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Cadillac CTS Problems and Repair Histories

788 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Cadillac CTS. 315 of these members (40%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 911 repairs to Cadillac CTSs--an average of 1.2 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 911 repairs.

Cadillac CTS repair cost distribution

Of the Cadillac CTS repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 9% cost less than $100, 41% between $100 and $499, 27% between $500 and $999, 17% between $1000 and $2499, and 7% more than $2500.

Chart based on 192 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Cadillac CTS problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2005 Cadillac CTS

Engine not specified

Cadillac CTS in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2007 17000    
17000 0 Clutch pedal return spring broke. Needed to replace clutch pedal assembly. Driver's seat motor shorted out, stuck in the all the way back position. Motor replaced. 
 

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2005 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.6L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

Cadillac CTS in Arizona, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2006 15000    
19000 0 Car's information center would randomly/intermittently lose various setting's and power windows became inoperative. Problem diagnosed as a shorted drivers window switch control cluster. Cluster replaced, no problems since. 
29000 0 Left rear window track/guide broke, window would roll up and stay up. 
38000 0 Right rear window track/guide broke, window would not roll up and stay up. Successful repair.  Drivers power seat binding when moved. Successful repair. Right front turn signal not working. Sucessful repair. 
46000 0 Had oil leak at front engine seal. Had fluid leak from rear axle housing. Fog light relay sticking. Fog lights would not extingush when turned off. 
 

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2004 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

400-horsepower 5.7L V8 6-speed manual RWD

Cadillac CTS in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2007 37000    
38000 1800  
41000 119 alternator was replaced because battery was not charging 
46000 0  
54000 2000 Subrame broke, replaced. 
54000 2500 Transmission replaced. 
 
Cadillac CTS in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2006 60000    
67000 230 Replaced rear brake pads and turned rotors 
 

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2004 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.6L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

Cadillac CTS in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2006    
0 Moisture leak to bezel surrounding rear licence plate-replaced by dealer at no charge 
18000 0 Moisture leak around back up lamp lense seals 
19000 0 Rear drivetrain whine at 60+ mph. R&R rear differential 
24000 0 Small area of clearcoat finish peeled away from basecoat on rear bumper cover. Dealer r&r cover and refinished same. No charge-covered by Cadillac warranty 
26000 0 Right rocker panel trim loose-repaired-warranty 
 

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2004 Cadillac CTS 4-door

8-cylinder manual 2WD

Cadillac CTS in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2006 25000    
26000 0 Coolant leak, repaired and returned within hours. 
37000 0 Paint chipping off navigation system buttons. Replacment Nav system does not work right, dealer ordered new software. Trunk would not lock. 
40000 0 New Headlamps, lenses were failing. Power steering hose leak, new hose. Rattle in center console. South Coast Cadillac (formerly Nabors Cadillac) did a great job as usual. 
 
Cadillac CTS in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2006 42000    
43000 0 Both Catalytic Converters on my CTS-V were bad (gutted, nothing left in them at all) and needed to be replaced. 
 

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2003 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

220-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

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. 
86180 300 Window regulator failure 
88040 120 Overheat problem, Mechanic replaced the thermostat, it took one week to get the part, no problem after part replacement. 
 
Cadillac CTS in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2007 50000    
50000 761 Rear differential seals replaced after spotting leak on garage floor. 
54000 0 Trunk lid struts failed. Due to change in their design, trunk hinges had to be replaced at a cost of $500. E-mailed Cadillac for solution after returning home. Cadillac offered to arrange for dealer to pay 1/2 of $500 cost of repair. Dealer replaced trunk struts and hinges at no cost. Service manager said that it was the least they could do for a good customer. 
63000 250 Brake pads replaced and rotors resurfaced. 
81000  

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2003 Cadillac CTS 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Cadillac CTS in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2006 36000    
38000 0 Rough noisy ride was first discussed with dealer in October. It took three trips to diagnose correctly. Brakes replaced, shocks/struts replaced, alignment, tire balance/rotate (not considered maintience)finally control arm bushings were replaced and seems 
51000 105 Replaced the trunk struts. 
 

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