2013 Cadillac ATS Long Term Road Test


2013 Cadillac ATS: Thrummy Idle

January 2, 2013

2013 Cadillac ATS

Our long-term 2013 Cadillac ATS has a punchy turbocharged four-cylinder, as you no doubt are already aware. It's quite a smooth little mill, save for one situation: idle. At idle it sends vibes through the cabin in a way that I don't recall happening in its primary German competition, the current four-cylinder-equipped BMW 3 Series.

It's certainly no dealbreaker, but it's there, and I wonder what customers whom are already skeptical of a four-cylinder Cadillac will think when they experience the ATS at idle.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

Comments

  • noobnox noobnox Posts:

    I'm willing to bet that if you look at the tach on your BWM (or equivalent smooth 4cyl) you'll notice the idle speed is probably 200-500 rpm higher.

  • noobnox noobnox Posts:

    I'm willing to bet that if you look at the tach on your BWM (or equivalent smooth 4cyl) you'll notice the idle speed is probably 200-500 rpm higher.

  • stingray454 stingray454 Posts:

    I've noticed it in my wife's '13 BMW 328 too. Not all the time, but it's noticeable sometimes while stopped at a red light. More noticeable while the car is in gear and stopped, than just idling in park. It's the nature of the beast with 4-cylinders I think. These new 4-bangers are impressive with the power and fuel economy, but I still hate the way they sound and feel compared to a 6-cylinder or V-8.

  • dior97 dior97 Posts:

    I have 2013 Cadillac with 800 miles. It trembles in idle during a red light for example .My dealer tried to fix with a software bulletin however it still has a minor trembling problem that is annoying and makes me wonder do i have a Cadillac or some cheap clunker. I can't believe that Cadillac is not aware or able to fix this flaw with the rough idle .This Cadillac ATS will not compete with BMW , Audi with this problem. The I think has awesome styling and does have a quiet ride but the trembling idle give the whole car a bitter taste.

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