NHTSA — Engine Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,935 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 engine problems

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2005 Cadillac SRX Owner Comments

problem #13

Apr 062016


  • 109,916 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Srx. After purchasing the vehicle from an independent dealer, the contact took the vehicle to a certified Ford dealer. The technician diagnosed that the engine light was illuminated and the drive shaft couplers, power steering, front wheel bearing, and motor mounts were all defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was returned to the independent dealer who refused to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The failure mileage was approximately 109,916.

- Brandywine, MD, USA

problem #12

Feb 112015


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Srx. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds and attempting to accelerate, the vehicle decelerated and the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact mentioned that there was a sudden increase of engine rpms. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the timing tensioner belt failed and advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000. The VIN was not available.

- Waxahachie , TX, USA

problem #11

Feb 022015


  • 121,060 miles
At approx. 121,000 miles, went to start my car, when started there was an awful knocking noise under the hood, the entire car was shaking, and misfiring. After taking to the dealer, I was told the timing chain needed replaced. Over $2000 to do this, during having the timing chain replaced I was told that the timing chain gears had been previously marked meaning the timing chain on my vehicle had been previously changed. I have read about so many people having the exact same issue with timing chains having to be replaced at very low mileage. I believe with all the complaints and concerns of the timing chains failing at this rate, this should have been a recall and been replaced under Cadillac expense. This is just ridiculous. I have seen previous NHTSA item #'s regarding the same thing! there are plenty out there. Previous complaints: NHTSA id # 10335816, 10512619, 10598962 etc. There was a recall from GM on timing chains but only included models 07 bulletin no 11340A, rev B and rev C. NHTSA reference- 10043857. I believe this recall should have included models older than 07 going back of 04 as so many people have had this issue! I believe GM should made responsible for replacing these issue and reimbursing for the repair costs. As if it was in 2007-2009 models when they realized the issue it is more likely to have been in older molders as well, as the issue was not fixed until around 2010. Make GM responsible!

- Kernersville, NC, USA

problem #10

Mar 092015

SRX 8-cyl

  • 92,000 miles


Intermittent attempts at starting. Start attempts without the key being actuatated.

- Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA

problem #9

Aug 152014


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Srx. While driving 60 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. The vehicle stalled and did not restart. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- Handover , MA, USA

problem #8

Jun 262014

SRX 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
I was driving on I20 in Georgia. My check engine light came on and before I could get off interstate car started making horrible noise. Got off and turned off engine. When I tried to restart it, it would just make a grinding noise. Someone checked the oil for me and it was bone dry. Computer stated 61% oil life left and never gave me a "oil change" notice. Now the engine is shot and needs replacing. I was going 70 mph at the time and car went down to about 30 mph within seconds. This could have caused a horrible accident!

- Sumter, SC, USA

problem #7

Jun 092014

SRX 6-cyl

  • 36,234 miles


Timing chain broke causing the vehicle to fail in the middle of traffic. GM has no recalls on timing chains on this model but has the same issue/recall for other models of Cadillac. They want customers to pay full retail price to repair the bad design issue that they know about.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #6

May 172014


  • 63,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Srx. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified and stated that nothing could be done. The failure mileage was 63,000.

- Brockton, MA, USA

problem #5

Feb 062014


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Srx. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the stability warning light illuminated and the vehicle decelerated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Minniapolis , MN, USA

problem #4

Mar 232012

SRX 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
I took my car in for service because the engine light came on, after the dealer performed its checks, it stated it was a purge valve, which they supposedly fixed, however a week later the engine broken down. I had the car towed back to the dealer only to find out, it was timing chain that totally failed causing more than $8000 in repairs when the engine only had 65,000 miles.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Oct 272012


  • 103,000 miles


I have found that the reason for disappearing oil is the snorkel for air intake is to small, and while driving engine sucks oil out of tappit cover into intake and the auto burns it. Its a poor design and GM should repair it.

- Caro, MI, USA

problem #2

Jul 312012

SRX 6-cyl

  • 75,500 miles
Driving home on interstate I-85 South in Georgia engine light came on car seemed to be hesitating and then stopped. Brought car (towed) to ross Cadillac in gainsville ga. Dealer examine car and said it was 4 quarts low on oil I don't see how that's possible when I checked the oil level that morning and it was fine. I had the car oil changed less than 3000 miles ago. Dealer said he ran codes and it indicated timing chain was bad. Dealer quoted me $1600 for new timing chain. Dealer called next day and said it needs a new engine for $3800 in addition to the already incurred $700. I have looked on line and many people have had the same problem, some call it disappearing oil?? the car has no warranty but you would think Cadillac would have notified dealers of this recurring problem and had a recall for timing chain, low oil problem.

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 312012


  • 96,451 miles
Timing chain went out and engine locked.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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