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General Motors might not build minivans anymore, but that doesn't mean they're out of the big family-vehicle market, as three-row SUVs such as the GMC Acadia demonstrates. The large SUV is very spacious inside, comfortably seating up to eight adults, while leaving some cargo space behind the third row. Drivers and passengers should appreciate the quiet cabin, comfortable seats, and well-finished interior.
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There are 2 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.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2013 GMC Acadia has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Potential Trouble Spots
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Engine Cooling
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric 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 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 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 2013 GMC Acadia owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

“System stopped cooling. After several dealer visits they replaced the compressor at no charge and provided a courtesy car to use. System works fine now”

John H., PA (2013 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“A/C stopped blowing cold air”

Anonymous, TX (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Lost all cooling, took into local dealer, but dealer couldn't find a leak by adding red dye. We took it to the dealer we bought it from, who was at another city. The compressor was leaking, so they replaced the compressor”

G T., TX (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Compressor failure”

Anonymous, MI (2013 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Air conditioner failed completely with low mileage on the car. It was partially electrical and partially mechanical”

Anonymous, TX (2013 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Automatic climate control

“During the heat of summer A/C failed, due to bad pump or seal. Part took three weeks to arrive. Vehicle could not be operated due to temps over 100 degrees”

Anonymous, NV (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“I've had three separate instances in last 20 months of not being able to maintain cooling temp; seems to be more electronic sensor related than actual coolant leaks”

Brian N., CA (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“did not cool”

Gary G., FL (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

“back seat blower fan”

Anonymous, VA (2013 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Evaporator

“AC went out twice - they replaced Front Evaporator first time & Rear Evaporator the second time. Dealer ship provided Rental car - everything covered under warranty. But worried it will happen again - next time I will pay for it - out of warranty”

Cristy H., FL (2013 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Leak in rear evaporator, twice”

Norm W., FL (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Freon leak leading to warm air blowing when AC is on. Freon recharged = problem resolved”

Thomas R., CA (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Leaking”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“It had a leak and did not cool the car... they fixed it under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2013 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“lack of cooling experienced, fixed under factory service notice at no charge”

Anonymous, TX (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Rear system refrigerant leak, made AC inoperative. Repair was covered by extended warranty”

Anonymous, WA (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“a/c stopped working. dealer said Freon low but after 3 visits could not find leak. refilled system and has worked correctly for last 9 months”

Anonymous, OH (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Condenser

“AC has gone out twice - they replaced front condenser first time - rear condenser second time. These were under warranty. AC is currently beginning to go once again - I will have to pay this time. Extremely unhappy about this”

Cristy H., FL (2013 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Condenser had to be replaced. Costly”

Harlan D., IL (2013 GMC Acadia SLT 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

“Back-up camera came on intermittently while car was in drive”

Anonymous, CA (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“both blind spot sensors are broken, no replacement parts are available”

Mark S., WI (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Side warning vehicle sensor computer needed to be replaced”

Leonard D., MT (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Starting when car I'd had car for a month display screen would shut off at random times”

Anonymous, NY (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Navigation locked up causing all functionality in informant system to also lock up”

Anonymous, MA (2013 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“In dash navigation would lock up, the car needed to be shut off and at least a two minute wait before restarting the car. Complete dish unit eventually replaced, the new unit was actually worse. Local dealer said my cell phone was causing the problem”

Anonymous, TX (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“The GPS froze, and caused the car to only go 35 mph. Shutting off the car after pulling over would reset the GPS, but the problem would reoccur. This was 3 months ago and I had it fixed. Currently, the GPS froze again, and the problem was not correct”

Anonymous, CT (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“there have been no map updates since the vehicle was new.This has resulted in the system instructing you to turn left when you should turning right,taking routes that are much longer,and at times not even showing your position on a road.This system”

Anonymous, BC (2013 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Phones would not pair. Entire front radio/GPS/Intellink display had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NV (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 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

Body control module

“side vehicle detection system went out took 1-month for dealer to get parts and fix”

Michael Z., WI (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Headlights

“drivers side headlight burnt out dealer replaced under warranty had to argue with the dealer to replace the passenger headlight under warranty since it was now dimmed than the new headlight”

Michael Z., WI (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“left headlighit burned out after 3 yrs, warranty covered. had to remove the whole bumper to replace”

Anonymous, OK (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Ballast to the headlight failed. Other side failed about 2 years ago”

Anonymous, TX (2013 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Headlight would blink of an eye on sometime stay on sometimes go off . Xeon headlights required dealer to correct problem covered under warranty”

Anonymous, IN (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Interior lights

“When driving at night dashboard display lights would often go dark so couldn't see speed I was going”

Anonymous, NY (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Warning lights

“Both blind side detection modules failed”

Anonymous, MA (2013 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“one of the radar detectors failed on the side detection system”

Anonymous, WI (2013 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

“rear tail light leaked”

Anonymous, VA (2013 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“squeak on brake petal that needed master cylinder replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Rattles sound like something is loose. When checked everything seems tight. Still looking to find the cause of the rattles”

Willard B., AK (2013 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“There was a squeak coming from the engine compartment. Turned out to be a compressor of some sort”

Sam H., MO (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 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

“windshield coving buckled”

John M., AZ (2013 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“There was a loud squeak from the dashboard. It took 3 return trips to the dealer to get it finally repaired”

Bruce S., WI (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Very cheap plastic trim for seats, drivers side cracked and fell off. The means to attach the trim is ver inadequate”

Anonymous, FL (2013 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Paint started pealing”

Anonymous, AR (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 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 computer

“Vehicle would barely move.Transmission inter mode switch replaced”

Lance S., TN (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Transmission tends to wait too long in lower gears before shifting to higher gears”

Dennis B., NV (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Car slowed while driving. Would not accelerate. Pulled over and turned car off. When restarted, it worked. Service personnel said the main sensor was defective and it couldn't tell what gear it was in”

Anonymous, CA (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“required 2 days for service repair but rental provided free of charge”

Michael M., FL (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 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

“Due to excessive grooving of rotors, multiple sets of brake pads have been put on over 3.5 years”

Mark T., NC (2013 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)
Rotors

“all four brakes and rotors needed replacment”

Anonymous, NY (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Rotors ground due to grooving when still under warranty. Rotors replaced due to grooving before warranty expired. Rotors grooved again and ground at 70000 miles”

Mark T., NC (2013 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

“Had to pull the entire engine out of vehicle to fix oil leak. Took one week at dealership. 2 oil filters have leaked since”

Anonymous, CA (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)

“Dealer service error. Oil filter not seated correctly”

Robert S., CA (2013 GMC Acadia SLT 3.6-L V6)

“Engine Oil Pan Leaking $2,400.00 repair I had covered by an extended warranty”

Stuart S., CA (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 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

“water leak”

Bruce S., WI (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“The tailgate mechanism makes a loud clunking sound when it opens entirely and snaps into place. I told the dealer represetative about the loud clunking noise, he said, it's just made that way”

Anonymous, FL (2013 GMC Acadia SLT 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

Power steering pumps and hoses

“Power steering pump failed and had to be replaced at 4000 miles”

Anonymous, WV (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“Failure or right rear wheel bearing”

Dennis G., MI (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 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

4WD/AWD components

“Front transfer case”

Anonymous, PA (2013 GMC Acadia Unsure 3.6-L V6)
Transfer case

“The Torque converter failed and was replaced under warranty”

William D., IL (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 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

Fuel pump

“After replacing the engine, Hertrich GMC of Easton, MD the high pressure fuel pump (attached to the actual engine) failed. According the the GMC service advisor, the likely cause was metal contamination of the engine oil damaging the fuel pump (lubricated by engine oil)”

Rob C., MD (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 3.6-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Mass flow sensor shorted and had to be replaced, caused hard starting when cold”

Anonymous, CO (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Hertrich GMC in Easton, MD replaced the front seal gasket and the engine seized with in 25 miles of leaving dealership”

Rob C., MD (2013 GMC Acadia Denali 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.

Engine Cooling

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

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
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SEAT BELTS
May 20 2014
If the steel cable becomes fatigued and separates, the seatbelt may not properly restrain the seat occupant increasing the risk of an injury in a crash.
Summary:
General Motors is recalling certain model year 2009-2014 Buick Enclave vehicles manufactured April 14, 2008, through May 14, 2014, Chevrolet Traverse vehicles manufactured June 6, 2008, through May 14, 2014, and GMC Acadia vehicles manufactured April 9, 2008, through May 14, 2014, and 2009-2010 Saturn Outlook vehicles manufactured April 14, 2008, through March 18, 2010. In the affected vehicles, the flexible steel cable that connects the seatbelt to the front outboard seating positions may fatigue and separate over time.
What should you do:
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, repair and replace the lap pretensioner, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. An interim notice will be mailed to owners in July 2014. A second notice will be mailed to owners once parts become available. The recall for the 2009-2010 model years began on July 11, 2014. The interim letter for the 2011-2014 model years were distributed on July 11, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-462-8782 (GMC), 1-800-553-6000 (Saturn). General Motors recall number for this campaign is 14187.
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: 14V266000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1339355
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
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