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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,927 miles

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2003 GMC Envoy XL lights problems

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2003 GMC Envoy XL Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 072014

Envoy XL

  • 149,000 miles


Headlight switch overheated and caused circuit panel to catch on fire.

- Stroud , OK, USA

problem #7

Oct 172012

Envoy XL 6-cyl

  • 92,236 miles
My GMC Envoy cluster ( speedometer ) is not working properly sometimes it moves and sometime it just sit on zero, even if going 65 miles an hour.. the exterior headlight shot off one night when I was driving home I can only drive with full light. My mechanic stated it was due to an electrical problems... GMC needs to do some recalls on some issue on this truck... I have red similar issue with other truck owner.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #6

May 012012

Envoy XL 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
To whom it may concern. 8/29/2012. I bought a used 2003 GMC Envoy XL sle/slt and purchased the vehicle from sherman of skokie il. About this vehicle. The third brake light piece that covers the top of the rear window basically fell off the car on a windy day. The plastic piece that holds the third brake light broke leading to the entire piece falling off hanging by the 2 wires that connect for power. I live in algonquin il and recently have seen three other Envoy with the same missing third light piece in a period of two weeks. I have looked up recalls for this vehicle but surprisingly have found none. Knowing I have personally seen several Envoy with the same missing third light piece I think there needs to be a recall. Not only is this a safety hazard but it's the law to have a third brake light in Illinois. I have not brought to a dealer since there was not a recall and I do not have the out of pocket cash to pay for this to be fixed. Respectfully I would like this third brake light piece replaced and fixed at no cost to me. I do have the third light piece that fell off to give back to you so you can inspect it. I would like this fixed within 30 days of receiving this letter. I would appreciate your prompt response to this safety hazard and thank you for your time. This is the letter I sent GMC and they said there is nothing they can do!

- Algonquin, IL, USA

problem #5

Oct 162011

Envoy XL 6-cyl

  • miles


Exterior headlamps shut off while driving occasionally. Now I can not get them to come back on.

- Rancho Cordova, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 042009

Envoy XL 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I purchased my 2003 GMC Envoy XL in 2008 from a NY dealer with 60,000 miles on it, the car didn't register any accidents with carfax. The day after I purchased the car my battery went dead and I was stranded at 7am with my kids. The dealer paid for the tow and replaced the battery. A year later while driving to my sons basketball game at night, the headlights completely shut off. I pulled over and used my hazards, my son inspected the lights and could smell something was burning..the driver side headlight wire was burnt badly. We replaced the light and the wiring. The next day not only did the lights shut off again while driving at night, but I couldn't put my window up! the driver side window panel did not work, but the other windows worked fine. I paid $400 to have the panel replaced. (now the seat adjustment panel is not working on the driver side) the battery has been replaced 3 times in 3 years! when ever I would use the window, or the heat vent, or the charger inlets in my car the headlights would flicker dim. My mechanic did a amps check while my phone was plugged in, car was running, radio on, and heater on and stated the amps were fine, until I hit the window button, then the amps went way down. Cost to replace alternator $350, that was in 2010, so far in 2011 I have awoken 3 mornings in a row to a dead car. I sat in the car with car off, doors locked one night to see what goes on over night..well the alarm sensor button didn't stop blinking red, the seat adjustments kept moving every 4 mins, the rearview mirrors were moving non stop, and the horrible beeping sound inside the car was non stop! the radio dash didn't shut off either, it was piping hot after a half hour of sitting.

- Kingston , NY, USA

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problem #3

Sep 012010

Envoy XL

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 GMC Envoy XL. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, she noticed that her headlights would go out and not come back on. The failure occurred three times. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic who informed the contact that she needed to replace the socket and wiring to the headlight which melted the terminal. The headlamp socket and wiring were replaced. The failure mileage was approximately 130,000.

- Miffelin Town, PA, USA

problem #2

May 072010

Envoy XL

  • 89,458 miles
In six years my 2003 Envoy has had nothing but electrical issues. My lights are constantly being replaced. My head light wiring has shorted out and now the whole wiring connection needs replaced. The latest is an electrical system problem that is draining my battery and not allowing it to properly charge.

- Gibsonia, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 092009

Envoy XL

  • 59,720 miles
While driving @ 35 mph I noticed a very loud rattle and heard a noise looking in my rearview mirror a saw the whole plastic top that fits over the hatch back and houses the third brake light, fly off into the air and land in the other lane of traffic. It ripped the brake light wire right out. Luckily no one was coming around the turn at the time. Had to stop traffic to get it out of the road. This is a busy side road that comes to a stop light.

- Kilmarnock, VA, USA

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