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2004 Cadillac CTS Problems and Repair Histories

95 TrueDelta members own a 2004 Cadillac CTS. 38 of these members (40%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 90 repairs to 2004 Cadillac CTSs--an average of 0.9 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2004 Cadillac CTS problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

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Don't infer 2004 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 2004 Cadillac CTS repairs by problem area

40% of the 2004 Cadillac CTS repairs were to the engine, 12% to the transmission, 10% to the brakes, 8% to the suspension, 10% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 9% to the body and trim, and 11% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 90 repairs.

2004 Cadillac CTS repair cost distribution

Of the 2004 Cadillac CTS repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 10% cost less than $100, 34% between $100 and $499, 27% between $500 and $999, 22% between $1000 and $2499, and 7% more than $2500.

Chart based on 41 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.

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. 
 

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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
0 Rear end pinion seal leaking. Replaced under Certified Cadillac Warranty. 
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 British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 43400    
44640 0 replace drivers side wiper arm,no cost on warranty 
71280 12000 throttle body and throttle sensor replaced and intake work transmission reprogramming 
80900 200 second time o2 sensor replaced 
81220 1200 eight weeks later o2 sensors failed again. ecm replaced with o2 sensors, dealer diagnoses o2 sensors failing due to ecm failure 
84940  
Cadillac CTS in Tennessee, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 43000    
44000 0 Bought the car on a Wednesday, by Friday Check Engine Light on and reduced power, took car in Saturday after calling dealership who said to come in then. they checked and said it had lose gas cap and reset the alarm. 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 
58000 0 Stability system alarm kept coming on, took to shop, said they reprogrammed computer, still does it now and then 
62000 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. 
 
Cadillac CTS in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2008 59000    
60000 1000 Warped rotors - too thin to turn. Replaced with new GM parts. 
139700 65 Stability control warning would trigger randomly. I replaced the steering column sensor. 
145000 325 Rubber doughnuts at either end of driveshaft cracked and center support rubber gone. The rubber bushing in the shift lever on the transmission was also gone and since the bushing isn't replaceable I had to buy the whole linkage. 
Cadillac CTS in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2006 43000    
59000 100 Under warranty had right rear window motor and cable replaced. 
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 .. 
 
Cadillac CTS in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2007 31000    
32000 0 Steering column makes creaking noise. Dealer replaced steering rack. Creaking/clicking noise in steering wheel. Cause: SIR COIL MODULE MAKING CLICKING SOUND. REPLACE SIR COIL & HARNESS 
36000 0 Dealer replaced headlight lens, due to peeling. While driving the check engine light comes on for 3 seconds and while car loses power. The engine dies, the gauges shut down for about 3 seconds then comes back to life. Luckily this has only happened during highway driving 60mph or faster. This is ... 
 
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 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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2004 Cadillac CTS 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

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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