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Sep 16, 2012 (6:59 pm)
I'm about to purchase a 2009 GMC Acadia and there was one thing that concerns me about the car. The Acadia belongs to my mother in law and she wants to buy a new 2013 Acadia, since her 2009 has been lightly used I quickly offered to buy it from her. I've driven it several times and I noticed immediately that the power steering pump makes a whining sound, kind of like an old 60's/70's Chevy that's low on fluid. I read a few posts and noticed that this is a common problem. I was wondering if anyone had fixed this issue themselves rather than taking it in to a mechanic? I'm a gear head and like to avoid mechanic fee's wherever and whenever possible, so if anyone out there has had this issue and fixed it themselves please let me know what you did. The new Acadia will be out in the next few months so this problem will be mine very soon. Thanks in advance,
#1860 of 2162 Re: New to Acadia [bigbiz187]
Sep 17, 2012 (9:10 am)
Dont buy them they are Junk, I have owned my 2009 for a little over a year now, no joke it has been in the shop atleast 12 times, first the seatbelt harness system/ wirring went out, next the stabilitrak crap had to be replaced, second at 62,000 miles the engine had misfires on 3 cylinder, at 72,000 miles water pump had to be replaced, now at 74,000 mile something is now wrong with the air. GMC makes crappy cars! GO with a FORD!
#1861 of 2162 Re: New to Acadia [scollins537]
Sep 17, 2012 (9:12 am)
PS I had the whinning sound also, took the dealership three times to figure it out!
#1862 of 2162 Re: New to Acadia [bigbiz187]
Sep 17, 2012 (9:56 am)
I have an 07 Acadia, purhased new, currently have 88K miles on it. I had the same sound about 2 yrs ago, thought it was the power steering, also; but (according to the dealer), it was actually low on one of the other fluids, I think it was the transmission fluid. They added fluid, and no more whining sounds ever again, tho why it was low in the first place, I don't know. so check all the fluids! ( I was told that they were probably not 'topped off' the last time I had the oil changed. ) Just for the record, I have not had the problems that others have had, except for the water pump at around 75 K miles, and a leaking sunroof (still not fixed). All cars/makes have problems - don't know what the mileage is on the 09, but if your MIL hasn't had problems with it for 2 years, and the price is right, that would seem to indicate it is worth taking a chance on. at least you know the history, and these problems are not universal (with each and every Acadia) . I wonder if it depends on where the Acadia is assembled, or when the part was built?? at any rate, good luck!
#1863 of 2162 Re: New to Acadia [renie39]
Sep 17, 2012 (10:39 am)
Thank you for the reply, a lot of people on this blog use it as sort of a punching bag to take out their frustrations about their car troubles, it's nice to have a calm level headed opinion. I make a habit of checking all fluid levels every oil change, so I will definitely check the trans fluid level. The noise tends to be worse on a hot day so it would make sense that it's the trans fluid. It has 29k miles, and she hasn't had any of the other issues I read about on the blog. She offered it to me at low blue book, which is a great deal in my opinion. Before my father in law passed away he always took the car to the dealer for service, so it's been well maintained and everything is on record with GMC, so I feel like it's a sound investment.
#1864 of 2162 Re: New to Acadia [bigbiz187]
Sep 17, 2012 (10:57 am)
I would go for it! I love my 12(23,000miles), and since the price is right, and you know it's not a Lemon, it seems like a good investment.
#1865 of 2162 Re: New to Acadia [scollins537]
Sep 17, 2012 (11:23 am)
Good afternoon scollins537,
We're sorry to hear that you've had these difficulties with your Acadia. Has all of this work been performed with your dealership? If you would like for us to check into this further, please send us an email at socialmediagm.com with more details, including your name and Edmunds username, phone and address, the last 8 of your VIN and current mileage, and the name of your involved dealership.
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#1866 of 2162 Re: New to Acadia [scollins537]
Sep 17, 2012 (11:39 am)
Thank you for your opinion but frankly these issues you're pointing out are what I consider "normal" for any American made car. The most dependable cars I've owned in my life have all come from Japan, unfortunately every time I buy American I have to deal with little problems like that here and there throughout the cars life cycle. I know Ford has re-invented themselves and put out a nice product, but for the price I can't pass up this deal, it's used and it obviously has a pre existing issue, but I'm pretty handy with cars and I know this cars history and maintenance record, so I'm going for it. I just would like to know how to fix the problem so I can do it myself, I hate paying mechanics. For example, a water pump issue for me is about 2 hours and 3 beers on a Sunday, no problem, just another Chevy....
#1867 of 2162 And the problems just continue....
Sep 18, 2012 (9:06 am)
I have posted on this forum in past re: ongoing issues with my 2010 Acadia. Figured why stop. Dropped car off this morning for a "routine" service at GMC dealer. Of course, should know by now, nothing is routine. Rec'd call, brake fluid needs to be replaced due to condensation. OK, I can live with that. But another leak found around o-ring/transmission. And power steering pump is bad. Both have been repaired previously. O-Ring leak covered by power train warranty. Power steering pump is not covered, HOWEVER, the dealer out of "good will" is going to cover the cost due to the fact I have not missed a service on my car. I am thankful for this, but the on-going problems is just not right. There should not be so many on-going problems with these cars.
#1868 of 2162 Re: And the problems just continue.... [kathleen26]
Sep 18, 2012 (9:28 am)
What is the mileage on your 2010? GMC admits that the power steering pump they used was too small for the size of the vehicle, for I'm not surprised to hear it failed multiple times.