Notes: Ahh, the ole' sophomore slump. The 2008 Acadia suffers from widespread transmission failure around 75,000 miles.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,567 miles

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2008 GMC Acadia Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 122016


  • 131,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 GMC Acadia. While driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle stalled, the brakes seized, and the traction control and ABS indicators illuminated. The contact lost control of the steering. The vehicle was able to restart on the first attempt. The failure recurred five times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer stated that there were no recalls for the vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 131,000.

- Mount Olive, NC, USA

problem #2

Aug 082012


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 GMC Acadia. While driving various speeds, the vehicle shook, stalled, and shut off. The stability and traction control lights illuminated. The contact pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road, turned off the vehicle, and restarted it after a couple of minutes. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer who reset the "stability and traction controls", but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that there was no recall. The failure mileage was approximately 80,000.

- Moreno, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 012010


  • 18,700 miles
I noticed that when driving on an expressway and would attempt to pass a slower moving vehicle, as I would move into the passing lane and attempt to accelerate, the car would hesitate for a few seconds, lose speed, then suddenly downshift and accelerate at an unexpected rate. I also noticed that the car would unexpectedly accelerate or decelerate under normal driving conditions. I bought the vehicle to the dealer for repair, they responded that they could find nothing wrong, but the what I was experiencing was characteristic of the 6-speed transmission on the vehicle. The problem continued and I found it dangerous. I returned the vehicle and the dealer's remedy was to "reset the transmission computer." During this time, I also noticed that the "service stabilitrac and traction control" warning would come on. Onstar recommended I shut off the engine to reset the system. I found this only happened when I first used the car in the mornings to go to work. Again, the dealer said there was nothing wrong and the computers were showing no codes -- they also stated that they could not duplicate the problem. I got the car back from the dealer and it happened again - at 7:00 am. I called onstar and they gave me two codes. I bought the car back to the dealer and gave him the codes. It now seems that there were two defective sensors controlling the stabilitrac / traction control system and how they communicate with the transmission. I was told that GM is changing manufacturers on the sensors. I have not had use of the car since the beginning of June and am still waiting for GM to produce these parts. In the meantime, unexpected acceleration, deceleration, and gear shifting was occurring under all driving situations causing -- in my mind -- a danger to myself, my passengers, and others. The dealer has had the car on five different occasions since June 8. this last service they have had the car since July 20.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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