Bought a 2007 Avalanche demo in 2008 and it's been one of the best investments I've made. Never used it as an everyday vehicle but was ideal for all the family road trips, roomy and comfortable, greasy acquisitions along the way were comfortable in the back and tools were safe from prying eyes. The roomy side boxes are great for additional out of the way storage and work well as a cooler, just add ice. Comfortably tows an equipment trailer with a car or tractor, did a lot of towing with it and I think the average fuel economy is still at 17.3. I never noticed any excessive noise or rattles. Solid performer and only repairs other than usual maintenance were the airbags and the clunk in the steering that was just annoying. I remember test driving the Avalanche and 1500/2500 pickups and there was no comparison in ride and practicality. I've been ridiculed by truck owners but the joke's on them. I think it was short sighted for GM to cancel it.
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What a stupid article, AMC's 401 was superior to that orange boat anchor, 150 lbs lighter, better breathing, high nickle block, etc etc. AMC's six cylinder was so good that Chrysler used it until 2006. Given AMC's innovation, management, flexibility, project lifecycle that was the envy of the industry, Grand Cherokee and Jeep in general, had AMC been thrown a lifeline instead of the Renault arrangement, I've always thought that we'd still be talking about American Motors and Chrysler would be but a distant memory.
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