2003 Cadillac CTS Consumer Review: Bad engineering

2003 Cadillac CTS - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (3.2L V6 5-speed Manual)

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Bad engineering
By roxnter on


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


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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By dutch77
on 09/25/16 01:49 AM (PDT)

The timing belt is under a cover, there is no way an external belt for the alternator damaged the timing belt.

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