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Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, GMC Envoy XL, Isuzu Ascender, Oldsmobile Bravada, SUV
#14835 of 18329 Re: warranty to expire - problems unressolved [polarbear6 #14784]
Jul 02, 2004 (6:59 am)
Hi! I'm new to this and this is my first time sending a message. I also own a 2002 Trailblazer LT and have the same prolems with my start up racing and the hesitation in shifting....it makes me crazy and has been to the service department more times than I care to remember!!! It's been re-programmed, and I've also been told that this is normal and to let it race and it will stop within a minute. Sometimes yes, sometimes no........but it still takes off like an airplane with the noise of a helicopter and the delay of shifting gears! Most often, it won't duplicate at the service department and they can't do a thing about it. I am also having continuous problems with the a/c.......hot air, cold air, cool air, warm air.....never consistently cold like I want it. They've replaced the pressure recycling switch at least 6 times and have re-programed the unit...who knows. Well, today, I phoned the chevy customer assistant 1-800-222-1020. They have put together a history of my vehicle and have contacted the local dealership. They want the dealership to correct the problems (hahahaha)and if needed to contact them. I've been given a case #. We'll see what happens. I don't know if they have any cure for these problems.......it's a GREAT driving vehicle, but a headache with minor repairs!!!! EVERYONE WITH ANY PROBLEM NEEDS TO PHONE 1-800-222-1020 TODAY, DON'T WAIT, GET A CASE # AND LET THEM KNOW THEY MUST HAVE SOME RECALLS & CORRECT THE PROBLEMS IMMEDIATELY!!!!
#14836 of 18329 Aftermarket exhaust? by raleigh
Jul 02, 2004 (7:53 am)
I have the Borla cat back system on my '03 Envoy.
Noticed some increase in performance. Also got a lot of droning in the cabin at 1500 to 2000 RPM. Considered removing the exhaust system, but went with 180 sq. ft. of sound deadener on floor and in doors. This removed a lot of the droning and most all road noise.
#14837 of 18329 Re: Aftermarket Springs [tmarkb2 #14823]
Jul 02, 2004 (2:24 pm)
Tmarkb2 - I am doing the same thing to my new Envoy. Just got the Bilsteins, Eibachs and Hotchkis and hope to have them installed next week. Question: since all this new stuff lowers the vehicle about 2 inches, I would assume that an alignment is also required. Is that your take? I will also let everyone know how I like the setup.
#14838 of 18329 2003 Bravada Update
Jul 02, 2004 (3:07 pm)
I haven't posted for some time because my Bravada (10/02, 13,000 miles) has been a great new truck. However, a month ago I had the no A/C problem (just pumped hot air for 5 minutes, then returned to normal). I had it last summer and they replaced a switch per the TSB, but didn't re program as I requested. Problem back and the dealer diagnoses an open circuit on the switch. Still doesn't re program to the update for temperature set point control. Well it has been cool and rainy since, so I haven't been able to challenge the fix.
Last year I complained about occasional "Crow Hop" when turning while backing up out of my drive way. Dealer could not duplicate. Well now it has Crow Hop anytime it turns at low speed forward or backward. Called the Dealer to make a service appointment. I'm told, " that's the way AWD acts". Since it didn't act that way when new and since I've known about the Crow Hop problem and TSB from reading this forum, I inform him that isn't acceptable. Bravada goes in Monday for the Crow Hop problem and I'll show them the TSB number. I'll post the results of my adventure.
The Bravada is a great SUV. If GM could just provide good, permanent fixes, and no BS at their service departments, this could be a very positive ownership experience. Unfortunately, I think the bean-counters are in charge and the marketing folks are just being told to shut-up and sell some more vehicles. Counter-productive management!
#14839 of 18329 Re: Aftermarket Springs [raleigh #14837]
Jul 03, 2004 (8:05 am)
We checked the alignment before and after installing the springs. The increase in toe-out was negligible but I did pick up 1/2 degree of negative camber. This is good for handling but I am noticing a little more tire wear on the outside shoulder. Even if I could (it's not adjustable on the TBs/Envoys) I wouldn't dial out the negative camber as I'm sure it's part of the improvement in handling. I do an oil change and tire rotation every 5,000 miles to I'm not too worried about the tire wear. Speaking of tires, I hope you're also replacing those nasty Michelins!
RE: questions about the lowered ride height, that was my first goal in installing the Eibachs. I wanted to lower the Envoy's roll axis for better and safer handling. For the most part, winters where I live are pretty mild and I don't do any off-roading so ground clearance isn't on my worry list. With 3 bikes and all the camping gear in the back, I notice a VERY slight drop in the rear but there are no negative effects on ride or handling.
Hope all this helps.
Jul 03, 2004 (3:12 pm)
Now you say you got alot loud sound after you put the borla system on. Is there a another exhaust system that does not have that sound problem. The reason i am asking this is that i do not have the slightest clue of removing a sound from my 03 tblazer that is so im wondering if it is a good idea to use borla in my tblazer. Now as far as installing it was there a problem with back pressure and computer problems catalytic converter problems when you installed it or had it installed etc let me know trailblazer owners also thanks.
#14841 of 18329 Re: 01 hoe ... [mookie14 #14840]
Jul 03, 2004 (6:44 pm)
Loud to me might not be loud to someone else. It is what some people will accept, others won't. To me I did not like the droning at 1500 to 2000 RPM's, say 35 to 45MPH in high gear. The back factory muffler/resonator is on there for a reason. The Borla is a complete stainless system made very well with a cat back muffler and two resonators just before the exhaust exits at the back. Other than the droning, the tone is very mellow. I just chose to add soundproofing to the floor and doors to get the droning reduced.
I had a local muffler shop install it. Took them 1 hour from start to finish. The shop commented that the kit was well made and fit together as it should. No problems after the install, the kit still maintains backpressure for the engine to operate properly. The system is installed after the cat, so no issues here either.
As I said before, removing the rear factory resonator is going to result in a louder exhaust sound inside the cabin. I don't know about other exhaust systems, as no others were available that offered a cat back dual system at the time, and that was what I wanted.
#14842 of 18329 Re: Aftermarket Springs [tmarkb2 #14839]
Jul 03, 2004 (7:31 pm)
Tmarkb2 - "Replace those nasty Michelins?" From everything I've heard, the Cross Terrains are very good all-around tires. What don't you like about them ... and what did you replace them with? I'm reluctant to toss 5 brand new Michelins.
#14843 of 18329 Re: handling in sand [poles #14819]
Jul 03, 2004 (9:14 pm)
I have had my '03 TB in pretty deep sand at the north end of the Outer Banks of NC and it performed great. Didn't venture up any dunes, but some of the ruts were pretty deep and just used 4H with no problem - didn't even have to let any air out of the tires.