2003 GMC Envoy XL SLT from North America - Comments

5th Jan 2008, 17:32

We just picked up our 2003 Envoy with 133,000 km (88K miles) from the dealership this evening and drove 22 km (15 miles) home. It ran great!! The entire 22 km!!!

Our friends bought it new and traded it in without our knowledge... so we bought it. Before buying a 2-year power-train warranty for $2000, I thought I'd check out all of the comments.

The cooling fan, gas tank, blower motor and water pump have been replaced under warranty. I see by the various comments that maybe I should or maybe not...hmmm, thanks for all your comments...I'm glad we are in your club.

7th Jan 2008, 12:58

We have a 2003 GMC Envoy XL which we bought used and after reading all these comments I have noticed that we have gone through the same problems with the electrical, and the engine light coming on. The latest is the passenger or rear fan went on by it self and was still on even with the car off, then the fan for passenger above head turning on/off by itself. Then, just this weekend Jan5/08, my husband was waiting for me in the parking lot of the grocery store with the car on when suddenly the engine light came on. I got into the car and we drove off when we heard a loud noise coming from the front, I thought it was a truck passing us, but no truck. My husband accelerated and it seems like the car has stayed in one shift and won't move. My husband is afraid to go to the dealer because they'll charge an arm and a leg. Has anyone experienced this same problem is yes please reply. Thank you:)

10th Jan 2008, 22:00

I have a 2003 Envoy SLT (bought new)...I've had almost all of the problems that have been mentioned thus far...however, I have a new one to talk about! For the past few months, my car has sporadically not allowed me to shift out of park... the first time it happened, I came out of the store and couldn't leave... had to get it towed to the dealership... They told me it was a blown fuse... since then it has happened at least 10 more times! Of course, I haven't had it towed 10 times, I have gotten very used to changing the fuse on my own... I keep a box of them in my glove compartment!...Sometimes it's back to back and then it may not happen again for a few weeks... When I told the dealership about it and that I wanted them to find out why the fuse keeps blowing, they only told me that I can drop it off and hope that it does it while it's at the dealership, otherwise they won't be able to diagnose the problem. Has anyone else had this problem? I'm very irritated and a little worried that some lines may be crossed and can potentially cause a fire under my hood!

11th Jan 2008, 14:39

To the guy with the fuse that always blows. First, I agree that you need to try and figure out what the prob is. In the meanwhile, to make things a little better, have you tried bumping up the fuse size? If it is a 10 amp fuse, have you tried a replacement 15 or 20 amp? I'd stay away from going to big or so other component becomes the fuse and replacing that could be very expensive. It is just a thought.

21st Jan 2008, 15:25

I own a 2003 Envoy XL which has been a great truck since purchased. With approximately 110,000 miles I have recently started receiving "battery not charging" messages. When operating correctly, the battery gauge reads around 14V. With this issue it reads around 9V. I purchased a new battery in May07. Since it was under warranty the auto parts store replaced it. Problem solved right? wrong! Installed the new battery and "battery not charging" indicator came on and stayed on. I then thought maybe it's the alternator and had it checked. Alternator checked out. I also checked all fuses. Fuses okay, but "battery not charging" light still coming on and staying on. I know the dealer can fix this, but at what price? If you have suggestions as to what this might be please respond. It's too cold out to be stranded. Thank you.

23rd Jan 2008, 16:03

We are the irritated owners of a 2003 Envoy XL. We purchased it used, and have had the same problems as most of you. We think that we should have it painted a pretty yellow color. It has been owned by us exactly 13 months, and has been in for repair 15 times.

We rely on this vehicle a lot, as we live out of town, and I am partially disabled and have a spinner knob. I have been nervous driving the vehicle, and do not trust it with all of the issues we have had; we do not want to be left stranded.

You would think with everyone on this forum, that GM would step up to bat and discover that we are the generation buying these SUV's, and we are not happy!

18th Feb 2008, 15:55

I have a 2003 Envoy XL that I purchased used about a year ago and have just recently had a few problems with it. After driving a 500 mile road trip recently, I could hear a loud whirring noise coming from the vehicle that seems to coincide with the RPM's. At first I thought it was the transmission, but it goes through the gears just fine. Stuck 500 miles from home, I decided to go ahead and drive it home, and about halfway home the service engine soon light came on. After reading the posts here, I am wondering if this whirring sound can be the fan clutch, or if anyone else has encountered this problem. It sounds as if it's in the exhaust, perhaps, so maybe a problem with the catalytic converter? I'm at a loss, and before I take it to the dealer for diagnosis I wanted to see if anyone else had encountered anything like this, as I like to be ready when going to the dealer for repair.

28th Feb 2008, 10:39

I wish I found this site before I purchased this vehicle. I have a 2003 Envoy XL and I feel like just leaving it outside with the doors open and the keys in the ignition. Last night while we were driving home the truck started to sound like it was racing, but not going anywhere. My husband tells me that its not changing over to 3rd gear. Of course the warranty has ran out and we did not get the extended warranty. I have to bring it to the dealer, but I'm scared that when I heard the prices and the issues I might faint.

A few months ago my brother in-law who drives a tow truck told me he picked up 2 Envoys in one day with transmission problems. And he picks one up at least every two weeks.

I'm planning on getting rid of this car fast, very fast.

29th Feb 2008, 09:18

We bought our 2003 Envoy XL new. We experienced trouble with all of the recalls prior to their being issued as well as some minor repairs which were covered under the warranty. The vehicle was kept up-to-date on all oil changes, etc. Since December we have had to have the truck towed to the dealership three times for no-start. First time they replaced the battery. Second the fan clutch and ignition switch. I wonder what they will come up with when they spin the wheel this time? I don't think they ever found the actual cause of the problem. My guess is a computer glitch. I think it's time to car shop.