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.
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There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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.

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

Bushings

"Bushing in the power steering unit went out and bent a shaft causing the steering assist function to be intermittent"

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

"Needed new bushing with suspension at 112000"

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

"Power steering has been leaking a small amount of fluid for several years."

Anonymous, PA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"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)
Shocks or struts

"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)

"worn out"

Anonymous, ON (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)
Springs or torsion bars

"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)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"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)

"1 year ago I had to replace the steering rack at 110000 miles I paid for that the steering pump had to be replace but it was still under warrenty there was defects on the pumps so gm warrenty till 120000 miles"

Patricia E., KY (2008 GMC Acadia 3.6-L V6)

"Surprised it needs to be replaced already"

Anonymous, AB (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"somehow my tires that only had 16000 miles on wore out since the last tire rotation and the alignment was way off"

Patricia E., KY (2008 GMC Acadia 3.6-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"I have replaced all four wheel bearings, some more than once. It seems to be a design issue."

Robert P., PA (2008 GMC Acadia SLE 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"Shaking upon acceleration"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The transmission failed with less than 60,000 miles on it. Had to be replaced."

Anonymous, MI (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 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)

"Run away between gears GM covered under warranty"

Anonymous, MB (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 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)

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

"Water leaking from ceiling lights in rear of vehicle as well as along both A posts during rain storms"

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

"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 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)

"water leaks caused the radio power unit to be fried."

Anonymous, PA (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)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The sunroof drain continuously clogs and leaks into the car. The back moon roof also leaked badly needing new weather stripping."

Philip P., FL (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 3.6-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"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 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

"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)
Automatic climate control

"occasionally ac blows but no air"

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

"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)

"failed"

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

"Blower and actuator failed"

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

"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)

"Leaking evaporator, under able to use air conditioning"

Anonymous, IN (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 system

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

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

"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)
CD player

"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)
Display screen goes blank

"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)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"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

"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)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

"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)
Speakers

"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 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)

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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Daytime Driving Light is chronic short."

Duwane B., MS (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Gauges

"All of the gauges will change to metric by it self"

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

"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 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)
Tire pressure monitor

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

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

"Check engine light intermittently comes on, goes off."

Alfred S., OK (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"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

CV joint

"The CV joints went out close to 200,000 miles which was above my expectations. The repair cost was minimal and took less than a day. I am very satisfied how long the originals CV joint lasted."

Philip P., FL (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"Transmission vibrates. They say Torque converter not locking"

Anonymous, KS (2008 GMC Acadia 3.6-L V6)
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 3.6-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"There was significant swaying in the rear of the vehicle when on the interstate. We took it to a reputable dealer and they couldn't find anything, they had already replaced the shocks/suspension. So I looked up similar issues on the internet with other acadias and it seems it was a toeLink we have had that fixed at a cost of $800.00, and the shocks/suspension was 600$, so at this point, I'm concerned that I ahve 150k on this vehicle and its falling apart."

David F., TN (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Traction control

"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 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

Rough shifting

"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)
Slipping transmission

"wave plate failure"

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

"transmission slips at different times"

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

"The slipping transmission would not go into reverse"

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

"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)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"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)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Master cylinder

"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)
Premature brake wear

"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)

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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

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

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

"simply stopped working while on vacation"

J C., NY (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"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)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"camshaft needed shim"

Anonymous, GA (2008 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"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 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)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

"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)

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

"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)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Suspension struts to hold tailgate open failed"

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

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"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)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Another internet find is why the acardia was leaking around the A post. Apparently there is an issue with the drainage from the sunroof clogging up. Water runs down the A post and causes an airbag issue."

David F., TN (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

What Owners Say

Coil

"Engine rough-running, mechanic diagnosed & replaced Ignition coil for cylinder #3; also found & replaced a leaking seal at front crankshaft"

Mark D., RI (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)

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Recalls
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STRUCTURE:BODY:HATCHBACK/LIFTGATE
Jun 30 2015
If the open liftgate unexpectedly falls, it may strike a person, increasing their risk of injury.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 Buick Enclave vehicles manufactured January 3, 2007, to February 29, 2012, 2009-2012 Chevrolet Traverse vehicles manufactured July 6, 2008, to March 9, 2012, 2007-2012 GMC Acadia vehicles manufactured September 15, 2006, to February 29, 2012, and 2007-2010 Saturn Outlook vehicles manufactured August 17, 2006, to March 18, 2010. The affected vehicles, equipped with the power liftgate option, have gas struts that hold the power liftgate up when open. These struts may prematurely wear and the open liftgate may suddenly fall.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the software for the power liftgate actuator motor control unit so that the motor will prevent the rapid closing of the lift gate, free of charge. The recall began on November 15, 2016. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782, and Saturn customer service at 1-800-553-6000. GM's number for this recall is 15240.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V415000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 691144
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Mar 17 2014
Failure of the side impact air bags and seat belt pretensioners to deploy in a crash increase the risk of injury to the driver and front seat occupant.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2008-2013 Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia and 2009-2013 Chevrolet Traverse and 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook vehicles. In the affected vehicles, increased resistance in the driver and passenger seat mounted side impact air bag (SIAB) wiring harnesses may result in the SIAB and seat belt pretensioners not deploying in the event of a crash.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected harness connections with soldered connections, free of charge. The recall began on June 16, 2014. Buick owners may contact the owner center at 1-800-521-7300, Chevrolet owners at 1-866-694-6546, Saturn at 1-800-553-6000, and GMC owners at 1-866-996-9463. GM's number for this recall is 14030. Note: Vehicles repaired as part of Customer Satisfaction Campaign 10085 and special coverage 10335 have already had the subject condition repaired and therefore are not included in the safety recall.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V118000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1176407
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Jun 04 2010
IT IS POSSIBLE FOR THE HEATED WASHER MODULE TO IGNITE AND A FIRE MAY OCCUR.
Summary:
GM IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006-2009 BUICK, LUCERNE; CADILLAC DTS; HUMMER H2; MODEL YEAR 2008-2009 BUICK ENCLAVE; CADILLAC CTS; MODEL YEAR 2007-2009 CADILLAC ESCALADE, ESCALADE ESV, ESCALADE EXT; CHEVROLET AVALANCHE, SILVERADO, SUBURBAN, TAHOE; GMC ACADIA, SIERRA, YUKON, YUKON XL; SATURN OUTLOOK; AND MODEL YEAR 2009 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A HEATED WASHER FLUID SYSTEM (HWFS). A RECALL WAS IMPLEMENTED IN 2008 TO ADD A FUSE TO THE CONTROL CIRCUIT HARNESS TO ADDRESS THE POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES OF A PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD (PCB) ELECTRICAL SHORT. HOWEVER, THERE HAVE BEEN NEW REPORTS OF THERMAL INCIDENTS ON HWFS MODULES AFTER THIS IMPROVEMENT WAS INSTALLED. THESE INCIDENTS RESULTED FROM A NEW FAILURE MODE ATTRIBUTED TO THE DEVICE'S THERMAL PROTECTION FEATURE. THE SIGNIFICANCE VARIES FROM MINOR DISTORTION TO CONSIDERABLE MELTING OF THE PLASTIC AROUND THE HWFS FLUID CHAMBER.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL PERMANENTLY DISABLE AND REMOVE THE HEATED WASHER FLUID MODULE. AN UPDATED PAGE FOR THE OWNER MANUAL WILL BE PROVIDED AND INSERTED IN THE OWNER MANUAL TO DOCUMENT THAT THE FEATURE HAS BEEN PERMANENTLY DISABLED AND REMOVED FROM THE VEHICLE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 11, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BUICK AT 1-866-608-8080, CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339, CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, SATURN AT 1-800-972-8876, GMC AT 1-866-996-9463 AND HUMMER AT 1-800-732-5493 OR AT THE OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
For more information:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V240000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1365070
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Aug 28 2008
THIS MAY CAUSE OTHER ELECTRICAL FEATURES TO MALFUNCTION, CREATE AN ODOR, OR CAUSE SMOKE INCREASING THE RISK OF A FIRE.
Summary:
GM IS RECALLING 857,735 MY 2006-2008 BUICK LUCERNE; CADILLAC DTS; HUMMER H2; MY 2007-2008 CADILLAC ESCALADE, ESCALADE ESV, ESCALADE EXT; CHEVROLET AVALANCHE, SILVERADO, SUBURBAN, TAHOE; GMC ACADIA, SIERRA, YUKON, YUKON XL, SATURN OUTLOOK; AND MY 2008 BUICK ENCLAVE VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A HEATED WIPER WASHER FLUID SYSTEM. A SHORT CIRCUIT ON THE PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD FOR THE WASHER FLUID HEATER MAY OVERHEAT THE CONTROL-CIRCUIT GROUND WIRE.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A WIRE HARNESS WITH AN IN-LINE FUSE FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BUICK AT 1-866-608-8080; CADILLAC AT 1-800-982-2339 OR HTTP://WWW.CADILLAC.COM; CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438; SATURN AT 1-800-972-8876 OR HTTP://WWW.SATURN.COM, GMC AT 1-866-996-9436; OR HUMMER AT 1-800-732-5493; OR THROUGH THEIR WEBSITE AT <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM>HTTP://WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM</A> .
For more information:
GM RECALL NO. 08048. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08V441000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 857735
VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:LINKAGES
Aug 14 2008
IF THIS WERE TO OCCUR, DRIVER VISIBILITY COULD BE REDUCED, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
GM IS RECALLING 88,809 MY 2008 BUICK ENCLAVE, AND MY 2007-2008 GMC ACADIA AND SATURN OUTLOOK VEHICLES CURRENTLY OR PREVIOUSLY REGISTERED IN THE FOLLOWING STATES: ALASKA, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, IDAHO, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MONTANA, NEBRASKA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, NORTH DAKOTA, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH DAKOTA, UTAH, VERMONT, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, WYOMING, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. IF A BUILDUP OF SNOW OR ICE ON THE WINDSHIELD OR ON THE WIPERS RESTRICTS THE MOVEMENT OF THE WIPER ARM, THE WINDSHIELD WIPER LINKAGE MAY BECOME DETACHED FROM THE MOTOR SHAFT AND THE WIPERS MAY BECOME INOPERATIVE.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A NEW WIPER CRANK ARM, DRIVER'S SIDE LINK, AND A CRANK ARM NUT. THE RECALL BEGAN O OCTOBER 13, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BUICK AT 1-866-608-8080, GMC AT 1-866-996-9463, SATURN AT 1-800-972-8876, OR THROUGH THEIR WEBSITE AT <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM>HTTP://WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM</A> .
For more information:
GM RECALL NO. 08091.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08V410000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 88809
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