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2009 Cadillac CTS repairs by problem area

Chart based on 143 repairs.

2009 Cadillac CTS repair cost distribution

Chart based on 16 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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2009 Cadillac CTS

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Cadillac CTS in South Carolina, United States
Feb 2010 - Sep 2011
Apr 2010

32000 mi
Replaced Drive Shaft  Replaced Rear Axle Bushings 
Dec 2010

46000 mi
Car when purchased had warbling noise between 45-60 mph. Dealer replaced Drive Shaft, and Bushings, Slight vibration. Still did not fix problem. Dealer Jones Chevrolet Sumter SC replaced Rear end assembly. Repair fixed problem 
Sep 2011

58000 mi

US $105
Sun Roof Drain Channels blocked, poor design. Dealer showed owner several bulletins on how to fix, a known problem. But would not repair due to mileage. Repaired at another dealer, rodded out drains fron roof to rear wheel wells. 

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2009 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

supercharged 556hp 6.2L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Cadillac CTS in Ohio, United States
Oct 2009 - Dec 2012
Sep 2010

18000 mi
Front passenger outside door handle replaced. (Part of keyless entry system) 
Mar 2011

24000 mi
Driver's side door handle (part of keyless entry system) stopped working was replaced. 
Mar 2012

35000 mi
Both front wheel bearings replaced after whirring noise appeared 
Jun 2012

40000 mi
"Service suspension" message randomly appears without symptoms. Remains that way even after TSB instructions followed 
Aug 2012

43300 mi
Suspension electrical connections checked and relubed. 
Cadillac CTS in California, United States
Nov 2009 - Jun 2015
Dec 2009

1000 mi
Condensation in headlight assbly would not dry out, so it was replaced. 
Apr 2010

3000 mi
Replaced differential 
Sep 2010

7000 mi
Check engine light remained on steady for over a week. 
Dec 2013

38000 mi
Bluetooth receiver for trunk release failed 

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2009 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

supercharged 556hp 6.2L V8 6-speed manual RWD

Cadillac CTS in Connecticut, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011
Oct 2009

3200 mi
Driver side seat felt like it moved when making a sharp right hand turn (parking lot speed) 
Oct 2010

9000 mi
upgrade to computer to handle issue with navigation system 
Jun 2011

12000 mi
after heavy rain storm had 1 inch of water in front passenger foot well 

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2009 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

Cadillac CTS in Virginia, United States
Aug 2008 - Jun 2011
Jul 2009

17000 mi
Minor repairs to Nav Screen squeak when raising and minor vent rattle. 

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2009 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

Cadillac CTS in Washington, United States
Oct 2010 - Mar 2014
Nov 2010

12000 mi
Third visit to dealer for same problem. Main console power failed resulting in no AC, no radio/nav/cd, no defrost front/back, no ipod. 
Jun 2011

16000 mi
Total failure of accessory control consel...no a/c control, no audio, no GPS, etc. 
Jul 2011

16887 mi
I previously reported unresolved repairs to the main consel. Problem finally located at a main electrical junction in trunk, near battery. An electrical connection was not secure causing intermitent or total power failure. Repaired! 

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2009 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

304-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed manual RWD

Cadillac CTS in Illinois, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2012
Jul 2009

4000 mi
Check engine light went on. Told it was ignition misfiring. Told ignition coil was bad, so they replaced it. Manual drive clutch had a bad sensor whereby the system couldn't tell if the clutch was engaged. 
May 2010

9000 mi
rattle in the manual gear shifter (like a nut was loose in the knob) Trip 2 was to fix the rattle for which I took the car in to the shop at Trip 1. auxiliary coolant fan was not working 
Jun 2010

9000 mi
shop replaced auxiliary coolant fan. 
Sep 2010

13000 mi
Loose nut in the stick shift knob. Dealer replaced the stick shift knob. 

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2009 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

Cadillac CTS in Virginia, United States
Feb 2009 - Apr 2013
Sep 2009

18000 mi
Dealer replaced rear brake calipers and pads under TSB warranty to eliminate squeal during stops 
Oct 2009

19300 mi
squealing rear brakes, repaired by replacing pads and caliper bracket per TSB 
Sep 2012

41000 mi
front right wheel bearing was replaced under factory warranty 

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2009 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

Cadillac CTS in Connecticut, United States
Dec 2008 - Oct 2012
Jan 2010

13000 mi
The ignition lock would not turn off with the key in it. The lock was jammed. Took it to the local Buick dealership late in the day, they agreed to take it even though they don't sell Cadillacs. They replaced the lock and returned car the next day. 
Nov 2010

23000 mi
Car was hesitating and felt like a slipping clutch - turned out to be low engine oil affecting oil pressure on timing belt tensioner. Oil life remaining was 39%, but engine oil was severely low - no warning light or other indication. 
Jun 2011

29000 mi
Output shaft from the transmission into the transfer case splines were completely sheared off. Car could not move. We were on a long road trip when it happened. Not too happy about it, but Cadillac was good about fixing and getting back. 
Apr 2012

38700 mi
Leak from transmission or transfer case - this car has had transmission problems - third time to a dealer for transmission issues. 1st was a failure, 2nd followup repair, 3rd leaking oil. 

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2009 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

263-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed manual RWD

Cadillac CTS in California, United States
May 2010 - Jan 2011
Jun 2010

31000 mi

US $347
vibration in vehicle you can hear it in the cabin (a droning sound) at appox 43MPH to 52MPH, there is a slight vibration in the steering wheel mostly a noise in cabin 
Jan 2011

36000 mi

US $68
Recall for ignition cylinder binding-was replaced, oil changed tire rotation,1/28/2011 

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2009 Cadillac CTS Repair Histories

78 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2009 Cadillac CTS. 40 of these members (51.3%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 143 repairs to 2009 Cadillac CTSs--an average of 1.8 per vehicle--have been reported.

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