2003 GMC Envoy SLT 4.2L l6 from North America
The best mediocre used SUV you can buy
- Interior is falling apart (center console lid was never correctly put on, driver's seat control panel is falling off, and radio labels are peeling off).
- Rear hatch window is rusted, will not stay open. Can be replaced easily, but not really worth it.
- Under body is very rusty (this is due to the salt, being in a northern state, so not really controllable).
- Rear speakers have shorted out (common problem for 2003 Envoys, GM needs to recall this).
- In the cold weather, the car has had a cylinder misfire ($500 repair).
Background: I bought a used SUV, and was never expecting this car to be "amazing". I knew there were going to be problems and expected to pay for them. Luckily the problems haven't been that bad. I have owned this car for about 1 1/2 years now and put on about 21,000 miles. Since I bought it there have only been about $2000 in repairs / maintenance altogether. Only spent about $500 on engine problems, which was just a part that had needed to be replaced for years. For a used car that was not very expensive in the first place, it isn't a bad car if you expect to pay a little money to keep it up to date.
Performance: The Envoy is sluggish at accelerating. A 0-60 time that often averages about 9 seconds, and a 1/4 mile would be around 16.5-17 seconds. Don't expect to be racing in this car. If you want a fast GM SUV, go for the Trailblazer SS.
In the real world where speed doesn't matter as much, the Envoy performs alright. Transmission shifts smoothly. When crawling up a hill, the car requires a bit more power; I was not very fond of this characteristic.
The model I own is a 4x4 option, which I honestly believe is a major step up from the 2WD version. In the winter when it is icy / snowy out, the car handles decently. DO NOT expect the car to handle like a Subaru on snow/ice and go 40 MPH. This is very dangerous and can lead to spinning out. Especially since the 2003 model is NOT equipped with GM's Stabilitrak system found in newer models.
On Road: Handling is okay at best. The car has a soft feel for anything on the road, making it sometimes a nuisance to park. The Envoy drives more like a car than a truck (apparently the platform it's based on) which is nice; driving can be either smooth or rough depending on the road quality. Braking on this car is awful. The brakes feel soft / spongy, and it always feels like the car will never stop in time. Replaced the brake pads and it did not get better. The car's brakes are just naturally bad.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 12th November, 2015