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carquestions .: They should've called this car the Buick Niagara for all the water problems it has had

Ron Milligan: I have this problem with my 2011 Acadia

Katie Wallace: we bought our gmc acadia new in 2007. we have had a lot of issues with it after it hit about 55 thousand miles a couple years ago! We just had about $3k worth of repairs done a few months ago and now we are taking it in for transmission issues. after doing a bunch of reading on GMC forums it sounds like a lot of issues we are having are very coming with other Acadia owners. Not very happy with GMC right now. people shouldn't be shelling out thousands of dollars on a $40k vehicle that is only about 5 years old. 

Dwayne Davis: I had water in my heater fan as well and read all the scary posts about water leaks on the Saturn Outlook. After all the stress and worrying I had about it my friend suggested that if there is water in the heater blower motor I should check the AC drain hose. So simple that I felt kind of dumb for not thinking of it but then again I never once saw that posted anywhere on the internet even the posts from mechanics. After months of leaking and dumping the water out of the cover it was a simple 5 minute fix and has never leaked again. By the way the drain is by the drivers right foot. 

darylperkins16: I have a 2008Buick Enclave with a water leak in the rear ceiling by the back up censor. I have taken it into the dealership on several occasions with water leaks and each time there is a different reason for the leak. This time I am being told that the sky glass has to be removed and replace the rubber seals around it ($1000.00) job. The problem with this diagnoses is that on the other two occasions (all within the same year) they gave me different reasons for the leak. Is there a way that I can inspect for the leak myself, or somewhere else to get a proper diagnoses. I live in central New Jersey?

jeric0777: Does Chevy Traverse have the leaking issues as well? Was considering an Acadia until I read about all the problems. Thanks for posting this video because it's what made me research further. 

sergeyhome: i think it could also may be the a/c condensation?

carquestions .: Thanks for the info Ricardo always appreciated

cgerber22: Thank you very much. Fixed the car just as you said.Was full of water just as you said. dried it out and it worked. Sweet thank you very much.

tia67ca: If scramblette is a GM tech, tell us how we are suppose to fix our cars. I have had my Acadia to many GM dealerships and the leak is not better at all. Now my computer and fuse panel are badly water damaged and hardly anything in the damn car that is electrical works or intermits. My dealership wants no part of fixing it nor does GM. So scramblette, please enlighten us...how do we stop the leak?

carquestions .: @misiti1973 Sorry about that - try this Direct him or her to this video (or email it) and tell them the owner in the video had his changed for free off warranty. Youtube works so use it - all dealerships have internet

thomasgto14: I meant bowl, and drivers side***

carquestions .: @aphoxxe Keep up the comments - they'll be here for all time for all to see. Please file a complaint with NHTSA - go to carquestions.ca and click on NHTSA then "file a complaint" - NHTSA cannot ignore all these complaints for ever.

pfinn77: Same water issue with my 08 Acadia. I tested the sunroof by pouring a cup of water into the drain channels of the open sunroof and it poured out at the bottom of the wheel wells like it's supposed to. My problem was a clogged a/c evaporator drain. The drain tube is located behind the panel to the right of the accelerator. Remove that panel and the 1 inch line is right there. I pulled the line from the port in the floor and cleaned the clogged port. Now I just have to dry the carpets!

MrCTCraig: Can't get it on the rack right now for a photo, but I'll try to describe it more accurately. There is a frame cross member between the wheels. Measure approx. 80cm back from that and you'll find a body cross member attached to the bottom of the body. INSIDE that box cross member (a little left of center and toward the front) you'll find a rubber nipple. That's the drain. Good luck. Let me know if you still can't find it and I'll lift the car and take a photo.

carquestions .: @vaslor - not yet - hopefully, if more people tell their stories - so far it is hit and miss if you are off warranty - covered if your on - and multiple tries to repair it are common.

Sandy South: Thanks carquestions. and all of the best info I have ran across in a long time Thanks again. Will Get my Dad to get rid of the Crap of a car 2010 Buick Enclave. He bought it for a retirement car. Has anyone reported getting electrocuted yet?

carquestions .: @Watcher3223 Yes you would be correct in assuming that

JLEntw: I have a 2008 SLT II Acadia, been in for first leak on driver's side, going in for 2nd leak on passenger's side. Today, minutes after speaking to a service manager at a GMC dealership, the blower stopped working in the front! Have no air conditioning or defroster. Goes in tomorrow for that and the recall on the heated windshield washer fire hazard. It goes in next week for the 2nd water problem. Do not plan on keeping this car and will not buy another GMC! Ever! This is becoming a full time job!

carquestions .: Try the fix first then again if they dont get it the first time - then ditch it for something more reliable - they do have a good resale value but you'll still take a hit

ourmandan: Bingo! Excellent video. I have a Chrysler Aspen and an 08 Acadia. I really wanted this to be a favorite of mine. Unfortunately an endless string of problems and trips to the dealer have ended my enthusiasm. Hats off to extended dealer warranty. Most of it covered by an excellent dealer (Ed Martin) in Indianapolis... great dealer but the Acadia is riddled with fixable but pesky problems... most recently this water problem. Thanks for the video

Sina Thorne: My Buick Enclave has a horrible leak in the front under the dash. I have contacted GM about this. There are apparently too many people with this problem. they need to get a recall started!

carquestions .: @JLEntw My rule - If a product lives up to your expectations - buy it again, if it disappoints you kiss it goodbye. - Tip of the week - don't buy GM stock

misiti1973: I lease a 2008 Saturn Outlook and I have experienced these water problems. My dealer has done everything for the sunroof and skylight seals and drains. Now I am experiencing the water pooling in the blower motor. We shall see what happens next...

kabasti: if theres no problem , then its not GM lol

Watcher3223: @carquestions Just realized I typed a double negative. I meant to say "avoiding models that come equipped with the sunroof."

Love Aylmer: Hello. I'm from Ottawa, Canada. I have 2008 Acadia SLT loaded. We started to have a problems after 2,5 years owing the car. I can't believe it the GM don't care about their future. My boyf and I so freaking mad. Every time it's rains car is leaking. DO BUY GM PRODUCT.

ourmandan: PS .. my water appears to be from the AC drain.

glb20001: @glb20001 Wow spam how did that happen is GM monitoring this board? interesting!!!

carquestions .: @alvastornado What recall of the airbag sensor? What year are you talking about? I just checked 08 and 09 and there are no air bag sensor recalls. Do you mean seat belt buckle or TSB perhaps?

ali amer: كيف نستطيع فتح تنظيف شمعات القدح في سيارة اكاديا

carquestions .: @JLEntw Thanks for the comment - It should be here for years to come - GM watches youtbe so rest assured they don't like it.

glb20001: I have a 2008 outlook said the issue is from sunroof I have no sun roof. Blower motor repair going to cost me 200.00 I need help time to sue. GM no help.

mwadden16: thanks so much for posting this...I have just posted a video showing the water entering from my sunroof and rear headliner and GM cannot seem to fix it. After seeing this my stomach dropped to think of all the electrical problems I could face even after the water leaks are fixed. :-/


stach2u: I'm having a hell of a time with that one little screw that holds the blower motor in. Can you tell me what kind of screw it is?

thomasgto14: Mrctcraig is absolutely right, it's the ac condenser leaking which fills the bull, I used a wire to drain mine, the drain is below the passenger foot in one of the frame rails.

MsMegpeg: Oh my gosh. My 2008 Buick Enclave overheated and stranded me for over two hours while I waited for the tow truck. The dealer says I have a coolant leak and they aren't sure where it is coming from...maybe the water pump! It was 108 outside and I was very hot and thirsty. I am very upset with this vehicle. Is this a serious problem? I am concerned over what I see on the internet about others with the same problem with the 2008 Buick Enclave. Please advise!

sevogirl1: Just bought a 2012 Acadia last December and took it in for it's 1st car wash the other day. As I drove out of the car wash parking lot, I could hear water swooshing from somewhere and then as I accelerated out of the parking lot, water poured out onto both my driver's and passenger's side floor boards. Is this from the sunroof? Got an appt next week at our local dealership and they stated that they have never heard of this before. Do I need to dump this car and run or is this an easy fix?

aphoxxe: We took out Acadia in today and they are going to "fix" the problem. We've already contacted our lawyer and we are going with the Lemon Law route. I want people to know that this vehicle is deadly. GM needs to recall these vehicles. How can you sell this vehicle to families....it could have killed mine last night.

olds1972jo: Bought 2007 GMC Acadia brand new. Had dual sun roofs. Even a normal rain, water would find it's way into my vehicle. Usually the water leak would come in through the 3rd row lights on ceiling, or front lights (by garage opener switches) and ruin the DVD player. I took the vehicle in over 5 times to dealership in a 3 year time span. The Sales Manager told me it was my problem. GMC was not going to assist. Actually, GMC Corp did!!! Gave me fair trade in. Upgraded 2011. No sunroof.

Kurt Perot: Same issue, 2010 Enclave...

alvastornado: @carquestions Google 2007 gmc acadia airbag sensor and you will find it too sir.

John Kane: This is really easy. You need to take the headliner down at the sunvisors and then check the fitting that sits on the drain port for the sunroof. If the hose that leads the water away is disconnected- reconnect it. If you need more slack, then pull the fitting slightly away from the drain port. Reconnect the hose- making sure it sits inside the extension and won't freely come out. Wrap with waterproof tape to ensure the tube and extension don't separate again. Reinstall headliner & you are done.

scramblette: You're a COMPLETE BUTCHER MAN !!! lmFao !!! Been a tech w GM for 20 yrs, and you have no idea what YOU try and teach these people man.... TOO FUNNY !!

Christian Thompson: Add me to the list of affected Lambda owners. Mine is a 2008 Saturn Outlook. Blower motor quit due to corrosion from sitting in water "bowl." Removal and gently tapping out corrosion with a hammer on all sides made it work again at least for the last ~20 starts. No sunroof on mine. Suspect condenser drain tube plugged. Will "snake" clear the drain line with string trimmer line and pierce bowl. Replacement of part cost $95. Removal ~15 minutes. Replacement ~10 minutes. Thanks for posting this!

carquestions .: @Stefnilove11 They claim to have it fixed but be warned - many many times GM has said this and been caught with its pants down. This vehicle has other numerous problems as well - check the "complaints" section at NHTSA/safercar for more of an idea of what you can expect - check 09 to 11

aphoxxe: I have had so many issues with my 2009 acadia. Earlier this year i put my car in park and turned the car off, got out and the car was still running! How is this possible??? I went to the dealership, got it "fixed". I have been back 3 times for water leak problems. Tonight i heard noise in the garage, guess what?! CAR IS RUNNING when we have it in park, turned off, and keys in hand. We could HAVE DIED of carbon monoxide poisoning. So now the car is running outside until the battery dies

glb20001: Do you have all 7 of the TSB #'s?

tiffnagel1: Right? So lame. We bought a brand new top-of-the-line car, so I wouldn't have such issues. This winter I had to park my car facing a certain way to keep my moon roof from leaking. & as I drive while it rains, I get wet through my driver's door. It leaks on my left knee every time I turn a corner.
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