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#294 of 659 2005 Cadillac CTS 3.6, Another bites the dust, engine blown
Aug 26, 2011 (4:32 pm)
Today was my day to find out that the knocking that came on suddenly was because there was only half a quart of oil left in the oil pan and metal shavings coming from the engine.
My oil has always been changed at the dealership where I bought my brand new Cadillac 6 years ago and I changed it regularly. They are charging me $8000 to replace my engine. Out of despiration I called my insurance company at first they declined but shortly after called back and said they would investigate. I am crossing my fingers and my toes.
After reading all your posts, I don't have much hope that GM will help what so ever. I believe I will start doing what I see others do...the day before the warranty runs out, I will sell.
Six months ago, the seat sensor for the air bag broke on the passenger side. My dealership quoted me over $650 to repair it. I just found out that on August 3, 2011 GM put out a safety recall on this issue. Good thing I didn't put out that money to have it fixed.
You'd think that a motor seizing could be a safety issue?! Right?
#295 of 659 Re: 2005 Cadillac CTS 3.6, Another bites the dust, engine blown [special_k54321]
Aug 26, 2011 (4:54 pm)
I had that same problem last year had to shell out about $600 then. I feel your pain on the engine issue.
#296 of 659 Re: Those of Us. . . [cdnpinhead]
Aug 26, 2011 (4:59 pm)
I did check oil regularly despite never needing to add oil. After 6 yrs of owning my CTS the oil went from being at the proper level to only 1/2 a quart left in under 3wks and approximately 300miles of driving. (I made a habit of checking it once a month)
I also always had the oil changed a little ahead of scheduled and at the Cadillac dealership from where I purchased the car.
The issue that a lot of people are describing are not oil issues...the engines are not built properly.
#297 of 659 Re: Still frustrated [erycus]
Aug 26, 2011 (4:59 pm)
yes after reading everyone with same issue. this is crazy.
#298 of 659 Re: Still frustrated [carlamoreno]
Aug 26, 2011 (5:17 pm)
It's funny to me how GM got billions in government assistance to stay a float but we the consumers can get no assistance from them, I am praying that class action suit happens.
#299 of 659 Re: Those of Us. . . [special_k54321]
Aug 26, 2011 (5:56 pm)
I did check oil regularly despite never needing to add oil.
Yeah, back when I wrote that nearly everyone who posted with the grenading engine seemed to be of the opinion that the car should take care of itself or at least give some warning well in advance of losing all oil pressure. Since then another person (besides yourself) posted who had carefully checked his oil right up until the week or two when the engine self-destructed. So, I've changed my opinion -- checking the oil may not help at all, though it might help detect the onset of the real problem before the engine goes south. An oil level sensor would help as well.
Either way, the engine design is obviously flawed. This is simply not a few anecdotal incidents; there are too many. I guess GM is figuring that it's still well under 1% (made up number), so ignoring it is the best policy.
It's a shame, since the rest of the car seems to be really nice & even the engine's good. . .most of the time.
#300 of 659 Re: Unbelievable!!! [gmcustsvc]
Aug 26, 2011 (7:14 pm)
Good luck, erycus. If you get more than "your oil was low" or "the dealership is investigating" I want to know. GM is clearly turning a blind eye to this issue.
#301 of 659 Unanswered questions about engine failures
Aug 27, 2011 (5:39 am)
I don't drive a CTS, but have followed this forum with interest because I have always admired this car. It seems that there has not been an explanation in this forum of the cause of these engine failures.
The other issue is that when a lot of complaints appear in these forums, Consumer Reports usually reports similar reliability issues in their large database. Thus, when many anecdotal complaints occur, they are an indicator of an important issue that is usually confirmed when large numbers of vehicles are considered.
However, in this case, CR reports no major engine problems except for the 2003 model year (head gasket problems that year). There have been minor engine issues (oil leaks) from 2003-05, which don't appear to explain the problems in this forum. Otherwise, the engine has been reported to be reliable.
So, it seems that the issue is a little confused: what is going wrong, and why have these problems not been confirmed by CR? It may be difficult to obtain satisfaction from GM if these questions remain unanswered.
#302 of 659 Re: Unanswered questions about engine failures [billpaul]
Aug 27, 2011 (10:48 am)
It is my belief that because GM has some service advisors combing through the complaints contacting them directly and because some of the dealerships are manipulating the warranties under "camshaft sensor problems " that the number of official complaints is kept down .
#303 of 659 Engine problems 2006 CTS
Aug 27, 2011 (11:19 pm)
This is my second Cadillac CTS the first one was a 2004 with engine problems at 50,000 miles (I thought it had to be a lemon) So I gave Cadillac a second chance and purchased a 2006 CTS. Currently the car is in the shop (week 3) The cam timing sensor was the original diagnosis.. when the check engine light came on. I have an extended warranty and the warranty company approved this repair but then the shop called to say the motor needed to be replaced. My service and oil change records are up to date. The warranty company sent an adjustor to the dealership and they said that they would not pay for the motor because the dealership did a "decarbonizing treatment" on the motor and this left metal flakes which ruined the motor. The dealership said the warranty company just doesn't want to pay. So, I had the car towed to another dealership for a second opinion. I am waiting for the warranty adjustor to come back out and look at the engine. Apparently the "lower end of the engine is ruined"- the bearings and crankshaft. I am not sure how this will turn out, but I bought the Cadillac expecting to have a quality car I could count on. I will never purchase another Cadillac. I am thoroughly disgusted with the car and associated unreliability.