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GMC Acadia Problems and Repairs



  • cj_needsafixcj_needsafix Posts: 1
    edited January 2013
    I bought my Acadia used in 2011 and it's been great until now. When I get to speeds near 60 mph and up the car often makes a feeling like its lunging forward in short bursts. Scary considering I'm on a busy highway. Problem not constant, but will happen at least 3-4 times on a short 20 minute highway drive. No dash lights come on to indicate any problems when this is going on.

    Yesterday, separate problem... I was parallel parked. When I pulled out of my spot, the rear end made a strange noise and jerked forward and felt like my car was rear-ended. It wasn't. Once again no dash lights indicating any problems.

    Took car to the dealer and they cannot repeat the same problems. Not sure if this matters, but when it started happening, there were very cold temps (5-15 degrees F). Today I took it to the dealer and the outside temp is in the 60's

    Anyone have the same problem and have advice on a repair.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,252
    Keep us posted on how everything goes with the dealership today! We're sorry that you have to take it in, but hope that all is resolved smoothly. If you should need anything, contact us at [email protected] (include your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and a summary of the situation).

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • Your transmission is about to go. Hopefully you are covered under warranty, if not, then be persistent with GMC Customer Service. Not the customer service on this thread but the ones you call. My bill was reduced from $3400 to $608. Be careful because when it goes out, you will probably be in the worst place possible when it happens. When it happens, pull over safely as possible and shut the car off. Either call a tow truck or wait about 10 minutes and start it up again and head toward a service garage or somewhere safe. You may have to shut car off and restart several times before you get to your destination. I suggest getting a tow truck because the damage may be less severe if you don't try to run it. Good luck.
  • Same problem with 2008 model here - except that I will not be replacing the motor. Endless issues with StabiliTrak, leaks, etc. since purchased new. It can go to the junkyard rather than cause me more grief in the future. :lemon:
  • 91000 - engine gone and transmission was right behind it. Based on what I've read, I think these vehicles would only survive if you changed ALL the fluids every 5k miles. Maybe even not then . . . :sick:
  • pet10pet10 Posts: 1
    I have a 100,000 km on my 2009 Acadia. I too have replaced #2 coil twice in the past 12 months, have had all the spark plugs replaced and today only 3 months since the last repair the engine light is on. I had onstar conduct a diagnositic and yet again I have a misfire but they couldn't tell me what cylinder. Because I moved and had the first 2 repairs done at different dearlerships I had to pay twice for the repairs. Keep me posted on how you make out. Here in Canada that repair job cost $700. Really don't want to spend that again.
  • My 2009 Acadia was only a year and a half old when 2 coils went while we were at a soccer tournament 450 miles from home. Limped home. Went to dealership and they replaced coils #2 and #4. Three months later it started doing the same thing again (would be driving along and feel a momentary "miss" where the engine would lose power. It was noticeably worse when going uphill or when I had a car full of kids. Went back to the dealership and they pronounced coils #3 and #5 bad. It was still under warranty so I insisted they also replace the remaining 2 "good" coils lest we have a repeat performance in a few months. After that, no more coil problems. (Only steering shaft, water pump, and suspension problems). GM refused to chip in for any part of a $1,200 power steering repair when the car was several months out of warranty, so I am now driving a Ford Edge. Love it.
  • dria253dria253 Posts: 2
    edited February 2013
    I purchased a used 2007 GMC Acadia in September 2012. In the past 5 months the Acadia has been to dealership 6 times. The truck will not start on incline or a decline. The dealership insist that there isn't anything wrong with the truck. They told me that it was my battery, the battery was replaced and lo and behold not even a week later THE SAME ISSUE!!! This is very frustrating, the DIC is reading that the truck has gas, but it will not start. I had to take the Acadia back due to it over heating. The thermostat and the thermostat housing was changed but the truck still over heats. The truck is currently at the dealership because it will not start. I have only had this truck for 5 months and from reading the post on this forum...I really do not look forward to the next few years.
  • My 2010 Traverse has been in shop 12 days for injectors and none in the country. I understand I need #12638530 injector and also same in 2013. Has GM shut down assembly line? Why don't they ship injectors to at least keep customer happy. I guess they need to keep building and hopefully customer will pay for repairs later......Time to boycott Government Motors. :cry:
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    edited February 2013
    The dealer can't tell you what the problem is?

    RockAuto cross-references Part # 2173445 if that means anything.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,252

    Have you made any progress on the motor problems you've been having with your Acadia since this post?

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,252
    Any news from the dealership, dria253?

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,252

    We're sorry about this trouble with the parts! If you want for us to check into this further, please contact us at [email protected] (include your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and a summary of the situation so far).

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • We have had our car for a month... 2007 Acadia and the stabilitrak comes on 3-4 times per trip. It doesn't shut down but now after reading all these I'm afraid to drive it. Please tell me how to get this fixed. Doesn't seem fair to pay for a car with this known issue
  • Hey nbaumgardner - I am glad I found your post! I just had a similar experience with my 2011 Acadia SLT2 AWD with 1/8 of a tank left and parked on a decline in front of my house. I left it there for almost 2 days and when I tried to start it, crank/no start.

    Needless to say I was [email protected]$@# and had to get it towed to the dealer to have it looked at. They get the vehicle and are able to start it up right away?!?! Spent 4 hours troubleshooting and then said they couldn't do anything else at this point unless/until they are able to reproduce the issue.

    My question - were you ever able to get your problem resolved with GM? Anything I can do to get my dealer to investigate more?


  • bad3bad3 Posts: 2
    It should be so shameful to GM for so many folks having issues with these vehicles. I purchased my acadia on 5/2008, I have the same exact problems that most of you are having. My dealership service guy told me these things are job security for him. I have 96000 on mine and am trying so hard to get rid of it, but when I try to trade it I get low balled and the worst part the lowest numbers come from GMC dealerships. :(
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,252
    Let us know if you decide to work with a dealership to get this resolved. We're available to work with you through that process if you like and can be reached at [email protected] (include your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and a summary of the situation).
    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,252

    Have you contacted Customer Service about this yet? If not, and if you would like for us to follow up with your dealership, please contact us via email at [email protected] (include your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and a summary of the situation so far).

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • The dealership cannot duplicate the they say. If there is no problem they cannot fix it. I contacted GM about this issue; needless to say GM knows that there is a problem with the Acadia's not starting on an incline/decline. A GM representative left me voicemail basically saying if I'm at a 1/4 tank to park on "leveled terrain". I can't believe that there is not a recall or a solution regarding this issue.
  • I also have a 2008 Acadia that I purchased used 8mo ago and have been really frustrated with the problems its had. We recenty had the stabilitrack issue. Where the light would come on followed by reduced engine power. Which slowed the car down and would not let it excelerate. We took it to our service department and we were told that it was related to the throttle body. And that sometimes the throttle body can get dirty or gummed up and it makes it stick causing the stabilitrack light to come on. So they cleaned the unit and it seems to be ok now. If the problem comes back, we may need to replace the unit.
  • I want to update you all on what happend.

    After I got the parts from RockAuto and my mechanic started
    Installing them he discovered that they are USED parts and not new!!

    RockAuto you sell used parts to your customers!!?? Shame on you!
    At least tell us they are used! No wonder they were so cheap!
  • Regarding the last message. Maybe i was a bit hasty because i just got of the phone
    With the mechanic and he got me upset
    I just checked the FAQ in RockAuto and they do mention that sometimes
    They will offer remanufactured parts
    Just needed to clear that up. If the car works again i will be happy otherwise i would
    Have wasted my money. But for a part that cannot be found antwhere this is better than nothing
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    edited February 2013
    Remanufactured parts aren't necessarily bad; depends a bit on the part. (link). I usually associate remans with stuff like transmissions though, but I guess they rebuild injectors too.

    But it is a surprise to order something "new" and get something obviously used. It would be better if RockAuto would put a note on the part that it's a reman when you add it to your cart.
  • This happened to me also. i just put my car in neutral and using the break got out of the decline. once the car was level i were able to get it to start. I think because no fuel could reach the ignition system ( i am not a mechanic but this is what i think)
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,252
    Let us know if the stabilitrack issue comes back. Hopefully cleaning the throttle body took care of it, but it not we're happy to check into this further with your dealership.

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    The no start on an incline with 1/4 tank or less of fuel in the tank could be due to the shape of the gas tank. If the tank is narrower, then on an incline fuel settles on one side of the tank and the fuel pump is not powerful enough to pump it to the engine. I have a Chevy Uplander and Uplander owners (check out Uplander forums) were given the narrow tank by GM as a reason for the no start condition on steep inclines. After hearing this, I make an effort not to go below 1/4 tank. Good luck.
  • mlitmlit Posts: 1
    I am reading all of these reports from Acadia owners and their issues with the stabilitrack. Our dealer told us this morning he would have to replace the throttle body. The car is a 2011 and 40k miles. Really GMC. This problem seems to be very common and is not recalled? Unfortunately, we are out of warranty on this and have to pay to replace. Never would have had this problem with Toyota.
  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    Stabilitrack issues are problematic with other GM models (see Impala forums). Unfortunately, all vehicles were required to have electronic stability control (ESC), I believe by the 2009 model year. Many vehicles had it available by the 2006 or 2007 model year. I was fortunate when I purchased a 2007 Uplander. It did not have the Stabilitrack option.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,252
    We're sorry that you're experiencing stabilitrack issues on your Acadia. Let us know if we can check into anything by emailing us at [email protected] (include your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and a summary of your situation).

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • We are in the market to buy a newer "used" family hauler. Of course we really like the setup in these cars and the traverse as well. We were warned by an auto broker we work with in Denver and we were still tempted because of the interior layout.
    So thanks for posting all your problems because we will definitely look at the highlander or other. Too bad these morons cant figure out how too fix all these problems. At least they lost one customer who already leaned GMC because I have had really good luck with my 01 Sierra.
    Anyway thanks you guys scared me off after only reading two pages.
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