2003 GMC Envoy XL SLT from North America - Comments

15th Aug 2008, 16:13

I bought a new 2007 envoy with the 5.3 engine and I am very pleased with the Envoy. I have on occasion gotten 25 mpg but average 22, which I am well pleased. I bought it to tow my 4700 lb travel trailer although I haven't had a chance to do as my wife as had two major surgeries this last year. My only complaint is that there is light in the glove box or under the hood, although I will remedy that shortly.

Glen.

22nd Aug 2008, 23:21

Glen, my condolences on the wife's surgeries.

My wife bought a 2003 Envoy in early 2003 and has been madly in love with it ever since. She had traded cars every two years (or LESS) from 1988 until she got the Envoy. She says she wants to make a half million miles in it!!

We have had one very minor issue. The heat and A/C air flow control started directing all the heat or cooling to the floor only. The car was out of warranty but our excellent GM dealer repaired it in half a day at no charge to us.

Other that that very minor issue, we have had not a single problem as it now approaches 70,000 miles. The brakes are original (and still not very worn) and the tires are the original Michelins with lots of tread left. The ONLY item thus far replaced has been the original battery.

I suspect your mysterious light is due to a faulty pressure switch that isn't turning off your glove compartment light. Try opening the glove box and manually depressing the switch to see if it cuts off. If it does, put a little item, such as a plastic button, on the part of the glove box that contacts the switch using duct tape or electrical tape, then close the box. If the light goes out, that was the problem.

8th Sep 2008, 13:07

Hello I just purchased my 2003 envoy a week ago and it has a little over 60,000mi on it. Two, the very next day after we bought it the dealership put new tires on it for us and today I am in a loaner car due to a bad catalytic converter, which due to the warranty that the dealership provides will be completely covered.. So far even with the few mishaps so far I love my envoy. I am usually one to trade in every year and a half or so 2005 explorer only had 6 months.. (LONG story) with everything going out on it.. I hope to have it many more years!

9th Sep 2008, 10:15

I wrote this back in June, and the same holds true now. The Chevy dealer said it was a bad ignition switch, and that the car needed brakes to the tune of $900, also, at 62,000 miles the rear axle bearing were shot, and the rear needed rebuilt, which was partially covered under warranty. All in all we spent $1500 to repair this garbage, had it back 4 days and it left my fiance sit along the road this morning, and she is real happy. Stay away from ANYTHING General Motors. The stealership had our car for 3 months while they, and the warranty company fought over who should pay for the rear end rebuild.

19th Oct 2008, 21:03

I have a 2003 Envoy and it has been a good vehicle for our family. Now it has 140000 miles and it is showing a problem. The car 'roars' when accelerating and almost sounds like it is going into overdrive. The power is really not suffering but it is loud. Now the service engine soon light is coming on. Does anyone have any experience with this???

26th Oct 2008, 15:24

I've not seen this, but your description sounds like a MASSIVE air leak in the intake tube from the air filter. I suppose it could have gotten a rip in it somehow. Check that. It will cause both the roar and the "check engine" light to come on.

3rd Nov 2008, 16:19

I have a 2004 Envoy XL with power seats and yesterday (after my husband drove it, he already got and ear full *smile*) the control for moving the seat back and forth quit. All other controls such as lumbar, recline, etc are working fine just back and forth. Has anyone else had this problem? And if so is an easy fix or should I be booking a mechanic?

Thanks, Bowden, AB.

3rd Nov 2008, 21:34

I have an 03 Envoy, and it has been pretty good up until now.

I keep getting a system too lean code. In the morning it idles real rough, and wants to stall out, but after it warms up it runs fine. I put my scanner on it and all of the sensors look good. I have checked for intake leaks and have found none. Had the plugs, wires and fuel filter changed, but that didn't help.

6th Nov 2008, 22:34

The Envoy has VERY sensitive fuel injectors, as do most modern vehicles. As a mechanic I make it a practice to run a can of injector cleaner through the fuel system no less than every 5000 miles. This generally avoids poor idle and "flat spots" in acceleration. We have a 2003 Envoy and I've followed this procedure with it. No problems ever. It still runs and drives as good as new.

17th Nov 2008, 11:49

I have an 03 XL Envoy and as many of you have experienced the not so pleasant side to the Envoy. Currently, I am trying to find a competent dealership to fix my gas tank issue... I took my Envoy to our local dealership this summer and they "fixed" the problem, only to have the service engine soon light reappear in the last few weeks. Whenever filling my tank, the gas pump does not click off, but just overflows gas onto the ground... stopped for the time period in between summer and this past week... back again...My AC will not allow to be charged, something wrong with it. My rear heat does not work, feels like the AC is on, the 2 year olds love that when it is 30 degrees outside! I have also had my panels freeze, they seem to reset each time once I shut off and restart. And I too, have the hard shift in low that feels like the tranny is going out, but will never reproduce when needed - so, yes... I would say it is time for something to be done!!

20th Nov 2008, 17:49

We've been very fortunate to have owned our 2003 Envoy for 5 years+ now with nary a problem. My wife absolutely loves it and says she wants to keep it another 100,000 miles.

I was intrigued by the comment in 15:37 about the "dinging" when making a turn. Our Envoy doesn't do this, but my 2001 Pontiac, which is modified and driven like a Ferrari, DOES if I corner REALLY, REALLY fast (most of the time). It has always done it, never has been a problem, and I just tell people it's my "You're cornering too fast" warning.

23rd Dec 2008, 17:03

I just had a new alternator put into my 2003 Envoy yesterday. When I left the shop, I noticed a rough, low idle - like it would dip and roughly try to recover before cutting off every time that I started to come to a stop. Finally it just cut off at a red light. The shop said that after about 20 miles of interstate driving the computer should reset itself and that the problem would be fixed. I have been about 50 miles on interstate/hwy driving and it is still a problem. But oddly enough, first thing this morning when it was extremely cold on my way to work it was fine. But when I got in it to leave work it was wanting to stall out again. The check engine light is not on and it always starts right back - but it makes me nervous. I have been told by a mechanic friend that if I unhook a battery cable overnight and then hook it back up that the computer will reset... does anyone know anything about that? Thanks for any help you can provide.