really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 1
Average Mileage:
87,277 miles

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2003 GMC Envoy XL seat belts / air bags problems

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2003 GMC Envoy XL Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 032016

Envoy XL

  • 138,000 miles


When the driver slid on ice and crashed into a tree, the airbag did not deploy and the driver was injured

- Eagle River, WI, USA

problem #7

Jul 222015

Envoy XL

  • 196,000 miles
I was in a mva July 22, 2015 I was tboned on the drivers side and the went headon with a light pole and my airbags never deployed. I had many problems with the electrical in the truck since I purchased the truck. It was an as is with no warranty and I wasnt given any knowledge of problems or recalls. I suffered extensive injuries to my body and my truck was a total loss $10000 in damages to the vehicle.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #6

Feb 012008

Envoy XL

  • 100,000 miles
I was driving down the highway and all of my instrument panel gauges stopped working and the indicator lights came on for the entire system. This problem continues to happen and GMC will not fix this problem. They say I have too many miles and that my vehicle is not part of the recall. This now continues to happen and the whole electric system is in failure, I can't start the vehicle now and this is 2013. Chronic ongoing problem that poses major safety issues with speed, fuel and much more.

- Frederic , WI, USA

problem #5

Dec 202011

Envoy XL 6-cyl

  • 98,630 miles


The contact owned a 2003 GMC Envoy XL. The contact stated that the vehicle lost control while driving 25 mph on a slightly icy roadway. As a result, the contact crashed into another vehicle and the air bags did not deploy. The contact also stated that the limited slip differential system failed to engage during the failure. The contact, as well as a passenger suffered minor injuries during the crash. In addition, the driver of the second vehicle involved in the crash suffered minor injuries. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an insurance lot. An authorized dealer and the manufacturer were made aware of the failure. The manufacturer stated that they would investigate the vehicle. The failure mileage was 98,630. Updated 01/05/12 updated 01/09/12

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #4

May 182008

Envoy XL 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
The contact owned a 2003 GMC Envoy XL. While driving approximately 50 mph, the contact lost control of the vehicle and drove into a ditch. While driving out of the ditch, she struck a large culvert and the vehicle went airborne. The vehicle rolled several before finally coming to a stop. The passenger side seat belt snapped, which caused the passenger to be ejected from the vehicle and killed between the second or third rollover. None of the air bags deployed. The driver was hospitalized and remains in serious condition. There has been no explanation as to what caused the passenger side seat belt to fail and the air bags to not deploy. The vehicle was destroyed and a police report was filed. The failure mileage was 108,000. Added information 10.27/08 updated 10/27/08.

- Peabody, KS, USA

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problem #3

Feb 292008

Envoy XL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 GMC Envoy XL. The contact was involved in a crash two and a half years ago and the air bags failed to deploy. She was driving at 35 mph at the time. Since that time, she was involved in another crash, in which the vehicle was destroyed. The air bags failed to deploy again. A police report was filed. The contact called the manufacturer and they will send some paperwork for her to complete. The engine size and powertrain were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 47,000.

- Rowland Heights, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 012004

Envoy XL 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Faulty driver side seat belt that will not release to fasten. I have taken the car in and the repair person said that there was nothing wrong, and that it just was catching on something. Also, the passenger side door behind the drivers seat was very hard to open the repair person at the same dealership broke the handle trying to open the door. The repair shop did fix the handle for free, however the door remains still very hard to open and I would not use this particular door. After a while the door would not close and the door latch had to be replaced at my expense. The back window would not go all the way up and the actuator had to be replaced also. I am not sure what month the first incidence took place, but everything seemed to happen quickly afterwards.

- Lima, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 262003

Envoy XL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,583 miles
I was in a center frontal impact accident at 35-40 mph with a vehicle that pulled in front of me (T-bone accident) and my airbags failed to deploy.

- Springville, AL, USA

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