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Looking at buying a Small used SUV is the GMC Acadia a good choice?? Problems?

I was looking into the GMC Acadia as a SUV used that I could purchase for cash. I am looking at 2009+ models with the higher trims like the SLT-1 or SLT-2. The 2011 Denali is to much for a cash purchase. I have been hearing these SUV's are junk tho which would be a shame because I love the way they look the 2nd row bucket seats and I own a higher trim 2005 GMC envoy XL 4WD loaded with all leather sunroof DVD player 3rd row seats Etc. I like the GMC envoy but 13-14 mpg avg is a bummer in the I6 4.2L engine. I am wondering if these Acadia's have a lot of problems. I work on my own cars and have been my whole life. I own a 2008 BMW 335XI AWD (modified to over 500 HP) so I know what a unreliable car is like lol (it has problems all the time but is not my daily obviously). So back to the Acadia I hear timing chain problems which scares me because most engines now a days if the timing chain fails its complete engine failure. How do you guys like these vehicles and should I avoid them? The mileage would be from 100k-130k that I would buy and I would use it on long trips mostly along with a safe car to transport my 4 year old and 4 month old. Give me the shakedown lol.
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Re: Looking at buying a Small used SUV is the GMC Acadia a good choice?? Problems?

Your thread title states you are looking for a "small" SUV. An Acadia is not a "small" SUV. A small SUV is the Terrain.

Acadia's have their share of issues. You only have to spend an hour or so scanning this forum to identify the weak spots.






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Re: Looking at buying a Small used SUV is the GMC Acadia a good choice?? Problems?

As stated, the Acadia is not small.

From the posts that I have read I do not think the Acadia has any more problems then any other vehicle out there. On a forum, vehicle problems seem magnified because that is what people write about. You do not find people making posts that say they have had their vehicle for 3 years and have no problems.

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Re: Looking at buying a Small used SUV is the GMC Acadia a good choice?? Problems?

Not sure if you're a Consumer Reports guy or not ( I am) but from their April 2017 annual car issue, '09 showed a lot of red (worse) marks, '10 less red and a few greens, '11 and '12 started to improve, '13 and '14 showed much more improvement and the '15's and '16's solid greens, looks like they really got it right by then. Looking at this chart it looks like they really turned the corner starting in 2012...now we start all over again with the Gen 2, LOL. If you need any specifics let me know...good luck!

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Re: Looking at buying a Small used SUV is the GMC Acadia a good choice?? Problems?

Thanks for all the quick replies looking at a 2010. The newer ones I cannot pay cash for I should clarify I guess i am looking at a mid-size SUV something with good storage 3rd row seats and good options for long trips I like Luxury and a good sound system my 335xi has 12 speakers in the thing from the factory so Bose is a must at minimum (bmw fanatic). Last week I was looking at 2007 Escalades and Denali Yukons so I like big but not the price tag that goes with it. The only things that worry me on a non-rwd based vehicle is the engine and transmission I can do pretty much anything else. If it was a rwd based AWD system i have no problems with I have taken out the transmission on my BMW 335XI and rebuilt what I could by myself. I notice a poll for a class action suit for the timing chain can someone elaborate on that as it seems like a common problem? I wont tow a lot with it but I have a motorcycle rack that I haul my enduro around on. Tongue weight is a must know on this also as the bike and rack are about 350-400 lbs. I just want to know if this is more reliable vs a BMW X5 (which are not very reliable lol). Also are the parts pretty cheap because i do all my own work and have about 6-8k in tools and soon access to a lift. I had a 2007 Pontiac GTP in my younger days that had a 3.6L VVT engine rated at I think 255 hp wondering if thats the same basic concept engine.

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Also should add a big question.... How many miles can you expect out of one of these looking at a 2010 SLT-2 with 107k for 14k (gona try for 13k out the door).
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Re: Looking at buying a Small used SUV is the GMC Acadia a good choice?? Problems?

I've read stories (on other sites) where folks have driven some of the older models over 200K miles with no glaring issues. Like anything else, things wear out and need replaced. Good luck with your decision.

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Re: Looking at buying a Small used SUV is the GMC Acadia a good choice?? Problems?

If buying used, run the VIN# at any GM dealer to see if anything has been done to it...etc. You can call the dealer service dept with vin# if you are not working through one to buy used.

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Re: Looking at buying a Small used SUV is the GMC Acadia a good choice?? Problems?

2010's are beginning to show up on the forum with timing chain issues.

09's do show up in higher numbers (chain issues)

2010's- were 'corrected' (oil passages were made bigger from whats been posted)... but now with vehicles hitting the 80,000 mile mark--- it seems folks are getting the codes which point to a timing chain stretch (which is really the chain wearing- and making it seem loose)
But in my opinion- these 2010s and up (as we have seen a few posts from 2011's to 2013's).... I think is mostly related to owners not checking the oil level in their cars.
this leads to low oil levels and sludge buildup.

Oil in these engines is used for more than lubrication. Its also a hydraulic fluid of sorts-- as its used to 'move' parts and is also squirted on pistons to cool.


I have a 2010 with 126,000 miles and check oil weekly.
I do add oil if needed. Ive found that oil usage depends on how the vehicle has been driven (highway vs street)
Ive had multiple used oil analysis showing low iron.

My belief is that owners showing high iron- is mostly iron being shed by the chain on this engine.


On MY vehicle- I change my oil/filter.
Since new- I took note of my TRUE full oil level. (Which by the way is ABOVE the hashed area).
I like to keep my oil above the hash marks.


so if you do get one- just monitor the oil level (engine cold so it has a chance to drain down).
the 2010s have a blade style dipstick.
It changed in later models.

this is what Im talking about.
5.5 qts with filter change.

By the time the oil level is in the middle of the hashed area--- its already 1 qt low.

This is what I consider MY true full oil level....






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Re: Looking at buying a Small used SUV is the GMC Acadia a good choice?? Problems?



Wow 126k and burning oil? I have a GMC Envoy with the 4.2L I6 and it has 176k and it maybe uses 1/4 quart in 3500 miles if that. I think I may avoid this car which is a **** shame I love the interior on them and the style ugh.
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