2003 GMC Envoy Reviews - Page 5 of 10

2003 GMC Envoy XL 6 cylinder in line from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder in line Automatic
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance144500 miles
Previous carDodge Pickup

Summary:

Dud

Faults:

I bought this Envoy new Dec 2002, purchased an extended warranty, which I have never done before on a new vehicle.

Two wiper motors and rear-end replaced before 36,000 miles, transmission shortly after that.

Have had it to dealers from OK to Ca to determine why it sounds like fan-belt hitting shroud, no one could diagnose problem.

Last month the engine was surging while driving; took it to the dealer, said it was a sensor in the A/C, also had them check for fan belt noise, they said it was the tensioner, had them fix the sensor, but took to another shop for tensioner as the dealer's price was ridiculous, they said there was nothing wrong with it.

Now I was driving, and the service engine and reduced engine power went on - could only drive about 20 mph. Took to it the dealer; they said it is the clutch fan, to the tune of 750.00. 425.00 for the part. My son, who works for a parts distributor in the Midwest, says the part costs 200.00.

General Comments:

I bought my vehicle from the dealer where it is serviced, but after such rip-off, I will never buy another GM product.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th September, 2008

2003 GMC Envoy from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

Comfortable drive; too many little glitches

Faults:

This is for the person who had issues with the Envoy not coming out of park. This happened to me about a month ago, and my brother thought it was the fuse as well. But no it wasn't.

Rainy, rainy day and we had 3 kids with us so we had the Envoy towed and it turned out being the wire from the transmission to the shifter (floor model shifter). SO, they spliced a new wire and it works fine for now. I do not the "spliced" idea, but that was how it was fixed at a Certified GM dealer. I had purchased the extended warranty, otherwise it would have cost over 300 dollars. The Envoy had about 47,000 miles on it when this happened.

I have also had the issues with the Check Engine light; turned out being a module.

My major issue has been with hubs and tie-rods! A car with only 50K miles on it should not have these issues, but I do LOVE it anyway.

Roomy for the kids and is highly comfortable. Does great mileage on the highway. I would buy another with the extended warranty!

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

Review Date: 6th June, 2008

2003 GMC Envoy XL SLE 4.2L Inline 6 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.2L Inline 6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Most recent distance69000 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

Broken engine needs repair. Too low on miles to occur?

Faults:

This was a great car, performed its duties. We got good mileage, and it was comfortable and great for our vacation.

As of this week, while I have been out of town on business, the engine began knocking. Since I had the oil changed before I left, I sent my wife to the Lube Center... oil in the engine, oil filter, etc... no leaks.

Then I had her take it to Goodyear, too big a problem. They told my wife it should not be driven. I had a wrecker take it to GMC to diagnose. They tell me a bearing or rod? $8000 to fix. or get a salvaged engine and scab it to mine ~ $ 3500...

No extended warranty, no desire to pay. Big Problem. Anybody know of recalls or something?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th June, 2008

26th May 2009, 16:47

Probably not the vehicles fault. Maybe the wrong oil was put in by mistake. I have had this happen! tranny oil instead of motor oil.

10th Jun 2009, 12:39

Yesterday I took the day off to check over everything on my wife's 2003 GMC Envoy SLE I-6. It has 70,000+ miles on it and has been out of warranty for some time. Since we've found domestic vehicles to require virtually no service I didn't expect to find anything needing attention. My wife informed me that the "service engine soon" light had been on since late 2006, but we generally ignore those if the car is running OK (and it was running flawlessly). I did run a scan on the code and it came up "Minor leak in EVAP system", or in layman's terms "The dealer wants $500 of your money". I simply reset the light. The EVAP system warning is a catch-all category for anything from a loose gas cap to a slight leak in a vacuum line. It is designed into the system to get you to take the vehicle to the dealer. It generally means NOTHING.

Further inspection of the fluids, hoses, belts and brakes showed no need for any attention. We generally get 100,000 miles out of brakes on domestic vehicles and the pads appeared to have another 20,000+ miles left on them.

It grieves me to see the truly exorbitant amounts of money people freely give to dealers (or repair shops) for items they don't need. If more people would bother to inform themselves about their vehicles, it would save them a phenomenal amount of money. When any of my vehicles is out of warranty I buy a Chilton's auto repair manual. It makes maintenance so simple even my wife can change brake pads or do other routine maintenance. A dealer or shop will virtually ALWAYS tell you you need brakes even if they have 60-80% of the pad left,then charge you $300-$600 to replace something you don't need. I replaced the front pads on my Pontiac in 15 minutes on my lunch break. The cost was an astronomical $17.

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 31 reviews