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Headlights Problems of GMC Acadia - part 1



GMC Acadia owners have reported 45 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 GMC Acadia 1
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 2011 GMC Acadia 2
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.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 GMC Acadia 3
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 4
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.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 5
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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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 6
Failure Date: 05/07/2014

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.


car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 7
Failure Date: 04/01/2014

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia 8
Failure Date: 03/11/2014

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 GMC Acadia 9
Failure Date: 02/28/2014

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 10
Failure Date: 01/15/2014

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.


 
car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia 11
Failure Date: 11/04/2013

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia 12
Failure Date: 08/21/2013

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 GMC Acadia 13
Failure Date: 07/17/2013

Headlight connector was overheating and melted.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia 14
Failure Date: 06/10/2013

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 GMC Acadia 15
Failure Date: 06/03/2013

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 16
Failure Date: 03/30/2013

Passenger side low-beam headlight failed. Upon inspection, it appears the light socket itself has melted and caused the wiring shielding to melt as well. Attempted replacement of the bulb resulted in the socket housing crumbling in my hands. The dealer claims it will cost upward of $500 to change my lightbulb. This is outrageous and clearly the fault of GMC, who seem to have purposely designed these bulbs to overhead their housings, melt, and be almost impossible to change without taking the vehicle to the dealer. I want GMC to pay for new wiring and illumination.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 GMC Acadia 17
Failure Date: 03/22/2013

Tl-the contact owns a 2010 GMC Acadia. The contact stated that the drivers side headlight assembly fractured. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. After diagnosis they advised her that the assembly fractured. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages was approximately 60,000. The VIN was unavailable. Tb.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 GMC Acadia 18
Failure Date: 02/01/2013

Noticed drivers side daytime running light was out on GMC Acadia 2010. Husband went to replace bulb and discovered housing had completely melted( headlight still worked), he then decided to check passenger light that still worked and it is melted too! this has to be dangerous. I am contacting GMC to see what they can do. This should definitely be a recall.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 19
Failure Date: 01/22/2013

The daytime running bulbs next to the headlights overheated and melted the back of the housing that the bulb socket mounts in the back of the headlight housing. Obviously there is a design defect in the socket/harness that is causing overheating. There is a technical service bulletin on this for 2009 Acadia and other makes with the same design but this is a safety issue as it can cause a fire and also the lights can short out. The bulletin is #10-08-42-001: low beam headlamp bulb diagnosis/replacement (inspect bulb and connector) - (may 14, 2010) . This needs to be recalled.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 GMC Acadia 20
Failure Date: 09/07/2012

Low beam headlight bulb continues to overheat, blow out and melt housing unit around bulb. GMC states it is my responsibilty to replace it because now my vehicle is out of warranty, even when my vehicle was in warranty when this started. Estimated cost $915. I have had the headlight bulbs replaced at least 3 times within 6-7 months. I have had to pay for the bulb and "labor" which could run as high as $50 a hour.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia 21
Failure Date: 03/01/2012

Low beam headlight out. Have changed twice within a 2 month period. Second time I changed it went out the very next day.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 22
Failure Date: 02/23/2012

The contact owns a 2009 GMC Acadia. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed the driver's side headlight exhibited a large accumulation of water which resulted to condensation inside of the headlight lens. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated to the contact that the driver's side headlight would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The failure mileage was 94,000.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2007 GMC Acadia 23
Failure Date: 12/17/2011

2007 GMC Acadia. Consumer writes in regards to problems with the vehicle headlights and the transmission. The consumer stated on December 17, 2011, the left headlight burned up for no apparent reason. The local dealer quoted him $1,213. 59. He was able to get the headlight fixed for$ 695. 67. On December 2, 2012 the transmission failed. The consumer had a rebuilt transmission installed at a cost of $ 3,737. 25.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 24
Failure Date: 11/19/2011

The driver side low beam headlight went out. When replacing the light bulb found that the wiring connector was partialy melted and one of the wires was hanging out. The insulation on that wire was also melted off so bare wire was exposed. The original bulb also had a burnt spot where the connector attaches.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 GMC Acadia 25
Failure Date: 11/19/2011

My drivers side headlight went out, I originally thought it was due to bulb life. When I changed the bulb I found that the harness socket where the bulb plugs into was burnt/melted. I proceeded to change the bulb anyway to see the result. 5 minutes later the light bulb burnt out again. This looks to be a serious fire hazard and I believe there should be a recall completed for further investigation. This was for the low beam light bulb.

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