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Cadillac CTS repairs by problem area

Engine (29%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (22%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (15%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 1461 repairs.
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Cadillac CTS other repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (2%)

$500 - $999 (6%)

$100 - $499 (23%)

< $100 (69%)

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Chart based on 100 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2016 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 268hp 2.0L I4 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

21000 mi

US $50
Tire repair due to screw in tire 

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2014 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 420hp 3.6L V6 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

37100 mi Driver side shoulder belt height adjustment mechanism quit working (would only lock in one of multiple designed positions)... mechanism replaced. 
7000 mi Gauge Cluster MPH needle sticking randomly. Dealer replaced cluster 

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2014 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 272hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

20000 mi Excessive road noise. Speed related rumble. 
29000 mi

US $180
Right rear tire damaged by road debris 

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2014 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 272hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

10000 mi Seat belt sticks 
25300 mi drivers seat belt not returning 
31000 mi Replaced Drivers seat belt and retractor 

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2012 Cadillac CTS 4dr Wagon

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

43000 mi Driver's Recaro seat was rocking or loose 

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2012 Cadillac CTS 4dr Wagon

supercharged 556hp 6.2L V8 6-speed manual RWD

35960 mi

C $100
Tire Pressure Sensors apparently leak; need to be resealed; which apparently is not covered by warrantee 

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2012 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

9985 mi Replaced cracked windshield washer tank 

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2012 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

270-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

33480 mi

C $120
mechanism right hand door MECHANISM LEFT DOOR NOT WORKING PROPERLY. Not fixed yet because dealer distant and expensive. 
33 mi

C $338
MECHANISM DOOR LEFT DOOR 

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2012 Cadillac CTS 2dr Coupe

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

17000 mi Recaro seats won't fold 

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2011 Cadillac CTS 4dr Wagon

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

2000 mi Clicking from front wheels, very common, new lug nuts installed by dealer and cleaned the brake hats. Problem is resolved and has not returned after 500 miles 

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2011 Cadillac CTS 4dr Wagon

supercharged 556hp 6.2L V8 6-speed manual RWD

35000 mi

US $638
Windshield washer fluid hose fell out of front of car just behind the bumper. 
83000 mi

US $2000
Driver's seat base broke and a motor gear was loose and clawing its way through the foam. It also failed to raise or lower the seat base. 

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2011 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

1000 mi 2nd key fob was not working properly. Dealer replaced with a new one and reprogrammed both in 10 minutes. 
4000 mi Notice wheel balancing weights had fallen of front left rim. Dealer rebalanced all rims and tires. Problem solved. 

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2011 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

supercharged 556hp 6.2L V8 6-speed manual RWD

17000 mi Driver seat rocking and rattling 
23000 mi Front passenger seat bottom replaced due to excessive seat movement. 

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2011 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

2356 mi Slow leak in right rear tire traced to a defective wheel. Wheel replaced under warranty. 

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2011 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

270-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Rear passenger seat belt was defective, locked and could not pull it out. The dealer replaced it under waranty. 

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2010 Cadillac CTS 4dr Wagon

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

45800 mi Hood support strut needed replacement. Dealer wanted two trips to replace, one for an actual mechanic to "diagnose" (an obvious problem, the hood did not stay up). Then car had to come back to install strut after dealer ordered new part. 
53500 mi Tailgate support (gas shock) failed. 
108500 mi

US $500
Replaced lift gate gas struts 
20000 mi Both tail light fixtures loose at the upper ends 

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2010 Cadillac CTS 4dr Wagon

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

37000 mi Tail light brackets broken. Both tail lights replaced 

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2010 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

270-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

38000 mi

US $100
windshield washer fluid dispenser stopped working. 

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2009 Cadillac CTS

Engine not specified

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 manual RWD

3000 mi Driver side seat felt like it moved when making a sharp right hand turn (parking lot speed)  

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2009 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

7000 mi drivers side seat belt fell apart - screw fell off seat belt attachment fell apart 
70700 mi "Service Tire Pressure Monitor" message appeared. Dealer said they reprogrammed one of the sensors, but once I left the dealer, the message came back up. Taking it back this week, dealer said sensor will need to be replaced. 
12256 mi Replaced BOSE rear speakers and supporting frame. Frame was cracked and defect was not caught before shipping to dealer. 
9000 mi loose driver's seat..separated from track 
9200 mi I reported excessive seat motion again,they replaced the track and used different fastening bolts(TSB). 
12000 mi fog lights misaimed 

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2009 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

44000 mi None - dealer reported failure and replaced under warranty 
57000 mi LR door lock intermittently sticks/wouldn't unlock 
51300 mi

US $100
Power telescoping steering column 

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2009 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

49800 mi Vehicle has a couple of vibrations which are in the process of being diagnosed. 

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2009 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

263-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed manual RWD

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 

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2008 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

29000 mi drivers door lock could freeze added insulated strip on door jam 
1000 mi The turn signal lever was not activating the "lane change" feature when changing lanes to the right. The turn signal levers were on backorder and I had to take it back in January. There was a speaker grill on the dash coming unglued. 
6000 mi

US $500
Unable to take the key out of the fob. 
21000 mi

US $101
Cushion Track on driver seat bent, replaced Exulary pump faulty, replaced, warning from onstar 
7000 mi Driver's seat not stable, repair attempted, unresolved. 
3000 mi Dealer replaced driver's seat track adjuster assembly due to excessive slack and sideways movement of driver's seat. Intermittent vibration of shift knob and audible vibrations in drivetrain and/or exhaust system. Dealer tightened gear shift knob housing hold-down bolts, but failed to implement remedies described in two TSBs on this exact issue. 
3000 mi Dealer replaced defective driver-side A-pillar upholstery for the second time. 
32000 mi Replaced trunk latch assembly which was damaged from previous repair of water leak into trunk (broken seal around CHMSL 3rd brake light). 
7000 mi Trunk lid shocks failed. Trunk lid shocks repaired. 
92000 mi

US $394
Driver's exterior door handle not opening the door. Adjusted the door mechanism. Car ran fine for two days, then both problems returned. 

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2008 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

25000 mi Driver's seat frame had to be replaced. Driver's seat stopped moving forward or backward. Motor would engage, but seat would not move. Fixed by replacement of seat frame. 
8000 mi Low booming noise begins at approx 45 mph and continues until 60 mph. After checking, dealer determined that problem is tire noise and the new ones exhibit the same noise. 
40000 mi Replacement of the guide rails for the driver's seat. 
34000 mi Disconnected heated washer fluid due to safety issues forcing recall. Washers didn't work afterwards. Return visit did not fix problem and will now have to return third time. 
35000 mi Dealer failed on first 2 visits to fix problem. Put in new washer nozzles third visit and fixed problem. 

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2008 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

26000 mi

US $200
Replaced seat rails.  
14000 mi

US $330
Passenger seat rattle, broken brackets repaired under warranty; Battery dead 2nd time in a year, replaced under warranty; Bearing noise, solved with front end alignment; rest routine 30K maintenance. 
85000 mi

US $100
New trunk struts 

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2008 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

38000 mi left door handle jams 
62000 mi

US $125
Automatic door lock/unlock mechanism for right rear door failed. Replaced with GM part from the internet 
4000 mi  
32500 mi Key FOB broke open. Repair was to replace. 

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2008 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

263-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed manual RWD

46120 mi Trunk latch failed and had to be replaced 
49460 mi

C $355
Passenger door latch not working all the time 

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2008 Cadillac CTS 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

10000 mi Weird hazy film in windshield. Factory defect. Replaced windshield. 

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2007 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.6L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

69000 mi

US $35
Tire rim leaking 

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2007 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

210-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

36650 mi Battery died, replaced under warranty 

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2006 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

400-horsepower 6.0L V8 6-speed manual RWD

55500 mi Service Vehicle Soon present on NAV screen intermittently during driving. Shop was not able to duplicate. 

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2006 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.6L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

45000 mi They also fixed a non-functioning windshield washer saying it was clogged up.  

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2006 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

210-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

31000 mi

US $187
deflector broken so I had it replaced 
31000 mi

US $187
replaced broken deflector under front end 

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2005 Cadillac CTS

Engine not specified

17000 mi Clutch pedal return spring broke. Needed to replace clutch pedal assembly. 
23000 mi four new wheels, steering pump whine, bad navigation unit, pealing paint on radio, drivetrain slop, rattle in exhaust, fautly center consel...that's all! 

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2005 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed manual RWD

144000 mi

US $120
Hood release cable snapped, needed replacing. 

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2005 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.6L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

29000 mi Left rear window track/guide broke, window would roll up and stay up. 
38000 mi Right rear window track/guide broke, window would not roll up and stay up. Successful repair.  Drivers power seat binding when moved. Successful repair. 
107260 mi Radiator leaked antifreeze and transmission fluid car would not move. Traded this piece of GM junk after 1100.00 in repairs for a Toyota Venza and now have a car that is reliable.No more GM junk for me. 
9000 mi Stress crack in windshield-replaced under warranty 
25420 mi I hear whine noise coming from the rear area as if someone is blowing on an empty bottle specially if my rpm @2000 and I'm going 40KM, I can hear it well at night… they didn't fix this and I'm still having the problem.. I noticed my engine cover is scratched on the top front and that indicated that it's touching the hood inner bedding.. They will order a new hood bedding since they're out of stock . 
31000 mi The same problem I had in Sep 2007 "I noticed my engine cover is scratched on the top front and that indicated that it's touching the hood inner bedding. They will order a new hood bedding since they're out of stock" until now they didn’t get the part. 
31000 mi Dealer called me to notify me that the part I was waiting for since Sep 07 has arrived, but while the car in the shop they told me that the part they've got was defected so they need to backorder the part …. 
32860 mi The rear view mirror vibrates while driving and it gets worse if I'm listening to music. They ordered a replacement part. 
34100 mi

$50
Finally figured out the problem with the HID vibration, the left side bumper was loss and almost going to fall a part. The plastic clips that hold the bumper in place was broken. They replaced 10 clips. Can't notice any vibration since. 
37200 mi The back of the driver seat is loose. They order the part.  
37820 mi The rear view mirror part has arrived and was installed. 
141000 mi Rear passenger window mechanism broke. Replaced it myself. 

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2005 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

210-horsepower 2.8L V6 6-speed manual RWD

127500 mi

C $40
Replaced failed gas springs that assist lifting/support weight of the hood and trunk lid. One spring for the hood, two for the trunk lid. Parts were purchased at a separate time and did not factor into the repair cost. 

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2005 Cadillac CTS 4-door

8-cylinder manual 2WD

26000 mi Coolant leak, repaired and returned within hours. 
37000 mi Trunk would not lock. 

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2004 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

400-horsepower 5.7L V8 6-speed manual RWD

38000 mi

US $200
Defective door panel. 
46000 mi  
54000 mi

US $2000
Subrame broke, replaced. 

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2004 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.6L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

91000 mi

US $150
Car makes a slight hissing until 3rd gear. They couldn't find the hissing. Plastic separating the car from the road came loose and hit the road while driving, broke. Plastic fasteners fell off or dryrotted. Aftermarket warranty considered it trim, denied coverage. Bought the piece from Cadillac myself. Several problems. Plastic separating the car from the road came loose and hit the road while driving, broke. Also car makes a slight hissing until 3rd gear. They couldn't find the hissing. 
43000 mi Both Catalytic Converters on my CTS-V were bad (gutted, nothing left in them at all) and needed to be replaced. 
44640 mi replace drivers side wiper arm,no cost on warranty 
93080 mi

C $652
trunk struts replaced also 
44000 mi Bought the car on a Wednesday, by Friday Check Engine Light on and reduced power, took car in Saturday after calling dealership who said to come in then. they checked and said it had lose gas cap and reset the alarm. 
70566 mi

US $56
battery hold down was missing and car didn't pass inspection. Battery hold down bracket was replaced. 
55000 mi

US $55
Driver side mirror fell off. What a drag. Had to purchase another at a glass shop for $45.00. Cadillac wanted $280.00. What a s--- deal. 

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2003 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

220-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

89000 mi

US $500
Seat belts no longer properly retracting - replaced. 
75000 mi

US $525
Rear window mechanism broken, part ordered and replaced. 
54000 mi Trunk lid struts failed. Due to change in their design, trunk hinges had to be replaced at a cost of $500. E-mailed Cadillac for solution after returning home. Cadillac offered to arrange for dealer to pay 1/2 of $500 cost of repair. Dealer replaced trunk struts and hinges at no cost. Service manager said that it was the least they could do for a good customer. 
45000 mi Lens on rear deck covering backup lights and around license plate came off in car wash. Broken, over $400.00 to replace. 

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2003 Cadillac CTS 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

51000 mi

US $105
Replaced the trunk struts. 

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