2nd Generation (2008—2013) CTS Problems

CTS owners with a 2008—2013 model year have the most problems with the engine (18%), transmission (17%), and the body (8%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Dead Transfer Case 4 complaints at an average of 61,241 miles in the 2009 Cadillac CTS.
  2. Car Stopped Moving 2 complaints at an average of 82,321 miles in the 2008 Cadillac CTS.
  3. Transmission Failure 4 complaints at an average of 58,788 miles in the 2008 Cadillac CTS.

What CTS Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Cadillac model years.

Watch out for the 2009 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2013 13 2 1004 7.13
2012 13 2 951 8.2
2011 8 2 949 3.66
2010 5 3 913 4.38
2009 30 5 847 20.68
2008 27 2 774 14.43

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