Cadillac DTS owners have reported 34 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Continued problem with left headlight going out.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Headlights flicker on and off then one or both will just go out.
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.
The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the headlights flickered on an intermittent basis. The contact had to pull the lever on and off in order for the lights to illuminate again. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000. The current mileage was approximately 130,000.
The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph the headlights unexpectedly turned off. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the headlight bulbs were replaced. The failure continued after the replacement of the bulbs. The contact also stated the head lights would unexpectedly flicker. The vehicle was taken to another independent mechanic where the failure was diagnosed. The contact did not know the repairs that needed to be performed. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.
The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that the headlights illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that water entered the head light capsule through a faulty vent, causing it to corrode. The dealer stated that the head lights needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance because the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 77,000. Updated 05/10/lj.
2006 Cadillac Dts left hand headlight was intermittent and had signs of water inside the lens. Complete assy. Replaced replaced at dealer expense within 30 days of vehicle purchase. Right hand light assy has now become intermittent and also shows signs of water inside lens.
Headlights turn off by themselves without warning. They do come back on when turned on manually but continue to turn off for no apparent reason. They turn off in no particular order, sometimes one or the other or sometimes both of them. It's very dangerous because it happens without warning.
Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact was driving 25 mph when the driver side headlight malfunctioned intermittently. The contact stated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive at night. The contact was unclear as to what was causing the failure. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The failure mileage was 85,000.
2006 Cadillac Dts left headlights flicker on and off, turn on manually to get them back on. Sometimes both of them. It's very dangerous because it happens without warning. Dealer says they cannot duplicate.
The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact noticed that both the driver and passenger side headlights were flickering abnormally and suddenly stopped functioning. The contact stated that the failure occurred when driving at any speed, intermittently. The vehicle was taken to two different independent mechanics who were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.
The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that the left headlight on the vehicle was not working. The dealer informed the contact that the replacement for the headlight would cost approximately $700. 00. The front passenger side headlight was previously replaced at his insurance companies expense. Cadillac was not notified. The headlight will be replaced at the owners expense. The failure mileage and current mileages were 50,000. The VIN was unknown.
The left headlamp assembly had to be replaced due to corrosion. Approximately a month later the right headlamp had to be replaced for the same reason. I have subsequently have learned that Cadillac put out a bulletin, document id #08014a, that addresses the problem with corrosion in the headlights. If the headlights failed out at night, in the rain, clearly it is a safety issue.
I purchased a used 2006 Cadillac Dts in October of '06. In the spring of 2009, the headlights on said vehicle began to flicker. I thought it was a bad headlamp. I took it to a mechanic and they could not duplicate the problem to determine why this was happening. I've been driving the vehicle for 8 - 9 months since this problem started and now one headlight or the other or sometimes both will go out. Took it back to the mechanic and it was determined after 4 hours of testing that the ballasts in the headlight unit are both bad causing the headlights to do this. Repair cost at a non-gm mechanic was $1700 - $2000. A gm certified mechanic verified the problem and repair cost will be $1403. 82. This is to replace the ballasts, headlamps and the labor costs. I feel this is a ridiculous cost for repair of headlights, but have ordered parts and hopefully will have my car repaired next week. This is very unsafe, as I can be driving down the road at night and have my headlights just shut off. The only way to get the headlights back on is to turn them off and back on, but even then it only works for a short period of time before repeating the same problem. In researching this, I have seen other internet posts from Cadillac owners experiencing similar issues with the headlights. I did complain to gm/Cadillac and they are offering to cover 25% of the repair costs. In the interim, I have been pulled over by police for having headlights not working and I have not even been aware that they had gone out while I've been driving.
Dash lighting is dimmed when ever headlights are on during daylight hours. Automatic system does not return panel light levels to daylight brightness. This makes the dash invisible in bright daylight. Condition exists until the sun is high in the sky. Dealer says this is a design issue! owners manual says that "parade dimming" capability in car electronic is intended to prevent this from happening. This is a major safety hazzard. I have taken the car to the dealer several times, they have no cure. I have called the customer assistance number. No one ever returns my call. E-mail are also unanswered.
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Headlights flicker and shut off everytime head light are turned on in automatic or manual modes. Headlights were replaced and problem continues. Ballast is the next step but is very expensive and difficult to do. This is a manufacturing / engineering critical problem. Gm should be responsible for this repair. You purchase a car and expect a critical item like your head lights to work properly everytime.
The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Dts. The contact stated that the right headlight failed intermittently; it would turn off and on. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer while under warranty and the right headlight assembly was replaced but the failure continued. The manufacturer offered no assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 42,000 and the current mileage was approximately 68,000.
Like many other caddy owners are having problems with the twilight sensors operation. Problem being the headlamps come on too early and go off too late resulting in a dimming of the interior dash illumination. This causes the driver not to be able to determine vehicle speed. . . Especially if its still bright enough out for sun glasses to be used. My 2007 Dts and others. . Read more...