hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,800 miles

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1996 Cadillac DeVille electrical problems

electrical problem

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1996 Cadillac DeVille Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 202001

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles


While driving caller tries to slow down and without warning the brakes lose power. While at the stop light it accelerates, and she has to fight the car to keep it stopped. While in park it races at 2125 rpms. Had car to dealer 4 times for same problem. Dealer said it was a chip in computer. Car will be towed again tonight. Manufacturer has not been contacted yet. Manufacturer was called the last time this happened.

- Paramus, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jun 142004

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles
On a 3000 cross country trip the car accelerates uncontrollably while turning the A/C off, giving it more horsepower. I originally thought it was a cruise control problem until I discovered that the car will idle beteen 3000 and 4000 RPM when this condition exists. I have seen it accelerte through 80mph. Turning the car off then recranking it causes the problem to go away temporarily. The local Cadillac dealer has refused to repair it or even diagonse the problem. I have called the Cadillac national customer service and they have also refused to help me get the needed repairs. No one but a Cadillac dealer can service these cars. They very rudely suggested that I junk the car. This is the first problem that I have had in the past 110,000 miles. The car has 180,000 miles and is in excellent shape other than this problem. While I was in the Cadillac service check-in area, the engine accelerated wildly out of control and caused the radiator to burst while the mechanic was checking it into the shop. They repaired the radiator then demanded that I drive the car away without the uncontrolled acceleration problem being repaired, grossly neglecting the dangers inherent to myself and others in doing so.

- Bonifay, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 022003

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer called complaining about having problems with the electrical system. Also stated that while driving the vehicle the vehicle has stall was contacted but was not informed about the problem.

- Harriman, TN, USA

problem #2

Oct 101996


  • miles
Loss of all electrical power including power steering.

- Dunwoody, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 012000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In heavy rain electrical system would momentarily shutdown, including power steering. Consumer has taken vehicle to the dealership on six different occasions. Dealer has not made any repairs until the 6th time when vehicle was taken. Dealer had recognized a service bullentin issued, and charged consumer $80 for repairs for non clip on serpentine belt. The vehicle went out of control while making a left turn.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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