NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,702 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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2005 Cadillac CTS engine problems

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2005 Cadillac CTS Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 062014

CTS 8-cyl

  • miles


Driving from a side road onto the 505 freeway, vehicle came to a stop on the slow lane. Was towed to a Cadillac dealer. 1/6/14. Replaced left and right catalytic converter. Second incident occurred 1/27/2014. Driving onto I-80. Exact problem occurred and was towed to same Cadillac dealer. Dealer adjusted throttle body. Am concerned if problem has been resolved..

- Dixon, CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 292012


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated that the oil was leaking from an unknown source and the contact could not visibly locate a leak. The contact was driving 60 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who ran a diagnostic test and advised that the connecting rod was fractured. In addition, there were two holes in the engine block and no oil in the engine. The dealer informed the contact that he would have to replace the engine at a cost of $6000. The manufacturer was notified who filed a claim on behalf of the contact. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 62,000.

- Gas City, IN, USA

problem #7

Jul 082011


  • 75,000 miles
This car has had several issues the newest being it started using excessive oil just after the main computer was replaced. This car has had regular maintenance at the proper times and never used a drop of oil. When it started using oil it used five liters of oil in just 24 days or 2000 miles. It continues to use a liter every two days. Dealer has know idea why this is happening but the car is burning it, the white exhaust is very evident.

- Albany, KY, USA

problem #6

Jan 112012


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated that the interior of the vehicle caught on fire after being parked and shut off for a few minutes. The contact also stated that prior to the failure, he smelled an unusual chemical odor within the vehicle. Another individual assisted with extinguishing the fire. The contact stated that the fire originated near the dashboard area. The vehicle was then towed to an authorized dealer, where it was awaiting a diagnosis. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileages were 70,000.

- Mcclean, VA, USA

problem #5

Oct 252010

CTS 6-cyl

  • 63,200 miles
My 2005 Cadillac Cts just hit 63,000 miles started to hear a chatter under the hood went to go get a diagnosis and said timing chain and crankshaft balancer need to be replaced. Another issue is the airbag bag sensor went bad causing the airbag light to keep popping up on display and now needs replaced. I'm hoping we get enough people that have these problems file a complaint in order to get a recall.

- Marysville, OH, USA

problem #4

Aug 012010

CTS 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
This complaint is pertaining to the 2005 Cadillac Cts 3.6L V6. The problem pertains to the timing chain failure of said car at around 80,000 miles. Having done research on the internet I have come across many owners with the exact same problems spanning the 2004-2007 model years, with common failure rates spanning 20,000, to 80,000 miles. This has cost me personally over $1,000 in parts plus my own labor. It has also come to my attention that GM has issued multiple tsb reports pertaining to this problem but will however not acknowledge affected customers. The company still insist that this vehicle(specific engine) is service free up to 100,000 miles, and makes no recommendations for other that routine service (oil & filter). This being said I am requesting that the NHTSA perform an inquiry in the frequency of these problem and encourages GM to acknowledge and compensate customers accordingly.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 302010

CTS 6-cyl

  • miles


2005 Cadillac Cts. Letter sent from an attorney on behalf of the consumers in reference to an accident relating to a potential defect in vehicle while driving, the vehicle began to smoke. When the consumer opened the hood he suffered serious burns which left him permanently disfigured. The vehicle was totaled.

- New Castle, DE, USA

problem #2

Jun 152008


  • 75,500 miles
Engine oil consumption 2005 cadi Cts. Bought the car with 75K miles. 3 months later and 3800 miles.. no oil, no oil light came on. Engine damaged. Dealer bloosom Chevrolet said engine replacement was all on me. Then later came back and said dgm was paying 1/3 and the dealership would pay 1/3 and 1/3 was on me. I have found reports that oil consumption is a problem with this type of car.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #1

May 022005

CTS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,615 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated that the ECM (engine control module) failed three times. Two of those times, the dealer performed repairs. While driving 50 mph, the tire flattened. Cadillac refused to come out and make the repair. The contact stated that the failure was supposed to be covered under warranty. Another issue was that the low tire pressure system failed to indicate when the pressure was low. The contact was concerned that the winter weather conditions could cause the failures to worsen. The powertrain was unknown. The current mileage was 17,000 and failure mileage was 3,615.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

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