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3.5

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,605 miles

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2008 Cadillac CTS electrical problems

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2008 Cadillac CTS Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Jun 042016

CTS

  • miles

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

My sunroof drain is often clogged resulting in the interior being soaked during slight or heavy rain fall. Maintenance has been done several times to no avail. Also whenever the weather is warm outside, the back doors will not unlock from the outside or when exiting the car. I always have to manually lock the doors upon leaving the vehicle. These problems have been virtually present since the car was purchased and have become a nightmare. The water log inside the vehicle almost always happen when the car is stationary.

- East Hartford, CT, USA

problem #22

May 252016

CTS

  • 147,000 miles
The D/S door will not unlock or open from the outside. Read numerous complaints on same issue and no recall issued

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #21

Oct 102015

CTS

  • 174,000 miles
The problem started with the timing chain, which led to coil issues and catalytic converters issues which led to low head beams constantly burning out. Everytime work is done it causes a chain reaction to other parts in the car that requires more and more money. Now the engine light is still on and I am told that since the first catalytic converter was repaired, the second one now needs replacing and the low head beam on the passenger side has wiring issues that will not allow the new bulb to burn, I am told that the wiring appears to be spliced. The catalytic converter was replaced in April and so was the low beam bulb. Headlight was replaced in April, 2015 it is not working today and was told by dealership that the wiring had been spliced or burned out. Radio speakers do not work and all was centered around issues with coils and catalytic coverters.

- Reidsville, NC, USA

problem #20

Mar 022015

CTS

  • 67,000 miles

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

Intermittently, the door locks do not lock/unlock with the remote. The safety concern is ingress/egress from the vehicle.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #19

Sep 212011

CTS 6-cyl

  • miles
There is a water leak occurring from the sunroof. The sunroof drains continuously get clogged. In result, the interior of the car gets extremely wet. This occurred on September 21, 2011 then has now happened in the same exact drain on May 05, 2015. When I started the car after discovering the water for the second time the passenger rear window rolled down on its own and will no longer operate. Who knows what other electrical issues will occur" does this put me at harm" also, now with all the moisture inside the car, this is ruining the interior of my car! the worst part is that due to the moisture in the vehicle the inside of the windows fog up while driving. This is definitely putting me and other drivers on the road in harms way because it is interrupting my visibility while driving and I don't feel safe when this occurs. I don't understand how the drains are getting clogged, I don't park under trees and my car is covered almost year round. This is not acceptable and I feel like there needs to be change.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #18

Nov 062014

CTS

  • 74,000 miles
I was driving in a parking garage so my speed was about 5-10mph when the whole system shut down. The car stopped moving and all of the system warnings popped off (ABS, stabiltrack, engine). The car would not turn back on. I had it towed to the shop where I was told that it was an electrical problem. The PCM was replaced and I was told that the problem was fixed. Cost was approx $200. After the original system shut down, I was driving on an exit ramp to the interstate when once again the whole system shut down. All of the system warnings popped up and the car would not turn back on. The car was towed once again to the dealership where I was told that it wasn't the PCM and that they would have to charge me $265 to investigate the problem. The problem was said to be the electrical wiring on the drivers side from the front of the car to the back of the car. It was fixed for approx $800. Each of the system shut downs happened within 6 months of each other while operating the vehicle. This is very dangerous and makes me feel very unsafe about operating the vehicle. This needs to be investigated for the safety of drivers.

- Norwood , PA, USA

problem #17

Mar 022015

CTS 6-cyl

  • miles

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

2008 Cadillac Cts. Consumer writes in regards to recall parts are unavailable to complete recall #14V394000.

- Marshallville, GA, USA

problem #16

Dec 222014

CTS 6-cyl

  • 84,178 miles
Attempted to start the car while it was parked in the garage, but it would not crank and the dashboard display indicated a problem with the stabilizer. Also, the seats could not be moved, could not place the transmission in neutral, the door would automatically lock, and the lights would flicker off and on. I attempted to use brand new booster cables (positive to positive/negative to negative) at the remote terminals but stopped trying to connect from the charged battery due to sparking as though I was reversing my polar connections; at one point, I saw a flicker of flames and I never started the booster vehicle (12 volt). I had a wrecker attendant to try my booster cables and he attempted to charge with the connection directly to the battery and with the booster car started which created smoke and over heated cables. At the dealership, where the car was taken, I was told the positive cable was useless and the battery had a dead cell. This was very costly. I retrieved my car after about 11 days and parked it directly in the garage. The next day, I attempted to start the car and the same issue surfaced. Had it moved by wrecker again, and I am being told that they jumped the battery and started the car, but had not determine the drain on the battery.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #15

Dec 182014

CTS

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Cadillac Cts. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V394000 (electrical system) however, 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 manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Murrells Inlet, SC, USA

problem #14

Dec 022014

CTS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Cadillac Cts. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign id number: 14V394000 (electrical system) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to repair the vehicle. The dealer was unable to inform when the part would become available. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 1/7/15

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #13

Nov 062014

CTS

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Cadillac Cts. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V394000 (electrical system) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Union City, TN, USA

problem #12

Nov 052014

CTS

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Cadillac Cts. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V394000 (electrical system). However, the parts needed were unavailable. The dealer was uncertain when the parts would become available. The manufacturer had not been notified of the problem. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Sterlington, LA, USA

problem #11

Sep 152014

CTS

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 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 contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Connellsville, PA, USA

problem #10

Jun 152014

CTS

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled several times intermittently. While traveling on a major highway at an unknown speed, all of the instrument panel indicators illuminated each time the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was able to be restarted after several attempts. The key would also not turn into the on position on several occasions. The windows would roll down on their own on the rear driver and rear passenger side. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer more than once, but the dealer was not able to replicate or diagnose the failures. The manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #9

Sep 012013

CTS

  • miles
For quite some time now I've been experiencing problems with locking/unlocking rear doors. Rear doors will not lock/unlock with keyless entry or front/passenger door pads. I have to manually cling to back to unlock doors. Have purchased several batteries for keyless remote. Due to doors remaining unlocked I cannot auto start vehicle unless I manually lock doors myself. Also computer is not recognizing keyless remote. I have purchased several batteries within the past 8 months. Car always tell me keyless remote not detected. To crank car I have to put keyless remote in middle of console to ignite. Both issues are very annoying and unsafe.

- Milledgeville, GA, USA

problem #8

Sep 282013

CTS 6-cyl

  • 39,806 miles
Total drainage of power battery drained everything comes on but the ignition has no power.

- Channelview, TX, USA

problem #7

Apr 222013

CTS

  • 105,834 miles
There have been multiple electrical problems with the Cts starting with wiring melt down in the front end. Recently, both the driver side and passenger side door latch assembly's went bad resulting in situations where the doors could not be opened from the outside or inside. If there had been an accident, the doors would not have opened and the driver or passenger would not have been able to open them from the inside.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #6

Jan 242012

CTS 6-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated that the entire center console malfunctioned and all of the electrical components were no longer functional. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer to have the center console replaced. The repair did not remedy the issue. The failure mileage was 19,000.

- Pemberton, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jan 102009

CTS 6-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
The car has had 7 batteries replaced. It has been towed three times to two different dealerships. When the failure occurs the door lock, the engine will not start, lights will not work, the car is completely dead. The last time my wife went one mile and the lights, radio, air conditioning and doors locked and would not open. She could not get the key out of the ignition. The door was opened and the car sat for two hours. When she went back to the car everything worked like nothing happened. She drove home and the next morning the battery was dead. It was towed to the dealership and the odor of burning wiring was obvious. One week later the dealer service department called to inform me that the fuse block was replaced and the radio caused the problem. The car was leased and I just returned it with 17,890 miles. We went out and purchased another car when they said the wiring and fuse block was burnt. We just let it sit in the driveway until the lease run out.

- The Villages, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 012010

CTS

  • 38,000 miles
Car sometimes doesn't recognize both electronic key-fobs preventing me from unlocking/locking & starting the car because. Problem recurs periodically. Replaced battery but problem keeps happening. Dealer says they cant duplicate problem.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

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