Electrical System Problems of GMC Acadia - part 1

GMC Acadia owners have reported 332 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of GMC Acadia based on all problems reported for the Acadia.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2018 GMC Acadia 1
Failure Date: 12/08/2019

I put the car in park, but the instrument panel reads "shift to park. " the engine turns off, but the electrical system stays on because the car doesn't think it's actually in park. I have to turn the engine back on, shift to another gear, shift back to park, and turn the engine off to see if it registers that the car is in park. I've had to do this several times before the car actually registers that its in park and will completely turn off.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2018 GMC Acadia 2
Failure Date: 11/28/2019

The shift to park action required keeps popping up when I go to turn my car off. The car will be in park. I will have to turn the car on and off multiple times before the notification goes away and than im able to get out of the car.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 GMC Acadia 3
Failure Date: 11/21/2019

Daytime running lights constantly need replaced, melting/shattering/cracking on headlight assemblies (both) most likely electrical issue causing it to heat up.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 GMC Acadia 4
Failure Date: 11/21/2019

The contact owns a 2013 GMC Acadia. While driving approximately 35 mph, the �service side detection system�, �low voltage� and �traction control� messages suddenly displayed before the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was later restarted, but the failure recurred. The cause of the failure was not determined. The manufacturer and local dealer were not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 55,000.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia 5
Failure Date: 11/13/2019

Tl the contact owns a 2008 GMC Acadia. When the contact opened any of the vehicle doors, the interior lighting flickered on and off. Also, while driving various speeds, the stabilitrak and service brake system warning indicators illuminated intermittently. The contact also mentioned that an obd code reader discovered that the passenger air bags were defective. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer and dealer were not contacted. The contact associated NHTSA campaign numbers: 14v118000 (air bags) and 10v240000 (electrical system) with the failures. The failure mileage was 156,000.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2017 GMC Acadia 6
Failure Date: 11/10/2019

When I put my car in park I get a warning that says my car is not in park action required. The vehicle bell continues to ding and will not allow me to lock the car. My fear is getting out the vehicle and it starting to roll not knowing if the vehicle is actually in park. This is very scary not knowing if it is safe to get out of the vehicle.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2018 GMC Acadia 7
Failure Date: 11/06/2019

The vehicle will not always go into park. In order to get it into park you have to repeatedly shift out of park and back into park until it will go into park. If it is not in park the vehicle will not lock and will not power down. Since it will not go into park if the vehicle was on a hill and it did not go into park then it would have the chance to roll down the hill. I have not attempted to see if it will roll down the hill nor am I going to try but seeing how it shows on the instrument cluster that the vehicle is in neutral I'm sure it will roll if given the chance. When shutting off the vehicle after you have put the vehicle in park on the gear selector a message comes up on the screen that says shift to park it has taken up to 20 tries of shifting the vehicle in and out of park until park will engage. As you can see in the picture all gauges are at their lowest point showing no power to the vehicle and the shift indicator is in the neutral position with the message on the display reading shift to park.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2017 GMC Acadia 8
Failure Date: 11/04/2019

When I shift the car to park and turn it off, I get a warning on the dash that instructs me to "shift to park" even though I already have. The vehicle will not turn off, and as a result I have to turn the car on and off shifting repeatedly up to 20 times to finally get the car to recognize it's in park. The vehicle is totally unsafe as it will not stay in park!.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2017 GMC Acadia 9
Failure Date: 10/30/2019

I get a �shift to park� notification when I put my car in park and try to turn it off. I�m confident my car is in park as it doesn�t move when I release the brake, I have to restart the car, put it in drive or reverse, then shift into park again. Sometimes I have to do this 5 times before I�m able to turn off my car.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2018 GMC Acadia 10
Failure Date: 10/24/2019

When vehicle is in park the car is not realizing and is alarming with a message shift to park. I�ve read this is a common problem in 16-18 Acadias and this is a safety issue as well when I can not turn the vehicle off.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia 11
Failure Date: 10/21/2019

My car has been leaking inside due to manufacturer defect with the seal of the windshield and in top and causing electrical issues for car one example transmission control module and etc.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2018 GMC Acadia 12
Failure Date: 10/17/2019

Vehicle engine was running when I came to a stop and shifted to park. I received an error indicating "action required - shift to park. " I did not let off of the brake pedal because I was unsure if the vehicle had actually shifted into park. With the brake pedal applied, I attempted to shift to neutral and drive, then shift back to park, and received the same error. With my foot still on the brake, I turned the ignition off, but the electronics would not power off and the error continuously displayed on the dash. I started the engine and repeated this process multiple times with the brake pressed before changing gears again, shifting into park, then applying the electronic parking brake with the engine running. It was only then that I turned my engine off again, and the error finally no longer displayed. Since the error was no longer displaying, I could only hope that my vehicle was actually in park, but felt reassured that the electronic parking brake was engaged. Please investigate this safety concern that seems to be affecting many of these vehicles.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 GMC Acadia 13
Failure Date: 10/08/2019

The gears sometimes does a hard push when changing gears automatically. The dashboard light keeps turning off and driver can not see the speedomotor etc.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2018 GMC Acadia 14
Failure Date: 10/05/2019

Dead battery at 12,973 miles. Replaced battery. Also at 13013 miles �put in park� message and beeping when the car is in park. Car will not shut off, cannot be locked and continues loud beeping. Repaired by dealer. At 13268 miles �put in park� message and beeping when car is in park is happening again. Also, dashboard lights sometimes do not come on and sometimes shut off when driving. Is going back for repair again. Battery is losing amps.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 GMC Acadia 15
Failure Date: 10/02/2019

This vehicle began having a shaking or jumping feeling at 1800 rpms around 85,000 miles. Unable to be diagnosed at outside mechanic. Continued to get worse and began happening at other rpms. Took to dealership after vehicle hit 109,000 miles and diagnosed at torque converter which they refuse to fix because outside warranty. Per my review of other sites, this has been a recurrent and obvious issue with these vehicles and can leave people stranded on the highway as the vehicle can lose power.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 GMC Acadia 16
Failure Date: 10/02/2019

Side view indicator lights are constantly on, disrupted by water intrusion into the sensors. Initial recall stopped at 80,000 miles. The lights constantly being on are a hazard at night as there is indirect light affecting my vision and could cause an accident. Additionally, the mirrors are looked at directly while driving and the fact that the indicator lights are always on makes it difficult to view the mirrors at night. I have nearly caused >10 accidents due to this.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2018 GMC Acadia 17
Failure Date: 10/01/2019

Warning message says "shift to park". Message does not go off until you turn car on and off several times; putting the car in reverse, then drive; then shifting between gears back and forth. May take 20 minutes to get the message light to go off. GMC has tried replacing gear shift, part of gear top. After 5 attempts in trying to fix the issue, my car sits at the dealership for an additonal 4 weeks waiting for a harness fix (which there is no part for). The car always rolls backwards when the message finally goes off. This is a major safety issue. Is the car really in park?.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2018 GMC Acadia 18
Failure Date: 09/25/2019

When putting my vehicle in park and pressing the engine off button, I get an error message "shift to park", and the vehicle beeps and will not turn off the electrical, but the car is already in park. I am unable to turn off my vehicle completely. I have to press start again and put the car in reverse and back to park, sometimes multiple times in order for the vehicle to register that is in park and allow me to shut off my vehicle completely. I am concerned that the vehicle may not actually be in park when I put it in park. I do not want it to roll down a hill and I want to be able to turn off my car without being concerned it will continue to run electrical and kill my battery.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2018 GMC Acadia 19
Failure Date: 09/23/2019

We have an issue with the gear shift, since three weeks ago we can�t turn off the engine as a normal procedure because the sensor of the gear shift doesn�t detect the shift is in �p� parking, we continually receive a message from the screen. �put your shift in �p�, but in this precise moment the shift was in parking mode, so we can�t turn of the engine. We receive a notification from the mechanical workshop that the issue could be the electrical harness, but they doesn�t give us when could be changed, so right now we have more than two weeks without use the vehicle, they do not receive a official feedback for the plant yet.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2017 GMC Acadia 20
Failure Date: 09/18/2019

"shift to park" issue as described by others. Gm dealer says it needs to replace a $20. 00 harness + labor of over $200. 00. "service parking brake" issue that randomly presented itself one day. I was unable to use the parking brake. Gm dealer had to "upgrade" my ebcm for a whopping $200. 00. How does gm think the consumer should have to pay for this. They have a monopoly because they are the only ones that can fix this!.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2017 GMC Acadia 21
Failure Date: 09/17/2019

When putting the vehicle into park, an error is displayed stating to shift the vehicle into park, even though the shifter is in p. In order to get this message to go away, I have to move the shifter up and down multiple times. Could take up to 20 min to get the error to go away. I can not leave the vehicle until the error is off because the lights stay on and will drain the battery. I also notice that the vehicle rolls a little more after multiple attempts to get error message off. This is concerning that it may not realize its in park and roll into another vehicle causing damage to both or roll away. I took to my dealer and was told this is a 'known' issue and is not covered under warranty, nor is there a recall. I just paid out of pocket for new tires because gm knew the tires placed were 'wearing' too soon based on mileage. Now, I am being told I will have to pay about $600 to get this fixed. Gm knows of issues and not fixing them is wrong. This is not a new issue, has been listed as complaints for the past year, yet gm has done nothing to fix and continue to make the vehicle with the same issues. Frustrating that I have to spend the money to fix an issue they know about! this needs pushed back to gm to hold them accountable and make this right. The shifter issue should be a recall and fixed.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 GMC Acadia 22
Failure Date: 09/14/2019

I noticed both of my driving lights had gone out and went to replace. They are the hid headlight assemblies and the driving light sockets and bulbs melted together resulting in cracking that reflector/projection in the assembly. My VIN is not the "VIN specific" included in the special recall 14283, but I have that exact issue.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2018 GMC Acadia 23
Failure Date: 09/11/2019

When putting my vehicle in park and pressing the engine off button, I get an error message "shift to park", and the vehicle beeps and will not turn off the electrical, but the care is already in park. I am unable to turn off my vehicle completely. I have to press start again and put the car in reverse and back to park, sometimes multiple times in order for the vehicle to register that is in park and allow me to shut off my vehicle completely. I am concerned that the vehicle may not actually be in park when I put it in park. I do not want it to roll down a hill and I want to be able to turn off my car without being concerned it will continue to run electrical and kill my battery.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia 24
Failure Date: 09/11/2019

Tl the contact owns a 2008 GMC Acadia. When the vehicle was started, the seat belt and service air bag indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to schumacher Buick GMC of north palm beach (561-282-1957, located at 3720 northlake blvd ste c, lake park, FL 33403) where it was diagnosed that the sensor in the seat needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 85,000.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2017 GMC Acadia 25
Failure Date: 09/11/2019

Shifter keeps locking. Happened 4 times where shifter had gotten stuck in shift and unable to control car. Gear assembly has been replaced 4 times and nothing is working.


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