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#45 of 64 Re: 2006 CTS timing chain problems [sacktrack]
Apr 11, 2009 (8:48 pm)
My '05, which I traded for a 2009 in January, had the water pump replaced at 49,500 miles. That is quick failure for a water pump.
#46 of 64 2009 CTS DI: 4000 miles but in the shop 5 times so far
Aug 17, 2009 (7:58 am)
I drive an '09 CTS DI RWD Manual Transmission. Car was purchased at the end of March 2009. Some four months later, the car's been in the shop 5 times:
- twice to fix a misfiring ignition coil, which they had to replace the second time it was in the shop
- three times for a clutch pedal sensor. car won't start if the sensor malfunctions. in the shop now as i write this post. will they fix it once and for this time around? i don't have confidence.
Only 4,000 miles on it. And just as many headaches and hassles. I know things happen like this, I only wish it wasn't the car I drove!
#47 of 64 Re: 2009 CTS DI: 4000 miles but in the shop 5 times so far [twain809]
Aug 17, 2009 (2:33 pm)
I have been considering a preowned 08 CTS when the lease is up on my 4Runner. I really like the CTS but don't want to be on a first name basis with the Caddy service advisor (too many problems listed here on this forum have scared me). I did that with a 98 T/A. I loved the car but it was in the shop frequently. I'm on my second 4Runner since then and have never had one single problem with either one. Buyer beware, I guess.
#48 of 64 09 Non-DI CTS
Aug 18, 2009 (9:00 am)
coming up on a year old...17K on it....only one minor problem with squealing rear brake...dealer working to fix it.....otherwise its been flawless.....fully loaded other than the DI engine.....
#49 of 64 Re: 09 Non-DI CTS [pao]
Sep 25, 2009 (3:35 pm)
Bought my 09 CTS on July 10, 2008. It has 14,000 trouble free miles on it.
#50 of 64 Re: How is the quality of the 09 and 08's? [87silver]
May 07, 2010 (1:01 pm)
I've been meaning to post my experience with an "04 CTS 3.6l- so here goes
Bough 2.5yrs ago as a certified used car from Cad. dealer in Milwaukee. I'm an engineer (exactly the demographic Cadillac are trying to market to - 35yrs old). It was a leap of faith buying a Cadillac but I thought I'd try it - the CTS looks great- mine is black with a regular base leather interior.
Here what has been done to it: (out of necessity- it recently hit 100k- so warranty expired)
2 Rear ends (complete diff ass'y)- Note last one was put in in Oct last year (when car was serviced recently dealer told me the oil from ass'y was black on one side of diff- so new fluid etc. put in). The car got stuck in grass at side of my driveway during bad snow in Wi in Dec - 2 min.s of trying to get it out- has almost killed the diff. clutch (nothing heroic- gently tried to one wheel onto tarmac) - I understand CTS's have an appetite for diff.s - either a design or Mexico AMM manufacturing problem- but this is a big ticket item.
1 Half shaft - drive to axle from diff.
1 new seal- wheel hub (radial shaft seal)
New engine chains & sprockets - complete timing chain replacement
Water pump gasket-#1 Coolant leak #1 (Dealer told me it was the gasket - took it to another dealer closer to home because 100k warranty was looming
Water Pump gasket#2 - Coolant leak#2 (I've worked in auto. selaing industry for large German company- know that seals/probabilities don't go bad twice in a relatively short space of time) - took it to a Chevy dealer closer to home- turns out the gasket was fine- the cylinder head was leaking
1 cylinder head job gasket and water pump- see above
AC - two trips to delaer to fix bad gaskets
3 struts in front end ( one set only lasted a year)
2 radios (stopped working)
Leak in trunk
Leak in floor well - driver's side - 2 trips to resolve
Broken Vent switch, loose trim, peeling paint m ball joints, starting disabled because of sftware issue , bushings.....................etc
this is just what I can remember- there is no room in glove box for the encylopedia of invoices generated by dealer to fix problems- and I have no idea what was done to it by prior owner. (note each line item represents trip to dealer.
At 103k - the transmission / radiator closed loop cooling failer - send trans. fluid to red. and coolant to trans. - cost $4300 to fix. When car was picked up at dealer a few weeks ago- I'm told it developed a brake assist problem right there in the servicing bay and needs a new sensor- and the thermostat is lazy- all happened at dealer.
I had the car serviced at a Cadillac dealer religuously ( being an engineer I can appreciate maintenance) and also paid the $500 shoe and rotor regrind without complaint when the economy was in the toliet and the dealer was obviously balancing the books.
GM- with a serious push put 25% toward parts in the transmission fiasco- and more or less stated you are on your own- which is a major disappointment to say the least. I believe the official line was - " there are too many miles on the car and it's an 2004" - all of which is true- but the car was 3k over it's warranty (with what is a design fault), with a meticulously maintained car..............
GM have a lot of catching up to do quality wise.... I've driven the new CTS - and on the surface like it's earlier sibling- everything looks in order- but I can't take the risk again with this brand.
I don't believe in Lemons - systems failure happen because of just that- but all these items I've dealt with are isolated systems- which means exceptionally poor quality.- plain and simple I'm afraid.
#51 of 64 Re: How is the quality of the 09 and 08's? [oharamj]
May 11, 2010 (6:37 am)
09 CTS with all options except AWD and the DI engine...purchased Sept08 with over 25K on it so far and not one complaint...best riding and driving car I have owned....
noting your Diff problems...the earlier MY CTS were notorious for the rear Diff failures....and they were a german manfacture was my understanding...(Getrag)...these were the same difs put in the early MY 06-07 Pontiac Solstices which suffered the same fate...leaks and clutch packs destroying themselves...it appeared it was a design issue...........Solstice was replaced twice as well with the last one a year ago solving the grinding sounds and leak issues...
the new CTS IMHO is far above the earlier MY ones......I would highly recommend it
#52 of 64 Re: How is the quality of the 09 and 08's? [pao]
Aug 28, 2010 (5:58 pm)
Have had my 08 cts in the shop on and off for 5 weeks and have ownd it for 6 months ant it still has a list of problems . GM is now saying that some of the problems are common for this car. Rough idle, can barly get 19 mpg on flat hwy. chugging at slow rolling speeds (Have It in writing). I thought this was a cadillac GMs flagship luxury division Do not buy a 3.6 FI 2008 . I have only heard good things about the DI cars. My FI car has only 34000 miles and runs like it has 300000 miles
#53 of 64 Re: How is the quality of the 09 and 08's? [pf562]
Aug 30, 2010 (4:03 am)
is GM telling you these things are normal or is the dealership doing it....if so...would change dealers immediately.....and look for a regional GM tech rep to review your issues...none of the issues you mention should be considered normal....
#54 of 64 Re: How is the quality of the 09 and 08's? [pf562]
Aug 30, 2010 (8:34 am)
this really irritates me..."some of the problems are common"...does this mean that they will never be able to solve them, so don't worry about it?....i own a 06 3.6 V6 CTS and i have the same problems...one would think over two years there would be some improvement.