2003 Cadillac Cts
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Very stylish look

by from West Hills , CA on May 14, 2013

I am very happy with my 2003 Cadillac CTS. The ride is smooth and it has a great look. The A/C is ice cold, it has good power. It was a smooth process to buy the car. CARS.com is a great resource! T...
I am very happy with my 2003 Cadillac CTS. The ride is smooth and it has a great look. The A/C is ice cold, it has good power. It was a smooth process to buy the car. CARS.com is a great resource! Thank you, Frank the Tank
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Does recommend this car

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Ultimate driving experience

by from North Carolina on November 6, 2013

I am loving my CTS! The interior and exterior scream luxury... it's a pleasure to drive. The features are way ahead of their time and timeless...
I am loving my CTS! The interior and exterior scream luxury... it's a pleasure to drive. The features are way ahead of their time and timeless...
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Uses car for Work

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2003 cts 85k

by from Venice, Fl 34293 on January 27, 2017

just purchased this car after owning a Bmw m3 really like the look handling is a dream power ok leather and all controls are pleasent to drive no problems cutting edge styling will buy again
just purchased this car after owning a Bmw m3 really like the look handling is a dream power ok leather and all controls are pleasent to drive no problems cutting edge styling will buy again
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Does not recommend this car

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Simply Amazing !

by from Switzerland on May 6, 2015

I've been having for 7 years and it is an amazing car ! It just never gets old. The exterior Styling si beautiful, the interior is really luxurious with high quality material. After 12 years and 100k ...
I've been having for 7 years and it is an amazing car ! It just never gets old. The exterior Styling si beautiful, the interior is really luxurious with high quality material. After 12 years and 100k miles, still looks and rides awesome ! The features were way ahead of their time in 03 and are still more advance than some new cars... The only thing is that it is kind of expensive to manage, but if you like nice cars it's totally worthed !
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Call it a Cadillac but it's still a GM product

by from Louisville, KY on July 12, 2009

I have owned a 2003 Cadillac CTS for almost 3 or 4 years now. Due to my job I am a heavy driver (20K miles year), and have always taken care of my vehicles with routine maintenance by the book. Howeve...
I have owned a 2003 Cadillac CTS for almost 3 or 4 years now. Due to my job I am a heavy driver (20K miles year), and have always taken care of my vehicles with routine maintenance by the book. However over the passed 9 months I have been averaging a little over $600/month in repair cost alone. This is not counting cost that are normal maintenance such as oil changes new tires, etc. I have had the air conditioning repaired 3 times, new timing belt after it broke, replaced bent valves due to issues with the cam shafts that was some what caused by the broken timing belt. the list goes on and on. all repair cost and reliability issues aside and assuming you are looking at a quality CTS (If one exist) the build quality and materials are far below par. My family have always owned GM products (why the loyalty I don't know) but this was also my first "luxury" car. Shortly after my purchase a friend purchased a Lexus IS250 and this was the first time I realized the lack of build quality GM puts out and labels as Luxury. * The Leather is cheap and easily wears * The power seats lack support for long drives (No lumbar support at all) unacceptable for a car in this class *Air conditioning vent knobs break easily *The plastic light cover on the rear trunk surrounding the license plate becomes lose and falls of easily * body panels (bumpers and tire well panels) becomes loose after cheap body panel snaps easily break. *the list can go on and on. When you do go to preform maintenance or repair expect to pay! When having the battery replaced, I went to the local Advanced Auto where I was informed the this could only be installed and purchased at the dealership. After $280 for just a battery I asked why such the high cost? I was expecting an answer like due to an advanced electrical system engineered by Cadillac... etc, etc, but instead all I got was "It's a Cadillac man, everything's more expensive on a Cadillac" Not the answer I was looking for. So if you are looking for an "OK" vehicle that has no outstanding or unique features, questionable reliability, and high maintenance cost, then look no further. If you are looking for a quality luxury sports sedan, then look elsewhere. I know I will from now on!
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Does not recommend this car

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2003 Cadillac CTS Base is a True Competitor

by from Washington, DC on March 11, 2013

Found this car of Cars.com, and bought it the same day. This Cadillac handles fast driving just as well as my previous German luxury car, with accurate steering and tenacious grip on both sharp corne...
Found this car of Cars.com, and bought it the same day. This Cadillac handles fast driving just as well as my previous German luxury car, with accurate steering and tenacious grip on both sharp corners and sweeping curves. The entire drivetrain and suspension on this car was sourced in Germany, and assembled in USA with DOHC V-6, Getrag 5-speed transmission with Sachs clutch, and Sachs struts and shocks: it is an excellent car, as good as any made. Body structure is extraordinarily rigid and solid (that's good!). The suspension handles rough city streets well, and still gives a firm smooth ride on the highway. The standard audio system gives concert hall sound for classical and pop rock music. Leather seats are ample and very comfortable for driver and passengers alike. Delivers 30+ MPG at 60 mph, and 20 MPG in mixed congested city driving.
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Disappointed

by from Maryland on August 17, 2009

When the CTS came out in 2003, I was really attracted to its slick exterior design and I've always thought highly of Cadillacs. That is why I bought a used '03 CTS (with 45k miles) in 2007. It is a g...
When the CTS came out in 2003, I was really attracted to its slick exterior design and I've always thought highly of Cadillacs. That is why I bought a used '03 CTS (with 45k miles) in 2007. It is a great drive but as the car approached 50k miles, it started having problems with the ABS system and Traction control. Later on, I also started having problems with my transmission and had to get transmission work done twice! Fortunately, I had purchased extended warranty that covered most of the repair expenses. The '03 CTS is definitely an unique car with great looks and excellent performance on the road. However, I've been very disappointed with the car's reliability. If you're thinking about getting a CTS, DO get extended warranty!
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Does not recommend this car

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In Love With My CTS

by from Des Moines, IA on July 15, 2010

I've dreamed of owning this car since the model first came out almost a decade ago. Now that I own one, I wish I had bought one sooner. It is an absolute dream to drive this car. Not only is she a "he...
I've dreamed of owning this car since the model first came out almost a decade ago. Now that I own one, I wish I had bought one sooner. It is an absolute dream to drive this car. Not only is she a "head turner" from the outside, but the luxury and comfort inside is terrific. Throw an engine in there that purrs, yet has some gusto when you want it and it's a match made in heaven. I LOVE this car!!!
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Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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2003 Loaded CTS

by from Arlington, TX on April 22, 2008

This was my second car to own, the first being a Mercedes SLK32 AMG and I loved the CTS just as much as the two door sports car. I have driven many different Cadillacs and luxury cars in my day and ha...
This was my second car to own, the first being a Mercedes SLK32 AMG and I loved the CTS just as much as the two door sports car. I have driven many different Cadillacs and luxury cars in my day and have to say that for the money the CTS is the best one out there. I loved my CTS and was heart-broken when a driver ran a red light and t-boned my car and myself, but like any Cadillac owner I keep it in the family and am now looking for a 2008 CTS or 2008 STS, I wish I could wait until 2009 and get the CTS-V Overall the CTS is a wonderful car outside and in, the only drawback I had was I did not get the navigation and that made the center console look unappealing but other than that the CTS is a must
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Best handling sport sedan I've tried

by from Ontario, Canada on July 10, 2007

This car is a dream to drive, sufficient power to complement the superior handling through sharp cornering on twisty mountain roads. Luxurious enough to have the Cadillac nameplate. Two big thumbs up ...
This car is a dream to drive, sufficient power to complement the superior handling through sharp cornering on twisty mountain roads. Luxurious enough to have the Cadillac nameplate. Two big thumbs up to GM for it's edgy styling and sport sedan handling. More power is on tap for 2004 but this engine is quick enough for me.
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