The Acadia has neither the power or clearance for soft sand.Sandhopper said:Has anyone ventured on to the beach with their Acadia? Just curious if the AWD would handle soft sand. We are planning a trip to OBX next summer and we will need to choose between the Silverado and the Acadia.
tuck95 said:Just to clarify, my 2008 Acadia AWD performed very well in deep soft sand...provided that the tire pressure was lowered to 15PSI on all 4 wheels.
This lower tire pressure is required by the local authorities and is standard procedure for all 4WD/AWD vehicles on the deep soft sand beaches where I fish. It is very important to reinflate the tires to the normal PSI as soon as the vehicle exits the sand. I carry a compressor on board for that purpose.
Also, to comply with the law and to minimize erosion and protect beach plants and wildlife, I only drive the Acadia on the trails and beach areas designated specifically for that purpose.
Thank you Tuck95, I too have spent alot of time on soft/deep sand beaches of DE/MD/OBX. Most of my experience though was using part-time 4wd with locking differentials. I found out quickly my first time on the beach that even with big wide tires on my light toyota pick-up I was just beating the tar out of the truck. Dropped the pressure to 18psi and the truck jumped up ontop of the sand and cruzed. Since this Acadia is the first AWD I have owned I was not sure if it would handle the soft sand. Glad to here you have aready proved it out. Thanks :thumb:tuck95 said:Having spent 20 years traveling on deep soft sand beaches and getting stuck a few times myself and helping others who got stuck many, many times, I know that it is absolutely essential that the tire pressure be lowered to a max of 15psi to be successful.
If you do try it with full PSI, make sure you are well prepared to dig out or get pulled out and to lower the pressure. Good Luck!
If your seals are good, they're made to keep that stuff out - drum brakes maybe, disc brake pads unlikely. My dogs get it in their pads. Then the issue becomes more an interior one like particles in the carpet, cloth seats, console storage compartments, etc.Schram said:see, now driving on the sand is starting to sound fun. arent there particle issues like in your pads, halfshaft seals, stuff like that?