GMC Acadia Reviews from North America

2008 GMC Acadia SLT-2 3.6L V6

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2014
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 3.6L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance97000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

An easy buy that will fit a large family's needs

Faults:

Nothing so far. The transmission was replaced by the dealer just before we bought it. Known waveplate issue in the tranny causes failure. Nice to know the issue has been corrected with a new part (and of course the new tranny ;-) ). The engine is leak free and runs great.

General Comments:

Extremely comfortable vehicle.

Good fuel economy for a large SUV (about 24 highway) with the capability to carry 7 people.

Rear seat DVD player is great to keep kids happy (my wife is a nanny who looks after 3 kids and 1 of our own).

A back-up camera is a must with this thing as rear visibility when backing up is pretty bad.

The Nav system is nice, but needs to be updated with a current Nav disc.

Power from the 3.6 V6 is good, but not great. Engine is quiet and does its thing without any obtrusiveness. The transmission shifts smoothly through all the gears.

With all the bells and whistles, make sure you buy a service contract to protect yourself. If you buy a used loaded vehicle and don't buy a good service contract, you only have yourself to blame if something breaks and you can't afford to fix it.

These are great people carriers that happen to look really good. Let's face it, no one wants to actually drive a minivan around. With these (Lambda platform) SUVs, you don't have to.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2014

2008 GMC Acadia SLT-2 3.6L VVT

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 3.6L VVT Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 miles
Most recent distance67000 miles

Summary:

Great car, bad customer service unless the corporate office is notified

Faults:

Water pump went up.

Blend door actuator.

General Comments:

Overall I think this is a great car. Good strong motor, and the MPG isn't bad considering the size of the vehicle.

My blend door actuator was "stuck" with the first winter cold front (I live in the DMV). After a week or so it fixed itself.

Water pump went up. Took it to the dealer, and GMC has a special warranty that fixed it for free. After I drove it home that night, the next morning my engine was knocking. I took the car back, and after 3 weeks of terrible service between the 3rd party warranty company and the dealer; I finally have my car back with another motor.

When dealing with dealers and/or warranty companies, my suggestion is be prepared to call corporate. If not, notify the public.

Again, an overall great vehicle. I love the AWD, get exactly what I paid for. Just hope to stay away from dealers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2014

20th Jun 2014, 01:52

I am the original poster. Since then, I have had to get my C/V boot replaced and 3-5-R wave plate. Additionally, the sunroof and moon roof had to be resealed.

I think at this point, I have had to get all known problems fixed. Hopefully from here on out, everything will be good. I will update.

Lastly, I found a good dealer, and they make GM look a lot better.

2008 GMC Acadia SLT1 3.6

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12 kilometres
Most recent distance56000 kilometres

Summary:

Too problematic

Faults:

Various problems with various systems from electrical to drive-line. Usually a quick fix, but a trip to the dealer for warranty none the less. No fewer than 15 trips to warranty since new.

Rear differential replacement to solve vibration issues (5 trips to the shop at least), several recall items, problems with turn signal switch, steering column replacement, sound system failure, failure of heated seats.

A general disappointment given the cost and the fact that it is brand new.

General Comments:

Nice style.

Nice design of the cockpit and overall.

Comfortable seats and seating arrangement.

Pleasant to drive.

Slightly under powered for its size.

Handles well, great all wheel drive vehicle.

Too unreliable/problematic, I won't buy another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th April, 2009

20th Apr 2009, 10:22

Don't be so fast to swear off of GM's. You bought a first year model, which regardless of manufacturer, tend to have bugs and glitches that will be worked out in subsequent years.

1st May 2009, 23:35

Actually 2007 was the first model year.

18th Jun 2009, 18:18

I bought the first "first year" model of any car since 1981 when I bought my 2006 Ford Fusion. It had enough evidence of excellent build quality to justify the risk, however I generally strictly AVOID the first year of ANY new model due to bugs inherent in new designs. I still strongly urge people to wait TWO years before buying any new model. That virtually insures that ALL the bugs are worked out.

2007 GMC Acadia SLT2 3.6L Gas

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
Engine and transmission 3.6L Gas Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired14 miles

Summary:

A wonderful alternative to the truck-base SUV and the minivan

Faults:

Nothing, too new.

General Comments:

The car is well made for its intended role. Adequate or better seating for all seats (the further back you go, the worse it gets).

Ride is controlled. I'm not an aggressive driver.

Features on the SLT2 are great. Fit and finish of my sample is satisfactory. There's a bit too much reflective trim, so on a sunny day, I've been blinded by my own car.

I'm also a little concerned about the reliability of the "Smart" seats after several years of french fries, dirt, moisture, etc. The tracks are not covered at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th June, 2008

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 4 reviews