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Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. GMC Acadia Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Mazda MX-5 Miata or GMC Acadia reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Mazda MX-5 Miata and the GMC Acadia truly differ in reliability.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 GMC Acadia 31 Acadias, 4.9 months of data per Acadia, average 5200 miles

Year after year GM's large crossovers have had iffy reliability.
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80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 GMC Acadia 43 Acadias, 9.0 months of data per Acadia, average 13300 miles31
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 GMC Acadia 48 Acadias, 10.3 months of data per Acadia, average 26400 miles

The one reliable model year for GM's large crossovers. Unclear why this one differs from the others.
12
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 GMC Acadia 87 Acadias, 9.4 months of data per Acadia, average 41300 miles45
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 GMC Acadia 65 Acadias, 8.8 months of data per Acadia, average 51700 miles65
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata   11 MX-5 Miatas, 10.4 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 19600 miles

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2009 GMC Acadia 95 Acadias, 9.7 months of data per Acadia, average 66700 miles71
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 GMC Acadia 123 Acadias, 9.1 months of data per Acadia, average 76000 miles70
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata 27 MX-5 Miatas, 11.3 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 46500 miles

Like other sports cars, low average odometer reading.
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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 GMC Acadia 42 Acadias, 9.5 months of data per Acadia, average 88900 miles69
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata   18 MX-5 Miatas, 8.9 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 44800 miles

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata 38 MX-5 Miatas, 9.4 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 51900 miles

Like other sports cars, low average odometer reading.
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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata   19 MX-5 Miatas, 9.9 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 64000 miles

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2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata   11 MX-5 Miatas, 6.7 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 51800 miles

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2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata   15 MX-5 Miatas, 7.7 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 61200 miles

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1999 Mazda MX-5 Miata   22 MX-5 Miatas, 8.5 months of data per MX-5 Miata, average 97000 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Mazda MX-5 Miata

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda MX-5 Miata Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 2dr Convertible 167-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual RWD
Good reliability history according to all research.
2008 2dr Convertible 158-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
I only have about 15,000 miles so far. This car does not get driven in the winter because of road salt. Nothing has broken or needed repair yet.
2007 2dr Convertible 166-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual RWD
Knock on wood - the Miata has proven totally reliable so far. The maintenance bills are very low, and the Mazda dealer service is good.
2006 2dr Convertible 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual RWD
its a mazda, it may be said to be too reliable, is there such a thing, this is my second masda mx-5, i ran my first one for 6 years, not one trip to the mazda garage
2006 2dr Convertible 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual RWD
Car had a major issue with its engine computer, fixed under warrantee. Other than that, no real issues.
2006 2dr Convertible 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual RWD
Mazda has closed the gap on Honda and Toyota. It hardly gets better than that. That plus the warranty and I have no worries.
2006 2dr Convertible 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual RWD
Flawless/bullet-proof drivetrain. Few gizmos and needless luxuries = fewer things to break. No need for repairs in 32k miles.
2006 2dr Convertible 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual RWD
I haven ot had ANY problems with it. The car only goes to the mechanic for scheduled maintenance - what mroe can one say.
2006 2dr Convertible 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual RWD
I bought this car at about 40,000km and so far after 8,000km it has olny cost me gas, and 1 oil change that I will need to do this week.
2006 2dr Convertible 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual RWD
Has been 100% reliable over 6 years, 30,000 miles and two 2 month cross country trips.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the GMC Acadia

GMC Acadia Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr SUV 288-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Seats 8 people. I test drove a leather with DVD used vehicle prior to purchasing and it was decent. I purchased this in March 2011 with 5500 miles from Bob Moore in OKC. Seats were a little uncomfortable but not unbearable. at 30000 miles the rear strut had issues on the liftgate, noisy (really noisy at low speeds) power steering, tires wearing out, and gas tank showed half full when I ran out of gas. Today I found out there is a leak in the discharge hose of the Ac and possibly more issues because I have no ac at 90,800 miles. Seats are garbage, gas mileage never averaged over 21, wont tow much of a load, and small inside. I would never recommend a GMC, anything from Bob Moore or the Acadia. I have owned over 50 vehicles and this is the most problems for a new vehicle I have ever had.
2009 4dr SUV 288-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
6) I take the Acadia in for oil change and new tires at 71k miles. Get a call saying the strut is leaking like a faucet and needs to be replaced. Car is 4.5 years old! I only pay for the one strut even though recommended by dealer to replace both just because. I called GM and they wouldn't help any. Out of warranty. Out of help. 7) While in for having the strut replace, I get a call from the dealer stating that the tie rod bolt is so rusted that it looks like it will break apart and fall off. They say it has to be replaced for pure safety reasons and I totally agree. $56 bolt. I paid.
2009 4dr SUV 288-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I purchased my Acadia SLT2 in April 2011. I have had to take it in for work on the following items since then, and basically it's a regular issue where I know I'll be back at the dealer for something soon. 1) Headlights failed. I paid to replace. Headlights failed, I took back in and they had a recal on it then and I got reimbursed for previous money and issue fixed. 2) Car was repeatedly smelling like a sweaty locker room. I clean it regularly and found the floor mats were soaking wed UNDERNEATH. That totally confused me. Aired car out for a day or two and it dried out. Happened again. Thought it was my sweaty bike gear in car, so moved that out. Again, smelly locker room smell. Thought to check under floor mats and it was soaking wet again. Aired car our and it dried out. Happened a 3rd time and I knew what it was then. Took car to dealer and they said I wasn't cleaning the sunroof out and it was my fault, but cleaned it at no cost and that stopped the problem. Research on internet shows this was actual recal type major problem for Acadia. 3) Steering was "whinning" a lot. Took in to dealer for oil change and asked them to take a listen because it seemed way more than what I'd expect for nice car. They called and said power steering assist or something was faulty and replaced it. Covered under 36k bumper to bumper warranty. 4) Acadia went haywire trying to drive up mountain in snowstorm when I had to floor the gas to maintain forward motion in 15% grade in middle of snow storm when cars were sliding off the road around me. RPM's went all over (hight, then low, then high, then low, etc) lights in the car flashed, dash lights going on and off, check engine light comes on, etc. Take to dealer after that weekend and they said over 100 codes were in the computer and all they could do was just clear them all and wait till something comes up again because the had no idea what it all meant. Sure enought, that day after I leave the dealer the check engine light comes on. Back to dealer. Car is checked and they replace timing chain and engine sensors. All covered under 36k bumber to bumper warranty. 5) Snow storm causes me to have to floor the gas to keep from sliding back big hill in our neighborhood. Acadia goes completely haywire. First fast RPM, then slow RPM, then fast RPM, then middle of the road RPM, then slow RPM. Just all over. While this is happening my car with my 2 kids and my wife and I are sliding slowly off the edge of road because the wheels won't just spin to pull us up the hill. Take to dealer again. This time they have the car for about a week and every day I hear about something new being done to fix whatever issue, then they call and say it needs a total new transmission. Covered under the 100k powertrain warranty. They were back and forth with GM for days trying different things. $8000 repair.
2008 4dr SUV 275-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
GMC Has been good to me in the past
2007 4dr SUV 275-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Exceptional drivetrain.
GMC Acadia Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr SUV 288-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Seemed to have lots of issues with their engine, amoung other litte things at low mileage.
2011 4dr SUV 288-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Mileage, choices of tires that fit this vehicle, reliability, lack of interior space, lack of towing ability, comfortability, the list is quite long. For $32,000 MSRP, there are many vehicles that beat this car in every category.
2008 4dr SUV 275-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Water leaks, so many the Dealer has a hard time repairing. Power steering pump wines so loud you can hear it in the interior. Dash rattles. Cruse control is useless due to the trans calibration, continuously down shifts the trans on hills and in a wind.
2008 4dr SUV 275-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Our battery has died at least 5 time and GM has had to replace it twice. The 2nd sunroof has also leaked water.
2008 4dr SUV 275-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Lots of problems requiring unscheduled sercive
2007 4dr SUV 275-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
whenever it rains hard, it makes weird noise from the tire/brakes, and the steering wheel gets locked up. one time, water was leaking/dripping under dash onto my foot(driver side) as well as the passenger side.
2007 4dr SUV 275-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
It is NOT reliable. It never has been. The transmission in our car was fully replaced before 6 months.
2007 4dr SUV 275-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Lots of problem with leaky sun roof