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#1 of 36 Acadia check engine light
Jan 31, 2007 (6:17 pm)
Just bought an Acadia and at 250 miles the check engine light went on. That was three days ago and the Oakland CA dealership service dept. is still scratching it's head. Apparently the third cylinder is malfunctioning and they had to send away for diagnostic software that wasn't provided to them before the Acadia's were rolled out. Cart before the horse GMC!! I'm a long time Toyota owner who took an educated chance on buying American. I love the way the Acadia performs at every level but needless to say, the last thing I expected was to be driving a loaner vehicle around less than a week after I bought it. Hope this is just an aberration but if anyone else has this problem......So far GM has been very good on the customer support end but I'm still quite disappointed with how this little GM transition has begun
#2 of 36 Re: Acadia check engine light [zeepro]
Feb 09, 2007 (6:42 pm)
I think I would not leave the car with them. Just reset the light and go - I had a Ford that Check Engine reported "instantaneous misfire on cyl 4" - reset and never happened again. I wonder if it is something similar to that? Were there any symptoms? Did the light stay off after being reset?
I have an Acadia ordered after a decade of foreign cars and trucks. . .so I know where you are coming from. . .
#3 of 36 Re: Acadia check engine light [rush1169]
Feb 10, 2007 (11:39 am)
Glad you guys are coming back to American. I just ordered an Acadia as well. I've had a 2000 and 2004 Montana recently, and both were fine vehicles, with very few problems. The service at my dealership has been outstanding.
#4 of 36 Re: Acadia check engine light [rush1169]
Feb 15, 2007 (10:37 pm)
Well I wish it had been that easy. It turns out that there is a major malfunction in the third cylinder and it's so bad that GM is sending out a brand new engine!! God only knows how long it will take before I'm actually driving my own vehicle again, assuming I ever do. They say this is the only Acadia in the country that has had this problem....we'll see. I'm beyond disappointed and the dealership took over two weeks to diagnose the problem....
#5 of 36 Re: Acadia check engine light [zeepro]
Feb 16, 2007 (9:13 am)
GM is sending out a brand new engine!!
Wow, that's awful. I had a '95 Sonoma that had the engine replaced at 4,000 miles. I guess if it took them two weeks to diagnose and likely takes them another couple weeks or more to repair, you have yourself a lemon depending on the state you live in. I think here in WA, if your new car is in the shop for more than 30 days or goes in for the same issue more than 3 times, it's a lemon. Don't quote me on that. I remember we could have pursued the lemon law with our truck.
#6 of 36 New engine in
Mar 09, 2007 (8:26 am)
So the new engine is in and then we had the safety recall and while they were fixing that problem , I mentioned that the FM band on my radio wasn't producing the same amount of volume as the AM and XM bands. So.....yes you guessed it...they are sending me out a new radio....LOL . I feel like I'm on a ride that I can't quite get off. On the good side however, this is one sweet riding vehicle. I love the thing and I haven't seen a single one out on the road here in California. There is absolutely no wind noise at any speed, it handles like a nimble sports car and the manumatic shift option makes the driving experience as much fun as you want it to be.
#7 of 36 American cars suck
Mar 15, 2007 (6:06 pm)
I will never ever buy American because of that reason they dont know how to make go reliable cars I only buy Nissan learn from that
#8 of 36 Re: American cars suck [rafa]
Mar 16, 2007 (5:24 am)
Yes Nissan makes extra reliable cars just like the Nissan Quest. The Nissan Quest has amongst the worst marks in consumer report for reliability (lots of black). My brother in law bought one and has had his full share of problems with it.
I traded my 2004 Toyota Sienna in for my new Acadia. The 2002 Sienna had several recalls in the first months of production as I remember. Such things as needing to replace the radiator and having to fix the sliding door so it doesn't accidentally close on a kid when the car was on an incline.
One of my employees has a Toyota 4-Runner and the top of his engine blew at around 90k miles which cost him $2500 to fix.
By the way, Hyundai used to make crap (remember the Excel), so I guess no Korean cars. We all know what FIAT stands for and don't get me started on the Yugo. So No European cars for me.
So in summary it looks like Japanese, American cars, European cars and Korean cars have problems sometimes. I guess I will need to give up driving or just live with the fact that cars sometimes have problems. I've bought cars from GM, Ford, Mazda, Toyota, Acura over the last decade or two and by and large they have all been good vehicles. My experience is that cars have come a long way in reliability in the last 10 years and by and large GM, Ford, Toyota, Honda and even Nissan make good products. So I buy whatever car fits my needs and budget and if something goes wrong that why the car has a warranty.
I feel bad for zeepro, but the engine comes with a 100k mile warranty. Hopefully this will be the last of his problems. I also thoroughly love my Acadia. As far as not having seen to many of them, I have some bad news for Zeepro. I was in LA last week for a day and saw two Acadias on the road. Last week at home I saw two others on the opposite corners of the intersection at a traffic light (3 Acadias at one stop light, what are the odds of that 2 months into production). Looks like these guys are selling like hotcakes.
#9 of 36 Love it
Mar 16, 2007 (6:26 pm)
As much as I hated going through this, the truth is that I love the Acadia and everyone needs to know that GM once they got their stuff together, really stepped up and took care of the problem, in fact, they gave my $750 in compensation for the inconvenience which I thought was some excellent customer service. I am still a fan and I hope this is the end of my problems...well aside from a small radio issue....which hopefully will be fixed with a software update. Bottom line the vehicle is great
#10 of 36 Re: American cars suck [ppalonsky]
Mar 19, 2007 (3:44 pm)
Thanks for one of the best responses to the anti-American car nonsense. Yours was an unbiased response that made sense. I feel the same. I have owned six American cars and one foreign. That was not because I wouldn't own foreign so much as it was because I liked the specific car. I have not owned the same make twice. I've had a Chevy, Olds, Buick, Dodge, Pontiac, Nissan, and a Ford before placing my order for yet another different make - GMC (the Acadia). We bought a Honda for my daughter and could probably have purchased another car for the amount we put in repairs on that one. I've had problems with every one of those car makes. The only problem I have with the foreign cars (given that both American and foreign have issues) is that the foreign car issues are considerably more expensive to fix - don't ask how many thousands of dollars I put into the Honda and Nissan before unloading them.
That doesn't mean that I don't like those cars. I'd buy most of them again if they offered a model I liked and trusted it to be reliable.
I put my order for an Acadia in three weeks ago after test driving six different makes/models. It will probably be at least four more weeks before it is delivered. I rented an Acadia last weekend to be sure I wanted to stick with it. I currently drive a Mustang GT (manual) convertible and have never owned an SUV. I absolutely love the Acadia. Much to my amazement, it handled as well as the Mustang. Can't wait to get my own.