really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,385 miles

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2009 GMC Acadia electrical problems

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2009 GMC Acadia Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Oct 172011

Acadia 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles


At approximately 38,000 miles on our Acadia, the passenger headlight appeared to fail. Upon reconnecting the headlight, I found it would work intermittently. Upon further inspection, I found the wiring connector to the low beam bulb to be melted and cracked. This appears to be a very common problem as I am a member of an online community at www.acadiaforum.net. many owners have reported this same issue and it is also a common issue with sister vehicle Saturn outlook. As these bulbs can fail at any time I think it would be in the best interests of the consumer to have these wiring harnesses replaced either in a recall, or a tsb. What would happen if the bulbs failed at night while negotiating a curve? replacing the harness is a huge expense to the owner if their vehicle is no longer covered under warranty. This is a substandard part and a huge safety hazard. Please help.

- Lakeville, MN, USA

problem #5

Jul 242011


  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 GMC arcadia. The contact stated that the wiring for the exterior light melted and would no longer activate, making it difficult to see at night. The dealer was in the process of repairing the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 48,000 and the current mileage was 53,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #4

Jul 012009

Acadia 8-cyl

  • miles
I believe I have some type of electrical issue. I started testing different parts of the dashboard lights such as the driver seatbelt. I purposely drove several miles in my neighborhood with the seatbelt over me, but not engaged and the light did not come on. My airbag service light came one for service, they serviced it, it came back on, they replaced a seatbelt component, the light was off, but came back on, they did another replacement and the light is now off. My frontend was making funny noise when making turns, they replaced my rack and pinion. My service stabilitrak light, service traction control light came one, they fixed it, they came on again, they kept my vehicle for a day and fixed it. They are back on again along with the ABS light and now I'm told that I probably need a break job. Breaks were not mentioned the other times. My electronic key pad deteriorated and no longer works, they said it was user handling, my other key pad is not malfunctioning, you can see were the pad is begining to sink in, but they said it's my handling. The case is chipped and the chipping has occurred in the same place on both key pads. My middle seat passenger side case came apart twice, each time they fixed it, it's now broken, and I was told they don't repair broken parts. I am still under the bumper to bumper warranty, but GMC will not replace my key pads, and the service tech says he will try really hard to get my seat covered. The tint on my windows have been replaced three times and still is not correct. My dvd player does not play correctly and has not been fixed since it's been in my vehicle. My vehicle is a 2009 Acadia. I had a leak in the trunk, they fixed that. Air pressure will not stay consistent, was told by service advisor to over inflate to compensate, which is different from what the owners manual states. Tire pressure issues needed sensor replaced after several trips to service department. The vehicle is an expensive piece of junk.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #3

Nov 282010

Acadia 6-cyl

  • 2,691 miles


The battery has died three different times after being driven the night prior. I have taken it into the shop once where they said nothing was wrong, but the battery was low, they charged it. The second time (a week later) I was told the battery could not keep a charge so they gave me a new one. Now three months later, it dies again. Waiting to hear what they are going to do now. I can't imagine a car that is a year old can go through two batteries, needing a third.

- Porter Ranch, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 142010


  • 25,235 miles
Power door locks inoperative after shifting into park intermittently. Locking occupants inside of vehicle. Vehicle has been repaired three times where it was purchased for this safety issue. After shutting vehicle off, issue resets itself with proper power door locks operation.

- Westfield, IN, USA

problem #1

Nov 282009


  • 360 miles
Purchased a new 2009 GMC Acadia, the navigation, radio and dvd system failed. Vehicle only had 405 miles on it. I noted that there were 4 electrical failures documented in NHTSA report on the Acadia. The nav. Radio and dvd are powered by the electrical system as is the computer system and for this reason I have concern that a computer failure might occur while driving the vehicle which could be a serious safety concern. The vehicle was taken to dealer for repair, they could not repair the failed system nor did they even know what was wrong with the system. Dealer had to replace the system. No reason by the dealer was given as to why the navigation, radio and dvd system failed. They said they may never know why it failed. The failed equipment was to be sent into GMC for a failure analysis.

- Alpine, UT, USA

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