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By c_rey4
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2003 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5M)


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I purchased this car used with 38k miles and a clean CARFAX report. I was very happy with the vehicle until I hit the 58k mile mark. My check engine light came on at this point and I discovered my thermostat quit working. After doing some research online, I found this is an overwhelmingly common issue. Before I got the car in to be repaired, the engine started making a terrible "wobble" noise. All of the bearings went bad on the front of the engine. I decided to replace the thermostat, tensioner pulley, and water pump myself. 5k miles later and my thermostat is bad again. My AC compressor seized at 70k miles as I was driving on the highway. $2k in repairs this year alone and I did the work...


Best Features

When it's running error free, it's a smooth ride. Good amount of power. Comfortable. Sharp exterior.


Worst Features

Build quality - cheap parts used intermittently in the engine and in the interior. Leather quality. I drove a coworkers 2008 CTS and they've improved many of these issues; why did they wait 5 years to do so though?


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Costly repairs!
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By mr.flowers
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2003 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5M)


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I puchased my cts just feb. 17, 2010 from a pretty reliable sounding private dealership. Exactly 1 week later the engine light came on. I bought the car with a warranty so the diagnoses was it need a THERMOSTAT and a WATER (something). $748. That night the light came back on. took it back, left, light came back on. This time the sensors need to be reset. same thing happened. after 4 times with this back and fourth in 2 weeks, I'm next gonna try a back yard mechanic since the dealership can't fix it! Go figure


Best Features

Appearance. speed.


Worst Features

An engine that doesn't go red every time you hit the gas. Hit's bumps very hard


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Bad engineering
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By roxnter
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2003 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5M)


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I have never liked this car, but my wife loves it. Excessive engine noise, makes it sound faster than it is. Very stiff suspension. Fine on curvy roads, but very annoying in town. You feel every bump. Cheap interior and tinny sound when doors close. Just normal repairs until recently when alternator belt failed, chunks of which got under the timing belt throwing off the timing and ruining the engine (bent valves, heads to machine shop & unknown damage to pistons. What kind of cheap engineering allows the timing belt to be dislodged by a alternator belt failure. Should just run out of juice & stop. I was afraid this Caddy was going to do this some day. Last GM product I'll ever own.


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CTS 2003 Must buy Warranty
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By yperkins10
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2003 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5M)


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brought my CTS 2003 certified car. Once warranty runs out get rid of car unless you have money to spend. check engine lights keep coming on, dealer state thermostate need to be replaced $1260 because thermostate is on belly of engine and not on top of radiator. Class action suit need to be brought against them for making sure car repairs would be so expensive. Not enough leg room for little kids. car looks like a winner, drives ok. In last 2 mo I have paid out $1500 to correct "steering wheel sensor" $1260 for "thermostat' that should have cost 1/3 of that price. I will never take my car to another dealership. If I can find a warranty co I will take it. I d0 NOT recommend this car


Best Features

car looks good, great cd system


Worst Features

how about reliable parts and not making car repairs unnecessary expensive by putting them in hard to reach places. You can't even change a light bulb on this car


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2003 CTS Total Lemon!
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By TLT
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2003 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5M)


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About 5 months after I bought my Sports Luxury CTS, it's lived in the shop. I still own it today (2010) but am so ready to put it to sleep! If I had known this, I would have never brought this car!!!


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