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Cadillac CTS Engine Problems and Repair Histories

788 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Cadillac CTS. 187 of these members (23.7%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 245 engine repairs to Cadillac CTSs--an average of 0.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Cadillac CTS problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Cadillac CTS problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Cadillac CTS problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Cadillac CTS repairs by problem area

27% of the Cadillac CTS repairs were to the engine, 10% to the transmission, 7% to the brakes, 9% to the suspension, 22% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 17% to the body and trim, and 9% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 914 repairs.

Cadillac CTS engine repair cost distribution

Of the Cadillac CTS engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 12% cost less than $100, 34% between $100 and $499, 26% between $500 and $999, 19% between $1000 and $2499, and 10% more than $2500.

Chart based on 101 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2008 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

Cadillac CTS in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 0    
8000 0 The camshaft needed to be replaced as their was some movement in that area. 
 

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2008 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

Cadillac CTS in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2007 0    
1000 0 Exhaust vibration. Repaired exhaust hanger/mounting as per factory bulletin. 
 

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2008 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

210-horsepower 2.8L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Cadillac CTS in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2007 0    
4340 0 Mounting of exhaust too close to underbody. Required the brackets to be lowered 1/4". 
 

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2005 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.6L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

Cadillac CTS in Kuwait
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2007 21080    
25420 0 Some times, while driving my RPM fluctuates when my foot in off the gas (goes up and down by itself). I didn't see this happening after I got my car back. When cold I can feel my engine shake and it goes away when the engine is warm. They told me that it's normal since my car now considered OLD. 
32860 0 Finally the engine cover bedding I was waiting for since Sep07 has been installed. 
34100 50 Some times after I come back to my car and open the door I can clearly smell the cooling liquid coming from the inside of my car. It turns out water pump is leaking and was replaced under warranty. 
37200 0 My RPM fluctuate on idle. They acknowledge the problem but they donít know how to fix it. They informed GM-USA since many customers complained about this problem. 
56420 3000 Engine mount replaced. transmission mount replaced. 
66940 1725 the coil of cylinder 1 & 5 went bad and the car start to shake at stop 
72320 1050 Engine light blinking & car start jerking on stop. Replaced coil #2,4,6. ECM model, and fuel injector #6 
76880  

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2004 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.6L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

Cadillac CTS in Iowa, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 79000    
80000 0 High oil consumption resulting in a 2000 mile monitoring then taken back for a ring cleaning via the injectors. Am now monitoring second 2000 miles to determine if next steps are required. 
 
Cadillac CTS in Tennessee, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 43000    
44000 0 A few days later took the car back in at lunch and made appointment for the following day. Same problem but if I shut it off and turned it back on the car would run ok for a while. This trip they replaced the Throttle Assembly. A week later, it was back with same issue, this time they replaced the ECM. 
45000 0 Car had same symptoms as last two visits. Stability control light came on, then check engine soon alarm then the engine power was reduced. I shut it off sat a bit, turned it back on and the Check Engine Soon light still lit but I could drive it to the d 
 
Cadillac CTS in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2006 43000    
61000 600 Entire intake from the MAF to the intake manifold had to be replaced. Including the electronic throttle control assembly. They origanally thought that the volant intake had caused the issue. Upon further evaluation and inspection, they found it to be a .. 
 

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2003 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

220-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

Cadillac CTS in Manitoba, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2007 44640    
46500 495 thermostat broken. Seal and thermostat on backorder, had to take vehicle back at a later date. 
46500 580 Thermostat broken. Seal and thermostat on backorder, had to take vehicle back at a later date. Month: December 2007 outcome, ordered parts. 
 
Cadillac CTS in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2007 32860    
34060 0 slightly rough idle, brought rpm's up to about 750-800, seemed to help quite a bit.If it holds at those rpm's and computers don't re-adjust. 
75020 520 Long time for heater to throw heat. Figured it was the thermostat. Took to dealer and got P128 fault. Thermostat replaced and intake manifold gaskets replaced b/c had to be removed to make repair. Decided to replace spark plugs also. 
 
Cadillac CTS in Bahrain
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2006 72540    
73780 80 Throttle body replacement 
75640 250 small engine cooler inside the engine leaked radator water, need to be replaced part cost US$ 180 labour charge US$ 70. 
84940 250 Replacement of cranck sensor. Radiator repair. 
88040 120 Overheat problem, Mechanic replaced the thermostat, it took one week to get the part, no problem after part replacement. 
 

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