2006 Chevrolet Avalanche User Reviews
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- $11,219 - $13,442
- It rides just like a truck and it is also very roomy inside.
- The front seats do not recline as far as a normal truck would.
I love that it has a hard top for the bed area of the truck. Its also nice that you can convert the truck to closed cabin and a open cabin.
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- Unique, aggressive looks. Very good power in the 5.3
- It's falling apart.
Never buy the first model year of a vehicle, I guess. I have a 2002 North Face Edition Av that now has roughly 72k highway miles. While I think the concept of the Avalanche is probably the best idea by GM (or any other manufacturer) in quite a while, the overall quality of the truck leaves much to be desired. Once out of warranty - everything went wrong. I have had to replace several steering components, two wheel bearings, a power steering pump, the driver's side mirror broke off in the car wash (not their fault), the front passenger side power window regulator broke (so the window was stuck half-way down). The tailgate pops open while driving now and then, I have numerous squeeks, rattles, pops, and clunks from underneath - probably a loose crossmember and possibly a transmission mount. The pulley on the A/C compressor has also gone bad, so the whole thing will need to be replaced. I replaced all four shocks at 40k because one squeeked constrantly. I have had just about every problem listed in the Technical Service Bulletins for this vehicle. I have owned and loved Chevy trucks in the past, this has been my one bad apple, and am sorry to say I probably won't buy another GM vehicle. By the way, this truck was $47,000 new and is now worth $14k as a trade-in....read morehide
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- If your looking for a real mans truck with class this is it impressive comfort, for a 2003
- I hate the gas
Overall theres noway your going to go wrong this is my second one once your in theres no out
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- Power, comfort, lots of leg room, killer one of a kind looks!
- drinks gas like it was cheap beer.
First, I actually own a 2004 Z71, so consider this a two year test drive report. There are only cosmetic inerior changes between the 04 and 06.
After two years and 26,000 miles I have not had a single problem with my 04 Avalanche except for a squeaky shock absorber. The dealer replaced it under warranty, and it was fixed in a hour. I have never cared for the Goodyear tire's because there hard to keep balanced, so I will probably get ridd of those early and put on some Michelin LTX's soon.
I have driven it on two cross country trip's to the west coast taking the "desert route", US Hwy 6. The ride is very smooth for such a big truck. Plenty of leg room both front and back make this truck perfect for hour's long road trip's. There is almost as much leg room in back as there is in front! The interior is more car like then truck. Much like a big sedan with a giant trunk. Plent of power for pulling boat's, or trailers. And for pulling those steep mountain grades out west. There is also no problems on the on-ramp, as this truck will get you up to 80, and in traffic in no time (not that I actually drive that fast). Off course if your economicly chalanged (you dont got lots of money) and cant afford a $90.00 tank of gas then this is not the truck for you. Overall I am very satisfied with my 04 "Avy" and I'm glad I bought it.
I live in the great lakes regon and can tell you that nothing can beat a GM vehicle on the snow. Their whole range of cars handles great. With the autotrac feature you just drive. When the vehicle detects a loss of traction the four wheel drive engages smoothly. when the vehicle senses that there is enough traction it smoothly shifts back to two wheel drive. I commute 45 miles one way to work. Someteimes with two feet of fresh snow on unplowed freeways. This truck handles great, as long as you know how to drive on snow, and dont get over confident.
I Plan on getting another one around 2007 or 2008. Will probably keep the 04. Because I keep my chevy trucks for around 10 years. And that's another thing just look at how many old chevy's you see. They do last a long time if you take care of them....read morehide
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- Great handling, plenty of power, comfortable, and practical
- Zero rear visibility, thirsty for gas
I own bought a pre-owned 2003 Chevy Avalanche, which I've had for a few months. I can honestly say I've never enjoyed owning a truck as much as this one.
First, the good. It's got a mean look (especially with the side cladding) that I love. It backs those looks up with plenty of power (the V8 moves this truck easily) that is quiet. It's essentially a Suburbank from the B-pillar forward, so if you've ridden in one, you know how smooth this truck is.
It's also very practical. Plenty of room for five passengers PLUS everything you could ever need in the rear. Side compartments (with drains!) provide extra storage, or hold ice and beers for a tailgate party. The cargo box even has lights mounted on either side for loading at night...awesome.
The bad? Not much. The rear window is tiny...seriously, I'm amazed I haven't backed up over some small item (e.g., bike, Honda). And this baby is thirsty. If you can't afford $3/gallon gas on 14MPG, this isn't your truck.
But if you can, the Avalanche won't disappoint. It's an awesome vehicle...highly recommended!...read morehide
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- Confort and style of Cadillac w/o the high price,top of the line=15,000less than the Cadillac
- Has too much power if your used to driving even a sports car, hard to park
All the optionals, including leather...basically top of the line costs around 40k where the basic Cadillac EXT costs 43k. They ride the same, are incredibly comfortable for a truck but the cost differential is 13-15k,if you want top of the line in the Caddi.You do the math.
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