Headlights Problems of GMC Acadia - part 1

GMC Acadia owners have reported 95 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting 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   Headlights problem of the 2012 GMC Acadia 1
Failure Date: 04/04/2018

I have owned this vehicle for a little over a year about every 2 months one of my low beam headlights burn out open investigating online I see there has been a lot of people with the same problem . I have not had any problems with high beams . It is very difficult and expensive to replace these bulbs as well as a safety hazard .

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 GMC Acadia 2
Failure Date: 03/03/2018

I have been change many times the headlight day light of the driver side, stability control going on and stop my movement, I Ave to wait for 5-10 minutes and unblock by itself, and the bottom of the rear ac sometimes are super hot.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 GMC Acadia 3
Failure Date: 02/01/2018

I have had to replace my low beam headlights either the driver or passenger side every week for the last month. There was a special coverage adjustment #14823 released by gm on may 12, 2015 and I was told by GMC I needed to make a complaint to try to be eligible for special coverage. There is clearly an issue here and definitely a safety problem. I can�t see having to spend over $1000 to replace the headlamp assemblies for a known problem.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2017 GMC Acadia 4
Failure Date: 01/05/2018

As much as I love the vehicle as a whole, it unfortunately has the worst headlights I have experienced in any vehicle that I have ever driven. As someone who has perfect vision, I often find myself squinting to see the road ahead of me and various signs. It has gotten to the point where I have resorted to driving with my high beams on, just so I can see where I'm going in city streets, highway driving, and making turns. I've never had this issue with any other vehicle that I have driven and the unfortunate thing is that my father has nearly the same identical vehicle as me and is equally dissatisfied with the headlights. I would consider these as dangerous as anything to driver, pedestrian, and property related safety. I would strongly urge that if gm does not step up and correct this dangerous obstacle to my life, then I would strongly urge an investigation and an immediate recall of this vehicle by this organization.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2017 GMC Acadia 5
Failure Date: 11/02/2017

I almost hit a pedestrian walking across the street in front of my car at night as I did not see him due to,the headlights being totally inadequate to see in front of the car and the lights have a blind spot when illuminated as the do not shine high enough. There is like a shelf effect that won't illuminate above four feet of the road in front of you. Also the light does not illuminate the road enough especially in wet conditions. It is like having no,light at all.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2017 GMC Acadia 6
Failure Date: 10/25/2017

My 2017 GMC Acadia has such poor headlight illumination that I cannot see adequately to drive at night. I can barely see to get up-and-down the hill to our driveway. Even on bright illumination, the headlights are inadequate. There should be a recall on the headlights. Otherwise, there will be accidents. People will get hurt or killed and there will be lawsuits.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2017 GMC Acadia 7
Failure Date: 10/14/2017

The headlight high beam light pattern is a very dim and narrow focused beam and does not allow enough side to side illumination. The left and right side lighting is virtually non-existent on wet roads when the high beams are on. The high beams also converge to a small narrow spot on the roadway. The lack of effective left and right side road lighting is a safety issue as it is extremely difficult to see people or objects. On the side of the road. Also, the low beams lack sufficient. Brightness although the left and right side light pattern is sufficient. Although my complaint was escalated to a GMC senior advisor, no action was taken by GMC. The advisor stated, "works as designed". No alternative bulb or after market lighting was recommended by GMC as I was told this would void the warranty. The safety concerns my family and I feel about the vehicles headlights were dismissed by the company.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2017 GMC Acadia 8
Failure Date: 10/09/2017

The contact owns a 2017 GMC Acadia. The contact stated that the headlights failed to illuminate up to standards. The local dealer (todd wenzel Buick GMC of grand rapids, 2727 28th st se, grand rapids, mi, 49512) was made aware of the failure, but no assistance was offered. The manufacturer stated that there was no failure and did not assist. The failure mileage was approximately 1,200.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2017 GMC Acadia 9
Failure Date: 10/08/2017

Headlights are very dim while driving at night. Especially when roads are wet. When the roads are dry there still isn�t that much of a difference. Driving at night with these headlights are very dangerous and could cause myself harm if not corrected.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2017 GMC Acadia 10
Failure Date: 08/26/2017

Tl the contact owns a 2017 GMC Acadia. While driving unknown speeds, the headlights failed to produce adequate light. The vehicle was taken to king Buick GMC (16200 frederick rd, gaithersburg, MD 20877), but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 8,600.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 GMC Acadia 11
Failure Date: 03/01/2017

Daytime running lights have overheated on both sides and have melted the plastic housing. The lights are extremely hot in a confined space and are in very close proximity to a flammable material. I noticed smoke coming out of the headlight and saw that it has melted the housing to the point where the bulb is now sitting directly on the melted plastic housing. These are the running lights. . . . Not the main headlights.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia 12
Failure Date: 01/24/2017

Known issue with daytime running lights on GMC Acadia, but we were not notified. Assembly can cause melting of housing and has done so to our left headlight assembly. If headlight were to burnout, we'd have to replace the entire assembly (we were quoted $1700 to do so). We cannot financially afford to do this and are concerned that this could cause a fire or melting of other parts.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2017 GMC Acadia 13
Failure Date: 01/09/2017

Low beam headlight performance inadequate. Vertical aim is ok but luminous lux is low, and lateral coverage during low speed turning is insufficient. If this vehicle meets the fmvss standard for lighting, consider raising the minimum standards. Lighting is a safety issue NHTSA now tests for. Unless the customer does a test drive at night (can be impossible during the summer), there is no way to learn of a deficiency before purchasing.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2017 GMC Acadia 14
Failure Date: 01/01/2017

Headlights are dim to the point of being dangerous. Dealer confirms that all 2017 Acadia are like this. This is by no means the first complaint about this issue. An accident waiting to happen.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 GMC Acadia 15
Failure Date: 12/22/2016

I have a 2011 GMC Acadia. I purchased this vehicle used in late 2013. This is the 6th time I have needed to replace my lowbeams. Last night heading home from work around dusk I was driving down the highway and someone pulled out in front of me and I had to swerve to avoid hitting him. I lost drivers side two days ago and lost the passengers headlight as I started up my vehicle leaving work. It was apparent that he did not see my vehicle as all the other vehicles had their lights on. This is clearly a design issue that if allowed to continue significantly increases the risk of an accident which puts my family in danger. Please address this increased risk to my family and other families that are on the road with these vehicles.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2017 GMC Acadia 16
Failure Date: 12/02/2016

Slt-2 with halogen projector beam headlights. Very very poor high & low beam performance. The 6yr old equinox I traded in did a better job of lighting the road in front of you. Had the dealer checked them out and said they were ok. I had them adjust the low beam down to provide better road visibility but forward illumination distance is less. The sales & service department said there is nothing they can do but I could look into after market headlights. Contacted gm customer service (case # 8-2826579557), their design team reviewed my concern and they have no planned changes to improve their headlights. If these lights pass any federal lighting requirements, the testing must have been done in a lab and not out in the real world. Gm did a lot of things right on this new designed Acadia but the headlights is not one of them. Next step is to look for after market lights.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2017 GMC Acadia 17
Failure Date: 10/28/2016

Night driving, has become dangerous. Headlights are either a poor technology or are not aimed properly. I am making this complaint in hopes that the many others will come forward to let gm know how serious this is. I know that I am not the only complaint. I am an experienced driver of many different vehicles. This is bad!.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia 18
Failure Date: 09/15/2016

I have hid lights and the low beam socket of the headlight assembly has melted to the point that the light bulbs will no longer stay in place.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia 19
Failure Date: 08/20/2016

I have hid headlight and both daytime running lights have severely melted and cracked reflectors. Both bulbs were melted into there sockets to the point I had to completely replace the socket. When I attempted to re insert the socket into the reflector housing I was un able to install it as the reflector was missing over half of the retaining ring due to it being melted. One socket looked extremely blackened due to excessive heat. Both light are temp installed as I am unable to correctly install due to severely melted reflector.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 GMC Acadia 20
Failure Date: 07/12/2016

We have a 2010 GMC Acadia that has had multiple low beam headlights going out. The whole headlight assembly has been an issue as per many complaints in various forums online. GMC knows they have issues with the power to these units and will not do anything to replace. I have replaced seven low beams in total between both lights. These can go out and come back on at various times also giving the drivers a false sense of security. I have included word doc of online communication today after removal of personal information with GMC and the only solution is at a local service GMC level. The ending comment speaks volumes that if GMC sees enough complaints they will then consider a recall. Being a fire chief I believe this is totally unacceptable due to the possible loss of headlamps. The other note was my mileage was to high as my vehicle was just over 100,000 miles. This issue was taking place for the last few years. They need to do a recall on all of these headlight assemblies. I have dated this issue today even though the last time this issue started was about 4 months ago.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2015 GMC Acadia 21
Failure Date: 07/10/2016

We have a 2015 GMC Acadia sle-2 with projector headlights. We can only see about 50-75 ft. Ahead with low beams, there is a dark line at hood level where the light cuts of into darkness. The light bounces up and down when driving this is very distracting and dangerous. It is difficult to see the shoulder of the road, I did not see a pedestrian until he was right beside me. The high beams are about the same as the low beams in our previous vehicle (2010 GMC terrain). I contacted our dealer who said there was no recall or TSB regarding our problem. The service manager said he will try to adjust the aim of the headlights. He stated he had done this with other customers but it was not a fix for the problem it may only help a little. I saw similar complaints on carcomplaints. Com. We feel this a safety issue and needs to be addressed. We feel someone should drive this vehicle in a dark rural area (where we live and drive most often) and they would see the problem!!!.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 GMC Acadia 22
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!!!!.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 GMC Acadia 23
Failure Date: 06/11/2016

Drl are causing the headlights to melt.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 24
Failure Date: 06/11/2016

Low beam headlights going out at least 3 times in a year and a half. They do not both go out at once but both have been out at least 3 times. Tonight I was picking my daughter up from a football game and the deputy had me roll my window down and asked me if I knew my light was out? I looked at my husband and said really again!.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia 25
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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