definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,592 miles

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2011 GMC Acadia electrical problems

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2011 GMC Acadia Owner Comments

problem #20

Aug 042016


  • 89,500 miles


Our nite mare began December 2015 purchase of this vehicle has been in shop more then we've driven it, first thoughts on non starting was needed bigger battery, did that, second they thought battery issues again, an third time of non starting suppose able bad ground on transmission, did that, fourth time another ground on transmission bad, fifth time thought some thing electrical, put in some sort of transmission module, sixth time brain part, seventh time the back hatch an 8th time they have no idea its in shop still from August 4th last time drove anit lock brakes came on an slowed our speed from 55 to 30 we were all scared

- Whiting, VT, USA

problem #19

Jan 212016


  • 52,000 miles
The day time running light has failed and melted the headlight housing.

- Antioch, CA, USA

problem #18

Feb 142013


  • 40,000 miles
The drivers side electrical components go haywire on occasion. It happens when driving, or stationary. Happens in all conditions. Sometimes I can't move my seat, roll the windows up or down, or unlock the doors using the drivers side controls. Additionally, the passenger side window will not roll down a majority of the time. The radio also, switches itself from radio to saying there is an ac adapter plugged in so it wont play music, when there is no adapter to input music plugged in. The guard over the seat controls came unhooked about a month after purchase without anyone touching it. I have reattached it back into place numerous times, it doesn't stay. I called dealer and he was confident there would be a recall soon to cover it. Has been almost 3 years and my warranty has already been up, and the recall that was "sure to cover it" has not happened yet.

- Gobles, MI, USA

problem #17

Nov 042015


  • miles


My 2011 GMC Acadia suddenly drained the battery, I tried to start it and didn't work, the battery was dead, so I replaced the battery with a new one, the next day the new battery was drained like the old one, so I took the battery back to autozone, they checked the battery and was nothing wrong with it, they also checked the vehicle for any possible problems and the diagnostic didn't show any problems, so they replaced the battery again with a new one, ... so I had the new battery installed on my vehicle and went home, the next morning when I tried to start the vehicle the battery was dead, I went online and found forums talking about the same problem, I bought this vehicle for my wife and she got very dissapointed for having this issues with the vehicle, it's the first time that we purchased a GMC, we had always bought Ford vehicles, I called GMC and they don't have any reports with this type of problems but there is a lot of comments on internet from people suffering the same situation, .....I don't know what to do, and can't keep changing the battery everyday to be able to use my vehicle.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #16

Jul 122015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 GMC Acadia. While driving 60 mph, the light switch fell on the dashboard and was hard to reach from the driver seat. There were no warning signs that illuminated prior to the issue. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but the failure could not be duplicated. The vehicle was repaired with a temporary remedy. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was unavailable. MA 09/25 updated 01/27/16

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #15

May 272015


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 GMC Acadia. While driving at 55 mph, the contact noticed fluid leaking out of the air vents. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the air conditioner line between the compressor and the condenser needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Middlebury, IN, USA

problem #14

Apr 242015

Acadia 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles


Took 2011 GMC Acadia in for regular service today and asked the dealership to change the front drivers side daytime headlight bulb since it had not been working for a few days. Was informed by the service technician that the bulb socket was corroded and melted and will need a whole new headlamp costing 995 for the headlamp and 400 for labor. I asked what could have caused this to happen and was told it seemed to be a problem with GMC Acadia's as they have seen similar problems with others of the same make and year. Obviously this is not a result of normal wear and tear and a manufacturing issue that needs to be looked into. The service technician said there's a possibility that the other side may melt and corrode as well as that is what they have been experiencing with other Acadia's recently.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #13

Feb 032015

Acadia 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
While driving my 2011 Acadia the low fuel light came on, I go to fill up and there's 3/4 of a tank still full. The next morning I still had a low fuel reading and now a serivce engine light. This has happened multiple times since. This problem with the fuel and/or computer systems causing a false low fuel reading and service engine light has been recalled on other year models, but not 2011. Is there something that can be done to expand the recall" or will GMC correct the issue because it has been recalled on other year models"

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #12

Feb 132015


  • 81,000 miles
I was dropping my son off to school, doing about 20 mph when my car dash started blinking off and on saying traction control is off; check traction control; and then the car just stalled in the middle of a busy road with my son in the back seat. I found out that my computer system had malfunction and that I would need a new on installed.

- Ellenwood, GA, USA

problem #11

Jan 152014

Acadia 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Fuel gauge is falling to empty with at least 15 gallons of fuel remaining, I have tried fuel cleaner "??? this is a constant worry. Is this a warranty item covered by GMC ? if not what is the cost to repair and will GMC help with the cost "

- Tyner, NC, USA

problem #10

Oct 102014

Acadia 6-cyl

  • 58,800 miles


I own a 2011 GMC Acadia denali with ~58,800 miles. I noticed that the driver side daytime running lamp (drl) was not working/reflecting as it should. When reviewing the issue, I noticed the drl had melted the light housing and appeared to deform the bulb socket and the wiring connected to the bulb socket. I then took the vehicle to a local dealer to look at and got an initial estimated price of ~$1,100 to fix. All parts discussed are the original parts installed by the manufacturer. I got both a GMC customer service agent and the local dealer service manager involved. Both parties agreed to step up and cover a majority of the cost. After reading other similar complaints on this website and other websites, GMC should consider implementing a recall for safety concerns of a fire starting. I also believe that I should not have to come up with any money for the repair; the repair should be 100% covered by GMC.

- Alamosa, CO, USA

problem #9

Oct 042014

Acadia 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
I noticed the passenger side drl was not functioning properly - it was out. I subsequently checked the passenger side headlight and found it was working intermittently as was the passenger side drl. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for further inspection. The inspection of the malfunctioning drl determined the housing had overheated and some of the wiring and the reflector for the drl were melted due to apparent overheating. As a result of the overheating, the entire headlamp assembly had to be replaced. Given the apparent heat build up in the headlamp assembly, this is a possible fire hazard. Additionally, given the intermittent operation of the headlamp adjacent to the drl this could be a safety hazard if both headlamps were to fail simultaneously while traversing a very dark country road at night. A review of the internet indicated this is an ongoing problem with this vehicle dating back to 2007.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #8

Sep 272014

Acadia 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
June 11th 2014, it was a Wednesday. I drove over a set of railroad tracks and all of a sudden my car starts beeping and flashing all of these lights at me. The park assist off, the traction control off, the service stabilitrak" and the ?check engine? lights all come on. We are in town and not going very fast so I don?T notice the car driving any differently at first. I stop and still everything seems fine, except for all these lights flashing at me. When I try to go again is when I realized that there is a problem. My car will not accelerate. I have the gas pushed all the way to the ground and my car is moving at like snail speed, I?M trying to make a left hand turn, up a hill, to get to the parking lot but my car literally will not move! vehicles are swerving to avoid crashing into us, I call a tow truck and my finance. When we do hear back from the GMC dealership they basically tell us that we?re idiots. They test drove the car and looked it over and hooked it up to their fancy machines and there?S nothing wrong with it. August 16th. My fiancÉ is driving, on a highway at 65 all of those same lights come on and my fiancÉ announces, ?omg samantha, I think it?S happening again. ? sure enough he is unable to accelerate and the vehicle stalls out in the middle of the road. Luckily for us this time we are on flat terrain and we are able to coast into my mother"S driveway. Because it is so late we decided to just go to bed and deal with it in the morning. In the morning, though, we get into the car and it drives perfectly fine. We drive 6 hours back to rapid city, with no issues, although we are sick to our stomachs. Saturday, September 27, 2014 the exact same thing happens. Dash reeds as this traction control off park assist off service traction control service stabilitrak

- Rapid City, SD, USA

problem #7

Jul 102014


  • miles
2011 GMC Acadia. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle ignition switch issues. The consumer stated the ignition shut off, as her father was driving. He was able to move off the interstate, put the vehicle in neutral and re-started the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. However, they were unable to find anything wrong.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #6

Apr 012014


  • 50,000 miles
The contacts owns a 2011 GMC Acadia. The contact stated that the front passenger side power window failed to activate. The contact also stated that the warning light to indicate that the hood was open illuminated, the turn signals failed, and none of the power locks inside the vehicle activated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Weldon, NC, USA

problem #5

Jun 172014

Acadia 6-cyl

  • 43,595 miles
The contact owns 2011 GMC Acadia. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the stalled without warning. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road and was restarted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 43,595. Updated 09/02/14 updated 09/11/14

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #4

Jun 172014


  • 22,000 miles
Daytime running light housing and wiring melted. Dealer refuses to fix and wants $1000 to repair what is now a known issue with the design. This is a fire hazard and will reoccur after replacement.

- O'fallon, MO, USA

problem #3

Mar 272014

Acadia 6-cyl

  • 35,950 miles
For two weeks leading up to the 3/27/14 incident, every time we started the car the air would not come on and we would have to manually turn the air on. When we turned the car off, the air would stay on. Two weeks later, when I was operating the vehicle, the gauges on the instrument panel started going haywire displaying dozens of messages, and the all of the gauges would shoot up, then bottom out at 0, then shoot up again, etc.. I turned the car off, and when I came back later to start it, the car wouldn't start but the electrical stuff came on. After several attempts to get the car to start, I roll down my windows and then try it again, and the car started. I drove it straight to the dealership. The dealership replaced the body control module and some wires and said they fixed the problem. Less than 48 hours later, the same thing with the gauges and warning lights happened. We immediately sent an email to the service department since it was the weekend and they were closed. On Monday, the car died again, but the radio kept coming on/off....I fiddled with the radio and the car started. I drove it straight to the dealership. They can't get the car to "mess up" again, and are waiting for it to do the same thing it did for me, so they can figure out how to fix it. I am concerned that the car is showing significant electrical problems that include safety equipment, yet GMC is ready to turn the car back on the road. Note: All recalls are up to date and the dealer has been in communication with GMC.

- Fort Smith, AR, USA

problem #2

May 272013


  • miles
Power window controls intermittently not working to close all passenger windows from driver door control panel. Only work around discovered is to lock/unlock windows and then close windows, works approx. 75% of time.

- Wisconsin Rapids, WI, USA

problem #1

May 052011


  • miles
My 2011 GMC Acadia (denali) has now been taken into the dealership 3 times (and likely an upcoming 4th) due to the right front power door lock and window (and rear hatch) working intermittently over the past year. They have tried to replaced the door module and reprogrammed it. The next time, they replaced both the male and female terminals in the connector and applied some grease. Not exactly sure what they did the third time. My concern is that it just happened again although after 24 hours it was fine. I understand GM currently has a recall out for SUVS but for more older vehicles = fire, smoke, other are linked to electrical problems with the door unit. Just wondering if my vehicle is having the same issue even though its 5 years newer. There has been no recall on my vehicle as of yet.

- Midland, MI, USA

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