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Buick Rainier, Chevy TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy

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  • I noticed the vibration/noise about 2 weeks after I owned it. It was hardly noticable at first - now it seems like it is getting louder and louder. It does stop when I let up on the accelerator. It makes me sad to think that there might not be any fix to it and I will just have to live with it. I purchased it, not leased it, and there is no way I would be able to sell it for at least a couple of years. I wonder how bad it is going to be on road trips - we like to do those several times a year.
  • Its amazing what you can fit in a garage, when it snows every day and you really want to avoid scraping the car each morning. Somehow, my wife and I manage to fit my Tahoe, her XL, my John Deere riding mower, the 90 gallon garbage can, and all of the other stuff that seems to migrate to the garage. Glad we made it larger when we built the house. I agree with you all though, it seems like there should be some type of sensor that shuts off the auto rain sense wipers when the outside temperature is below a certain level, or when the windshield is frozen. Once the defroster heats the window up, the sensor could re-activiate the auto-wipers. Just a thought.
  • ficussficuss Posts: 541
    redline65, yes it is nice having a garage, I do have a 2 car garage, but I have to make a daily decision as to which of the 3 cars will go into the 2 car garage. I consider the garage to be a benefit for the car. Whichever car treats me the best gets the garage. I decided to keep the (TB) outside. Reserving the garage for the Ford Van and the Mitsu. Diamonte. The birds are confused by the (TB'S) misdirected roof rack arrows. They don't know if the car is going forward or backward, as a result they can't hit it.
     
     My point with the rain sense wipers still stands. The wiper system can be damaged by the wipers coming on at the wrong time. I doubt that GM will offer to make out of warranty repairs to wiper motors due to their (GM) short sighted design.

    Frank
  • Actually, if any vehicles didn't belong on this board, it's the XLs. They aren't the same as the standard triplets. Different frame, body, driving characteristics (e.g., massive turning circle), and some with different engines. Not much in common there.

    Well, us XL/EXT owners would rather not rub elbows with you SWB owners anyways. ;-)

    Don't forget the Ascender is an XL/EXT clone.
  • The birds are confused by the (TB'S) misdirected roof rack arrows. They don't know if the car is going forward or backward, as a result they can't hit it.

    I think they must have removed the roof rack arrows for the 2003 models, as mine doesn't have them. GM probably wanted to avoid confusion with them.
  • cebteb, the Ascender is only available as a long wheelbase version like the XL's. So if you exclude the long versions it should be excluded too. Otherwise it belongs here.
    Also, I don't think Isuzu has a dorky reputation here - maybe just the Vehicross. Surely you've noticed that there's tons of Rodeos in the Denver area.
  • No..didn't get zero % also, but he did find 4.13% for 60 months which beat my credit union rate of 4.99%.

    I actually got to drive it for part of this mornings commute and it is a real nice driving machine. I hope the '03s have all the '02 bugs worked out and this vehicle gives us many trouble free miles.

    GEICO will give us 7 yr/100,000 extended coverage ($250 deductable) for $88/yr. That's $616 for all 7 years. I had this coverage on my Transport (quite a bit cheaper) and used it 3 or 4 times with total satisfaction. GMO Outlet quoted my $2515 for 7/100,000 with $200 deductable. I guess I'll stay with GEICO's coverage.

    GS
  • I'll have to look into the Geico warranty. Is it an exclusionary policy, or does it only cover specific components?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,016
    We've added the Ascender and Rainier to the "What is this discussion about?" category, so people searching for those two models will find this discussion, in addition to the model specific ones.

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  • Sounds good Steve, but you might want to add the Trailblazer EXT also, since you have the Envoy and Envoy XL. Wow, 7 SUVs. This family is getting big...
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,016
    Rats, we're out of room in the categories....

    oh well :-)

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  • They finally got the new switch in for our rear windshield washer wiper. It took closer to two weeks than the 3 to 5 days they originally said. It took about 20 minutes to put in. The washer had stopped working, no resistance in the button, so we figured it to be a switch. Our is a 2002 built 10/01. Does anyone's rear wiper control turn counter clockwise for a single wipe. My husband thought ours did to start with, but I was not sure. It does have a symbol for a single wipe.

    I tried the GMLink but had errors. I wonder if everything has to be exactly as their records. Full names and street info. If so it is poor programming. Any thoughts??

    I think our vibration ended with the balancing of the tires. Had not had a good stretch of weather to repeat the conditions. Too much snow, ice and WIND.

    Polarbear6
  • right from the showroom! gas petal vibration.bulletin says to replace drive shaft.part being ordered. has anyone had this problem and had the vehicle serviced and fixed? what was the solution? please let me know.the vibration drives me crazy as i am constantly aware of it.
  • gas petal vibration.bulletin says to replace drive shaft.part being ordered. has anyone had this problem and had the vehicle serviced and fixed?

    I would have them re-balance and rotate your tires before going through something drastic like a new drive shaft or having your springs replaced. Remember, dealerships get a lot of profit from warranty work, so they are happy to do these big jobs that may not solve your problem.
  • just a follow-up: the dealer did balance all the tires. also,it definitely is not the springs.driveshaft replacement is recommended in the bulletin.
  • Hello all Well i just looked at the link and saw the difference between the old license plate holder with the chipping paint and the New fixed plate. Here is the thing i have a 2002 Lt EXT Trailblazer and it has the "FIX" and it is Peeling the rubber sealent is peeling . I will have to wait to have it fixed as the dealership had a fire and will not be fixing cars for at least two months. I am going to another dealership for a problem in the front end of the drivers side Can't really describe it but i am hopeful that they can fix it. I will be going to a dealership that was unreasonable to work with when i had my 2000 venture but it is the only other dealer that will be able to take it.It goes in on Thursday . I will post to tell everyone what the problem is. One more thing the windshield will be fixed on tuesday . they will do the repair at my house so I will let everyone know how it goes. I am having it fixed by safelite auto glasss it is a national chain and gaurentes the work.
  • "Does anyone's rear wiper control turn counter clockwise for a single wipe. My husband thought ours did to start with, but I was not sure. It does have a symbol for a single wipe."

    No, there is not a single wipe position. I think the icon to the left of the numbers just represents the rear window (and the one on the button, the washer).
  • This same problem is making me nuts. The gas pedal vibrates so much it makes my foot tickle. Do you know the number or the name of the bulletin spelling out the cause of the drive shaft problem so I can go back to the dealer? Thank you in advance.
  • Sorry, don,t know the bulletin number. caught a glimpse of it. (i even asked for a copy,but they refused) the top of the bulletin says VIBRATIONS...... my dealer never heard of this problem. (so he says)I told him there was a specific bulletin on this and he found it. I'll keep you advised if i get any info. and I'll let you know if changing the driveshaft does the trick.(it better-i can't take it much longer)
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