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Headlights Problems of Buick Lacrosse - part 1



Buick Lacrosse owners have reported 35 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Buick Lacrosse 1
Failure Date: 08/12/2014

Both low beam headlights failed while driving in the dark.

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Failure Date: 08/10/2014

While driving home from store my wife and I smelled something burning three blocks from home. We got home and I checked under the hood and the relay/fuse block on the passenger side was hot and slightly smoldering. I waited a while and the popped off the fuse block cover and saw the hdm module (according to the diagram in the manual) had melted and fused to the block. The melting and burning had also affected the surrounding relays and fuses. I immediately disconnected the battery and scraped away the burnt, fused portion of the hdm relay and visually checked the fuses which were singed or partially melted and replaced the bad ones. I do not have anything to check the relays with. My wife is on oxygen 24-7 and had a tank in the passenger front with her at the time of the incident which, if a fire had spread, could have become a catastrophic incident. After cleaning out the burnt portion of the fuse box of charred remains from the hdm module, I re-connected the battery cables and was able to start the vehicle without incident. The headlights would not work and some gauges appear to be erratic in their readings ( fuel tank and mileage). I then got online and found many 2006 thru 2011 Buick's have reported this very same problem but no recall ( to my knowledge) has been issued for this highly dangerous and possibly catastrophic issue inherent in gm and specifically Buick products. I purchased this car new and I have never received a notice or recall of any kind. I am in the process of having diagnostics and repairs done by an authorized gm dealer and will know more (hopefully) in the near future.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 Buick Lacrosse 3
Failure Date: 08/05/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Buick Lacrosse. While driving 40 mph, both headlights failed. The dealer diagnosed the vehicle and replaced the head lamp driver module. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 74,000.

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Failure Date: 07/15/2014

While driving at night, all of a sudden the headlights will turn off leaving you travelling along the highway at 60 to 75 mph (depending on what type of highway, interstate or limited access roadway you are on). This leaves you moving with no idea where there is a safe place to pull over to get out of the travel lanes. This has occurred numerous times, and I am asking to be reimbursed for the expense of repairing this defect.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Buick Lacrosse 5
Failure Date: 06/19/2014

The owner had been smelling a bad odor when she arrived at her destination in a mall parking lot. The odor did not fade when the vehicle engine was turned off and subsequently opened the hood. Black smoke was seen coming from the fuse block. Upon removing the cover to the fuse block, the owner observed a small fire which caused damage to the wiring harness. The vehicle was later examined by an independant engineering consultant who identified the origin of the fire. The orgin was placed at the # 35 position in the fuse block which was occupied by the hdm module. It was later learned from the owner that an unexplained headlight outtage had occurred sometime prior to the fire and that turning off the engine and restarting the vehicle caused the headlights to come on again. The event never occurred again. It was further determined that there have been several instances of highlight failure that have been reported to NHTSA and are available in the "complaints" section of a search for recalls of this vehicle.

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Failure Date: 06/02/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Buick Lacrosse. The contact stated that the headlight cover melted on both front headlights causing the lights to become dim. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure and advised the contact to take the vehicle to a dealer. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.


car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Buick Lacrosse 7
Failure Date: 09/17/2013

The contact owns a 2009 Buick Lacrosse. The contact stated that the headlights suddenly became inoperable. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2005 Buick Lacrosse 8
Failure Date: 09/16/2013

The contact own a 2005 Buick Lacrosse. The contact stated that when driving at various speeds, the headlights would flicker on and off independently. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 114,500 and the current mileage was 115,001.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Buick Lacrosse 9
Failure Date: 09/12/2013

The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lacrosse. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the low beam headlights failed without warning. The contact mentioned that the high beams were required in order to view the roadway when the failure occurred. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for a diagnostic. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 54,765.

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Failure Date: 08/16/2013

The contact owns a 2007 Buick Lacrosse. The contact stated that she started the engine and activated the low beam headlights but they would not illuminate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the low beam modular needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 60,459.


 
car image   Headlights problem of the 2007 Buick Lacrosse 11
Failure Date: 08/14/2013

The contact owns a 2007 Buick Lacrosse. The contact stated while driving approximate 55 mph, the headlights shut off independently without warning. The contact shut the engine off, restarted the vehicle and was able to resume as normal. The failure recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000.

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Failure Date: 07/27/2013

The contact owns a 2005 Buick Lacrosse. The contact stated that was driving approximately 3 mph and activated the headlights however, the driver's side head lamp illumination was extremely dim. In addition, whenever the high beam headlights were engaged, the driver's side head lamp would not illuminate. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 107,175.

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Failure Date: 04/13/2013

I was having intermittent headlight issues with my car, I would drive and the headlights would randomly shut off, I would pull over and they would come back on about 3 minutes later. I did some research and tried replacing the headlight relay, this seemed to fix the problem for about 2 weeks. On the night of April 13, I was at the mall and when returning to my car, it wouldn't start. I had the car jumped and the fuse box caught on fire. The headlight relay had melted and destroyed my fuse box. I had my fuse box replaced and again, everything was fine for about 2 weeks, when I started getting the intermittent issue again. Last night, may 1st, my car again died. This time, all fuses and relays were removed before jump starting my car, but you can look at the relay and see that it has been melting once again. I've researched online and can't find a proper fix for this. The relay has been replaced and it's not fixing the problem.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2005 Buick Lacrosse 14
Failure Date: 03/17/2013

Low beam headlight stop working (both).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Buick Lacrosse 15
Failure Date: 03/13/2013

I have only had this car 5 months and I bought it at 55k miles. While driving on the highway at about 11:00pm on a rainy night I was stopped by a state trooper who said my headlights shut off while driving. The good part is- the trooper actually saw my headlights were originally on but he stated that as I approached him "they just went off". He pulled me over just to make sure I was ok, but he said this is a safety issue and I could cause a collision while driving without headlights. Funny thing is, the high beam lights worked just fine, but the low beam -regular headlights would not come on at all. Then, ironically, while he was running my drivers license,my headlights popped back on. This is very scary. This incident has happened to me multiple times while driving this car at night, and most recently on a clear summer night, I was on a highway which had no street lamps and once again, the low beam headlamps completely shut off, luckily I was able to notice it since I was the only car on the highway and that was my only light, so I immediately cut my high beam lights on, but again, this is a very dangerous problem. The bright lamps worked properly, but my regular headlamps would not cut on at all. I pulled into a gas station and after about 20-30 minutes, the headlights eventually turned back on without me doing anything. As of today, I am afraid to drive this car at night unless I have the high beam lights on because I never know when they are going to cut off. The problem is I distract other drivers with my high beam headligths so it causes another safety issue. I have googled this issue and found that many other people have the same issue with their Buick Lacrosse, I am concerned about whehter Buick has looked into this issue.

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Failure Date: 12/11/2012

My daughter has a 2005 Buick Lacrosse that the electrical system shuts off different items that can be dangerous at night. The headlights (dims) will shut off, the radio will turn off or the lights for it will dim or shut off, the dash lights dim or turn off completely, then take quite a while to come back on. Sometimes it affects only different parts of those listed above. The issue is we have had it into a repair shop at least twice for it and they have replace some parts they thought could cause it, but it hasn't stopped it from happening. It is only noticeable in the evenings when the lights are needed but it happens at any time but when you want to duplicate the problem. No one seems to know what the problem is because when we get it to the shop, the problems are no longer showing up. It has done this for her at least 6 times.

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Failure Date: 08/23/2012

While driving on local freeway low beam headlights suddenly went out and could not be turned on manually. Has been occurring intermittently since that time. I am afraid to drive this car at night as this is very dangerous.

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Failure Date: 06/01/2012

The contact owns a 2007 Buick Lacrosse. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph the headlights stopped illuminating. The contact mentioned that the failure occurs intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

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Failure Date: 12/09/2011

The contact owns a 2007 Buick Lacrosse. While driving approximately 45 mph with the headlights activated, suddenly the headlights became inoperable. The contact was able to maneuver to the side of the road where the high beam headlights were engaged which allowed the contact to resume driving. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated the failure was related to the faulty body control module. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the malfunction. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000.

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Failure Date: 07/01/2011

This has happened numerous times. Our headlights will go out at night or anytime. We were almost in an accident on March 24,2012 with myself and my 2 children because of this there was oncoming traffic and I dimmed my light and then everything went black I couldn't see the road and the other car just missed from hitting my vehicle. Please help it is very scary. There has been a time that this happened and then for 3 days afterwards I still didn't have any lights dim or bright.

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Failure Date: 01/01/2011

3 times in past month low beams headlights went off for 1-2 minutes and then came back on. High beams work.

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Failure Date: 12/24/2010

The contact owns a 2005 Buick Lacrosse. While driving approximately 65 mph at night, the contact realized he could not see. The headlights were automatic and had apparently turned off after he had been driving approximately three hours that night. The contact had to use the highbeams to reach his destination. The contact called the dealer who stated that there were no related recalls. The failure had been occurring since December 2010. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The failure mileage was 140,000 and the current mileage was 146,000.

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Failure Date: 12/20/2010

Low beam headlights have spontaneously failed on several occasions while driving. The problem wasn't first noticed until leaving a well lighted thoroughfare onto an unlighted side street. High beams continued to work, but low beams could not be turned back on. The next day, low beams seemed to work without any problem, but then went off unexpectedly again for no apparent reason. Had to drive home with high beams for the duration of the trip.

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Failure Date: 11/10/2010

It started when driving along and the low beam headlights would go out, the only way I had any lights at all is on high beam, and I would click back on low beam after I pulled over and the low lights would come back on. This happened a few times and now I have no low beam lights at all only high beam. I have called a local dealership that has fixed the car several times before with electrical issues because the dealer I bought it from has gone out of business. And they said it is no longer under warranty and will cost be approximately $400-$700 which I do not have and I also see other complaints on this web site for the same thing. So tell me why isn't their a recall. This car is absolutely a hazard to have on the roads. She has almost gotten me & my family killed several times, from losing power to the headlights going out on very dark roads I have written a letter to gm before, I guess they wont do anything until someone or their family is killed.

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Failure Date: 10/28/2010

While I was driving at night my low headlights went out. The highbeams work.

Other Common Exterior Lighting related problems of Buick Lacrosse

Problem Category Number of Problems
Headlights problems
35
Exterior Lighting problems
17
Headlight Switch problems
4
Tail Light Switch problems
1
Fog Light Switch problems
1