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2012 Cadillac CTS repairs by problem area

Engine (17%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (23%)

Brakes and Traction Control (0%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

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

Other (15%)

Chart based on 48 repairs.
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2012 Cadillac CTS repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (3%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (14%)

< $100 (83%)

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Chart based on 35 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Cadillac CTS

Engine not specified

Cadillac CTS in Colorado, United States
Dec 2014 - Mar 2015
Dec 2014

17000 mi
differential replaced 
Mar 2015

19000 mi
trams fluid replaced due to groaning noise in diff 

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2012 Cadillac CTS 4dr Wagon

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

Cadillac CTS in Florida, United States
Jul 2014 - Aug 2016
May 2015

34900 mi
Rear differential was making noises. 
Oct 2015

43000 mi
Driver's Recaro seat was rocking or loose 
Feb 2016

50000 mi
Headlights full of condensation and tail lights pulling from body Rear differential replaced due to excessive noise. 
Aug 2016

55000 mi
Condensation in headlight 
Cadillac CTS in Texas, United States
Jun 2016 - Mar 2018
Sep 2016

47000 mi
had CEL for low fuel pressure. dealer replaced pump, but light came on several times after replacement. after a number of trips back, dealer could not replicate the issue. had CEL again for low fuel pressure. dealer kept car running a number of tests but dealer could not replicate the issue. dealer replaced fuel pump control module which finally resolved the CEL issues 

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2012 Cadillac CTS 4dr Wagon

supercharged 556hp 6.2L V8 6-speed manual RWD

Cadillac CTS in Texas, United States
Aug 2012 - Jul 2016
Aug 2013

17400 mi
rear differential seal was leaking and needed replacement 
Feb 2014

23000 mi
Struts were squeaking in cold weather when going over bumps. 
May 2014

25800 mi
The rear tail light adhesive which held the assembly onto the body of the car came loose. 
Aug 2014

29100 mi
rear differential was leaking and replaced 
Mar 2015

33000 mi
Driver's seat creaked when cornering. 
Cadillac CTS in Alberta, Canada
Jun 2013 - Dec 2016
Aug 2013

26400 mi
Driver side tail light tip separating from the body. The design has a tab along the back that anchors the tip to the car body. The tab broke causing the tip to start to separate away from the body. This is a known issue. 
Oct 2013

30980 mi
Door sill decal replaced, Rear wheel alignment required; rear shocks weeping, requiring replacement. 
Jun 2014

35960 mi

C $100
Tire Pressure Sensors apparently leak; need to be resealed; which apparently is not covered by warrantee 
Sep 2015

45880 mi
A whine or low howl from the differential presents itself in a slow, tight radius turn. It's most noticeable when starting the tight radius turn from a dead stop. 

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2012 Cadillac CTS 4dr Wagon

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

Cadillac CTS in South Carolina, United States
Feb 2013 - Dec 2017
Sep 2016

38000 mi
Dealer didn't seat oil filter and oil blew out of the engine. 

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2012 Cadillac CTS 4dr Wagon

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

Cadillac CTS in Washington, United States
Aug 2012 - Jun 2014
Jan 2013

21700 mi
CEL as a result of a misfire 
Apr 2014

27000 mi
CEL light illuminated--dealer could not find any reason for the code, cleared it, and inspected/cleaned the modules that were involved. 
Cadillac CTS in Texas, United States
Sep 2016 - Sep 2018
Aug 2017

47000 mi
keyless entry and one of the key fobs stopped working, even when using the key port inside the center console. After initial diagnosis as a bad key failed to resolve the issue, the vehicle was left with the dealer to investigate. came back stating that the key was bad, but ALSO the in-vehicle sensor for the keys had failed and need to be replaced as well. due to interesting issue where previous owner did not take receipt until 2013, the full bumper to bumper warranty was still effective until end of august 2017 and both items replaced at no cost 
Feb 2018

49000 mi
check engine light came on flashing, vehicle went into limp mode. turned off vehicle allowed to sit for 5 minutes, restart - vehicle went into limp mode again. had vehicle towed to home by AAA. checked codes (p1270 - accelerator pedal position converter error, p1281 - APP sensor 2 performance) restart in morning, solid check engine light, no limp mode. drove the 2.3 miles to dealer without issue. code was present, but dealer could not replicate issue. codes wiped by dealer, no charge, issue has not reoccurred to date. 
Sep 2018

52000 mi

US $425
slight vibration was felt at shifter, dealer identified separating engine mount during routine service. scheduled day to drop off for replacement. day prior to scheduled visit driveshaft and coupling failed leaving vehicle inoperable. Parts replaced: entire drive shaft, flex coupling, rear trans seal, trans tunnel exhaust heat shield, 2 engine mounts, ac system bled and recharged (part of job for engine mounts), both differentials also inspected for damage and fluid replaced. extended warranty covered all items except for 100$ deductible and heat shield ($325) 
Cadillac CTS in Wisconsin, United States
Oct 2012 - Jun 2018
Aug 2013

25300 mi
Window motor/regulator replaced. 
Nov 2014

39600 mi
Intermediate steering shaft needed replacement. 
Mar 2015

46000 mi
Seat heater element replacement. 
Apr 2017

73000 mi
Driveshaft coupler bolts fell out. 
Nov 2017

78000 mi
Intermediate steering shaft replacement. 

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2012 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

Cadillac CTS in South Carolina, United States
Dec 2014 - Jun 2018
Jan 2015

46200 mi
replace battery due to weak cell 
Apr 2017

54668 mi
Super charger replaced per service bulletin. Rattle in super charger. Super charger, dampener, gaskets and coolant replaced. 

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2012 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

Cadillac CTS in Texas, United States
Aug 2012 - Sep 2015
Sep 2012

9985 mi
Replaced cracked windshield washer tank 

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2012 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

Cadillac CTS in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2015 - Jul 2017
Jan 2017 Water in truck lid. Third brake light replaced under warranty. Note: First fix was on license plate holes required extra sealant. (bulletin ) 

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2012 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan

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

Cadillac CTS in Quebec, Canada
Aug 2012 - Sep 2018
Aug 2014

12800 mi
Fixed light rust on inside of right fender and bottom of left door. Right front window sometimes doesn't work. They checked everything, found nothing wrong. 
Dec 2017

33480 mi

C $120
mechanism right hand door MECHANISM LEFT DOOR NOT WORKING PROPERLY. Not fixed yet because dealer distant and expensive. 
Mar 2018

33 mi

C $338
MECHANISM DOOR LEFT DOOR HEADLIGHT, FOG INSIDE, WATER 
Cadillac CTS in West Virginia, United States
Aug 2012 - Mar 2018
Aug 2014

21000 mi
Squeak in sunroof. Cleaned/lubricated seal, problem solved. 

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2012 Cadillac CTS 2dr Coupe

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

Cadillac CTS in Florida, United States
Dec 2016 - Jan 2017
Jan 2017 Recaro seats won't fold Window stopped giving space blocking door from closing 

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2012 Cadillac CTS 2dr Coupe

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

Cadillac CTS in Florida, United States
Aug 2012 - Oct 2017
Jan 2016

44000 mi
Navigation screen not going up. 
Apr 2017

62000 mi

US $100
Air conditioning blowing hot and cold air. 
Oct 2017

62000 mi

US $1100
When turning right there is a clicking sound at low speed. Front sub frame cracked, replace sub frame and lower control arms. 

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2012 Cadillac CTS 2dr Coupe

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

Cadillac CTS in Missouri, United States
Mar 2013 - Oct 2015
Nov 2013

16400 mi
Center diff clutch 
Jul 2014

21000 mi
CTS 4 with transfer case clutch issues - replaced under warranty no problems... 

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