1999 GMC Envoy Reviews

1999 GMC Envoy 4.3 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4.3 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired71000 miles
Most recent distance124098 miles
Previous carFord Crown Victoria

Summary:

Very satisfied overall

Faults:

Fuel pump.

General Comments:

For as little as I paid for this car and the amount of miles I put on it, it's a bargain. It is no different than any other vehicle, in that it all depends on how much maintenance was done before I bought it.

I've been very pleased. A few hiccups, but nothing major.

Relatively inexpensive to maintain, although parts are becoming harder to find.

This vehicle has been off road numerous times. I should say gently off road. Wouldn't take it to Moab Utah. Pulled a trailer from Oregon to Iowa at a screaming 55 miles per hour. But, we got there. It has been dependable overall.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2010

1999 GMC Envoy V6 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carJeep Grand Cherokee

Summary:

I wish I had not bought this car at all

Faults:

1. Fuel pump.

2. Air shocks.

3. Mass air flow sensor.

4. Oxygen sensor.

5. Window regulator.

6. Power seat switches.

7. Window switches.

8. Exhaust leaks (too numerous to list)

9. Clogged radiator (someone mixed regular engine coolant with Dex cool).

10. Air conditioner failed.

11. Accessory air complessor never worked.

12. D/S window freezes.

13. HARD start.

14. Chronic check engine light no matter what I fix, within a week something else goes wrong.

15. Lots of cracking in the leather seats.

16. Hide away cargo cover does not un roll.

17. Poor gas mileage.

And the list goes on and on!!!

General Comments:

I do like the color, it is a very clean looking white when it is washed and waxed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th May, 2008

30th Jun 2009, 20:24

I am not having much luck with my Envoy. A lot of problems such as fuel pump, air conditioning, heater, driver door hinge needs body work, brake sensor has shorted, causing the anti-lock brakes to engage unnecessarily, radio not working properly, and gas mileage isn't very good. We bought the truck new, had no accidents and always did regular maintenance, but we haven't had much luck.

1999 GMC Envoy from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance99450 miles

Summary:

Expensive repairs, but worth it if you can do it

Faults:

Fuel pump went out at 99k.

Car makes a thumping sound (colder weather intensifies it) that has not been diagnosed.

General maintenance.

General Comments:

It handles well in every terrain.

I can easily use it in the winter, even without 4-wheel drive on.

It's got an amazingly clear sound system.

It has a very nice get-up-and-go.

It does tend to break down right when the warranty goes out, but nothing that can't be fixed.

Most of its problems are expensive, however.

It does have semi-frequent problems.

Gas guzzler for its size and weight.

Great size for a new family.

It's a very safe car.

Easy to handle.

Great for taking friends or dogs on trips.

Heating/AC is easy to fit to your needs.

In general, a great car if you have the patience and the pockets to fix it every time it whines.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2006

1999 GMC Envoy 4.3L Vortec V6 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4.3L Vortec V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired49992 miles
Most recent distance50400 miles
Previous carPontiac Bonneville

Summary:

A little-known, option-filled gem of a truck that does all it's supposed to do and then some

Faults:

Nothing in the short time I've owned it - it really seems to be a great low-mileage find.

General Comments:

The previous owner barely drove this vehicle - she only put about 3000 miles on it in two years. The vehicle only has a total of 50,400 miles on the odometer, which was carfax certified.

Now, this is a first-generation Envoy, which was first introduced in 1998 as a ultra-luxury version of the Jimmy, Blazer, and Bravada. Production of this early model Envoy was discontinued in 2000, to make way for the newly designed Trailblazer/Bravada/Envoy platform which was released in mid-2001 as an early 2002 model.

It comes standard with power everything - windows, locks, mirrors (which are auto-dimming and also fold in parallel to the vehicle at the touch of a button, for extra tight parking spots and those awkward moments when you get too close to a drive up ATM). The interior is two-tone leather, and has heated power adjustable front seats with memory feature that can also be programmed into the key fob so that the seat resets to your preferences when you hit the unlock button - very nice feature for after my wife has been driving it. There is also an air compressor outlet in the rear of the vehicle with an 18 foot hose, to inflate a flat tire, air mattress, sports ball, etc. There is an overhead information center that shows a compass, the current estimated gas mileage, fuel range, total gallons used, and trip meter. It also sports a 6-disc CD changer with Bose audio, AutoTrac 4-wheel drive, and very bright bluish-white Xenon High Intensity Discharge low beams (which are every bit as bright as the halogen high beams, just aimed a bit lower to avoid blinding other drivers). The dash and consoles are well laid out and easy to reach from a comfortable position.

Initial driving impressions are pretty good. The vehicle handles quite crisply at lower speeds, but remember, this is an SUV - quick turns or lane changes at higher speeds will make unaccustomed drivers nervous due to the higher amount of body roll. Body roll is further exaggerated by the soft ZW7 luxury suspension package with Bilstien shocks up front and self-leveling Delphi air struts in the rear. This package provides a wonderfully smooth ride on surface roads and highways, but will jar you just as much as any other suspension package in an off-road environment.

At first, the engine in this vehicle seemed a little underpowered and sluggish off the line. However, this is no sports car, and the truck-based 4.3L Vortec is designed more for torque and pulling power as opposed to blinding speed. About 250 lb/ft of torque to be exact, which peaks at just under 2800 RPM. Horsepower peaks just shy of the 200 mark at 4400 RPM, but the higher torque rating should make excellent use of the vehicle's 5000 pound towing capacity this summer when the jet-skis go back into the water. That extra power comes with a trade off though, which is (as I'm sure you've guessed), crappy gas mileage.

I can say that going from a 3800 V6 powered Bonneville (which I still own) to a more powerful 4.3L Vortec V6 powered SUV, there is a noticeable decrease in gas mileage. This is to be expected with an SUV, but I'm getting much less than the EPA-estimated mileage of 16 city and 20 highway. I'm getting an average of 16.5 mpg highway right now according to the info display. Now, before you respond saying "well get your foot off the gas and drive more sensibly", I'll have you know that I'm a police officer - I take it very, very easy in my vehicles, usually going no more than the speed limit or maybe 5mph over on the highway. I've seen far too many fatal accidents - speeding just isn't worth it. Regardless, it seems as though I'm filling the tank every three or four days. This shocked me at first, but the first time I put gas in it, the tank was on empty... after 25 bucks, it was pretty close to full. The tank on this thing is SMALL, about 13 gallons I think. Gas goes quick, but it's mostly due to a combination of the so-so mileage AND the small tank, not the mileage alone. Comparatively, I have to put nearly 40 dollars in the Bonneville to fill it up, so all things considered, it's not great, but it isn't horrible either.

I had all of the fluids flushed the second day I owned it, just to be safe. I keep very close maintenance records on my cars, and like to start fresh every time I buy a used vehicle because you just never know about the previous owner's maintenance habits. Next on this list is new plugs and wires to see if that helps the mileage any. I've already ordered a K&N Generation II intake system for it, which should also help the mileage when I get it installed.

Another cool thing is that the Envoy also comes standard with GM's "AutoTrac" 4WD system and two-speed transfer case. This means that by simply pushing a button on the dash, the vehicle can be in one of these four drive modes:

1. 2-Hi. Standard rear wheel drive only, front axle disengaged. What you see is what you get, nothing fancy. Best gas mileage out of the four, good for traveling on dry roads/highways.

2. 4-Hi. Four wheel drive in the high range. Front and rear axles engaged with a 50-50 power split. This is for bad road conditions like mud, snow, or sand, or towing light to medium loads such as a boat or jetski trailer. Decreases gas mileage slightly.

3. 4-Low. This is for pulling extremely heavy loads, or going through serious off road trails that require S-L-O-W travel. Not at all designed for high speeds - you better know what your doing if you're using this setting on the road, to avoid messing up your transfer case/transmission. Gas mileage suffers moderately in this setting.

4. Auto 4WD. This is a cool feature for questionable road conditions that could get worse, like a bad snowstorm. This setting will engage the front axles, but drivetrain power is still completely routed to the rear wheels. When the engine's ECU senses wheel slippage, it splits the power 50-50 between the front and rear wheels, just like 4-Hi - but will stop putting power to the front wheels as soon as the ECU feels that it's no longer necessary, reverting back to regular 2WD. Slightly worse gas mileage than regular 2-Hi, but not nearly as bad as either of the full time 4WD settings.

All in all, this is an option filled vehicle that is the perfect combination of American styling and European luxury. If you can find one with low mileage like I did, you'll get quite a lot of vehicle for not a lot of money. Buy one, you won't be disappointed!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2006

9th Feb 2006, 09:43

One thing that I failed to mention in the initial review is that I wasn't suggesting using the 4WD modes for everyday towing on dry pavement. I was referring to adverse conditions WHILE towing, which would require the use of the 4WD system. Somehow, I just didn't complete the thought when I was writing the review. Normal towing would be handled just fine in 2-Hi, using a low gear. Sorry if that made me sound a little dumb-dumbish, I really am smarter than that when it comes to using four wheel drive ;-)

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 4 reviews