Cadillac Escalade owners have reported 97 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Cadillac Escalade based on all problems reported for the Escalade.
My 2015 Cadillac Escalade has been in the shop for 50+ days since purchasing in 2015 for defective brakes, transmission, trim, technology, chassis, electrical, and hvac. I have contacted gm and they don't want to repurchase the vehicle. The vehicle is constantly in the shop for problems and it is not a vehicle that should be operated on public roadways. Numerous parts of my transmission have been replaced/reprogrammed/rebuilt before due to defects in design and build quality. The transmission consistently vibrates, jerks and shutters when driving, pops and creaks when stopped and clunks when launching from stop or rolling stop. The transmission causes the car to take off in 4th gear rather than in 1st gear which means the car feels as if there is no power to propel the vehicle. The transmission slips and feels as if it is broken. I have taken it to the dealer at least 14 times and gm now does not want to replace the transmission even though the dealer has verified the concern and documented it. I feel that gm is not doing enough to ensure safe vehicles are on the road. This transmission issue is going to cause an accident one day. I have already put gm on notice all the way up to the executive level and they don't want to do anything about it. I feel that NHTSA should investigate the issues that plague 2015 full size gm SUV owners. There are a lot of us out there according to my research.
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Truck stalls out when pulling out. No matter how much you push on the gas pedal. Getting service stability trak control messages, when turning it off it seems it does not stall out as bad. Gas gauge is sticking, never know how much gas you truly have everyday!!.
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The cue system gets stuck an sometimes it changes buy itself. It will not let you change the it will freeze for a long period of time.
I have experience several times when I went back to get in my vehicle an it wouldn�t start. I have an appointment to take it to the dealership next week. Iu am so upset with GMC.
After driving the truck from work one day, all the lights on the dash starts flickering, there was a loss of power, no acceleration and speed gauge drop completely. I had no idea of the speed that I was driving plus the doors started locking and unlocking. I have looked online and there are many people with the same issue with gm products.
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While traveling on the highway the vehicle randomly lost electrical power, lights, door locks, everything and the engine upshifted into second or third gear completely on its own, then refused to accelerate. The electrics would come back on and then go off again. The electronic went completely berserk and presented a huge safety issue for my wife, children and I.
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The contact owns a 2013 Cadillac Escalade. While the vehicle was parked, it failed to start without warning. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was towed to courtesy Chevrolet of san diego (750 camino del rio north, san diego, CA 92108, phone number: (619) 297-4321) where it was diagnosed that the main electrical fuse failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v614000 (electrical system). The manufacturer informed the contact that the VIN was not associated with the recall. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.
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The contact owns a 2009 Cadillac Escalade. While driving 20 mph, the transmission seized and the vehicle jerked. In addition, while the vehicle was in the park position, the rpms accelerated rapidly without warning and the vehicle accelerated rapidly. The vehicle was taken to auto zone where it was diagnosed that the cooling system of the hybrid system and battery caused the failure. Furthermore, family trucks and vans of denver colorado was notified of the failure and further diagnosed that the oil pressure switch and brake pedal were faulty. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 158,389.
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The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Escalade. While pulling into a parking area, smoke entered the vehicle. The contact was able to exit the vehicle with his baby. Upon further inspecting the hood area, it was noticed that the fire originated near the battery and power steering. The fire department extinguished the flames and the vehicle was left at the location. A police report was not filed. The insurance company was notified, took pictures, and was to further investigate. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 06e043000 (fuel system, gasoline) and 02v224000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure and the contact was waiting for them to follow up to investigate the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000.
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Connector to seat control module located under passenger seat shorted out and melted without fuse interruption. Melted connector found when heated seat function stopped working. Several vehicle forums and youtube videos describe same experience and potential "fixes". Others report this overheating is initiated during remote starting. Gm should resolve this connector design problem and repair even if out of warranty due to potential fire hazards.
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On three separate occasions the car has completely shut down while being driven. Twice while at highway speeds, the car lost all power, including power steering, power brakes, as I was trying to safely get over to the side of the highway, all the dash lights come back on, the radio comes on at top volume, the power comes back on. I have had it into an authorized Cadillac dealership. They had it for over a week and could never replicate it or find the issue. The third time it happened on a side street, not as bad as the highway, but still extremely dangerous. This is clearly an issue because I have read other reports of the exact same thing happening. The one I read was in 2008 which is the model year of this car. First time it happened was appx late Nov 2015,, then again in March 2016, and this last time on July 17, 2016.
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My vehicle stopped unexpectedly on the freeway while driving. I had my wife and 3. Kids in the car. I drifted then put the car in park while moving and restarted it. My windshield wipers do not stay on they wipe once then shut off.
I been fighting this p0011 code for over a year. I've replaced the whole engine, sensors, ecm, and other things associated with this problem. This code can be anything. Doesn't make any sense for 100 things to be associated with 1 code. I've owned many vehicles and I honestly never experienced a problem like this. Costed me over 10k in diagnostics, parts, and labor. I'm not the only 1 with this problem. Very unfair. Cadillac should be responsible for this problem. This engine design has too many flaws!.
Radio sound goes in and out. Also door chime does or doesn't work right along with it. It could be a short or the bcm from what I can see. Also sometimes the sunroof leaks.
I have contacted Cadillac customer service regarding my steering wheel smoking and burning a hole in the leather when I use the heated steering wheel feature. They are claiming that it is the result of normal wear and tear which I find absurd. The dealer representative stated to me that in the 10 years he's been working on gm cars, he has never seen this happen. Also, the dealer charged me to replace all four internal door handles after the metal degraded and started cutting our hands. Apparently, other Escalades were covered under a recall but not my VIN. I think both should be covered by gm given the serious nature of both defects.
The rear doors do not lock and unlock with remote, must be done manually.
The contact owns a 2009 Cadillac Escalade. While the cruise control was activated, it would suddenly fail when the contact activated another electrical device in the vehicle. The failure recurred to the point that the cruise control no longer operated at all. Also, while driving over a speed hump or any other bump in the road, the windows would roll up or down without warning. The dealer was unable to diagnose the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The approximate failure miileage was 100,000.
Engine started misfiring while on highway. Engine light came on and was blinking. I pulled off the road and had the car towed to dealer. The result is #6 and #8 are misfiring and also were told that 2 manifold bolts on right side of engine were broken off in engine body. If they cannot get the bolts to back off they will have to pull the head to drill them out on the inside.
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While driving down the highway the vehicle shuts itself off and back on. Doors lock and unlock, air conditioner turns itself on and off along with heated seats turning on. Radio increases in volume and vehicle engine increase rpms. With high volume of traffic major safety concern with other traffic involved.
Vehicle stops running. Engine dies happened four times, three times at 70 to 80 mph on 6 ln. Freeway have to try and steer and use brakes with no power. Once to the side of the road let sit for a few minutes and it starts up again. Have had it to the dealer and they say they have no idea what is wrong when they put on the computer. I feel that his is extremely dangerous! it could get us killed along with any one else close by that hits us.
The contact owns a 2004 Cadillac Escalade. While driving various speeds, the contact was unable to read the speedometer and the gauges displayed the incorrect speed, fuel, and rpm information. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was approximately 120,000.
When I turn on the a/c this smells like oil burning, and I have check engine light on as well. This is because oil is leaking in to the exhaust system. I read that this is a typical issue in these cars. I thought this is a particular car's defect, but I read that is very common issue in the 2008 Escalades.
The contact owns a 2002 Cadillac Escalade. While driving 55 mph, smoke was seen coming from the front middle console. The contact pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road and flames were seen coming from the console. The contact exited the vehicle and the fire department arrived to extinguish the fire. There were no injuries. Neither a police nor a fire report were filed. The vehicle was towed to a tow lot. An independent mechanic stated that a penny fell into the lighter and caused an electrical shortage. The vehicle was not destroyed. The contact was repairing the vehicle himself. The local dealer and manufacturer were not notified. The failure mileage was approximately 150,000. The VIN was unavailable.
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I was the owner of a 2014 Cadillac Escalade. On August 26, 2015, while driving I plugged in my cell phone charger into the cigarette lighter. Sparks and smoke started coming from underneath the dashboard. I pulled over to a side street. No sooner than I was able to get out, the entire cabin of the vehicle, the doors,seats, console burst into flames. The engine was on fire as well. This was a devastating incident to endure. I am lucky to be alive.
Tl- the contact owns a 2008 Cadillac Escalade. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked, the vehicle interior dashboard was engulfed in flames. The contact stated that he tried to unlock the door and the door had not unlocked. Then, the windshield had cracked. The contact took a jack hammer and broke the left rear door window and extinguished the fire with a hose that was approximately ten yards away from where the vehicle was parked. The fire department came and a report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact stated that there was a recall on the vehicle (10v240000); however, his vehicle VIN was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was approximately 116,000. Bd.
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|Electrical System problems||
|Instrument Panel problems||
|Ignition Switch problems||
|Car Will Not Start problems||
|Horn Assembly problems||
|Ignition Module problems||