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Old 12-11-2015, 09:53 PM   #1
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Towing GMC Acadia questions

Would those towing an Acadia offer some reviews?
Do you obey the 65mph speed limit? We typically drive 65 to 70. Would setting the cruise at 70 really cause damage?
What does running the car for 5 minutes at every fuel stop truly mean? We can travel 800 miles before a fuel stop which could be 2 days of driving. Curious why all the stipulations on this vehicle. How could GMC expect a reliable pattern where the consumer runs the car to lubricate the transmission? Seems it would be easier for them to just say no to flat towing.

We currently tow a 2008 Tahoe. Super easy to hook up, place in neutral and go. No speed restrictions. It's time for this truck to go, and the Acadia would be a perfect fit. I have a 2015 Tahoe but have heard nightmares towing this vehicle.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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We are still towing one of the very first Acadias ever sold, an early 2007 vintage. I have the original Blue Ox Aventa prototype tow bar mounts on it - my Acadia was their test bed. Have towed it about 50k miles now.

It tows fine, though the newer ones require more fuses to be pulled (mine just needs the big 50A Batt1 pulled). We rarely exceed 65, but going faster merely increases the stress on the tranny a bit (lubrication & cooling). The wheels don't fall off just because 65 is reached. Towing produces heat and wear, and the faster you go the more you get, so the 65 limit is an arbitrary number. If you towed all day long at 70 you are stressing it more than a day at 60.

As you say, running the engine at fuel stops is meaningless if you only fuel every couple of days. I pay no attention to it. However, if we make more than a brief stop for some reason, my wife usually starts and runs the car for a couple minutes. Giving the tranny some extra lubrication is never a bad idea.
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We've been towing our 2010 Acadia for 4 years without a problem. Not in a hurry, so we abide by the 65 mph recommended limit. My suggestion is follow the manufacturer's recommendation regarding speed limits - they know the vehicle. I installed a switch to remove the 50 A fuse, making it easy to tow. As noted, newer Acadias require more fuses be pulled (or switched). We have the Blue Ox tow bar, the Air Force One braking system, and it's a great combination. Agree that the 5 minutes at fuel stops is meaningless and ill-defined. Since we rarely travel more than 350 miles per day, we just run the Acadia for 5 minutes before heading out on the road.
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Thanks for the replies. We aren't looking to set any land speed records in our Phaeton. Just wanted to hear from others on how this car towed. Thinking about trips like rt 95 to Florida from NJ. South of Virginia you set the cruise at 68-70 and run with the flow.

Glad to hear from a long term owner that the truck has served you well.

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Bill on one of your trips try 60 mph and notice the fuel mileage difference and it not that much difference in time. I really don't think 70 mph would hurt the toad transmission, you could check the trans temp by using a temp gun with lazer to get a idea of the trans temp.
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South of Virginia you set the cruise at 68-70 and run with the flow.
Not me. We usually set 63 in the interstates, regardless of traffic flow. Get there just as quickly and fuel economy is noticeably better in the 58-64 range. We used to rush around but eventually realized there is no need and little value.
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