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Blue’s Clues- Almost everything you need to know about posting on and using the Acadia Forum

NEW MEMBERS / POSTING
Why isn’t anyone answering my question or replying to my post or why was this thread linked in a reply to my question?

It is usually because you are asking about something that has already been answered or dealt with in another post. You need to do a proper search (see searching). If this is not the case, maybe no one knows the answer. Also, follow up on your post. This shows members you are still around and still need some help. Few members want to waste time answering a question that will never be read or used. Many operation or vehicle related questions can be answered by reading your owner's manual. They are available online here:
Service and owner manual thread with PDF download links

Most other questions can be answered by doing a proper search. While many questions may be answered in a few hours, some may take information from someone that has been there and done that or is more knowledgeable in that area and will take a few days.

Posting links
There is a minimum post count before you can post links here. We've found a large number of spammers join here to do so, and the links are of no relevance to the GMC Acadia. Posting useless posts to get to the minimum will result in the member being banned.

Netiquette
This is a mature and enjoyable forum. Please respect others and treat them as you would like to be treated. Please spell check your post, and do not post in ALL CAPS, as this is considered shouting and hard to read, as is a poorly worded post with run-on sentences and improper capitalization. Your browser may underline words it thinks are misspelled. You can right click on these to see options. A free online spell check utility is here:
http://www.spellcheck.net/

How can I be notified via email when someone replies to my (or another) post?
There are two ways. On your post or reply, click on “Additional options” and the first box allows you to be notified of replies. The second method is to go to your profile and then click on “Notifications and email” and check the boxes as needed.

Is there a way to see new posts since I was last here or replies to my posts?
Yes, there is a link is right under your username at the top of the page and also one on the bottom of the page by the page number. It says “Show unread posts since last visit” (top) or just “Unread posts” (bottom). Also in the top section are links for all unread posts and replies to your posts.

This forum is different than what I’m used to.
The software used by this forum is indeed different than other message boards you may be used to. The same concepts apply, and you can do the same stuff here as you do elsewhere. Some differences include links that are different color text, not underlined as in other forums, and the user interface/control panel/profile.

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How do I use the search function so I can find other posts about my topic so I don't post about something that has already been discussed?
UPDATED August 2009
To paraphrase a Chinese proverb, my philosophy on searching:
Perform a search for a new member and you answer one question. Teach a new member to search and you enable them to find answers for a lifetime.

The software used by this forum (SMF) has two search areas. As it was, the search box in the upper right of the screen only searched the current topic or board if not in a topic. As of June 2009, admin has upgraded this so it will search (these are the options via a drop down box):
  • The entire forum
  • The board you are on- current board, i.e. buying & leasing- this WILL NOT find posts on another board such as audio/video/nav.
  • The topic (thread) you are on- good for searching in the topic/thread if it is lengthy.
  • Members- an easy way to find a member if you know their user name.
  • The entire site- since this site is only the forum, this is the same as The entire forum above. It returns results in a Google format. You can also do a web search on the results page from this search by checking the "Search the web" portion.
This is the suggested search method.

Put in your search term and select where you want to search. Usually the entire forum will work the best, and this is the default setting. From there, you can modify the search results via more drop down boxes to include match all words/match any words, match whole words only/smart matching/match any sequence, the location (i.e. entire forum), and you can add in a member name if you know who posted what you're looking for.

This search will not let you search in impossible locations, i.e. if you're not in a topic/thread, this option is not available.

To do an ADVANCED search, you have to use the SEARCH (note upper case) button on the bar on the upper left of the screen between HELP and PROFILE. This takes you to another screen. From here, you can search all Lambda forums (upper box) or just the Acadia forum (lower box). By default, all sections are checked. You can choose a certain area to search in by clicking on “Choose a board to search in, or search all” and checking the sections you want to search in. It is usually easiest to sort results by most recent instead of the default setting of most relevant.

NOTE[/color] It was found in August 2009 that the "Lambda Super Search" (upper box) does not return all of the results the other two do. For this reason, it is suggested you use the box in the upper right to perform searches. Admin has been notified of the situation and once it is corrected, I will update here.

PICTURES / ATTACHMENTS
How do I put pictures in my post?

This sounds harder than it is. If you can post on a message board, you can transfer and post photos. The rewards are great, especially in for sale ads. The process is as follows:
Take the picture, transfer it from your camera to your computer (your camera will usually have software to do this), upload it into on online account, and insert it into your post.

Once they are on your computer, you need to upload them to an online photo service. Tip- don’t post with huge pictures. 640x480 or 800x600 are fine for message boards. Photos can usually be resized on your computer using the transfer program or photo editing software. Microsoft paint will also do this. Photobucket and Picassa are two free online photo hosting services. This example uses Photobucket. Once you have set up an account, you follow the website’s instructions to get the pictures from your computer to the service. Photobucket has tutorials here if you need some help:
http://tutorials.photobucket.com/

From there, all you need to do is insert the web address of the picture(s) into your post. This is done using the “image” tag, or [ img ] (there are no spaces between the brackets and img when you use it). Just like [ b ] makes bold text, [ img ] tells the forum software there is an image at a certain location. [ /img ] tells it this is the end of the photo. On Photobucket, under the photo you have uploaded from your computer, there are three boxes. The bottom one is for img use on message boards. All you need to do is click on the text in the box and a little yellow message pops up saying it has been copied. Go to your post and paste it into the post where you want the picture. You will see [ img ] http: web address photo . jpg [ /img ] (spaces added so it won't convert this text to a link).

How do I add an attachment like a PDF or DOC file?
When you are replying, look under the place where you type in your message. It is normally seen as “Additional options”. Click on it, and you will see check boxes to notify you of replies, return to the topic after posting, and to not use smileys. Below that is a box for attachments. The types of files that can be uploaded and the size is noted here. Click on “browse” to find the file on your computer. You can add more than one by clicking on “more attachments”. The attachments won’t be seen until you post, so they are not shown on a preview. You can post pictures as an attachment so long as they meet the type and size requirements.

FOR SALE ADS
What are some tips for a good ad?

The goal here is to let buyers know what you have, and provide a means for them to contact you. Pictures are essential, and will save you a lot of time answering questions about stuff that could be seen in a picture. For vehicles, shoot all 4 corners of the exterior, the front, and the back. Include a couple of the interior to include the seats and dash. Highlight any good point such as new tires. A shot of the engine bay is helpful also. Avoid repeating photos, such as the side and then a shot 2 feet closer. Be descriptive when you write about it- color, size, options, what is good and what is bad. Always list a price. People that want to bid or make an offer can go to ebay and do so. State if your price is firm or best offer. If you don’t list a price, don’t get mad when you get an offer of $500 for something you believe is worth $5000. Include how you want to be contacted- private message, email, or phone. Be aware that posting an email or phone number will eventually be picked up by search engines and anyone (including email spammers) will see this information.

As an additional caution, please read these Fraud Awareness Tips from AutoTrader, specifically "Before you buy or sell"- common-sense advice for buyers and sellers. Fraud is possible on both sides of any transaction, so educate and protect yourself.

YOUR PROFILE
How do I change my information (the stuff you see under my username)?

On the top left menu, click on “Profile”. You then see a screen with menus on the left. You can change all your settings here, such as your avatar (picture everyone sees by your username) and your signature (what everyone sees under your post).

Why should I put my location in my profile?
Often your question or issue is or could be regional in nature. By placing your location in your profile, no one needs to ask you where you are. Your location is essential on a for sale post, since usually someone out of the area will not be interested in your item.

Why should I put my year and model in my signature?
As with the location issue, often a question you are asking about your Acadia will require those replying to know what you have. All trim levels (SL, SLE, SLT1, SLT2) have different equipment and options. There are also differences between front wheel drive (FWD) and all wheel drive (AWD).

THE ACADIA
What are the differences in the Acadia models?

The 2007-2009 Acadia was offered in three trim levels. For 2010, an SL model is being introduced with minimal equipment and options. Generally, the base model is the SLE, the midlevel the SLT1, and the top level is the SLT2. To find out what each model has, you can search here or go to http://www.gmc.com/acadia/acadia/index.jsp and research the models in depth.

PRICING AND GM INFORMATION
Where can I find pricing information for the Acadia?

http://www.cars.com http://www.edmunds.com and even http://www.gmc.com/acadia/acadia/index.jsp are all sources. Cars.com and Edmunds offer invoice and retail prices and all let you “build” your Acadia. Cars and Edmunds also allow you to price used vehicle values. I have also started threads on the buying & leasing board for members to list the prices paid for their specific model year, so prospects can see what type of deals are being made.

What is GMS or employee pricing?
GMS is the term GM uses for employee pricing. Unless it is an “everyone” type deal such as in 2005 and in a limited fashion 2008, GM has very strict rules that only allow employees and family members, as the price is below dealer invoice. This requires an authorization number. The GM Employee website is here:
https://www.gmfamilyfirst.com/ip-gmemployee/

What is Supplier Pricing?
This is a price GM sells vehicles to for companies that are affiliated with GM. Experience has shown you can usually negotiate a better price than this, although for those that don’t like the negotiation game, it has value. You must be given an authorization number by an authorized person or GM Employee in order to use this feature. The GM Supplier website is here:
https://www.gmsupplierdiscount.com/ip-gmsupplier/

How can I see the new models if the website won't let me input that year?
After model changeover, in a few weeks everything works as it should. Until then, at some point (no one knows when) you can usually build your vehicle to the point where you select the color and modify the address line in your browser (the http: stuff at the top, very lengthy). You replace the current year (i.e. 2008) with the year you want to find (i.e. 2009), it is towards the end of the long string of text there. Hit enter and you should be good to go. This does not always work, your mileage may vary!

What are some good GM or related websites to get information?
There are several non-publicized or not widely known websites that are publicly accessible. Here are a few:
Online order/reference guide- you can see what options are available for your vehicle, as well as other information. Start with “Print book” and follow the on-screen instructions.
http://eogld.ecomm.gm.com/NASApp/domestic/vehiclesel.jsp?year=2009&regionID=1&divisionID=2#

Note- to change the model year, substitute it for the "2009" in the URL shown above. This will work for past models to the 2008 model year as of June 2009. For the 2010 model year, it will look like this:
http://eogld.ecomm.gm.com/NASApp/domestic/vehiclesel.jsp?year=2010&regionID=1&divisionID=2#

Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs):
http://service.gm.com/dealerworld/vincards/

Bluetooth
GM has a web site with great technical and user info on its Bluetooth. Thanks to member amfriedman for this one.
http://www.gm.com/bluetooth/

Parts (note- low prices, high shipping costs, online catalog can be used to find part numbers by putting items in cart and going to checkout):
http://www.gmpartsdirect.com/catalog/?CFID=1153709&CFTOKEN=56544495

For online aftermarket stock replacement parts, Rock Auto has great prices, reasonable shipping, and tremendous customer service:
http://www.rockauto.com
Blue's Disclaimer- I don't work there, they are not a supporting vendor, but I do shop there for parts for my unmodified & modified vehicles and have never received poor service. They are quick to resolve any problem, have an easy to use online catalog, and ship parts right away if in stock.

Acadia specifications, courtesy of admin:
Acadia Specifications

This thread will be edited and updated as required. I have locked it so as not to clutter it. Please PM me for suggestions or corrections.
 
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