NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,191 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Cadillac Escalade electrical problems

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2005 Cadillac Escalade Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 102013


  • 126,144 miles


Without any prior problem the speedometer began to stick and not display proper speeds and never goes back to zero even when vehicle is off. Also, after this began the other gauges on the instrument panel began to give no/false readings.

- Wytheville, VA, USA

problem #5

Nov 112013

Escalade 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
From parked position placed key in ignition and started car. All warning light (traction control, emergency brake, service stability, etc) remained illuminated and did not go off. Attempted to turn off car and ignition was stuck in "on" position. Could not turn car off or remove key from ignition. Vehicle had full power and was able to get home even though warning lights activated. Once home, had to try numerous attempts to get vehicle to turn off. Finally, had to unhook battery, pull fuel pump relay, and pull wires out of computer in order to get engine to stop running. Having to tow to shop for repairs. Possible steering wheel clock spring is stuck. If it if the clock spring, this will be the second time that we have had to replace it.

- Lavon, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 152012

Escalade 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Escalade. The contact stated that the instrument panel displayed inaccurate gauge readings. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the instrument panel cluster would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000. Kmj

- Lauderhill, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 142011


  • 151,000 miles


My service airbag came on out of the blue as I was driving, than earlier this year my airride control went out air compressor and shocks, in Feb my rear bolts on the drive shaft were loose leaking fluid, my rear seat belt is malfunctioning for my son 8 years get stuck, my air conditioning is hot on one side and cold on the other Cadillac changed out a module three months later. It still does the same thing but I won't take it back because that's when all the other stuff starting happening rear bolts lose lost massive fluid then the air ride went out air compressor and shocks. When we opened the air compressor up it was rusted as if it had not worked in years so I truly believe that sewelle Cadillac damaged my SUV everything but the air on one side was getting hot not to mention they had my truck for over 7hrs as I waited in the lobby last year lost my one of my hubs the interior paint is peeling off the video player went out in 2007. My vehicle stays on when the doors are open and the key is off and out of the ignition the inside light switch comes on sometimes and this truck is almost paid but its a lot of money for all these things to go wrong. There is a lot more.

- Joshua, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 132009


  • 53,000 miles
Instrument panel cluster defect causes speedometer to stick.

- West Fargo, ND, USA

problem #1

Oct 302007


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Escalade. The contact stated that the speedometer displayed inaccurate speeds well above and below the actual traveled speeds. There was a recall issued for her same make and model vehicle, but her year was not included. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and current mileage was 69,000. Updated 05/05/09.

- Duluth, GA, USA

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