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Old 10-26-2010, 06:22 PM
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My wife is due for a new car, and she's got her eye on the GMC Acadia and wants all the bells and whistles (DVD/Nav/etc...). Anyone get one lately who doesn't mind what price you paid? I'm not sure what's reasonable to expect off the sticker.

Also any input on the car itself is welcomed. Thanks all.
Old 10-26-2010, 06:45 PM
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Do the research........not the most favorable reviews and some recalls, my wife really liked it but didn't want to end up with recalls and such, I think the looks are what got her attention, but eventually decided against it...so we're still shopping.....
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I think carsdirect.com gives a reasonable estimate of what the bottom line will be. Good website interface too imo.

I like the looks of the Acadia.
Old 10-26-2010, 07:14 PM
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I had one as a rental car for a week. I'd strongly suggest do that if possible before you drop 40K on one.
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See the new Ford Explorers?

Volvo XC90 w/V8 ?
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We test drove one and well... Felt it was overpriced, didn't drive very well and was just sliggish on all fronts. Understand they had a re-flash that made the engine a little less anemic, but we were already gone..

We bought a fully loaded Nissan Armada. It's a fine ride, tows beautifully and runs down the road like a scalded ape. Downside? mileage... Gets around 15-16, but it is a big V-8 with the 5.6, but you put your foot down and hold on son! Brakes and handling are wonderful for a large SUV - I pitch it around some of these country roads like a car half its weight.. Fun to drive.

30k miles so far, zero problems.
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We've had the Buick Enclave (basically same as arcadia, but nicer interior IMHO) for almost 3 yrs now as wife's daily driver. The wife loves it, and its been completely reliable even tho she drives it like she stole it. I thought she was crazy for going from a Suburban to the Enclave, but i have to say, its grown on me over the past few years.

I dont use it for towing or long trips skiing/beach (got the excursion for that), but overall i'd recommend buying one if the wifey likes them. We fit family of 5 plus a few days of luggage in it just fine.
Old 10-27-2010, 04:15 AM
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I have basic acadia with the capt chairs, V6, front wheel drive. Paid 32K last year.
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I looked into them also a few months ago. Multiple reviews I read described the vehicle rolling several inches after put in park. We were shopping the same class of vehicles. The ones that faired best in reviews were Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Mazda CX-9. We bought the Mazda. It's really nice. They all get pretty crappy mileage but, remember that these are not small vehicles. Check out Edmonds.

Edit: That Buick is really sweet, too
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Neighbor has one with about 12k on it and it has been in the shop several times for electrical issues concerning many of the bells and whistles. Dashboard lights would light up for no reason, bellls would start dinging. Power seats switches failed.

Lot of ''extras'' on that vehicle. They love thw way it drives, though.
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I guess it's hit or miss with the Acadia. My friend has one and had several recalls and problems with the car. ;?
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The new Explorer looks pretty nice for that type of vehicle. Interior does not look like you would feel like you were driving a rental car like the Acadia.
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My son bought one a few months ago. He got that only because of the seating requirements for his family. It has a v6 and gets crappy (imo) mileage and with a roof rack for a cargo box on a trip, it shifted on overpasses and small hills. He likes it overall. I mainly listed the shortcomings that I see. It is comfortable and quiet and drives well.
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Funny you mention the milage, that was another issue that swayed me away - it was getting BIG V-8 milage from a V-6... Figured if i'm gonna take the hit at the pump with milage, I was gonna get a V-8 with the power to boot!

Think it was averaging 14.6 if I recall. I get a little better with the Armada and let me tell ya what, it's got WAYYYYY more power and towing abilities.
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I do know from my rental car experience with one that it WILL turn 7000 rpm at idle in neutral, and dropping it into drive did NOT make the tires spin
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Originally Posted by Joe View Post
I do know from my rental car experience with one that it WILL turn 7000 rpm at idle in neutral, and dropping it into drive did NOT make the tires spin
...and that's why I would never buy a used rental car.
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Originally Posted by Joe View Post
I do know from my rental car experience with one that it WILL turn 7000 rpm at idle in neutral, and dropping it into drive did NOT make the tires spin
Funny, interesting and informative :thumbsup

great post
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See if they still make the 5.3 Envoy. Plenty power and can tow. Wifey has an 04 V8 one.
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Gubmint motors junk.Buy a FORD!!!
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Friend had one. Had numerous problems with it, and finally abandoned it when the tranny caved in on the way home from vacation. Left it at the nearest dealer, and when GM said it would be 6 months to replace it, he bought a new Outback and told them to keep it. They eventually found some sucker to buy it, and sent him a check for it 6 or 8 months later.

He'll never buy GM again.

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