2008 Cadillac DTS lights NHTSA complaints: Exterior Lighting

NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,257 miles

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2008 Cadillac DTS lights problems

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2008 Cadillac DTS Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 122010

DTS 8-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


The daytime running lights and front turn signal light sockets in both headlamps have burnt contacts. I took my 2008 Cadillac Dts to the dealer to have the bulbs replaced as my turn signals weren't working. They replaced the bulbs. Two days later they quit working again. I took the car back and they checked it again and informed me that the lamp sockets were burnt and that I would have to replace the entire headlamp assembly because there wasn't a replacement socket available. The cost was going to be approximately $1000 each with labor. I believe this a safety issue and Cadillac should either provide a replacement socket or cover a part of the part and labor. Right now I have the sockets temporarily repaired with paper clips and aluminum foil because on social security I can't afford their cost to fix but I won't drive on the road with no front turn signals and endanger other folks on the road.

- Finlayson, MN, USA

problem #2

Sep 122008

DTS 8-cyl

  • 4,572 miles
There is a 41 inch brake light installed on the trunk lid which costs $223.75 to replace. It would have been no big deal, but, as I was replacing it, I noticed it was never properly fitted to the trunk at the factory, which caused the original damage, broken completely through in the middle, and several cracks, not working. To bolt on a new one improperly fitted will cause the same damage because the hard plastic is under heavy stress when tightened down. To properly fix the situation will cost thousands, my wife and I both have disabilities and we cannot possibly afford the fix as the car already needs over $3000 in suspension parts as well, plus labor. It is a safety issue and a ticketable offense. We expect GM to fully pay for a proper fix as they had to know what would happen up the road. I'm sure they've also noticed a large number of the lights being ordered. Doesn't president obama ride in a stretched Dts? he might want to have his fixed too. By the way, we just purchased a new Malibu 6 days ago, which if this isn't handled rapidly will go right back to the dealer and both personal and class action suits filed.

- Washington, MO, USA

problem #1

May 032009


  • 200 miles
Dash lighting is dimmed when ever headlights are on during daylight hours. Automatic system does not return panel light levels to daylight brightness. This makes the dash invisible in bright daylight. Condition exists until the sun is high in the sky. Dealer says this is a design issue! owners manual says that "parade dimming" capability in car electronic is intended to prevent this from happening. This is a major safety hazzard. I have taken the car to the dealer several times, they have no cure. I have called the customer assistance number. No one ever returns my call. E-mail are also unanswered.

- Jamesville, VA, USA

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