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It takes care of you if you take care of It by An MSN Autos Consumer on 09/01/2007. Trim: 1998 GMC Envoy Envoy 4WD, Owned 9 years.
Pros: I like the reliability of the 4.3L . It is basically your 4 Bolt Chevy 350 minus 2 cylinders. Therefore, you will have alot of torque and reliability provided you keep maintenance and don't do extreme modifications. I put a stock K&N airfilter and it increased power and gas mileage by a few. I like that it is a combination of Truck and Luxury; I can go to home depot in the morning and leave the bricks in the back, but the passengers and driver are still treated to supple leather and real wood trim. The HID's give you a great view of the road and it still distinguishes you from many of the other SUV's since 1998. Bose System and Heated Seats add a nice touch.
Cons: I agree with a post about the cupholder. It is near the gear shifter so it is a bit cumbersome. I was once regulated to the backseat, I didn't realize how much you kiss your knees (I hate to say it, but Mini-vans will give you the best comfort for a large group of passengers.) There is a bit of rattle with the plastic trim. But it may have to do with putting the Sport and the Utility in SUV; lots of miles and those miles saw offroad and long distances. Gas mileage is typical of SUV's.
Overall review: I have owned this car since the beginning. It has treated me well driving the length of California about a dozen times. Even at 175,000 miles it still is reliable and strong. It is not an unsightly big SUV, but rather a great combination of Sports Utility, Truck, and Luxury. I did not have the electrical problems that others spoke about; perhaps I was well cared for by the dealership mechanics and I maintained my fluids, tires, paint, air diligently. Like most 4WD cars; I had to replace the Tranny and Differential at 160,000. But keep in mind I did long distance, off roading, and hauling of cars and trailers. I should see 225,000 no problem. My best advice for someone looking to buy one of these used is make sure they have kept regular maintenance of the Envoy and find a good mechanic (I chose to stay with the dealership and I give credit to them for keeping it going strong and like new after all those miles).
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