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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,830 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Avalanche Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 192011


  • 177,850 miles


Brand new 3 month old Goodyear P26570R17 G/Y Wrangler at/S OWL tire exploded while driving and flattened within a matter of minutes. The belts were on fire inside, and the tire was bubbling and bursting ofrom the inside out...when police came after calling for fear of a fire, they said tire was on fire from the inside and was not drivable...waited 1 hour for tire to cool down before road service could begin to change tire...reported to Goodyear and the tire place where we purchased would not give a new tire..made us purchase a new tire at 50% off when the tire was only 3 months old....complained to goodyar customers service and he didn't care or want to help us.. sided with dealership...someone should investigate the tires...never had a defective tire..according to dealership this was a punctured fast leak which caused the tire to explode and burn..this would not have happened with slow leak...but then why was it on fire inside of tire bulging out big round hot bubbles around rim, and the road service wouldn't touch for an hour"???"

- Johnsburg, IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 312009


  • 62,900 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500. The vehicle has sigma stampede tires, size 265/70R16 (na). While driving 35 mph, the front driver's side tire blew out. The contact stopped the vehicle, changed the tire, and drove to his residence. He called the manufacturer to resolve the issue. The contact stated that the road conditions were not a factor and there were no hazardous materials in the roadway. There were no injuries. The failure mileage was 62,900.

- Holly Springs, NC, USA

problem #2

Dec 152008

Avalanche 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche. The vehicle has Firestone wilderness le tires, size P265/70R/16. While driving approximately 45 mph on normal road conditions, the contact heard a loud noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The contact pulled over to the side of the road and called roadside assistance. The rear passenger side tire exhibited excessive tread separation and was replaced with a spare. The manufacturer stated that the tire was included in the recall defect. The NHTSA campaign id number was unavailable. Also, the front driver, passenger, and rear driver side tires exhibited severe feathering. These were the original tires on the vehicle. The dot number was unknown. The failure mileage was 42,000 and current mileage was 44,000. Updated 3/11/09 the consumer stated he hears a wobbling sound coming from the right rear of the truck. He discovered the tire had gone flat and further inspection revealed the tread belt had separated from the tire. Updated 03/13/09.

- Whitney, TX, 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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