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10-12-2011 12:53 AM  6 years agoPost 1
freakyreef

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Anyone here (of course someone does) own a GMC Acadia?
I have a chance to pick up a 2008 loaded, except sunroof, with 26,000 miles for $23,000. I know the price is great, I know the lady that drove it, literally a little old lady that only drove it to church on Sundays. The thing looks brand new without a scratch on it.
So for you owners out there, what do you think of them? I have read great reviews on them so far.

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10-12-2011 02:04 AM  6 years agoPost 2
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Run for your life! Seriously! I bought a loaded 08 6 months ago and I've had nothing but problems with it lately. I've had it in the shop 4 times now, and oddly enough its in the shop right now because module in the on-star failed. While driving it down to the dealer the ac started making a nasty hissing noise. Turns out on of the lines decided to blow. 4 weeks ago I took it in because the power steering completely failed.
Its a nice car to look at, and it drives really well when its not wet out, but the traction control is awful. Also, if you do have to get on the accelerator you can feel the front end do some funky stuff.
Read the owner reviews. I read some before I bought it and I didn't listen, so now I'm stuck with a really nice looking POS.

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10-12-2011 02:05 AM  6 years agoPost 3
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Interested in knowing thoughts on these too as it is on the short list of SUV's for my wife.

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10-12-2011 03:10 AM  6 years agoPost 4
freakyreef

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Thats interesting.. I have been reading pretty good reviews. Obviously bad reviews as well. Perfectly honest, I don't know what to think anymore. Quite a few years ago, I owned a 96 Oldsmobile Aurora that was supposedly the biggest pile of crap ever. The thing lasted me 140,000 miles till I traded it off without a problem. Then I bought a 95 Aurora and it WAS the biggest pile of crap ever...... I am thinking it's a crap shoot with anything these days. 2 people I work with love their Acadias, but 2 people makes a small sample size.
I appreciate your input.

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10-12-2011 04:35 AM  6 years agoPost 5
Billingsnutz

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It is a crap shoot. I traded a loaded 09 Honda CRV on it and the two years I had I never once had a problem. Next one is going to be a Toyota 4 Runner. I'll never buy anything from the Big 3 ever again.

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10-12-2011 04:47 AM  6 years agoPost 6
RayJayJohnsonJr

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I'll never buy anything from the Big 3 ever again.
+1

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10-12-2011 03:08 PM  6 years agoPost 7
kirk

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I looked at the Arcadia a few years back and really like the way they look. Then I remebered that I have had multiple GM products with multiple problems and decided againt it. Current GM product with issues I have is a Yukon. It has 150,000 miles on it and has gone thru a transmission, ac compressor, shocks, rear main seal, valve cover gaskets, steering box, neutral saftey switch, and brake calipers. I will not even mention the interior issues it has. That's about 7K worth of repairs in the last 5 years. When newer the vehicle was really nice but it has not aged well and would be a nightmare from a cost standpoint if I was not work able to work on my own cars. I have owned multiple Honda's and for a day to day driver they are really hard to beat. On top of that when its time to sell the honda its still worth something. If I were to sell my Yukon I would be lucky to get $7500 for it, Where as when I sold my 98 civic which had 195,000 miles on it I got $3900 for it (I bought it for $4500 with 79,000 miles on it). If you buy the Arcdia I would plan on taking a $20,000 hit in the next 5 years which is basically a $4000 loss every year. Not sure if you are in a position to take a $333 loss each month but I know I am not and I do not know too many people who are. It does look good though

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10-13-2011 01:36 AM  6 years agoPost 8
Sig Dawg

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A guy i work with just blew the tranny in his 09 toyota tundra, so they aren't immune to problems either. I've had a few domestics, a VW and haven't really had any issues with any of them. Maybe just lucky with vehicles so far.

Jason

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10-13-2011 01:45 AM  6 years agoPost 9
BladeStrikes

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My brother bought a 2009 Saturn Vue 2nd hand.The same day they bought it the trans blew,around $2,500 for a used trans and $4500.00 for a new trans ..He paid $5,500 for the Vue and it's still sitting after 1 1/2 year's,took it up the azz on that one..

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10-13-2011 02:32 AM  6 years agoPost 10
freakyreef

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The imports are out for me. The only dealers close are Ford and GM. The nearest Dodge dealer is an hour away and the closest import dealer is 2.5 hours away. The price I pay for living in such a peaceful area I guess.

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10-13-2011 02:48 AM  6 years agoPost 11
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I work on these for a living at a GMC dealership.
I would not own any of these body styles (Acadia, Traverse, Enclave, ect.)

List of problems you WILL have.
1. Timing chains stretch
2. Transmissions fail internally
3. Steering systems are noisy (pumps and gears)
4. Valves will burn easily
5. Front cover leaks oil

If you know anyone that owns them advise them to sell before the 100k powertrain warranty is up.

I love everything else in the GMC lineup. I would not have a lot of work at all if not for those acadias.

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10-13-2011 02:51 AM  6 years agoPost 12
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Mudbogger2 - Isn't the 3.6 in the acadia/traverse/enclave the same as alot of the other GM products? Just wondering why the engine issues only on them?

Jason

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10-13-2011 02:53 AM  6 years agoPost 13
mudbogger2

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It is the same but we dont see any problems with them in the cars.
We have Buick at my dealership also.

The size of vehicle is the only thing we can figure.

Jon Jennings

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10-13-2011 04:04 AM  6 years agoPost 14
freakyreef

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I would not own any of these body styles (Acadia, Traverse, Enclave, ect.)
That pretty much covers the Lambda platform then. Of course that's the other one I was looking at was a 2011 Traverse, but for a good chunk of money more. What about before 100k miles though? I usually trade off before I hit that mark.

Looking at the blue book and edmunds, the price does look great on the Acadia. Judging by the price, If I didn't know better I would swear she knew there was a problem with it or something, but I know the lady that owned it and completely trust her when she say's it has never been in the shop for other than regular maint. She is not the lying type....at all. Were talking about $7000 less than book value on it, even checking on autotrader, I can't even get close to this price.

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10-14-2011 02:09 AM  6 years agoPost 15
mudbogger2

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What about before 100k miles though? I usually trade off before I hit that mark.
Does not mean it won't tear up just means most of the stuff is still under powertrain warranty.

At 26K miles its just getting to the point where things start to go bad.

Buy it and resell for a profit.

Jon Jennings

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10-14-2011 03:32 AM  6 years agoPost 16
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One of the worst things you can ever do is to look on the internet about a car you want to buy. There isn't a vehicle made that there isn't someone or someones complaining about it. Just pick a car, google it and prepare to be horrified. I went through this a number of years ago when trying to find a car for the wife. Didn't matter what I looked up, didn't matter who made it, there was a host of problems. I never look cars up any more because all people do is go online and complain. I just buy what I want, maintain it and I rarely have anything more than a random sensor go bad.

Also, mechanics are the worst to take advice from. They fix broken crap all day long, it's their job. Just because a mechanic sees X amount of a certain model it means nothing. Different areas have different numbers of certain models and types of cars. Up here if you ask any mechanic about Subarus, they will tell you they suck but there are 5 billion Subarus up here so the odds are higher that there will be more broken Subarus that need to be worked on.

Ultimately you have to look at the actual car you are buying, not what the internet says. How was it maintained, who owned it, how was it driven. Sometimes the little old lady cars are bad because they aren't driven enough. Sometimes they are awesome deals because old people meticulously keep records of all maintenance. All you can do is get it checked out, take the chance and just drive the thing. Good luck...

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10-14-2011 01:18 PM  6 years agoPost 17
Billingsnutz

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OK, the power steering was fixed 3 or 4 weeks ago. Two days ago I got it back out of the shop for an a/c and on star problem. Driving to work this morning the power steering went out again. I'm about to drive this stupid thing through the show room floor.
I'm about to file a lemon law claim on this POS!

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10-15-2011 04:56 AM  6 years agoPost 18
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Hello guys, I too work at a Buick, GMC dealer. I do see a lot of front covers leaking oil on these but to be honest I don't think but maybe 10% of them does the customer ever even know it. Usually the leak is so small it won't hurt a thing. It will most likely get worse over time but I doubt they even drip on the ground. I like to tell customer about the leaks because they are still under warranty and fixed for free and keeps me busy at work.

I have seen stretched timing chains but most of them were on 2007 Saturn outlook and Acadia. 2008 doesn't seem to have the this problem especially if you change your oil within 5000 miles.

They do have an issue with the transmission. The 3-5-Rev. wave plate can break and do some damage in the transmission. Concidering how there are a lot of these vehicles on the road I haven't seen very many of these failures. I kind of hoped we would see more of them to give me more work but I just havnt seen that many failures.

The power steering might make a little more noise but for the most part it works fine. The worst part is trying to get all the air out of the fluid. We've seen a few pumps go bad but not too many.

I have had maybe 3-4 with burt exhaust valves. Could it happen? Yes but chances are it won't. I've seen a few burnt valves on the 3.8 which was one of the best mechanical engines GM made. I got 265000 mile out of mine before I finally sold it.

These vehicles (Acadia, Enclave, Outlook, Traverse) have had what seems like to me to like a lot of problems as a GM mechanic but there have been a lot of these vehicles sold as well so are they worse than others probably a little but for the most part all of these things have been taken care of by GM warranty 5 year 100000 mile powertrain warranty so customers shouldn't be too upset. They are very nice vehicles that look good, and drive very nice. I like them.

If you do buy it, have a mechanic look under it for any leaks, trans, oil, antifreeze and if he sees anything take it to your dealer and tell them you have leaks. If it is still under warranty they should be happy to fix it for you for free. But at 26000 miles there may not be anything yet, but like I said even if it does leak usually it is small and may not even drip on the ground.

The thing that makes me the most nervous about these is the transmission because there is no way to know if or when that 3-5-R wave plate might break. If I owned one myself I would probably seriously think about replacing it before it breaks but only if I had the engine/transmission on the ground for another reason because it's not hard to replace with the engine/transmission on the ground. But once the plate breaks it will do some serious damage to other parts in the transmission. So if you do find an oil leak and they have to drop it out tell them you will pay them to have them replace the wave plate. I think I could do it in less than an hour of time and the price of the wave plate is probably $20. GM won't warranty that till it actually breaks so you would have to pay for that yourself. To work on these engines (front cover oil leak) they drop the whole engine and transmission out the bottom of the car and while it is out you can easily remove the side cover on the transmission and replace the wave plate. You will want to find a dealer that has a mechanic with expeirience with these transmissions to do this work. If you take it somewhere that hasn't made these repairs to the transmssion before they may look at you funny and think your crazy to tear into a perfectly good transmission but if they have the expeirence and seen these trans break before they will should know what to do for you.

Sorry if anything doesn't make sense, I'm a mechanic not a writer but feel free to ask questions and I will see if I can clear up any confusion.

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