Another Electrical Gremlin - 2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS Long Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS: Another Electrical Gremlin

January 24, 2013

2013 Cadillac ATS

Along with the inaccurate headlight malfunction warning that both Walton and I have experienced, our 2013 Cadillac also has another electrical gremlin. During normal use, the backlight for the PRND next to the shifter keeps fading in an out. This is happening whether the car is in motion or not and when the automatic headlights are on or off.

At first I just thought I was having a stroke, but then another editor here confirmed that the lights were indeed failing.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 3,700 miles


  • cl0ud7 cl0ud7 Posts:

    Gotta love american craftsmanship!

  • eclogite eclogite Posts:


  • loseit loseit Posts:

    Please... both my M3 and my old 335 would have all the warning lights come and go into limp mode for no reason. All to have it disappear by restarting the car. I have had to take My MBE350 taken in because as the mechanic put it "the power window's can go out of sync"...and the heater blower already needed to be changed. Point is this is not "american craftsmenship"

  • flapsmcgee flapsmcgee Posts:

    Should have bought the manual.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    Whether or not this is reflective of American craftsmanship, this imminent failure (at 3,700 miles!) is certainly not reflective of engineering excellence, which is one of the things luxury buyers expect. I had a plebian Ford Mustang for over ten years and 100,000 miles where the only bulbs I ever had to replace were the headlights. If Ford could figure it out over a decade ago, why can't Cadillac today?

  • jpnpower jpnpower Posts:

    GREENPONY. you have yet to experience the terror of Japanese craftsmanship. My brother said that he'd get a new car when his Toyota Vista had a major problem. That was 30 years ago, and the day has never come. Meanwhile, my friend's Camry is junk after 5000 miles.

  • noburgers_ noburgers_ Posts:

    the real question is, why is the "Car of the Year" only getting new blog posts less than once a week? Isn't there anyone left at Edmunds to drive it and comment? Get anyone to do something. This (almost) never happened at IL to current cars

  • barich1 barich1 Posts:

    I guess Cadillac is doing a really good job of copying the Germans.

  • barich1 barich1 Posts:

    I guess Cadillac is doing a really good job of copying the Germans.

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