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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,226 miles

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2009 Cadillac CTS electrical problems

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2009 Cadillac CTS Owner Comments

problem #19

Jun 282016

CTS

  • 65,153 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Leaking when it rain(not sun roof) dashboard light turning off while car in motion.

- North Charleston, SC, USA

problem #18

Apr 222014

CTS

  • 68,300 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Cadillac Cts. While in park, the contact attempted to turn the vehicle off. The key failed to shift and remained in the on position. As a result, the contact was unable to turn the vehicle off. The vehicle was towed to a dealer who diagnosed that the ignition lock assembly and two keys needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V394000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 68,300.

- Imperial Beach, CA, USA

problem #17

Apr 152015

CTS

  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Cadillac Cts. While the vehicle was parked, all the doors failed to open automatically. The contact had to manually open the driver side door with the key in order to enter the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the door mechanism needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 119,000.

- Joliet , IL, USA

problem #16

Apr 122015

CTS 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving on the interstate, during a violent rain storm, my cars check engine light went on and the dic message "reduced engine power message came on" which immediately limited the to approx. 2500 RPM. This action created a totally unsafe driving situation. The reduced power slowed the car immediately, in heavy traffic, in a heavy rain storm, with low visibility. Lucky for myself and my wife, I was able to avoid creating a series of collisions and traversed across three lanes of traffic to the side of the road. By immediately reducing the engine power created a very dangerous scenario that should never, under any circumstance be created.

- Dunnellon, FL, USA

problem #15

Mar 022015

CTS

  • miles
2009 Cadillac Cts. Consumer writes in regards to recall #14172. The dealer informed the consumer, he would be put on a waiting, because the part was not available.

- Wanaque, NJ, USA

problem #14

Sep 272014

CTS

  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Cadillac Cts. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V394000 (electrical system); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Franklin, PA, USA

problem #13

Sep 262014

CTS

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2009 Cadillac Cts. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V394000 (electrical system). However, the part needed was unavailable to perform the repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #12

Sep 012014

CTS

  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Cadillac Cts. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V394000 (electrical system, air bags). The part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Cleveland, TX, USA

problem #11

May 232014

CTS 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
This car now has a reported second failure of an electrical part that controls the correct operation of this vehicle and it's engine. The failure rate on this item now exceeds 33%, which is not an acceptable rate for a critical engine electrical item! the failure noted here is very dangerous for the live of the people in this vehicle, as it may create an inoperable vehicle in a critical situation. At my age, I do require a safe and operable vehicle!!

- Dunnellon, FL, USA

problem #10

Jun 042014

CTS 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Key would not turn in ignition, could not shut vehicle off. This occurred after 9pm in the evening and there was no assistance available through the dealership or onstar to turn the vehicle off. Had to leave vehicle unattended and running in the driveway overnight risking an engine fire and could not shut off fuel supply or risking the vehicle popping into gear (or moving into gear by a child) and moving unattended.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #9

Dec 132013

CTS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,888 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2009 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated while driving 70 mph, he accidentally bumped into the ignition and the vehicle stalled without any warning. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 13,888 and the current mileage was 16,500. Updated 07/28/14 MA updated 07/29/14

- Sun City Center, FL, USA

problem #8

Feb 012012

CTS 6-cyl

  • miles
2009 Cadillac Cts. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle vibration/unexpected loss of power and transmission shifting and acceleration problems. The consumer stated the vehicle began shifting gears erratically, vibrating and lacked power. The condition appeared irregular and for some time, no trouble light appeared. Once a light finally appeared, the vehicle was taken to a Cadillac dealer who determined that all the ignition coils on one side of the engine were defective. The service representative explained that when one or more ignition coils fail, the engine would have a greater vibration and lack of power. In addition, the coil failure would cause the transmission to unexpectedly downshift to compensate for the loss of power and with multiple coil failures it may shift multiple times each time more power was needed to maintain the throttle speed. In July 2013, the consumer began experiencing the same performance issues. Again, no trouble light appeared. A trip to the dealer resulted in nothing being found, despite the service history of the vehicle. The condition continued and in August 2013. The trouble light appeared. The dealer found an ignition coil on the other side of the engine was defective.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #7

Dec 102012

CTS 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Very sporadically the passenger door either refuses to close from the outside (door bounces back) or you are trapped in the car, when the passenger door refuses to open from the inside. This is a very scary and dangerous situation.

- Beverly, MA, USA

problem #6

Sep 012011

CTS

  • miles
2009 Cadillac Cts. Consumer writes in regards to notice of recall for removal of heated washer fluid system the consumer does not want to have the recall performed on her vehicle, because it is not needed.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #5

Jul 052011

CTS

  • 13,000 miles
2009 Cadillac cts4 electrical system drains battery when not driven 7-10 days. Then, car is completely dead. Car has been in for service four times now and the third time was held for more than three weeks. Now the fourth time, GM has had the car more than three weeks again with no idea when problem will be diagnosed or solved.

- Incline Village, NV, USA

problem #4

May 022011

CTS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2009 Cadillac Cts. Consumer states problem with screeching brakes when the vehicle is in reverse after sitting overnight. The consumers vehicle wa affected by the recall, regarding the ignition switch. When the consumer called GM, she was informed a letter would be sent to her. Updated 08/27/14 updated 09/11/14

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #3

Dec 012010

CTS

  • miles
2009 Cadillac Cts. Attorney writes on behalf of client regarding heated washer fluid system the consumer received a recall letter stating the heated washer fluid system needed to be removed. The consumer doesn't want the feature removed, because she hasn't experienced any problems.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #2

Aug 282010

CTS

  • 17,948 miles
Cadillac Cts, 2009 model year. Placed the car in "park" and tried to turn the ignition off. Key would not turn to "off" position. Engine kept running. Key could not be removed from the ignition. The service technician said that he has encountered similar occurrence with many 2009, 2010 Cts vehicles. My father disabled the engine by removing the fuel pump fuse located in the rear trunk of the vehicle. The car was towed to a Cadillac dealer for repair. This is a dangerous circumstance. If there were an engine fire, one could not "turn-off" the motor and fuel would feed an engine fire.

- Amelia Island, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 032008

CTS

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ltr fwd fm on behalf of (nc) re defective battery or electrical problem with her Cadillac per Cadillac's document id #2220774, #pic4979B. 2009 Cadillac Cts. On two separate occasions, the consumer returned from out of town trips to find she was unable to gain entry to or start the vehicle. On each occasion, the vehicle remained parked in the garage of her residence for a period of two to three weeks respectively. Each incident required roadside service to Transport the vehicle to the dealership. The root cause of the malfunction seemed to be beyond the expertise of the dealership. The dealership advised the consumer to drive the vehicle at least once a week in order to prevent the failure. The dealer installed a trickle charger to prevent the condition, while this is only a temporary fix, leaving an electrical device connected to the consumers vehicle while away was a safety concern.

- Pinehurst, NC, USA

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