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Buick Rainier, Chevy TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy



  • allenrallenr Posts: 83
    I still can't believe they removed the auto dimming mirrors. Have it in my Bravada and Regal and wouldn't buy a new car with out it.


    How much cheaper can they make a $ 30,000.00 or more truck and get away with it?


  • ugltrkugltrk Posts: 16
    Aren't you wasteing a lot of $$, changeing Mobil 1 at 5k. The Envoy manual states 7k, or when the light comes on. I have 4k on the dealer service and plan on changeing @ 7k, or when the light comes on. I have in the past changed M 1 @ 20k with no problems,93 Aerostar with over 100k, Mobil tech said I was throwing away good oil.Have a 96 Ranger w/66k, same schedule,no probs...
  • 01_hoe01_hoe Posts: 273
    Quality service department in my opinion is a management and personnel challenge. I've used both GM, Ford, and Toyota service depts, and the good ones are well managed with top notch personnel. I've had bad experiences at all above, along with good experiences at other service depts representing the above. It sometimes is trial and error to find a good service department. A big feature of a good service department is personnel that listen to the customer's problems. Good luck.
  • brybrybrybry Posts: 25
    I just bought a 2002 envoy with the same diesel sound at startup. I left the truck overnight so the mechanic could listen and, of course, said there is nothing wrong with the engine. I had a 1990 lumina with a similar sound and GM later had a silent recall and extended the warranty on the 3.1 engine and replaced the bottom end no charge. Maybe take it to the dealer and document it if there is a recall in the future.
  • aldanaldan Posts: 19
    Hey, 25K-27K truck 26 bucks at Walmart is not going to break my bank. Its like people who cut coupons and drive around to buy milk @ .30 cents below the other store, Yeah but your gas costs $10 bucks to drive around? OH WELL! to each in own, every 5k gives me something to do other than sit in the house, better yet work!
  • aldanaldan Posts: 19
    The noise is common, when its like 30F or below, I would recommend a good synthetic oil, since it flows better, I use mobil 1 seems like it helps!
  • ally1ally1 Posts: 2


    My husband and I also have a lemon Trailblazer that we'd like to have Chevy buy back. We've had this truck in the shop at least a few times per month since we've owned it. They've replaced the main computer (three times!!), the gauge cluster, the ignition twice. They told us that the transmission was damaged because the main computer was signaling incorrectly (?) but they wouldn't fix it until it truly breaks. The car will randomly choose to not switch gears and rev and then act like it's going to stall, and last week the window on the rear driver's side door just fell inside the door. The car also idles rough, which nobody seems to be able to fix. Sometimes it acts like it is just going to stall. I drove my kids around for three days without a window while we waited for parts.


    We could use any advice that any of you have to offer, especially those who have been through the process.


    So far Chevy has been very reasonable. They extended our bumper to bumper warranty to 100,000 miles. The problem is that I need my vehicle for work, and can't be taking it back and forth to the shop every week as we've been doing. Usually they provide a rental car for us (which is so hokey, I'm a Realtor and it is embarrassing to have to show property in a rental....) Last week we had it in twice, picked it up yesterday, and today the check engine light is on again. We would like to own the dependable vehicle we thought we purchased to begin with-- in fact, the reason why we bought a Chevy to start with is because we believed in their quality. I've spoken to many people, and I really believe that the majority of the trailblazers are good quality, we just got a lemon.


    BTW, the dealership gave us a really good deal on it, saying they had to move it off the lot to get new inventory in. At the time I trusted what they said, but now I wonder.


    Anyway, thanks in advance for any advice. I'm new to this forum, so it would be easier to have you email me directly, my addy is invisible_sun12 at yahoo dot com. (I don't know if they blank out email addresses here or not, so...)


    Thanks so much!

  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    I'm new to this forum, so it would be easier to have you email me directly...


    That tends to defeat the purpose of a message board - which is to share information and experiences. Stick around and enjoy the boards - and welcome!


    tidester, host
  • I had the same problem for quite a while. Just gently pry-off the metal around the lower part of the wiper arm where it swivel around the rivet on both side, then apply a lubricant or grease, ensure the full motion (fwd and aft) of the wiper arm, it should move very easily and voilà.


    Note: Prior of doing that I also change the blade and the spring without luck. Now it works like a champ.
  • ross1962ross1962 Posts: 229
    Has anyone had to replace shocks yet? At what milage?
  • brybrybrybry Posts: 25
    Thanks for the tip. I currently use 5W30 valvoline full synthetic. I haven't had the truck during warm weather. I can live with the noise as long as there's nothing wrong. The truck is awesome and I can hardly here it running when it's warm.
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  • Does anyone have any info on how the new Equinox is holding up? I owned an 03 TB and am now in the market for a new SUV. I like the TB but am shocked at how much the sticker price has risen on these since I bought mine 2 years ago. Yeah, GM gives big rebates, but it doesn't mean much when they are inflating the price as much as the rebate is. Anyways, I'd like to hear info on the Equinox. It is a little smaller and has less power then the TB, and I don't think it sits on a frame, but it looks interesting anyways. I'd like to hear about interior room, handling, power and mileage from anyone here that knows. I don't do any towing so I may not need, nor can really affoard, a TB equipped as I would like.


  • ally1ally1 Posts: 2

    Thanks for the reminder. I'm still here. I just wasn't sure I would be able to wade through the net to find my way back. I agree, it's definitely beneficial for us all to share what we've learned.


  • mookie14mookie14 Posts: 252
    Hey man i got a 03 tblazer now its alot of stuff bear with me now. I do not know you might be in oh i am also. Now we have alot of chevy dealers and would not you belive it i have been to just about all of them. And they are not good service wise for example there is a tsb for a steering wheel problem the wheel has a rubbing sound when you turn it to the left mine is i think is getting bad. But you know what it pains me to take my auto in and it comes back to me with the same mess before i took it in. And some of these clowns will give you the runaround about how they won't fix the problem they do not come out and say it but say something of the avail like its not loud enough or its normal i mean wow man it becomes a real dissappointment to buy a warranty and you get this mess. Lastly um when will you change your plugs will you use bosch or delco will you do yours?? or will you take it in and have someone do it.Is it safe to say to tell a dealership that do not call me until the problem i have given you has been fixed correctly can you do that??? Besides all of this man its more like tachometer etc. thanks. mook
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    If you haven't already discovered it there is a "Bookmark" link at the top of the messages section of this page. If you click on it you'll be able to get back at any time by clicking on the "Message Center" link near the top of the left column on any page. It's quite handy!


    tidester, host
  • I removed the rear wiper arm and I took a pair of needle nose pliers and bent the wire shaped like a "C" that connects the spring to the wiper arm. I squeezed the "C" in the middle and twisted as I held tight into the shape of a "V". This simply stretches the spring to place more spring pressure on the arm and it works 100% better.
  • ficussficuss Posts: 541
    Why not just apply some WD40 to the joint, it works very well.
  • We have a 2003 Trailblazer (32,000 miles) and noticed that in snowy conditions, even though we switched to 4X4 High, front wheels were not turning while rear wheels were skidding. After three visits to the dealer, who obviously did not check to see if front wheels were turning after first two visits and repair work performed, 4X4 now appears to work--lights blink and very subtle sound of actuator engaging gear. They replaced encoder motor and added new kind of transfer case fluid. Also installed a new actuator and reprogramed the transfer case module. If you are skidding and think you are in 4X4, think again and check those front wheels! Check on this BEFORE your warranty ends because these repairs are big $$$$$$$$$! Time to buy a Toyota?
  • I first tried WD-40 and that helped and then used some PB penetrating oil and that worked better but it still missed a 6" strip in the middle of the window. Now it just misses about 1" on the top.
  • Mine had the same problem, 2002 with 14k, back in October. The same parts were changed but my 4x4 switch did not light up.
  • gam2gam2 Posts: 316
    I just read an article in Automotive News that Saturn is going to sheet metal for many body panels because the plastic panels have a 3 millimeter panel gap, and while this isn't much, customers are aware of it and consider it a quality issue. Most of the gaps on my envoy are in the 5-6 millimeter range, some closer to 7. I won't even go there with the hand sized gap in the front bumper. If 3 mm is too much for a Saturn, how can 6 mm be OK on a $40K SUV? Or could the body on my Envoy be plastic?????


  • ficussficuss Posts: 541
    Ford is better than Chevy
  • gam2gam2 Posts: 316
    No way a #$%^ is better than a *&^$#! No one can debate that! But nothing compares to a !@$. My 2 cents.

  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 30
    I'm looking to install one of these bars on my Envoy and was wondering where I should try looking.
  • 01_hoe01_hoe Posts: 273
    I got my Hotchkis kit for my Envoy from

    You can also buy directly from Hotchkis, if I remember correctly they have free or low cost shipping.
  • ross1962ross1962 Posts: 229
    You'll be glad you did it.
  • gmcman,

    Search this site under Hotchkis, Eibach, Bilstein and BFG Comp T/A HR4s.

    I did all of the above on my '03 2WD Envoy. The biggest improvement came from the tires and the Eibach springs. The Hotchkis is definitely worth the price and nicely rounded out my other upgrades. I didn't get as much of a bang-for-the-buck from the Bilsteins but got them at a great price and don't regret putting them on.

    You're on the right track and believe me, you can make your Envoy MUCH better than the way GMC made it!

  • I'm at 102K - and Big "O" told me time to replace front struts and rear shocks. They use "Monroe Reflex". Quote, w/alignment, $750.24.

    Anybody know about this - and whether it makes sense?

    - WPK
  • tpkentpken Posts: 1,108
    tmarkb2 - I don't have an Envoy (yet) but have tested a couple and have wondered about the shocks. What is standard equipment? The smooth ride in even an SLE would suggest that Bilsteins might be std. What is in the Trailblazer vs the Envoy??


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