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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,991 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2004 Cadillac CTS transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Cadillac CTS Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 022010

CTS 6-cyl

  • 89,160 miles


2004 Cts w/ 89160 miles complete and sudden loss of trans fluid. Had towed to GM dealer and was advised that the trans lines to the radiator were "stripped " and both needed replacing. We bought the car new and this area has never been serviced or touched. Dealer that worked on problem is St.

- Saint Clair, MI, USA

problem #2

Apr 082004

CTS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12 miles
: the contact stated the transmission became stuck in reverse while backing out of a parking space. The vehicle excessively increased in speed without warning, spun three times and collided with a parked vehicle. The air bags did not deploy, and both passengers incurred pinched nerve injuries and mild spinal injuries in the collision. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a service dealer where only the body of the vehicle was repaired. Since this incident, the vehicle has been exchanged for a different vehicle. Updated

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 282003

CTS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 800 miles
Have a noise in rear-end when accelerating up to speeds. When letting up on accerlator noise quits, but as soon as I give it gas it hums( like) very loud. Have had two Cadillac dealers check it and told not to worry about it nothing is wrong and that, that' is the characteristic of the 2004 Cts. This is hard for me to believe since I have had 8 Cadillac over the years and have never had a problem of this nature.

- Beverly Hills, FL, USA

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