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Cadillac CTS vs. Lincoln MKZ Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Cadillac CTS or Lincoln MKZ reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Cadillac CTS and the Lincoln MKZ truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Cadillac CTS and Lincoln MKZ reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Cadillac CTS and the Lincoln MKZ were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Cadillac CTS and the Lincoln MKZ have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2012 Cadillac CTS   24 CTSs, 9.5 months of data per CTS, average 15900 miles

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2012 Lincoln MKZ 67 MKZs, 9.6 months of data per MKZ, average 19000 miles20
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Cadillac CTS   23 CTSs, 8.8 months of data per CTS, average 23400 miles

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2011 Lincoln MKZ 56 MKZs, 9.0 months of data per MKZ, average 38400 miles17
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Cadillac CTS 25 CTSs, 8.4 months of data per CTS, average 36900 miles

Much higher than a year ago. Could be end of warranty blip.
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90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Lincoln MKZ   15 MKZs, 7.6 months of data per MKZ, average 43700 miles

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2009 Cadillac CTS   24 CTSs, 8.4 months of data per CTS, average 46900 miles

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2009 Lincoln MKZ 28 MKZs, 10.8 months of data per MKZ, average 61500 miles32
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Cadillac CTS 25 CTSs, 9.8 months of data per CTS, average 62500 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Lincoln MKZ 56 MKZs, 9.5 months of data per MKZ, average 70300 miles34
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Lincoln MKZ 59 MKZs, 9.3 months of data per MKZ, average 94500 miles46
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Cadillac CTS   14 CTSs, 8.0 months of data per CTS, average 103100 miles

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2005 Cadillac CTS   15 CTSs, 10.0 months of data per CTS, average 89600 miles

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2004 Cadillac CTS   14 CTSs, 8.5 months of data per CTS, average 120900 miles

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2003 Cadillac CTS   14 CTSs, 6.6 months of data per CTS, average 82900 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Cadillac CTS

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What Our Members Are Saying about Cadillac CTS Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Cadillac CTS: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2004 4dr Sedan 255-horsepower 3.6L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
Needed very little in the first 40k other then just oil and filters.
2004 4dr Sedan 255-horsepower 3.6L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
Better than the germans.
2003 4dr Sedan 220-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
This car has been very reliable. I have never had any problems with it - none at all. It is still even on its original brake pads and rotors! Cadillac builds quality and reliability.
Reliability and Durability of the Cadillac CTS: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2006 4dr Sedan 255-horsepower 3.6L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Replaced water pump, rt front strut and upper strut mount at 24,000 miles. Car always idled rough.
2004 4dr Sedan 400-horsepower 5.7L V8
6-speed manual RWD
Rear end failures started popping up early on this model. I knew it when I bought it, so I nver do hard launches off the line. You are a begging for a blown rear end if you do. FACT: GM knowingly under-engineered the materials for the torque output.
2003 4dr Sedan 220-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
Look up any CTS owner sites and you will see a large amount of problems for every uear of this car.The name Cadillac does not indicate aquality car today.

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