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Headlights Problems of Cadillac DTS - part 1



Cadillac DTS owners have reported 45 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Cadillac DTS 1
Failure Date: 02/16/2016

Left headlight flickers & will go off on it's own. Have replaced exterior light assembly twice. One used and one with new but nothing has changed. Stationary and in motion.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2007 Cadillac DTS 2
Failure Date: 10/26/2015

The issue was regarding the failure of the ballasts in the hid headlights which, per ntsb and other websites, has been a significant issue with this and other gm models. The issue seems to be diagnosed generally as water backing down the headlight assembly into the ballast causing the failure. . Read more...

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Cadillac DTS 3
Failure Date: 04/15/2015

Headlights go out when moving especially at night, also causes motor to run rough when this happens. Very dangerous when lights go completely out doing 70 mph. . . Begins flickering, and then out. Have read 2006 Cadillac complaint forums and they are numerous. . Bought car used from dealer. . . Previous one-owner.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Cadillac DTS 4
Failure Date: 11/10/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle hit a bump the front headlights became inoperable without warning. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic; however, the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000. Ss.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Cadillac DTS 5
Failure Date: 06/26/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that the headlights flickered sporadically and became dim. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the head lamps bulbs needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 22,000.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Cadillac DTS 6
Failure Date: 06/15/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that while driving at night, the headlights became inoperable intermittently with out warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 52,000. Ss.


car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Cadillac DTS 7
Failure Date: 04/16/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that while driving various speeds with the automatic headlights activated, the driver's side low beam headlights unexpectedly failed to illuminate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000. Js.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Cadillac DTS 8
Failure Date: 12/19/2013

While driving at night on I-70 my headlights when out. I pulled off the road for a minute or so and they started working. Occasionally they will blink and then settle down. In investing this on the computer I discovered this happens frequently on this model. I think the mfg. Should announce a recall on this defect. Visualize driving at 65 mph in total darkness.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Cadillac DTS 9
Failure Date: 11/05/2013

When headlights are on auto, or manual, the lights flicker, turn off, shut off while driving. I have to turn the headlights off and then back on thus far. I find this to be a safety issue and don't know the cause, have contacted general motors to find if there are issues known to them.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Cadillac DTS 10
Failure Date: 10/01/2013

The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that the headlights failed. The failure was recurring however, the dealer was unable to correct the issue because the failure would only recur intermittently. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 127,000 and the current mileage was 130,000.


 
car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Cadillac DTS 11
Failure Date: 07/14/2013

We were traveling after dark when the headlights flickered a couple of times before going completely out. This has happened several times. Sometimes they flicker, one headlight goes out, or both go out momentarily. One time it happened when we were the only car on a dark highway and we were not able to see the highway or the shoulder. We had to open the front passenger door and look for the shoulder. We don't drive this car after dark. I don't understand why this issue has not been recalled. The dealer said that the failure has to happen while they are examining the car.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Cadillac DTS 12
Failure Date: 06/20/2013

Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated the headlights were activated while driving various speeds and the headlights unexpectedly failed to illuminate. The malfunction distorted the driver's vision. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who was unable to duplicate the problem. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. Js.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Cadillac DTS 13
Failure Date: 04/01/2013

The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the headlights intermittently failed. The contact also indicated that the vehicle stalled occasionally. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 80,000.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Cadillac DTS 14
Failure Date: 03/16/2013

We were driving on I-40 west in sampson county, north carolina when the headlights went out. They came back on shortly. They blinked a few times after that. We were nearly 100 miles from home at night and traffic was heavy. This was very frightening.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Cadillac DTS 15
Failure Date: 01/01/2013

The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that the headlights flickered sporadically and had become dimmer than normal. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the head lamps bulbs and the driver side headlight deflector needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 24,093.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Cadillac DTS 16
Failure Date: 11/29/2012

This 2006 Cadillac Dts was purchased used in November of 2011. At the time of purchase the vehicle only had 30,743 miles, was lightly used and never involved in any accidents. The vehicle currently has approximately 69,000 miles. A couple of months ago, I noticed the right side hid headlight flickering and going out while driving. Thinking it was a bulb, I spoke to the dealer by phone who advised it may be a bulb, ballast or loose connection. From research and dealer conversation, I learned it was a costly and time consuming repair just to replace the bulb, due to design issues requiring removal of the entire bumper cover just to access the headlight. I took it to the dealer for repair, but was told that they could not duplicate the problem. Since then, the flickering has gotten worse, now affecting both headlights. They randomly flicker off and on while driving proving to be a distraction to me, as well as drivers of other vehicles. It is also a safety issue as there is no warning when they are going to go out. A search of this issue via google reveals this is not an isolated instance with my vehicle, but in fact, is very widespread with many documented cases mirroring my situation. Cadillac / gm to my knowledge has not offered any relief to an issue that is obviously a defect. Per the dealer, repair of the ballast could be well over $1000. However, reviewing other's experience, there has been little success in finding or repairing the issue. Cadillac is supposed to be a flagship for gm and a premium automobile. I would think reliable, safe and functional headlights would be a minimum threshold for safety. I ask your assistance in reviewing the documented issues from many frustrated Cadillac owners who experience the same issues that I am having and exert some pressure on gm / Cadillac to rectify this known issue.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Cadillac DTS 17
Failure Date: 07/17/2012

My 2006 Cadillac Dts hid headlight will intermittently, but not frequently, shut off. You can restore the headlight by just shutting the headlamp off and back on. My understanding is this is a common problem with the early gm hid systems included on the Cadillac and corvette. I believe this is due to a design defect. There is no indication this will occur and there is no warning on the dash of any kind. You simply have diminished view suddenly which is a risk to being able to see what is in the roadway.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Cadillac DTS 18
Failure Date: 07/09/2012

Continued problem with left headlight going out.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Cadillac DTS 19
Failure Date: 04/05/2012

The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that the driver's side headlight would fail sporadically. The dealer was notified and an appointment was scheduled for repairs. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance to the contact. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileages were 69,700. Updated 08/28/lj the dealer replaced the ballast, which was faulty. Updated 08/29/12.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2007 Cadillac DTS 20
Failure Date: 03/28/2012

The contact owns a 2007 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the front passenger side headlight stopped illuminating. The contact stopped the vehicle and shut it off. Upon restart, the headlight began illuminating as normal. The failure recurred often. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The dealer stated that the entire headlight assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified and they stated that they would only pay for half of the repair costs. The failure mileage was 27,000 and the current mileage was 29,560.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2007 Cadillac DTS 21
Failure Date: 01/18/2012

My lens covering is discoloring and has become clouded over. This was brought to the dealers attention under warranty. He said this is not covered. How can this be when now the headlights are significantly less effective through this cloudy lens. Other Cadillac owners in the dealer hear my conversation and they had the same problem. They had the lens replaced at a cost of over $350. A blind eye seems to be a true safety issue that should be a recall item.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Cadillac DTS 22
Failure Date: 10/15/2011

The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that when driving at various speeds, the headlights would flicker on and off before completely failing. The contact would have to turn the headlight switch on and off in order to get them to remain illuminated. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer or an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000. The current mileage was approximately 54,000. Updated 11/14/lj the consumer stated since filing the complaint, he contacted the manufacturer and the vehicle was inspected by the dealer. They stated there was water intrusion in the headlights which shorted out the ballast. It has not been fixed, because he did not want to pay $2,000. Updated 11/15/12.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Cadillac DTS 23
Failure Date: 09/15/2011

The left headlight will turn a rose color & then go out. The right is o. K. I bought the car used last July & possibly the right has been repaired already. The high cost to change a bulb is because of the design of the front. The inner fender & the front fasica has to come off to access the ballast or bulb. I think g. M. Should pick up the cost for headlight repairs.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Cadillac DTS 24
Failure Date: 09/01/2011

Headlights flicker on and off then one or both will just go out.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Cadillac DTS 25
Failure Date: 08/15/2011

The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that the passenger's side headlight failed intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated the passenger's side headlight would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure later occurred on the driver's side headlight. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

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