I also own a Black 2004 Chevy Avalanche without the body cladding. I absolutely love this thing. I did some customization to my truck as well. I put some 22" chrome all around, added a custom flow master exhaust system. I keep it very clean and it always seems to turn folks heads. The only problem I have encountered was a minor problem with the dash instrument panel which GM replaced. The other small issue is that it has developed a small leak between one of the panel covers. If I were the president of GM for a day I would do the same as the other person mentioned. Make the 6.0 SS an option for this truck. The 5.3 is just not enough engine for this 6,500 lb truck. It runs well on the high way, but take-off are a bit sluggist. I think Chevy made a big mistake when the abandoned the 5.7L engine. I had a 5.7L in my 1989 Chevy pickup and I will tell you that it would have blown my Avalanche of the line with not problems. If any at GM are reading this. We want more power options. This is a big truck, it need more horse power. The 8.1L was not suitable for me. At a minimum, If the 6.0L can't become an option, the GM long term staple engine, 5.7L will be welcomed back by all. I would buy another one in a heart beat if one of these two engines are made available. If not, I am afraid I may have to turn to another company.
I am with you guys. President of GM for a day? Oh best believe all the classics are coming back, and close to their original form. All the Chevelles, Cutlasses, Grand Nationals, Trans-Ams...you name it. And I would scrape the 5.3 and go back to the 5.7 Then slowly, but surely... here comes the 396, 427, 454, 496. I hope someone at GM is reading this. You wouldn't post losses if you came back with these. I would hate to go somewhere else, but get off your lazy rears and do something. My Av ain't there to those guys yet, but it will be... I wanna get over 600 hp. Any ideas?
I don't get this. Really. Chevy decides to build a wannabe pick-up truck/SUV thing and everyone loves it, but then Honda does the same exact thing with the Ridgeline and nobody likes it. I'm not saying the Ridgeline is a real truck, and I'm not saying the Avalanche is a real truck, but you domestic lovers are just so angry whenever Honda or Toyota copies what you're favorite company is doing and then makes it better. Because for the entire time the imports have been here in the states, that's all they have been doing. Basing their designs on domestic vehicles, but making them better. Seems pretty smart doesn't it? Take an idea that people are already used to, but make it better. Seems to me that would be pretty successful, and obviously it has, because look at Honda and Toyota now, they're extremely successful. And you can't say that they aren't because all you would have to do is look around at all the imports driving the streets today to realize that you'd be wrong.
The Honda wasn't a copy, it was licensed and mfg by GM for Honda. Pop the doors and hoods, and look at the inscribed labels and paint trim legend. "GM Genuine Paint Recommended" and "GM Genuine Parts Recommended"