GMC Envoy is the mid sized SUV that General Motors produced from 1997 – 2008. The first generation Envoy was discontinued in 2000 only to start back up again in 2002. In 2009, the Envoy became the subject of a HBO documentary, The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant, documenting the story of the Ohio GM factory shutdown. Envoys share physical similarities with the Chevrolet Blazer 4-door, the Oldsmobile Bravada, and the Chevrolet TrailBlazer. In 2000, GMC replaced the ‘Jimmy’ name in its lineup where it eventually became the Envoy. This 2000 model was a more luxurious and upscale version of the Jimmy model with a lavish interior and four-wheel drive option. Find your GMC Envoy service manual here on this site.
The 2003 to 2007 models can seat up to five in the regular vehicle option or seven in the extended seating capacity. This Envoy XL option had a higher roofline and third row seat. Additionally, the Denali XL version offered similar advantages to a higher capacity with other premium feature like LCD DVD entertainment accessories perfect for families. Early versions of the Envoy were not quite as fuel efficient until 2005 when GMC included a Displacement on Demand feature on the V8 engine that shut off four cylinders during times where it was not need in order to save fuel.
Noteworthy features of the Envoy are that the models include an Onstar 8.0 Advanced Crash Response System where information at a time of crash is sent to available 911 centers if help is needed. In addition to increased seating capacity of the Denali and its Vortec 5.3 liter V8 300 horsepower engine, the Envoy Denali would make it a great choice for standard towing.
In June of 2008, GM Chairman Rick Wagoner announced that the Moraine, Ohio manufacturing plant would close in December due to high fuel prices and decreased demand of the SUV and trucks produced in the plant. Workers in the plant received an official notice in October 2008 where they would face the upcoming months of seeing their jobs come to an end. The Dayton County community was highly affected by the closure of the plant, which is portrayed in the documentary.
Through it all, the Envoy is still a prevalent car seen often on the road. The halt in its production may have already taken place but drivers of the vehicle can stand by this mass produced car. Whether it’s the 2001 or the 2006 model, you’ll find the GMC Envoy repair manual here has everything you would need.