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By chickaroo on 07/07/14 17:51 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2009 GMC Acadia SUV SLT-2 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

Review

Overall, while I like many of the practical, daily-use aspects of the Acadia, which is why I ended up buying this car (see fave features below), the mechanical unreliability would probably cause me not to buy a GMC again. I was hoping American car manufacturers had figured out the quality-thing. In the past, we've owned several Toyotas & Hondas and, while I'm "all American", next time I'll go back to the more reliable brands.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Waste of my money
By wilsonmom on 06/30/14 19:39 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2009 GMC Acadia SUV SLE-1 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

Review

I purchased this vehicle with 30,000 miles 2 1/2 years ago with all of my savings. I wanted a vehicle that was sturdy, built well and going to last me at least 4 years. Now, 2 1/2 yrs later the transmission is blown, it needs a timing belt (which requires dropping the engine), rack and pinion needs replacing, both rear control arms are bad, and the catalytic converter is bad. This is besides the 10 other times its been into the dealer or repair shop in the 2 1/2 years for other problems. Now this vehicle is worth nothing for trade in and I have no choice but to pay over $6,000 in repairs. I spent $28,000 on this car, for what?!?! Two years of nothing but trouble. Never again GMC
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2009 GMC Acadia FIRE
By njustman on 08/24/13 05:28 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2009 GMC Acadia SUV SLT-1 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

Review

One month ago I took my 2009 GMC Acadia to the dealer because I noticed a smell and steam coming from it. They did some minor repairs and wanted me to bring it back in a few days for more work as they spotted a small oil leak but couldn't figure out where it was coming from. The next day after driving the vehicle 20 miles when I put it into park there was smoke coming through the vents. It quickly went from what appeared to be overheating, although no warning lights ever came on, to a full fire! I was able to get my children and sister out of the vehicle. I called 911 and fire responders put the fire out. Thankfully no one was injured.
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Review of 2009 Acadia @ 75k
By dgin on 05/03/13 20:29 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2009 GMC Acadia SUV SLE-1 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

Review

We're the 2nd owners of this car; we picked it up at around 63k. In the last 1.5 years, we've definitely had a few things go wrong with it that were out of the norm. 1) Ignition coils 3 & 3 went bad and had to be replaced along with corresponding spark plugs. 2) 2 of the 3 seat belt housings in the 2nd row seats broke. Seat belt mechanism still worked though. 3) Rough idle due some minor sludging; this was remedied with a good fuel injector cleaning and oil change. 4) Catalytic converter kicked back a low performance code and was subsequently replaced. Good thing we bought it from to include an extended warranty which covered it all. Sad, but we really like the car otherwise.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Time to Sell...Maybe???
By joemerchant47 on 01/08/13 07:04 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2009 GMC Acadia SUV SLE-1 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

Review

I have an '09 Acadia,well pleased.Had only one problem-rattle in A pillar.Dealer replaced trim-fixed.Headlight recall.No big deal.Bulletin/recall notifying possible stretching of timing chain.Took car in to reset computer for more frequent oil changes.I change more often than recommended anyway.Talked to mechanic,he hadn't gotten one back in yet for repair but said engine had to come out to replace chain.Power train warranty increased by GM to 100K.Here's my problem.We don't travel much.My car is just about to turn 26K miles so by the time any major problem occurs my warranty will have run out.Is it time to sell this car which is now in excellent condition?
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Don't waste your time or money
By motherof3nj on 12/16/12 14:21 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2009 GMC Acadia SUV SLT-2 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

Review

We are a family of 5 and my husband I wanted to purchase a vehicle that was not a minivan. With this in mind we looked for vehicles that had the 2nd row captain chairs and were in our price range. After searching we set our hearts on the Acadia. Sadly two days after purchasing the low tire pressure signal kept coming on. We had to return to the dealer for a spark plug to be replaced. However, when my husband picked up the car the next day all things went down hill. He left the dealership and the the car stalled. We were told that there was a problem with the transmission. Four weeks later and they were still repairing the transmission. Thats when we returned the car. So disappointed!!
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Stay away!
By see1 on 11/15/12 18:24 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2009 GMC Acadia SUV SLT-1 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

Review

We bought this car 3 years ago because of the comfort of the 3rd row seat and cargo space. We have had numerous electrical issues, seat belts and tire sensor issues and replacement of the rack and pinion steering. We paid $400 to have the headlight replaced! Within the last month we have had to replace 3 engine mounts that ROTTED (car is kept in a garage but mechanic says this happens to "all" cars!). 2 weeks after that the transmission failed. We bought this car because it was big enough for our family. Now we don't even feel it's safe enough to put our family in. The steering wheel squeaks everytime you turn the wheel and the dash board shakes at high speeds. Awful!!
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2009 acadia in cab air filter
By karen105 on 11/15/12 09:28 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2009 GMC Acadia SUV SLT-1 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

Review

Never have had such a bad experance before! Purchased this used SUV this last July from Gilbert Ford in Moscow, Id. Drove this car home and when I got on a country road, which is gravel the air conditioning started blowing dirt into the cabin. There is NO in cab air filter!!! Thus the whole enviorment, durt, allergens and fumes are taken into the cab with you. Complained to dealer and at this time still do NOT have a filter in place. After sale service is horrible at the above dealership. If your thinking of buying an Acadia older than a 2012 make sure there is an in cab filter if you want to be able to breath.
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9 of 12 people found this review helpful
Stay Away - It's Time for a Class Action Suit
By lynnlove62 on 11/05/12 07:15 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2009 GMC Acadia SUV SLE-1 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

Review

I purchased my 2009 Acadia new in 2009. Within the first month, Tire pressure sensor was bad, Service engine soon light came on twice, had to replace Rack inpinion within the first year, Water pump went out, traction control/antilock break/stabilitrack system sensors have been replaced/reset/you name it, numerous times and still is not fixed, head lights went out and they tired to charge me over $400 for the repair which i refused, received a recall for the headlights exactly one month later, vehicle rolls back when in gear if i'm on an incline (drastic roll back), seatbelts had a sensor problem twice, airbags had a sensor problem twice, and i'm out of space for the rest..............
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful
A 3 year old car should not have these problems!
By nhkathyc on 08/28/12 06:54 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2009 GMC Acadia SUV SLE-1 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)

Review

That is what I was told by three different mechanics ... "A 3 year old car with 58K miles should not have these problems" My car failed the state inspection this year because it was leaking power steering fluid. The mechanic told me this but then asked me to come out so he could show me more concerns. In addition to the power steering fluid leak there were 3 oil leaks. 1 from the crank case and 1 from the transfer case that were especially concerning to him. Also, my A/C is not working right & my car had begun to overheat that day and I had to keep pulling over to let it cool down just to make it to the mechanic. He told me to get it right into the dealership. I did & left a LOT poorer!
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