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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,069 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.

2001 Cadillac DeVille engine problems

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2001 Cadillac DeVille Owner Comments

problem #11

Nov 012010

DeVille 4-cyl

  • miles


2001 Cadillac Deville. Consumer states vehicle would not stay in park. The consumer also stated the vehicle just stopped, for no reason. The dealer replaced the brake light switch, the idle control valve, the belt tensioner and crank and oil sensors.

- Guymon, OK, USA

problem #10

Oct 202010


  • 43,000 miles
2001 Deville car dies when ever it wants for no reason. Why has there been no recalls for this engine that is on many years. Sensors replacing does no good and the fuel filter change and fuel pump does no good. And replacing the battery does no good. It is the engine and no one has a cure. When someone gets killed maybe there will be a recall then.

- Prairie View, IL, USA

problem #9

Apr 072001


  • 89,000 miles
I have a 2001 Cadillac dts the engine take excessive amounts of oil and a coolant absorption that cause overheating and constant engine work. I was told at the Cadillac dealership this is a common problem with the Cadillac North star engine. The engine shuts offs when the car runs hot and my safety was in jeopardy due to this known failure. GM should fix these known safety issues with cars with this issue at no cost to the customer. These issues normally range from $1000-$4000 to repair.

- Dacula, GA, USA

problem #8

Nov 142008

(reported on)


  • miles


2001 Cadillac Deville has a stalling problem. Consumer wants to know why GM has not issued a recall for this problem. The consumer was told that one of the two crankshaft sensors appeared to be the reason for the stalling, but the consumer would be responsible for the cost of the repair.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #7

Dec 202007

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles
Engine overheated and was taken to dealership. They are saying that the cause of this is the bolts holding the engine block together got loose, and this is a common problem with this engines. The cost of repair will be more than $4000. The extended warranty will not covered this because they said is a manufacturer defect. I check on line and a lot of people are having the same problem, . ( it will also use an extra qt of oil between oil changes.) every says this is normal for this engines. So my question is: If every body knows about the problems with the North star engine, why is it that Cadillac is not forced to recall all this cars and pay for their defective engine repairs"??????"

- Wapello, IA, USA

problem #6

Feb 092005

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,501 miles
The consumer stated 2001 Cadillac Deville was stalling and jumping. This is happening intermittently. The consumer has taken the car to the dealership for repairs 4 times. They could not find the cause of the problem. The car was stalling even in the driveway. The consumer is getting a rental when the dealer is working on the car. The car has had diagnostic testing done. The owner says that the car is under warranty. The dealer can not get the car into the shop till next week. And the owner is now going to have to pay for the rental fee from the dealership. The owner is having issues on her warranty also. The dealer has replaced sensors, gaskets and rotors, motor mounts, reprogrammed the computer. The owner does have any idea on the cause. The component that I am choosing is other. No one knows what is wrong with the car. Speed is not a factor.

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

problem #5

Dec 012004

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles


While driving, the car stalled. There was no prior warning and this can happen at any time the car is running. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer. They stated this was a common problem they have replaced the part that causes this crank sensors to fail. The consumer replaced the part in his car at a cost of $380. The problem started in Dec. 2004 until Feb. 2005 on a weekly the car would completely stop running.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 192004

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,060 miles
While driving, the engine completely shut down. There was no warning. The consumer took the vehicle into a Cadillac dealer the next day. The dealer replaced an ab crank sensor.

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #3

Sep 012004

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,199 miles
While driving vehicle stalled. Consumer restarted vehicle, applied the brakes, and the pedal went to the floor. Vehicle shut down. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the crank shaft sensor needed to be replaced. The consumer stated that on several occasions the engine would die as he came to a stop at intersections. While driving the vehicle would jerk and the engine would die for 1 to 2 seconds then start again. While the engine dies there is no power brake or steering. The vehicle became hard to start.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 012004


  • 38,000 miles
While driving 10 mph vehicle stalled. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #1

Feb 282003

DeVille 8-cyl

  • miles
While driving and without warning vehicle stalled, and driver was forced to pull over..

- Brevard, NC, USA

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