1st Generation (2006—2011) DTS Problems

This generations ranks 35th out of 42 Cadillac generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the lights (28%), engine (23%), and the interior (10%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Oil Leak 2 complaints at an average of 70,949 miles in the 2011 Cadillac DTS.
  2. Axle Seal Leaking 1 complaints at an average of 42,000 miles in the 2008 Cadillac DTS.
  3. Faulty Fuel Pump Relay Overheats to the Point of Melting 2 complaints at an average of 109,030 miles in the 2008 Cadillac DTS.

What DTS 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 2008 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2011 4 2 663 4.16
2010 1 3 657 0.36
2009 2 2 618 2.0
2008 9 3 597 8.46
2007 10 3 555 4.06
2006 13 4 479 1.77

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