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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,362 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2012 Cadillac CTS engine problems

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2012 Cadillac CTS Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 172014


  • 17,200 miles


The car ignition switch would sometimes automatic cut off by itself. I have notified this Cadillac dealer about this car several times, even with the engine sounds like it is about to blow up, I don't think they believed me because I was upset about a car that the entire car had ben painted inside and out, motor and all, but I quests when something happens, then they will believe me.

- Hinesville, GA, USA

problem #2

Apr 052014

CTS 6-cyl

  • 28,837 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated that while at a complete stop, the engine warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the ECM was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 28,837 and the current mileage was 30,200. The consumer stated when he attempted to accelerate, the vehicle stalled. He attempted to re-start the vehicle, but to no avail. The vehicle was flat-bedded to the dealer. The dealer replaced the ECM unit. However, on May 7, 2014, while making a left turn, the vehicle stalled again. When he tried to re-start the vehicle, the engine started to shake and vibrate. Once again, the vehicle was towed to the dealer. However, the dealer was unable to find a problem. Updated 06/16/14

- Garden City, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 162012

CTS 8-cyl

  • 6,050 miles
I took my car through a car wash and afterwards, the traction control system indicated a failure on the dash warning light. At the same time the engine lost significant power, and I'm told by the dealer that this is due to inhibiting half of the injectors if the tc system fails. The tc system "healed itself" after the car dried out for a day and this is not the Focus of my complaint. Anyone can drive a car safely without a traction control system in operation, however, a non-responsive engine due to the programmed shutdown of half of the injectors is extremely dangerous. The car was barely able to accelerate in street traffic, and if the tc failure had happened on the freeway, I would have been in a very bad situation, unable to maintain safe speed just to get off of the freeway. This is a design flaw and should be re-evaluated. Updated 05/22/2012

- Hemet, CA, USA

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