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Cadillac CTS repairs by problem area

Engine (28%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (14%)

Other (8%)

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Cadillac CTS brake repair cost distribution

$2500+ (14%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (26%)

$100 - $499 (35%)

< $100 (14%)

Chart based on 57 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

270-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

13000 mi Rotors turned to eliminate very slight vibration when braking. 
84000 mi

US $1000
replace pads and reshape rotors. 

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2012 Cadillac CTS 2dr Coupe

318-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

11000 mi

US $1000
Only 11000 miles and rotors are shot. They tell me it's my fault, that I don't drive the car enough 

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2011 Cadillac CTS 4dr Wagon

supercharged 556hp 6.2L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

33000 mi Routine brake pad replacement on both front and rear. Front rotors needed to be turned as well. 

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2011 Cadillac CTS 4dr Wagon

270-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

29000 mi

US $235
Rrplace worn pads and rotors 

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2011 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

supercharged 556hp 6.2L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

1200 mi Car developed a clicking sound coming from both front wheels when turning at any speed. Taken to dealer who stated that GM is aware of the problem and there is a TSB about the issue. Wheels removed, rotors and mating surface cleaned. Fixed 
2000 mi Right front brake rotor had a "score" in it that required the rotor to be slightly turned to alleviate the issue. Both rotors were turned and the problem eliminated. 
5000 mi Wheel clicking issue returned and GM finally issued a TSB calling for the replacement of the one piece front rotors with a new two piece rotor design. Problem resolved for now. 

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2011 Cadillac CTS 2dr Coupe

supercharged 556hp 6.2L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

5000 mi Clicking in front wheels when steering fully locked to one side or other, such as in parking situations. Replaced front rotors with two piece rotors. 

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2010 Cadillac CTS 4dr Wagon

270-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

64000 mi

US $48
Heard rubbing and clunking sound, mechanic diagnosed it found brake insulator bent against rotor. Removed, reformed insulator. Noise is eliminated 
79300 mi

US $1270
Had all rotors and pads replaced 

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2010 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

supercharged 556hp 6.2L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

25000 mi Worn right rear wheel sensor for ABS and traction control. Sensor replaced under warranty. 

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2010 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

304-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

3375 mi Had service brakes soon alert on DIC. Shop read the stored code. Reprogrammed the brake module per a notification from GM. Brakes worked fine and no brake issues were noted other than the alert on the DIC. 

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2009 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

304-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

62500 mi A week later the stabilitrak broke and they couldn't find anything wrong. 
37000 mi

US $200
Brake chatter. New front dura stop pads, all 4 rotors resurfaced. 
65000 mi

US $200
Pulsing brake pedal, replaced pads and rotors 
42000 mi

US $350
Pulsating brake pedal. 

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2009 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

263-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

18000 mi Dealer replaced rear brake calipers and pads under TSB warranty to eliminate squeal during stops 
19300 mi squealing rear brakes, repaired by replacing pads and caliper bracket per TSB 

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2008 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

304-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

28700 mi Brake rotors were confirmed to be warped, but the dealer was asking $250 to cut four rotors, which was (IMO) far too much money. I will have them repaired elsewhere. 28,000 miles is a bit young to have warped rotors, but it wasn't covered. 
2000 mi Replaced rear pads/bracket per TSB for squeaking brakes.  
10000 mi Replaced pads and refinished rotors to eliminate brake squeal. 

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2008 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

304-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

62000 mi

US $650
Traction control and brake warning lights illuminated Sensor defective and replaced 
80760 mi Rear hub/abs sensor replaced. Dealer where I purchased paid for the repair. 
95000 mi

US $1200
Replaced both reluctors on rear axle. 
95000 mi

US $500
Replaced a third failed reluctor, on a front wheel. One remains original. 
99000 mi

US $1100
Replaced fourth and final hub reluctor. Other three had failed and been replaced in the past 9 months. 
10000 mi Service stability and traction control light came on. Fixed with flash of new software. 
19000 mi As I brake on a slight turn, the Stability light and ABS light come on, with Service Stability, and Service Brake Assist. Message will go away the next time you turn the car on, but come back as you drive. Happens everytime, but dealer cannot replicate. 
20000 mi ABS and Stability light comes on every time. It finally got fixed. Dealer changed wiring and harness for brake system and a wheel speed sensor, as far as I recall. This car is finally problem free (knock on wood), and I can finally enjoy driving it. 
76000 mi

US $1000
Left front caliper was frozen, causing brake to drag and poor fuel economy. 
8000 mi squeaking brakes, fixed the fronts but said the rear brakes are not warranty repair for squeaking. GM says the noise may go away. 
99000 mi

US $400
Brake sensor replaced for ABS and traction control 
70060 mi one rear wheel sensor assembly replaced (under warranty). 
74580 mi rear brake calipers 

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2008 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

304-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed manual RWD

28000 mi Rear brake noise.GMC/TSB recommended replace Pads and Bracket-was replaced-OK NOW. 

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2008 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

263-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

58000 mi

US $110
Brake shudder when stopping. Front rotors were turned and problem was solved 
115500 mi

US $300
Right rear hub 

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2008 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

263-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

11000 mi got a FREE brake job on this one a front pad had cracked defective part right so they replaced front brakes 
38000 mi

US $105
speed sensor 
4000 mi Brakes fade intermittently ,shop could not replicate. Zone was of little help. Problem is very sporadic, will probably sell this car as soon as I can. 

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2007 Cadillac CTS

Engine not specified

128000 mi

US $619
Replaced pads turned rotors 

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2007 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.6L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

42000 mi

US $800
Replace rotors and brakes all around the car 

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2006 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.6L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

76000 mi

US $67
Brake pads (front) 
23000 mi Traction Control/ABS malfunction - caused by wire rubbing chassis. Repaired done under factory warranty 
151000 mi

US $150
Had to replaced rear pads and rotors 
91500 mi Steering position sensor replaced 

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2006 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

210-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

45880 mi Front brake hose fitting and assemblies. 

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2005 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

400-horsepower 5.7L V8 6-speed manual RWD

38000 mi

US $100
Brake line, excellent service, excellent tech, Vera Cadillac in Pembroke Pines, FL is the best!!! 
30000 mi

US $120
Replaced rear brake rotors, rotors were cracked in 3-4 places. 

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2005 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.6L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

25420 mi I told them to check my brakes since it started to get kind of mushy and due to the fact I had mine replaced at 20,000KM and know it's 40,000 (common sense it's time to be replaced) and they replaced themů 
32860 mi On uneven roads my brake paddle makes noise. They tighten the clippers, brake paddle, and changes a plastic button behind the paddle. Now it's 60% better. 
80600 mi

$1250
noise coming during braking. 
74000 mi

US $250
Worn brakes and rotors had to be replaced 
134000 mi

US $120
Replaced leaking brake hoses 
24000 mi Service StabilitySteeringBrake Warning appeared on DIC. Dealer replaced malfunctioning computer and had to reprogram performance parameters. 
64000 mi

US $100
ABS, Traction Control sensor went bad. Front hub had to be replaced. Also replaced deck lid struts. All repairs covered under warranty minus $100.00 deductible. 

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2005 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

210-horsepower 2.8L V6 6-speed manual RWD

71920 mi

C $30
One of the rear brake caliper slide pins was seized. Removed it, cleaned it, greased it, reinstalled. 

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2004 Cadillac CTS

Engine not specified

122760 mi Had 2 computer chips replaced ($2,300.00) July'15. One went again in May'16. Dealer decided it was another part burning out the chips & wanted another $2,300 to repair + new brake lines & calipers. Transmission redone '15. Scrapped at 199Kms 

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2004 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

400-horsepower 5.7L V8 6-speed manual RWD

17000 mi Brake Master Cylinder Reservoir (leaking) 

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2004 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.6L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

186000 mi

US $182
The caliper on the front passenger side was squeaking loudly and was a safety issue according to the dealer, $181.90. Ordered a new caliper, but received the wrong part, so they just greased the pistons inside the caliper. Seems to have worked. 
192700 mi

US $799
Replaced left & Right from calipers, rear ceramic pads, and rear disc brake rotor. Upon inspection, Meineke, observed both rear discs cracked. 
77000 mi

US $600
Stability System Engaged message appearing over and over. Replaced steering wheel position sensor and problem was resolved. 
65000 mi

US $600
Back Brake Calipers needed replacement. Brake shoes wearing too quickly and sporadically. 
115000 mi

US $810
"Stability system engaged" warning on the DIC. this was causing the left front brake to inadvertly engage. After keeping the vehicle and driving it, the tech. was able to get a faulty reading from the steering position switch. Replaced switch. 
58000 mi Stability system alarm kept coming on, took to shop, said they reprogrammed computer, still does it now and then 
62000 mi

US $50
Growling when putting on brake. something in abs brake system. Shop replaced right front hub assembly. Still growls now and then after the replacement. 
60000 mi

US $1000
Warped rotors - too thin to turn. Replaced with new GM parts. 
139700 mi

US $65
Stability control warning would trigger randomly. I replaced the steering column sensor. 
60000 mi

US $344
Brake caliper locked up. Replaced both front brake calipers and turned rotors. 
62700 mi

US $300
Caliper locked up.replaced rear left caliper. Replaced rear brake pads and turned rotors 

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2004 Cadillac CTS 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

67000 mi

US $230
Replaced rear brake pads and turned rotors 

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2003 Cadillac CTS

Engine not specified

113460 mi

C $2500
service stability system. After many trips to the shop to complain that warning system coming on (the shops computer never acknowledged that the warning system had come on so mechanics figured I didn't know what i was talking about) their computer 

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2003 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

220-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

71000 mi

US $400
ABS wheel sensor 
100000 mi Was getting random messages about the Stability System Engaging which kicked off the Cruise Control. 
89000 mi

US $500
Leaking master cylinder and brake hose. Waited weeks for parts from shut-down GM plants. 
114000 mi

US $2000
Padsx4/rotorsx2 replaced 
55000 mi

US $60
Stabilization light flashed on and car had slight shift in rear end. Mechnic could not find problem. Did all test nothing showed. Returned after problem occurred again without turning off engine, still could not find problem. 
78000 mi

US $930
Rear hub speed sensor bad. Integral with hub. Hub replaced. 
80600 mi

C $250
Steering position sensor. 
70000 mi Worn rotors and pads. Replaced. 
145000 mi

US $1500
New front brakes and rotors. 
63000 mi

US $250
Brake pads replaced and rotors resurfaced. 
66340 mi

C $980
Broken brake hydraulic flex line on front driver side, lost all brake fluid,wait for parts ordered. Replaced rotors and pads on all four wheels. 
79360 mi

C $1300
Broken left front brake line. Had to order parts. fixed under recall. Luckily was not on highway when line broke. Severe safety hazard recall. Had fixed at first other than dealer. Then to dealer for GM parts. Refused to cover expenses. 
79000 mi

US $6750
replaced master cylinder 
89000 mi

US $436
new rotors and pads 
96000 mi Brake pads. 

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