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2013 Cadillac ATS electrical NHTSA complaints: Electrical System

NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2013 Cadillac ATS (Page 1 of 2)


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,303 miles

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2013 Cadillac ATS electrical problems

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2013 Cadillac ATS Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

Oct 012017


  • 57,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Cadillac Ats. The contact stated that the cue system became inoperable. The vehicle was taken to a shirley Cadillac (10125 S cicero ave, oak lawn, il 60453. 800-338-4553) who diagnosed the vehicle and stated that the cue system had failed, but the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and directed the contact to NHTSA. The failure mileage was approximately 57,000. The VIN was not available.

- Oak Lawn, IL, USA

problem #27

Jul 312017


  • 59,996 miles
My cue system is frozen. It would work ok at times. But now it's frozen. Radio still works. But with voice commands only.!. dealer are wanting $900 to $1700 to repair.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #26

Oct 262017


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Cadillac Ats. While driving, the radio, air conditioner, heating system, and windshield defrosters became inoperable. The contact stated that the failures occurred twice. The vehicle was taken to North county Buick and Cadillac (1515 auto park way N, escondido, ca 92029, (760) 515-3511) where it was diagnosed that the radio needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The contact was offered a discount towards the replacement of the radio. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #25

Jun 022018


  • miles


The contact owns a 2013 Cadillac Ats. The contact stated that the cruise control failed to operate when engaged. In addition, the heating and air conditioning failed to operate correctly and the sun roof switch failed to open or close the sun roof completely. The vehicle was taken to gold coast Cadillac (2123 NJ-35, oakhurst, NJ 07755, (732) 695-1400), but no assistance was offered. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Spring Lake, NJ, USA

problem #24

Apr 262018


  • 64,613 miles
Warning lights & bells came on stearing and major system failure muscled car off the road frighting, if express way would have been a disaster! fortunately only going 30 miles per two lane road

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #23

Aug 012015

ATS 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Cadillac Ats. The contact stated that there were several progressing failures within months of owning the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to several independent mechanics who diagnosed that the intake O2 sensor may be the cause of the failures, but no data was found. The contact stated that there were electrical failures, the TPMS warning indicator kept illuminating, the vehicle was idling roughly, and there was a leak in the rear axle. In addition, an independent mechanic stated that there was a misfire on cylinder three. The dealer (peninsula Chevrolet, 4 heitzinger plaza, seaside, ca 93955, (831) 275-0933) diagnosed that there was a low rate of pressure in cylinder four. The manufacturer had been notified for months and was unable to provide a permanent solution. The manufacturer opted to refuse a buy back or trade in. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Seaside, CA, USA

problem #22

Jul 012017


  • 85,000 miles


2 sets of brand new micihlen tires were mounted onto my vehicle old tires were still in good shape but I was getting a rubbing sound from the tires after having the tires replace I'm still getting the same issue this sounds is more noticeable at a acceleration speed. (brakes are good) also with the lane departure it will go off at random times when I'm no where knew going over the street lines...

- Manahawkin, NJ, USA

problem #21

Apr 072017


  • 58,600 miles
Every other day the cue unit would loose sensibility, at first it would not recognize the bottom part of the screen, followed instructions on resetting the system still would not work couple of days later the whole screen would not work.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #20

May 282017


  • 67,000 miles
The cue system the touch screen to the information doesn't work in car. This screen contains heater and cooling info and setting, radio and navigation operations. The screen is frozen.

- Chillicothe, OH, USA

problem #19

Oct 142016


  • 57,958 miles
On my 2013 Cadillac Ats premium model my Cadillac cue system touch screen isn't working I've only had this car for three days from a dealer. I am not able to control the navigation system, the weather, radio settings, my climate control, and bluetooth. By researching on the internet I found that this is a very very very common problem with Cadillac in their touch screen technology.

- Bridgeville, DE, USA

problem #18

Aug 232016


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Cadillac Ats. The contact stated that the Cadillac user experience (cue) system failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the cue system needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000.

- Schertz, TX, USA

problem #17

Jul 262016


  • 52,000 miles
My sunroof will not close while parked my car did not start. The gauges and lights came on, but the car would not start while parked my defrost doesn't work on the front window when raining. The windshield is foggy while driving

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #16

Dec 152015


  • 35,000 miles
I wanted to provide additional information relative to recall no. 15299. This recall effected Cadillac Ats rear defrosters. The "fix" was to add software controls that minimized the risk of fire to some owner, but it certainly did not eliminate the risk. In fact I pointed out to Cadillac last year that there were still controls strategies that would could result in a fire. Meaning for some owners the recall would do nothing to minimize the risk of fire. When I expressed this to Cadillac they immediately stopped responding to my emails (attached). Since then Cadillac has quietly implemented an actual fix to the weak connectors. But they are not issuing this fix to all owners. Only to ones that complain about to lost features. Since this actual fix eliminates instead of reducing the life safety risk it must be added to the original recall.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #15

Oct 052015


  • miles
On both my Cadillac's, the que system is defective and is a safety hazard. If I have the que system set to either radio screen or navigation screens and I make a blue- tooth call. The display starts in either the radio screen or the nav screen. When I make the call, the screen changes to the telephone screen which is fine. But when I hang up, the screen remains in the telephone screen positon. I have to manually reach over, fumble around to find the icon to return it to the original position. This is dangerous and a safety problem and concern. It happened every time I make a call and I'm afraid this is going to cause an accident.

- Commerce, MI, USA

problem #14

May 052015


  • 14,000 miles
There is an automatic lock feature on this vehicle. If the key is left in the car, the driver's door is to remain unlocked. On May 5th 2015, this feature malfunctioned and locked all doors. The safety complaint I have is that my 19 month old baby was in the car when this happened. Fortunately, I was in my driveway and was able to locate my spare key within minutes and get her out. I live in AZ. If this were to happen away from home on a hot summer day, the outcome could have ended up in fatality. Please suggest a recall so this can never happen to anyone.

- Casa Grande, AZ, USA

problem #13

Feb 052014


  • 3,308 miles
I have had 4 recalls on my Ats since purchase June 2013. Starting 2/5/14 with only 3308mi taken the car in several times for squeaking sound when backing out of my garage complained after fourth visit with the same complaint and listening to the dealer to say that was normal final on 5th visit on 12/10/14 7960mi final solve the problem. Several complaints about when back windows are roll down there is a loud squealing sound that hurts your ear and distract your driving again I was told that was normal how can that be normal when you can't roll back window down for fresh air. All so complained about losing radio signal on several occasions penske reprogrammed. Replaced weather strip around front doors driver& pass side 8/20/14 6521mi. Several complaints about how rough the engine runs when stop at red light on 12/10/14 reprogrammed engine. Is there any safety station I can take my car for safety check. I am afraid to even drive this car on the freeway at high speed. I paid over $37,000 the car has been in the shop more than the previous car I was driving which was 2001 Buick Lesabre. I don't feel that penske Cadillac is being honest with problem I was told that the loud noise from driving is coming from exhaust system. Please advise on where I can go to get a second opinion without voiding my warranty. What is the lemon law regarding these issues? I really don't feel that I brought a new car by all the trouble this car is giving me. Back and forth for repairs.

- Gardena, CA, USA

problem #12

Feb 282014

ATS 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
I was driving down the street and the car turned completely off and then I panicked, hit the clutch, put the car in neutral, and hit the start button twice to restart the car. I took it into the dealership and they told me they couldn't find an issue after driving the car for 2.2 miles. They advised me to continue driving the car and risk my safety on the road. The consumer stated he took the vehicle to the repair shop three times, for the same issue.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #11

Feb 012014


  • 14,000 miles
Turned car off. Started 5 mins later moved just a couple miles and hour and power steering and power brakes went out. Turned car off and worked after that.

- West Warwick, RI, USA

problem #10

Apr 082014


  • 3,920 miles
The vehicle stalled while sitting in neutral, waiting at a red light. The air conditioning was running. The engine runs so quietly that from inside the vehicle I would not have been able to tell the engine had shut off if the A/C had not stopped blowing. I restarted the vehicle and an alert came on the dash screen stating: Service power steering, drive with care. I was approximately 3/4 of a mile from my home coming downhill on a quiet neighborhood street so I carefully drove the vehicle home and parked in the garage while I called the service department at my local Cadillac dealership. He told me the power steering is controlled by the electrical system may have glitched when I restarted the vehicle and not been activated. He said I could restart the vehicle after 30 seconds and the power steering should function properly again. He told me if there is an issue I can have GM tow the vehicle in, or if the power steering begins to function again I can drive it in to have it serviced. Once I restarted the vehicle the power steering was functioning properly. I will be having Cadillac look at the vehicle this afternoon.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #9

Jan 092013


  • 3,500 miles
I have two issues to report that may be a safety concern: 1) there have been multiple times when driving in wet conditions (rain/snow) where I will get a 'power steering failure' warning. When this happens the power steering does one of two things. It either almost locks up and becomes extremely hard to turn the wheel, or it will still move easily, but it won't auto center when making turns. I have reported this to the dealer and they said it was a bad steering angle sensor. They replaced the sensor but the issue is not resolved and now that it's snowing it's happening more and more consistently. 2) there have been 3 cases where I was driving and coming to a stop and the car will just randomly shut down. I lose all ability to steer (since it's electric steering) and brake. This stall is different then a stall associated misuse of the clutch. The clutch has been pressed in all the way in when this happens and the car doesn't shutter like a clutch stall, just totally shuts down quietly. Luckily there has not been an accident yet, but if this happens when there are multiple cars around me it will be difficulty to avoid one.

- Rochester, NY, USA

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