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!