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2009 Cadillac CTS Problems and Repair Histories

66 TrueDelta members own a 2009 Cadillac CTS. 34 of these members (51.5%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 110 repairs to 2009 Cadillac CTSs--an average of 1.7 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2009 Cadillac CTS problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2009 Cadillac CTS problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2009 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 2009 Cadillac CTS repairs by problem area

18% of the 2009 Cadillac CTS repairs were to the engine, 7% to the transmission, 4% to the brakes, 10% to the suspension, 28% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 25% to the body and trim, and 8% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 110 repairs.

2009 Cadillac CTS repair cost distribution

Of the 2009 Cadillac CTS repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 70% cost between $100 and $499, 20% between $500 and $999, and 10% between $1000 and $2499.

Chart based on 10 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 2009 Cadillac CTS problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2009 Cadillac CTS

Engine not specified

Cadillac CTS in South Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 31000    
32000 0 Replaced Drive Shaft  Replaced Rear Axle Bushings 
46000 0 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 
58000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2009 7000    
18000 0 Front passenger outside door handle replaced. (Part of keyless entry system) 
24000 0 Driver's side door handle (part of keyless entry system) stopped working was replaced. 
35000 0 Both front wheel bearings replaced after whirring noise appeared 
40000 0 "Service suspension" message randomly appears without symptoms. Remains that way even after TSB instructions followed 
43300 0 Suspension electrical connections checked and relubed. 
 
Cadillac CTS in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2009 1000    
1000 0 Condensation in headlight assbly would not dry out, so it was replaced. 
3000 0 Replaced differential 
7000 0 Check engine light remained on steady for over a week. 
38000 0 Bluetooth receiver for trunk release failed 
40000  

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2009 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

supercharged 556hp 6.2L V8 6-speed manual RWD

Cadillac CTS in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2009 2000    
2700 0 Driver side seat felt like it moved when making a sharp right hand turn (parking lot speed) 
9000 0 upgrade to computer to handle issue with navigation system 
12000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 3000    
17000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2010 11000    
12000 0 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. 
16000 0 Total failure of accessory control consel...no a/c control, no audio, no GPS, etc. 
17700 0 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! 
34000  

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2009 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

304-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed manual RWD

Cadillac CTS in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 0    
4000 0 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. 
9000 0 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 
9000 0 shop replaced auxiliary coolant fan. 
13000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 11000    
18500 0 Dealer replaced rear brake calipers and pads under TSB warranty to eliminate squeal during stops 
0 squealing rear brakes, repaired by replacing pads and caliper bracket per TSB 
41000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2008 0    
13000 0 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. 
23000 0 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. 
29000 0 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. 
38700 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2010 29000    
31000 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 
36000 68 Recall for ignition cylinder binding-was replaced, oil changed tire rotation,1/28/2011 

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