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2006 Cadillac DTS (Page 3 of 3)


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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,642 miles

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2006 Cadillac DTS Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #18

Mar 152011

DTS 8-cyl

  • miles


Tampa fl the headlights will flicker then one of them will shut off, turn the switch on and off the lights will comeback on and then the other will flicker and go off. This will happen while driving.I have replaced one bulb, it stopped for one day then the problem is ongoing, same as the other postings on this side, maybe a recall should be put in place, before somebody will get hurt do to this problem with the headlights shutting off while driving @ night. Thank you.

- Valrico, FL, USA

problem #17

Nov 032011

DTS 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
Right light flickers then went off. Reset went on again for a while, then same problem.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #16

Jul 202010

DTS 8-cyl

  • 46,900 miles
The right headlight started going on and off for no reason. It might go off while driving or sitting still. It might come back on in a few minutes or stay off for a full evening. Sometimes turning lights from automatic to manual will make it work, but not always. It has been doing this since July 2010, or for about 33,000 miles. It is dangerous when driving, plus I have been pulled over by police and so far I have been able to convince them the light had just gone out that evening. Now I have to limit my night driving near home, as I do not want the same officer to stop me. I have read many forums plus your site, and I see many, many people with the same problem. I have called the Cadillac consumer complaint department and they just say they have never heard of such a problem. I told them to check the internet. Today, I called the dealer that I bought it from, out of state, 15 months ago. I explained it and he said he has been selling them for 20 years and has never heard of such a problem. I told him to check the internet. I also asked him to try and get me a number for the Cadillac area rep, so I can talk to him. Please help before I get a ticket or worse yet hit while turning left at night. Thank you

- Ottawa, KS, USA

problem #15

Sep 012011


  • miles


Headlights flicker on and off then one or both will just go out.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #14

Nov 042010


  • 85,000 miles
TL-the contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact was driving 25 mph when the driver side headlight malfunctioned intermittently. The contact stated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive at night. The contact was unclear as to what was causing the failure. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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problem #13

Mar 152011


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph the headlights unexpectedly turned off. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the headlight bulbs were replaced. The failure continued after the replacement of the bulbs. The contact also stated the head lights would unexpectedly flicker. The vehicle was taken to another independent mechanic where the failure was diagnosed. The contact did not know the repairs that needed to be performed. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #12

Oct 152010


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact noticed that both the driver and passenger side headlights were flickering abnormally and suddenly stopped functioning. The contact stated that the failure occurred when driving at any speed, intermittently. The vehicle was taken to two different independent mechanics who were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Brockton, MA, USA

problem #11

Oct 162010

DTS 8-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
2006 Cadillac Dts left headlights flicker on and off, turn on manually to get them back on. Sometimes both of them. It's very dangerous because it happens without warning. Dealer says they cannot duplicate.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #10

May 012008


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that the right headlight failed intermittently; it would turn off and on. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer while under warranty and the right headlight assembly was replaced but the failure continued. The manufacturer offered no assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 42,000 and the current mileage was approximately 68,000.

- Upper Marlboro , MD, USA

problem #9

Dec 202010

DTS 8-cyl

  • miles
2006 Cadillac Dts left hand headlight was intermittent and had signs of water inside the lens. Complete assy. Replaced at dealer expense within 30 days of vehicle purchase. Right hand light assy has now become intermittent and also shows signs of water inside lens.

- Surrey Bc Canada, 00, USA

problem #8

Oct 102010

DTS 8-cyl

  • 76,173 miles


[xxx] from memphistn. 2006 Cadillac Dts left headlights flicker on and off, turn on manually to get them back on. Cigarette lighters seem to work when they want to. My car pulls to the left for no apparent reason, had the front end checked, nothing was found wrong with my front end, headlights were checked for loose connection, nothing found wrong but they continue to flicker when I drive at night, until I keep turning the light switch on and off. I had the cigarette lighters fixed twice, only to have the front lighter on the console to quit working for no apparent reason. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #7

Nov 252010

DTS 8-cyl

  • 99,545 miles
Headlights turn off by themselves without warning. They do come back on when turned on manually but continue to turn off for no apparent reason. They turn off in no particular order, sometimes one or the other or sometimes both of them. It's very dangerous because it happens without warning.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #6

Feb 012009


  • 40,000 miles
Headlights flicker and shut off everytime head light are turned on in automatic or manual modes. Headlights were replaced and problem continues. Ballast is the next step but is very expensive and difficult to do. This is a manufacturing / engineering critical problem. GM should be responsible for this repair. You purchase a car and expect a critical item like your head lights to work properly everytime.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #5

Apr 012010


  • 15,000 miles
06 Cadillac Dts has had serious electrical/computer system failures since new. Vehicle will suddenly lose all electronics, instruments, lights but engine will still run. After dealer attempted repair, problems continue. Headlights flicker and sometimes go out. Gps goes to night screen during the day. Auto headlight dimmer fails. Power points, instruments, seats periodically fail. One day seat cooler will work, others it won't. windshield wipers automatic function, "rainsense" starts normally but then stops in heavy rain requiring manual operation. All items reported to dealer multiple times with the same result "unable to duplicate customer's problem." Provided cell phone video of system failures but dealer still says they cannot duplicate.

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 172010


  • 50,200 miles
Headlamp intermittently flickers and then eventually goes out and stays out. Headlamp comes back on if switch is manually turned off or if vehicle is shut off and restarted. Dealer did not do anything to correct problem because lights were working when vehicle was brought into shop. I asked that lamp be replaced, but dealer refused and stated there were no complaints or service bulletins about this issue. There are tons of complaints on the internet about 2006 Dts hid lights or ballast failing. The vehicle has a short warranty time left so I feel that at lest the bulb should be replaced as it is the most likely cause. The service department did not document the problem or state what was done. I have called back and ask that they send me documentation and state what was done to fix my issue.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 312010


  • 30,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) my 2006 Cadillac Dts [xxx] has an intermittent hid headlight problem that occurs in colder temperatures. The lamps will flicker and one or the other will go out. The only way to get the headlight to come on again is to turn off the headlights and turn them on again. The vehicle has been in to the local Cadillac dealer, and is in there now, but they don't seem to be able to fix the problem. Also, the right taillight/brakelight/turnsignal will occasionally go out completely. The side-marker led lights still illuminate, but the rest of the light assembly goes dark and the turn signal in the back doesn't work. This also happens in cold weather. The dealer hasn't been able to fix this problem either. Similar problems are being documented in the Cadillac owners forum online.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #2

Dec 042009


  • 75,000 miles
I purchased a used 2006 Cadillac Dts in October of '06. In the spring of 2009, the headlights on said vehicle began to flicker. I thought it was a bad headlamp. I took it to a mechanic and they could not duplicate the problem to determine why this was happening. I've been driving the vehicle for 8 - 9 months since this problem started and now one headlight or the other or sometimes both will go out. Took it back to the mechanic and it was determined after 4 hours of testing that the ballasts in the headlight unit are both bad causing the headlights to do this. Repair cost at a non-GM mechanic was $1700 - $2000. A GM certified mechanic verified the problem and repair cost will be $1403.82. This is to replace the ballasts, headlamps and the labor costs. I feel this is a ridiculous cost for repair of headlights, but have ordered parts and hopefully will have my car repaired next week. This is very unsafe, as I can be driving down the road at night and have my headlights just shut off. The only way to get the headlights back on is to turn them off and back on, but even then it only works for a short period of time before repeating the same problem. In researching this, I have seen other internet posts from Cadillac owners experiencing similar issues with the headlights. I did complain to GM/Cadillac and they are offering to cover 25% of the repair costs. In the interim, I have been pulled over by police for having headlights not working and I have not even been aware that they had gone out while I've been driving.

- Ithaca, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 082009

DTS 8-cyl

  • 38,917 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact took his vehicle to the dealer to have it repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 08V441000 (electrical system). He stated that there was a recall for the third brake light, but the parts for the repair were unavailable. The vehicle has not yet been repaired according to the recall. Currently, the third brake light is fractured and the brake light does not illuminate when braking. The failure mileage was 38,917 and current mileage was 40,000. Updated 3/16/09 the consumer stated the problem has been corrected.updated 03/19/09.

- Fort Myers Beach, FL, USA

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