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Headlights Problems of GMC Sierra - part 1



GMC Sierra owners have reported 44 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 1
Failure Date: 01/16/2015

Headlights are very dim. Like having none at all. High beams are useless. I actually had to follow other vehicles lights to keep from running off the road.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2015 GMC Sierra 2
Failure Date: 12/23/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2015 GMC Sierra. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, the headlights were dim causing the contact to be unable to view the road properly. The contact was concerned for their safety. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 12,500. Djr.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 3
Failure Date: 12/21/2014

The headlights are very poor. I have owned many cars and the lack of night vision with the 2014 Sierra is the worst of any car I have ever driven. I used to work on my family farm back in the 1980s and our old tractors and combines had better night visibility than my brand new Sierra. GMC, you must fix this now! I guarantee you will have a major lawsuit on your hands if you don't. This is such a simple thing to get right, do the right thing and recall all these vehicles and install proper headlights.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 4
Failure Date: 12/12/2014

Headlights on high beam were aimed to high & pointed up into the trees. Low beams seemed ok. I finally took to a local dealer for some recalls and talked to them about complaints and they adjusted saying the lights were aimed to high. Drove vehicle yesterday and the low beams now have so little projection forward that I'm afraid at night, if anything came in front of me, I'd hit it before being able to stop. Will be taking it back to have lights adjusted up again and live with it until GMC does something. Reason it has taken so long to file complaint is I do not drive much at nights and did not think of filing complaint until I found this website and reading other owners having the same problem.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 5
Failure Date: 12/11/2014

Wanted to update info on this complaint. I have been in contact w/dealer and they have agreed to replace both headlights, even though they consider this to be abnormal, with the agreement that if it happens on new headlights they will consider it normal and do nothing more! I feel this is a safety issue as it obscures the light and also that they are trying to bully me into an agreement I don't agree with. My vehicle has a bumper to bumper warranty and they are trying to exclude this issue in the future if I agree to have the headlights replaced now. I have contacted GMC regarding this and have yet to hear back from them.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 6
Failure Date: 12/11/2014

Headlights appeared to be leaking, condensation and water droplets. Took to dealer for oil change and advised them of the headlight issue. Was told they were not leaking that the design of headlights caused this, bulbs burn so hot they have a vent for cooling. Because of the air flow through vent it brings in condensation & water droplets can form which can take 2 to 6 hours to clear! was told that they w/only replace headlight assembly, which costs $900, if its over 50% of the lens. I was told one headlight was over 50% and had water droplets, as well as a halo effect around the bulb that he had never seen before. However, dealer did nothing at the time as the lens was clearing up. I asked about the condensation obscuring the light output and therefore my vision and was told it would not affect it. After reading the other complaints regarding the headlights I feel this may be part of the problem. If the lens is covered inside w/condensation & water droplets, it does affect the light output. I live in the pacific NW where it rains 9 months out of the year and therefore we have moisture in the air all the time! I am now documenting the condensation w/pictures of the headlights every time I drive it.


car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 7
Failure Date: 10/31/2014

The headlights on this truck are unsafe. They do not put out enough light on dark nights and especially on nights were there is rain. They do not reach beyond the edge of the road way past the fog lines,. Or extend that far up the road in front of the truck.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2015 GMC Sierra 8
Failure Date: 10/02/2014

Tl- the contact owns 2015 GMC Sierra 3500 denali (na). The contact stated that while driving at night, the headlight failed to provide enough lighting causing the contact¿s visibility to be diminished. As a result, the contact was only able to drive the vehicle with high beams on at night. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician stated that the head lamps were up to factory specification. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 290. Pam.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 9
Failure Date: 09/25/2014

It was the first time I drove this new GMC at night and I couldnt see anything almost hit a huge moose cause I didn't see it. The headlights are aweful and its terrifying to drive at night. Went to dealer and told them about the headlights they said they had numerous complaints but gm has no fix. These headlights are going to cause multiple accidents simply driving 45 mph feels like you can out run the headlights in high beam.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 10
Failure Date: 09/23/2014

The headlights are so good, they helped to save the life of several deer which I could clearly see up ahead, just above the crest of the road. The deer started to dash across the road, which was not lit, and I could clearly see them and properly steered clear of the deer. The headlights on this truck are the best I have ever had !! I find the 2014 GMC Sierra as the most well equiped vehicle I have ever driven. My complaint is not really about the lights or how well I could see the deer on the side of the road, it's about the need for other brands of vehicles that are not equiped with these type of headlights. I believe this type of headlight system should be mandatory on all vehicles of all makes. GMC has done the world a favor. Now it is up to the rest to catch up and use this technology!.


 
car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 11
Failure Date: 08/11/2014

Headlight are extremely inadequate!! very poor visibility especially on low beam!.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 12
Failure Date: 08/04/2014

The headlight output on my new 2014 GMC Sierra is so bad that I cannot drive the vehicle safely at night. In fact, I only drive it unless it is absolutely necessary. Not only are the lights very dim but the shape of the beam is also very poor and awkward . With the current oem headlight equipment, this vehicle is unsafe to operate at night. I contacted the dealer and they told me there was nothing they could do about it . I can't even find a better bulb because gm has the patent and not even piaa can make a better bulb.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 13
Failure Date: 07/31/2014

My complaint is with the how dim the oem headlights are. I have complained to GMC regarding the headlights and the response is that they are ok with how dim the lights are. Compared to other vehicles I own/have owned the headlights are extremely dim to the point of being dangerous.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 14
Failure Date: 07/25/2014

The front headlights are insufficient for safety. They do not light the road sufficient to see objects in road above a speed of 50 mph. These are single bulb projector headlights and my old 2001 chevy silverado has much better lights. GMC should replace the lights with dual beam lights or add on a supplemental light system.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2013 GMC Sierra 15
Failure Date: 07/15/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2013 GMC Sierra. The contact stated that while driving at night, the headlights seized and the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 4,000. Pam.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 16
Failure Date: 04/01/2014

Bought vehicle new in March '14, headlights are hid units, and are worse than poor. Very easy to overdrive these lights here on dark, twisty mountain roads in wv. We have the highest rate of vehicle- deer collisions in the us and seeing deer with these lights in time to avoid a collision is chancy. Traded a 10 year old same make and model and never had these problems. These lights need to be corrected before folks are killed as a result.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 17
Failure Date: 03/06/2014

Headlights are so dim you can not see street signs or the sides of the road clearly.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 18
Failure Date: 02/10/2014

Vehicle has very poor headlights, making it unsafe to drive at night. Headlights are too dim, and do not provide illumination on shoulders of roadway. Probably the worst headlights I have seen in over 20 years. Dealer says nothing can be done to correct problem. Someone needs to step in and force gm to do something about this issue.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 19
Failure Date: 02/03/2014

2014 GMC Sierra. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle electrical panel froze while driving. Also, the power steering locked up, the headlights did not work properly and the alarm sometimes sounded after the was removed from the ignition. Also, the engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice. However, the problem was still not resolved. There was a hesitation/lurch coming from the transmission, and an issue with the tire pressure monitoring system. The instrument panel malfunctioned on the way back from the dealer. The check engine light, illuminated sporadically. Updated 07/10/14 the consumer stated there was a steering issue, as well. The dealer was unable to replicate the problems. Updated 08/06/14.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 20
Failure Date: 02/03/2014

The contact owns a 2014 GMC Sierra. The contact stated that the headlights did not project going down a hill and turning on a curve. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who stated that the headlights were designed that way. The manufacturer was contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 10,000.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 21
Failure Date: 01/06/2014

This vehicle has the worst headlights of any new vehicle I've ever owned. It seems dangerous to drive at night, and I avoid it where I can. The beam pattern is awful and the illumination is poor. I've been driving cars with projector headlights for years, so I know that is not the real issue. These lights are just poorly designed or cheap. Trips to the dealer are unfruitful. The dealer knows they are poor, but can do nothing except be sure everything is properly adjusted. If you are looking at buying a 2014 GMC pickup, buy something else. They are that bad. I just know I'm going to hit a deer soon enough.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 22
Failure Date: 11/29/2013

Purchased my 2014 GMC Sierra November of 2013. Currently I'm on my 9th recall notice. More importantly the lighting on my front headlights are the most unsafe lighting at night I have ever encountered. The high beams are use less. Paid $43,000 for my truck. You would think their lighting would be top notch. The bad thing about this is no one has been hurt so GMC isn't expressing any concerns about this major flaw. This should be a major recall were proper lighting is put in. Nothing will be done till someone gets into a accident or dies from injuries from lack of lighting.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 23
Failure Date: 11/11/2013

The contact owns a 2014 GMC Sierra. The contact stated that while driving after dark, the front halogen headlights became dim. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the front headlights needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 700.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 GMC Sierra 24
Failure Date: 04/01/2013

Worst headlight for a new vehicle. I have owned various gm trucks from 1967 to 2014. Never have I owned a truck with such worthless headlights like the projector beam headlights on my 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 with the all terrain package. The projector headlight are very dim and do not light the road more than 30 feet ahead. At highway speeds (55-70) the projector headlights are only lighting a half second ahead of you. Additionally there is no lighting to illuminate the sholder at all. . You must drive full time with the fog lamps on to have a small increase in lighting. When using the high beams there is very little effect on visibility. Extremely disapointed in the 2014 GMC Sierra. And will unlikely purchase another gm product in the future. At a msrp of over 50 grand I would expect a truck to have adequate headlight to light the road. Without the aftermarket cost to install better lighting the 2014 GMC Sierra is very unsafe to operate at night.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2001 GMC Sierra 25
Failure Date: 01/11/2006

Many problems: 4 wheel drive sensor, front end suspension, parking brake, service brakes, anti-lock brakes, speed sensors, radio, center console, engine noise rapping when starting, tailgate cables, anti-theft sensor, and now the battery voltage gauge needle excess dropping when stopping, engine idling to low when stopping. Dealer says problem is normal. Let's test drive a new truck and show me it is normal. This truck is a lemon in my eyes!.

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