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2008 Cadillac CTS repairs by problem area

Engine (20%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (3%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (29%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (26%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 348 repairs.

2008 Cadillac CTS repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (18%)

$100 - $499 (53%)

< $100 (16%)

Chart based on 45 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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2008 Cadillac CTS

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Cadillac CTS in Florida, United States
Dec 2011 - Jan 2012
Jan 2012

52000 mi
Rear window went down by itself. Motor and regulator replaced 

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2008 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

Cadillac CTS in Texas, United States
Aug 2008 - Mar 2009
Sep 2008 Center console making squeaking noises. Improved, but still present. Passenger side AC vent thumbwheel was stuck. Ordered new one for installation in October. Bezel on center console had small scratch, replaced. Excessive wind noise from sunroof. Sunroof Adjusted, fixed, but caused new issues.  
Oct 2008

1000 mi
Dealer added insulation to center stack. 90% resolved.  Part replaced and resolved.  
Feb 2009

2000 mi
Thumbwheel was replaced. Replaced rear pads/bracket per TSB for squeaking brakes.  Driver seat squeaks. Seatback replaced. 90% resolved.  
Cadillac CTS in California, United States
Jan 2008 - Mar 2010
Oct 2008

6000 mi
1. Check engine light on.  2. Air vent rattle. 3. Package tray rattle 
Mar 2009

10000 mi
Replaced pads and refinished rotors to eliminate brake squeal. 
Cadillac CTS in California, United States
Jan 2008 - Jan 2011
Aug 2008

6000 mi

US $500
Few problems.. most warranty works. Trunk lid misaligment. Unable to take the key out of the fob. License plate light loose.. service dept closed when pick up.. need another trip 
Jan 2011

21000 mi

US $101
Auxiliary pump faulty, warning from onstar under engine cooling section, replaced, fixed 
Cadillac CTS in South Carolina, United States
May 2008 - Nov 2012
Nov 2008

3000 mi
Center stack went completely.No radio, Nav, HVAC. Initially told entire center stack needed to be replaced.Then was told a center stack control relay needed to be replaced but center stack was good. Finally was told control relay and radio was replaced. 
Cadillac CTS in Texas, United States
Nov 2007 - Mar 2010
Jul 2008

7000 mi
Nav screen squeaks during lowering and raising. New nav system ordered. Car used two quarts of oil in 5,000 miles. Presently performing an oil usage test supervised by the dealer. Driver's seat not stable, repair attempted, unresolved. Driver's window squeaks when lowering and raising. Dealer says can't replicate. 
Cadillac CTS in Arizona, United States
Nov 2007 - Jan 2011
Apr 2008

10000 mi
Weird hazy film in windshield. Factory defect. Replaced windshield. 
Dec 2010

59000 mi
Check engine light came on. Had to replace Timing Chains. Actually, this entire ordeal took two months. Long story. Bottom line, The repair was done with no cost to me. 
Cadillac CTS in Florida, United States
Dec 2007 - Sep 2008
Jun 2008

2000 mi
NAV is a mess. Pull over for gas and it forgets where it is and cannot compute route to destination. Unit flashes back and forth between day/night. TSB Disc not in stock. Ordered. 
Jul 2008

8000 mi
Engine stopped while driving. Dealer claims that due to Gas Tank Design, car can stall when going uphill with 3 gallons of gas in the tank. Car would not restart until it had been shaken (not stirred) for 15 miles on the back of a flatbed. 
Sep 2008

8000 mi
GPS fixed with GPS operating system upgrade. 
Cadillac CTS in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2008 - May 2014
Mar 2009

5000 mi
A-pillar trim on both sides of the CTS. Nav/radio system needed software update, disc with the update had to be ordered. Installed nav/radio software update Replaced warped A-pillar trim. 
Apr 2009

8000 mi
Red light on OnStar system flashed. OnStar said it was a wiring problem (and the OnStar module was replaced the previous month). Code B2485 showed faulty Bluetooth antenna. Part ordered. Poor connectivity wth VCIM. Replaced antenna under warranty. 
Jul 2010

18000 mi
Brake pedal squeaked during application on cold days. Navigation screen squeaked going up on hot days. 
Jul 2011

28700 mi
OnStar light illuminated red rather than green intermittently. OnStar advisor said it was a problem with the OnStar battery, but dealer said Bluetooth antenna was loose. Dealer reattached antenna. So far, repair seems to work. 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. 
Mar 2012

35000 mi
High pressure fuel pump failed. Car went into reduced engine power mode. Pressure was 55 psi rather than 3000. Part replaced on day 2. Both key fobs intermittently failed, so the car would sometimes not unlock or start. 
Jun 2013

49000 mi
Car went into limp home mode briefly and service engine soon light illuminated. Took to the dealer the next day and they replaced the TAC module under the powertrain warranty. 
Cadillac CTS in Texas, United States
Mar 2008 - Dec 2015
Feb 2010

28000 mi
One tire pressure sensor failed & was replaced. 
Apr 2010

30300 mi
OnStar & GM Remote Diagnostic results indicated a failing coolant pump that should be checked at the dealer within 7 days. Part was replaced under warranty. 
Mar 2014

86000 mi

US $135
Vacuum hose & broken elbow were replaced. RE: How badly? - Engine misfire noticeable when cold & on hard acceleration as well as check engine light on. RE: How discovered? - Driver noticed the engine misfire and THEN noticed the warning. Driver's side DRL dead. Requires removal of entire front facia. Told them not to do it for the quoted $200. RE: Who paid? - They miscommunicated internally & did it anyway. For free! except price of the bulb, $25. Excellent!!! 
Aug 2014

92000 mi

US $895
Engine misfire/running rough. They did a "top engine clean." Driver's exterior door handle not opening the door. Adjusted the door mechanism. Car ran fine for two days, then both problems returned. Engine misfire/running rough. This time they pulled the heads & manually cleaned out heavy carbon build-up. Driver's exterior door handle won't open the door. They replaced the driver's door actuator. The car actually seems fixed. 
Cadillac CTS in Ohio, United States
Jul 2011 - Sep 2011
Sep 2011

92000 mi
Drivers side keyless entry does not work. Cadillac diagnosed and I fixed the problem. 
Cadillac CTS in Texas, United States
Oct 2009 - Mar 2015
Apr 2013

96000 mi

US $210
Spark plugs and coils 
Mar 2015

123000 mi

US $1200
Transmission module failed...They foxed issue but gave me a new one..Now its hard for car to go into gear. They want to replace entire transmission for 4500..They acknowledge they did not do something correct, but dealer doesn't want to fix 
Cadillac CTS in Texas, United States
Nov 2010 - Jul 2014
Apr 2011

58000 mi
Tire pressure sensor failed 
Aug 2011

64700 mi
backup sensor not working 
Nov 2011

69000 mi
Door latch assembly intermittently not actuating power electrical components. Driver door control circuit for radio and interior lighting intermittent failure. 
Jun 2013

94000 mi
timing belt failed 
Cadillac CTS in Texas, United States
Jan 2011 - Aug 2011
Feb 2011

48000 mi
Timing chain adjustment 
Cadillac CTS in Texas, United States
Nov 2009 - Apr 2011
Feb 2010

24000 mi
front drivers seat would not heat 
Cadillac CTS in California, United States
Mar 2008 - Dec 2015
Jun 2010

23000 mi

US $123
check engine light on after oil change, fuel mixture sensor stuck,needed to disassemble and reassemble 
Jul 2010

24000 mi
coolant temp sensor failure 
Jan 2011

32300 mi

US $66
noise in dash linked to tach 
Aug 2011

37500 mi
water pump,  transmission sensor; also oil change and all air filters 
Jun 2013

54000 mi

US $430
tire air pressure sensors dead after 5 years, must be replaced 
Dec 2015

80000 mi

US $130
failed smog check 
Cadillac CTS in Virginia, United States
Nov 2007 - May 2011
Dec 2007 A-pillar trim fit poorly; delayed delivery by a day so dealer could swap the trim with another car. 
Cadillac CTS in Indiana, United States
Aug 2007 - Mar 2012
Mar 2009

29000 mi
Wind noise in sunroof. 
Apr 2009

30000 mi
Wind noise in sunroof fixed. Replaced all seals 
Sep 2010

51000 mi
sky light rattles 
Cadillac CTS in Georgia, United States
Nov 2007 - Mar 2009
Dec 2007

1000 mi
The turn signal lever was not activating the "lane change" feature when changing lanes to the right. The turn signal levers were on backorder and I had to take it back in January. There was a speaker grill on the dash coming unglued. 
Jan 2008

1000 mi
As stated above, the lane change function of the turn signal was malfunctioning. diagnosed in dec, part didnt come in until jan. 
Feb 2008

3000 mi
Rubbing of exhaust on frame, created a vibration and thumping sound when going over bumps. 
Cadillac CTS in Texas, United States
Oct 2007 - Oct 2010
Nov 2007

2000 mi
CD/DVD player stopped working. Unit was replaced. 
May 2008

3000 mi
Steering wheel cruise control toggle sticks in "increase" position. 
Nov 2008

5000 mi
Satellite radio dead. 
Cadillac CTS in Georgia, United States
Nov 2007 - Jun 2013
Jan 2008

5000 mi
Front bumper alignment. 
Feb 2008

7000 mi
Trunk lid shocks failed. Trunk lid shocks repaired. 
Apr 2008

9000 mi
Drive shaft out of balance. Needed re-indexing. Rattles in passenger back door. Rattling exhaust system. Mounting needed adjustment. 
Mar 2009

22000 mi
Sunroof noisy due to seal no sealing properly. 
Jun 2009

24000 mi
Problems fixed: drivetrain drone and brakes squeals. In both cases TSB applied successfuly. 
Feb 2010

32500 mi
Sunroof seals replaced due to wind noise. 
Oct 2010

42000 mi
Repaired faulty connection. 
Nov 2010

43000 mi
Replaced all timing chains and chain tensioners. 
Mar 2011

47000 mi
ECU reflash 
Jun 2011

50000 mi
Replaced door lock assembly. 
Oct 2011

55000 mi
Leaking A/C condenser replaced. 
Jan 2012

58000 mi

US $180
HID bulb failed 
Cadillac CTS in California, United States
Nov 2007 - Jun 2014
Mar 2008

2000 mi
Rear differential recall said bolt needed to be tightened, but ended up replacing entire rear differential. 
May 2008

3000 mi
Wireless key remote ceased functioning. Ordered a second key which came in 5 days later and was programmed to car by the dealer. 
Jan 2011

14300 mi
battery constantly dead because of drain on battery caused by one of car's defective computers 
Jan 2013

26300 mi

US $133
Excessive end play on left end camshaft. Installed 2 seals, a gasket kit and 2 washers. 
Sep 2013

29000 mi

US $1500
Engine light came on so I took it to dealer who said they had to drop the engine to check out the problem. Whatever it was, the problem was fixed. However, 95% of my bill was labor. 
Cadillac CTS in Wisconsin, United States
Nov 2007 - Apr 2013
Dec 2007 XM Radio failed, static on FM, radio had to be replaced 
Cadillac CTS in Arkansas, United States
Feb 2008 - Dec 2015
Mar 2008

2305 mi
Replaced entire center console stack. Replaced both A-pillar trim upholstery pieces. Replaced driver's seat track adjuster assembly. Removed rear inner fenders and installed Dyna Mat and undercoating. Tightened gear shift knob housing hold-down bolts. 
Apr 2008

3000 mi
Small paint bubble on passenger-side door handle broke open, leaving a small but very noticeable paint chip down to the bare metal. Removed handle, sent to body shop, repainted, clearcoated, reinstalled. Dealer replaced defective driver-side A-pillar upholstery for the second time. Dealer loosened and repositioned various transmission and exhaust system mounting brackets as per 2 TSBs regarding audible vibrations. Also added clamp weights to the exhaust pipes to dampen vibrations. Driver-side A-pillar upholstery loose, mis-positioned, and causing a persistent squeak - after previous replacement of this upholstery trim piece. Corrected, no more squeak. 
Dec 2008

9000 mi
Slight wind noise coming from top of driver's-door window was present at new car delivery. Now louder and distracting. Part (seal strip) on order. Intermittent rattle/buzz from rear deck was present at new car delivery. Now more consistent buzz with or without audio system on. Insulated cushion for rear deck on order. 
Jan 2009

10000 mi
Installed ordered part, driver's door window seal, but there's still too much wind noise in comparison to other three door windows. Slight rattle/buzz from rear deck, with or without audio on, was present at new car delivery and became progressively louder. Dealer ordered "insulated cushion" but did not install, instead found speaker shelf bracket defective, repaired, reinstalled. 
Apr 2010

19000 mi
Rear package shelf intermittant rattle, buzz described in TSB #09-08-44-003 w/ prescribed remedy "install flocking tape and shim stock." Dealer resented mention of the TSB, and attempted alternate undisclosed, unsuccessful repair... 
Aug 2010

21000 mi
Finally, after 2 years and 9 months, performed TSB plus added insulation between rear package shelf cover and metal rear deck Finally, after 2 years and 9 months, performed TSB 08-08-49-014 and added mylar washers to the HVAC center dashboard air outlet deflectors Finally, after 2 years and 9 months, completed TSB 08-07-30-044A. Previous trip reprogramed the transmission control module (TCM). This repair trip installed rubber insulators (2), GM P/N 20827776, between the rear drive axle and body. 
May 2011

26000 mi
Noisy exhaust resonance/vibration heard in passenger cabin when at idle with foot on brake. After multiple unsuccessful attempts, dealer finally replaced entire dual exhaust system from engine exhaust manifolds to chrome exhaust pipe tips. 
Dec 2011

32000 mi
TSB flocking material to correct rattling, buzzing rear package shelf between rear seats back and rear window Electric solenoid-controlled mechanical filter or shutter for low/high beam HID Xenon headlight (driver's side) does not work; so low beam only, no high beam. Water leak into truck from "center high mount stop light" aka 3rd brake light. Driver's door rubber surround seal cracked and split open. Engine compartment rear rubber seal loose and hanging down on driver's side, allowing increased engine noise into passenger cabin. Driver's side taillight housing loose and vibrating against body paint, causing paint chip around edge of plastic lense. 
Jan 2012

32000 mi
Replaced complete driver's side HID Xenon headlight assembly due to failure of high/low beam solenoid shutter. 
Feb 2013

40500 mi

US $200
Excessive oil consumption (1qt. in 1650mi. confirmed by oil consumption test). Rebuilt engine (heavy carbon buildup; new piston rings, bearings, seals, gaskets, etc.) Check engine light and codes. Replaced timing chain tensioners. Leaking seal around passenger-side HID headlight allowed rain water and wash water to enter, and resulting condensation on inside of lense would not clear, fogged headlight. Replaced complete headlight assembly. 
Nov 2013

44700 mi
Previous engine rebuild failed to correct excessive oil consumption (1qt per 1200mi after rebuild). Disassembled engine again and detected out-of-round cylinder bores. Replaced rebuilt engine with crated new LLT engine. 
Dec 2013

45000 mi

US $820
Replaced A/C condensor (located in front of radiator). Leak discovered on first warm day after dealer installed new engine, suspicious. Original mfr's warranty expired and not covered by GMPP, vehicle owner paid 100% of repair bill. 
Cadillac CTS in California, United States
Nov 2007 - Mar 2010
Jan 2008

1000 mi
Cup holder door mechanism failure. Plastic anchor for cargo net broke. Exterior console panels pulling away from wood trim on both sides of console. Steering wheel vibration and steering wheel has play to right of center. 

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2008 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

Cadillac CTS in Michigan, United States
Nov 2007 - Nov 2009
Jan 2008

2000 mi
Fixed wind noise problem with sunroof. 
Nov 2009

21000 mi
Only unrepaired item when sold was an occasional creeping down of the passenger window - it would creep down by itself a fraction of an inch at a time, until you started hearing wind noise. Restarting the car usually cured the problem.  
Cadillac CTS in Michigan, United States
Aug 2007 - Mar 2010
Sep 2007 fuses to cig lighters were blown when delivered - diagnosis for power loss required  
Cadillac CTS in Switzerland
Jan 2013 - Dec 2014
Jun 2013

68820 mi

$200
Battery replaced after 5 yrs and 108,000 km of service 
Sep 2013

70060 mi
one rear wheel sensor assembly replaced (under warranty). 
Feb 2014

74580 mi
Differential has had trouble with sharp turns at very low speed (<10-15km/h). Known CTS issue, according to garage. Cured by replacement of diff fluid every 40,000 km, again according to garage.  rear brake calipers 
Cadillac CTS in Oregon, United States
Aug 2007 - Nov 2010
Jun 2009

15000 mi
Accelerator sensor failed. 
Sep 2010

19000 mi
Timing chains defective from supplier. Replaced stretched defective timing chains. 
Cadillac CTS in Michigan, United States
Mar 2008 - Apr 2011
Jun 2009

8000 mi
rear half shaft seal 
Sep 2010

15000 mi
The center stack module went out and the radio,HVAC were dead. 
Cadillac CTS in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2010 - Sep 2011
Oct 2010

35000 mi
Rear drivers side window failed to open 
Cadillac CTS in Virginia, United States
Oct 2007 - Sep 2010
Nov 2007

1000 mi
Wind noise from roof - front glass had to be lowered to correct problem. First dealer tried unsuccessfully to fix roof. 
Mar 2010

38000 mi
Car had several errors. Check engine light never worked. Car engine hesitated (noticed while on highway). Dealer replaced tensioners(?) which fixed problem. Dealer said problem was a result of not changing oil enough.  
Cadillac CTS in Michigan, United States
Sep 2007 - Dec 2013
Dec 2011

45000 mi
Front drivers side door handle would no longer open up door. Front drivers side electric door lock and mechanism replaced. 
Apr 2013

61000 mi

US $500
Grinding/humming sound from front right wheel area. Dealer replaced faulty wheel bearing 
Jul 2013

62000 mi

US $650
Another wheel bearing replaced Traction control and brake warning lights illuminated Sensor defective and replaced 
Cadillac CTS in Connecticut, United States
Sep 2011 - Jun 2015
Sep 2011

38000 mi

US $450
Dealer repaired passenger mirror controls. 
May 2012

48300 mi

US $2300
Brought in to dealer. They claimed it was low on oil which caused issue. Came back 3 days later with same issue. Brought it back to the dealer for same CEL code. They realized after it burnt a quart of oil in 4 days the timing chain had stretched. Replaced timing chain and some other misc. gaskets. 
Oct 2012

51000 mi

US $800
Sunroof drain was clogged. They cleaned out both sides and removed interior to let dry out. Got the car back in 2 days. 
Dec 2012

54000 mi

US $400
Brought the car into the dealership because the passenger door stopped working. Took about 4 hours for them to fix the door. 
May 2013

58500 mi

US $150
#6 cyclinder went coil went bad. 7th trip to dealer in less then 2 years of buying it. #6 cyclinder went coil went bad. Finally convince us to get rid of car. 7th trip to dealer in less then 2 years of buying it. Cadillac is a POS. 
Jun 2013

59850 mi

US $800
Sunroof leaking into the interior again. 
Aug 2013

66000 mi

US $400
Once again the front and rear drains clogged and leaked into the car. 
Oct 2014

79300 mi

US $160
Had to have rear front TPMS sensors replaced.  Still hasn't fixed the problem due to the fact the fronts have failed as well now and need to be replaced as well. 
Cadillac CTS in Nevada, United States
Jan 2013 - Aug 2015
Feb 2013

34000 mi
Rumble at 45 mph still under investigation. 
Apr 2013

36000 mi

US $45
I had constantly complained to the dealer about the carbon buildup and black exhaust with rapid acceleration. They did nothing. Finally asked if air filter ever replaces. ANS: NO Replaced air filter, no further problems and better mileage. 
Aug 2015

60000 mi

US $200
Trunk lid leaking water into interior of trunk lid Wiring harness causing front day driving light to fail 
Cadillac CTS in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2010 - Jan 2012
Aug 2010

45000 mi
Water leaked into interior after rain. Dealer did not fix first trip. Second trip 2 days later dealer fixed, found sunroof drain blocked and then cleared drain. XM check antenna displayed and XM reception intermittent. Comes & goes, dealer could not fix. Problem still occurs regularly. 
Jan 2011

54000 mi

US $80
Check engine light, repair code DTC P0011 intake camshaft position (CMP)came up. Dealer said problem occurs with dirty or low oil. Neither were the case, but I had dealer change oil anyways. Problem not fixed, check engine light still on XM intermittent check antenna on display. New unit installed. Replaced cam chain 
Jun 2011

65000 mi
Noise coming from rear differential. Dealer could not hear.  
Aug 2011

69000 mi
Transfer case shaft stripped, car would not move. Dealer installed new shafts, etc. under power train warranty Rear differential seal leaking, distorted ring, pinion, & bearing. Dealer replaced rear differential under power train warranty 
Sep 2011

71000 mi

US $550
Passenger side headlight out. Need to remove the grille and front bumper to repair. Shop for the wiring harness melted inside fixture, so new fixture was required @ $400 for the part + labor. 
Jan 2012

76000 mi

US $1000
Left front caliper was frozen, causing brake to drag and poor fuel economy. 
Cadillac CTS in Delaware, United States
Feb 2008 - Mar 2011
Aug 2010

30000 mi
Driver side door would not open. Had to replace the door handle.  
Nov 2010

34000 mi
3 months later, the same thing happened to the passenger door and the dealership replaced the handle. 
Cadillac CTS in Michigan, United States
Sep 2007 - Nov 2007
Sep 2007

250 mi
AWD warning lamp came on. A pin was bent and fixed issue. Car had a paint run above the gas door. They wet sanded it out, but it was left with the horrible swirl marks from it. 
Oct 2007

2000 mi
The is a rumble coming from the rear end of the car starting at 45MPH. GM sent engineers out to do some driving with me and agreed that there is a problem and that it was not normal. They attempted to repair the car immediately by swapping parts from anot 
Cadillac CTS in Connecticut, United States
Mar 2008 - Aug 2009
Jan 2009

11000 mi
Both rear windows did not work, replaced both regulators. 
Cadillac CTS in Michigan, United States
Nov 2013 - Jun 2014
Jun 2014

56000 mi

US $1200
out of balance drive shaft. Bearing failed in rear drive. Needed new bearing and shaft. Second time around on this repair. Cadillac refused to help 
Cadillac CTS in Illinois, United States
Oct 2007 - Oct 2010
Jun 2008

9000 mi
Navigation Operating System has bugs and new disc to fix has been issued but dealer didn't have it so it is on order. 
Oct 2008

15000 mi
Update didn't fix it, dealer will order & install new unit. 
Dec 2008

17000 mi
Navi was not recalculating route on certain trips. 
Jun 2009

25000 mi
Driver door sapelle wood insert cracked. 
Sep 2009

29000 mi
Sapele wood trim piece on drivers door was cracked and was replaced under warrenty 
Cadillac CTS in Florida, United States
Apr 2014 - Dec 2015
May 2014

62000 mi

US $488
My right front tie rod broke. Snapped in the middle. Fortunately, occurred in parking lot and not on Expressway. Had trouble starting the car a few times. Each time it started up after waiting ten minutes. A friend of mine says he has heard of a GM system whereby the vehicle when it thinks it is being stolen goes into a self-imposed lock down. 
Jul 2014

64300 mi
A dealer found that the battery wasn't properly charged. Replaced it. Since then no-start problem hasn't reoccurred. 
Sep 2015

82000 mi

US $1168
Latch and door lock assembly--driver's door did not recognize key in proximity or open command from key fob.  Replace center infotainment assembly--controls for AC, radio, navigation stuck. 
Cadillac CTS in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2007 - Jan 2011
Mar 2008

8000 mi
The camshaft needed to be replaced as their was some movement in that area. 
Cadillac CTS in New Jersey, United States
May 2008 - Oct 2015
Oct 2015

64000 mi

US $666
Water pump 
Cadillac CTS in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2008 - Oct 2013
May 2008

3100 mi

C $3
Front left headlight washer nozzle cover ,very loose applied automotive adhesive - appears to be working. 
Sep 2012

17980 mi

C $100
right rear door lock failed to function, required replacement 
Jul 2013

23340 mi
battery died ,this was the original battery 
Cadillac CTS in South Carolina, United States
- Jun 2009
Jun 2009

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. 
Cadillac CTS in Michigan, United States
Feb 2008 - Jun 2011
Mar 2008

7000 mi
Numerous wind noises coming from the front doors/windows and windshield. 
Sep 2009

25000 mi
Driver's seat frame had to be replaced. Driver's seat stopped moving forward or backward. Motor would engage, but seat would not move. Fixed by replacement of seat frame. 
Jun 2010

31000 mi
Timing belt needs replacement. 
Cadillac CTS in Wisconsin, United States
Feb 2008 - Dec 2015
May 2008

5000 mi
Lane change option not working in one direction. Needed to replace turn signal switch...backordered. 
Jun 2008

6500 mi
Installed back ordered turn signal switch. Corrected the faulty lane change feature. 
Apr 2011

52000 mi

US $50
Differential fluid required replacement. Symptom was due to premature locking of the locking differential. Fluid replacement resolved the issue. 
Jun 2015

93000 mi

US $100
Loose connection to passenger side remote controlled mirror. 
Jul 2015

95000 mi

US $1200
Replaced both reluctors on rear axle. 
Sep 2015

95000 mi

US $500
Replaced a third failed reluctor, on a front wheel. One remains original. 
Cadillac CTS in Michigan, United States
Feb 2011 - Apr 2014
Sep 2013

93000 mi

US $150
HEadlight replaced 
Apr 2014

98000 mi

US $400
Brake sensor replaced for ABS and traction control 
Cadillac CTS in Utah, United States
Oct 2007 - Feb 2014
Jul 2008

4000 mi
Drivers door inside door panel was not aligned perfectly when installed and the weatherstrip had a small tear in it. Dealer re-installed the door panel and replaced the weatherstrip. Rumble in car(noise not vibration) between 45-60 mph. Dealer said they couldn't hear it. I'm not sure if it is in the suspension or something else. Suspect TSB for AWD dealing with transmission mount modification. 
Apr 2009

8000 mi
Low booming noise begins at approx 45 mph and continues until 60 mph. After checking, dealer determined that problem is tire noise and the new ones exhibit the same noise. 
Cadillac CTS in Massachusetts, United States
May 2008 - Jan 2010
Jul 2008

6000 mi
Both back windows would not go up or down. 
Jan 2009

9000 mi
Radio would turn off on its own and some icons on touch screen would not work at times. Heard a rattling noise coming from the rear speaker deck. OnStar module was loose and was tightened. 
Mar 2009

10000 mi
Service stability and traction control light came on. Fixed with flash of new software. 
Jul 2009

12000 mi
Window regulator for the front passenger side window broke. Part ordered, but on national back order and I am still waiting for it to come in. 
Aug 2009

12000 mi
Front Passenger window regulator motor had an internal short and the window would not go up or down. Part replaced and problem is fixed. 
Nov 2009

12995 mi
Oxygen sensor replaced. 
Cadillac CTS in Kansas, United States
Nov 2007 - Mar 2010
Feb 2008

6000 mi
Wind noise from sunroof. 
Mar 2008

8000 mi
Wind noise from sunroof. Successful repair. 
Cadillac CTS in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2013 - Jul 2014
Oct 2013

80760 mi
Rear hub/abs sensor replaced. Dealer where I purchased paid for the repair. 
Jan 2014

84900 mi

C $100
Door handle switch needed replacing 
Cadillac CTS in Michigan, United States
Feb 2008 - Mar 2010
Sep 2008

10000 mi
Rear window motor was very weak. It felt like it was going to break down soon. They changed the window regulator. 
Feb 2009

16000 mi
Both rear windows were very slow to go up. One would go up an inch every pull of the window button. Finally the window problems were resolved. However, I now have a problem with the stability system light and ABS light coming on, as I brake. 
Mar 2009

19000 mi
The rear windows were really slow to go up, so I took it in and as I demonstrated the problem they failed to go up. When I picked up the car, problem was fixed, but now a couple weeks later windows are slow to go up again. 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. 
Apr 2009

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. 
Jul 2009

26000 mi
The Service Engine Light came on. I took it into the dealer, they found it was a timing belt that had stretched. Dealer replaced belt. Successful Repair. 
Cadillac CTS in Washington, United States
Oct 2007 - Dec 2015
Feb 2008

4000 mi
A rattle in the center console, bad door seal, reseal paint. 
May 2009

13000 mi
Had to order a new module which regulates the placement of the seats mirrors etc when entering and leaving the car 
Jun 2009

13000 mi
Car was taken back to have ordered parts installed. 
Jan 2010

17000 mi
Found small amount of water leaking into trunk. Dealer found leak and repaired. Problem taken care of. 
Sep 2010

23000 mi
One of the keyless FOB's was not working properly. Dealer replaced FOB. Problem solved. 
Jun 2011

27000 mi
I started noticing a slight wind noise and squeaking coming from the sunroof. I had the sunroof inspected while in the shop for normal maintenance. The checked it out and found that the seal for the sunroof did indeed have to be replaced 
Aug 2011

27700 mi
After the couple of weeks the squeaks returned and the wind noise was even worse than original. The replaced a couple of clips and the noise is gone for now. 
Sep 2012

33000 mi

US $105
While the caddy was in for an oil change and wheel rotation and balancing, the mechanic found that the right front wheel seal was just beginning to show signs of a leak. They replaced both seals under warranty. 
Jan 2013

35000 mi

US $450
While driving, the "check Engine" light came on and stayed on. I called OnStar and they confirmed there was a problem. I took the car to the dealer and they determined that one coil had failed. They replaced the Coil and Spark Plug. 
May 2014

40000 mi
Replacement of the guide rails for the driver's seat. They also found a short in the On*Star module which was shorting out. 
Jan 2015

44000 mi
After starting my engine I noticed that the "Check Engine" light had come on. I called Onstar. they diagnosed Cam sensor. I called dealer and they told me not to drive. They sent tow truck to bring car to dealership. 
Mar 2015

44000 mi
While returning home I noticed a miss in the engine and the check light came on.I contacted Onstar.It was a bad sparkplug. It was towed to dealer.The plug and coil was replaced. Because of the promised savings I had them all relaced. 
Cadillac CTS in Virginia, United States
Mar 2013 - Jul 2015
Mar 2014

65000 mi

US $100
replace tire pressure sensor. 
Aug 2014

71627 mi

US $3298
replace water pump; replace air filter; rep cabin air filter; front brakes and rotors replaced; cleaned injection sys; brake sys flush; power steering service 
Sep 2014

72000 mi

US $760
check engine light on: dealer diagnosed one spark plug and coil replacement. Also diagnosed and replaced water pump belt and AC belt, both worn. 
Mar 2015

77000 mi

US $200
Engine not firing on all cylinders; changed plugs 
Jun 2015

81000 mi

US $100
electrical and system failures; module(s) reset 

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2008 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

304-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed manual RWD

Cadillac CTS in Michigan, United States
Apr 2009 - Mar 2010
May 2009

14000 mi
Chaffed wires in engine harness at engine cover stud bracket. Harness was repaired using extra insulation around entire engine harness. 
Cadillac CTS in California, United States
Sep 2007 - Jun 2011
Nov 2008

7000 mi

US $25
Rattle in sunroof. 
May 2009

10000 mi
Sunroof rattle returned. 
Jun 2009

10000 mi
Continued rattle in sunroof 
Cadillac CTS in Alabama, United States
Jul 2010 - Jan 2011
Jan 2011

28000 mi
continued vibration on 2008 CTS-304 HP direct injection-Rset the TCM-Back in shop did a MOD ON THE Exhaust Sys-did not fix the problem-it is now in the shop again for same problem-VIBRATION-I hope this time it is fixed. Dealer replaced the exhaust system. Still minor vibration. Rear brake noise.GMC/TSB recommended replace Pads and Bracket-was replaced-OK NOW. 
Cadillac CTS in Virginia, United States
Oct 2007 - Mar 2010
Jan 2008

2000 mi
Limited slip differential does not operate correctly when cold. Sudden slips to the side accompanied with noise. 
Feb 2008

3000 mi
Already described above. Old problem with differential. This time it was fixed. 
Apr 2008

3000 mi
Car turned off, and ignition would not turn to restart. 
Cadillac CTS in Ohio, United States
Mar 2009 - Jan 2013
Jun 2009

15000 mi
Clunk noise from rear of vehicle on bumps-replace rear strut bushings per TSB08-03-09-002 
Apr 2010

18000 mi
Squeak from Driver's Seat-R&R. Also damper failed on rear console ashtray assembly. Replaced same. All covered under new car warranty 
May 2011

23000 mi
4 & 5th gear synchronizers and shift fork replaced in 6 speed manual transmission 

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2008 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

Cadillac CTS in Illinois, United States
- Apr 2008
Mar 2008

950 mi
Sunroof not closing properly. 
Apr 2008

970 mi
Sunroof not closing/opening properly; right rear window intermittently not working; heated wiper fluid intermitently does not work; climate control shut itself off once and had to press several times for start-up. 
Cadillac CTS in Illinois, United States
Apr 2009 - Jan 2011
Apr 2009

14000 mi
Battery died. Replaced under warranty. Rear compartment ashtray fixed. 
Apr 2010

25300 mi

US $250
Adjusted sunroof 
Jun 2010

26000 mi

US $200
Replaced seat rails.  Realigned moon roof. 
Jan 2011

33000 mi

US $330
Passenger seat rattle, broken brackets repaired under warranty; Battery dead 2nd time in a year, replaced under warranty; Bearing noise, solved with front end alignment; rest routine 30K maintenance. 
Cadillac CTS in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2008 - Mar 2010
Mar 2008

1000 mi
There was a defect in the paint on the hood of the car. 
Cadillac CTS in Indiana, United States
Dec 2007 - Apr 2010
Jun 2009

28000 mi
Right rear LED taillight intermittent -- taillight assembly replaced. 
Cadillac CTS in New York, United States
Oct 2007 - Dec 2010
Mar 2008

1000 mi
Vibration at highway speeds. Exhaust vibration. Repaired exhaust hanger/mounting as per factory bulletin. 
Apr 2008

1000 mi
Driveshaft that was ordered was installed. Did not correct problem. They performed bulletins for vibration-reset transmission mount. The vehicle still has the same problem but now happens at a highter speed then before. 
Oct 2008

3000 mi
I have been living with the vibration/drone issue since my car was new. Cadillac has bulletins that acknowledge the condition but offer no repair. The bulletin that was issued in July 08 says that they are working on a fix but has still not been resolved 
Cadillac CTS in Michigan, United States
Dec 2007 - Dec 2015
Mar 2008

5000 mi
Sun Roof adjustment to cure wind noise. 
Nov 2008

18000 mi
Rattle in the rear seat area 
Feb 2010

43500 mi
Defective reveal moulding on passenger front door. Trim piece was replaced under warranty. 
Apr 2010

46000 mi
Replaced broken gas cap 
Jul 2010

52000 mi
Front hub bearings replaced 
Nov 2010

58000 mi

US $110
Brake shudder when stopping. Front rotors were turned and problem was solved 
Apr 2012

85000 mi

US $100
New trunk struts 
Sep 2012

95000 mi
Replaced timing chain and component parts Daytime running lights 
Nov 2012

101000 mi
Replaced front wheel hubs and bearings 
Aug 2014

111300 mi

US $400
Left rear wheel hub 
Oct 2014

115500 mi

US $300
Right rear hub 
Cadillac CTS in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2010 - Dec 2015
May 2011

24000 mi
water leaking from center of map lght, by drivers sun visor and a-pillar. Lowered headliner found R/F sunroof drain disconnected & L/F drain clogged. Reattached right drain and cleared sunroof drains. Retested:OK. 
Oct 2011

29700 mi

US $32
Weatherstrip replaced where weatherstrip and pillar meet Trunk leaked from handle when opened.Resealed license plate grommets. 
Jun 2012

41000 mi
Water was leaking from map light after rain. Replaced both front sunroof drains. 
Nov 2012

45000 mi
Water leaking in trunk. Replaced the rubber around the license plate and the trunk. 
Cadillac CTS in California, United States
Jan 2008 - Sep 2009
May 2008

6000 mi
Center stack loses power - radio, onstar, climate controls. Power was out when it was dropped off and technician confirmed loss of power, but came back on before they could test. Rear door lock actuator wasn't working. Exhaust rattle when in drive with brakes applied. Rear door lock actuator wasn't working properly. Exhaust rattle while in drive with brakes applied. 
Jul 2009

36000 mi
Radio replaced, resolving issue with intermittent center console power loss. In shop about 2 weeks. 
Cadillac CTS in Georgia, United States
Feb 2008 - Jul 2011
Jun 2008

13000 mi

US $250
There is a defective thrust bearing in the engine causing a rattle that I could hear. They are replacing the thrust bearing, heads, and timing chains. 

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2008 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

Cadillac CTS in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2014 - Dec 2015
Apr 2014

38000 mi

US $105
speed sensor 
Nov 2015

45700 mi
wheel bearing 
Cadillac CTS in District of Columbia, United States
Jul 2014 - Dec 2015
Jun 2015

48000 mi
Warranty replacement of timing chain and chain guides 
Cadillac CTS in Maryland, United States
Jan 2008 - Sep 2015
Feb 2008

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. Driver door does not always open with remote. Have to open all doors and reach around to open or climb over console to open. Again a sporadic problem. 
Mar 2008

5000 mi
Installed parts to fix RKE problem. (MK) 
Jan 2009

13000 mi
Vibration in drivetrain over 45 mph. 
Jun 2011

38000 mi
power seat locked up left door handle jams 
Oct 2011

46000 mi
leaking moonroof 
Apr 2013

76000 mi

US $1000
Intermittent air cond. 
Cadillac CTS in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2008 - Feb 2012
Dec 2008

4000 mi
 
Aug 2010

11000 mi
engine stumbling at start up got a FREE brake job on this one a front pad had cracked defective part right so they replaced front brakes 
Nov 2011

14000 mi
center stack went dead no radio,hvac, etc first repair they reattached a ground wire everything worked for about a week then stack went dead they did some updates and things have been ok since 
Cadillac CTS in Wisconsin, United States
May 2011 - May 2013
Jan 2012

36300 mi
Backseat right rubber window trim was torn. Key FOB broke open. Repair was to replace. 
Cadillac CTS in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2012 - Apr 2013
Jun 2012

38000 mi
Knock/Ping, Items replaced: The Timing Chain, Cam Shaft Actuators, Lifters, O2 Sensors, Top Engine Cleaning done, Oil O ring Replacement, Retarded Timing, Field Engineer Visit, and problem still is not fixed, GM wash their hands of it. 
Oct 2012

41700 mi

US $7100
Camshaft bearings, cylinder scouring, Engine was replaced 
Apr 2013

48000 mi

US $55
New motor with 5K miles & Engine again is making a knocking noise when under load also excessive vibration at idle, tech duplicated noise suggested premium fuel, conclusion it still knocks. Returned techs do not recognize any knocking now?? 
Cadillac CTS in Ontario, Canada
May 2010 - Nov 2012
Nov 2012

54560 mi

C $100
Rattling noise in drivetrain and right rear tire area. Replaced drive train, differential. Replaced steering knuckle. 

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2008 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

263-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed manual RWD

Cadillac CTS in British Columbia, Canada
Jul 2011 - Nov 2011
Sep 2011

28520 mi
reprogram transmission 
Oct 2011

28520 mi
sunroof reprogram, sometimes required multple tries to open sunroof leak repair, about $500 in warranty work trunk emblem and hi mount brakelight replaced and resealed due to leak, about $750 in warranty work 
Cadillac CTS in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2011 - Feb 2013
Feb 2011

29760 mi
Rust on fender repaired in January came back. Waiting for GM District service manager to access as it looks like the metal may be defective. The car also has 1 recall notice outstanding for a module that affects the timing chain 
Oct 2012

34700 mi
Relay switch in door that sends message to radio to shut off whan key is removed was not working, radio ran out the battery...battery died. Switch was repaired no charge 
Cadillac CTS in Missouri, United States
May 2014 - Jun 2015
Aug 2014

67700 mi

US $200
Both Rear Door Lock Actuators Receiving Power But Failed To Unlock Doors 90% of Attempts. New Actuators Installed Corrected The Problem 
Cadillac CTS in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2013 - Apr 2014
Nov 2013

46920 mi
Trunk latch failed and had to be replaced 
Feb 2014

50460 mi

C $355
Passenger door latch not working all the time 

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2008 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

Cadillac CTS in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2007 - Mar 2010
Feb 2008

4340 mi
Mounting of exhaust too close to underbody. Required the brackets to be lowered 1/4". 

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2008 Cadillac CTS 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Cadillac CTS in Arizona, United States
Feb 2008 - Mar 2010
Mar 2008

7000 mi
Harmonic vibration in drive train while driving between 50 and 65 miles per hour. 

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