I'd suggest reading the 1st review under the "2003" section. That one seems more typical of the average Envoy.
They seem to be very good vehicles.
About the automatic climate control, the a/c can be turned off unless you have the defroster on. You just press the a/c button when in auto mode.
I bought my 2002 SLT in October of 2001. Now at 130,000+ miles I still like the vehicle. Around 30,000 miles it ate the water pump bearing and the fan messed up the radiator and cowling. Since then it has mostly been electrical issues that come up. The mirror's memory has faded and it's developed a mind of its own, the 4x4 system had a "ground" problem in its circuitry, and the air conditioner off button is broken. The 4x4 currently doesn't engage although the encoder motor is now functioning after the board was replaced twice. My friend bought the same vehicle and his actuator in the front drive train froze up in 2wd. I'm guessing mine is the same - we'll know once the snow blows in and I finally bring it in to get fixed. I've had no issues with the leather interior and if you like toasted buns the heated seats are super hot on high. I don't know how my wife stands it on high. I rent cars all the time (including H2s & H3s) The H2 is awesome and no comparison, but I prefer my Envoy to the H3. The full size Yukon (Tahoe) is still about the best SUV ride out there.
I have been having the same problem as the first statement. I have been trying to figure out why the mirrors just seem to reset themselves, but I can't find any answers, but I do love this car.
You guys will LOVE this. A very wealthy relative of mine finally got rid of his flawless 2002 Trailblazer. It had over 200,000 trouble-free miles. In March he "upgraded" to a new 2010 Mercedes because of the ego-appeal. This week he had a new engine put in it.
2002 SLT AWD Envoy; 189,000 miles.
I have never owned a car this long. I am starting to have a few issues with electrical things, but I'm going to try and fix everything and keep her on the road. At 180k I had to rebuild the transmission, but, other than that it has been a treat to own.
My wife's 2003 Envoy SLT has been one of the best cars we've ever owned. At just over 90,000 miles it has had no repairs other than one light bulb. Even the brake pads are still the originals and easily have another 20,000 miles left on them.
My wife had been in the habit of trading her cars every 18 months before she got the Envoy. She says she plans to drive it another 200,000 miles.
We test drove a new 2003 Toyota Highlander before buying the Envoy, and it had defective brakes, engine problems and interior trim falling off during the test drive. With virtually all Toyotas from 1990 on being recalled for major safety issues, we are very happy we bought GM.