definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,241 miles

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problem #4

Oct 132011


  • 86,000 miles
Windshield wiper systems that will not turn off/ (moisture sensitive wiper system), because the presence of water within the wiper modules can either cause a short circuit or can lead to the corrosion of components within the module. Defect consequence: Depending on the occurrence and weather situation, driver visibility could be reduced, which could result in a crash. Same condition as recall id from NHTSA: 04V046000.

- West Hills, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 052010


  • 23,965 miles
The contact owns 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche. The contact was driving 55 mph when the rpms increased. The contact had difficulty switching gears and the vehicle lost power. The windshield wipers would not shut off unless the contact restarted the vehicle. The transmission and the water pump failed completely. The driver side door handle broke and the contact cannot get out of the vehicle unless she climbs over the passenger seat. The speedometer only displayed 10 and 20 mph whenever it was cold outside. The failure mileage was 23,965 and the current mileage was 97,323.

- Southington, OH, USA

problem #2

Oct 312006

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Here's about my disappointment with my 2004 Avalanche which I purchased on July 28, 2004 with 137 miles on the odometer. I purchased the value guard GM protection plan. Of course, the vehicle was great for the first 37,990 miles. My first problem came on 10/31/06, only 2 years 3 months after purchase date. My tailgate handle broke while opening it handle replacement was $568. To my surprise and apparently also to the representative from the dealership the existing spoiler had to be torn off and replaced with a new one to access the handle. That was an additional $186 plus labor. I question the designers of the tailgate assembly. Why would anyone design parts that would have to be destroyed in order to service another part" in fact, why would any part that would normally be used frequently by a regular trucker break so easily" of course, neither the warranty nor the GM protection plan covered this. The next problem occurred on 12/27/06 at 41,901 miles, my windshield wipers wouldn't shutoff. Into the dealership we went and $334 later a wiper board was replaced. No warranty again covered this problem. I no sooner got home and had to return on 12/28/06 at 41,944 miles. Now my dashboard light service 4 wheel drive was on. This time I was told the transfer case encoder shorted out and $779 later it was fixed. I might have used the 4-wheel drive 8-10 times at the most. At that time, I'd owned this vehicle for 29 months, that's pretty sad!! today with the latest episode, I tried to lower my front passenger side window and it wouldn't work. The other 3 windows work fine. I waited and tried again later still no luck. I hear a clicking sound but no action.this probably means another visit to the dealer.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #1

Nov 262004

Avalanche 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
Nuts retaining wiper arms to shaft loosened on both driver and passenger side causing wipers to not move. I tightened the nuts as a temporary fix and will replace with lock nuts.

- Lapeer, MI, USA