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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,281 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.

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2005 Cadillac STS Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 282013


  • 11,000 miles


I was driving my 2005 Cadillac Sts doing about 45 miles and all of a sudden my car lost control. I put on brakes and my car would not stop. I tried steering to the left to avoid trees and my car would not turn it appeared that my accelerator was stuck and my steering wheel would not turn. My car hit three trees and when it struck the third tree I kept applying the brakes it still wouldn't stop then I turned my car off and that's the only way I got it to stop. My back wheel on the passenger side came off and my car was totaled. My air bag did not deploy. I spoke with gmac claims representative and he stated that it was normal for the air bag not to deploy. He also, stated that the air bag indicated that I had applied the accelerator when I know that I did not. I am terrified from this accident and this is the first accident I have ever had and I do not drink or take drugs. I asked the representative did the black box indicate that I had to turn the car off to stop it and representative stated no, then I asked him to tell me how the car stopped. If I had not turned the car off it would not have stopped and I would not be here today. Gmac denied my claim and stated that it was my fault.

- Cordova, TN, USA

problem #4

May 152013


  • 123,000 miles
While driving my 2005 Cadillac Sts in afternoon rush hour traffic the car suddenly loss acceleration. The car would not maintain speed (60 mph) while driving on the freeway. Had to exit freeway. The car continued to operate only at idle. Everything else was working, but could not get the car to respond to the throttle pedal. Was able to slowly exit and enter a parking lot. Restarted the car and was able to drive off normally. After a few minutes the problem recurred. The dealer had the car 4 different times (over a month total) and was not able to resolve the problem. The dealer indicated a $4000 cable harness assembly has to be replaced, but did not guarantee it will correct the problem. Throttle body, throttle position sensors have been replaced without results. The car did operate normal for over a month with new throttle body. After visiting the dealer for another issue the throttle problem recurred.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 072009


  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Sts. During brake application, he experienced unintended vehicle acceleration. As a consequence he crashed into a tree. The vehicle was taken to the dealership, but the technicians could not identify the cause of the failure. The failure mileage was 74,000.

- Sanford, NC, USA

problem #2

Apr 072008

STS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,880 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Sts. While driving 15 mph, the sybilla track light illuminated and the rear of the vehicle began sliding to the left. The contact depressed the brake pedal and the light illuminated again. The vehicle struck the guardrail and caused $7,014.75 worth of damage. The contact was injured. The ABS did not malfunction at all. Onstar stated that the yaw rate sensor malfunctioned. The vehicle was taken to a body shop in springfield, va. The purchase date was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 50,880.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

problem #1

Mar 242006


  • 15,526 miles
The consumer has problems with the vehicle not wanting to start. The consumer was told that since the vehicle is completely electric that sometimes the circuits or transmitters blow out, 2005 Cadillac Sts. While approaching a red light the brakes failed and the vehicle's speed increased. The consumer purposely ran into a divider to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it remained for 45 days.

- Park Ridge, NJ, USA

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