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Old 12-01-2008, 11:06 AM   #18
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Get both!

No seriously, if you need the functionality of the Avalanche, then buy a used one and drive it for a year, then consider trading it in on a Camaro SS.

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My sister had an '04 Avalanche and loved it until it started having all kinds of issues around 100k miles. She also complained that the plastic trim pieces had started to fade and it made the rest of the truck look like crap, even though the painted areas were still nice.

Unless you actually need the functionality of a truck everyday, get a used one to do the work when you need it and get a new Camaro for everyday driving. I'm retiring my '97 C1500 next summer, after driving it daily for 9 years, and relegating it weekend chores and helping friends move.
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Old 12-01-2008, 02:10 PM   #19
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If you need a truck, buy a real truck, if you want a performance car, buy the Camaro. The Avalanche is not a real substitute for a pickup truck or a van, it IMHO has a much too small truck bed to do any truly useful hauling.
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Old 12-01-2008, 02:33 PM   #20
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I know what it is like to be on the fence! On the one hand the Avalanche is way more practicle. It is Cheaper, it is a nice vehicle. You can tow things, put things in the back like lumber and fertilizer and tools and other guy stuff. Of course your insurance will be less. Your wife would probably rather see you get the Avalanche. You wont get tickets or kill yourself. Those are just a few of the reasons why you should go with what your mind is telling you. Now go with your heart and get your freak on in your brand new 2010 SS CAMARO!
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Old 12-01-2008, 02:55 PM   #21
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Choose the vehicle that fits your needs better.

If the Avalanche fits those needs at the moment, go for it. If you're choosing the Avalance soley based on how much you like it v. how much you need it, you may second guess yourself when the Camaro arrives.

Don't forget, the Avalanche will probably use more gas, and the "fun" quotent may not be equal to driving the Camaro.

Good luck in your decision. At least they're both GM vehicles you're considering.
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Old 12-01-2008, 03:10 PM   #22
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If you don't need a truck anymore, and Camaro fits your lifestyle, I'd go Camaro. I like the idea of the Avalanche, but I have a feeling they won't be around too much longer.
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Old 12-01-2008, 03:17 PM   #23
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You would rather drive the Camaro.......
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Old 12-01-2008, 03:31 PM   #24
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Old 12-01-2008, 03:41 PM   #25
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The avalanche is a beautiful truck, but if you don't need it completely, get the Camaro
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Old 12-01-2008, 05:11 PM   #27
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Avalanche....

Half Plastic
Half Metal

all ugly crap.



sorry, but i dont care for them, or the Ridgeline or any of the half SUV/half trucks.

if you are going to buy a truck, buy a truck.


but i would say wait for the camaro.
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Old 12-01-2008, 05:14 PM   #28
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Old 12-01-2008, 06:21 PM   #29
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I am giving my wife my Speed6 and getting a Camaro 2SS/RS. I bought a 99 Silverado for $8000 to use when I need to haul things. It all comes down to what you really want. I got rid of my 98 SS for a 2002 Silverado about 5 years ago and now I am going back to what I really want - the SS.
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Old 12-01-2008, 06:22 PM   #30
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Take my advice...get what is most enjoyable to drive. After 20 cars I've realized the only vehicles I truly miss were the fun drivers. This Camaro is going to give me some much needed peace of mind. Currently my little crossover Suzuki is making life miserable.
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Old 12-01-2008, 07:17 PM   #31
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Why the hate towards the Avalanche? To follow the logic of 'if you need a truck, buy a real truck' to its ultimate conclusion, there should be no midsized trucks, or 1/2 tons or 3/4 tons. They should all be 1 ton diesels with dullys, or bigger. The Avalanche is essentially a Silverado crew cab with a short box and a midgate to extend the length of the box. And unless someone needs to haul lots of loose gravel or dirt, or needs to take 4 or more people to pick up things like plywood, how is it so much less useful than a silverado 1500?
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Old 12-01-2008, 07:24 PM   #32
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Yeah and in addition to the above ^^^^

I have put too much tonage of gravel in the back of my Avalanche bed, I don't see how a say Silverado 1500 would allow me to haul any more, they are both half ton trucks. (Don't say get a 3/4 because they make 3/4 Av's too :P )

On top of that lets see you get a 10 sheets of plywood, mdf, or any 8ft lumber in the back of a standard bed pickup truck in a rain storm and keep it dry. I just have to drop the mid gate, slide it in, close the tailgate and wala. With a standard bed pickup, you would A. have to tie the crap down so it doesn't slide out the back, and B. If you don't have a cap, it would get soaked.

AVALANCHE - most versatile vehicle made, period..

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Yeah and in addition to the above ^^^^

I have put too much tonage of gravel in the back of my Avalanche bed, I don't see how a say Silverado 1500 would allow me to haul any more, they are both half ton trucks. (Don't say get a 3/4 because they make 3/4 Av's too :P )

On top of that lets see you get a 10 sheets of plywood, mdf, or any 8ft lumber in the back of a standard bed pickup truck in a rain storm and keep it dry. I just have to drop the mid gate, slide it in, close the tailgate and wala. With a standard bed pickup, you would A. have to tie the crap down so it doesn't slide out the back, and B. If you don't have a cap, it would get soaked.

AVALANCHE - most versatile vehicle main, period..
Gee, I can get 30 sheets of full length sheetrock or plywood in my 15 series van and keep it dry along with three people. And if I open the door in the wall between cargo and cab I can get 12' material in there and still shut the rear doors. I've dealt with short bed pickups enough over the years that IMHO they are worthless for my needs. If an Avalanche works for your needs, that's great, but I wouldn't have one (unless it was after I retire in a few years and don't need maximum capacity anymore).
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Yeah and in addition to the above ^^^^

I have put too much tonage of gravel in the back of my Avalanche bed, I don't see how a say Silverado 1500 would allow me to haul any more, they are both half ton trucks. (Don't say get a 3/4 because they make 3/4 Av's too :P )

On top of that lets see you get a 10 sheets of plywood, mdf, or any 8ft lumber in the back of a standard bed pickup truck in a rain storm and keep it dry. I just have to drop the mid gate, slide it in, close the tailgate and wala. With a standard bed pickup, you would A. have to tie the crap down so it doesn't slide out the back, and B. If you don't have a cap, it would get soaked.

AVALANCHE - most versatile vehicle main, period..


Haha my parents have a 97 1500 Express and it's not even funny the stuff they've hauled in that van...
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