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6.3

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,960 miles

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2003 Cadillac CTS lights problems

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2003 Cadillac CTS Owner Comments

problem #12

Jan 012008

CTS

  • 60,000 miles

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

Headlight cover on Cadillac Cts 2003 develops cracking and spider webs, such that visibility is diminished. I have noticed this on all older Cts vehicles in the phoenix area. It may be due to the sun. However, this problem does not appear on other older vehicle headlamps. The dealer will not repair despite extended warranty. Repair can only be done via replacement on the entire headlamp assembly which costs in excess of $1,300 plus labor by a GM dealer.

- Goodyear, AZ, USA

problem #11

Apr 242007

CTS

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Low beams on the headlights has a black bar in my line of vision. Creates a "blind" spot and makes night driving on the country roads near my home dangerous. It also creates an area of darkness that doesn't light up stop signs or intersections along these roads. I feel this should be something that has to be corrected!! I drive along these roadways while it is dark twice a day 4 times a week on my way to and from work. I would feel more comfortable if my entire line of vision was lit up. Thankfully I have the use of the high beams that do not have this dark bar.

- Latrobe, PW, USA

problem #10

Oct 032006

CTS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Headlights project a black bar at night across roadway, making it difficult to see and obstructs street signs. Talked to dealer several times about this problem but was told that nothing could be done about it.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #9

Jul 262005

CTS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

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

2003 Cadillac Cts. Safety defect included the low beam lights. A shadow is present when the lights are on low beam. Contacted the local dealership and they told the consumer that they would fix the problem for 50% of the cost. While going around curves or on a hill one can see a shadow. Incident date was July 26, 2005. No crashes, no police reports, no injuries. Updated 11/2/2005.

- Hesperia, CA, USA

problem #8

Dec 262002

CTS 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
Dark bar obstructing night lumination. Have had the lights adjusted three times. Cadillac will not correct. Unable to drive car safely at night. Light shines as far as the top of trees and underpasses. On coming drivers flash their lights as if I have my high beams on.

- Winters, CA, USA

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problem #7

Apr 152004

CTS

  • miles
Hid headlights S.U.C.K., in almost all instances where I have had the misforune of having a vehicle so equiped coming at me I have had to shield my eyes because of the glare and eye strain. Knowing that dot and associated agencies seem to have a regulation for everything automotive. I thought maybe a useful regulation could be enacted regarding these safety hazards that the "big 3" are trying to pass off as headlights. I am now living in europe and here headlights don't glare drivers like us spec lights do. Why does the rest of the world have real headlighs and in the us we have to have these poorly aimed "flood lights". current us headlights are in serious need of a new standard that matches the rest of the world. That way I, and the rest of the motoring public, won't have to drive with sunglasses on at night.

- Apo, NY, USA

problem #6

Nov 232003

CTS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,316 miles

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

When the headlights were on low beam they produced a dark spot. As a result, vision is impaired.

- Durant, OK, USA

problem #5

Oct 152002

CTS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
(corrected complaint) headlight low beam on the Cadillac Cts 2003 has a black bar that reduces vision to about 75 feet and on dark country roads, this shortened vision is extremely dangerous. The headlight should be a recall before serious accidents occur as a result of this condition. What was Cadillac thinking? Cadillac doesn't seem to think there is a problem but obviously they don't ever drive their product on dark roads at night. This headlight problem needs to be corrected!! it is awful!

- Green Cove Springs, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 102003

(reported on)

CTS

  • miles
There was a spot in the headlights which caused low visibility at night.

- Aptos, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 012001

CTS

  • Manual transmission
  • 200 miles
Consumer states vehicle head light has a purple line through head light lens. Dealer has been contacted.

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 172002

CTS

  • miles
Headlights project black bar across roadway obstructing street signs, stop signes, etc.

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #1

Nov 132002

(reported on)

CTS

  • miles
A black bar appears about 75 feet in front of the car with the low beams on. This is particularly noticeable when driving along narrow country roads in the area in which I live. I feel that this is an unsafe design and have reported it as such to Cadillac but the company doesn't see anything wrong with a low beam system that has a built in blind area in the projected beam in the drivers line of sight. Request you investigate this safety complaint please.

- Woodville, TX, USA

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