hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
135,825 miles

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problem #2

Apr 022016


  • 180,000 miles
My 2009 Avalanche ltz has a dash that has cracked completely in half, plus is cracking on the airbag passenger surround. My concern other than shrapnel in the event the airbag deploys is loss of steering control when the dash pieces lodge themselves between the steering wheel while the vehicle is in motion. The dash has never been abused or damaged by the owner in any way, and this is clearly a manufacturer defect. Almost without exception I have noticed this defect in every truck of this type. Please have an agent contact me if additional information is necessary. My local dealer wants $1600 to repair their defect.

- Oxford, AL, USA

problem #1

Oct 262015


  • 91,650 miles
On 10/13/2015 I took my Avalanche to galles Chevrolet, albuquerque, nm for repair of a cracked instrument cluster and faulty L/R door lock actuator. I picked it up on 10/15/2015. While parking the truck on 10/17/2015 I shut off the engine and suddenly there was no power to lock the locks with the key fob. It was as if the battery I had had replaced new about 6 weeks prior suddenly went dead. Then I heard a clicking noise in the doors/lock actuators and suddenly the battery power was restored. I next experienced this problem while driving on New Mexico hwy 485 on 10/25/2015 only worse. While driving for about 10 miles at speeds of between 35-50 mph the door lock actuators locked and unlocked the doors numerous times, the airbag, stabilatrac, and ABS sensor alarms kept activating and the cruise control suddenly disengaged many times again while driving. When we reached our destination about 10 minutes later I turned off the ignition and immediately lost battery power and heard the same clicking noises in the doors and needed a hotshot from another driver to get restarted. We were able to drive home in the darkness with all equipment and lights working without further incident. On 10/26/2015 I experienced another incident of sudden sensor and lock activations and alarms while driving in traffic and the hwy. This went on intermittently for about 10 minutes and then stopped. I had the battery, charging system and fault codes checked by a Firestone mechanic 2X on 10/26/2015 but no faults were found in the computer and the battery and charging system checked out good. The technician mentioned that the only possible explanation was that the battery or one of the computer modules was somehow losing its ground contact but he checked each of ground contact wires and found each securely connected. I will try to take a video of these events if it occurs again.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA