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#11441 of 18329 My New Baby Has Arrived....
May 28, 2003 (9:20 am)
I couldn't wait until this upcoming weekend, so I drove the 170 miles to pick up my new baby yesterday! 2003 Envoy SLT XL V-8 in Pewter!
I must say, it was a gem to drive home. Although, I must admit.. this is the FIRST time that I ever purchased a vehicle and brought it home in the rain. I was a little dissapointed, but that gave me more reason to crank up the Bose, sit back and relax! The return trip was very nice indeed. I reset the DIC and averaged 19.5 mpg all the way home 65-70 mph, I was pretty impressed.
Also, for those who are interested, I did e-mail Xenondepot.com for information concerning the Philips HID conversion for the Envoy. I will post my e-mail to Xenondepot.com and the response received:
""I was referred to your website by surfing the Philips HID forum. It appears that you carry the Philips line of Xenon HID conversion kits correct?
My question to you is as follows: I have a 2003 GMC Envoy XL that I want to convert over to the Xenon HID system. I do know that this vehicle (as well as the Trail Blazer and Bravada) all use the daytime running lights feature that runs the low beam during the day. Unlike other DRL systems (like my father's 2002 Yukon Denali), the Envoy does not utilize a separate light for the DRL system, just the regular low beams.
I am a little worried because I tested my vehicle both day and night and it appears that the low beams are ALWAYS on and running at regular voltage. Therefore, IF I were to install the Xenon HID kit, would the HID lights stay on all the time since this vehicle is equipped with the DRL feature? I would hate to run the Xenon's during the day for no apparent reason, I would much rather have them switch on at night. I do know that the older body style GMC Envoy's used to do this. They had a separate light for the DRL's and at night the HID's would switch on.
Also, I know that when you unlock the doors at night, this activates the perimeter lighting feature which flashes the low beams twice and then illuminates them for approximately 40 seconds (or until you get into the vehicle and turn the key). Any information that you could provide concerning this would be greatly appreciated? """
""You are 100% correct about your assumption that the DRL will be an issue because they will be given that they operate on a fluctuating current (as opposed to a stable 12V). We have however found a solution to this issue via the use of a capacitor. Doing so however would cause your HID bulbs to be on all the time. The only way to have the HID lights only on at night would be to disable your DRL.""
Also, he mentioned that he knows a guy that has this kit on his Envoy. He suggested that I contact this guy to gather his thoughts about the system and how well it's working for his vehicle. Stay tuned, hopefully I can bring more information concerning this for those who are interested.
#11442 of 18329 3 across car seats
May 28, 2003 (9:25 am)
I've had the same question on the car seats. (looking to replace a minivan with an Envoy)
My Subaru Outback can do it just barely. the seat measures 51 inches across in the Outback. The triplets measure like 54 or something. So depending on car seat width (make/model) it should work.
I'm guessing an XL model will work best since kids also come with lots of toys.
PS: a Chrysler/Dodge mini van can NOT do 3 across in car seats. The biggest bench seat only measures 48 inchs.
#11443 of 18329 Vibration at 55-65 MPH
May 28, 2003 (1:57 pm)
Riding on the highway today I noticed something that I hadn't before, probably because I have not done much highway driving yet with this truck. At around 55 to 65 MPH there is a very noticable vibration that can best be described as similar to, but not as loud as, the noise your vehicle makes when you run onto those grooves along the side of the highway to keep you awake if you veer off. Anyone else notice this? I am guessing it is somewhere in the tranny, maybe the tourque converter. Please post back here if anyone has had similar experiences and what the dealer has had to say about it. I think I will at least get it documented to protect myself in case anything happens later on when i am off warranty.
#11444 of 18329 My New Baby Has Arrived.... by iexplore2000
May 28, 2003 (2:56 pm)
Good to see that I am not the only kid around...at 38 years old! I am still at 22 days from delivery and I am like a kid before christmas...
What type of external option have you put on it? I am getting a TB Light Pewter and I am thinking of putting the ventvisor and the molded hood protector. I am wondering how they would look on that color. I already have the running board factory installed.
Good luck with your new toy and I hope you sleep well in it tonight...
#11445 of 18329 re: HID conversion kits by iexplore2000
May 28, 2003 (4:15 pm)
There's an Envoy owner at http://www.gm-trucks.com that has the Philips 6000K HID Low Beams. His user name is mcali17. He did an extensive write up on it in the forums here with pictures.
#11446 of 18329 Thanks giddens_john and richlavoie...
May 28, 2003 (5:02 pm)
Wow.. after reading that posting on gm-trucks.com, I am quite sure that this is the same individual that Steve over at XenonDepot.com had talked about.
I surely hate to go through all of that aggravation to get Xenons? Oh well.. I will have to give that some serious thought!
Also, thanks richlavoie for wishing me good luck. I am truly enjoying my new baby. She now has a good 250 on the odometer and I STILL have 1/2 a tank of fuel left? Wow.. I'm excited.. especially if I can get that kind of mileage all the time! Also, just to let you know, today I purchased the Auto Vent Shade Bug Flector II since I really liked the one I had on my 2002 Envoy. Additionally, I bought some black door guards that I will have to cut and install myself. I may purchase the rear chrome step bar that tlauro has posted on his website. This will fill the trailer hitch hole and accentuate the rest of the chrome/brushed pewter exterior trim. Be patient my friend, you're time is coming soon, then you too will be sleeping in your new ride!
#11447 of 18329 Other headlight options for IExplore2000
May 28, 2003 (6:18 pm)
If your too put off by the HID installation procedures then might I suggest going with some upgraded bulbs. Either PIAA xtreme white bulbs like Tim did here or SYLVANIA's SilverStar. I went with the Silverstar's due to the fact that my local auto part stores carried them, and they ended up costing $30.00 a pair after rebates. They made a noticeable improvement in light output and Color Temp. Plus starting around July Sylvania is going to release the 880 and 893 fog light bulbs in the SilverStar lamps. Just some other options for you.
#11448 of 18329 My New Baby Has Arrived.... by iexplore2000
May 28, 2003 (9:32 pm)
I sympathize with you...I picked up my new dark green metallic Trailblazer EXT LT today and it rained all the way home (but only 5 miles as opposed to 170).
I hope I am as lucky with the truck's reliability as I have been with buying it. I was able to locate this truck on GM Buypower and the dealer actually had it (actually at a sister dealership 30 miles away). The MSRP was previous to the most recent price increase and I was given the invoice price because I bought a Chevy Minivan last year from same dealer. When I took delivery I got a pleasant surprise...my sales rep pointed out that it had (I think it's called) Durabond which had been installed at the other dealer and they could not charge me for it because I had already agreed to the price. (Durabond is the 3M coating put on the front facing painted surfaces to resist chips, bugs, etc). The rep says the dealership usually charges about $550 for it.
Sorry for the long post, but I have been lurking here for about 6 months and decided to join the discussion after actually getting a Triplet.
#11449 of 18329 iexplore2000, congrats on your new truck
May 29, 2003 (6:00 am)
It's great to see others excited about their vehicles. My dealer, LEMAY Pontiac/Buick/GMC (Kenosha, WI) has about 30 new Envoy's. I kid you not. A few have the Vortec 5300 V8.
On another note, I have noticed some posts about engine faltering on light acceleration. With 19,991 K on my '02 Envoy XL SLT I have never experienced that condition. Quite the opposite, I have been very impressed with great throttle response especially at low speed.
#11450 of 18329 hey host, since the last site maint/upgrade.
May 29, 2003 (6:11 am)
I can no longer select GMC directly from the initial "make" discussion selection list. I own an Envoy and I used to select GMC and then I was routed to the GMC model selection automatically, where I would choose the Envoy discussion.
Might seem like a petty complaint but potential GMC Envoy visitors might not be inclined to go any further if they don't see GMC there. What happened to it? Did I just imagine that it was there or what?