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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,621 miles

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2006 Cadillac DTS lights problems

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2006 Cadillac DTS Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #49

Sep 132010

DTS

  • 42,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that the headlights would sporadically go out. The contact stated that in order for the lights to work, the headlight had to be switch on & off continuously. The dealer was made aware of the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 42,000.

- Little Valley , NY, USA

problem #48

Jun 022008

DTS

  • 25,000 miles
Low beam headlights flicker and/or go out while driving

- Harshaw, WI, USA

problem #47

Nov 132012

DTS

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. While driving various speeds, both headlights and tail lights flashed and lost power. The failure recurred on numerous occasion. The vehicle was never diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Middleville, MI, USA

problem #46

Sep 012014

DTS

  • 88,000 miles

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

The led rear tail light on the passenger side was defective. The light kept blowing fuses. I was not aware of the problem. I arrived home from work late after dark and noticed the tail light was not working. I think it had not been working for months and I didn't notice because it was summer. The problem was originally diagnosed as a blown fuse but after the fuse blew three times, the problem was diagnosed as a bad led light which caused the fuses to blow. The total cost to diagnose and replace the light was about $900. This was the second led light that I had to replace. I replaced a led brake light last year at at cost of about $500. This brake light was the large horizontal light that goes across the rear of the trunk.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #45

Apr 162007

DTS

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the head lamps powered off intermittently. The problem occurred numerous times. The dealer was contacted and the technician advised that the head lamps should be replaced. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.

- Warsaw, VA, USA

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problem #44

Aug 242014

DTS

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. While driving approximately 45 mph, all of the exterior lighting failed and the steering wheel seized. The contact also stated that the vehicle failed to respond when the brake pedal was depressed. As a result, the contact crashed the passenger side of the vehicle into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact and the passenger sustained neck and shoulder injuries, but medical attention was not received. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system). The approximate failure mileage was 89,000.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #43

Jun 262014

DTS

  • 22,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that the headlights flickered sporadically and became dim. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the head lamps bulbs needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 22,000.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #42

Jan 012013

DTS

  • 24,093 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that the headlights flickered sporadically and had become dimmer than normal. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the head lamps bulbs and the driver side headlight deflector needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 24,093.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #41

Nov 232011

DTS 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
While driving my car the right headlight will go off. You can turn the switch to the off position and then on again and the lights will come back on. After that sometimes both headlights will go and that's a very scary. Thing when you have the family that you love and care for in there with you...I have taken the car to the dealership and been told the balance controls are over heating, but in winter I can start the car in the drive way and the lights will flicker and go out both of them.....can GM stand behind there product so we can keep our hard earned dollars in America......

- Americus, GA, USA

problem #40

Jul 142013

DTS 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
We were traveling after dark when the headlights flickered a couple of times before going completely out. This has happened several times. Sometimes they flicker, one headlight goes out, or both go out momentarily. One time it happened when we were the only car on a dark highway and we were not able to see the highway or the shoulder. We had to open the front passenger door and look for the shoulder. We don't drive this car after dark. I don't understand why this issue has not been recalled. The dealer said that the failure has to happen while they are examining the car.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #39

Jun 202013

DTS

  • 80,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated the headlights were activated and would unexpectedly fail to illuminate as a result the contact was unable to view the road. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #38

May 182014

DTS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that the headlights would become abnormally dim without warning. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 59,000. Updated 8/11/14

- Mount Horeb , WI, USA

problem #37

Aug 012013

DTS

  • miles
2006 Cadillac Dts. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle headlight problems. The consumer noticed while driving at night, the headlights flickered and eventually went out. The consumer had to turn off the switch and turn it back on again, in order for the lights to come back on. He had to repeat the procedure over and over again.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #36

Dec 192013

DTS 8-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
While driving at night on I-70 my headlights when out. I pulled off the road for a minute or so and they started working. Occasionally they will blink and then settle down. In investing this on the computer I discovered this happens frequently on this model. I think the mfg. Should announce a recall on this defect. Visualize driving at 65 mph in total darkness.

- South Park, PA, USA

problem #35

Oct 012013

DTS

  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that the headlights failed. The failure was recurring however, the dealer was unable to correct the issue because the failure would only recur intermittently. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 127,000 and the current mileage was 130,000.

- Liberty , NC, USA

problem #34

Aug 152011

DTS

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that the passenger's side headlight failed intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated the passenger's side headlight would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure later occurred on the driver's side headlight. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Radcliff, KY, USA

problem #33

Oct 152013

DTS

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that the driver's side head light would fail sporadically. The contact mentioned that it was not the bulb burning since the light would illuminate intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 110,000 and the current mileage was 111,000.

- Encino, CA, USA

problem #32

Nov 052013

DTS 8-cyl

  • 66,023 miles
When headlights are on auto, or manual, the lights flicker, turn off, shut off while driving. I have to turn the headlights off and then back on thus far. I find this to be a safety issue and don't know the cause, have contacted General Motors to find if there are issues known to them.

- District Heights, MD, USA

problem #31

Sep 262009

DTS 8-cyl

  • 52,630 miles
While on a trip in Wisconsin, I was traveling at night on a 4-lane highway with two friends in the car at a speed of 65 mph. Both headlights went out with no indication of failure on the dash. Thankfully, we were the only ones on the road. I slowed down and pulled to the side as best as I could see. Upon stopping the car, I switched the light switch on and off several times until both headlights came on again. I pulled back on the road to proceed - again no indication on the dash that anything was wrong with the headlights. A few miles down the road, one headlight went out. I switched the headlights on-off several times and both came on again. I took the car to the dealer on 28sep2009 and they replaced both headlights under warranty. A few weeks later on 4dec2009, I returned the car to the dealer because the right headlight continued to go out with no indication on the dash. The dealer replaced the right headlamp and I had no further problems until recently. I returned the car to the dealer 8nov2013 because the left headlight would go out, come back on, go out, come back on, etc. With no warning or indication on the dash. This is a big safety issue!!!!! if you read some blogs on this problem on the internet, you will find that this is not a unique case - and there is no explanation why it occurs. If the headlights go out, you should get an indication on the dash that a lamp is bad. Certainly, both lights should never go out at once while you are traveling. It is extremely expensive to replace headlamps in this car >$550 per light!!!!! more importantly, I cannot believe there is no investigation into this problem.

- Long Grove, IL, USA

problem #30

Aug 022013

DTS 8-cyl

  • 80,200 miles
What would appear to be a burned out blinker bulb has now turned into a ridiculous mess especially with the few searches I have conducted on this issue so far especially owning the vehicle for less than 5 days (purchased used) not only is this a heat issue from the bulb the plastic housing has become so brittle that it is falling apart into small pieces & dust so, once my bulb fell out of its respective place in its socket it was resting on the housing I would say I have a uneven large opening the size of a tangerine where the blinker bulb used to reside. Good thing I checked to see where all the smoke was coming from and to investigate the burning going on I am extremely disappointed in what I have read about this thus far so much so, it makes me wonder about the rest of the vehicle it makes me wonder if I have made a mistake so to think that a new replacement cost well over $700 I am not happy over this issue over poor plastics deteriorating within 7 years in my case extremely disappointed...this is a Cadillac!!! my stance is...if Cadillac is not held responsibility for the quality of their parts or even their product then the manufacturers should be! and this is a safety issue in more than one way I do not have a usable blinker when wanting to make a right turn upon inspecting the burning smell & smoke I do believe a fire could have happened!

- North Arlington, NJ, USA

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