In general, a pickup truck already possesses superb versatility. A pickup truck is excellent whether you use it to drive over public roads or on off-roads areas. Its bed provides ample amounts of cargo space that can be used to carry heavy equipment, furniture, or sports gear. If not for hauling cargo, the bed could always be used to transport more passengers. Sports utility trucks (SUTs) take that versatility up a notch by adding a twist to the standard pickup truck design. The bed of an SUT can be opened towards the rear passenger area of the vehicle via a folding panel and a removable rear window. That of course allows additional cargo space. One such vehicle is the Chevrolet Avalanche 1500.
The number of SUTs that's available on the market has grown through the years. However, the Chevrolet Avalanche 1500, one of first SUTs that became available in the market, remains as one of the most popular. The Avalanche 1500 is a half-ton SUT from General Motors (GM). It debuted in 2001 (as a 2002 model) along with its -ton brother, the Avalanche 2500. The Avalanche 1500 was marketed as an SUV that can be transformed into a pickup. With the patented midgate panel, the Avalanche 1500 can indeed shift forms without any difficulty. While the Avalanche 1500 possesses flexibility, it also boasts of power. Under the hood of the Avalanche 1500 sits a 5.3-L Vortec V8 engine, which greatly helps in hauling heavy cargo. This engine evolved into more potent versions in the later model years.
You can expect the Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 to be heavy-duty, seeing as it was made for both transporting cargo and off-roading. But despite being built to be tough, it would still need new parts sometime down the line. There's no need to worry though as there are plenty of 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche parts or components for other Avalanche model years available in the market.
FAQs—Chevrolet Avalanche 1500
How can I increase the gas mileage on my Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 without using any mod? I'm looking for ways to save on fuel, but I don't want to spend money on altering the engine setup or adding any modification.
The way you drive can have a huge effect on the mpg. To increase the fuel mileage, the trick is to drive more efficiently. Try to go easy on the gas pedal and the brakes. Drive at slower speeds and avoid hard braking and rapid acceleration. Use cruise control when appropriate and remove excess weight if possible. Turning off your engine instead of idling for too long helps, too. A properly inflated, well-balanced, and accurately rotated tires won't only improve tire performance and prevent wear but can also increase fuel efficiency, so be sure to check the tire pressure and alignment.
Some old, worn-out or defective parts like bad spark plugs can also diminish fuel efficiency. Make sure that your car's sensors and filters (e.g., mass air flow sensor, air filter, and oxygen sensor) are in good working condition.
Do underinflated tires really decrease gas mileage? Will it really help to check the tire pressure? How much difference is this bound to make?
Making sure that your tires have the proper psi won't only prolong their service life, prevent wear, and ensure better tire performance. This will also allow the vehicle to get the most out of every drop of fuel. Keeping the tires properly inflated, based on the recommended psi for the Avalanche, will help you save more dollars in the long run, although the difference may not be that much to you initially. Fuel mileage could decrease by around 0.4 percent with every psi drop in the tire pressure, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. That said, the tire pressure must be checked every once in a while, especially during the cold months or whenever you change oil.
What kind of mods should be I looking at to increase the gas mileage of my Chevy truck? If I outfit the truck with aftermarket products, will this void the warranty?
The aftermarket product you should consider buying would largely depend on the amount you're willing to spend for the mod, the increase in gas mileage you're expecting to get from it, and the fuel savings you can have from this. Some of the common aftermarket additions are custom air filters and air intake kits, which allow for less restrictive airflow to keep the engine running more smoothly. Custom exhausts and headers are also used to help boost the outward exhaust flow of the engine. Another solution is to adjust the vehicle's onboard computer or reprogram it using a computer module or programmer for increased efficiency.
Based on the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975, the aftermarket modification shouldn't necessarily void the factory warranty, especially if the installation of the product or kit didn't cause the failure or defect in the system. If the mod, due to improper use or installation, damaged the system or led to a defect, the warranty for the particular part or system will be the one that's cancelled out, not the coverage for the whole vehicle. To be sure, you may consult your dealership before outfitting your truck with any modification to discuss the risks and your options.
The Chevrolet Avalanche 1500: Past, Present and Future
The Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 is a sports utility truck that combines the comfort of an SUV with the ruggedness and power of a pickup truck. The 1500 is the designation given to the half-ton variants of the Avalanche. It was once a top-selling vehicle whose selling point included the ability to turn into either a full-bed pickup or an SUV, whatever the situation needs it to be. Whether the driver wants to bring the whole family to the theme park on a weekend or haul out an entire camping gear on a hunting trip, the Avalanche will surely be able to handle any job it is given.
2001: First generation
The first Avalanche came with a 5.3 liter V8 and a four-speed automatic transmission. One of the most well known features of the Avalanche was the foldable midgate. This allowed the rear seats in the back to be lowered, providing additional space to the back and effectively lengthening the size of the bed. A light gray plastic cladding was added around the vehicle to give it a distinct appearance from the Chevy Suburban. This cladding soon proved to be unpopular, especially since it eventually faded and turned chalky, making it look older than it really was. Chevrolet quickly fixed the situation by first offering Amordillo and then Gatorback coatings to Avalanches still under warranty. The versatility of the Avalanche, made possible by the foldable midgate, turned it into a very popular vehicle.
2007: Current generation
The second Avalanche featured a significantly improved exterior that totally did away with the cladding. It was originally powered by a 5.3 liter V8 engine but an optional 6.0 liter V8 was included as well. In 2009, the four-speed automatic transmission was upgraded to a six-speed transmission. An off-road package called the Z71 was offered and included an improved suspension, an automatic locking rear differential, skid plates to protect the bottom from damage and upgraded tires and wheels.
The Avalanche is currently available in three different trims, the base trim, the LT and the luxurious LTZ. Handling was exceptional for its big size and its powerful engine made the job of hauling cargo a cinch.
2013: End of production
General Motors announced that it would cease the production of the Avalanche in 2013. One reason cited was the drop in sales, which numbered around 20,000 in 2011. This was a big drop from the 93,000 it sold in 2003.