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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,128 miles

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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 lights problems

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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #27

Jan 012015

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 600 miles


While driving in town at 25 mph, almost hit a pedestrian who was crossing the road due to insufficient headlamps on the truck. This was ever with the fog lamps on which seem to put out more light then the headlights.. extremely dangerous... have to rely on the street lamps to see where we are going when driving in town.. disappointed to my wits end that the dealer tells me that there isn't any fix for this yet.

- Caribou, ME, USA

problem #26

Dec 192014

Sierra 1500 4WD

  • 520 miles
Of all the vehicles I have owned, this 2014 GMC has the worst headlights of them all.. $47,000 and basically a bic lighter on the front of the truck for lights.. while out driving on my way back from fort kent, with the truck on high beam I nearly hit a moose that I didn't see until I was right on it due to not having enough light down the road.. have to drive 40 not to outrun the headlights. Very very frustrating and the dealer tells us that GM knows about it but has no fix..

- Caribou, ME, USA

problem #25

Sep 012014

Sierra 1500

  • 15 miles
Headlights are too dim in 2014 GMC Sierra. To the point of dangerous to pedestrians and wildlife. The lights hinder the ability of drivers to see and avoid anything that may wonder into the vehicles path. By the time the headlight illuminate the object it'll be too late! "save some life", persuade General Motors to fix future vehicles and possibly recall existing ones.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #24

May 162014

Sierra 1500 6-cyl

  • 89 miles


The headlights on this truck are unsafe, they do not project enough light ahead for safe driving at night. One has to depend on the street lighting or stars. I have come close to hits others on the roads for the lack of projection of these lights. The truck becomes a hazard on the highway do to the slow speed one has to travel to stay within the headlights. Please address this with GMC before someone is hurt or killed.

- El Centro, CA, USA

problem #23

Oct 222014

Sierra 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
Headlights are worthless. On low beam less than 95' of forward area lite up. At 55 mph, that gives you about a second for reaction time. Just a little better on high beam. Peripheral lighting is worse.

- Cherokee, IA, USA

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problem #22

May 222014

Sierra 1500

  • 0 miles
The headlights (both low and high beams) are ineffective and inadequate. The forward throw is bad, but the peripheral throw is even worse. There is essentially no peripheral light and this makes for very hazardous conditions when negotiating a dark curve. I am constantly checking to see if the headlights are operating - even when the 'icon' on the dashboard says they are 'on', it is impossible to know that they are working due to the dim output. I don't sse any similar complaints regarding the headlughts on the Chevrolet Silverado (same platform as GMC Sierra) - so I assume that GM can 'fix' this safety issue if they wanted to.

- Montrose, CA, USA

problem #21

Nov 212014

Sierra 1500

  • 43,000 miles


Headlights on 2014 Sierra 1500 are horrible. Do not project very far down the road and the brights do not do anything but light up the tops of trees. At dusk, dawn, or when raining is particularly bad. On more than one occasion driving in small towns or in traffic I thought the lights were actually off they are so dim. I took it to the dealer shortly after I got the truck in September of 2013 and they said they adjusted them but it didn't do anything. I have continued to have problems and it seems like they are getting even dimmer now. Very disappointed...someone is going to have a wreck one of these days because of these as you cannot see what is in the road 100 feet ahead. At 55 mph that could be a death sentence.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #20

Sep 012014

Sierra 1500 4WD

  • 2,500 miles
The headlights on my 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 are very very dim. Both low beam and high beam make it very diffiucult to see very far in front. I have been driving GM trucks for over 50 years and have never encountered lighting so terrible. With the deer in penna. Moving at night this time of year I am at times reluctant to go over 35mph. I can't believe that GM has not made some kind of change to their headlight system noting the many other complaints. I did test drive the truck but of course not at night, it certainly would have been a deal breaker knowing what I know now. That is how bad they are. This is a very dangerous product and emplore the NHTSA to force a recall of this vehicle. I have looked into replacement bulbs with much higher intensity. Nothing is available other than the standard. Please take action!

- Mars , PA, USA

problem #19

Nov 302013

Sierra 1500 4WD

  • miles
The headlights on the new 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 are incredibly dim. They do not illuminate the road sufficiently and are dangerous. Rural roads are practically a no-go at night because I can't see anything in distance or on the sides of the road. Making turns at night are incredibly dangerous. I feel the need to swap to a better light but there are no options that won't void my warranty by going aftermarket. This is a serious concern for me. Headlights have been adjusted multiple times with no improvement. Nothing that dealership can do since there are no alternate lights other than aftermarket.

- Fall River, MA, USA

problem #18

Oct 312014

Sierra 1500 4WD

  • 5,000 miles
These head lights are so bad you can only see 50 feet in front of you on low beam at best and on high beam the lights seem to shine are in the trees. I am so sorry I did not test drive at night. Please help fix this issue before someone is 2011 Sierra was 100 % better.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #17

Oct 202014

Sierra 1500

  • miles


The headlights on my 2014 GMC Sierra 1500, that I bought last week, are extremely weak. They have no projection to the sides of the road and only project forward maybe 30 ft. At 55 mph at night is asking for an accident to happen. I haven't driven it in rain or snow yet and not looking forward to that. GM needs a recall before winter sets in.

- Hayward, WI, USA

problem #16

Oct 182014

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 200 miles
I would like to alert GM that the illumination from the headlights on the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 slt is in my opinion, insufficient and dangerous. On several occasions since purchasing my vehicle in September 2014, I have had to double check to see if my headlights were on while driving at night. The pattern of illumination emitted from the headlights does not provide the vehicle operator with an adequate amount of lighting, especially on the sides of the road to prevent potential collisions with bicyclists and walking pedestrians. I happen to live in a somewhat rural area, that requires driving on roads and highways that do not have adequate street lighting and in some areas no street lights at all. This problem of poor quality headlights is a safety issue in my opinion.

- Fuquay-Varina, NC, USA

problem #15

Sep 242014

Sierra 1500

  • miles
2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Z-71 projection headlights are with out a doubt a safety hazard. Not only are they dim but they do not "project" far enough down the road in either the low or high beam modes. Unsafe because one over drives the beam projected. Unsafe because one cannot see off to the sides where deer and other animals approach sometimes at high speeds. There is no doubt in my mind that General Motors will have to change out these headlights either sooner or later under a recall.

- Hayward, WI, USA

problem #14

Jul 212014

Sierra 1500

  • 2,300 miles
While driving from Alabama to Pennsylvania in my new GMC I had to slow down to 15 mph under the posted limit due to poor illumination of the road. The high beam headlights shine no where on the road. I once almost missed a turn on a road I drive daily, on another occasion I barely avoided hitting two deer aside the road because the lights broadcast center of road and do not shine at all left or right. Two trips to the dealership have proved useless, first trip they were willing to adjust lights, second trip I was told there is no further adjustment possible. This is unacceptable for a new vehicle that cost $45,000.

- Gallitzin, PA, USA

problem #13

Jul 012014

Sierra 1500

  • 720 miles
The contact owns a 2014 GMC Sierra 1500. The contact stated that the headlights on vehicle failed to illuminate properly. The headlights were dim and impaired the contacts vision. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 720.

- Hommer, NY, USA

problem #12

Jan 012014

Sierra 1500

  • 100 miles
From day one the headlights on our 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 vehicle are useless. The do not light up at all and is a very bad safety hazard for all. We can drive down the road on high beam and no one will flash us at all. We have notified the dealer and GMC and seem to get no where. They said there has been a lot of complaints for bad visability with the new shutter headlights but GMC says they look pretty. Well pretty does not help being able to see. I have read pages of complaints about how anyone that purchased a 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 cannot see at night while driving and again this is a serious safety hazard. The 2014 GMC sierrs 3500 has the regular headlights, why cant the 1500 have these"? we paid $43,000 for this pickup and cant drive it at night for the fear of hitting animals, people walking etc. GMC says oh well you bought it your fault, but who takes a trial ride at night?" if we could we would trade vehicle in for a Chevy, their 2014 has regular headlights. Again I am not the only one that is having headlight problems please search for complaints on this matter and you well see how many people are complaining and GMC is not taking this serious at all!! if we crash at night due to our lights, which where we live in northern Maine, we will definitely be putting some lawyers in on this matter and going after someone for not addressing this safety hazard.

- Portage, ME, USA

problem #11

Jul 152014

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
The headlight output on my new 2014 GMC Sierra is so poor that I cannot drive the vehicle safely at night. In fact, I do not drive it at all unless it is absolutely necessary. Not only are the lights very dim but the shape of the beam is also very poor. With the current oem headlight equipment, this vehicle is unsafe to operate at night.

- West Point, GA, USA

problem #10

Aug 112014

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 2,230 miles
Headlights are weak.

- St Cloud, FL, USA

problem #9

Aug 122014

Sierra 1500

  • miles
The headlights on the 2014 GMC Sierra do not supply enough light while driving at night. I was shocked at how little light they put out. It is almost dangerous to drive at night due to the fact that visibility is so limited.

- Mount Vernon, MO, USA

problem #8

Aug 042014

Sierra 1500 8-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Highway driving at night where dear/vehicle collisions happen on a daily (or nightly) basis with the poor light output of the headlights in the 2014 Sierra is, simply put, to be avoided in my opinion as well as all those who have ridden with me at night. One actually believed I was joking and asked me to turn the real headlights on, if that says anything about what my complaint is about today. I have avoided night driving with this truck in favor of a sedan equipped with oem "high intensity discharge" headlights even though deer represent more of a significant danger due to the height differences between the sedan (Nissan) and the pickup (14 Sierra). I do this because with the Nissan's hid headlights I am capable of seeing the deer (or pedestrians, debris, etc) from an adequate enough distance that allows me to slow way down or otherwise act accordingly. That is not an option with the 2014 GMC Sierra and it's projector headlights. While the Sierra may provide enough light output to suffice in well lit towns and on well lit roadways, it does not do so on secluded roads where deer are most prevalent and in turn the most difficult to see. Turning the "brights" on makes no difference to the actual areas that represent the possible danger one might encounter such as pedestrians, debris on the road, deer as previously mentioned, poorly lit vehicles, etc. It does however illuminate the trees which might be helpful to some but not too me. I understand GM attempting to save where possible, but give us that need better performing headlights have the factory option to upgrade them to hid's, I would have paid for it, as we did with the Nissan, and as my brother did with his Ford F150, both of which have outstanding headlight output thanks to the hid's.

- Marble Falls, TX, USA

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