NHTSA — Steering Problems

2005 Cadillac DeVille (Page 1 of 2)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,326 miles

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2005 Cadillac DeVille Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

Jan 252016


  • 170,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Deville. While making a right turn at approximately 10 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver without warning. As a result, the contact lost control of the vehicle, drove over a curb, and into a field. There were no injuries nor was a police report filed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 170,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #25

Aug 312015


  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Deville. The contact stated that while driving at 20 mph on a wet road, the contact attempted to make a left turn and there was an abnormal noise. The contact mentioned that the power steering failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 99,000.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #24

Jun 302015

DeVille 8-cyl

  • 97,500 miles
I bought this car used and have only had it a few weeks but about five times now I have had the power steering quit when driving in the rain. It returns in seconds but I am disabled and it is very difficult for me to control the car. Luckily, this has only happened at low speeds. I'm afraid of being killed. I have since read that this is a well known problem. In all seriousness, do folks have to die before GM fixes the problem?

- Moore, OK, USA

problem #23

Nov 042014


  • 87,503 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Deville. While driving approximately 35 mph and attempting to make a turn, the power steering seized. The vehicle was merged to the side of the road and the engine was turned off, which caused the power steering to resume normal operation. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 87,503.

- Tyler , TX, USA

problem #22

Oct 032013

DeVille 8-cyl

  • 63,567 miles
I took my Cadillac in for a recall on my keys. Then the dealership inspected my car and told me I have a badly worn right front tie rod that needs to be replaced at a cost of $6,000. I do not feel that there is anything wrong with my car, but have not had a second opinion. What can be done about this?? [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #21

Aug 042014


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Deville. While driving various speeds during inclement weather, extreme force was required when making a right turn. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #20

Aug 022014

DeVille 8-cyl

  • 204,000 miles


Vehicle cuts off at random times while in motion. The car ignition cuts off all power to the engine and power steering when the car hits a bump, railroad track, or pothole. Bumping the column cover will also cut off the engine, and the power steering. The vehicle has had the key modification which would appear to have no affect on the problem of the ignition randomly rotating out of the on position.

- Booneville, MS, USA

problem #19

Sep 042014

DeVille 8-cyl

  • 184,345 miles
Loss control of steering and brakes on 4 Sept and 7 Sept 2014, at intersection of mahan drive and warden road; the vehicle stopped by curb of the street, all traffic stopped. Re-start engine. Luck was on my side.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #18

Aug 042014

DeVille 8-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
When trying to make a turn on wet roadway (not a puddle of water) or trying to turn at a light for instance while it is raining, even at a low rate of speed, the power steering locks and the car will not continue to turn, causing traffic behind you to come to a screeching halt.after stopping the steering will slowly loosens up allowing you to complete the turn. I have had it checked out with my repair garage but they couldn't find anything. Since I am aware of this happening I'm very careful when making a turn in the rain. I'm thankful I wasn't on the interstate doing 60.

- Sebastian, FL, USA

problem #17

Mar 292014


  • 111,808 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Deville. The contact stated that the key failed to insert into the ignition. The contact had to call a locksmith who rebuilt the ignition. In addition, the air bag indicator illuminated and the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver and made a squeaking noise when turned. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 111,808.

- Folcorft, PA, USA

problem #16

Jun 182014


  • 47,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Deville. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the vehicle swerved and crashed into a fire hydrant. A police report was filed and no injuries were sustained. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and the failure mileage was 47,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #15

Jun 302009

DeVille 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Intermittent -has happening more than a dozen times over the years- while negotiating a turn when the weather is wet (raining or shortly after rainstorm) the power steering freezes up for several seconds. Extremely frightening experience. Panic sets in if on the road (as opposed to a parking lot) because one becomes powerless to avoid oncoming danger and fearful that stalled position of vehicle (1/2 way through a turn) may cause accident for others. Want to know cause!!! want to know remedy!!!

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #14

Jun 042014

DeVille 8-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Deville. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The failure occurred several times. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 97,000. The current mileage was 100,071. Updated 09/15/14 the ignition case and cylinder were replaced. Updated 1/13/2015

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #13

Aug 102013


  • 87,000 miles
While pulling into a parking space in front of a store car I went through a puddle of water. The steering immediately froze and the belt began to squeal. The steering came back within 10 seconds but for the ten seconds I could not steer the car. This is about the 10th time this has happened. I keep going to the dealership, they put on belt dressing but it does not help. Something needs to be done since this seems to be a common occurrence with the 2005 Deville.

- Muncie, IN, USA

problem #12

Jul 082013


  • 49,000 miles
Driving in rain and power steering froze up for about 10 seconds. This has happened a few times. You need to look into this safety issue.

- Lakewood, OH, USA

problem #11

Jun 012012

DeVille 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I was driving home after a driving rain. The car made a screeching sound for several seconds and then the steering wheel froze while I attempted to turn right. This has happened multiple times. Therefore I do not drive in the rain. Also the problem persists even after the power steering pump has been replaced secondary to a leak.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #10

May 092012

DeVille 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Deville. While driving approximately 10 mph, the contact drove over a puddle of water when the steering wheel seized for approximately ten seconds. The failure recurred seven times in rainy weather conditions. The power steering pump was replaced by the dealer three times. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 10/10/12

- Lynn Haven, FL, USA

problem #9

Aug 172012

DeVille 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
During heavy rain or driving through water the steering completely goes out. Scared the living daylights out of me today....almost hit by a log truck while turning left into my neighborhood. Oct 2011 I took to dealer and they said that they have had other such complaints, but no recalls have been issued on this problem and they didn't know how to fix the problem. Does someone have to be killed before this problem is addressed? I saw the same thing happen a year or so ago to an elderly lady turning into our neigbborhood in her Cadillac Deville...she just stopped in the middle of a busy 2 lane road...luckily several people were at the intersection waiting to turn out of the neighborhood and were able to start the car and push it to safety. I didn't think anything about it at the time until the same thing happened to me...and I remember that the day it happened to my neighbor it was also raining. This is a major problem with an accident waiting to happen. Something should be done by GM about this before someone is killed! now I never drive my car when it's raining and if it happens to rain while I'm out my nerves are completely shot! I'd like to get rid of the car, but I could not in good conscience pass this vehicle onto another person knowing what I know about the steering issue.

- Brunswick, GA, USA

problem #8

Aug 122012


  • 108,400 miles
I backed out of my driveway, shifted to drive, began driving on my street and the wheel came off and the car hit the ground. The drivers side ball joint broke. Had I been on the freeway, this would have caused a multi-car accident with injury and or death to many people. Oem ball joints, especially on an expensive car like a Cadillac Deville, should have a lifetime or the same life expectancy as the other major components, including the frame. It is an engineering defect (inferior metal strength and quality) for a ball joint on a Cadillac to "break" for no reason. It should be forbidden and punitive for a balljoint on a Cadillac to break before 300,000 miles. Why should consumers be forced to play russian roulette with their lives"??" a good quality product that is permanently lubed as in the Cadillac line, should be reliable for the life of the vehicle. Anything else is the same as attempted murder and should be forbidden or punished. The public must be protected from this type of suicidal journey in a reasonably new vehicle that has been maintained.

- Palm Springs, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 262011


  • 70,000 miles
Steering will lock up when driving through standing water. Unable to steer right or left, can only steer straight ahead for approximately 10 seconds. Then steering will return to normal. This happens any time vehicle is driven through standing water at any speed.

- Bristol, TN, USA

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