NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,450 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 SRX electrical problems

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2005 Cadillac SRX Owner Comments

problem #15

Jun 092016


  • 108,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Srx. While the vehicle was preparing to stop at a stop sign, the vehicle began to sputter into traffic and all the warning lights illuminated. The engine stalled and smoke appeared. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the positive cable wire failed and needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact also mentioned that the parts to repair the failure were on back order. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 108,000.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #14

Mar 012016


  • 150,000 miles
Vehicle stationary. Unable to start. Unable to remove key. Battery goes dead. 2 GM dealerships say there is no fix. Have had car diagnosed. No fix is unacceptable for a Cadillac. Dealerships "fix" so car starts and then the same problem starts. Please advise

- Mequon, WI, USA

problem #13

Mar 232016


  • 120,466 miles
Do you really believe placing 2 plastic caps on a key solves this ignition recall? the recall is for the ignition switch! I took the car in today and this is how they addressed the issue. This was a complete waste of my time and I am no more safer now than before I went in.

- Millington, TN, USA

problem #12

Sep 172014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Srx. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V394000 (electrical system); however, the part needed to perform the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Crescent City, CA, USA

problem #11

Feb 102015

SRX 6-cyl

  • 16,600 miles
Car rapidly speed up at full and little time after that heard loud noise in back as driving.today took to mechanic and didn't even get power starting up and then speed up again at full stop and started smoking to. Said power steering went out thought it was that got almost home problem still occurred so did some research and found this recall.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #10

Dec 142013


  • 62,250 miles
Driver door latch stays in the open position, preventing the door from latching closed. After sitting for a while, over night or a few days, door will latch closed again. This is a interment problem. Concerned will occur while driving as it appears to be effected by the electric lock system. Checked on web several others have had this problem also.

- Lenox, IA, USA

problem #9

Sep 012014


  • 1,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Srx. The contact stated that the key was difficult to remove from the ignition. The failure occurred intermittently. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 14V394000 (electrical system) exceeded a reasonable mount of time for the recall repair. The dealer informed that the part was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 1,000.

- Myrtle Beach , SC, USA

problem #8

Nov 212014


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Srx. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 15 mph, the heater was activated and there was an abnormal noise. The contact also stated that there was a burning odor emitting from the vents and the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 012010


  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Srx. While driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle decelerated to 30 mph and stalled without warning. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The dealer made several unknown repairs to the vehicle, but the failure persisted. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V394000 (electrical system). The VIN was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 37,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #6

Sep 232014

SRX 6-cyl

  • miles
Submission from constituent re 2005 model year Cadillac Srx GM recall #14172. The dealer informed the consumer, the parts were not available.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #5

Aug 062014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Srx. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number 14V394000 (electrical) but was informed that the part was unavailable. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Mount Airy , NC, USA

problem #4

Dec 082012

SRX 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Thru out the ownership of this vehicle, it has had multiple signal and headlight problems, ignition, and now the suspension system defective. (quoted by GM dealership, cost will be $5,000 plus). What does it take, an accident killing someone for GM to repair/replace, whatever it takes, on this vehicle? please, I urge GM to consider stepping up to the plate and taking care of this very serious problem. We have owned 5 new Cadillac with no problems, until now. We love this car but are very hesitant to take this vehicle long distances. Please, please take care of this problem.

- Murphy, NC, USA

problem #3

Oct 082011

SRX 6-cyl

  • 87,840 miles
My wife was backing out of the drive way when she saw smoke coming off the cracks of the drivers side in the front of the vehicle. The hood was closed and had lots of black smoke gushing out of the cracks and it smelled like burning plastic. I tried starting the vehicle and to my surprise the vehicle started but most of the electronic controls were showing errors in the dash. I was able to drive it carefully to the nearest Cadillac dealer (lavery auto) in alliance, oh. When I stopped the car I was unable to take off the keys from the ignition because the security system also had an error. They diagnosed the problem and found that the electrical system in the ac compressor had caught fire and also melted the wiring. This had also destroyed the computer ECM of the vehicle. They repaired it and I brought the Srx back home in the evening of 10/14/11 and parked it in my drive way. The next morning I found the battery was dead and had to use my wife's car to jump start. The same thing happened the next day morning and had to call up a tow truck to jump start the Srx. I took it back to the same dealer (lavery automotive) and they found that another relay was bad due to the fire and they replaced this too. I spent over $1,500 to repair this vehicle. I have the receipts with full explanations. I would like for you to investigate the reason for this fire that had the potential to injure me and my family and also provide assistance if possible in having General Motors reimburse me for these charges because of poor safety and quality in this vehicle. Thank you.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #2

Feb 012008


  • 14,600 miles
For more than 2.5 years my Srx (purchased new in 2005) has experienced re-occurring/intermittent turn signal failure of both the left and right turn signals. After the turn signal fails, it will sometimes work again after a second or third attempt. Most often, however, I must resort to switching on my hazard lights to activate the turn signal. The vehicle has undergone ten unsuccessful repair attempts since February of 2008 through the dealer's service department. The dealership's service director and mechanics appear to be at a loss on how to rectify this ongoing safety issue. Thank you for your time.

- Haddon Twp., NJ, USA

problem #1

May 272010


  • 76,000 miles
The back up lights do not come on. Apparently, there is a manufacturers' defect in the design. We are on our third failure. A wire that is integrated into the tailgate becomes warn.

- Saskatoon , 00, USA

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