NHTSA — Engine Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,825 miles

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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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2007 Cadillac CTS engine problems

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2007 Cadillac CTS Owner Comments

problem #13

Dec 222016


  • 77,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Cadillac Cts. While driving various speeds, the service engine warning indicator remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that cylinder two misfired. The technician cleared the code, but the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 77,000.

- Penn Hills, PA, USA

problem #12

Aug 132010


  • 66 miles
Purrchased car used in 2010. While on a trip East the enine would star revving up during any tyype of accelaration.I called on-star for an analisis of what might be the problem.they ran a report while I was still driving and came back wita diagnosis of low lvel of motor oil.I told them I shhowed a level of over 20%.they said it was ok to drive home but to get an oil change as soon as I got home. This prroblem has persisted ever since, regsrdless of the oil level. I inquied about this problem on the internet and several came back with "this is common for Cadillac and for me tostart carrying some oil in the trunk bbecause these cars of this date had no oil gauge and therefore the revving noise was the only clue ithis car would give me thar it needs oil.. so I am confused! why is there no oil gauge in this car" expecially when it is equipped with a 3.6 high performance engine".I don't know if this is true or not but I have been told that there was a lawsuit filed and right after the company started to install oil gauges in the newer models again. I cannot get any answers from dealers and I would like to know if there has been more of these concerns besides mine and what was the end results if any.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #11

Dec 012015


  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated that the timing chain warning message illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the timing chain failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 111,000.

- Chester, SC, USA

problem #10

Jun 172015


  • 65,000 miles


Good evening, I am a owner of Cts 2008, registrated in italy. In this moment I am in romania. The car have 65.000 miles, and in Cadillac service here ( romania ), I have an error wich is P0008 ( chain chamber ). the service told me is not possible for them to cover with the guarantee this change of chain chamber. Everybody, on Cadillac forum, have told me the must change free of charge, because this problem cover 10 years of warranty for next : special coverage 11340 and special coverage 14582, I don T know exactly wich is ! I attach you what the forum friends, have told me : is a recall service, and your service from romania have told me, I must pay for this. What I doing please.? marius, here is the recall letter from GM, it states global warranty management system 11340C: Special coverage adjustment - timing chain wear - (Nov 5, 2012) subject: 11340C ¿ special coverage adjustment ¿ timing chain wear also if you own a Cadillac here all the Cadillac delalers, they tell you are not informed with this buletin 11340. It S not normal to not cover all the car all over the world. Why they sell abroad usa, is are not issue guarantee for what they saying " where I need to report that problem ?. all the time the Cadillac service from romania, tell me GM, not pay for that. Is available only for usa cittizen" waiting for your kindly reply ps I have wright a Cadillac number and hawai state. But is important to know what S happend in europe with the GM dealears. They sell and take money for tehnical rewiev. That S all. In rest not cover the guarante for them problems. Is not normal. I will writte emails also for newspapers in usa.

- Bragadiru, HI, USA

problem #9

Sep 292015


  • 150,000 miles
For the last year my car has ran badly. Very rough idle, engine light throwing multiple codes, bad gas mileage, heavy oil consumption, and pulsating throttle while parked and driving. I've taken it to the dealership and for an entire year they've given me the runaround. On Monday I took it back in to rancho motor company in victorville, California and they finally say it's the timing chain. The recall warranty voided at 120000 miles. Now they refuse to honor the recall. My car is dangerous to drive.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

problem #8

Jan 122015


  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Cadillac Cts. While driving at 60 mph, the key came out the ignition. The dealer performed a repair, but it did not resolve the issue with the ignition and the air bag warning light began illuminating since the repair. The engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was diagnosed by an independent mechanic who stated that the timing chain needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 99,000.

- Middletown, PA, USA

problem #7

Sep 012014


  • 80,000 miles


Car consumed so much oil that timing chain tensioners caused timing chains issues that caused car to stop running.

- Freehold J, NJ, USA

problem #6

Apr 012014


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated that the ABS, the traction and the check engine warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the cylinder misfired and the ignition coil was shortened which needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired on numerous occasions however, the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 92,000.

- Newburgh, IN, USA

problem #5

Sep 042014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated that the vehicle accelerated independently and the brakes failed to stop the vehicle. As a result, the vehicle crashed into two different vehicles and landed into a ditch. A police report was filed and two of the occupants sustained injuries. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and deemed totaled. The vehicle was not inspected. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Blytheville, AR, USA

problem #4

Jun 012011


  • 88,000 miles
Engine began burning oil. GM replaced damage to timing chain but did not fix the problem in the engine that causes it to burn oil. So now, I have to add.5 quart every 300 miles. My technician tells me he has many in the same boat.

- Freehold, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jun 152012

CTS 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


Our car is experiencing an issue with the passenger side airbag, which matches exactly the description and symptoms in NHTSA campaign id 10V644000 and GM safety recall 100355. The GM dealers keep saying our VIN doesn't match the plant where the cars with the problem airbags were manufactured and will not replace as stated in the recall, but our car has the exact issue as shown in the recall.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ GM subject 10287 concerning timing chain issue. GM put a band aid fix on this and gave a special warranty to 120,000 to repair any issues with timing chain until 120,000 miles. Our timing chain went out at 121,000 and I feel GM should honor the special warranty. Timing chain issue was not explained to us when the band aid fix was applied and timing chain issue started before 120,000 miles.

- El Sobrante, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 172014

CTS 6-cyl

  • 74,665 miles
I own a 2007 Cadillac Cts. On Monday, March 17th, at 5:45am, I was driving South bound on I-75. While driving with the cruise control on, traveling around 77 mph, at about mile marker 88, I heard a large thud noise like something hit the underbody of the vehicle. I then heard a loud metallic ringing noise and felt a vibration through the vehicle floor and steering wheel. I put my turn signal on to get over to the shoulder of the road. As I turned my head to the right to see if it was clear to get over, I noticed a large cloud of black smoke emitting from the back of the vehicle and could see an orange reflection of flames in the driver's door of the vehicle to the right of me. I got over to the shoulder at mile marker 87. I inspected the vehicle to see what was going on, I looked at the left side and didn't notice anything, then walked over to the right side of the vehicle (I was standing about 10 ft behind the vehicle on the right side) and noticed flames shooting out from under the engine compartment. I walked back about 50 feet and called 911 and reported the vehicle fire. The independence township sheriff¿'s office responded about 5 minutes later and was going to attempt to put the fire out, but by that time the flames were shooting out of hood of the vehicle. The flames were about 4 to 5 ft at that time and the officer decided not to attempt to put the fire out. Fire department showed up about 10 minutes after the sheriff was there and put the fire out. I had the vehicle towed to randy weiss GM dealer in fenton, Michigan. Vehicle mileage 74,665 miles. Vehicle maintained either by lasco Ford in fenton Michigan or al Sierra in grand blanc Michigan.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 092012

CTS 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
My husband and I have been working with hill Cadillac, fc kerbeck and GM protection plan to resolve our repair issues. The information we have received is that the timing chain needs to be replaced. We paid for additional warranties when we purchased our Cadillac in 2010. Our timing chain was replaced in August 2011 and now are being told that there is no oil in our car and we need repairs that cost over $2000. My husband and I do not have that kind of money instantly. We have provided documentation of timely oil changes and up to date repairs on the vehicle. We love our car and now need the dealership and others to stand behind their "certified" car and repair our car. Any help you can give would be appreciated. Contacts spoken to are: Rubin/Cadillac corporation: 866-790-5600 X 11197 - case number:[xxx]hill Cadillac - 610-356-4900 fc kerbeck - [xxx]- 856-786-8200 (place of purchase) thank you for any help you can provide. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Claymont, DE, USA

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