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Is The GMC Acadia A Good Crossover SUV>  
User currently offlineMFEFlyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 367 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2637 times:

I'm planning to buy a new vehicle in the next two months. I kind of liked the GMC Acadia, does anybody have one, and if so is it a good SUV?


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User currently offlineAsuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2371 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2615 times:

The Acadia just came out so the chances of someone having one are slim. The enthusiast magazines seem to give it good ratings. Although I would consider a Toyota Highlander or Honda Pilot before I went with a GM product.

User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2602 times:

I saw one at Alamo/National RAC at LAX and checked it out on the GMC website. Depending on the deal I can cut, that may be my next ride.

User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2596 times:

Quoting MFEFlyer (Thread starter):
I'm planning to buy a new vehicle in the next two months. I kind of liked the GMC Acadia, does anybody have one, and if so is it a good SUV?

I just read a write up in Car and Driver, and they pretty much glowed over it. Seem to have the right stuff. I am not a big fan of the SUV, but this Acadia, I kind of like. I think it is at least one of the best looking crossovers, from a styling standpoint.
Say what you will about GM, and believe me, they have a long history of blunders, but they seem to finally be moving in the right direction.

Russ



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User currently offlineCharger From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 273 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2579 times:

Quoting Asuflyer05 (Reply 1):
The Acadia just came out so the chances of someone having one are slim. The enthusiast magazines seem to give it good ratings. Although I would consider a Toyota Highlander or Honda Pilot before I went with a GM product.

Gee, 1st reply telling you to consider a Honda or a Toyota. Nothing personal just amazes me anytime anyone asks for advice on a car on this site, the answer is always go with Toyota or Honda.


User currently offline174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2571 times:

Quoting Asuflyer05 (Reply 1):
The enthusiast magazines seem to give it good ratings. Although I would consider a Toyota Highlander or Honda Pilot before I went with a GM product.

That's a pretty stupid thing to say. So before you even looked at it in person (I bet you haven't even seen one in person and lord knows you haven't touched one), you're telling him to go look at a Honda or Toyota even though it got great reviews? Man... I've had a 2000 Jimmy before I went to the 2003 Envoy and I've really seen such a jump in quality. To each his own I guess.

GMC's are fantastic. Since the Envoy came out back in 2003, things really have been working soooo well for that division. If I were you I'd go to a GMC dealership and ask to take one home for the night to test it out. I'm sure they'd be more then willing to hand you over the keys so you can get a true feel for it. They are new, and I really don't like review sites just because of influence over marketing $$ and such, so if it were me I'd suggest going right to the dealership and ask to take one home.

Plus, their new 5 year/100k warranty is sure a bonus.


User currently offlineAa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3347 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2563 times:

Quoting 174thfwff (Reply 5):

That's a pretty stupid thing to say. So before you even looked at it in person (I bet you haven't even seen one in person and lord knows you haven't touched one), you're telling him to go look at a Honda or Toyota even though it got great reviews? Man... I've had a 2000 Jimmy before I went to the 2003 Envoy and I've really seen such a jump in quality. To each his own I guess.

As you can see, Toyota and Honda have built an excellent (well deserved) reputation for building high quality reliable cars. GM, in general, has not.

http://www.autoblog.com/media/2006/0...D-Power-2005-VDS-(resized-425).JPG

Here you can see that Toyota and Honda both score higher than the industry average, where GMC scored below the industry average. Plus, I would be kinda wary of buying any brand new model type. The problems haven't been worked out yet - sort of like a new operating system (MS Vista) or new MP3 player (Zune).

AAndrew


User currently offlineMFEFlyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 367 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2555 times:

thanks guy I test drove one today (2 15 07), great vehicle pretty fast for the vvt 3.6 l 6 speed, but 41,000 for it fully loaded. I think it's worth it


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User currently offlineWellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

Quoting 174thfwff (Reply 5):
That's a pretty stupid thing to say.

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Quoting 174thfwff (Reply 5):
GMC's are fantastic.

 rotfl 

Quoting MFEFlyer (Reply 7):
41,000 for it fully loaded. I think it's worth it

$41 Gs for a glorified station wagon... Sounds like you're getting a great deal.


User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7762 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

Quoting Asuflyer05 (Reply 1):
Although I would consider a Toyota Highlander or Honda Pilot

Both of which are about as bland as saltines and are due for refreshes in 08. As both stand now they really aren't competitive compared to the Acadia. And I've seen pics of the 08 Highlander and it doesn't look pretty. Frankly most new Toyotas don't have much going for them besides the badge.

The new GM CUVs (Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave) are getting for glowing reviews all over the place. These cars are proof that GM can build class leading vehicles. If I needed a 7-seat CUV the Acadia would be on my shortlist. Definitely worth checking out and giving it a test drive.

IIRC the new GM CUVs are the biggest 7 seaters out there. And if you really need the ability to carry up to 7 people then the GMC is the one to pick. Other vehicles in this segment and price range worth looking at are the Mazda CX-9, perhaps the Hyundai Santa Fe (its considerably bigger for 07, though doesn't have the room of the GMC). Or you can wait a few more months and see what the 08 Highlander and Pilot look like. Also Hyundai has a larger SUV coming out for 08... I forget which deserty town name they're giving it.



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User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2538 times:

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 9):
IIRC the new GM CUVs are the biggest 7 seaters out there

According to Car and Driver, the Acadia is actually two inches bigger than a Chevy Tahoe!

Russ



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User currently offlineMFEFlyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 367 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2518 times:

41,000, sounds a bit too much, but I'm sure I could knock a couple thousand off.
Great vehicle, it had a bose system, navigation system heated seats, memory seats, moon roof, sky roof, leather interior, 19" rims (avalible on SLT models, rest of the models are 18"). I didn't like the gauges such as the speedometer and stuff, too small.



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User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2512 times:

Quoting MFEFlyer (Reply 11):
41,000, sounds a bit too much, but I'm sure I could knock a couple thousand off.

I thought so too. According to Edmunds, these top out at around $38K. Not sure if the one you are looking at has more options, but that would explain in. $41K is steep for any SUV.

Russ



My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
User currently offlineAsuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2371 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2509 times:

Quoting 174thfwff (Reply 5):
That's a pretty stupid thing to say. So before you even looked at it in person (I bet you haven't even seen one in person and lord knows you haven't touched one),

Actually I have driven the new Acadia and it's probably the best product GM has produced in a long time (though they did a nice job with the Saturn Sky/Pontiac Solstice). And not for nothing, it was pretty stupid of you to assume I was insinutaing a lack of quality among GM products when I suggested the OP look at a Honda or a Toyota. My suggestion was based on:

1. Resale Value/Overall Cost of Ownership
2. Pricing: a loaded Pilot or Highlander stickers for around $36k. The Acadia tops out in the low $40s.
3. Quality/Reliablity, as was mentioned above by other posters. While you may have had good experiences with your GMCs, there are a few people who filled out JD Power & Assoc. surveys that seem to disagree with you.

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 9):
Other vehicles in this segment and price range worth looking at are the Mazda CX-9, perhaps the Hyundai Santa Fe (its considerably bigger for 07, though doesn't have the room of the GMC).

Hyundai did an awesome job with the new Santa Fe! They seem to have overcome some of the bland design issues from their previous products. And the content cannot be beat for the price.

If the CX-9 is anything close to what Mazda did with the CX-7, then it should be pretty good and definetly worth considering.


User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2487 times:

Quoting Asuflyer05 (Reply 1):
I would consider a Toyota Highlander

Since there will be a brand new 2008 Highlander, you might save a bundle on a 2007. I have a 2004 Highlander, never had a problem..for me its the perfect size and my insurance company consider it a station wagon and not an SUV which results in a little lower insurance premium.


User currently offlineWellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2476 times:

Quoting 777DadandJr (Reply 3):
I just read a write up in Car and Driver, and they pretty much glowed over it.



Quoting 777DadandJr (Reply 12):
I thought so too. According to Edmunds, these top out at around $38K. Not sure if the one you are looking at has more options, but that would explain in. $41K is steep for any SUV.

Just whipped out my Car and Driver and saw the one they tested had an MSRP of $44,965!!!

If you're looking for something in that price range, a quick glance at Carmax shows you can get a used Cayenne S or BMW X5 4.4i for far less than that.

Of course the Acadia will be discounted, but even if it comes down to $35-40k - the choice would be pretty clear to me. Slap on an aftermarket warranty and cruise around in style.

[Edited 2007-02-16 05:04:04]

User currently offlineLowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2467 times:

Quoting MFEFlyer (Thread starter):
I kind of liked the GMC Acadia, does anybody have one, and if so is it a good SUV?

The reviews I have read have all been positive, and it seems like a nice vehicle

BUT

I would never buy a vehicle the first year it comes out. Just like the saying, "never fly anything with the Serial number 1", I think the same thing applies to cars. Give them a year or so to work out any bugs.

I like the crossovers, because I think they are a more realistic estimation of what the vehicle will be used for. But if you are one of those rare few who gets their SUV dirty and works it hard, you might want to consider a more truck based option.



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User currently offlineMFEFlyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 367 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2462 times:

Quoting Lowrider (Reply 16):
But if you are one of those rare few who gets their SUV dirty and works it hard, you might want to consider a more truck based option.

I do have one old but I still do.

1996 Silverado Z-71 and yea it gets dirty.



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User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2454 times:

Quoting WellHung (Reply 8):

Giggle all you want about GMC quality, but my Yukon came out of the shop today with the first significant repair in five years (transmission replacement, which likely has more to do with my shitty driving than anything else). Five trouble-free years from a GM product? My dad's Avalon hasn't gone ONE year without a significant problem, much less five. Therefore, I'll see your  rotfl  and raise you a  Yeah sure .

Quoting Asuflyer05 (Reply 1):
Honda Pilot

They may run forever, but who wants to spend forever riding in a Wal Mart shopping basket? The wife and I looked seriously at the Pilot, but decided for the money, we'd rather not have all the flimsy plastic inside. The outside is classy, but the interior feels cheap, IMO. Seems to be the same with every Honda in which I've parked my buttcheeks. I'd rather get an MDX and actually feel like I'm getting some perks for an exorbitant price.


User currently offlineWellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2438 times:

Quoting IAH777 (Reply 18):
but my Yukon came out of the shop today with the first significant repair in five years (transmission replacement, which likely has more to do with my shitty driving than anything else). Five trouble-free years from a GM product? My dad's Avalon hasn't gone ONE year without a significant problem, much less five. Therefore, I'll see your rotfl and raise you a Yeah sure .

Um, reliability and customer satisfaction ratings are based on more than one vehicle. One person's account doesn't carry much weight in the discussion compared to the sample group as a whole. So maybe you should save up your  sarcastic 's and cash them on for a:




User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2427 times:

Quoting WellHung (Reply 19):
Um, reliability and customer satisfaction ratings are based on more than one vehicle.

There is only one customer on this planet I give two shits about and that's me. I read and report back to Consumer Reports when they send out surveys and we often go by their results when making a large purchase. Last I checked, the Yukon/Tahoe had "good" reliability ratings and were "recommended" by CR.

Quoting WellHung (Reply 19):
So maybe you should save up your 's and cash them on for a:

I have a firm grip on all the statistics I need. I know that nine out of ten people quote useless stats.


User currently offlineWellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2411 times:

Quoting IAH777 (Reply 20):
There is only one customer on this planet I give two shits about and that's me.

That may well be, but why should anyone else? A consumer shopping for any vehicle would be best served by looking at the aggregate in a survey instead of some clown posting his vehicle maintainence experiences on the Internet.


User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2401 times:

Quoting WellHung (Reply 21):

GE seems to be a popular, "reliable" and "recommended" brand of washing machines, but after my experience with just one, I know I'll never buy another GE washing machine. Same goes with trucks. Between 5 trouble-free years with this one and my family's '81 'Burban that lasted well over 150K miles, I feel confident in my choice.

If I buy an Acadia (if I do, it'll be >1 year down the road) and it craps out, I will publicly admit you were the superior braintrust in this debate. If it works out, I'll just gloat quietly.


User currently offlineTommy767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6584 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2391 times:

Quoting Asuflyer05 (Reply 1):

My family over the years have been very satisfied with our Toyotas and Hondas. But to be fair, GM is desperate and you WOULD be surprised with the quality that has been churing out from the assembly lines over the past few years. Our 2004 Malibu (German redisign) is a very reliable car with no problems to report (and over 55,000 miles driven) as of yet. The interior is also incredibly spacious and comfortable and there is abundant power from the V-6. Just be careful with GM disc brakes. They are habitually bad.

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 9):
Both of which are about as bland as saltines and are due for refreshes in 08. As both stand now they really aren't competitive compared to the Acadia. And I've seen pics of the 08 Highlander and it doesn't look pretty. Frankly most new Toyotas don't have much going for them besides the badge.

 checkmark  If you want something fresh and hip check out the new Ford and Mazda crossovers. Totally awesome looking. Toyota's these days are very overpriced as well.

IMHO, I would avoid buying big crossover/SUVs. Save yourself some $$$ and get a sporty, clean ride that doesn't suck up a lot of gas.



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