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2003 Cadillac CTS

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Base 3.2L V6 5-speed Manual - (269 reviews )

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ONE OF CADILLACS BEST EFFORTS
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By MARVIN
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2003 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5M)


Review

This car does almost everything right.
It definitely needs some more power.
The power is adequate but not exciting.
Cadillac has hit a good nerve with the
younger buyer. I have experienced zero
problems and the initial quality has
been perfect. The volume wheel on the
steering wheel is poorly positioned as
I hit it when turning on occasions
blasting the volume. The car is fun to
drive and still gets a lot of stares.
I recommend that anyone considering a
foreign car in this price range at
least drive the CTS and give it a
chance. Overall I would recommend this
car to anyone.


Best Features

Transmission (automatic) is excellent. Has a button to push for performance shifts and a button to push for snow driving. Both work very well. Styling Comfort Overall quality


Worst Features

Change the volume control nob on the steering wheel More power Less complicated settings and information screen. Passenger compartment could be a little more isolated from engine noise.


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Still love it
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By angel
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Vehicle

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


Review

Have owned 4 months and still love
it. Have owned many vehicles in the
past and this is the best domestic
vehicles I have driven. The price was
attractive and the styling very
appealing to someone in my age group
(31-35). My friends are pleased with
my choice and strangers have
complimented me on it- it still gets
looks. I am pleased with the vehicle
overall and would recommend it to
anyone. My CTS has the sport package
and my husband and I like the
acceleration and handling, especially
in wet weather.


Best Features

fuel economy/audio system/handling/comfort/safety/overall looks


Worst Features

paint too easily chips/inherent brake squealing/faulty seat memory and programmable steering wheel buttons/ inside door panels could be more sturdy/ some audible vibration noise in steering column


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CTS is a great ride
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By Top Cat
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Vehicle

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


Review

For us true Americans we are hard
pressed to find a review site that
hasn't sold out to the Japanese or
Germans. So, after a PILE of research,
I gave the CTS a go...and I will likely
never come back. Taking turns at 45
MPH causes the stability control to
kick in, but the car sticks the turn.
Acceleration is excellent and the
access to controls allows you never to
take your eyes off the road. Most of
the controls are voice activated so
using your hands is optional anyway.
It is a very steady and stable ride and
response is phenominal. I am proud to
be an American car owner and am
extremely happy that this no longer
means settling for a lesser ride.


Best Features

The look is awesome, but by far the response and handling make this car a keeper. Before I had this car the only way I felt safe driving aggressively was in video games! The automatic transmission actually downshifts to slow you when you are not on the gas...very nice feature.


Worst Features

Put the gas cap on the driver's side. Also, you can always pack more horsies in the engine, although this puppy already has some good zing.


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great car annoying problems
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By bru
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Vehicle

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


Review

I have the luxury sport model with NAV.
Overall the car is fun to drive but has
been in the shop many times for (3
times )a
coolant leak which they cant seem to
find, and just recently I was 200 miles
away from home and the check engine
light came on and the car wouldnt go
over 55 mph. So I called onstar
through the safe and sound deal in the
car and they diagnosed it over the
phone while I was driving. It turned
out to be a fuel pump sensor failure.
It wasn't recognizing the speed of the
engine to supply the right amount of
fuel to the engine. The onboard
computer finally compensated the
problem and I made it home.


Best Features

ONSTAR is a wonderful tool for everyday driving that you know things can be done through the satelite system and do a diagnostic check of the vehicle while you are driving. Great feature!!!! Also the styling is awesome with the retro look of it.


Worst Features

More legroom, and perhaps better use of plastic moldings(little to cheap looking), Maybe some more wood trim on the dash. Next model a big V8


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Cadillac CTS the bargain meal?
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By legato4u
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2003 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5M)


Review

I am finding that the vehicle consumes
an extraordinary amount of gasoline on
routine trips. I find myself at the
gas pump twice a week.


Worst Features

Change the rims. That's really the only feature about the car that I don't like. I also feel that in order to accomplish the "look" of a Cadillac LUXURY vehicle, too many of the accoutrements are a la carte which drives the price up higher than I really wanted to spend.


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