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Cadillac CTS vs. Lincoln MKZ Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending September 30, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year and Model Percent of Average  
2014 - 2016 Cadillac CTS
84.2857142857% Best 185% Worst
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2008 - 2013 Cadillac CTS
47.7142857143% Best 121% Worst
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2010 - 2012 Lincoln MKZ
32.8571428571% Best 95% Worst
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2007 - 2009 Lincoln MKZ
44.8571428571% Best 116% Worst
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Cadillac CTS

Cadillac CTS Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2004 4dr Sedan 255-horsepower 3.6L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
Better than the germans. full 2004 Cadillac CTS review
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. full 2004 Cadillac CTS review
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. full 2003 Cadillac CTS review
Cadillac CTS Reliability And Durability: 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. full 2006 Cadillac CTS review
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. full 2004 Cadillac CTS review
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. full 2003 Cadillac CTS review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Lincoln MKZ

Lincoln MKZ Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Sedan 156-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
Very reliable was also a plus full 2012 Lincoln MKZ review
2010 4dr Sedan 263-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
No problems after 20,000 miles. full 2010 Lincoln MKZ review