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2011 GMC Acadia repairs by problem area

Engine (27%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (2%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (16%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (34%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (9%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 128 repairs.
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2011 GMC Acadia repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (10%)

$500 - $999 (11%)

$100 - $499 (22%)

< $100 (56%)

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Chart based on 96 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2011 GMC Acadia 4dr SUV

288-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

GMC Acadia in Alabama, United States
Jul 2011 - Mar 2013
Sep 2011

3000 mi
Bottom seat cushion on drivers left side bolster felt as though foam was missing. Technician replaced bottom seat cushion. 
Sep 2012

24000 mi
Leaking timing chain cover seal. Dealer fixed. Minor piece of door gasket on passenger rear door cam unglued. Dealership glued piece back together. Steering rack leaking on one end. Water pump leaking. 
Jan 2013

30000 mi
Driver's side rear door door gasket piece torn at rubber weld... replaced whole gasket. 
GMC Acadia in New York, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2018
May 2013

11000 mi
Steering started making rubbing noise when turning. Steering rack left & right boots damp with oil. Steering fluid full. Dealer replace steering rack and changed steering fluid to Dextron trans fluid as per TSB A/C stop working.Hissing from the dash@idle due to low Freon.Dealer evacuated and recharged A/C adding a dye to the system since they could find no leaks.Car is 2 years old with 11,000 miles. It could be out of warranty when it leaks again! DVD headset broke an ear piece swivel Second row r/s leather cover on seat back keeps falling off 
Mar 2014

14000 mi
A/C RECHECK FROM LAST YEAR REPAIR. NO LEAK FOUND. EVACUATED A/C TO MEASURE AMOUNT OF FREON 134A. NO LOSS. RECHARGED WITH MORE DYE. FUEL GAUGE DROPS TO EMPTY AT 3/4 FULL MARK . IT RETURNS AFTER YOU DRIVE IT 15 PLUS MILES. FUEL TANK SENDING UNIT WAS REPLACED 
Dec 2015

21000 mi
Power steering pump leaking. Power steering pump was replaced coolant use/loss. Water pump leak when cold. water pump was replaced engine oil leak by oil filter adapter. Dealer replaced oil filter.Stated it was leaking. Dealer failed to clean area. Will have to recheck myself after a few hundred miles. Dealer also changed oil. overfilled by 1/2 a quart Passenger side vents blowing only hot air. All other vent blowing cold a/c. Passenger side blend door motor defective. Replaced passenger side blend door motor/actuator a/c hissing in dash,compressor short cycling,not blowing real cold.This has been an on going problem.Loses refrigerant every 2 years.System was recharged with dye.No leaks found. Told to use vehicle again and return at later date to recheck 
Mar 2016

22000 mi
Returned to have a/c checked for leaks since dye had been added. No leaks found. Evacuated and recharged again with dye.No refridgerant loss at this time Told to use vehicle and return when a/c started getting warm or stopped working. DRL (daytime running lamp) on right side stopped working. Found bulb along with lens melted. Checked left side light starting to melt and crack. Dealer replaced both headlamp assemblies under special warranty 
Sep 2016

25000 mi
Check engine light on,engine reduced power message DTC PO091. Found and repaired high pressure fuel pump yellow control wire shorted to ground a radiator fan support 
Nov 2016

26800 mi
A/C hissing,low refrigerant. 5th trip to dealer for same issue. Dye had been added each trip. Replace leaking rear evaporator & fan. Recharge & rechecked.Seems they finally found the problem! Part/area covered in dye.keeping fingers crossed. 
GMC Acadia in Indiana, United States
Jan 2011 - Dec 2016
Apr 2012

18700 mi
Rear blower goes on at random times. Had dealer look at, found no codes or any evidence of problem. Blower still goes on at random times. Dealer could not find problem. 
Dec 2012

27000 mi
replace rear heater blower module. 
Jul 2013

37000 mi
Rear blower goes on randomly. Has done so since new even though 5 trips to dealer, and factory rep involvement. Anyone else had this problem? 
Oct 2013

39300 mi
Since new, rear blower has randomly gone on despite 5 repair trips. Dealer finally contacted GM engineer, and rear blower module was replaced. Have not had problem since. 
Jul 2015

60300 mi
Both passenger windows have trouble going down. Going up is fine every time, but rear window takes 10+ tries to get it down. Been driving for 50 years and never have had a window problem in any car. An obvious defect, at only 60k. 
Feb 2016

65700 mi
leaking seal to engine caused clicking noise. Dealer said a bulletin stated this condition appeared at 50,000 miles, which was when our appeared. Warranty covered, just barely. 
Jun 2016

70000 mi

US $650
Plastic elbow joining two metal tubes in a/c system was leaking. Dealer said it was the 5th one they replaced in June. Said GM may issue a bulletin if enough fail. Water pump leaking, had to be replaced at 5 years and 70k miles 
Dec 2016

75000 mi

US $300
window controls on driver door worked sporadically and was replaced 
GMC Acadia in California, United States
Aug 2011 - Jun 2018
Jan 2015

71700 mi

US $200
Needed to repair liftgate struts. 
Feb 2016

76000 mi

US $875
Replaced water pump. Replaced an engine mount. 
Jun 2018

104000 mi

US $800
2 blown A/C hoses. 
GMC Acadia in California, United States
Jun 2010 - Feb 2019
May 2013

19500 mi
Steering was making rubbing noise at parking lot speeds. 
Dec 2013

24000 mi
Leaking water pump replaced under power train warranty. 
Sep 2014

30000 mi
Replaced motor mount 
May 2015

34000 mi

US $375
vents would only blow heat to driver's side. New blend door mechanism was installed. 
Jan 2016

19500 mi

US $325
The drivers side vents would only blow hot air. Dealer replaced the temperature actuator and the problem was fixed. 
Feb 2016

42000 mi

US $700
I had a leaky refrigerant hose that was between the engine and the firewall. The hose was replaced, but required a lot of labor. The A/C was then recharged. 
Aug 2016

46000 mi

US $600
The middle row vents would not blow any air. The actuator had to be replaced. The vehicle has 4 actuators, and I have replaced 3 in the last year. 
Jan 2017

41800 mi

US $1650
Bank of fuel injectors had to be replaced on one side of the engine. 
Jul 2017

54000 mi

US $500
The shift selector display piece jammed up, causing the shifting of gears between PRNDL to be very difficult. The shift selector display was replaced and the problem was fixed. 
Apr 2018

59000 mi

US $12
Driver side headlight burned out. Replacing takes about 15-30 minutes, due to difficulty accessing the bulb. 
May 2018

59300 mi

US $150
2 tire pressure monitor sensors (TPMS) had dead batteries. They were replaced. 
Nov 2018

60000 mi

US $2400
other bank of fuel injectors failed.  1 motor mount replaced. 
GMC Acadia in South Carolina, United States
Nov 2012 - Jun 2018
Jun 2013

24000 mi
Liftgate struts failed, dropped gate partially then closed with lift motor. couldn't use gate. Dealer replaced struts under warranty. 
Jun 2015

44000 mi

US $182
Freon leak. Put dye in with freon recharge. No leak apparent. Assumed leak from evaporator. Dealer wanted me to pay for removal and replacement of dash if leak could not be demonstrated to extended warranty rep. I declined. Found brake fluid leaking from master cylinder into vacuum booster. Oil leak from engine cover. 
GMC Acadia in Texas, United States
May 2013 - Jun 2016
Dec 2015

64000 mi

US $150
Motor Mounts replaced 
GMC Acadia in Texas, United States
Oct 2011 - Dec 2013
Jul 2013

21000 mi
Loud squeaking noise developed when turning steering wheel. Diagnosed as faulty seal on steering gear, seal and gear were replaced. 
GMC Acadia in Nebraska, United States
Nov 2014 - Nov 2016
Nov 2015

42000 mi

US $108
Shifter mechanism was stiff due to shift indicator breaking. 
May 2016

46100 mi

US $125
Rear AC compressor failed. Vehicle had been taken in under warranty previously for same problem (alternating hot/cold air) but dealer simply recharged. Repair was quoted at $900, but since it was related to previous visit they discounted. 
GMC Acadia in Oklahoma, United States
Apr 2014 - Mar 2015
Jun 2014

95000 mi

US $536
replace ac compressor discharge hose and recharge system. 
Mar 2015

115000 mi

US $1800
Replaced water pump. 
GMC Acadia in Michigan, United States
Jun 2015 - Jun 2018
Apr 2015

53782 mi

US $300
ck engine light. #1 and #3 Ignition coil intermittently misfiring. Replaced #1 and #3 ignition coil 
Oct 2016

132900 mi

US $300
Noticed heater wasn't blowing hot air. Hubby ck'd and found radiator fluid leak. Took to local repair shop; found source of leak was radiator which they replaced. BAM! problem solved! Heating great again!!! 
Sep 2017

85000 mi

US $1200
Noted car running rough when we drove it out driveway after leaving it in our garage for 2 weeks (out of town). Took to dealer for inspection: Rodent incursion. Chipmunk nibbled through wiring harness. Made nest and stored acorns. New wiring harness installed after cleaning up mess. 
Mar 2018

91000 mi

US $24
started making whizzing sound when wheel was turned. Found power steering fluid low and refilled it. Problem solved So far. 
GMC Acadia in Virginia, United States
Jan 2011 - Apr 2013
Aug 2011

7000 mi
Service engine light. Car would not start for a few minutes. 
GMC Acadia in California, United States
Feb 2011 - Dec 2012
Jan 2012

35300 mi
I could not delete a Bluetooth device out of my system. They fixed it for no charge. 
Jun 2012

36000 mi
Window seal on the passenger front door was torn. Replaced under warranty by Greiner Buick GMC at no charge. 

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2011 GMC Acadia 4dr SUV

288-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

GMC Acadia in Maryland, United States
Feb 2014 - Sep 2018
Sep 2018

153000 mi

US $2100
two metal hoses [for A/C] needed replacement. One had already failed 
GMC Acadia in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2017 - Sep 2018
Sep 2018

98580 mi

C $322
Blower motor not working. Replaced blower motor 
GMC Acadia in Texas, United States
May 2013 - Apr 2019
Oct 2013

59000 mi
Squeaking in the steering column at low speeds. Steering gear box replaced. 
Nov 2013

60000 mi
Defroster was not working. Dealer replaced solenoid. 
Nov 2016

116000 mi

US $1000
Rear A/C motor stopped working. 
May 2017

123000 mi

US $900
Rear A/C not blowing cold air. Found hose to be leaking and no freon in unit. Replaced hose. 
GMC Acadia in Indiana, United States
Oct 2016 - Dec 2017
Apr 2017

47000 mi

US $100
Water pump failed. 
GMC Acadia in Minnesota, United States
Jan 2014 - Aug 2016
Dec 2014

49000 mi
Struts replaced. 
Feb 2015

52300 mi

US $1975
had struts repaired back in December 2014. have had a rattle ever since-- well brought it in January and they said it was my shocks that needed air-- still have noise.. Brought in today and they said I need a Steering Gear.. 
Mar 2015

51000 mi

US $1958
The steering gear went out and made car not turn and made for a rough ride and noisy when going over bumps. 
Jul 2015

59700 mi

US $466
AC started hissing at me and blowing out mist- needed a recharge and they said I may a new compressor. :( Need Wheel bearing in left front at 59K miles! this car is a Money PIT!!! 
Sep 2015

63000 mi

US $378
Had high pitched sound for the past month or so, and took it in and they said wheel bearing, so I saved up and just had it fixed 
Apr 2016

73500 mi

US $42
Replaced right headlight! $40, including $18 for the bulb. 
Jul 2016

76000 mi

US $340
Needed bushings 
GMC Acadia in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2013 - Feb 2018
Apr 2013

32700 mi
engine check light..engine misfire. could not replicate..no problem since 
Dec 2013

42000 mi

US $236
engine misfire in cylinder one. Replaced all sparkplugs and number one coil 
May 2014

47000 mi
traction control and stabilitrack lights went on in car, lasted for a day, then went out. Took to local mechanic and computer read nothing so I didn't not have any work done. 
Dec 2014

53000 mi
check engine light. Had local mechanic read, misfire in cylander 1.Already had new plug and coil replaced in cylander 1. Light seems to want to come on every once in a while. Turned off light, did not seek any repair. 
Aug 2015

63600 mi

US $600
steering wheel squeeking, cant remember what part was that needed replaced..Cost was over 2000.00..I paid 600, dealer got gm to pay for the rest of the bill..Something in steering was changed and replaced..sorry cant remember exact part. Verhicle over heated...Water pump bad..replaced under power train warranty 
Jun 2017

82000 mi

US $350
replace sensor...got error message to have traction control and stabilitrac serviced... 
GMC Acadia in Iowa, United States
Aug 2015 - Dec 2017
Dec 2016

72000 mi

US $31
Vehicle would not want to start after refueling, and posted a check engine light. Scanned the code, and determined that the purge valve was malfunctioning. Replaced the purge valve, cleared codes, vehicle runs fine now. 
Jun 2017

78000 mi

US $15
Was getting a CEL posting, so scanned and found an emissions leak code. Replaced fuel cap to remedy. 
Sep 2017

82000 mi

US $615
"Tighten fuel cap" message flashed in DIC frequently, and a check engine light was posted. I replaced the fuel cap, but the issue persisted. Drapery diagnosed it as a faulty evaporative purge canister by fuel tank. Replaced the canister. 
Nov 2017

84000 mi

US $200
"Tighten fuel cap" light came back on, and code P0455 was set again. The found that the other valve, replaced last December, was bad. And upon further inspection, they found it was actually full of oil, due to high amounts of blow into the intake. Started a case with GM Customer Service. 
GMC Acadia in California, United States
Oct 2012 - Jan 2018
Mar 2013

27000 mi
02 sensors in bank one went out. caused check engine light to activate.  hvac buttons were scratched off and entire unit was replaced. 
Sep 2014

50000 mi
Water pump failed. Spewed coolant on the ground. Dealer replaced pump. All work was covered under warranty. 
Jan 2015

56700 mi
stabilitrak light came on. took to shop. replaced faulty brake switch. $95 for a $12 part... 
GMC Acadia in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2011 - Apr 2014
Apr 2014

26000 mi
VCIM replacement - car was not communicating with OnStar due to bad vehicle control interface module. 
GMC Acadia in Iowa, United States
Jan 2011 - May 2013
Aug 2011

7000 mi

US $19
The housing that holds the headlight switch fell out of the dash. It had to be snapped back in. 
Oct 2012

21200 mi
The heating/cooling fan and temperature controls were replaced due to paint wearing off. 
GMC Acadia in Virginia, United States
Feb 2011 - Nov 2015
Apr 2011

732 mi
Sensor was not attached properly from the factory causing heat/ac to malfunction. Sensor was not attached properly from the factory causing heat/ac to malfunction.  
Nov 2011

9400 mi
Interior noises-rattle in driver pillar area, squeak in rear of car somewhere. Dealer couldn't duplicate pillar noise, diagnosed rear noise as ill fitting overhead lamp & ordered repalcement. 
Dec 2011

11000 mi
Installed overhead light replacement. Did not resolve rear interior noise. Also still unable to hear noise in pillar area. Odd grinding/twisty noise in low speed steering, mostly when in reverse or parking car. Dealer said problem with steering rack & replaced.  
Jan 2012

11300 mi
Mechanic drove with owner to pinpoint noises. Eventually discovered driver pillar had retention guides for windshield left in after installment at factory which should have been removed. Rear noise was 2nd window shade installed incorrectly. 
GMC Acadia in Colorado, United States
Dec 2010 - Jun 2016
Jun 2013

20000 mi
Replaced power steering pump squeek in brake pedal when applied. besides vibration in steering from pump had squeek in steering column. passenger could hear it also. couldnt dupulicate but always there for me?? 
Apr 2014

36300 mi
Have once again, as on my 2009 acadia,picked up what I call a hormonic vibration, feels like your hands are going numb. This is most noticeable at the 70-up speed. Which is the speed you travel on the highway. Very disappointed with GM. 
Oct 2015

57000 mi

US $99
XM receiver went out $99 to diagnose, Wanted 500 to replace. No XM now. 
GMC Acadia in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2010 - Mar 2018
Oct 2011

7300 mi
water intrusion on plug and coil #1 
Jan 2013

9000 mi
replace sparks and coils 
May 2015

34600 mi

US $30
AC mixture gate not working 
Jun 2017

55000 mi

US $100
Mixing gate valve does not work 
GMC Acadia in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2010 - Sep 2014
Jul 2014

35000 mi
Steering started making rubbing/squeaking noise when turning. Steering rack replaced. Dealer replace steering rack and changed steering fluid to Dextron trans fluid as per TSB. After repair steering would shudder when turning. Not resolved. First the dealer said steering shudder would improve after replacing rack and switch to Dextron fluid. Now dealer says the shudder is a typical problem and is considered "normal". Have ordered a new 2015 Tahoe LTZ. 
GMC Acadia in Florida, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2018
Sep 2012

21000 mi
Shift mechanism in center console broke, making moving shift lever difficult and disabling center console day and night gear indicator. 
Jun 2015

60000 mi

US $1200
Dealer discovered leaking rack and pinion 
GMC Acadia in Connecticut, United States
Mar 2011 - Apr 2016
Sep 2014

94000 mi
leaking steering seal 
Nov 2015

115600 mi
Entire front headlight housing relaced for repeated headlight burn through. This was an informal recall. Repeated daylight running light failure. 
Feb 2016

119700 mi

US $150
Caliper failure 
GMC Acadia in Alberta, Canada
Feb 2012 - Mar 2014
Jan 2013

35520 mi
Paint pealing off up/down indicator for temp for driver side. They replaced whole unit not just buttons. Ended up with newer style which shows passengers outside temp as well. 
Feb 2013

39280 mi
Passenger win visor material rippling, dealership ordered new one and replaced. 
GMC Acadia in Washington, United States
May 2011 - Apr 2014
Mar 2014

40000 mi

US $100
climate control vent actuator was stuck. A/C was blowing only cold air in passenger foot well. 
GMC Acadia in Michigan, United States
Jun 2011 - May 2016
Apr 2015

50800 mi

US $11
Passenger side headlight burned out. Repair required partially removing wheel well liner to reach bulb 
May 2016

71000 mi
Passenger side front vents would only blow hot air, no matter what passenger HVAC settings were ABS, TRAC light came on. Driver's Info indicated AWD, Stabilitrak, ABS off. Stayed on for about a week, then turned off. Suspected wheel speed sensor 
GMC Acadia in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2011 - Feb 2014
Feb 2014

37200 mi
water pump leak, warranty repair 
GMC Acadia in Minnesota, United States
May 2012 - Dec 2017
Oct 2014

75700 mi
Coolant leaked out and engine overheated. Water pump had gone out, covered under powertrain warranty. 
May 2016

100000 mi

US $950
Check engine light was coming on and off for several weeks. Dealer diagnosed that the timing chain was stretched and out of the acceptable tolerance limit. GM agreed to 50/50 on the repair cost since it was less than 3 months past warranty. 

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