definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,945 miles

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2007 GMC Acadia transmission problems

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2007 GMC Acadia Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 032010


  • 115,000 miles


Driving my 2007 GMC Acadia. Went to pass a slower vehicle, pressed on the accelerator to pass and the transmission went haywire and the accelerator stuck. I had to put the car in neutral to get it stopped. The rpms were in the 4000S. Then the acceleration would stop and start again over to 4000. Luckily when I passed the vehicle there were no cars in front of me or I would have had a major accident with the acceleration out of control. I took it to the dealer and they told me that two of the timing chains were very worn and there was an issue with the clutch pressure control with harsh shifts in drive range 3rd and/or 5th gear. This is the second time I have had problems with this issue. The first time the GMC dealer 'flashed' (reprogrammed) the transmission, even though it was not acting up when the car was taken into the shop. If this issue is not addressed "properly", I believe someone somewhere will be injured or killed. The condition my vehicle exhibited leaves me with a very uneasy feeling.

- Pikeville, TN, USA

problem #6

Apr 292010


  • 6 miles
The contact owns a 2007 GMC Acadia. While driving at 40 mph, the contact noticed that the vehicle would not shift gears. Prior to the failure, the contact noticed that the vehicle would hesitate when driving at any speed. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealership where the clutch plate was replaced. The failure mileage was approximately 6,000. The current mileage was approximately 48,000.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #5

May 262008


  • miles
My 2007 Acadia would drive above 50km it finally broke down and wouldn't move. We had to get a flatbed truck to take the car in to GM and found out it was the sway bar that was broke as well as the crankshaft sensor and just a month before this we had issues with the steering wheel that had to be fixed. There has been so many things wrong with car its unbelievable I went to trade it in and finding out that we paid 45,000 for it brand new now its only $20,000 at the max we can get for our AWD Acadia with most of the bells and whistles. Now it is lacking power in acceleration again merging on highways or pulling out in traffic the car lulls out and sounds like its stuck in neutral and it finally kicks in and goes very dangerous I could of been rear ended the other day because of this it was a close call.

- Maple Ridge Bc, 00, USA

problem #4

Sep 272008


  • 10,000 miles


Driving my 2007 GMC Acadia. Came upon a busy state highway. After coming to a stop, I saw an opening and pressed on the accelerator to cross the 4 lane road. When I pressed the accelerator, the car just started to creep out into traffic. The engine RPM's increased, but the car was moving at walking speed. It was obvious that the transmission had not shifted back into 1st gear. I tried to manually shift into low, but it did not respond. I finally was able to get it going fast enough to have it pick up some speed to get across the lanes of traffic. On the way home, every time I came to a stop, the car acted the same way upon acceleration. The only way I was able to get the car to go back into 1st gear was to shut the car off and restart it. Even doing that, it only lasted until the next time I stopped. After letting the car sit over night, it performed fine the next day. This is the second time I have had problems with this issue. The first time the GMC dealer 'flashed' (reprogrammed) the transmission, even though it was not acting up when the car was taken into the shop. I spoke with a car dealer at the shop, and he owned the same vehicle. His transmission has been 'reflashed' 6 or 7 times for the same issue. If this issue is not addressed "properly", I believe someone somewhere will be injured or killed. The condition my vehicle exhibited leaves me with a very uneasy feeling (I.e. when I press the accelerator, I expect the car to move). If reflashing the transmission (1, 2, 3, 4...7 times) does not fix the problem, then maybe something different needs to be done.

- Janesville, WI, USA

problem #3

Mar 162007

Acadia 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2007 GMC Acadia with several serious safety issues. She states that the vehicle has had these problems: A large puddle of oil under the vehicle, windshield wipers stopped working, battery died and side curtain airbags deployed while driving. The dealer told the consumer the front shaft seal needed to be replaced to correct the leak from the transmission. They also stated there was a drain on the system that caused the battery to fail. The consumer took the vehicle back to the dealer where they upgraded the transmission, which had to be done twice. The power steering made a loud noise, the consumer stated it sounded as if the pump was about seize and then the steering becomes hard. The vehicle rolled backwards while in drive on a slight incline. Updated 04/10/08

- Smithtown, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 302007

Acadia 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,057 miles
Several issues with this new 2007 GMC Acadia. Most prevalent is the failure of the gas gauge not reading the gas reading correctly. 1st time noticed and taken for service was 3 mo. Old. The gas gauge reads (E) when I've just filled up the tank. Dealer replaced 02 sensors. 1 mo later experience same issue. Gas gauge reads (E) even when tank is full. Taken back to dealer and this time replace (2) O2 sensors and the "sending unit". 2 days later, with the gas gauge reading at half full, the car lunges forward into another gear on freeway in traffic, and stalls. Cannot turn car on - all warning lights on. Towed to dealer. Now states that I need a whole new gas tank because the "baffle" is broken? still at the dealer and is unresolved. This car is unsafe. Previous issues: Car leaks at the sunroof. Not fixed yet lumbar support broken - somewhat fixed but still not like the new ones on the lot. Lumbar handle fell off - replaced backup sensors fell off of bumper - replaced seat tracks jerk - replaced both driver and pass. Still not smooth but dealer says that's the best they can do.

- Alta Loma, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 142007

Acadia 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,550 miles
I leased a 2007 Acadia on 5-24-07 and shortly after taking delivery I felt there was something wrong with the transmission and the way it shifted, I notified the dealership about the problem and took it in for repair. They told me they couldn't get the problem to repeat and felt there was nothing wrong. On 6-14-07 I took a trip to Florida from Michigan and got 11 miles into Georgia and the transmission decided to shift into 1st gear going 70 mph. I managed to get off the road and was wondering what went wrong. I pushed the onstar button and they got me to a dealership (newton GMC in Tennessee), they done a quick computer check for error codes and found many codes that they didn't know what they were but they said it was related to the transmission. I left the Acadia with them and finished my trip to Florida in a Ford pickup. After 2 weeks the dealership got the ok from GM to replace the transmission. I am still having problems with the new transmission shifting correctly. As of 9-17-07 there is a new software update the dealerships will have to correct the shifting problems for 2007 models, the 2008 models already have the new software in them when they leave the assembly plant. This problem may be on the 2007 Saturn outlook because they have the same transmission.

- Waterford, MI, USA

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