GMC Envoy XL Problems
The GMC Envoy XL is the extended wheelbase version of the standard GMC Envoy. It is also the GMC counterpart of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer. The SUV boasts of a standard four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System as well as driver and front passenger airbags, earning it a four-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Despite the safety features in the model, it is still prone to various problems that are reported by owners in the past.
A common problem with the GMC Envoy XL involves the power steering system wherein owners report difficult or extra effort in turning the vehicle. This is caused by a power steering hose that is not compatible with the SUV. As a result, rapid turning can break the hose and cause a fluid leak. This results in irregular power steering and power break assists. In worst case, the leak may be sprayed into a hot engine and catch fire.
In 2005, General Motors did a recall regarding the issue. Dealers were made to inspect affected units for problems with the steering hoses. Damaged hoses were replaced for free. A reported 123,592 units were affected by this problem.
Another issue that is reported by a lot of GMC Envoy XL owners is latch problems wherein their hatch latches do not lock well. This is a result of corrosion due to road debris and other contaminants from the weather. General Motors saw this as a security issue wherein a passenger might fall out from the rear of the vehicle while on the road.
In October 2005, General Motors made a recall wherein the lower part of the latch was sealed to prevent entry of contaminants. The latch mechanism was also inspected for free. The recall was open to 98,007 unit owners.
A lot of GMC Envoy XL owners complain about their windshield wipers. The problem ranges from wipers that do not operate, wipers that cease operation while being in use, and wipers that do not turn off. General Motors pointed out the issue to be caused by the presence of water or other contaminants inside the wiper modules, causing a short circuit or corrosion. Needless to say, this is a security issue that can result in a crash depending on the weather the GMC Envoy XL is driven in.