GMC Acadia owners have reported 56 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).
Daytime running lights bulb melting, both left and right side, resulting in burning of headlight housing. Bulb can no longer be held in place because mounting fixture is melted away. The existing bulbs are made of plastic. I believe the filament is overheating the plastic bulb and causing a potential fire hazard.
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Took 2009 Acadia slt to a dealership in Feb 2015 for the gasket recall on the headlights. The dealership marked the recall as completed. Had the oil changed today, 9-25-15, at a non-GMC dealership and had the technician tell me that the daytime light was just hanging in the assembly. After looking, I could not believe my eyes. I immediately drove over to the GMC dealership to have this looked at. They told me that the recall was only for replacing the gasket. I have a hole in the head light assembly the size of texas on both the driver and passenger sides where the gasket was completely burned and the bulb melted the headlight assembly. And they will not fix it! really?!!! I am not paying them to fix this. This is a safety issue for the simple fact that the melting headlight assembly could easily melt the wires. The worst part is, I am sure the headlights were already damaged when the "replaced" the gaskets, which now I am sure they did not. So I have been driving around with this issue when the GMC technician was suppose to fix the gaskets. Even if the gaskets were already melted, he should have told me and he did not. This is absolutely ridiculous and removes any trust that I had with this dealership.
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My 2011 GMC Acadia denali had a drl go out. It was taken to the dealership and a new bulb was replaced. They informed me it still did not work with just a new bulb. The Acadia was then taken back to the dealership and was looked at again and they were able to fix the light and get it running. I got home a week later and noticed the passenger side bulb was now out. As I looked into the housing I can see the headlight housing was slightly melted and becoming severely cracked where the bulb is no longer being secured by the light. After seeing that I proceeded to look at the original light that was out and that housing was the same with a large piece of the chrome light housing missing, and again the light was just hanging inside the headlight and not secured to the housing. Looking at this thread and other forums, this is a big problem with GMC Acadia's. I have not taken the car back to the dealership but certainly if this is happening like this it was a poor design by gm and should be repaired by the dealership at no cost. I hope enough people bring this up as a fire hazard, to make it become a company recall.
Tl-the contact owns a 2011 GMC Acadia. The contact stated that the vehicle the contact stated that he noticed that the front passenger side headlight had burned out. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was repaired, however, the failure recurred on the drivers side approximately 2 weeks later. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was diagnosed that the headlight housing had melted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 48,000. Djr.
I was driving my GMC Acadia all of a sudden one of the headlights just turned off, then a few minutes after same thing happened to the other headlight. I have read that it has happen to a few and going to some electric issue.
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The contact owns a 2008 GMC Acadia. The contact stated that the day time running headlights burned, melting the area surrounding the light bulb. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the headlights needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 103,000. The VIN was not available. Mailed out 01/13/lj.
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The contact owns a 2010 GMC Acadia. While driving 30 mph, the contact smelled smoke. The bulb overheated and caused the socket and wires to burn and the headlight housing to melt. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was previously repaired under a manufacturer's recall for a related failure in 2013. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the bulb overheated and caused the socket, the wires, and the headlight housing unit to burn. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 65,279.
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The contact owns a 2009 GMC Acadia. While driving at approximately 65 mph, the headlights completely shut off and failed to work. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer and was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 64,900.
I own a 2011 GMC Acadia denali. I placed my order for this vehicle before they were in production which make this one of the first to roll off the assembly line. The driver's side daytime running light bulb needed replacing. I took my vehicle to the local dealer for repair. I was told that the daytime running light bulb socket had melted and the whole headlight assembly needed to be replaced. When you look through the lens of the daytime running lights you can see about a three inch area of chrome coating cracked and peeling off the interior of the light housing on the driver’s side and about an inch and a half area on the passenger side. It is just a matter of time before the passenger side socket melts. This is definitely a manufacturer’s design problem or inappropriate parts problem. Either the bulb is too high wattage, which give off too much heat, or the chrome coating is not heat resistant enough to withstand the heat. I say this because I have a background in electronics. I was told that I would have to pay $1144. 00 for the headlight assembly plus labor. I do not think I should have to pay for something that was caused by the manufacturer’s design or inappropriate parts installed during the production of these vehicles. I feel it is appropriate for GMC to replace these light fixtures at no cost to the vehicle owner. I have routinely taken my vehicle in for maintenance and no one has ever mentioned there was a problem with the daytime running lights. I recently had a safety inspection done on my vehicle and a few days later I noticed the driver's side daytime running light bulb needed replacing. I have gone online and found numerous complaint about this problem with these daytime running lights. This is not an isolated situation.
Sept. 3, 2014-running light was out on passenger side. I had taken the car to dealer to do recall on seat belts. Had bulb put in which costs $73. 13. Returned to dealer on Nov 4, 2014 for service, oil change, etc. Light was out again. Tech said he had to order socket- it was shorted out. Went back to dealer following week on fri. Was then told they would have to replace entire headlight assembly due to melting of interior of light. Tech said it was $1000. 00 to replace. I told him that no I would not pay for this since it was not my problem but a GMC design and parts defect. He asked if I would pay $100. 00 which I agreed to. Upon further examination of other headlight we found that one was also in process of failing as well. Dealer said they would replace both headlights. This was done Nov 12, 2014. So far so good.
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I noticed headlight wasnt working and went to auto parts store to replace bulb. Attendant looked at it and said plastic assembly holding headlight bul was melted and discolored as if the bulb was overheated. . We worried that it could have caught on fire so took it to sandoval GMC where we purchased the vehicle new. Left it to have replaced and they called and said the other headlamp assembly has melted as well. Both would need to be replaced to insure no danger of fire. The quote to replace $1,917. 01 yes thats right one thousand nine hundred dollars and one cent. They said they would try to get a better price and they did. When we picked up the car they took an "insurance" discount off in the amount of $1,150. 20. Still our cost of $824. 32 was beyond belief. If this happened to two of two oem parts think how many are on the road. Do I hear "recall"?.
I have been told a million times now that I have a headlight out. It's my daytime running light on the passenger side. So when we went to change the light bulb we noticed that it looked burnt so we cleaned it up and changed the bulb. A few weeks later the light did the same thing but would work once in a while. We took it apart again today to find the same thing that the harness was again burnt looking. This is an extremely common problems with the Acadias. I think it is gm's responsibility to fix it.
The contact owns a 2009 GMC Acadia. The contact stated that the low beam headlight failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the low beam head socket on the drivers side melted. As a result, the technician stated the head light capsule needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 60,000.
The contact owns a 2011 GMC Acadia. The contact stated that the passenger side running lights malfunctioned and the vehicle was taken to the dealer. The contact was informed that the headlight assembly melted and cracked, which causing the running light to malfunction. The light bulbs were replaced but the same failure recurred on the driver side light assembly. While driving in the rain, the vehicle suddenly began to hydroplane and the traction control light and check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that water was present inside the engine and the number five coil was damaged. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 32,000. . . . Updated 05/14/15.
I have needed to replace 7 low beam headlamps on my GMC Acadia since 2011. This week both low beam headlamps went out in a 24 hour period. Replacing the headlamps is a very expensive item due to the labor involved (removing the front wheels and wheel wells). This costs anywhere between $150 to $250 each time. I consider this a safety issue since this happens so often. This last event happened at night requiring us to drive home without any low beam headlights.
The contact owns a 2009 GMC Acadia. The contact stated that the headlights alternately failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the headlight needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 176,531.
Right headlight gasket around daytime running light overheated and melted headlight casing causing entire headlight assembly to need to be replaced. Did not discover until realizing daytime light was not coming on. Unsure of how long the issue had been going on.
The contact owns a 2011 GMC Acadia. The contact stated that the headlights on the vehicle were cracked and the daytime running lamps overheated and malfunctioned. The dealer recommended that the headlights and daytime running lamps be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000.
Passenger side low beam headlight failure. Replaced by recall in 2012. Now driver side low beam operates intermittently. Probably needs same repair - but recall has ended.
The contact owns a 2008 GMC Acadia. The contact stated that the headlights failed to function properly. The contact also mentioned that the sockets were melted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.
Passenger side headlight failed to properly function, bulb was changed and still failed to function properly. Problem seems rooted in manufacturer's wire harness not properly functioning.
Headlight connector was overheating and melted.
We purchased our 2008 Acadia in 2011, it had approximately 30,000 miles on it at the time of purchase. Less than thirty days after purchase we had to replace the front rotors. At 40,000 miles we had to replace the front brakes; the air conditioner backed up, which required maintenance to the blower motor; and the head lights went out, which required replacement. At 45,000 miles the rear struts went out, which required replacement; and we had to replace two tires. At 60,000 miles the water pump went out and needed to be replaced. At 55,000 miles the front struts went out, which needed replacing, along with four new tires, and a new set of headlights. At 60,000 miles the rear brakes and rotors needed to be replaced. At 70,000 miles the transmission went out, which also required replacement. The final incident happened on 6/10/13 at 74,000 miles, while I was driving with all three of my children. I was going 50 miles an hour on a highway, and the entire car shut down. The steering console locked with the keys in the ignition, I had no ability to steer the vehicle, the brakes did not function either. I had to use the parking brake to slow the vehicle down, barely avoiding a collision with another vehicle.
Head light mounts have melted due to heat from the daytime headlight bulbs. Now I cannot maintain functioning daytime running lights. Bulbs burn out in just a few days use. Gm claims this is not a safety issue and therefore will not replace the headlight units.
2013 GMC Acadia. Consumer writes in regards to headlight problems. The consumer stated when he switched the headlights from high beam to low beam, he was only able to see the low part of the road, and nothing beyond oncoming traffic.
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