NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2007 Cadillac CTS (Page 2 of 2)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,013 miles

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2007 Cadillac CTS electrical problems

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2007 Cadillac CTS Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #9

Aug 012014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2007 Cadillac Cts. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V394000 (electrical system); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The dealer was unable to provide an expected date for when the part would become available. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #8

Sep 172014


  • 132,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Cadillac Cts. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle decelerated and stalled. The steering wheel seized and became difficult to turn. The brakes also became difficult to engage. Due to the failures, the contact crashed the vehicle into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. After the crash, the contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V394000 (ignition switch). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 132,000.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #7

Sep 182014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Cadillac Cts. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V394000 (electrical system); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Mountainside , NJ, USA

problem #6

Dec 082013


  • 127,435 miles


I was driving on I-75 in monroe, Michigan. When another vehicle ventured or steered into my lane, where my 2007 Cadillac Cts was cut off/bumped causing a frontal and back impact to the vehicle. The car bags did not deploy, the brakes did not stop the car and the ignition switch locked. According to the insurance company, the car was a total loss.

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #5

Mar 202010


  • 25,671 miles
I purchased a used 2007 Cadillac Cts in November 2009. From that time, it always hesitates with the first forward acceleration of the morning, and then has a forceful acceleration as it overcomes the hesitation/almost stalling, and then drives normally. As this was a new car for me, I thought that maybe the car needed to warm up due to the cold weather over winter. Once the temperatures increased, the car continued to experience the problem - daily. The car is at the dealer again - 5th visit since March 2010. The first visit they found nothing, the second visit found a worn timing belt, third visit found nothing, fourth visit took 5 days and found connectivity errors with the drive-wire system. There was an erratic signal from tac module; replaced terminals circuit # 581 & #582 (throttle actuator). The repairs did not fix the issue and I took the car back after 3 days for the 5th visit. The dealer has indicated that they have replicated the problem, but do not know how to solve it. This complaint has been escalated up to the district-level support and I am now waiting for GM to send an engineer to the dealership to try to figure out how to solve the problem. It is frightening to drive a car that repeatedly wants to stall and then over-accelerates to overcome the problem causing the hesitation. It is also frightening that it is taking 5 visits for the dealer to recognize the serious nature of this problem, with no solution in sight. It is unsafe to drive a car that randomly tries to stall, and then overcompensates by a strong/forceful acceleration.

- Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

problem #4

Jul 262008


  • 27,800 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Cadillac Cts. When the vehicle was first purchased, the contact noticed that it would shake when starting. In addition, the radio and cruise control failed. The dealer stated that there were no failures with the vehicle. While driving 10-15 mph into a parking lot, the contact noticed black smoke under the hood of the vehicle. She pulled over, raised the hood, and flames engulfed the vehicle. The police contained the fire and filed a report. The failure and current mileages were 27,800.

- Fayettville, NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 112008


  • 4,833 miles


Mileage: 4,833 I had been waiting in line at a carwash, and when it was my turn to enter, I began to slowly move forward. As I was inching forward, my car began to move faster than it should. I applied the brake, but I did not have any and my steering was locked. It felt like my car stalled, but at the same time, it kept moving forward. Fortunately, I was able to engage my emergency brake to prevent me from crashing. This is the 2nd time this has happened. The first time was in August of '07. That time, I was parked at the top of my sloped driveway. The car lurched forward and I had no brakes or steering and my car rolled down the hill and into a brick wall. I ended up in the er with a neck injury. The dealership found nothing. My car has been in and out of the dealership for various problems tied to the electrical system of the car. (ex. The traction control would engage inappropriately or would stop me dead in the middle of the road, the trunk came open while I was driving, it would have pickup hesitation, it would also feel as if it were accelerating itself while I was driving, my oil life reading was off by 38%, car had to be reprogrammed because the power train system detected a malfunction in the engine control system, the gas gauge and low fuel warning lights are not performing accurately.) as of today, my car has been in the shop for 17 days as they continue to attempt to fix my problems. If you factor in the time it was in their after my accident due to the malfunction of the car, it has been over 77 days in the past 10 months.

- Bellaire, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 032007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After starting up my car (a 2007 Cadillac Cts) and attempting to go in reverse, it stalled in my driveway and began to roll down the hill. I tried to brake and to steer the car, but it would not respond. I also noticed that my traction engaged light was on. I ended up sliding into the retaining wall and continued down the hill until I crashed into the brick pillar of my garage. My airbags did not deploy and onstar did not respond to the crash. I sustained injuries ended up in the er. The local GM dealer could not find anything wrong with my car and said that my airbags did not deploy due to the "angle" of the hit. My car had nearly $8000 worth of damage so this was not a little "fender bender". when I was at the dealership talking to the service department manager, he told me that there was another customer who was filing a complaint against GM because they had a similar problem. They had an accident in their Cadillac and sustained much more damage than I did, but their airbags failed to deploy also. I took delivery of the car at 463 miles and my incident took place around 503 miles or so. I had this car less than 30 hours when this happened. I still contend that the car stalled and caused this accident, but GM said that there were no codes found when they ran the diagnostic. I bought this car due to the onstar, and even though their website says that it can detect a collision without the airbags deploying, it did not work in my case.

- Bellaire, OH, USA

problem #1

Nov 082006

CTS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,642 miles
: the contact stated when starting the vehicle, a clicking noise was heard in the steering column. The vehicle was driven to the dealer on several occasions where the solenoid was replaced three times and the third brake light system was replaced, however the problem persisted. Updated 12/26/2006 - the consumer suddenly began to hear static in the radio. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the radio receiver was replaced. The radio continued to have static. The next time the antenna module was replaced. Now when the consumer applied the brake she heard a clicking noise in the radio. The dealer replaced the shifter and a solenoid inside the shifter. The static continued and so did the clicking noise. The vehicle was taken back tothe dealer several times buut they were unable to determine the cause of the problems.

- Plainfield, NJ, USA

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