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Cadillac CTS Maintenance and Repair



  • jayvh1jayvh1 Posts: 2
    edited August 2010
    I found an 05 cts on craigslist with 68,000 miles reasonably priced about $1,000 below blue book. I called the guy a little while ago but since its late i imagine i will hear from him tommarow. It seems you guys have or have had alot of problems with this car so now im having second thoughts. The car is a 2005 cts 2.8 v6 and has a 6 speed manual transmission. Its a nice looking car but since i havnt talked to the owner yet i have yet to ask him all of the questions you do when interested in a car. ill be sure to ask him about a few things i've read on here,(to many to list). On other review sites it seems that the 03 &04 have a few problems but when it comes to the 05, 06, & 07, it rates them as if they have worked those problems out. I dont know much about Cadillacs but i do all maintance and repairs myself in the drive way on all of my other cars, and always have. Will this be a car i can work on myself? What do you think, is the car worth it? I Know its alot of miles but i would like to see what some experienced CTS owners have to say. Thanks for you help.....Jay
  • temj12temj12 Posts: 450
    I had an '05 with the 3.6 engine. I now have an '09. I drove the '05 49,000 miles. I had to replace the water pump at 48,000 miles. Other than the tires, I did not have any other problem. I loved the car. With the 2.8 engine, you have the smaller engine. It will not have the power of the 3.6, which was very quick. The manual tranny should help that. My friend has one like mine and he has 110,000 miles on his. He had to have the engine completely overhauled at 50,000, but Cadillac covered it. He feels pretty solid about the car.
  • jayvh1jayvh1 Posts: 2
    thanks for your advice. i drove the car yesterday (sat) and it is a very fun car to drive with the 6 speed manual. you're right, the manual does help with the cars "quickness" it would move through gears pretty fast when i would get on the gas pedal, very throttle responsive. I like the car but a few things worry me still....1 the miles, 69k, the car is flawless inside and out. I need something nice and reliable since i will be doing some regular comuting & driving the car alot. The owner assured me that he would get right into the car and take it anywhere. He said last summer he & his wife drove it to Maine and back, he lives in PA, its a long enough trip. He also does not seem to be in a hurry to sell it, he seems confident in the car, so much that when i told him about my concerns for the miles and the way that it sounds when you shift from 1st gear to 2nd, and from 2nd to 3rd he just casually said, "think about it, your welcome to come back and drive it again anytime". 2nd the only other thing i noticed was like i just said...when you shift from 1st to 2nd and from 2nd to 3rd you hear like a linkage noise. its not gears grinding, no matter if you let the clutch out slow or fast, or with added gas pedal or no gas you still hear it. its not a horribly nasty noise but i do notice it. when i told him about it he said he had never herd/felt it before so now i dont know if im not use to the car or if i got more of a feel for the clutch and gears that maybe i could not let it happen. But through those gears, i remember yesterday that no matter how smooth i tryed to shift it or how smooth i tried to release the clutch i would still hear the noise and some times a little jerk as if i was just letting go of the clutch really fast, but i wasnt. i think i need to go back and drive the car again, this time i will take my brother and let him see what im talking about so that i can get a second opinion & we can also srutinize the car together....Any ideas on this shifting matter? Also there is an open recall on the car, i saw it on carfax and i told the owner, he said yes he knew & had recieved a letter from Cadillac in the mail, he just hasnt had the time to take it in to be replaced. its only "front brake line corosion", i guess 1 of the front brake lines corodes quickly? Overall what do you think?
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 3,237
    are good things.

    They help people who are otherwise uninterested plow through a message. . .

    or not.

    Those who read messages respond.

    Go figure.
  • K9WillK9Will Posts: 26
    knine will here the manuel trans should have very few problems with it the 2.8 motor has been arround a long time it should be a good motor
  • billpaulbillpaul Posts: 103
    You're right about paragraphs. Post by jayvh1 is essentially unreadable. Wonder if he had something interesting to say ....
  • Tonight while listening to a CD, the CD player quite working without warning. (I thought I hit the off button by mistake, which turns out I didn't.) I tried to get it playing again by turning the system off and on, but the CD still wouldn't play. The radio works, but the CD system doesn't do anything. The CD is stuck inside. The warrant has expired.

    Has this happened to anyone else? I wonder what could be the problem.
  • robh3robh3 Posts: 157
    edited September 2010
    Hasn't happened to me. Only 24k miles on my car, though, and it's still under warranty.
  • I'm so very upset reading all of these "engine problems" posted here. I purchased the CTS from a Cadillac dealer and noticed a "knocking" or pulling in the car maybe 4 months after purchase. Since that time, I've had it to a Cadillac dealer on several occasions to be told there's nothing wrong with the car. There wasn't any oil in my garage nor @ my parking space @ work. A few times that it was checked I was told it needed oil, but would be only 2000 miles or less into the previous oil change. I found myself buying several bottles of oil and storing in my trunk and whenever I heard the knocking, I'd just pull over, top the oil and keep moving. After maybe 5 evals at the dealer, I became seriously p'od about the problem. Finally 2 weeks ago, the car stopped and my assessment by another dealer is that "the motor has major internal damage and engine is internally failed". Now I'm looking for a "reasonably priced" used motor as I can get absolutely NO help from the local Cadillac dealers, including the one that I used in the past months. So whatever you do, don't take NO for an answer. There's something wrong with this car and I imagine the previous owner had the same problems.
  • rayzhrayzh Posts: 1
    edited October 2010
    I just bought a 2005 CTS 3.6V from a BMW dealer with 66000 milage on it last week. I really like the handling of the car. I had the car checked at a private car shop. They told me there are two problems,

    1. Front drive shaft mounting flange is rubber and has begun to crack
    2. Rear axle seals have signs of leakage but has evidence that the area has
    been cleaned.

    I checked with a cadillac dealer and was informed that the CTS is not in the recall list for the rear axle seal problem. What's you guys' opinion on this? The car still runs greatly with no problem and I don't see any leaking problem. Should I keep the car or return it to the dealer?

    GM also offered an extended warranty for additional 3 years and 36000 miles for $2500. Do you guys think I should buy it?

    Any input and thought is appreciated! Thanks!
  • robh3robh3 Posts: 157
    Regarding your rear axle: When driving at low speed with the wheel turned sharply, such as pulling into a parking space, do you hear any type of grinding or rubbing noise coming from the rear end?

    If you hear this noise, then your car has an issue with the clutch packs not functioning properly, and this is a known issue to Cadillac that should be a warranty item.

    My '06 had that issue and the first thing they do is flush and replace the fluid in the rear end. It solved the problem for about 6 months and then the noise came back. The dealer (a different dealer this time) did the flush again and when testing the car themselves were not satisfied that is solved the problem, so they installed a whole new rear end and, while it hasn't been 6 months again yet, so far it has been fine.

    Again, this is a known issue and dealers should be aware of it. It's a known issue on '06 models anyway...not sure about '05s.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055
    Hello Smith329,
    I apologize that you had a less than optimal experience with your dealership. Do you currently have a case with GM? If so, what is the case number? What is the year and current mileage of your vehicle? Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • I have 2006 Cadillac CTS 47,000 miles on it. Started "cutting out" a couple of weeks ago. Took to mechanic in our small town because of convenience and the warranty just ran out in June anyway. Computer codes P0300 - random misfire as well as the specific codes for each cylinder except 5. He has no clue what is going on and says next stop is dealer, which I can't afford!!! Bad gas? Used heet x 2. Dirty injectors? Injector cleaner x 2. Just got fuel filter but don't have it put in yet. Seeing that there is a problem with the timing chain as I am browsing the web?? Help please
  • K9WillK9Will Posts: 26
    k9will here my techs always tried the bad gas tactic it never rarely was the problem keep digging
  • billpaulbillpaul Posts: 103
    edited December 2010
    Since you haven't gotten a lot of responses, I will respond:
    There are a number of possible explanations for your problem. Aside from car dealers, there should be private shops available with reasonable rates and expert mechanics who are familiar with GM cars. Basically, you have to spend the money necessary to maintain a car, expensive or not, if you intend to keep and drive it.
  • I'm having the exact same issue. I purchased a 2005 CTS with 45k miles in August 2010. I took it in to Cadillac and they told me nothing was wrong and to keep a closer look at the oil levels. The knocking sound continued and I just had a second opinion. They couldn't pinpoint the problem but said it was more then likely a bad piston. I'm now very pissed off and am gonna get rid of it. Just curious what luck you had in selling it?
  • I have a 2008 Cadillac CTS AWD that has had 1 problem that drives me crazy. There is a clunking sound that comes from the rear end of the car. I have had the car at the dealer multiple times and they hear the clunk but say that it is normal for an AWD. I have gone to other dealers to test drive the same AWD car and never hear it. It occurs at 2 distinct times. The first is when I am driving slowly and let off the gas to turn a corner. Letting off the gas and then giving it gas creates a clunking sound near the rear. The other time is when I am driving and approach a stop sign. As I stop and the car shifts down there is a hard clunk when I come to a stop. With a car this nioce (and expensive) it drives me crazy and continues to convey "cheap quality". Has anyone with the 08 Cadillac CTS AWD had this issue? I have 42,000 miles and want to find the issue while it is still under warranty but the dealer seems to think that this is normal.
  • I have a 2005 CTS with 138,000 miles. I will have $1,500 to go toward repairs/maintenance.
    I am going to get the oil changed. Tires are ok. Have maybe a year left on them. With just this limited amount, can anyone please give me advice on best area to invest upkeep on my car?
    Brake light is out, so will need to use for that also. But what would rest of money best be served for on upkeep? Need helpful advice for maintenance challenged person.
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