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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
Cadillac CTS Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.2 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 220 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2003 Cadillac CTS

  • It can run with the best of them, but the awkward proportions and unrefined interior leave it a step behind the class leaders.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Excellent handling, spacious cabin, alternative look.

  • Cons

    Average interior materials, considerably larger than its competitors, stability control only comes on most expensive model.

  • What's New for 2003

    A replacement for the aging Catera sedan, the all-new CTS shares few parts with its German-built predecessor.

Full 2003 Cadillac CTS Review

What's New for 2003

A replacement for the aging Catera sedan, the all-new CTS shares few parts with its German-built predecessor.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Overall good car, but has

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Vehicle: 2003 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5M)

I bought this car two years ago with 123,000 miles on it, and it now has 155,000. Overall, pretty reliable as I do a lot of traveling back and forth to school. I've had to replace the timing belt, gas cap, brake lines, rotors, ball joints, drive shaft, bearings here and there and probably more that I can't think of. All are pretty expensive fixes and sometimes I wish I had a cheaper car. But gas mileage is great compared to any other on the market.



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Love the car but it's

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Vehicle: 2003 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5M)

My parents bought me an '03 luxury model CTS for my 16th birthday and I've been driving it for two years now. For 10 years old, it still looks great and in style, however it has had its share of problems. I have had to replace the rear O2 sensor. The camshaft and crankshaft position sensors on the engine also both went bad, which made the car stall randomly after running for a while. It was also leaking fluid onto the exhaust manifold which caused a bad burning smell when the heat was on, which was an expensive fix. Handles OK in the winter, but I wasn't able to make it up a snow covered hill. Great car but it's showing its age under the hood.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

I miss my pontiac grand

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Vehicle: 2003 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5M)

For 10 years, my dream car was the CTS. My Pontiac Grand Prix GT suffered a blown head gasket. Sold it for $600 and used the money as a down payment for the '03 CTS. Test drove it, loved it. The same day I left the car lot, problems arose. The oil pressure light came on, but that turned out to be a wet sensor. The next week, the check engine light comes on, it's a bad gas cap, fixed that after a few weeks of troubleshooting. Last week it shuts down on the freeway suddenly. Two months in and I still cant trust this car. Hopefully once I can get it right, I'll love it. But right now, it's making my '99 Grand Prix and '84 Toyota Tercel seem like better built cars.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Cadillac cts 2003

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Vehicle: 2003 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5M)

MY CAR HAS 90,000 miles. Bought it 14 days from a used dealership with no warranty. The car has broken down and is complete trash. Took it to a local garage I trust, and they cant figure out whats wrong with the car, theyre suggesting to take it to cadillac they never sent me away before. Im so depressed, this car has so many problems, and my heat hasnt worked since I bought the car, i cant believe i am going through this i traded in my Pt Cruiser which everyone talks crap about it, but it never left me stranded!!! I never had issues with my PT Cruiser : ( I just want to cry i made the worst decision & purchase of my life. I am carless, to repair is going to be an arm and leg. I already kno




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Vehicle: 2003 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5M)

My parents bought this car when it first came out. and now 10 years later its mine. Im a senior in high school. From what i remember it had a lot of issues and still does. The a/c and heat haven't worked for almost a year. The engine has this weird low idle sensor that needs to be replaced. I would say that if you bought this car to get a real good warranty for it! The check engine light has been on since we got it! and so has the check air bag light.



5 of 12 people found this review helpful

Amazing first car!!

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Vehicle: 2003 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5M)

I am 16 and have been eying the Cadillac brand ever since my dad bought his Escalade. I noticed the CTS and instantly fell in love. I found an '06 luxary model with a little over 70,000 miles on it and bought it. There are absolutely no problems with the car and I look forward to driving it every time I get in it. It's got some great pickup, especially with the sport button and it drives very well in the snow. I have no regrets of buying this car and would recommend it to anyone I talk to.



Talk About The 2003 CTS

2003 Cadillac CTS Discussions See all Started By

fearlessfly
fearlessfly
01-18-2013
Can anyone address whether the high engine oil consumption problems of the older CTS (2003-2009) cars been eliminated from the 2011-2013 models with the V-6 engine? Please address the overall reliabil...


fearlessfly
fearlessfly
01-18-2013
Can anyone who owns a new XTS address any reliability problems they have encountered? Have their been any high oil consumption engine oil problems that many owners of the CTS (2003-2011) have complain...


sevenfeet0
sevenfeet0
05-21-2004
I dropped by one of the local dealers here in Nashville (Crest) and discovered that they had a silver CTS-V just sitting on the lot. This muscle car was sitting next to one of the most unfortunate pos...



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