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I am a prospective buyer of a new terrain and had a couple questions. First, are there any quibbles or issues that I should know about before buying? Second is the Pioneer stereo worth the extra money or should I just go after market and not pay the premium price?
 

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I think you will have to judge for yourself if the GM Pioneer System is worth the extra money. However, I think that buying an aftermarket stereo will be very difficult. GM uses the stereo display for controlling many of the car's internal settings/preferences, so I doubt if an aftermarket stereo is an option - but you can check with Crutchfield.

As far a bugs/problems, most people's vehicles have been virtually problem-free. Sure, there are some with little/big problems, but I don't hear of many people that are unhappy with their decision. You can do some poking around the forum to gain more insight. Keep in mind, when people have problems, they visit a forum for answers, when people are happy, they don't - for the most part.

Personally, I own a 2010 Equinox LTZ, and I have had ZERO problems, and never second-guessed my decision to buy this vehicle. Well, one thing - I don't get the advertised MPG, but I blame EPA for that, and not GM. I think the EPA test does not mimick my real-world driving, but that may be true for any vehicle.

Good luck with your shopping.
 

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We bought the Terrain for the wife.
I drive it on occasion, including last week and the rest of this week.

All in all, no major problems to speak of.
Since we bought ours when they first came out, there were a few updates done (two software and one for the power sterring sleeve) but nothing that took more than a couple of hours.
It is a real sweet ride, IMO, and with the storm we got hit with in SW Ontario yesterday and today, going shopping and to work have been pleasant!

Remote start, heated seats, great audio, voice commands, quiet interior, heated mirrors, back up camera, the list goes on.
 

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At just over 4000 miles our Terrain has only 1 very minor problem. A window is slow to lower/raise and a new weather strip had to be ordered. My only minor complaint is that it's been over 1 week since the parts were ordered and the dealer has no idea when they will arrive. I also ordered a small bottle of touch up brush paint and it also has no estimated delivery date. Maybe parts for the Terrain are hard to come by, I don't know. I would think the dealer would have access to estimated delivery dates.

Gas mileage has not been as high as quoted by the EPA, but it is getting better. I think by the time our Terrain hits 10,000 miles in warmer temperatures and summer gas our Terrain will get close to the stated highway mileage at conservative speeds.

We love our SLT-1 Terrain and highly recommend it.
 

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Thanks for your insight guys. I'm having a hard time deciding between a terrain, a ford flex, and a Kia sorento. The sorento has a nicer price but less features...the flex is more in the long run because of mileage...so I'm leaning to a terrain. Just trying to decide on the package I want. Leaning to the sle-2 mostly for Bluetooth and stereo upgrade. I searched crutchfield earlier and they had no heads to replace it so I guess that's not an option lol. Is the head the same even if you get the pioneer system?


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I think if you decide to go with a Terrain, you will NOT be disappointed. Keep in mind some of the recent complainments on this forum are due to lack of research on the buyers part. It is a VERY reliable vehicle and i'm happy with my purchase. Good luck :)[/color]
 

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Just an FYI, you can get the bluetooth on any Terrain with the convenience package. You also get the heated cloth seats (best of both worlds in my very honest opinion). Also, anything above the SLE2 gets the Pioneer stereo "upgrade".

We looked at the Escape for the most part and the biggest thing about the Terrain that won us over was the sliding rear seat. It lets me have a ton of room in the front (Im 6'5") and the rear passengers NEVER have to worry about legroom.
 

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Jeremiah said:
Thanks for your insight guys. I'm having a hard time deciding between a terrain, a ford flex, and a Kia sorento. The sorento has a nicer price but less features...the flex is more in the long run because of mileage...so I'm leaning to a terrain. Just trying to decide on the package I want. Leaning to the sle-2 mostly for Bluetooth and stereo upgrade. I searched crutchfield earlier and they had no heads to replace it so I guess that's not an option lol. Is the head the same even if you get the pioneer system?


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Welcome to the forum

We have had our 2010 SLT-1 Terrain for a few months now and love it.

As a stereo nut I went with the premium sound but have since found out a lot about the Pioneer system.The main thing is the front tweeters realy are bad for location as well as aiming to the listeners.

I personally upgraded to a Hertz ESK 165 component system to replace the front speakers.The tweeters I also relocated them to a position for the most performance out of them.
I will post my new system as well as some data in the next few days.

Over all a lot of people are happy with the Pioneer system.
 

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Sorry forgot.
If you are interested in changing the sound system you will need to find a aftermarket interface such as these on this site.
http://www.autotoys.com/x/home.php?cat=1262

Good luck with the purchase.
 

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Good information guys. Thanks again! I think I'll be content with the pioneer upgrade. For awhile at least :) the dash looks too nice to mess up with a aftermarket head anyways :)


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For the cost and headache to remove the factory stereo and then pay more money for an aftermarket...and further finding another module to retain other vehicle controls (who knows if it will be fully compatible or not)...just spend the extra money on the higher trim level with the better stereo and enjoy all the other goodies that come in that package.

The premium 8 spkr 250watt Pioneer system on the top 2 trim levels is excellent. But I imagine even the basic 6spkr 80watt system would still be easier to improve by adding an amp, woofer and changing the speakers rather than switching out the entire head.
 

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I keep seeing people say the top 2 trim levels; I have an SLE-2 with the Pioneer system.
 

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Phantm006 said:
I keep seeing people say the top 2 trim levels; I have an SLE-2 with the Pioneer system.
On the Nox, it is just the top two trim levels. On the Terrain its SLE2 and up.
 

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On the Nox, it is just the top two trim levels. On the Terrain its SLE2 and up.
10-4. Clarified
 

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I have a 2011 AWD I4 SLE2 with the convienience package. I find that it gives me everything I wanted as far as the options. I have been very happy with the vehicle so far. 2050 miles in one month!
 

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I have the 2010 SLE2 V6 AWD with the convienience package
I have over 31000 miles and very happy with it
 

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Ok – HELP, just purchased a GMC Terrain SLT2 4-cycl - my most important factor in choosing a new vehicle was MPG, finding the Best Rated. I just purchased Friday Dec 17, 2010 and drove over 500 miles and ONLY got 21.1mpg in my 4cycl front wheel drive, SLT2. Average speed 62mph.
“This is from the GMC Terrain website – Terrain FWD EPA-estimated MPG: 22 city/32 hwy with the 2.4L 4-cylinder engine”
FWD Models 2.4L I-4 SIDI (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) 22/32 MPG
Over 600-mile Highway driving range - EPA-est 32 mpg hwy with 2.4L 4-cylinder engine.

This is ridiculous – how can they report the above. 21.1 when they report on the window sticker AVG HWY 26 – 28.

NOW WHAT DO YOU DO! 72-hour return policy and drive it back to the dealership and get my money back?

Is my vehicle fluke?
 
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Ok, listen. It's commmon knowledge that anyone looking at the EPA ratings on any vehicle should totally disregard them and add at leat 20% right on the top for the actual real world mileage...and thats with a fully broken in engine.

If your vehicle is new the mileage will get better as it breaks in. wait for about 4-6k miles.
 

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add at leat 20% right on the top for the actual real world mileage...and thats with a fully broken in engine.
What are you saying to add 20% to? I don't expect 38 mpg highway! ;)
 

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I believe he is saying that one needs to SUBTRACT about 20% from the MPG numbers to arrive at a 'real world' gas mileage number. I have noticed that my gas mileage is increasing (slowly) as I break in the engine on my SLT-2 V6 AWD. Remember that mileage was never the prime directive with this setup, rather comfort, convenience, and power for Highway. That said and as an aside - I refer to my vehicle as my rolling living room. Always the correct temperature, seat (automatically) adjusted to the correct position, WAY too many entertainment and safety notifications but I love it all. Don't regret purchasing it for a second.
 
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