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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,407 miles

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2010 GMC Acadia steering problems

steering problem

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2010 GMC Acadia Owner Comments (Page 6 of 6)

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problem #13

Apr 022013

Acadia 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


Power steering goes in and out at low speeds.

- Sturgis, SD, USA

problem #12

Apr 192013

Acadia 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
First happened at 75000 with engine and electrical system shut down. Doors don't work and radio/bluetooth works when it wants too. Exposed wires got fixed because of moisture. Steering power failure at low speed and emergency maneuvers. The dealerships cant fix it although they know its the steering pump. At 93000 a systemic failure of electrical systems again. New dealer fixed supposedly the wires again, still exposed. The car electrical does not perform over 76 degrees outside temperature. Power steering is a problem and getting worse. Finding that there are more problems with power steering from 2013 and lower models.

- Essex, CT, USA

problem #11

Mar 152013

Acadia 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Could hear a whirring sound when driving at low speeds and or when turning the steering wheel in either direction. Took the vehicle to our local dealership and was told the power steering pump and rack were both leaking and the rack was cracked. The repair was estimated to cost approx. $1,800 for a vehicle that is less than three years old. If we allowed the problem to persist, the power steering could have gone out at any time. Amazing that these parts haven't been recalled so that GMC customers wouldn't have to pay to replace defective parts.

- White Plains, NY, USA

problem #10

Nov 152012

Acadia 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


Starting slowly and intermittently when making a hard turn to the left from a standing start, power steering lost. This was particularly dangerous when turning into or across oncoming traffic as turning radius truncated and correction ("recovery") became very difficult. Subsequently frequency of occurrence increased and included hard turns to the right. Checked for tsb/recall. Tsb(technical service bulletin) found. Followed recommendation to flush and exchange change power steering fluid. This resulted in correction for a short period of time after which steering intermittently lost with very sluggish steering. Flushed and exchanged power steering fluid for a second time and filled to 1/4 inch above tank full line as some recommended on a tsb website. Unfortunately the power steering failure returned, again intermittently but with increase frequency. There were several near accidents because of the steering fail. Manufacturer/ dealership contacted. The only advice was follow the tsb instructions. Because in my mind and based on my experience with the intermittent and unpredictable power steering failures that have occurred a complete overhaul of the power steering system, as well as rack & pinions as directed in the tsb will be undertaken in three days. In my opinion having done some research regarding this problem which apparently has occurred in a number of Acadia as well as similar models in the GM family which I understand have had recalls, the Acadia power steering issue deserves immediate nhtsb investigation.

- Dexter, MI, USA

problem #9

Oct 012012

Acadia 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
The vehicle intermittently loses power steering which makes turning the vehicle very difficult. This initially began happening at very low speeds like when turning into a parking space or entering/exiting our garage. Lately it's begun to occur at higher speeds such as when making turns on roadways. This loss of power steering at higher speeds is a much more dangerous situation as it increases the probability of a crash. This particular issue appears to be a common complaint amongst Acadia owners.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #8

Jan 132013


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 GMC Acadia. The contact stated that while driving various speeds and attempting to make a turn, there was a sudden loss of power steering. The malfunction occurred for a brief moment. The failure occurred intermittently and on numerous occasions. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 58,000.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #7

Mar 052012


  • 42,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 GMC Acadia. The contact stated that while exiting the highway, the power steering assist failed without warning. The vehicle was never taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was notified, who advised the contact that the vehicle should be taken to the dealer for inspection. The failure mileage was 42,000 and the current mileage was 60,200.

- Holt, MI, USA

problem #6

Oct 292012

Acadia 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
While making a hard right turn front tires very difficult to turn very resistant. Front tires felt like being drug across the pavement. Problem became more frequent in both turning directions. Took it to dealership to find out it is a common problem with this vehicle (others complaining of this online). Steering racket cracked and fluid leaking on right internal in bellows. "internal problem with steering gear". I was told this wasn't recalled because it is not a safety issue, basically some one has to die! excuse me, I drive on the country's most dangerous highway, us 50 over echo summit at least once/twice per month. What if this failed" how is a steering problem not a safety issue" I took the SUV in before we were killed!

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 142012


  • 48,000 miles
The steering makes an awful noise when turning. This is usually at low speeds. This same problem was corrected while it was under warranty at the dealership. However, now I am past the mileage warranty and nothing will be done. I have contacted GMC several times and there were no suggestions. This is very disappointing seeing that it has been less than a year since the part was replaced under warranty.

- New Carlisle, OH, USA

problem #4

Jul 062010

Acadia 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 350 miles
The contact owns a 2010 GMC Acadia. While driving approximately 25 mph, the contact slightly turned the steering wheel and there was an abrupt forceful response. The failure occurred while driving at any speed. When turning the steering wheel, excessive force was required to prevent the vehicle from wandering off the road or into another lane. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on three different occasions for the same failure. The technician stated that the vehicle performed within factory specifications. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 350. Updated 03/14/12 the consumer stated while driving, the vehicle would drift in either direction. When he tried to correct it, the vehicle would dive in the opposite direction.

- Traverse, MI, USA

problem #3

Jul 102010


  • 300 miles


The contact owns a 2010 GMC Acadia 2wd. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to steer properly when driving various speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 300 and the current mileage was 15,000.

- Traverse City, MI, USA

problem #2

Aug 012011

Acadia 6-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
2010 Acadia transmission and traction control safety problems. While driving 70mph on the highway, the traction control system alarm came on in addition to a flashing stability control and ABS warning lights. The rear passenger wheel locked up, the transmission downshifted into 3rd gear causing the vehicle to veer into the right lane. Additionally, we have been having power steering pum problems with the vehicle which made the vehicle difficult to control in this circumstance. Fortunately, there was no other vehicle in the right lane and maanged to pul the vehile off the road. I had my family in the vehile at the time which made everyone very scared for their safety. The vehicle was turned off and restarted which erased the ABS and traction control warnings, but the engine check light remained on and was unable to keep the transmission in drive. The dealer replaced some ecms, but could not fix the power steering issue. Three weeks later, the transimission started shifting hard and after 2 visits to the dealer is not being ivestigated for another ECM failure. The electric systems and power steering issues make this is a very unsafe vehicle.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #1

May 012011


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 GMC Acadia. While driving approximately 60 mph the steering wheel locked and the would not turn to the left or right. The contact applied excessive force to the steering wheel in order to maneuver the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technicians replaced the steering pump. The failure occurred three times and was taken to the dealer. The technicians replaced the steering pump, pipe and gaskets. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics a third time. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Morrisville, NC, USA

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