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GMC Acadia Problems and Repairs



  • safety9285safety9285 Posts: 88
    Your wave plate would have been covered under the 100,000 drive train warranty
  • cindy60cindy60 Posts: 9
    Regardless, the steering issues are still happening on 2012 models as well as other years. There are also owners with used Acadias and some who are the original owner, like myself. If you happen to get a good one that doesn't have these problems then good for you. The rest of us were not so fortunate. I use the forum to see what issues might be coming my way in the future. I don't use it to put down those who are having problems and forking out way too much money. I know I would appreciate it if you will choose to keep your opinions to yourself.
  • safety9285safety9285 Posts: 88
    People post with complaints but never post the fix:

    People with the “change the oil” question: GM recommends synthetic oil now (2011 and later). So you might check with the dealer on the oil change thing. They went to synthetic but kept the change interval the same for extra protection.
    Someone talked about the sun reflecting off the chrome looking air vents: GM had a fix for that and on new models it will be done under warranty. They replace the chrome looking ones with Flat Black Vents. Works and looks great.
    Someone talked about a vertical line in their back up camera: That will happen when you back up in direct sunlight and the angle is just right causing sunlight to reflect off the bumper into the camera. No fix unless the sun isn’t there.
  • packrfan4packrfan4 Posts: 2
    Get a clue, safety9285. These forums are designed for people to post both complaints and compliments about their vehicles so that others can be properly informed. However, it's the nature of the beast for people to post complaints rather than compliments so that's predominantly what you're going to find here. If the Acadia was a more reliable vehicle or if GM backed its owners better by taking care of the known issues (like the power steering problems many have reported) then you wouldn't see as many people complaining here.
  • packrfan4packrfan4 Posts: 2
    edited May 2013
    Anybody know if GM has released any Technical Service Bulletins regarding intermittent loss of power steering on the Acadias? It seems to be a common problem and my 2010 Acadia is now suffering from this. Just want to be armed with the proper information when I take into the dealer.
  • cindy60cindy60 Posts: 9
    Packrfan4 the dealer and other places will tell u that its the power steering rack and replace that. I had mine replaced twice in a year and third time my local guy (not the dealer) took the time to research what going on and he found the root cause! It is the steering pump, not rack. The pump wouldn't budge making it appear it was the rack. A couple thousand dollars later, sadly but it should be fixed now?! This mechanic doesn't like to call cars lemons but after all work he has done on my Acadia, and the problems he reads on their auto shop forums (something only they access) he has found his first lemon.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251
    We're sorry to hear about the power steering concerns you're having with your Acadia, packrfan4. I see that you're planning on visiting the dealership - please keep us updated on your progress there! If you should need any further assistance, don't hesitate to contact us via email at (include your name, contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and a summary of the situation).

    GM Customer Care
  • megawatts74megawatts74 Posts: 29
    First of all, there are no 2006 Acadias. Second of all... transmissions should last longer than 50 or 60,000 miles. There is a SAFETY concern here, SAFETY9285. When your car suddenly loses a transmission when your on the interstate. I traded in my heap of garbage Acadia for a new Kia Sorento.. Look it up on this forum... I have been praising the Kia. Positive posts. These Acadias are heaps of junk.
  • safety9285safety9285 Posts: 88
    My apologies for miss-speaking on the model year. The 2007 model came out late in 2006, so you could have purchased a 2007 in 2006.
    More people should spend time on these forums discussion issues and trying to help others solve their problems. You may disagree with me and that is OK. My OPINION is that a forum should be used for more than a [non-permissible content removed] box.
    I did some research on your current car and is was very easy to find forums discussing crap transmissions in the Kia.
    As far as the Sorento, I hope the transmission recall notice on your vehicle made it to your address.
  • I don't know about the rest of the people but we had bought our Acadia new in 2011 and within 4 months had to have the transmission rebuilt. From then on it was one issue after another. We finally got rid of it after the transmission again decided to slip in the middle of an intersection with on coming traffic. In the 14 months we owned the vehicle it was in the garage for 8 months. GM took advantage of us on the cost of getting out of the death trap and would not help out at all. Always stating they could not find anything wrong ( even though the traction control warning light kept coming on) all the while continuously replacing parts trying to find the issue. If GM really cared about their customers they would read and listen to their complaints and fix the problems. These vehicles should not be on the road given the various degrees of issues some severe and dangerous other not so. But the fact that someone could be seriously injured or killed from one of these vehicles should be enough to have the governments force GM to issue recalls and pay for all expenses until they can fix the problems. We were one of the lucky ones to get out before we were seriously injured. Others might not be.
  • megawatts74megawatts74 Posts: 29
    The Sorento has been around a few years longer than the Acadia with a small fraction of transmission problems.. This isn't the only forum bout Acadia owners bitching about transmission, power steering, leaking sunroofs, bad water pumps, etc... these problems are very very common with Acadias. The service manager at my dealership even said so. And as for that crap tranny in Kia, it is way smoother and engine feels much more powerful than the Acadia. That Acadia has a major hesitation when you press the gas to pass someone. Oh, and if there is trouble with the Kia transmission/engine, it's backed by a ten year warranty, not five. Two co-workers have the Sorentos and love them. The Acadia is complete garbage. That's MY OPINION and apparently the opinion of MANY others.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    You can check the MTD and the YTD sales of both GM and KIA CUVs here:

    SUV and CUV sales

    #12 Kia Sorento 34,864 - 2.1% 8909 - 7.3%

    #18 GMC Acadia 28,503 + 22.7% 6681 + 9.8%

    However if you add the twins the Chevy Traverse and the Buick Enclave sales you would end up with 28,503 + 34,817 + 20,609 = 83,929

    According to you the Acadia is complete garbage. If that's true why are people buying the Acadia, Traverse, and Enclave to the tune of 84,000 units sold to date. Word should have gotten out there by now since these issues started in 2006 and the vehicles are complete garbage. :confuse:
  • megawatts74megawatts74 Posts: 29
    Because people like me were hesitant to buy foreign before but now are sick of getting ripped off by GM. The trend toward foreign is growing because their quality is increasing while GM is decreasing. I believe Hyundai and Kia are growing the most since 2005 or something. I own a 2010 Chevy Cobalt that I bought brand new. Read my post where my Cobalt engine blew and the Acadia tranny blew on the same day. Long story short, the dealer broke the Cobalt tranny while replacing the engine... had both vehicles for about a month. It was a nightmare.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    Owning GM vehicles since 1999 I've learned two things. First become familiar with the problems/solutions particular to your GM vehicle. I subscribe to where you can get a full listing of the TSBs and recalls available for your vehicle.

    Perhaps the most important is the 0 deductible Major Guard extended warranty provided by GM. Worth its weight in gold especially if it comes to replacing a trans or rack.

    I would not own a GM vehicle without either.

    We traded a 2002 Yukon Denali for a 2010 Acadia. If I had waited two more months I might have bought the Denali version. Not to play devils advocate but other than a wheel balancing problem and a lack of power compared to the Yukon Denali vehicle serves its purpose. Course I don't have a sunroof.
  • anakleon75anakleon75 Posts: 23
    am sorry for your Acadia/2011, got mine(new)8/31/11 SLT/2011, maybe am just lucky that I don't have major concern and driving it now with 38500m and I am happy for it till. Hoping wont have any major issue when I got 50k., but I do keep updating info from site.
  • Funny thing is that I posted this information as I was asked and no one has returned an email. Its all a front people. My steering locked up and almost had an accident.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Emailed or just posted? You really need to email or call to get in GM's system.
  • sparisisparisi Posts: 6
    I have 2010 acadia . steve to answer your question. I have called gm,I have told them all my issues with the truck . I responded the way Sarah asked me to .
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Time to follow up some more then. There's also Facebook and Twitter in addition to the "usual" channels.
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