Electronic Gremlins Persist - 2008 Cadillac CTS Long-Term Road Test

2008 Cadillac CTS Long Term Road Test

2008 Cadillac CTS: Electronic Gremlins Persist

February 02, 2009


I drove the long-term CTS for the first time ever this weekend. Overall, a nice machine. As we've reported in various road and comparison tests, it's a capable handler and has adequate power.

But careful readers of CTS blog posts will remember a few unresolved issues with our CTS...

The first is an audio problem Dan Edmunds reported in June of last year. I happened to have the exact same experience last Saturday when I fired up the Caddy's otherwise spectacular Bose audio system.

The front left and right speakers (all four of them -- two on the dash and two in the doors) simply weren't working -- a problem even the untrained ear (mine) can recognize. The affirmation came when I manually dialed all the power to the left front speakers (see red circle on photo), at which point there was no sound at all. Punch it back a few clicks and the rear speakers and front center channel came back on line. Hmmm...

And again, just like Dan's experience, turning the car off and back on (rebooting?) cured the problem. Bill Gates wrote this solution and for it he deserves a swift kick in the nuts. This seems to me to be the worst kind of problem that can exist -- one that's electronic and intermittent. Good luck demonstrating that one to the service writer.

"No, really, I swear..."


Anyhow, there's more. Donna first noted the right turn signal malfunction way back in April 2008. This problem, we'll admit, hasn't been fixed because of our own delays. Well, sort of. We've had the car at the dealer on one occasion and skipped a second chance to resolve the issue knowing it would be out of service too long during the time it was scheduled to be driven back to California. So we're living with it. And the rear window switches on the driver's door which only function intermittently.

Good times.

Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor @ 24,944 miles

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