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2002 CHEVY AVALANCHE PAINT WARRANTY

MY TRUCK JUST STARTED TO DEVELOP PAINT BUBBLES OVER THE REAR WHEELS ON THE FENDER FLAIRS. THE BODY SHOP I DEAL WITH THINKS ITS UNDER WARRANTY STILL. CAN YOU HELP ME WITH THIS PLEASE. ALSO, I AM TRYING TO FIND A TONNEAU COVER TO FIT MY TRUCK AS I HAVE A SOFT ONE ON NOW AND IF I TAKE IT OFF, I HAVE A VERY DIFFICULT TIME PUTTING IT BACK ON - HELP!! THANK YOU , SUZETTE LENTZ WWW.RED.AVALANCHE@HOTMAIL.COM

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  • mary1679 Jul 22, 2008

    I also purchased a 2002 Avalanche, and there are paint bubbles over the rear wheel wells, what is the best proceedure?

  • ddotc Sep 29, 2008

    I just got back from the dealership and they informed me that they are seeing a lot of the 2002 Avalanches this summer that have this problem, primarily on the right side back fender. The minor repair $300.00 (sand blast and paint) will only last for a couple of months. The major repair $8000.00 (replacement of the fender) is the lasting solution. He could not help me with any warranty information. He indicated that the rust hole had to be completely thru the body panel and would have to be the size of a pencil lead to be covered. The best solution would be to do nothing until GM stands behind there product and issues a recall. The body man at the dealership said GM knows about the problem and the newer Avalanches fenders are manufactured differently to address the problem.

  • jspencer4 Oct 14, 2008

    I too have rust developing on the fender over the right rear wheel well on my 2002 Avalanche. I have visible rust starting to show and alot of paint bubbling. The left rear is just starting to do the exact same thing, however it isn't nearly as bad as the right side. I took it to a body shop and the estimate was over $1,500 to cut out the bad spot and weld in and bondo a new piece and repaint. I'm not sure whether to go ahead and have this done, or to wait until GM issues a recall as I believe that they should. I am going to wait through the winter to see if they decide to stand behind their product or leave us hang out to dry!

  • Anonymous Oct 14, 2008

    I also have the same problem with the paint bubbles on the right rear, has anyone contacted GM about a recall?

  • Anonymous Oct 19, 2008

    I have the same problem, also bubbling in all 4 lower door seams.

  • Anonymous Nov 18, 2008

    same problem with my 2002 Avalanche.

  • robertcurrie Jan 30, 2009

    I have the same problem as well! The right rear fender for the second time is rusting! Had it fixed once already.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2009

    I have the same problem on my 2002 avalanche chevy fixed it Sept. 2008 by Jan. the paint bubbles were back, by march 09 one paint bubble is now about 3" in dia. way worse than before they fixed it.



    When the actual painter saw it he said "I remember this one it was rust you can't fix rust".

    I can't understand why if GM ok'd the repair it wasn't fixed properly and not just painted to look good for a couple of months I'm waiting to hear what's going to happen next, if I'm stuck with this rust problem truck that GM is well aware of my shopping for a new thuck this summer will not include any GM product.

  • David Rider Apr 03, 2009

    Same problem here in NE Ohio. Paid to have the fender sanded and re-painted last spring. Problem is now back and it looks like I never had anything done!

  • Anonymous Apr 20, 2009

    I have rusting under the rear fenders on the lips with the pre-drilled holes. And at bottom of both rear door seams

  • willytwo May 02, 2009

    i have the same problem with rust on my 2002 avalanche on the rear fender paint starting to peel end flake off

  • james g Feb 29, 2012

    I have the same problem with my 02 AV....The only fix i have found is to replace a part of the quarter with new steel.... GM does NOT have pride in there product if they build parts that fail because of bad desighn and do not offer to stand behind there mistake.... A f series ford does not have this problem, I may swallow my pride and go back to being a ford lover

  • Marvin Eppard Jun 06, 2013

    I am having the same problem and am trying to get GM to do a recall. I was told by GM that the only way that a consumer can get a recall done is to contact the National Transportation Administration and show documented proof from a Chevrolet dealership that it is not from an accident or from other outside source. I have taken a poll of about 20 other owners and they all have the same problem unaware that others are having the same issue. I am now trying to get these people to have the problem documented and sent in to the NTA in order for them to file a complaint and perhaps get a recall done. Chevrolet knows about the problem but will not do anything unless forced to by the NTA. If anyone else can do this maybe we can get the problem solved with little or no out of pocket expense. Vehicle is great otherwise and have had no major problems, just the paint.

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Same problem with my 02 Northface - both sides now. Had right isde fixed and it came back worse. Now that it is over 100K miles, Chevy won't help. Only perm solution is the fender replacement.

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  • james g Feb 29, 2012

    I have the same problem with my 02 AV....The only fix i have found is to replace a part of the quarter with new steel.... GM does NOT have pride in there product if they build parts that fail because of bad desighn and do not offer to stand behind there mistake.... A f series ford does not have this problem, I may swallow my pride and go back to being a ford lover

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