FutureUApilot From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1365 posts, RR: 4 Posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3832 times:
At school, evey month we get this assigment to go poll people and get their thoughts about different vehicles. Some of you may remember the topic about the Hummer H2, this month is the Chevy Avalanche. In my opinion, it is a beautiful vehicle, maybe too big but still a very good looking vehicle. What are your thoughs, and if you own one, please post pic's!!! Thanks for the input!
FutureUApilot From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1365 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3809 times:
In my opinion, it's a really good idea. If you need more seats, then you can convert it into an SUV, If you needed to haul some wood for instance, you can turn it into the truck configuration. It's a great idea!
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7876 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3799 times:
In general it is an interesting concept. The removable mid-gate is somewhat useful should you need to haul extra long cargo. However with the body cladding it has more plastic than the rubbermaid section at Walmart. Just looks plain goofy and cheap, especially for a truck that can easily cost more than $40k. With the cladding delete it looks like a regular normal truck, except for the goofy looking buttress.
Like L-188 I suspect that the Avalanche is the answer to a question nobody answered... most would find a truck or a full-sized SUV like the Suburban fully suited to their towing, hauling, getting groceries, and so on.
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
PHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7609 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3732 times:
Sure you can tow a boat, but if I need the seats, I would be better off with a Suburban or a Yukon. If I need the bed a pickup truck.
At today's prices, not everyone can afford both a pick-up truck and a SUV. The Avalanche allows the flexibility of being a large 5 to 6 passenger vehicle or of having a long bed of a pick-up truck in one vehicle.
My brother jokingly stated that the Avalanche was Chevy's new big sedan.
"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 73
Reply 20, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3530 times:
Trucks aren't supposed to be pretty.
Not only are the Fords ability to tow superior to the Avalanche but have a plain industrial look. That's what a truck is supposed to look like.
The overstyled Avalanche just appeals to young guys who can't afford an H2.
It's all about appearance and impressing there peers after a high school football game.
You will hardly see one towing a boat, cattle or concrete.
WellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3502 times:
These responses aren't surprising considering all the people who posted disparaging comments own automobiles that are probably collectively worth half that of an Avalanche. Not to say that the price of an automobile should be a barometer of how much to trust someone's opinion, but you see where I'm coming from. Claiming someone purchases a car/truck because of certain shortcomings sure reeks of many more shortcomings on the accuser's end.
It is what it is. If you want it, it suits your needs (whatever they may be) and you can afford it, get one. If not, don't. Same goes for any car or truck. It doesn't get much simpler than that.
You get all these people who say 'WHY?' You don't see them asking people why they bought an Accord when they could do the same thing in a Civic. Or why they bought an $80 coffee pot that can brew 12 cups instead of a $50 pot that makes 8 cups. That's why there are so many different types of cars and trucks, not to mention all the different brands of food or coffee pots. I'll buy what I want with my money, you buy what you want with yours. Or in Flight152's case, your parents buy you what they want and then you lie about buying it yourself.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 73
Reply 22, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3493 times:
I agree with you on your 3rd paragraph. I did make the mention of shortcomings above and I was basing it off of what I see here in California. Maybe the market is different whare you live.
Keep in mind, those who knock your vehicle aren't doing it out of envy. As you can see, the alternatives I mentioned cost just as much as your Avalanche.
I can certainly afford an Avalanche but I'd much rather spend that kind of money on flight school.
Hell ANYBODY can buy an expensive car as long as they have a co-signer or agree to pay high interest rates. That's why you see so many Escalades in the ghetto and I hate to say it Avalanches in trailer parks.
Car salesmen are desperate to make a sale. Ironicly the Escalade/Avalanche are one of the highest reposessed vehicles on the market.
It's much easier for me to ride the subway to work. Only the CEO gets a parking stall in the building I work in. Otherwise it's $25.00 a day parking downtown San Francisco.
As far as value of my car, high blue book value is $7,000 today, only $3,000 less than the original sticker price of $10000. Keep in mind this is in 1977 dollars.
Adjusted for inflation, $7,000 is about $30,000 today so my car has tripled in value.
I hate to say it but I doubt the Avalanche will be worth 3 times it's price in 27 years.
One good thing about the Avalanche is that you CAN get the Durex diesel engine (made by that Japanese company Isuzu).
Why did General Motors have to 'outsource' that job too?
Captoveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3466 times:
"You get all these people who say 'WHY?' You don't see them asking people why they bought an Accord when they could do the same thing in a Civic. Or why they bought an $80 coffee pot that can brew 12 cups instead of a $50 pot that makes 8 cups. That's why there are so many different types of cars and trucks, not to mention all the different brands of food or coffee pots. I'll buy what I want with my money, you buy what you want with yours. Or in Flight152's case, your parents buy you what they want and then you lie about buying it yourself"
Accord over Civic:
$80 pot@12 cups vs $50 pot@ 8 cups:
Someone who only drinks a couple cups of coffee does not need 12 cup capacity. If this person cooks they know that 12 cup pot most likely takes up extra counter space in their kitchen, something that most of us wish we had more of. Also, the slightly more expensive pot may better match the kitchen, thus minimizing the bitching from the signifigant other. Also, there may be various additional features on the $80 pot, like a timer, or maybe it takes standard filters and the $50 pot does not.
I still fail to see the point of an Avalanche, especially with the massive engine option some people get, I guess they sure are glad they have all that power on the drive to and from work, alone, with gas over $2.00/USG in most of the country right now.
So hung, turn that thing into a "pickup" and try hauling a load of manure, I dare you. or maybe throw a couple toolboxes in the back and lift them in and out a few times a day. I am pretty tall and I have a hard time reaching in and out of that truck bed. But hey, if driving a totally useless vehicle around that pretends to be a truck and SUV makes you happy, go for it.
Congrats on yet another flight152 ass kicking, I would grant you an Arodvaritek but it is just too easy to beat him up over his(parent's) car.