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2003 Cadillac CTS

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Base 3.2L V6 5-speed Manual - (268 reviews )

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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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DONT BUY
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By notafan
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2003 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5M)


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This car was in the shop all the time I lost count. Literally on the road for no more than 6 months straight before the next repair, timing belt, radiator, transmission work, water pump these are the ones I remember. Love the look and handle of the car but its not worth the headache!


Best Features

Look, comfort


Worst Features

Better quality inside


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Blue/Silver
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By blue max
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2003 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5M)


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Car purchased with 9000 miles It was not titled until I purchased it Exec.car. We put over 14000 miles a year car now has 81000 on it. G.M replaced 3 of 4 Good Year tires and didn't help much. Put 4 Bridgestone Pole positions and the car went like it was on rails. Wonderful This car has the Sport Suspension on it ant the wife and I love the way it handles and rides. We drive it hard on long trips and regularly get near 28 miles per gallon.Large trunk with amazing space. Navigation system is not user friendly but gives you lots of other features related to the car. We found a great 2009 CTS and will pick it up in a couple of days. Would have liked to keep it in the family


Best Features

Handling,style,trunk space,ride, comfort.A good one like this one would only bring about 10 to $11000 a great buy if it has been taken care of by the owner


Worst Features

Navigation system requires numerous expensive cd's to cover several states and is not user friendly although it gives you other helpful features related to the car mechanics.Also this year CTS was able to be updated to the later digital ON Star system.


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