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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,245 miles

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2003 Cadillac CTS electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Cadillac CTS Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #35

Apr 282014

CTS

  • 50,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owned a 2003 Cadillac Cts. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact turned sharply to avoid an animal. The engine stalled, but the vehicle continued to coast and crashed into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy and the contact was launched through the windshield. The contact sustained lower back, neck, and head injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V394000 (electrical system); however, the failure was already experienced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Holly Hill, FL, USA

problem #34

Jun 052015

CTS

  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 25 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle had to cool down completely before the vehicle restarted. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V394000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was approximately 67,000.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #33

May 282014

CTS

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Cts. While driving approximately 15 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. After restarting, the vehicle resumed normally. The failure recurred on a separate occasion. The vehicle was serviced six months ago under NHTSA campaign number: 14V394000 (electrical system) however, the remedy failed to correct the failure. The vehicle was not repaired for the most recent failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #32

Oct 202014

CTS

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Cts. Since the contact has owned the vehicle, there was an intermittent short pertaining to the connection of the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The vehicle was to be further inspected and diagnosed to determine if there was an electrical malfunction. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #31

Nov 152014

CTS

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated that the key was difficult to insert, remove, and turn to start the ignition. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V394000 (electrical system) and was repaired, but the failure recurred and worsened. While at a stop light, the vehicle stalled. The contact was not able to turn the key to restart and drive the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the authorized dealer for further inspection. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000.

- Lauderhill, FL, USA

problem #30

Dec 012014

CTS 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Cadillac Cts consumer having computer problems with the keys and can't get in the car or trunk. The dealer informed the consumer, they would put him on a list, as the parts were not available for the ignition recall.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #29

Mar 012014

CTS

  • 127,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated while driving approximately 50 mph, the engine stalled. As a result, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the vehicle pushing it off the road. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained back injuries that required medical attention and the other driver sustained hip injuries that also required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was restarted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign id number: 14V394000 (electrical system). However, the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 127,000.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #28

Aug 012014

CTS

  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the air bag module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact also stated that while driving at 3 mph, the vehicle suddenly shut off due to the key fob making contact with the driver's knee. The vehicle was able to restart. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number 14V394000 (electrical system) was previously performed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 28,000.

- Belleville, IL, USA

problem #27

Nov 052014

CTS

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Cts. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number: 14V394000 (electrical system) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to perform the repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- St. Petersburg , FL, USA

problem #26

May 012011

CTS 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Cadillac Cts. Consumer writes in regards to GM recall #14172.* ld the consumer stated in May 2011, while driving, the vehicle cut off in traffic. When the consumer arrived home, she/he was unable to remove the key from the ignition switch. The vehicle shut down, and he/she was unable to re-start it. Three years later, the consumer experienced the same problem. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, the next day. An inspected revealed a problem with the computer, and replaced the ECM.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #25

Oct 152014

CTS 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Cts. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle crashed into a tree and the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and no injuries were sustained. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 145,000. Updated 11/19/14

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #24

Oct 102014

CTS

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Cts. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 10V105000 (service brakes, hydraulic) and NHTSA campaign number: 14V394000 (electrical system). The contact stated that the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The contact did not experience a failure.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #23

Oct 012014

CTS

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Cts. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign 14V394000 (electrical system). However, the parts needed were unavailable. The dealer was uncertain when the parts would become available to service the vehicle under the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the problem and they informed the contact that the parts were available. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #22

Aug 082014

CTS 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
The contact owned a 2003 Cadillac Cts. After the vehicle was parked, there was an explosion and the vehicle caught fire without warning. The fire department extinguished the fire. The source of the fire was unknown. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 74,000. Updated 10/30/14 updated 7/9/2015

- Hudsonville , MI, USA

problem #21

Sep 232014

CTS

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Cts. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V394000 (electrical system); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #20

Aug 082014

CTS

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated while driving 10 mph, the vehicle stalled as multiple warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the electric control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #19

Sep 052014

CTS 6-cyl

  • 92,509 miles
While entering the highway at about 50mph I noticed well into a left veering merge, that my vehicle engine had shut off. All the accessories were still running as far as radio and air conditioner while the battery light flashed on the dash. My steering wheel locked in a cocked position as well as losing the ability to stop the vehicle with the brakes. I was forced to slam the emergency brake to the floor to get my vehicle to stop before being crunched from oncoming highway traffic at 60 to 80+ mph. While also trying to avoid from being rear ended! once I finally got the vehicle stopped I was able place it into park and turn the key to the "off" position. After restarting the ignition the car seemed fine.

- Aliquippa, PA, USA

problem #18

Jun 252014

CTS 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
While driving turning left onto an expressway entrance my engine shut down I believe it was the ignition switch. I've taken the vehicle to the dealer numerous times and they can't seem to find a solution. I am in fear that one day this car will lose power at the wrong time and cause a serious if not fatal accident. I would like the problem fixed or a reimbursement to invest in a new vehicle before it is too late.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #17

Jan 012008

CTS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,730 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated that the vehicle exhibited a recurring stalling failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer numerous times where several unknown repairs were performed on the vehicle but to no avail. The failure mileage was 59,730 and the current mileage was 79,000. Updated 06/30/14 MA updated 07/3/2014

- Murrells Inlet , SC, USA

problem #16

Feb 012006

CTS

  • 30,000 miles
Since I purchased the vehicle used from a Cadillac dealer I had experienced the vehicle would shut down when the vehicle would hit a pot hole or hard bump. I had dealership and several mechanics from other garages over the years check for engine shut down. No one was able to replicate the issue. Recently the news has been discussing issues with General Motors ignition problems. I went out to my vehicle and started it, put the vehicle in drive and smacked my key ring and the vehicle stalled. My primer key ring contains a large number of keys with weight to them when I would drop of the vehicle I would always leave a single key. Since the news broadcast I have only used a single key and have had no additional issues. I would like someone to address my complaint or examine my vehicle because I see no information indicating that the Cadillac models are involved in this issue. I believe that this problem is more widespread. This stalling has happen several times over the years. On of the most critical incidents occurred on a rainy night while traveling in the left lane of a 4 lane limited access highway. I struck a large pothole and the vehicle shut down. Being a very experienced driver I placed the car in neutral and attempted to restart the vehicle. There was no response to this attempt. There was no left shoulder so I activated the emergency flashers, brought the vehicle to a stop and placed the vehicle in park. Again an attempt was made to start the vehicle with no success. The key was removed, placed back into the ignition switch at which time the vehicle restarted. This incident almost caused a high speed rear end collision because I was unable to get off the roadway.

- Glenside, PA, USA

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