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Buick Rainier, Chevy TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy



  • quarquequarque Posts: 41
    I tried to email and all I got was a "delivery failure" notice with some sort of attachment. Outlook Express blocked the attachment so I have no idea what it is. What is the deal here? I spent at least 10 minutes composing a review of my Rainier.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    That's -with a U and not an O.

    tidester, host
  • I drove one last week and then without delay ordered mine. This is a Vette SUV. I drive an Avalanche with a supercharger on it now and this thing just blows it away. There is no comprimise with the TB SS. I have nothing but good things to say about it.
  • My wifes 2000 Impala LS, with 23k, yes 23 k, had the Delco battery go last year. I went to check to see if the terminals were tight because it wouldn't start but read 12v, the terminal fell right off. It had the dreaded Delco leak and rotted it away. I checked my 02 TB, took both terminals off, no leaks. I have 22k on my 02 TB with a june 02 build date. I think this is a Delco issue, never saw it before.
  • I have been through 4 sets of headlight bulbs in 3 1/2 years. I had the original ones go, then 2 sets of the hyper blue cheap ones. My brother had these PIAA super plasma GT-X bulbs, they are not that blue color but an amazing white, so crisp and clean. I got them for $60 shipped on ebay from this company. I just hope these, made in Japan, are better than the China bulbs. They have a color temperature rating of 5000K Kelvin. those plus my 55 watt hella driving lights, daylight at night.

  • glags11glags11 Posts: 8
    Anyone in the Northeast lease an 06 Envoy SLT recently? I was quoted $409/month w/ nothing down, just first month and security. This is for the SLT with all the works. Seems a little too high. Anyone? Thanks.
  • mookie14mookie14 Posts: 252
    I am wondering about something i have 77000 miles on my t blazer I have oem shock and struts on. Besides replacing shocks and struts is there something i can do to take away from all the bumps i am feeling on the road now? I mean i changed the links in both the front and the back so im just curious is it time time to changed both or what after market etc.
  • lastarlastar Posts: 30
    Does anyone know if there is an after market sun visor made with a slide out?
  • quarquequarque Posts: 41
    Case Logic makes one. I bought one about a year ago. It has some pockets and plastic sunshade that slides out one end. Worked well after I added some strategically placed staples to help guide the sunshade and keep it from flopping down at the end when fully extended. I think it was model AMV-10 or something like that. You will find several sellers online or check your local Target store.
  • hardhawkhardhawk Posts: 702
    You don't need a slide out for your visor. The entire visor slides on its support rod. When you swing it around to the side window, just slide it back to the position you want. That's how it works on our Envoy.
  • gdavi4gdavi4 Posts: 2
    Does anyone know the diameter of the front sway bar or the bushing sizes for a 2002 Envoy SLT 2WD?
  • mookie14mookie14 Posts: 252
    Can anyone help me with some advice on message 17662 thanks.
  • carpro3carpro3 Posts: 10
    Hi I have a 03 Envoy that has the stalling problem been at the dealer for a week they can't fix it even with calling GM corp for help. wanted to know if the ever go your fix?
  • quarquequarque Posts: 41
    The OEM visor also slides on my Rainier but it leaves a good 4 inches of uncovered space on the side window. The extendable shade on the Case Logic covers that gap.
  • lastarlastar Posts: 30
    I agree as it's very annoying when the sun is in that 4" of space. I went to and couldn't find the visor you are referring about. All they have are CD holders for the visor. What is the model?
  • burdawgburdawg Posts: 1,524
    I put a micrometer on the front swaybar on my 02 TB near the bushing and it was 1.735". My old bushing is 1.7" ID and it's in good shape. I used the firmer front bushings when I installed the Hotchkiss rear sway bar and I kept the old bushings.
  • lastarlastar Posts: 30
    I agree as it's very annoying when the sun is in that 4" of space. I went to and couldn't find the visor you are referring about. All they have are CD holders for the visor. What is the model?
  • macman246macman246 Posts: 118
    Nope. GM had to buy my '02 back. When does it stall? Does yours have the rear air suspension?
  • carpro3carpro3 Posts: 10
    It stall when you are first drive it after it sit it stall with in the first mile when you are slowing to a stop or sitting at stop. It will restart then know problem instill you let it sit again the only other thing it be doing sines the stalling when you start it in the morning or after it set
    it will run rough for a couple second then smooth out. No it does not have the air susension and they say mine does not have that tail gate switch is your XL Model?

    Thanks Pete
  • quarquequarque Posts: 41
    I think the model was AMV-5 or AMV-10. Do a web search for "AMV-10" and you will find many suppliers of Case Logic gear.
  • tblazedtblazed Posts: 945
    I am wondering about something i have 77000 miles on my t blazer I have oem shock and struts on. Besides replacing shocks and struts is there something i can do to take away from all the bumps i am feeling on the road now? If the tread on your tires is geting worn down and/or you are running over 32 lbs pressure, those things would make the ride quality harsher. Nice thick rubber tread on a set of new tires will make it smoother. Replacement HD Bilstein shocks will give you much better bounce control than the weak stock Bilsteins that came on it.
  • macman246macman246 Posts: 118
    Mine was the regular length I-6 SLT model with the rear air suspension. It would stall when stopped at the first or second stoplight after sitting for 8+ hours. When it was about to stall, it would sometimes idle rough for a second while trying to recover. Other times it felt like the ignition just got turned off. It stalled a few times when fully warmed up too, but the majority of the time when it was still cold.

    If I recall correctly, the tailgate module was sending garbage on the data bus, which confused some of the connected computers. They replaced it but the stalling continued.

    The NTSB contacted me for information, and I think they opened an investigation. They were looking at triplets that stalled at highway speeds, with the rear air suspension.
  • jr222jr222 Posts: 15
    I just found out today that the front struts are bad on my '03 Bravada with 51,000 mis. on it. It has been bouncing quite a bit and handling a little squirrely over the last couple of months. The mechanic who looked at it told me that they shouldn't wear out so soon and suggested I take it to the dealer for warranty coverage. I've got Major Guard but haven't read the fine print but have some doubts it will cover the struts.

    If I'm replacing the struts, I may go ahead and replace the shocks as well and wonder what brands & models I should consider. I remember there have been discussions about certain Bilstein shocks that will give the truck a firmer and more predictable ride without making it too stiff or uncomfortable. I tow a boat from time to time and the soft suspension causes a lot of pitching front to back.

    Thanks for any help. JR
  • carpro3carpro3 Posts: 10
    Hi yes it sound the same. The dealer had it stall on them twice once after the clean the upper end of the engine then the GM Tech line told the to replace the ign switch then it stall after that was on a Sat. then they let it set still Monday and would not stall or on Tuesday then they call me and changed their story said they mite have hit the ign key Sat when they road test it and want me to take it back. They also said Gm Tech line had know more idea for then to try.

    How had was it to get them to buy back you Envoy? I call GM customer service they have not got back to me yet also call NHTSA and filed a complant with them.

    P.s I forgot to tell you they are also trying to tell me that my K&N air filter mite me causing the stalling I have had that filter in sines the second week after i bought the Envoy I had one in my 98 S-10 can't you belive the thing they try to tell you.

    Anymore info you can thing that mite help please let me know.
  • deanodeano Posts: 11
    Major Guard DOES cover struts. Not shocks, but struts.

    My '02 EXT just started making a metallic creaking noise as the nose dives on harder stops. Then as the nose starts rising, it makes another metallic creaking sound. It only does this occasionally and only after making a 90 degree turn. I suspect strut/strut bearing wear, but the dealer just lubed the stopper and said it's good to go. We'll see...

  • jr222jr222 Posts: 15
    I figured struts weren't covered by Major Guard, though if they are bad makes you wonder why after only 51k mis.

    I've already resigned myself to buying new ones and want something that will make the truck stiffer.
  • macman246macman246 Posts: 118
    At least you had it stall for the dealer; my dealer could never reproduce the stall. I still give them an "A" for trying, and they always had a professional attitude. They replaced the ignition switch and throttle body too. I had no aftermarket parts except running boards and PIAA headlight bulbs.

    I've never used K&N air filters before, but I've read if there's too much oil on it, some sensors could get messed up and make the engine idle rough or stall. You may want to search the forums or K&N for that info.

    Make sure you open and get a case number from GM customer service. Also, make sure you videotape the stalling. I rode around with a camcorder for a few months until I figured out how to make it stall 50% of the time (start it cold, drive it a few hundred yards, idle in park for a minute, give it some gas for a second, then watch it stall a few seconds later). I focused on the RPM's going to zero and DIC display to show the stall. The DIC was handy when it displayed "Low oil pressure, shut off engine" or something like that.

    I don't know what year your Envoy is, but if it's still under warranty you have a good chance for a buyback either under your state's lemon laws or Magneson-Moss. Which state are you in? If you are in AZ I can refer you to the attorney I used. Aftermarket parts should not void the warranty, unless installed incorrectly or not maintained properly. The lemon law attorney may have an independent mechanic determine that. They will also need to look at all of your service records. BTW, good lemon law attorneys only accept cases they know they will win, so they should not charge you anything up front. They collect when you settle. My settlement took about 4 months. All my attorney had to do was write a demand letter, and a few months later we got a settlement offer. No inspection required, no court room drama.

    Good luck!
  • quarquequarque Posts: 41
    I had some trouble with stalling and surging on my '05 Rainier a few months after I bought it. It was intermittent but got more and more frequent. It always happened shortly after starting up (either cold or hot, but mostly hot). I took it to my dealer and they checked a whole raft of things. The fix appears to have been some type of "reprogramming" on one of the computers that deals with throttle/fuel system. They did not replace any parts at all. The problem has never returned.
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