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The Acadia is one of four large, car-based SUVs from General Motors that have three rows of seats and can seat seven or eight passengers. It uses a 288-hp, 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic, combining to make a smooth and refined powertrain, although it hesitates to downshift when needed. The Acadia is available with front- or all-wheel drive.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
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0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
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Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
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CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
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Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
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Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
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Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
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Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
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Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
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Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Model Summary
The Acadia is one of four large, car-based SUVs from General Motors that have three rows of seats and can seat seven or eight passengers. It uses a 288-hp, 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic, combining to make a smooth and refined powertrain, although it hesitates to downshift when needed. The Acadia is available with front- or all-wheel drive. The ride is comfortable, the handling is responsive, and the interior is quiet. The third-row seats are roomy enough to accommodate adults.
Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (275 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 GMC Acadia owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“Shaking upon acceleration”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Transmission went out at 105,000 miles. GMC paid for half, then reimbursed us for the other half due to a known problem”

Paul K., GA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“was stranded in Colorado due to transmission failure. It was very expensive and inconvenient, as I had to rent a car and stay in hotel for 1 week”

Anonymous, MT (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“July, 2014 at 92,000 miles total transmission failure. $3800 was refund by GMC in March 2015”

Anonymous, WI (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“The 'Wave Plate', with very little warning, went out in the transmission and it had to be rebuilt with only 51,000 miles on it. After some painful conversations GMC initially agreed to pay for 1/3 of the cost to rebuild the transmission. The day af”

Anna F., CO (2008 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“transmission failed shortly after warranty period”

Anonymous, NC (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“transmission failed and had to be rebuilt. after rebuild and payment through extended warrenty a recall was recieved”

Anonymous, TX (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“GM wants 2800 to diagnose a problem that is covered by a safety warning and then MAY assist with payment. Could be as high as $6000 with no assist. This is bs”

William P., CA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Catastrophic failure at 55,000 miles, no reverse, most forward gears gone, towed to dealers shop. Replaced with rebuilt trans. Discussed $4,500.cost with GMC, and set up claim number. After about five(5) months, received acknowledgement letter from”

Anonymous, PA (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Replaced Transmission $4500”

Anonymous, OH (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“transmission quit @ 70 mph - simply stopped working with no previous signals”

J C., NY (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Car stopped moving, transmission failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Rebuilt Feb. 2014, new trouble April, 2015. New wave plates and other items. Repairs didn't correct shuddering between shifts at low speed. May, transmission again taken apart, dealership consulted with G.M. Engineers, couldn't fix the transmission,”

Anonymous, CA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“On December 22, 2014 while driving through Utah on my way to CA, my car stopped working. A tow truck picked me up and towed me to the nearest town, they couldn't decide what was wrong. The tow truck then took me to a GMC dealership in St. George UT”

Anonymous, MT (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Driving on highway when transmission totally went out. Happened on very busy, dangerous stretch of road in San Antonio and was needless to say very disconcerting”

William H., TX (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“rebuild due to wave plate breakage. known problem in this year problem. gm paid for all repairs. still an inconvience”

Anonymous, TN (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“The transmission failed due to a known Issue that involves the wave plates and was rebuilt in December 2014. It failed again in April 2015 due to and overfill by the dealership combined with wave plate failure (again). During the second rebuild we le”

Anonymous, MD (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Had to replace transmission July 2014. GMC just sent letter about problems with transmission and ale in to dealer to fix. If you had already had it fixed you had to have papers and receipt of such repair. Not everyone kept all the papers necessary. I”

Sandi C., LA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Third replacement. Horrible transmission. Horrible customer service from GMC. Never buy this year Acadia. Not sure if the newer ones are any better”

Anonymous, LA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“After over 200,000 miles, transmission needed to be replaced. Unfortunately, way out of warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Case was determined to be defective due to be constantly "wet" with ATF. GM replaced under warranty. New transmission ids just as bad”

James R., UT (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“There is a plate problem in the transmission (heat treated) that is know with 2008, 2009 & 2010 Acadia's. Had it fixed 3 years ago, GM paid 80% of cost. Last year it failed. I was on the hook for the entire $ 5,400.00”

Anonymous, ON (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“The transmission had been rebuilt twice. Once under warranty and second occurred after warranty had expired 4 years ago. We are so disappointed”

Anonymous, MI (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“Needed new bushing with suspension at 112000”

Anonymous, IA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Making noises. Have a recall that i'm hoping will take care of it”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Recalled if failed. The pump was replaced twice under waranty”

Mike-Mary D., AK (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Grinding noise resulting in replacement of steering system components”

David S., GA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Replaced front struts at 140,000 miles. Rear Shocks were replaced around 120,000 miles”

Steven T., CA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“went in for a left right strut to be repaired and by time finished they had it three times at dealer changing rear end stabilizer bars, aliening and other parts before they aliened it right. Also one time so far out of alienment the warning light wen”

Anonymous, BC (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“the struts have had issue that replacement is needed with the replacement part being on BO for 8 mo”

Anonymous, MT (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Needed full replacement at 112000 miles”

Anonymous, IA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Surprised that struts need to be replaced already we don't drive off road at all”

Anonymous, AB (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Rear spring broken, and other rear suspension parts worn out”

Anonymous, IN (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“The ride was very rough”

Anonymous, ND (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“new rack and pinion”

Anonymous, GA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Clicking in the steering column as you turned the steering wheel”

Ralph K., AZ (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“This is the 3rd time we've had this type of problem with this vehicle”

Anonymous, MI (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“ps been replaced twice already. Still have a problem were intermittently it reacts like we hit a rut in the road and car slightly jerks to one side. Mechanic test drove and says I must hit ruts or pavement lines in road”

William P., CA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“The rack and pinion needed to be replaced at 150,000 miles”

Steven T., CA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“It has a rubbing sound when you drive and the steering sticks at times”

Anonymous, KS (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Steering made loud sounds during driving”

Anonymous, ND (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Had to have the entire rack and pinon replaced due to a power stearing leak. cost was over $1,500 luckly i had warranty to cover all but $100”

Anonymous, KS (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Surprised it needs to be replaced already”

Anonymous, AB (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Leaks water from somewhere. Gets the Sseat Belts wet”

John H., CA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“There is a drainage problem with the vehicle that causes water to accumulate in the drivers pillar and behind the dash. This water appeared to short circuit some electronics causing other problems in the vehicle”

Patrick C., PA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“When it rains outside it rains inside! one time it was leaking from the pivot point of the sun visor. another time from the roof buttons for garage door opener etc. another time the little cubby hole was full of water, don't know where it came fro”

Anonymous, SK (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Poor design of moon roof drains allows them to clog which then causes water to back up and drain into the passenger compartment”

Martin L., MD (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“3 trips to dealership in 12 months to fix roof leak. First, they replaced the seal on rear window, but that didn't fix it, so returned to have moon roof drains cleaned out”

Collin G., FL (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Roof leaks into passenger side. Dealer has fixed it twice, still leaks”

Anonymous, CO (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Leaking sunroof flooded car”

Anonymous, MA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Water leaks around skylight”

Anonymous, TX (2008 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“Vehicle has two sunroofs and the front one leaks water”

Anonymous, MI (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“We have had a recurring water leak into the driver's side cabin. this leak seems to affect the audio system, because after a heavy rain, all audio is lost”

Kenneth S., SC (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“A severe design flaw allowed the entire top of the vehicle to fill with rain water, causing long term corrosion and many electrical failures, to include airbag sensors, gauge cluster, tail lights, seat warmers, power mirror adjustments, etc”

David G., TN (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“It appears the water leaks have caused the bose amplifer to fail”

Anonymous, PA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Water leaking through the sunroof and running down to electronics causing problems untill it dries out. Blower accumulated water to the point that it shorted out. Paid over $500 to repair and it happened again recently once out of the 12 month warranty expired”

Francisco G., WA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Water leaked into car under dash onto drivers side floor”

Anonymous, TX (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“The Sun/Moon roof window seals, (BOTH Windows), leaked water into the interior, so badly that it corroded the internal fuse box! This type of leak is a posted complaint, on the internet, as a MAJOR problem with the GMC Acadia!”

Anonymous, CA (2008 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“Center dashboard "glove box" squeaks like crazy”

Anonymous, GA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“noises from front wheel area when driving”

Anonymous, TX (2008 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“If you drive with any of the windows open, te wind noise sound like a freight train. Dealer said noting could be done to resolve it”

Mike-Mary D., AK (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Car has a lot of road noise”

Anonymous, TX (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“compressor seized”

Steven G., IL (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“The air conditioning would not work correctly and blew hot air”

Steven G., CO (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Will blow cold and then stop and not blow cold. Has been repaired and still does not work”

Anonymous, KS (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“The dealer said the compressor was not working properly and couldn't be repaired. It is not working all the time and is starting to squeal”

Anonymous, IL (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“It completely went out and there was no heating or cooling at all”

Steven G., CO (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Motor went out unexpecedly”

Todd N., KY (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Blower and actuator failed”

Anonymous, WA (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Developed a coolant leak, which was under the dash and was expensive to fix”

James M., KS (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Evaporator

“This car has had problems with the air conditioning breaking every year for the past five years. It's a problem notorious with this model/year”

Anonymous, AZ (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Repaired evaporator core $1250”

Anonymous, OH (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“WE have had an issue since new with a freezing coil, and they were unable to find problem. Since the evaporator was changed due to a leak the freezing has gone away”

Anonymous, MB (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“heater defrost system will not work when starting auto with remote start feature”

Anonymous, MI (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Brought back to dealer 6 times over the years and it's still not fixed. Need to go back again. Have extended warrenty”

Anonymous, NJ (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“We have filled the coolant three times in the last year and with a tester and dye and have not been able to locate the leak”

Anonymous, IL (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

“One of the sensors was pushed in by a young child that thought it was a button on the bumper. This should be harder to break than the force a 5 year old can muster”

Patrick C., PA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Could not eject CD's. Finally found a remedy on line to hold the power button and eject button at the same time. Now I don't trust it”

Anonymous, TX (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Will only work some times. No nav system working”

James W., AZ (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Sometimes won't eject CD”

Anonymous, SK (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“The display screen started to malfunction within the first year of purchase. Dealer has not been able to fix it correctly. We finally gave up and just live with it”

Anonymous, MI (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“unit overheats and ceases to function, there is no heat dissipation for the unit”

Anonymous, NC (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Disk Read Error - GPS system will not function”

David S., GA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“GPS system fails to operate - overheats and cannot read the navigation disc”

Anonymous, NC (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Radio failed shortly after warranty expired and replaced with reconditioned radio that failed shortly. Dealer said it was speakers, not radio, and got me for replacement of speakers”

Anonymous, PA (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“The XM radio has become intermittent after the radio is on for a while”

R E., GA (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Dashboard contains DVD/CD player for rear entertainment system. After 2 weeks of dependably playing DVDs, the player ate our "Cars" DVD, won't play it, won't eject it, and the dealer says it's cheaper to replace than to repair”

Colin S., TX (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“The 4 side indoor speakers, 2 in the front doors and the 2 in the rear all suddenly stopped working. Apparently they all had holes in their surfaces”

Anonymous, ON (2008 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“Amplifier stopped working. Had to replace it. I could have done it myself, but the location of it was very difficult to access... Under the dash, but over the steering column”

Ken C., PA (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“Transmission shudders or shutters, when changing gears under light acceleration, annoying on level surfaces, unacceptable in mountain driving”

Anonymous, CA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“wave plate failure”

Anonymous, IL (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“transmission slips at different times”

Margaret C., NJ (2008 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“The slipping transmission would not go into reverse”

Anonymous, MI (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“The dealer kept over filling as testing levels not standard and then they tried to have seals changed which would have had engine removed at great cost. Just drained out the fluid to proper hot level and problem went away”

Anonymous, BC (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Intermittent light says service all wheel drive system”

Anonymous, WI (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Despite reporting early problems with transmission slippage, the GM dealer only discovered a bad speed sensor after the warranty expired. Repair is nearly $2000”

David G., TN (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“All of the gauges will change to metric by it self”

James W., AZ (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Passenger side daytime running light has been replaced 3 times and keeps burning out”

Anonymous, TN (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“The daytime driving lights must be replaced about once a year”

John H., CA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Every so often the front right head light, passenger side burns out. I've probably had it replaced about 4 times since I've owned my 2008 Outlander Saturn ( same design as the 2008 Acadia)”

Anonymous, ON (2008 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“Halogen Daytime Running Lights overheated and melted connections and shattered rear reflectors in the headlight assembly”

Anonymous, NC (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“3 of 4 valves were leaking. About $120 each for replacing them”

Anonymous, WI (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Recall on heated washer fluid, dealership disconnected it, and paid $100”

Anonymous, CO (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

“THe computer in our Gmc Acadia has failed every other year and has been terrible in just about every way. I should of done what my nabor did and bought a ford explorer. why was I so stupid”

Brenda B., MN (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“1. Twice last year, received dashboard alert "Traction Control Failure", and the engine seized and stopped the vehicle till resolved by dealership. 2. Rear tailgate automatic open and close failed 4 or 5 times in past 1 year, never happened before”

Colin S., TX (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“Sometimes the radio, gps, and climate system do not work properly. Often after restarting the vehicle the problems correct”

Anonymous, IA (2008 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“Warning light and high idle speed”

Charles M., IL (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“The traction control is shoddy and cannot be overridden o turned off. Even in minimal snow and/ or rain conditions it struggles to maintain traction thru all four wheels. During slight turns it will attempt to correct and chatter. The AWD traction wi”

Anonymous, MD (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“The problem has been repaired several times during the life of the SUV”

Charles M., IL (2008 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“Warning message on instrument panel. Problem was fluid leaking past master cylinder into booster. GMC garage charged over $700 to replace both components”

Anonymous, TX (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Master cylinder leaked at rear seal, causing fluid to accumulate in the vacuum pot and starving the brake system”

Kenneth S., SC (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“67,000 miles on original breaks, then 49,000 miles (many highway miles) on replaced breaks, needed new front breaks. $500”

Anonymous, WI (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“breaks had to be repaired after about 40,000 miles”

Anonymous, WI (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Regular brake failure

“No power assist for brakes. Entire system replaced by dealer”

Anonymous, LA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

“camshaft needed shim”

Anonymous, GA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“The root problem had to do with a cylinder. It cost $3k to fix the cylinder, $4k to replace the engine. So we replaced the engine. Dealer service mgr said the problem is common and due to engine design flaw”

Ted U., VA (2008 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

“Timming chains needed to be replaced, this can only be done by remove the entire front subframe. Big Expensive job. Same for when the water pump needed to be replaced”

Brian R., MB (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“replace timing chain and water pump; approx. $2000”

Anonymous, IL (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

“EGR valve malfunctioned. Difficult location to replace. Had to drop the gas tank”

Ken C., PA (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

“simply stopped working while on vacation”

J C., NY (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Failed sensors - needed to replace”

Anonymous, TX (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“The PCV system puts the crankcase gas into the air intake tube before the mass air flow sensor. There is so much moisture going in there that it builds up and eventualy put the vehicle in to limp mode”

Brian R., MB (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“Sunroof drains clogged up once again, causing water to leak into passenger compartment. This has happened previously”

Anonymous, CA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Suspension struts to hold tailgate open failed”

Anonymous, VA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

“Water pump was leaking. Took it to dealer & found out this was a problem on certain Acadia models. Ours was one. They replaced the water pump for free”

Anonymous, GA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Water pump seal failed at 56000 miles. Replaced by local independent mechanic with NAPA's premium pump. Torque to yield mounting bolts cost almost as much as the pump”

James R., UT (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“Exterior roof trim came loose on the highway, flapping around and causing mush wind noise. Fixed with Gorilla Glue :)”

Anonymous, CA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“roof moulding on drivers side replaced by dealer in 2015. Needs to be replaced in 2017”

Anonymous, NC (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“oil leak began under pan”

Todd N., KY (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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