About Chevrolet Avalanche
Chevrolet Avalanche is a four-door, five or six passenger pickup truck manufactured by General Motors since 2001 to 2013. The first Chevrolet Avalanche was released in 2001 for 2002 model year. Though it has a not very long history, it has made some differences. In 2002, it was nominated for the North American SUV of the Year award and named as SUV of the Year by Motor Trend Magazine. Chevrolet Avalanche only went through for two generations.
The first generation GMT800 Chevrolet Avalanche (2001-2006) offered 1500 and 2500 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive SUV powered by 5.3 L 290 hp LM7 V8 gasoline engine, 5.3 L L59 V8 gasoline/E85 engine and 8.1 L L10 V8 gasoline engine with 4-speed 4L60-E and 4-speed 4L80-E automatic transmission. The second generation GMT900 Chevrolet Avalanche (2007-2013) was unveiled at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show. It then offered three trim levels: LS, LT and LTZ. It had four engine choices including 5.3 L LX5 V8 gasoline engine, 5.3 L LMG V8 gasoline/E85 engine, 5.3 L LC9 V8 gasoline and E85 engine and 6.0 L L76 V8 gasoline engine with 4-speed GM 4L60-E automatic transmission and 6-speed 6L80 automatic transmission.
Chevrolet Avalanche Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Just like the famous old saying says every coin has two sides, though Chevrolet Avalanche is popular and great, people still have complaints about it. Here are two most common complaints:
First complaint is excessive oil consumption. Chevrolet Avalanche car owners complained that the car used 1 quart oil in 850 miles and this issue often happened after three years or at around 40,000 miles. Not only the poor fuel economy, sometimes, the engine would misfire. Or the Chevrolet Avalanche experienced slow acceleration or difficulty in starting the car. This problem should be solved by changing spark plug, engine, piston ring, knock sensor and fuel pump. You had better determine which one goes wrong before replacing.
Second complaint is the vibration felt in driving. When you are driving, you can feel vibrations through the steering wheel to your palm, what's more, you can notice your tire wear unevenly or leaking fluid at the driveway. Then you should check your shock absorber.
Routine maintenance is essential to keep a car at the best condition, so some parts that are easy to wear out should not be neglected as well. Though they seem insignificant, they are extremely important to lengthen your Chevrolet Avalanche's lifespan. Headlight can help driver look clearly forward road condition to avoid any potential dangers; door handle let you get into your car safely and protect you safety from air pressure while driving; power window switch lets you open or close window freely.
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