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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 346 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 4dr Sedan

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

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 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 Wisconsin, United States
Nov 2007 - Apr 2013
Dec 2007 XM Radio failed, static on FM, radio had to be replaced 
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. 

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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
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 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 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.  

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2008 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

304-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed manual RWD

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. 

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2008 Cadillac CTS Repair Histories

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