NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2003 Cadillac DeVille (Page 2 of 3)


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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,243 miles

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2003 Cadillac DeVille electrical problems

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2003 Cadillac DeVille Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #21

Oct 012014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Deville. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (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.

- Bayside, NY, USA

problem #20

Jul 152014


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Deville. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle decelerated and stalled. The contact was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system). The dealer was contacted several times and was told the parts were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded the reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #19

Sep 092014


  • 55,000 miles
For the second time in about one month, the engine died and electric power went out (dashboard lights). The car restarted without difficulty when I pulled off the road and put it into park. We received a recall notice on this vehicle in August. After the first incident I carefully checked the battery cables and found nothing wrong. The battery is almost new. After getting the recall notice I checked the operation of the ignition switch and I found that the detent works perfectly. I had turn the key ccw by a large amount to turn off the engine and no amount of jiggling would cause the fault. Two different keys were involved in the two episodes. There is no possibility that my failures are related to weight hanging on the key.even so I asked the local dealer as well as the GM hotline when they can install the "fixes" and I was told that no parts may be available for months. About two weeks ago a person on the GM hotline promised to find a dealer with parts and call me back but did not do so. I have no confidence that GM will solve my problem with their recall fix, if and when it is executed, and fear that there is another common cause for the many failures that have been reported.

- Wethersfield, CT, USA

problem #18

Jun 182012

DeVille 4WD 8-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


A recall letter was sent to me, I contacted to GM to let them know their recall was a little too late and luckily I was not on the road when this happened I was in a store parking lot when this occurred. I experienced complete loss of brakes, steering and electrical. I thought it was a battery issue. I purchased a new battery. I had to carry the battery 3 miles each way, it was not the battery.car was towed, repairs were found to be ignition problem and a module needed to be replaced, costing over $800, how do I get reimbursed for this" GM said they would get back to me and its been 3 weeks, I have heard nothing. I would appreciate your help. I have all the receipts and had we been told of the recall a big expense might of been saved, how do I get some sort of claim form to get reimbursed"

- Chgo, IL, USA

problem #17

Aug 152014


  • 25,000 miles
It is setting in the garage, and I have no car because I've been sent a notice that it's recalled because of the key problem, but they have no parts!!! so, I am without a car, in the country. They should supply me a car if they can't fix it!

- Jackson, CA, USA

problem #16

Jul 072014


  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Deville. The contact stated while driving at 65 mph, the vehicle stalled and all of the lights in the instrument panel illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that an ignition switch and keys needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000.

- Albany , GA, USA

problem #15

Aug 212014

DeVille 8-cyl

  • 50,150 miles


I was driving at approximately 60 mhp on I77 North - without notice of any kind it became very difficult to steer my vehicle and I lost control as well as all power & acceleration. All of this happened so fast but I looked down and noticed several dash board/warning lights on. These lights normally only go on for a second or so when starting the car. Having no power or acceleration I was able to navigate my car to the side of the road with out an accident but immediately noticed that my ignition was already turned off. The ignition key was not all the off - just in the position as if I was parked and wanted to listen to the radio. Once pulled over I placed the car in "park" turned the key all the way off and restarted the car. It started right up. However, now both my "service engine soon light" and "air bag" light stays illuminated at all times. They do not go out once the car is started. I am not able to notice any difference in the performance or handling at this time but am concerned with the lights remaining on at all times when driving as well as the safety of the air bags.

- Belmont, NC, USA

problem #14

Aug 172014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Deville. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign 14V355000 (electrical system). However, the part needed to remedy the recall was unavailable. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experience a failure.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #13

Nov 242011

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Deville. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 10/02/14 updated 03/3/2015

- Kenner, LA, USA

problem #12

Aug 192014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Deville. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V355000 (electrical system); however, the parts needed for the repair were unavailable. The dealer was uncertain when the parts would be available. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Augras, MI, USA

problem #11

Jul 292014

DeVille 8-cyl

  • 58,000 miles


Engine shuts off without warning, sometimes when stopped and/or while moving.this has happened about 4 times in the last year. Suspect a defect ignition switch and/or a crankshaft position sensor.

- Town Of Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #10

Jan 252014


  • 94,000 miles
The wheel monitoring light continues to indicate a malfunction. The ignition switch slot prevents me from removing the key. To remove the ignition key, I have to manipulate the gear handle in order align the extraction of the key.

- Hamden, CT, USA

problem #9

Mar 232014

DeVille 8-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
The engine turned off and I lost power steering and power brakes. The engine restarted ok after the incident.

- Seymour, IN, USA

problem #8

Dec 292012

DeVille 8-cyl

  • 112,456 miles
I bought a 2003 Deville the fuel pump stays on code says high pressure or low fuel presser or multi misfire. And says checklow coolant which is full and also tire monitor. I was told buy the place I bought from told me their was a recall / im afraid it well catch fire I have kids./ like to know if their is one so I can take it to get fixed.

- Montplier, OH, USA

problem #7

Aug 252012


  • 74,896 miles
Car purchased 10/16/2003 with 15200 mileage. Left rear door regulator failed. This door could not have been used in 9 years more than 20-25 times. Dealer, royal Cadillac, charged $694.95 for replacement. I complained to Cadillac, requesting reimbursement, and they refused. Research indicates that door regulator failures on this make and model were well known and published many years ago. Given the little useage of this door (we are senior citizens and rarely have rear seat passenders) I believe this defect to exist at the time of purchase.

- Florham Park, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jun 082011

DeVille 8-cyl

  • 60,077 miles
3 window regulators proven defective since owning 2003 Cadillac Deville. #1 drivers window on 9/17/08 done under warranty at 31,000 miles; #2 front passenger window done 11/13/10 @ 52,000 miles cost $356 at dealer; #3 drivers side rear passenger window regulator on 6/8/11 @60,000 milesreplaced-cost $502 contacted Cadillac customer service, received a case # and was told that since car is out of warranty there will be no reimbursement for repair costs. Several customer comments to Cadillac customer service by other owners of similar model and year have same problems and needed replacements of several regulators. Gov't Agency should explore this problem and have Cadillac re-examine reimbursements for repairs of this problem with 2003 and 2004 Cadillac Deville.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #5

Feb 012006

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
: the contact stated while parking the vehicle, there was a loss of all electrical power. The vehicle would not restart and was towed to a local dealership. The dealer determined the ignition fuse had blown and it was replaced. Afterwards, the vehicle was towed back to the dealer three additional times for the same problem. The service department replaced the ignition, instrument cluster panel, and the electrical door panel, but the problem continued.

- Monroe, GA, USA

problem #4

Apr 212005

DeVille 8-cyl

  • miles
2003 Cadillac Deville lost all electrical power to the vehicle and an attempted jump start was ineffective in starting the vehicle.** answer required***.

- Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #3

Aug 212004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Multiple failures with 2003 Cadillac. The check engine light illuminated, cruise control ceased and the transmission had to be repaired.. the consumer was traveling in a heavy rain storm when the head lights and dash board lights went out. The head lights eventually came back on until another heavy rain and they went out again. Consumer was told the water pump was leaking and that was the reason the check coolant level reading was being displayed.

- Oro Valley, AZ, USA

problem #2

Sep 142004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
The vehicle was purchased brand new and it has approximately 15000 and when turning into traffic the vehicle shuts down. The driver has to re-start the vehicle and put it in drive and the vehicle will go again. This defect always occurs when making a right turn. The vehicle has been to the dealers on several occasions and the problem will not duplicate itself and they tell the owner that there is nothing else they can do. Provide further details.

- Pineville, LA, USA

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