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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,500 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.

2004 Cadillac XLR brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Cadillac XLR Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 072013


  • 17,000 miles


My 2004 Cadillac Xlr applied the front left brake only and illuminated the stability control light causing a brief and severe swerve for about 1 second. I pulled over and shut the car off and restarted. Everything was fine for about 4 months when it did it again, luckily no one in my path of travel. Most recently it did it again about one month ago, same wheel, same speed. I am very mechanically inclined and performed a thorough inspection and I cannot find anything wrong. I am not the only one having this very unsafe problem with a pretty expensive car! my car now has just about 18,500 miles and I'm wondering when it'll happen again! I want to drive my car and enjoy it but, I'm nervous and I find myself gripping the steering wheel tighter everytime I drive it now.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 272013


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Cadillac Xlr. The contact stated that the steering wheel would emit an abnormal noise when turned in either direction. Also, the contact was traveling approximately 40 mph when the stability control warning light illuminated. The contact applied the brakes for a traffic stop and the brakes seized, causing the contact to crash into the passenger's side of another vehicle. The ABS traction control warning light also illuminated after the failure occurred. There were no injuries and a police report was filed of the incident. The contact also stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 05V046000 (vehicle speed control). The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on multiple occasions however, the dealer was not able to duplicate or repair the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000. Updated 05/28/14 MA the consumer stated the axel was replaced and repaired. Updated 05/30/2014

- Denver, CO, USA

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