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Hi,

I am looking at a 2004 Envoy, reasonably priced ($9800) but with 105,000 miles on it. I need a 4x4 to drive gravel roads all summer and get out of my drive way in the winter, app. 7500 miles/year.
What I would like to know is what kind of experiences you made with high milage Envoy's. I understand that there are plenty around with 150thousand and more on them, but when do the expensive parts start to break?.
Any suggestions if it is a good idea to buy an Envoy with that many miles.
What should the pre-owner have done servicing at 100,000?

Thanks! Hope to join the club with this SUV! :)
 

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:tiphat Welcome :tiphat . The expensive parts start to go bad when you start beating on the truck. There is a list in the Owners Manual of what needs to be done and when. Go to the RESOURCES at the top of the page and download a copy for the year you need.
 

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Make sure all fluids are up to date. Transfer case at 50k,100k. Tranny at 50k,100k. etc. Look in the owners manual for maint schedule. I bought my 03 envoy a couple months ago for 7900 bucks at 95000 miles, and soon after, the power steering pump started going.
 

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Agreed. The transfer case and diffs need to be checked out with that many miles to make sure:
1) they have been changed at proper intervals
2) fluid levels are correct (i.e. make sure you don't have some sort of leak which has already depleated the levels in the above.

Harder to check out, because other fluid levels like ps, tranny, etc. can be checked from above, but those I mentioned above you need to get underneath.
 

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MY 04 Envoy is just over 90k and still runs great. Then I again I bought it used at 32k and have done all the maintenence as required.
 

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Thanks for all the tips! Unfortunately the manual for the 2004 GMC Envoy doesn't download (broke link), same problem with 2003 and 2005 GMC Envoy (hope that is not a sign!) so I tried the 2004 Chevy Trailblazer instead - shouldn't differ too much? It doesn't say anything about he diff(erential?) Sorry - stupid question warning, but I do have to ask: differential has fluid in it too that needs to be checked/changed? Rather ask the stupid question here than at the dealership ... ;)
My Chevy Pickup needed a new transfer case at 90,000 miles, bearings needed to be replaced, ... - now, this guy got abused with lots of heavy trailer pulling on bad roads.
My Dodge Caravan was ready for a new transmission at 100,000 miles as my old Chevy Pickup was at 120,000 miles - theses are the kind of repairs I am afraid of - very cost intensive!
What is the life expectancy of an Envoy transmission? Any ideas?

Thanks so much for the help so far! :)
 

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To the differentials: The manual just says to check and top off as needed. Many of the members change at 50k depending on how you use/abuse your vehicle. :m2:
 

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High Mileage

I have a 2002 2WD with 176K miles that I've owned since new (7-years). No problems with tranny, diff, or any other major mechanical systems. It does not burn any oil between changes and still runs great. I intend to keep driving it indefinitely. The only failures I've had are:

I replaced the fan clutch twice. It failed early in life and was more a design issue than age issue. I replaced it with an aftermarket version the 2nd time which fixed the issue permanently.

Automatic mirror positioning using the drive memory button doesn't work. It also failed early on and I never had it fixed. Just a feature I don't use anyway.

The rear defrost only works in a small swath. Looking for aftermarket glass repalcement now, but it's pretty expensive. Just a minor inconvenience.

That's the extent of issues I've had. Not bad for a car of this age and mileage. I wouldn't hesitate to buy an Envoy with 105K as long as it has been reasonably cared for.
 
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