1st Gen (2003 – 2007) Cadillac CTS Problems

The 1st generation of the CTS has a cumulative PainRank™ of 11.21. That can be compared against other Cadillac generations. Shopping for a Cadillac? You should avoid this generation like the plague that it is.

Owners of the 2003–2007 CTS model years have sent in 131 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (30%) followed by the exterior (14%) and the brakes (13%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Cadillac model years.

Watch out for the 2003 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Reliability PainRank (?)
2007 26
2006 21
2005 11
2004 30
2003 43

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