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?