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2005 Cadillac CTS repairs by problem area

Engine (29%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (18%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (16%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (15%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (10%)

Other (9%)

Chart based on 223 repairs.
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2005 Cadillac CTS repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (10%)

$100 - $499 (35%)

< $100 (44%)

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Chart based on 133 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2005 Cadillac CTS

Engine not specified

Cadillac CTS in Arkansas, United States
Jun 2011 - Jul 2011
Jul 2011

67000 mi

US $300
Rear end was making bad noise when turning, they said the rear end clutches were not holding and there was no warrenty left. They flushed and put new fluid and additive costing 300.00 and it did not help. 
Cadillac CTS in Ohio, United States
Oct 2014 - Nov 2014
Nov 2014

95000 mi
Bad file injector 6 
Cadillac CTS in California, United States
May 2007 - Mar 2010
Jun 2007

17000 mi
Clutch pedal return spring broke. Needed to replace clutch pedal assembly. Driver's seat motor shorted out, stuck in the all the way back position. Motor replaced. 

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2005 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

400-horsepower 5.7L V8 6-speed manual RWD

Cadillac CTS in Georgia, United States
Jul 2008 - Dec 2013
Feb 2012

54300 mi

US $25
Check engine light came on. Code read large leak in fuel vapor return system. Usually means bad gas cap. Replace cap with genuine GM part. Fixed. 
May 2012

55600 mi

US $816
Right front strut developed rubber to metal noise when warm. Part still worked but noise embarrassing. Dealer was going to put 1 strut on with me paying. Thought they should be put on in pairs as the new struts came with new springs. 
Cadillac CTS in British Columbia, Canada
Jul 2008 - Feb 2010
Sep 2009

52080 mi

C $400
Broken spring valve 
Oct 2009

52080 mi

C $3000
Oil pump failed. 
Cadillac CTS in Texas, United States
Feb 2008 - Mar 2010
Jan 2008

3300 mi
Rear differential drained and fuild. 
Mar 2008

30000 mi
Leaking rear differential seal. 
Dec 2008

33000 mi

US $200
Front suspension noise when cold going over bumps. They replaced the bushings. Two days later, sound is back. 
Cadillac CTS in Ohio, United States
Dec 2012 - Apr 2017
Jul 2013

91500 mi

US $200
Replaced motor/trans mounts and oil pressure sensor. 
May 2014

98000 mi
Replaced sway bar bushings Replaced both front wheel bearings. Right side had slight play. 
Mar 2015

110000 mi

US $130
replaced starter 
Sep 2015

116000 mi

US $40
Ball joint on passenger side tie rod end broke. 
Feb 2016

117000 mi

US $470
Vibration at 70mph. New driveshaft center bearing and clean/regrease rear CV 
May 2016

120000 mi

US $550
Rear differential replaced, it has been whining for over a year. Did not fail, preemptive upgrade. 
Sep 2016

124000 mi

US $75
Slight misfire. Changed plugs and wires 
Cadillac CTS in Oregon, United States
Jul 2015 - Jun 2018
Nov 2015

99000 mi

US $247
Alternator mad noise that sounded like power steering pump. Failure analysis found bad rear bearing in alternator. 
Cadillac CTS in Ohio, United States
Apr 2015 - Jan 2018
Jul 2016

99000 mi

US $160
Engine mounts replaced, one completely failed, the other partially failed. 
Jul 2017

99000 mi

US $300
Rear differential axle seal failed. Shop replaced seal. 
Cadillac CTS in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2008 - Apr 2009
Mar 2008

26000 mi
Replace radiator also known TSB, but was noticed by owner first. Reported wheel hop issue to dealer, dealer ordered parts. 
Apr 2008

27000 mi
Installed rear end bushings. Car still has clunk in rear end during on / off throttle situations, dealer ordered rear bushings to be replaced. Replaced horn. 
Jun 2008

28000 mi
Replaced upper differential bushing; still clunking noise when shifting. Vehicle has major engine vibration on shutdown. Dealer refused to replace motor mounts because I am not the original owner of the vehicle and therefore they cannot prove how the vehicle was maintained prior to my ownership! 
Cadillac CTS in Arizona, United States
Nov 2008 - Mar 2010
Dec 2008

56000 mi

US $100
Radiator leak and repair. Front end whining, possibly power steering pump. Not repaired. Replaced 1 motor mount. This has been a recurring problem and have now had 5 mounts replaced in 3.5 years. 
Cadillac CTS in Alabama, United States
May 2010 - Apr 2016
Jun 2010

95000 mi
Intermittent problem with throttle position vs. accelerator pedal position, sending engine into reduced power mode. Multiple components replaced without success. Returned car to me with ticket still open. Awaiting additional parts. 
Jul 2010

95000 mi
Car became undrivable with constant CEL and reduced power mode. After several parts were replaced without solving the problem, extensive rewiring of the throttle position control system wiring harness resolved the issue. 
Aug 2010

97000 mi

US $600
Both engine mounts had leaked fluid. One was in two pieces with only the safety interlock holding them together. GM data indicates that the other failed unit had been replaced once before. Replaced both mounts with aftermarket units. 
Mar 2011

103000 mi

US $300
Slight play in steering response noticed. Replaced outer tie-rod ends in steering. Solved problem. 
Jun 2013

130000 mi

US $950
Steering rack seal failed. Replaced with remanufactured item. 
Aug 2013

132000 mi

US $250
Replaced failed alternator. 
Mar 2015

145000 mi

US $2200
replaced all differential mounting bushings replaced transmission mount replace rear upper control arms- bushings were shot; replaced rear toe control rod bushings, both sides 
Dec 2015

147000 mi
Replaced throttle body & associated wiring harness. 
Cadillac CTS in Kansas, United States
Feb 2008 - Apr 2016
Apr 2008

31000 mi

US $600
Oil temperature sensor wiring. 
Mar 2010

47477 mi
Power Steering pump replaced rear Sway bar replaced Motor mount failed Rear axle and pinion seals replaced Rear-end Pinon Seal replaced Rear-end Axle Seals replaced Replaced Power Steering Pump replaced rear sway bar 
Cadillac CTS in Michigan, United States
Dec 2007 - Jun 2018
Apr 2010

49200 mi

US $140
Pinion seal had slight leak. It was like that for over one year, and I finally found time to take it in. 
Cadillac CTS in North Carolina, United States
May 2007 - Sep 2015
Oct 2007

11000 mi
Intermittent Nav and satellite radio no function. 
Dec 2007

12000 mi
Followup visit to have the XM mudule and Nav/Audio head replaced. 
Cadillac CTS in Oregon, United States
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
Dec 2017

169000 mi

US $1400
Driveshaft causing vibrations. Non-serviceable. CV joint outer race galled. New driveshaft installed. Left rear wheel bearing TPMS replacement on 2 wheels 
Cadillac CTS in Oregon, United States
Aug 2007 - Sep 2011
Jun 2008

33000 mi
Replaced entire differential carrier assembly because original was whining. 
Aug 2008

35000 mi
Air Conditioner condensation drain hose was clogged, causing water to drip onto floor in front passenger side of vehicle. Put car on lift and cleaned clogged hose. No charge. 
Sep 2010

48000 mi

US $221
Engine oil pressure sender needed replacement. Front rubber spoiler was refastened with new fasteners. 
Cadillac CTS in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2007 - Mar 2010
Jun 2007

15599 mi
Warranty repair of right rear sail (c-pillar) panel since a little loose. 
Nov 2008

55000 mi
Sunroof not functioning since uninstalled from CPU. Coolant low second time in 2 months. Was topped off orig by dealer, I suggested this time they check for a leak due to frequency of low coolant warning. They found crack in radiator and replaced. 
Cadillac CTS in Florida, United States
Dec 2006 - Jan 2011
Jun 2009

38000 mi

US $100
Brake line, excellent service, excellent tech, Vera Cadillac in Pembroke Pines, FL is the best!!! 
Cadillac CTS in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2007 - Mar 2010
Nov 2007

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! 
Cadillac CTS in Kentucky, United States
Nov 2005 - Mar 2010
Dec 2005

9300 mi
Rear differential replaced 
Oct 2006

16500 mi

US $3200
Rear differential and both halfshafts replaced 

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2005 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed manual RWD

Cadillac CTS in Missouri, United States
- Sep 2008
Sep 2008

70000 mi

US $5200
Timing chain jumped because of faulty timing chain stretch causing severe cylinder head damage. Replaced entire valve train and cat convertor. 
Cadillac CTS in Virginia, United States
Aug 2009 - Jun 2014
Sep 2009

105000 mi

US $680
Leaking transmission fluid. 
Oct 2009

106000 mi

US $1600
Sensor to regulate fuel & air mixture malfunctioning. Assembly to hold spark plugs in place needed replacing. 
Apr 2010

109000 mi

US $200
Rear interior panel fell off and needed replacing. Front struts at end of life 
Jul 2010

112000 mi

US $1400
Hoses broke causing the engine to overheat. 
May 2011

119700 mi

US $900
Shifter was slowly moving to the side, making it almost impossible to shift into reverse. Replacement with new shifter resolved the issue. 
Jun 2014

144000 mi

US $120
Hood release cable snapped, needed replacing. 
Cadillac CTS in Wisconsin, United States
Aug 2010 - Jan 2011
Sep 2010

49000 mi
excess oil consumption 
Jan 2011

49000 mi
excessive oil consumption. Was burning one qt every 800miles. I traded the car. 

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2005 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.6L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

Cadillac CTS in Georgia, United States
Mar 2016 - Sep 2017
Sep 2016

169000 mi
Remote trunk lock activator failed and was draining the battery. Replaced battery drained by failing trunk lock activator. 
Sep 2017

180000 mi

US $130
I replaced front rotors and pads 
Cadillac CTS in Arizona, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2012
Dec 2012

105000 mi

US $1400
Muffler Assembly worn out. 
Cadillac CTS in Florida, United States
Jun 2013 - Feb 2014
Feb 2014

110000 mi

US $188
Replacement of both front Struts and sway-bar kits. 
Cadillac CTS in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2013 - Nov 2014
Nov 2014

136000 mi
The engine burned oil. I was adding about 1 quart every two weeks. (Approx 500 miles per week of driving). 
Cadillac CTS in Ohio, United States
Aug 2015 - Sep 2015
Aug 2015

2000 mi

US $400
Gear shifter repaired Transmission mount replaced . Mechanic said it would fix problem I was having with the car jerking from the rear end but that was not the problem. 
Sep 2015

2000 mi

US $240
Cracked flywheel Bearing Engine replaced in May Differential Bushing Front wheel axle repaired 
Cadillac CTS in Ohio, United States
Jan 2017 - Feb 2017
Feb 2017

138000 mi

US $500
I needed a transmission fluid change, front right wheel bearing and a radiator cap 
Cadillac CTS in New York, United States
- Nov 2006
Oct 2006

15000 mi
Broken 3rd brake LED light, repaired under warrenty. 
Nov 2006

17050 mi
rear sill panels fell off. Took in for warranty work. Had to come back in a few days since parts were on order. 
Cadillac CTS in Maryland, United States
Apr 2012 - Jan 2014
Jan 2014

110000 mi

US $786
Coil number 3 failed and mis-fired replaced all plugs and coil 3. 
Cadillac CTS in Tennessee, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2018
Mar 2016

134000 mi

US $120
Replaced leaking brake hoses 
Jun 2016

136000 mi

US $70
Key fob stopped working. Bought new one from amazon, had it programmed locally. 
Nov 2016

138100 mi

US $50
replace calliper bracket. 
Jun 2018

145000 mi

US $145
Had to replace the battery. It's an odd size. The cheapest (most affordable) one I could find was at Oreilly Still it was almost $150. 
Cadillac CTS in Kentucky, United States
Jun 2015 - Apr 2016
Jan 2016

81000 mi

US $150
Ignition coil on cyl 2 went out at 81k miles. Was going to cost $610 with labor but I got the extended warranty to cover it. 
Cadillac CTS in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2014 - Oct 2015
Feb 2015

103540 mi

C $855
Car has FE 3 suspension replaced rear shocks,only available from GM. Cost was $855.00 parts labor and tax. 
Oct 2015

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. 
Cadillac CTS in Ohio, United States
Nov 2009 - Jun 2011
Jan 2010 excessive oil consumption. 3rd time in shop as getting worse. Running oil consumption test. 
Apr 2010

56000 mi
Oil consumption now at 2 quarts in 1500 miles. Dealer giving run around. Says Cadillac are known for oil consumption. What a bunch of BS. Still doing oil consumption test. 
Cadillac CTS in Quebec, Canada
Sep 2013 - Jun 2015
Jan 2015 Excessive oil consumption. Oil catch can installed so excessive oil sucked in from the crankcase doesn't foul spark plugs. Added STP to gas to decarbonize rings and combustion chamber. Premature spark plug deterioration. I removed the upper plenum & replaced two coils (#1 & #3) along with all of the spark plugs. 
May 2015

156860 mi

C $350
Left outer tie-rod broke while driving. Replace both outer rod & one bent inner tie rod my self. Parts I use are or new AC Delco rods with grease jerts. Both outer tie rod where change at 110,000km by the dealer using AC Delco none jert rods 
Cadillac CTS in Indiana, United States
Aug 2008 - Aug 2016
Sep 2008

9000 mi
Stress crack in windshield-replaced under warranty Sunoof control knob had peeled-replaced under warranty 
May 2014

69000 mi

US $324
Rerplaced one fuel injector due to missing 
Oct 2014

74300 mi

US $306
Replaced another fuel injector 
Mar 2015

77000 mi

US $218
Coil melted and had to be replaced. 
May 2015

78100 mi

US $240
Had to replace injector 
Dec 2015

83000 mi

US $309
Replace fuel injector 
May 2016

85300 mi

US $228
Replaced coil 
Cadillac CTS in Louisiana, United States
Dec 2008 - Jun 2011
Jul 2009

31500 mi
Day before 4 yrs. of OEM Cadillac warranty expiration (7-8-05), brought CTS in for defective leather drivers side seat assembly-Both bottom and back panels. Protective finish had worn off and material was absorbing any dies from clothing. Day before 4 yrs. of OEM Cadillac warranty expiration (7-8-05), brought CTS in for defective leather drivers side seat assembly-Both bottom and back panels. Protective finish had worn off and material was absorbing any dies from clothing. 
Sep 2009

32000 mi
Drivers' leather seat turning "blue". Warranty replacement of both bottom and back leather covers! 
Cadillac CTS in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2008 - Mar 2010
Jan 2009

111724 mi

C $858
Left rear Wheel Hub. (bearing was torn) 
Mar 2009

100068 mi

C $45
sunroof switch 
Apr 2009

102300 mi

C $670
transmission line blew! 
Jun 2009

107384 mi

C $158
Diagnose transmission problem 
Cadillac CTS in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2008 - Jun 2011
Jul 2010

49000 mi
Rattle in sunroof/shade 
Cadillac CTS in Kuwait
May 2007 - Mar 2015
Sep 2007

25420 mi
Banging noise from under steering wheel on uneven roads. Fixed. Multiple squeaks and rattles, not fixed. Some times, while driving my RPM fluctuates when my foot in off the gas (goes up and down by itself). I didn't see this happening after I got my car back. When my gear shifts while driving I can feel a Hit between shifts they told me they changed some part from the rear area that causes this. It was gone for couple of weeks after I pickup my car but now it's back again. When folding my side mirrors I hear a noise (my side mirror is folded electrically not manual)… they changed them both with new ones... When cold I can feel my engine shake and it goes away when the engine is warm. They told me that it's normal since my car now considered OLD. The handling is not firm as before and I can feel some gap when steering… they didn't find any thing and I'm still having the problem.. 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 . Squeaking noise coming from my front doors while driving and it turned out it's coming from my door strikes and since they were out of stock they had to order them and sine I didn't have the time to come back again I had to wait till the next service (40K When riding a big road bump I hear squeaking / scratching sound coming from my front shocks, they said they had the shock replaced on the 20,000KM so it's not possible they're damaged this fast. I'm still having this problem.. 
Feb 2008

31000 mi
During Sep 2007 I suffered from "Banging noise from under steering wheel on uneven roads" and it was fixed, but then I started to experience a squeaking sound instead the banging. It turned out the previous fix was not done properly and some parts under . 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. In the early morning when cold I can hear a scratching noise coming from my front suspension when I go over a speed bump. "Squeaking noise coming from my front doors while driving and it turned out it's coming from my door strikes" part was orderd and replaced.  The same problem i had in Sep 2007: "The handling is not firm as before and I can feel some gap when steering… they didn't find any thing and I'm still having the problem..." 
Mar 2008

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 …. 
May 2008

32860 mi
Finally the engine cover bedding I was waiting for since Sep07 has been installed. On uneven roads my brake paddle makes noise. They tighten the clippers, brake paddle, and changes a plastic button behind the paddle. Now it's 60% better. 65% of the time my left HID low beam light Vibrates. It's notable at night and if I'm behind another vehicle at traffic light. I mentioned this problem at least 3 times now but all they did is tighten the bulb. The problem is still there.  The rear view mirror vibrates while driving and it gets worse if I'm listening to music. They ordered a replacement part. 
Jun 2008

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. Clicking/rattling sound from the engine area (I think), when RPM ~2000 & speed ~30 miles. Sound volume ascends with gas & suddenly disappears when shifts gear. Don't hear it on N or P just on Drive. Not the whining that comes from the differential. Some times after I come back to my car and open the door I can clearly smell the cooling liquid coming from the inside of my car. It turns out water pump is leaking and was replaced under warranty. 
Jul 2008

34100 mi
The "Dynamo" the part which generates electricity went bad and it had to be replaced. 
Oct 2008

37200 mi
My front HIDs, interior lights, A/C LCD flicker. It almost goes away when I press on the gas paddle. They updated the car software system and it's ok now. My RPM fluctuate on idle. They acknowledge the problem but they don’t know how to fix it. They informed GM-USA since many customers complained about this problem. The back of the driver seat is loose. They order the part.  I brought my car for the regular maintenance and they informed me that my RR axle is damaged and have been replaced under warranty 
Nov 2008

37820 mi
The part that was ordered for the back seat has arrived and installed. The rear view mirror part has arrived and was installed. 
Jun 2009

45880 mi
The dealer called to inform me that the drive shaft that been previously ordered has arrived and need to be installed. They installed it. 
Sep 2009

47740 mi

$105
RL window motor was replaced due to the window going down and wouldn't roll up. 
Aug 2010

54040 mi

$100
The steering wheel felt off balance so I took it to the shop where they did the alignment plus changed the rubber on the tie rods. 
May 2011

56420 mi

$3000
L&R front absorber replaced, Lower arms replaced, and bushes  Engine mount replaced. transmission mount replaced. Differential gasket replaced. 
May 2012

66840 mi

$1725
L&R front shock absorber replaced, upper arms replaced, and bushes the coil of cylinder 1 & 5 went bad and the car start to shake at stop 
Apr 2013

72120 mi

$1050
Engine light blinking & car start jerking on stop. Replaced coil #2,4,6. ECM model, and fuel injector #6 
Dec 2013

75020 mi

$215
noise when shifting gears. Gear lever repleased 
Sep 2014

80600 mi

$1250
engine make making making noise and turns off on first cold start, few second later it's normal. They found "misfire due a sticky valves, carbon spark plug. Performed top engine and engine carb tune up conditioner" according to the invoice. i noticed i'm losing coolant water more than normal with no sign of leakage. they replaced radiator outlet o ring. they informed me the suspension needs to be replaced, and stabiliser bushings worn and cracked. RL door cant open form outside. actuator stuck, needs to be replaced. upper dashboard crack and become three separate piacess. 
Mar 2015

81840 mi
needed suspension work RL door actuator stuck upper dashboard cracked 
Cadillac CTS in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2007 - Mar 2011
Dec 2007

39124 mi
Low coolant warning. Many tests were run without any conclusions. Coolant was topped off. Also, rear diff whine fixed with rearend rebuild due to needing new bearings. Third fix was trunk struts were replaced due to poor performance. 
Jul 2008

46000 mi
Oil consumption, they 'soaked' the cylinders with a cleanser to remove carbon from the engine and changed the oil as part of the procedure. 
Nov 2008

51000 mi
Piston rings, valve seals, and all engine gaskets replaced due to oil consumption issue. Now after 1500 miles there is no oil loss. 
Jul 2009

60000 mi
Rear passenger sail panel fell off. Panel broke due to having windows open on the freeway. Stereo would forget it was on a preset radio station and only manual tuning would remind it where it was. Radio replaced. Cadillac logo fell off of wheel center cap. Center cap replaced. Cruise control will randomly turn off when pressing the coast button, this is much more common in cold weather. Mechanic couldn't replicate the problem so nothing was done. 
Dec 2010

78000 mi
Oil pressure sensor short circuit. Sensor replaced. 
Cadillac CTS in Louisiana, United States
Dec 2008 - Jun 2011
Mar 2009

20000 mi
Replaced Rear Sagging Air Bag Trim Covers. Replaced Stick Shift Peeling Trim Cover Plate. Replaced Stiff Trunk Struts. Replaced Broken Rear Bumper Clips. Refinished Driver's Seat Cracked Bottom Leather-Left Side. 
Sep 2009

21000 mi
"Pre-Owned CTS developed rear end noise when turning hard RL in FR. Dealer added new diff. lube + additive, worked for 2 months...then noise came back. Dealer replaced grinding Slip Clutches on both sides, now Very Quiet in Any hard turning! 
Mar 2010

24000 mi
Service StabilitySteeringBrake Warning appeared on DIC. Dealer replaced malfunctioning computer and had to reprogram performance parameters. 
Cadillac CTS in Texas, United States
Jul 2009 - Mar 2010
Aug 2009

74000 mi

US $2500
Rear end in this car started making noise below 45 mph and turns out the pinion gear and driveshaft were bad. Pretty poor for a car rear end to die so quickly. Dealer was no help and went to a private shop but got stuck using all Cady parts instead rebui 
Cadillac CTS in Georgia, United States
May 2011 - Apr 2012
Apr 2012

111000 mi

US $6000
No warning Engine locked up ..timing chains failed scattered metal debris throughout oil ruined bearings 
Cadillac CTS in Ohio, United States
Sep 2011 - Apr 2014
Apr 2013

93200 mi
unknown whirring noise, usually when feathering the accelerator and car in 20 mph range, and 40mph range. Dealer could not hear the noise, and therefore did nothing to fix - for the 5th time over 2 year period. 
Aug 2013

94600 mi
Same noise problem as before. Now diagnosed as needing rear differential replacement. Has been replaced - still seems to be same problem. 
Cadillac CTS in California, United States
Dec 2010 - Mar 2011
Jan 2011

65000 mi
Clunking noise coming from rear end when shifting from park to reverse or from reverse to drive. Replaced drive shaft, problem still there. Replaced both right and left rear upper control arms with bushing attached as one part. With the car elevated and brakes applied while raising the RPM's the rear wheels were jumping when put in reverse or drive. Clunking noise remained. Replaced differential carrier assembly. $1.525.63 Clunking noise is still heard in the rear end when shifting from reverse to drive or park to reverse. Clunking noise remains unresolved. 
Cadillac CTS in Arizona, United States
Nov 2006 - Feb 2010
Apr 2007

19000 mi
Car's information center would randomly/intermittently lose various setting's and power windows became inoperative. Problem diagnosed as a shorted drivers window switch control cluster. Cluster replaced, no problems since. 
Jan 2008

29000 mi
Left rear window track/guide broke, window would roll up and stay up. 
Sep 2008

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. Right front turn signal not working. Sucessful repair. 
Mar 2009

46000 mi
Had oil leak at front engine seal. Had fluid leak from rear axle housing. Fog light relay sticking. Fog lights would not extingush when turned off. 
Cadillac CTS in Michigan, United States
Mar 2010 - Mar 2013
Apr 2010

64000 mi

US $100
ABS, Traction Control sensor went bad. Front hub had to be replaced. Also replaced deck lid struts. All repairs covered under warranty minus $100.00 deductible. 
Jun 2011

76000 mi

US $100
Trans. pan leak. Replaced gasket 
Cadillac CTS in Florida, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2011
May 2010

141000 mi
Rear passenger window mechanism broke. Replaced it myself. Also, instrument cluster died. Repaired and replaced it myself. Can't afford Cadillac repair costs. 
Cadillac CTS in Virginia, United States
Feb 2012 - Mar 2012
Mar 2012

110000 mi

US $300
transmission grinded due to the lack of care 

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2005 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

210-horsepower 2.8L V6 6-speed manual RWD

Cadillac CTS in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2010 - Jul 2017
May 2010

60140 mi

C $140
Worn lower tie rod end on driver's side front wheel. Nothing dramatic. Was left over from the previous owner's neglect. 
Jun 2011

71920 mi

C $30
One of the rear brake caliper slide pins was seized. Removed it, cleaned it, greased it, reinstalled. 
Aug 2013

106020 mi

C $200
A bushing on the rear differential was worn and needed replacement. 
Nov 2014

118420 mi

C $190
Sway bar end links completely worn and sway bar was able to move freely. End links replaced, all good. 
Jul 2015

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. 
Sep 2015

129580 mi

C $120
Worn bushings made it extremely difficult to shift into reverse gear. Replaced a pair of bushings on the shift arm. 
Aug 2016

133580 mi

C $400
First visit - recharged the AC system. Suspected slow leak. Found afterwards that the leak was major. Second visit - discovered a pinhole in the high pressure refrigerant aluminum tubing. Welded to repair. 

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2005 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

210-horsepower 2.8L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

Cadillac CTS in Ontario, Canada
May 2006 - Oct 2008
Mar 2006

8680 mi
Radio failed, no radio, no onStar, unable to shut it off or change display. Radio replaced at dealership under warranty 
Mar 2007

11780 mi
Radio failed again on trip. No radio, onStar, or ability to change display. Radio replaced again under warranty at dealer. 
Cadillac CTS in Virginia, United States
Aug 2012 - Dec 2012
Oct 2012

108800 mi

US $2200
Torque converter, reseal transmission, drive shaft. 
Dec 2012

118000 mi

US $470
The headlight went out. Cadillac during these years anyway send their customers onto huge repair jobs for the most minor of repairs. Any other car I would of bought a headlight and installed it. 

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2005 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

Cadillac CTS in Alabama, United States
Sep 2017 - Mar 2018
Oct 2017

52000 mi

US $1550
Shifter was loose, replaced shifter. Check coolant notification kept popping up even after an oil change with inspection. Thermal sensor housing replaced. 

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2005 Cadillac CTS 4-door

8-cylinder manual 2WD

Cadillac CTS in California, United States
Nov 2006 - Mar 2010
Jan 2007

26000 mi
Coolant leak, repaired and returned within hours. 
Oct 2007

37000 mi
Paint chipping off navigation system buttons. Replacment Nav system does not work right, dealer ordered new software. Trunk would not lock. 
Apr 2008

40000 mi
New Headlamps, lenses were failing. Power steering hose leak, new hose. Rattle in center console. South Coast Cadillac (formerly Nabors Cadillac) did a great job as usual. 

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