really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,101 miles

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2006 Cadillac DTS Owner Comments

problem #9

Mar 012015

DTS 8-cyl

  • 87,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that while attempting to decelerate, there was a sudden increase in engine rpms and the vehicle continued to accelerate. The failure was experienced numerous times. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000....updated 06/09/15 updated 10/3/2017

- Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #8

Jan 112013

DTS 8-cyl

  • 91,580 miles
( just bought this used car, first time driving it home from dealer) speed control was set at 70 mph on I-88 started down a steep hill, speed keep going up. I keep my foot on he brake as the speed was up to 85 mph. The car never slowed down. I have had Cadillac beginning in 1991, never had a car do this before, if you are on a flat road doing 50 mph, take your foot of the gas the car will start slowing down after you drive 3/10 of a mile and than slow very slowly. There is something wrong with this car, after driving for 50 years all makes and models, I never had a car do what this car is doing. There is something wrong for sure.

- East Worcester, NY, USA

problem #7

Oct 062008


  • 84,000 miles
I turned right out of my place of employment. I was less than a half block from the light. I pulled into the center lane intending to turn left at the light. Suddenly my car accelerated rapidly. I slammed on the brake so hard my leg hurt for days. The car accelerated more and the brake did not stop it completely. I rear ended a large pickup. I went back to my office and contacted Cadillac customer service immediately. I requested they check the "black box" computer module. They did eventually do that but said they found no problem. Nobody seems to be listening to what happened. I offered Cadillac to just trade me for any identical car they refused any kind of help. I eventually sold the car at a great loss. I had to buy another car, my insurance has gone up dramatically and I am more than discouraged. I was terrified every time I drove the car I had loved before. I constantly drove with one hand on the steering wheel and the other hand on the gear shift in case it happened again hoping it would stop it to shift into neutral.

- Albany, OR, USA

problem #6

Nov 162006


  • 11,000 miles


This happened 6 times. My engine speed would not drop after foot removed from accelerator. 4 of the six times was on freeway exit ramp. I verified that the floor mat was not in any way interfering after the firstime this happened. I contacted my dealer 3 times - central Cadillac, and they said they checked and found nothing wrong and that it must have been my floor mat. I know it was not! I don't believe this to be cruise control related as it happened in city traffic twice. When exiting the freeway after braking to stop engine would stay at 1800 RPM to 2300 RPM dependent on occasion. The same RPM range was in city also.

- Cleveland , OH, USA

problem #5

Nov 212009


  • 24,000 miles
An example of the cruise control concern is as follows; if the cruise control has been engaged at some speed, lets say 40 mph and then disengaged and the car decelerates to say about 30mph then engage the cruise control again instead of smoothly accelerating back up to the previously set 40 mph the car abruptly accelerates and sometimes downshifts and the speed can go up to 45 or 50 mph before it settles back down to the preset 40mph.this seems to be a very random occurrence and cannot be always duplicated. The speeds at which this can occur are varied. This unexpected acceleration can be very upsetting and I believe in some situations may even present a dangerous situation.

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 152006

DTS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,300 miles
- the contact stated that while driving about 2 months ago at a speed of 20-25 mph in a residential area, the vehicle unexpectedly accelerated to a speed of 50 mph. The contact stated that the condition of the road and weather were both good. The contact S wasn't concerned at the time, but when a second failure occurred he thought he would report it. The most recent incident happened on 12/26/06 while driving 20 mph the vehicle accelerated to 40 mph and the driver had to apply the brakes with force stop the vehicle. The contact called on star for road side assistance and had vehicle towed to the dealership. The dealership informed the contact they were having it sent to another Cadillac dealership to have them take a look at the vehicle. Updated 01/31/07.

- Dix Hills, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 012006


  • miles


2006 Cadillac Dts surges while accelerator pedal is not depressed, RPM's get higher, shuts off without warning. ***** the vehicle has been taken to the dealer twice for testing. The manufacturer indicated that there was no fix for the problem. The technician at the dealer test drove the car and indicated that the vehicle was operating as designed. The vehicle would occasionally hesitate when slowing down to a stop.

- Nevada City, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 022006

DTS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
We have contacted Cadillac and they tell us there is no fix for this problem. The dealer has had the car for testing two times for several days. Rich tretheway, the head technician at the weaver dealership in grass valley who drove my car and then explained to us what the car does. Here is what the car does from a driving point of view. When going down hill or trying to slow down, when the car reaches about 25 miles per hour or about 1000 RPM, it then gives itself gas which cause a feeling that one would have if the cruise control was on (it is not). That is; that the car surges forward going up about 600 or 700 RPM. This occurs when I have shifted the car down to 1st or 2nd. Since I live in an area with many hills this happens every time I drive. I shift down to keep the car from going excessively fast down the hills. When I am driving and want to take a curve at 20 to 25 miles per hour, the car many times surges forward while my foot is off the throttle; I have to use the brake continually to get around the curves and down hills at a slow enough speed to be safe. This surging happened once in a parking lot as we were trying to park. Rich was not able to reproduce this problem, but was able to reproduce the other surging problem. The cure for this is as I understand it from rich and one of the owners of weaver is to always drive in overdrive and use the brake instead of shifting down. It also does this in overdrive. I can understand that if there is no mechanical repair that General Motors has made for this car then something has to be done to be helpful to us.

- Nevada City, CA, USA

problem #1

May 012006

DTS 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25 miles
2006 Cadillac Dts inadvertent acceleration problem.

- Nevada City, CA, USA

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