Eight years with the Acadia
Just passed eight years in the 2011 Acadia SLT-2, with ~127,000 miles. There have been a few issues through the years, until now the most significant being things like the steering rack assembly, front shocks/struts, broken engine mounts, and the AC system recirculation door actuator (all except the last item were covered under the original warranty or GMPP). There were also a few recalls here and there. One thing that completely amazed me was the original brakes going until 94k miles...even though about 75% of my driving was freeway, it was surprising to see them last so long on a heavy vehicle.
I have been religious about oil and filter changes every 5k, UOA every second or third change, and it goes in about every 15k for a complete look-over. Currently on its third set of tires, and the original battery croaked at about six years. Have replacement OEM driver seat cushion and leather upholstery components on hand to install, as this is where the miles are most evident. Paint is still excellent; a clear bra went on immediately after bringing it home, but after eight years the material is at end of life, so peeling it off will give me a new-looking front bumper, headlight lenses and hood.
Except when the original battery died (and that was in my driveway), it has never stranded me and I still enjoy driving it. Today it's in the shop for several issues: Inoperative AC (condenser failed/leaking), broken engine mounts (again), worn out/melted front stabilizer bar bushings, and rear shocks (they are the originals). Except for the third set of motor mounts, none of this seems out of line for a vehicle with almost 130k on it.
My plan is to keep it for another year or so. This was my first GM vehicle ever and all things considered, it has been a good experience.
2011 Acadia SLT-2 FWD - Summit White / Titanium - 8 passenger - Sunroofs - NAV - Towing - Rear Seat Ent
Last edited by tewatson; 02-20-2019 at 07:25 PM.