Problems With the Chevrolet Avalanche


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.

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