really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,301 miles

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2003 GMC Envoy steering problems

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2003 GMC Envoy Owner Comments

problem #11

Dec 202016


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 GMC Envoy. While driving approximately 30 mph, the steering ability failed while attempting to make a turn. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The contact managed to drive the vehicle home. The failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The contact stated that that was the first time the failure occurred. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Springport, MI, USA

problem #10

Nov 182007

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 62,037 miles
Entering straight stretch of 2 lane hwy.,I swerved to miss object in my lane and part of adjacent lane. I could not straighten up vehicle. The vehicle rolled and struck a tree. The engine was off and the air bags did not inflate. My door was damaged and had to be cut off to free myself. The Envoy was totaled. My wife's harness did not hold and she was facing the rear between the front seats. The side air bags and front air bags did not work. The vehicle was well maintained with new tires and brakes. I was life flighted, and my wife was carried by ambulance to the hospital where we sustained multiple injuries.

- Pace, FL, USA

problem #9

Feb 112011

Envoy 4WD 6-cyl

  • 137,000 miles
The car dies for no reason it has been doing this since the first day I got the car. The car also functions like it has hydrolics for a while it will be low to the ground while I'm driving it then out of no where it would raise up I had to get the suspension done when I got it because it was old and also the key gets stuck in the ignition also if I press the unlock button it will turn on the heat this car has been a headache.

- Pontiac, MI, USA

problem #8

Jan 132014


  • 129,345 miles


The contact owns a 2003 GMC Envoy. The contact stated that while reversing from a driveway, the power steering assist failed as the service engine light illuminated. The steering wheel also became hard to turn. The failure was recurring over a four month period. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who made unknown repairs to the vehicle but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 129345.

- Pittsbough, PA, USA

problem #7

Feb 102014

Envoy 6-cyl

  • 64,926 miles
All of a sudden the power steering of the Envoy slt 2003 was completely interrupted due to a broken shaft in the power steering pump. As a result the serpentine belt slipped on the edge of the power steering pump pulley and was wearing out quickly, which would have resulted in a broken belt.

- Spring Grove, IL, USA

problem #6

Jan 182009


  • 80,000 miles
1/17/09 GMC Envoy 2003 I made a sharp U-turn in a snowy yard while vehicle was in traction assist. Then I pulled into the driveway and parked, turned off the vehicle and went in the house. I was in there approximately 30 minutes then got back in the vehicle to leave and the power steering was gone. Excessively stiff.I pulled forward got out, looked at the ground and there was a puddle of bluish liquid located near where the left front side of the vehicle was sitting.

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #5

May 212006

Envoy 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles


Making a U turn in an "03 GMC Envoy. Power steering went out and almost lost control of automobile. The vehicle has only 39,00 miles on it.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #4

Oct 122005

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer was not able to steer vehicle properly. The consumer lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a guardrail. The consumer believed there was a problem with the steering.

- East Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #3

Sep 012004

Envoy 6-cyl

  • miles
Various problems with 2003 GMC Envoy. The was a "pinging, " on the drivers side. The power steering fluid was low and the steering gear had an internal failure, the drivers door made a rattling noise along with hood rattling.

- Mckees Rocks, PA, USA

problem #2

Nov 102003

Envoy 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
My wife was driving around 35 mph during a clear day when suddenly the steering wheel of our 2003 GMC Envoy started wobbling and she couldn't control it anymore. She stepped on the brakes but the vehicle wouldn't stop. The vehicle went over the curb and initially hit a utility pole on the left passenger side, then eventually hit the tree with the front bumper and knocked the two stationary objects down. Surprisingly, the airbag didn't even deploy. The insurance company declared the vehicle total wrecked and unrepairable. As expected, GMC declined responsibilities. They sent a so called independent investigator but they wouldn't give me his phone number. The report they sent contained only raw data about the airbag and nothing about the steering wheel. I will never buy or recommend a GMC again.

- Diamond Bar, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 122003


  • miles
While driving at 65 mph, the steering wheel jerked hard to left. The vehicle then suddenly accelerated without any warning. The driver was able to control the vehicle and pull over to the shoulder. The vehicle was towed. The mechanic noticed that the rear passenger wheel had folded underneath the vehicle. The axle had sheared off and needed replacing.

- Diamond Bar, CA, USA

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