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#632 of 798 GMC Acadia 2008 - Transmission problem was just the beginning
Jun 18, 2013 (7:32 am)
I own a GMC Acadia 2008 that started having transmission problems one year ago (July 2012), I was on a busy highway in Austin, TX and had my three young daughters with me when I started noticing I couldn't accelerate very well. Next day my GMC Acadia just stopped in the middle of a road and I couldn't accelerate at all, thank God this time my daughters were not in the car with me. I had the car towed and it turned out the problem was a broken wave plate. I couldn't believe it when I searched on Google and found out transmission problems were very common on this VERY EXPENSIVE CAR. Luckily the repair was covered by the drive train warranty. Before buying this Acadia I owned Nissan and Mazda cars (not even fancy ones, I owned a Nissan Sentra and two Mazda Proteges) and I NEVER had these kind of problems with those cars, I remember feeling a little sad when it was finally time to sell them. But with my GMC Acadia is the opposite, I'm going to feel happy and relieved when I finally get rid of it; other serious problems I've had with this car are:
- About two months ago water started POURING inside the vehicle every time it rains, we're not talking a few drops, we're talking streams of water. There are not one but several leaks in the roof of the car. Again I couldn't believe it when I searched on the Internet and found out this is a common problem with GMC Acadias, and based on what I've read so far I'm going to have to pay a fortune to fix it.
- The hinged sun visor flap on the driver's side has a little mirror with a plastic cover. I occasionally use it when applying makeup in the car, well, just by the normal use of opening and closing the little plastic cover it broke one day and the broken plastic hinge pushed on the mirror and cracked it. So now I have to drive around with the broken plastic lid hanging in front of my eyes. The quality of the interiors is just terrible (again, compared to the Sentra and Proteges I owned for several years), a control knob on the second row of the car fell apart in little pieces, and the paint is peeling off at least 5 buttons on the dashboard, I can't tell apart the A/C buttons anymore.
I've had people stop me on parking lots to admire my GMC Acadia and tell me they are thinking about buying one, I used to be proud of it myself but now I warn everybody against buying one.
#633 of 798 Re: Add me to the list.....Victim #630! [obyone]
Jun 18, 2013 (8:22 am)
Really? With hundreds of people reporting the same problem you don't think this deserves a recall? There have only been SIX reported fires on certain GM models out of the hundreds of thousands sold and that was enough to prompt a recall. And when the Toyota stuck throttle issue came up, there were only a handful of stuck throttle reports. And that prompted a recall. What's your baseline for a problem to become recall-worthy? Can we know the actual number of reports you've gotten on transmission failures? And let's not forget that you probably won't get a report if the transmission was fixed under warranty as my first failure was. That I didn't report. But after the next two catastrophic failures OUT of warranty? That's when I went online and discovered similar widespread problems.
#634 of 798 Re: GMC Acadia 2008 - Transmission problem was just the beginning [et_austin]
Jun 18, 2013 (5:39 pm)
I do apologize that you are having so many issues with your GMC Acadia. I would like to do more research on your concern. Could you please send us an email at socialmediagm.com. Please provide your name, address, phone number, vehicle identification number, and current mileage.
GM Customer Care
#635 of 798 New Transmission - same problem
Jun 19, 2013 (8:10 am)
My rebuilt 2007 GMC Acadia transmission is showing the same signs as it did before. I pulled out to try to pass someone and as I tried to accelerate the tach shot up to 7000 rpm and the vehicle did nothing. I am taking it back to the dealer but I know I will get the same ol' line. There is nothing wrong. My GM nightmare is up for sale and it will be the last GM I own.
#636 of 798 So disappointed in my Acadia
Jun 19, 2013 (1:15 pm)
After 9 years, my wife and I decided to get a newer car. We were planning a trip across the country this fall with the kids and wanted something roomier. We loved to look of the Acadia and I bought a used 2007 2 wks ago. Last week after only a small amount of miles it missed a shift while we were on our way out of town for a short weekend trip. Turned around and drove it back home and got our old car (my 2001 Mazda Tribute with 200k+ miles). Monday morning I went to take it to the shop...it wouldn't even get into gear. fortunately the dealer I got if from had it towed to their shop. turns out it's a solenoid in the transmission, the chevy dealer said they keep the $700 parts on hand because it's "common."
That's crazy. Now I have to pay the $700 for the parts. the dealership is going to eat the labor. this car only has 75k miles on it. I've never had a car have any problems with a transmission that soon. I'm highly disappointed. My wife and I were so happy because the car looks great and it's comfortable, but now I'm worried at how "common" this problem may be that I'll get stranded with my family on our cross country trip.
This is my first GMC and I've always heard great things about them but I'm not going to be recommending them to others. It does sound like with so many transmission issues that they need to do a recall and put in higher quality materials or something. This is ridiculous.
#637 of 798 Re: New Transmission - same problem [misc23]
Jun 19, 2013 (1:48 pm)
How many miles did you have on the first tranmission? I got a rebuilt one at about 83000 miles. Worried about it, it's been about 12000 miles since I got it.
#638 of 798 Re: New Transmission - same problem [misc23]
Jun 19, 2013 (4:43 pm)
I'm really sorry to hear about your transmission issue. I would like to do further research so could you please email me at socialmediagm.com. In the email can you please provide me your name, address, phone number, vehicle identification number, and current mileage.
GM Customer Care
#639 of 798 Re: New Transmission - same problem [tnacadiaowner]
Jun 20, 2013 (4:55 am)
We had 110k on the first transmission, but it always did the same thing I was describing. We would take it to the dealer and they would say "they couldn't replicate it" or "that is how this new transmission is". It makes me worry that GM has done nothing to fix the problem and it will just be a matter of time before this one goes. I asked the technician who replaced mine if I should ditch the vehicle. He didn't say no, but he did say that the wave plates he puts in now seem to be a little more beefy and he hasn't seen any back yet. But that is one technician in one shop. We have ours up for sale because of the numerous other things that have or are going wrong (Power steering, AC, front plate oil leak, expensive to replace a head light, valve stem tire pressure sensors ). We got a letter from GM that they are reimbursing people who had the water pump go out. That makes me nervous because that is one thing we haven't had to replace.
#640 of 798 Re: New Transmission - same problem [gmcustsvc]
Jun 20, 2013 (4:57 am)
Jessica L. I have been down that road. The only thing you can do for me is to get your company to admit there is a problem and stand behind their product.
#641 of 798 Re: GMC Acadia 2008 - Transmission problem was just the beginning [gmcustsvc]
Jun 20, 2013 (6:38 am)
I had the same problem and called GM. The representative that I had told me that I didn't have a strong enough business case because I was a 3rd owner including a major chain (Carmax) and that I had no maintence history with a GM Dealership which the car had been taken to Bellany Strickland in McDonough GA that is a GM certified Dealership and that I had purchased it from a a 3rd party not a GM Dealer. I am sorry but if GM can not make a transmission to last more than 5 years that is pitiful. I have had a multitude of of makes and ran them up to 150,000 to 200,000 miles and never had transmission or engine trouble. My warranty went out in Jan 2013 and I have only owned this car 4 months. What can you do Jessica that is different than Shawna?