Problems With the Chevrolet Avalanche

by Charles Green

The Chevrolet Avalanche is a four-door vehicle with a sport utility body and pickup truck bed. The Avalanche is sold in either two-wheel or four-wheel drive configurations and seats five or six passengers.


GM introduced the Chevrolet Avalanche in 2002. The current model is underpinned by the same platform powering full-sized Chevrolet and GMC pick up trucks and select large SUVs.

Gas Mileage

Current versions of the Avalanche are equipped with either a 5.3L V8 or 6.2 V8 and paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. EPA mileage limits are low: 15 mpg city, 21 mpg highway for the smaller engine and just 12 mpg city, 19 mpg highway for the larger engine.


Earlier Avalanche models developed problems with the cladding, overlaying plastic sections that would fade or streak due to sun exposure. An aftermarket product was recommended as a solution.

Seat Belts

The second row center seat belt was subject to an NHTSA recall (#05V163000) due to difficulty securing smaller occupants. Affected models included select 2003 to 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche vehicles.

Electrical System

Select 2007 and 2008 Avalanches were subject to an NHTSA recall (#08V441000) if they came equipped with a heater wiper washer fluid solution system. A short circuit issue could cause smoke to fill the cabin and increase the risk of vehicle fire.

About the Author

Charles Green is a freelance writer in North Carolina who has been writing since 1992 and freelancing since 2002. His work appears in "435 South Magazine," "Wisconsin Golfer" and for various websites. Green earned a Bacheler of Science in business administration from Ramapo College of New Jersey.

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