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Headlights Problems of GMC Acadia - part 1

GMC Acadia owners have reported 79 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 GMC Acadia 1
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 2
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 3
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 2011 GMC Acadia 4
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 5
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 2008 GMC Acadia 6
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 7
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 8
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 9
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 10
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 11
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 12
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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 13
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 14
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 15
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 16
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 17
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 18
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 19
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 20
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 21
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 22
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 23
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 24
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 25
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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