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#317 of 2066 Dark Instrument Panel
Sep 11, 2008 (11:17 am)
On Sept 8 I posted about my panel lights going dark.
Turned out my grandson had 'dialed' the dash lights down to 'minimum'. LOL
#318 of 2066 Re: Dark Instrument Panel [txbricklayer]
by steve_ HOST
Sep 11, 2008 (11:33 am)
I had a computer monitor go "bad" like that one time.
#319 of 2066 RE: Variety of Issues Since Early 07
Sep 11, 2008 (1:34 pm)
Have an Acadia AWD that I bought in March 07 (currently has 31K miles). There is so much to like about the vehicle that it's frustrating to always have some issues that spoil the vibe. I have learned to live with the transmission issues (that I think have been well documented) - poor shifting, lack of power etc. since we first owned the vehicle. Have had several software upgrades for Transmission but saw very little (positive) change in performance.
Have also experienced the occasional loss of power steering that some have mentioned - which I see as potentially very dangerous condition - the fact it only lasts a second or two is small comfort when you have 3 kids in the car and can't control the vehicle.
Other issues have included the loss of battery power when sitting in parking lot listening to radio (which others have noted) and tendency for car to roll forward after stopping the engine (in park). Vehicle also does not retain position in gear at stop light or traffic light, but rolls back unless you keep your foot on brake (this is pretty weak for a car of this cost I think) - I'd understand that with stick shift where you have to 'hold' the car via pedals, but this is unacceptable at this level.
Finally, my Acadia is currently at dealer having major work done to repair drive shaft. It's covered under warranty, but was significant cause for concern when I was driving in city yesterday. Car started shuddering uncontrollably at 20mph and when going above that felt like car was going to shake itself apart. Got towed and safely to dealer but yet another frustration to add to the list.
Gas mileage stinks and is nowhere near what they pitch in ads etc. Its a big SUV so unless you are driving 60mph plus all the time you'll never get anywhere close to their specs.
I love the look, the style, the interior, the spaciousness, but hate that its lacking in areas that are so critical to the ride and would allow me to recommend it to others.
Hopefully they've figured things some things out since my purchase.
Note: Seems standard practice for dealers to indicate problems as 'normal condition' for all the things that I repeatedly see here as issues for every owner - are you listening GM?
Sep 12, 2008 (6:44 pm)
I have had my 08 Acadia FWD for 1 month -very disappointed with the MPG!! I am getting 11.5 to 12 MPG, dealer today said the computer showed 14.9. All of the driving I have done for the last tank was city driving. I am calculating manually and will continue to do so. If the odometer is jumping it should err on the side of better mileage but who knows how to prove that issue. I have a long way to go to invoke the lemon law and doubt I will get anywhere as GM is protected by the "mileage estimate" disclaimer. Does anyone know if a 25% variance in MPG is enough to invoke Lemon Law? I want to keep the vehicle, but want GM to pay me for the additional gas I need to buy over the life of the vehicle. Any ideas?
#321 of 2066 Re: Bad gas GM says??? [eric_red08]
Sep 13, 2008 (2:22 am)
I was told it was a gas issue in SE La. At the time I was using Shell gas and then switched to another station that does not use ethanol and the problem went away. I have used Shell gas in other states and have had very slight issues. My problem started about April and I stopped using Shell gas. I have used BP, Exxon gas in Gulf Shores, Mobile and Birmingham with no issues. I believe GM was right that the gas contained to much alcohol and it took Shell to long to get the process straight. I will tell you Shell gas SUCKS....They are know for dumping bad -blended gas on the market.
#322 of 2066 Re: help! [wantreliefnow]
Sep 15, 2008 (8:51 am)
I want to keep the vehicle, but want GM to pay me for the additional gas I need to buy over the life of the vehicle. Any ideas?
Dear, your dream sounds too sweet to me.
Sep 16, 2008 (5:07 am)
Yes it is a dream but when will the manufacturers ever learn? In doing some research I learned that the Lemon Law is difficult to enforce for MPG reasons unless the mileage is off by 50%. Also, the service manager at my dealership said that GM recommends Regular Quiktrip gas as the best gas for optimum MPG. He said their formulation is the best. He asked for my manual mileage calculations which I am glad to provide.
#324 of 2066 Re: help! [wantreliefnow]
Sep 17, 2008 (10:56 am)
However GM doesn't come up with the MPG numbers. The EPA does and it clearly specifies results may vary.
From following the Honda Pilot message boards I've seen results vary widely and manytime comes down to location, driving style and conditions. CIty conditions can be very different and perhaps yours are worst case. 10 to 12mpg happens for the PIlot too.
#325 of 2066 Re: losing steering in the rain [ntelly]
Sep 17, 2008 (11:29 am)
Yes, the steering problem in wet weather is on the 2007 model.
#326 of 2066 Re: losing steering in the rain [ntelly]
Sep 22, 2008 (6:41 pm)
I had the groaning sound on my 2007 and took it to the dealer. They checked the power steering fluid and it was full. However they found a service bulletin which states that the power steering fluid needs to be topped off above full. Have your dealer check for this bulletin. However I never had any loss of steering control. This is unacceptable and in my opinion you should insist the dealer replace the power steering pump under warranty.