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Headlights Problems of GMC Acadia - part 1



GMC Acadia owners have reported 70 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 GMC Acadia 1
Failure Date: 06/17/2016

We bought this car in Feb. 2016 used with only 66,000 miles. About 2 months after we purchased it, the passenger low beam light went out. I purchased a bulb to replace, but it proved to be difficult. I had 3 open recalls so I brought car in to dealer. The night before bringing it in, driver low beam light went out. I asked dealer to replace bulbs while vehicle was there. Received a phone call from the dealer that the bulbs could not be replaced because headlight housing was melted!!!! this seems to be a recurring problem with Acadias and a recall should be issued!!!!.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 GMC Acadia 2
Failure Date: 06/11/2016

Drl are causing the headlights to melt.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia 3
Failure Date: 04/01/2016

The running lights burn out frequently. Not at the same time. Each one we've replaced at least 4 times, which is way too much. We are using good quality bulbs too. Now the inside of the headlight assembly is melted where the bulb socket itself snaps in so we can't keep the socket and bulb in its place. The replacement headlight assembly is not cheap for this vehicle.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 4
Failure Date: 03/28/2016

I just lost both drl/low beams. First the driver's side then a day later the passenger side. These are the second set of headlights. This replacement would be number 5 and 6 bulbs. Doesn't seem that they should go out this many times with only 66,000 miles.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 GMC Acadia 5
Failure Date: 01/21/2016

The day time running light has failed and melted the headlight housing.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia 6
Failure Date: 01/09/2016

The contact owns a 2008 GMC Acadia. While driving at unknown speeds, the front passenger side headlight became inoperable without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed; however, the bulb was replaced. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred on two separate occasions. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.


car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 GMC Acadia 7
Failure Date: 01/06/2016

The contact owns a 2011 GMC Acadia. While pulling into the driveway, the contact noticed that the driver side headlight failed and the passenger side headlight melted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that both headlight assemblies needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 119,000. The VIN was unknown.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 8
Failure Date: 12/21/2015

The drivers side day running light continues to burn out. The dealer acknowledged an electrical issue because they have seen this before, but GMC will not file a recall. Dealer called GMC customer service who offered a discount to me for the costly repair of both headlights which I did not accept due to the expense. GMC knows there is a problem with the wiring based on their offer to me. Its a safety issue as the wiring runs hot and visibility can be reduced with one light out. It's an obvious engineering issue.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 9
Failure Date: 12/01/2015

Headlight out 1. 5 mo ago, then other side went out. Mechanics have to remove bumper to get to bulb!!! $300-400 minimum labor and parts. Struts if shock absorbers stuck down after up on rack after 2 different tire changes repairs. Car road wobbly until it was fixed at my e pensr. Is this beautiful car a lemon or what?.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 GMC Acadia 10
Failure Date: 11/01/2015

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.


 
car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 11
Failure Date: 09/25/2015

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 GMC Acadia 12
Failure Date: 06/30/2015

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 GMC Acadia 13
Failure Date: 02/15/2015

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia 14
Failure Date: 02/13/2015

I have a 2008 GMC Acadia and my passenger low beam kept going out every 2-3 months. Finally after replacing it 5 times, we found out the wiring harness was getting so hot it actually melted the harness. I've read several times that this is a normal thing, but GMC refuses to do a recall on the headlights. Not only is it dangerous to only have 1 low beam working, but it is a fire hazard if you just keep replacing the bulb. My wiring harness is so bad that it disintegrated in my hand the last time I went to change a bulb. That's how I found out there's a major problem.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 GMC Acadia 15
Failure Date: 01/30/2015

We purchased our vehicle in June of 2014. We have had to replace the driver's side headlight 4 times since we purchased the vehicle. Since the tire needs to be removed and the wheel well cover needs to be removed in order to change the light, we have to pay $80 each time we change the bulb. 4 times in less than two years is ridiculous. I have seen other complaints regarding overheating bulbs, so I will have that looked at next.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2007 GMC Acadia 16
Failure Date: 12/12/2014

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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car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia 17
Failure Date: 12/04/2014

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 GMC Acadia 18
Failure Date: 11/12/2014

Bought car brand new 8-14. Since I have taken into dealership over 5 times regarding it stalling, and complete shut down while driving. First car would shut off when in reverse. Car turned off completely multiple times sitting at red lights. Then while I was driving 35 miles on residential street I had complete failure, car turned off. Was able to restart and drive. Car takes a couple seconds to turn over when first putting key in. Noticed recall in 10-14 for exact issue but GMC dealer in concord CA says my car is not included in it. Interior lights go on at random along with headlights. Gas gauge in "miles" reading on dash lowers by 20+ miles each time I drop kids off at school 5 miles away. Each time I have taken it to dealer, dealer stated they are unable to duplicate the events, no warning codes are showing and they can not find what's wrong with the car. Shocker. Brand new cars do not operate this way and these issues are very serious as deaths could occur when car shuts down while driving. Taking it to dealer again.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 GMC Acadia 19
Failure Date: 10/20/2014

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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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 20
Failure Date: 10/13/2014

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 GMC Acadia 21
Failure Date: 09/29/2014

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 GMC Acadia 22
Failure Date: 09/03/2014

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 GMC Acadia 23
Failure Date: 08/29/2014

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"?.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia 24
Failure Date: 08/01/2014

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 25
Failure Date: 06/09/2014

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.

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