping noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealership, where it was determined the bushings for the tie rod were not installed at the factory. The bushings were installed at the dealership, but the problem returned. The vehicle was taken to a different dealership that determined the bushings were installed incorrectly. They were installed a second time, and the problem has returned again. Updated 11/30/2006 -

- Foley, AL, USA

problem #2

Aug 232005

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
: the contact stated while turning left the steering wheel makes a popping noise. This occurred on normal roads during normal steering without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealership for inspection. Upon inspection, the dealership replaced the front suspension, but the problem still exists. The manufacturer has not been notified.

- Mineral Springs, AR, USA

problem #1

Jun 132005

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 569 miles
On June 12th, 2005, I purchased a 2005 Chevy Avalanche for my wife from bill heard Chevrolet in sanford, Florida. The morning after taking delivery of unit, I noticed the vehicle had problems. The vehicle would not stop/brake properly, the tires were rubbing into the front fenders and the front end wandered and pulled to the left. I called the dealership that day and spoke with the salesman. It took the dealership almost three weeks to get my vehicle into their repair facility. They had addressed there were problems with the vehicle, but they did nothing to fix the vehicle. I then returned to the dealership a week later stating my concerns to the service manager. The service manager verified the problems with the vehicle. On this visit nothing was fixed again. A week after this incident, I brought the vehicle to another Chevy dealership. This dealership stated and verified the vehicle does have problems, but there was no fix for it. This dealership also stated there was a recall on this vehicle for the last five months, and stated the selling dealership never fixed the recall. Again the vehicle was not repaired for the problems, but the recall was now completed by this dealership. I called the selling dealership and spoke with the service manager, the sales manager, the customer service manager, the salesman as well as others to try to have the vehicle repaired or had the purchase voided to receive my money back. No one in this dealership will help me. I then called General Motors (corporate) and filed a complaint. They will not help me. Today I have filed a complaint with the better business bureau, and now with your Agency. I am seeking help because I feel this is a very unsafe vehicle for my family to be in.

- Lake Mary, FL, USA

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