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2009 Cadillac CTS repairs by problem area

Engine (26%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (9%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (26%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (19%)

Other (9%)

Chart based on 151 repairs.

2009 Cadillac CTS repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (6%)

$500 - $999 (35%)

$100 - $499 (59%)

< $100 (0%)

Chart based on 17 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

Engine not specified

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. 
Cadillac CTS in Tennessee, United States
Sep 2014 - Dec 2014
Nov 2014

43000 mi

US $800
Heated & cooled seat passenger side would not work properly had to order complete front plate because it could not be repaired 
Cadillac CTS in Colorado, United States
Sep 2014 - Jun 2016
Oct 2014

62300 mi

US $550
Water pump failed 
Mar 2015

69000 mi

US $175
Replaced driver seat cushion. Leather wrap was in good condition so it was reused 

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2009 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

Cadillac CTS in North Carolina, United States
May 2010 - Oct 2014
Jun 2014

79000 mi
Small coolant leak 
Cadillac CTS in California, United States
Nov 2009 - Jan 2016
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 
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. 

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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 Tennessee, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2013
May 2011

7000 mi
clean roof drains seat belt attachment fell apart 
Oct 2011

8700 mi
left headlight bucket condensation 
Feb 2012

11000 mi

US $75
driver's door safety switch. two trips to order parts then correct. 
May 2012

11000 mi
interior flooded - water leaks out of dome light - standing water in drivers and pass. compartment. dealer removed lights - mats - seats and dry cleaned everything both drains plugged replaced right front drain - shampooed dash and interior. 
Cadillac CTS in Texas, United States
Jan 2013 - Jun 2016
Apr 2013

43000 mi
Rubbing noise in steering column. Steering gear was replaced. Passenger power lumbar assembly replaced. 
Jul 2013

49300 mi

US $50
Rear power door lock actuators.  tire pressure monitoring sensor in left front tire replaced. 
Jan 2014

56300 mi
Rear driver's side door lock actuator replaced again, under parts warranty. 
Jul 2014

61000 mi

US $50
Water pump was leaking coolant, replaced water pump. 
Jan 2015

64700 mi

US $50
Cylinders 1 and 3 were misfiring. Also 2 spark plugs needed to be replaced. 
Dec 2015

69000 mi

US $70
Major oil leak Driver's lumbar replaced 
Cadillac CTS in Puerto Rico
Nov 2012 - Dec 2012
Dec 2012

51000 mi
Front Struts replaced and problem with front alignment. 
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. 
Cadillac CTS in California, United States
Sep 2010 - Aug 2012
Dec 2010

9000 mi
loose driver's seat..separated from track 
Feb 2011

9000 mi
I reported excessive seat motion again,they replaced the track and used different fastening bolts(TSB). sunroof trim plate squeak fixed re-do of sunroof creak 
Oct 2011

12000 mi
sunroof creak..trim ring replaced and special tape applied Could not turn key past ACC setting or totally turn off and lock ignition..XM failed at same time. They opened the steering wheel housing and found loose wire. Repairing this fixed the keyless ignition. fog lights misaimed 
Jun 2012

15000 mi
Sunroof creak recurred. New sunroof frame installed. Dealer voluntarily suggested Lemon Law buyback or replacement. 
Aug 2012

16000 mi
LEMON law replacement 
Cadillac CTS in Florida, United States
Aug 2012 - Sep 2014
Jun 2012

11983 mi
Replaced right headlight bucket under warranty. 
Jul 2012

12256 mi
Replaced BOSE rear speakers and supporting frame. Frame was cracked and defect was not caught before shipping to dealer. 
Cadillac CTS in Louisiana, United States
Jan 2009 - Dec 2013
Nov 2009

200 mi
Replaced ignition switch 
Jul 2011

9000 mi
moonroof leaking interior getting wet 
Jul 2012

10000 mi
Constant moonroof leaks 
Oct 2012

10300 mi
TAPED THE MOONROOF WITH MASKING TAPE. PLAN TO SELL THIS PIECE OF S--- !!!!!! 
Oct 2013

11000 mi
sunroof leaked constantly 
Dec 2013

11000 mi
Piece of crap car. Sunroof leaked until the day I sold it. Glad it's gone. 
Cadillac CTS in South Africa
Nov 2010 - Mar 2013
Jan 2011

29320 mi
Engine Warning light came on during long trip (3000km). Performance was not effected. Problem was a sensor for the throttle system was stuck in the "open" position- it is supposed to re-set after three starts but did'nt. Sensor re-set. 

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2009 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

Cadillac CTS in Tennessee, United States
Apr 2011 - Apr 2014
Jun 2011

31515 mi
Reprogram ECM; Electrical/Wiring repair 
Cadillac CTS in Michigan, United States
May 2015 - Jun 2016
Aug 2015

65000 mi

US $200
Pulsing brake pedal, replaced pads and rotors 
Cadillac CTS in North Dakota, United States
Jan 2010 - Mar 2014
Feb 2010

7791 mi
Catalytic Converter Replacement Complete Exhaust System Replacement. Engine Wiring Harness Junction Block Replacement. 
Feb 2011

21123 mi
Oxygen sensor replacement, Windshield washer pump replacement Catalytic Converter Replaced, Oxidation 
Feb 2013

42500 mi
Rear exhaust converters, exhaust seals, catalytic converter drivers side, front and rear drivers O2 banks, skid plate, drivers side muffler, 1 spark plug 
Nov 2013

46300 mi
Previous trip the battery was replaced with a new battery. After 5 or 6 months and in summertime temps I had to start maintenance charging on it. First cold snap the battery died. Rechecked all systems and finally installed new battery. 
Cadillac CTS in Ohio, United States
Apr 2013 - Jun 2016
Feb 2014

32300 mi
Correct programming of tire pressure monitoring system 
Jan 2016

58500 mi

US $900
Replaced rear wheel bearing 
Cadillac CTS in Illinois, United States
Dec 2012 - Mar 2015
Feb 2015

62000 mi

US $950
Broken driveshaft. Cost was $950 and that was because they felt sorry that my warranty ran out in December otherwise it would have cost over 3 grand. A week later the stabilitrak broke and they couldn't find anything wrong. 
Mar 2015

62000 mi
Bought the new car on Feb 14 and the old car broke again on the way to the dealer so I was delighted to unload that hunk of junk on them. 
Cadillac CTS in Texas, United States
Sep 2014 - Jan 2015
Sep 2014

87000 mi

US $600
Failed ignition coil O2 sensor malfunction 
Oct 2014

88300 mi

US $973
fuel injector failure 
Cadillac CTS in Michigan, United States
Apr 2011 - Aug 2015
May 2013

42000 mi

US $350
Pulsating brake pedal. Replace both rear steering knuckles 
Oct 2014

50300 mi

US $220
Turned the key to start the car and almost immediately it would not engage the starter. I called AAA road service and they diagnosed a weak battery. I opted to have them install a new battery. A bit pricey but worth the time it saved me. 
Cadillac CTS in Quebec, Canada
Oct 2011 - Dec 2011
Dec 2011

24180 mi
Crackling of sunroof 
Cadillac CTS in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2011 - Jun 2016
Dec 2011

31000 mi
Cylinder 4 misfire. Dealer replaced coil pack and spark plug on cylinder 4. Warranty work. 
Jun 2012

37000 mi

US $200
Brake chatter. New front dura stop pads, all 4 rotors resurfaced. 
Nov 2012

40000 mi
Oxygen Sensor malfunction. Replaced. 
Nov 2013

48000 mi
Engine misfire. Replace coilpack 
Jan 2015

61700 mi

US $100
Power telescoping steering column Coil pack failure 
Oct 2015

67300 mi

US $1300
Loud droning and rattle under acceleration and at cruise. Originally red indexed drive shaft. Problem not resolved. Replaced drive shaft. Took 3 trips to dealer to get correct diagnose resolve problem. 
Dec 2015

70000 mi

US $400
Right Front wheel bearing failed. Typical noise from a bad bearing was the symptom. 
Cadillac CTS in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2009 - Jul 2012
Feb 2011

13000 mi
console squeak, driver side, near transmission selector. tightened and added insulation to prevent flex. premature leather wear driver seat side bolster. ordered replacement part 
May 2011

15000 mi
Driver seat back was re-skinned due to premature wear on side bolster. Clock defective. Will only work when car running. Cannot keep time. Entire bezel ordered as it is one piece unit. 
Jun 2011

16000 mi
Clock replaced. Started to intermittently work again within 2 days. Causes short in center stack at times. All illumination and function in center stack ceases to function, but will "reset" within 5 minutes. 
Aug 2011

16000 mi
GM stated dealer used incorrect part for clock/console replacement, so dealer replaced with identical 'different' part. 
Sep 2011

16000 mi
Car went into limp mode at 45, engine shut down at 25. Towed to dealer. Codes P0089, P0087 & P0627. Sealed fuse panel in trunk loose connection, replaced under warranty. 
Jan 2012

18300 mi
SES light went on after FE went down, engine loped slightly at idle, and there was a hesitation after gear change in light throttle. Engine threw code P000D. Bank 2 exhaust cam actuator issue, Actuator replaced. 
Mar 2012

19000 mi
Driver power seat failed. Caused heated seat to fail on driver and passenger side as well. Module under seat failed and was replaced. Fixed all issues. 
Cadillac CTS in North Carolina, United States
Sep 2011 - Jun 2013
Oct 2011

34000 mi
Car needed a charge in my garage - battery very low. Brought car to dealer - dealer diagnosed battery failing - replaced battery - end of problem 
Nov 2011

34500 mi
Automatic door locks not opening the doors to enter the vehicle. Problem intermittent and increasing in frequency 
Jul 2012

37300 mi
Keyless entry system - # 2 key fob intermittent. Replaced fob. 
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! 
Cadillac CTS in Illinois, United States
Oct 2011 - Dec 2015
Apr 2012

44000 mi

US $195
Steering rack replaced due to excessive noise Cleaned intake manifold None - dealer reported failure and replaced under warranty 
Jan 2013

49000 mi
Engine coil #6 replaced - error code P0306 
Jun 2013

53000 mi
Trunk switch broken, again 
Aug 2013

55700 mi

US $400
Driver seat cooling system repair Fuse replaced; wire replaced that was damaged because it was on the seat track as it changed positions. Lubed steering shaft bottom boot due to creaking noise. 
Oct 2013

57000 mi
Lost power & hesitation. Throttle body assembly replaced (re-lubed twice in the last 2 years). Creak since purchased car. Not reproducible at dealer. This time they found it and lubed the front lower control arm bushings. LR door lock intermittently sticks/wouldn't unlock 
Jan 2014

57000 mi
Driver seat harness resecured to restore heated seats 
Jun 2014

61000 mi
Replaced fuse box assembly for P2601 - no power from auxiliary water pump to fuse block assembly Replaced plugs 2 & 5 for shorting and carbon fouled Replaced temperature sensor & cooling fan resistor for P2601 
Nov 2014

63700 mi

US $400
Replaced coils 4 & 5 - all spark plugs replaced 
Feb 2015

64700 mi

US $9
Reattach engine mount 
May 2015

65700 mi

US $100
Replaced left front door lock actuator 

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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 
Cadillac CTS in Alberta, Canada
Mar 2011 - Mar 2012
Jul 2011

23960 mi
Clicking sound, top of engine. Major repair under warranty new camshaft, lower block internal parts/sensors replaced approx $3500.00 repair. Still have to resolve excessive oil consumption, a liter every 800 km. 
Sep 2011

24800 mi
Clear headlight lens Driver side fogging up. Replaced under warranty 
Cadillac CTS in Texas, United States
May 2013 - Dec 2015
Mar 2014

91000 mi

US $425
Left front upper control arm assembly was replaced. 

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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. 
Cadillac CTS in Michigan, United States
Oct 2012 - Dec 2012
Nov 2012

54000 mi

US $700
At speeds 70+ while turning the rear end will start to balance side to side, giving the feeling of loosing control. Dealer changed rear shocks, same problem but starts at 80+ mph. 
Cadillac CTS in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2012 - Mar 2013
Aug 2012

49500 mi
Vehicle has a couple of vibrations which are in the process of being diagnosed. Transmission output shaft and transfer case input shaft were both stripped. I don't know if it was related, but one of the vibrations was resolved with this repair. 
Mar 2013

57000 mi

US $200
Starter was replaced Leaky grommet on deck lid license plate holder was replaced. 
Cadillac CTS in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2012 - Mar 2013
Feb 2012

83700 mi

C $650
Diagnosis + change of door handle and microswitches on driver's side. 
Mar 2013

111600 mi

C $1500
micro switches in both doors handles failed. Car did not lock when shifter on "Drive". 
Cadillac CTS in Ohio, United States
Sep 2010 - Mar 2011
Mar 2011

19000 mi
Sold with rear parcel shelf rattle for which there is a TSB repair if taken to the dealer. 
Cadillac CTS in Michigan, United States
Sep 2011 - Jul 2013
Oct 2011

20000 mi
front differential leak at cover 

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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 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

Cadillac CTS in Alaska, United States
Aug 2011 - Mar 2012
Mar 2012

36000 mi
The center console kept going dead. The fix was a new code downloaded to it 

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