2003 Cadillac CTS Consumer Review: Great up to 50,000 miles

2003 Cadillac CTS - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

269 Total Reviews

Base Sedan (3.2L V6 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Great up to 50,000 miles
By GW on


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


Purchased new July 2003. Loved the body style, American made, and fit my bad back perfectly (very little lumbar support). Great sound system with the Bose, complicated dash settings but ok, and after a Lexus 400 (new), Mercedes S series (new), and everything from Grand Prix's to Infiniti's, I was pleased. At 50,000 miles the problems started. Cost $500 to replace a bad thermostat, and it seems the repairs increase every month. I'm at 65,000 miles and ready to sell.

Best Features

Still a good look and drive, although I made a huge mistake not getting the sport package. Too cushy without it, and a little too much lean. I like a drivers car, and this is borderline.

Worst Features

Quality. Geez, make a turn signal bulb that doesn't require a lift to replace, and a headlight replacement that doesn't require dismantling the front end.
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