NHTSA — Suspension Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,333 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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2003 Cadillac CTS suspension problems

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2003 Cadillac CTS Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 282014


  • 225,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Cts. While driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle veered from side to side, made a loud snapping noise, and the front end vibrated. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician stated that the carrier bearing housing and brackets failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 225,000.

- Aiken, SC, USA

problem #8

Dec 112013

CTS 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated that the stabilization warning light illuminated and the vehicle started shaking abnormally. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician was unable to find a failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000 and the current mileage was 166,000. Updated 8/28/14 updated 9/10/2014

- Placerville, CA, USA

problem #7

Dec 012011


  • miles
2003 cadilac Cts. Consumer writes in regards to problems with brake system the consumer stated the metal brake line had to be replaced, due to severe corrosion. The consumer stated he received a recall letter two days later. Also, the struts, three wheel bearings, radiator, transmission cooler line also had to be replaced due to corrosion. The cruise control and gas tank, which was leaking had to replaced.

- East Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jan 012003

CTS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles


I am and have been experiencing numerous failures with my vehicle. I have contacted GM numerous times beginning approximately a few months after I purchased the vehicle to inform them that the vehicle is defective, only to be told my vehicle is out of warranty, so they refuse to fix it or give my one that is not defective. My vehicle is still defective to this date.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #5

Jun 182006

CTS 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
Brakes pulsate when they are being applied, causing delay in stopping time. Air conditioning compressor is gone out and has metal going through the system. Have to get compressor replaced already and it is going to cost an additional $2300. Car pulls violently to left or right, which almost caused a couple of accidents, the steering system sensor is gone out and is going to cost $500 to get replaced. Fm radio has a mind of its own and works when it feels like working. This is the newest car I've had and the worst car. I have never owned a car with this many problems, I think this car is a total defect and needs to be recalled. I was at 51000 miles when the air compressor went out and I called the manufacturer and they refused to fix it because the warranty was up. That is clearly faulty equipment that was used in this car it is a 2003 Cadillac Cts, and it has many problems which I feel needs to be recalled.

- Louisville, KY, USA

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problem #4

Jun 252004


  • miles
Consumer complained about all kinds of suspension problems. She could not drive vehicle on an open road because it was all over the place. Also, tires wobbled. Dealer replaced several items on the vehicle, but it was still doing the same thing.

- Westbrook, ME, USA

problem #3

Mar 132004

CTS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles


While driving 30 mph, the vehicle stalled. The consumer managed to restart the vehicle. There was a loud noise inside of the vehicle, rough jerks at shifts, vibration at mid to high speeds, loud noise from back tires when riding over bumps, burning smell from under the hood along with smoking, water in the tail light, black exhaust dust/dirt in the tail pipe, the engine would shake. The jerking was as if the brakes were applied while in drive.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #2

Oct 152003

(reported on)

CTS 6-cyl

  • miles
Steering mechanism failed on 2003 Cadillac Cts. The power steering mechanism failed, which made the vehicle difficult to turn, which was replaced. Both front struts were replaced due to leakage and the intermediate steering shaft bolt was under torqued. The left front shock leaked, the intake manifold leaked. The consumer was unable to pump gas due to a defective gas line. A rubbing sound was heard coming from the rear of the vehicle, squeaking from the front end, and a hollow sound when passing over bumps. The consumer requested that the dealer/manufacturer repair the vehicle in accordance to the lemon law bill. (lawyer, joseph ardito on behalf of client robert genovese)

- Mineola, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 012003

CTS 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Steering wheel vibration.

- East Hartford, CT, USA

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