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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Hoses, Lines/Piping, And Fittings Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,218 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Cadillac CTS brakes problems

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2003 Cadillac CTS Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 012011


  • miles


2003 cadilac Cts. Consumer writes in regards to problems with brake system the consumer stated the metal brake line had to be replaced, due to severe corrosion. The consumer stated he received a recall letter two days later. Also, the struts, three wheel bearings, radiator, transmission cooler line also had to be replaced due to corrosion. The cruise control and gas tank, which was leaking had to replaced.

- East Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jan 102011

CTS 6-cyl

  • 59,225 miles
NHTSA campaign # 10V10500 re; Cadillac Cts models brake line corrosion problems does not go far enough in scope, in my opinion. Our recently purchased 2003 Cts had no record of compliance with this recall. In fact, both our local dealer and Cadillac corporate cust service said they showed this recall did not apply to our vechicle. Being skeptical of that assertion because this vehicle had spent it's first two years in Connecticut on lease, I had the brake system inspected at a local shop. They found (and I witnessed) the badly corroded brake hose fittings. As the mechanic pushed on the L.H. rubber sleeve covering the hose to metal tube junction to see the extent of the rust, the hose separated from the tube !! this with only the pressure applied with one finger !! we were one hard braking application from a possible accident !! but there are other areas of concern, and those are the metal tubing lines in the front of the chassis that are part of the hydraulic braking ( and anti-skid) systems. Many of these lines are heavily rusted, making them as much a contributor to brake failure as the hoses.! I believe these lines should be subject to a recall or expansion of the hose recall.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #5

Aug 042010

(reported on)

CTS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2003 Cadillac Cts. Consumer writes in regards to safety recall the consumer stated there is severe corrosion underneath the vehicle; especially on the gas and brake lines.

- Ponce, PR, USA

problem #4

Jun 062010

CTS 6-cyl

  • 13,300 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Cts. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number: 10V105000 component: Service brakes, hydraulic:foundation components:hoses, lines/piping, and fittings which was repaired. He is now experiencing corrosion underneath the vehicle for the service brakes hoses and fuel hoses. The dealer was contacted and stated that they would not repair the vehicle due to the fact that it was not included in the recall. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The failure and current mileage was 13300. Updated 10/05/10 the consumer stated the dealer only replaced the calipers. Updated 10/07/10

- Perla Del Sur, PR, USA

problem #3

Jul 182010


  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Cts. While driving 45 mph the brake hose failed causing the vehicle to shake uncontrollably. He had to drive onto the emergency lane with the brake, traction and the ABS warning lights illuminated. He was able to continue driving to his residence. The received GM recall notice no. 09149 for the brakes which is related to NHTSA#10V105000; service brakes, hydraulic: Foundation components: Hoses, lines/piping, and fittings. He took the vehicle to the dealer several times but the parts was not in stock. The dealer informed him that they would order the parts whenever they became available. The contact is concerned with the safety risk and the possibility that the parts were never ordered. He will take the vehicle back to the dealer since the failure had continued to occur. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were 96,000.

- Sayette, IA, USA

problem #2

Dec 132008


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated that in December 2009 while driving at a slow speed, she applied the brakes and they failed to operate. She had the brakes repaired at her expense. The contact was currently trying to get reimbursed because she believed recall 10V105000 (service brakes, hydraulic:foundation components:hoses, lines/piping, and fittings).is related to the failure. The contact also stated that the plastic containment module for the air bags protruded outward and was a safety concern. The dealer stated that because the vehicle was no longer under warranty, T he contact would be responsible for repair costs. The radio only received one channel. In addition, the moon roof made a groaning noise and opened whenever the vehicle was turned off. The failure mileage was approximately 30,000. The current mileage was approximately 42,000.

- Trenton , NJ, USA

problem #1

Sep 072004

CTS 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 13,000 miles
Recall 03V115000 concerning intermediate steering shaft bolt. While driving 5-10 mph vehicle suddenly lost, steering gear off to the right and hit a curb. This was the second incident that occurred with this issue. The consumer stated that at the time of the accident the break line was bad as indicated on the traction control indicator.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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