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I must admit I was taken by the new design of the 08 CTS and purchased an early model built 11/07. Like others on this site manufactured during that time-frame I have had my share of problems...
The first big problem was at 10K with the A/C blowing "white dust" all over the occupants and interior of the car, 1st attempted fix was: clean the evaperator core, drain the water and replace the cabin filter. The problem came back, next fix: the entire DASH assembly had to be R&R'd to replace the evaperator core and clean out the system (1 week down). The A/C has been operating fine now.

Now at 23K the check engine light would come on crusing around at low speeds... it was the known timing problem, execpt the head shim and timing chain replacement did not correct the problem. Currently it is being worked on: new crank, cams, ect... (3 week down so far)

There is also a small "brown" spot where the paint looks like it did not cover correctly on the passener side/rear fender that is noticable at certain angles.

Should I give up on GM? I miss my BMW! :banghead:
 

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You may be able to lemon law the car and get a new one. Monitoring this forum leads me to believe that '09s are more reliable. My '08 CTS was a lemon, and the dealer went to bat for me and got GM to buy the car back without threatening GM or getting a lawyer involved. I got a CTS-V, and the buy-back saved me $15,700 over a trade in situation. Plus, there is 0% financing available on the regular CTS right now. The law states it needs to be out of service for 30 days or more, and you will probably see that, especially if the engine isn't fixed properly. something to consider, for sure.
 

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Regarding that "brown" spot ...

(snip) There is also a small "brown" spot where the paint looks like it did not cover correctly on the passener side/rear fender that is noticable at certain angles. (snip)
Regarding your discovery of the brown spot, go here for someone else with a similar problem, but worse than yours.
 

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Today the dealer (who provides excellent service) called and said my car will be ready tomorrow. Hopefully I will not have to Lemon law the vehicle, I have spent a lot of time and money in upgrades that I cannot remove and will lose out on if I turn it in. The dealer provided a D.I. loaner so I can't complain too much about not being able to drive mine around. It's good to hear that the '09s are more reliable!
I really do like the car and expected minor problems with a redesigned model but not major issues.

Thanks for the info.
 

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Best of luck. If you go with a repaint of the fender, just make sure to keep on them until it is a perfect match. You have to be satisfied in the end, even if it take eight trips back to the shop, as it did with my black aura ;-)
 

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I guess I have been lucky with my 08 DI AWD. My build date was 9/07 and I haven't had a single major problem and I drive my CTS very agressively. I love it when I awaken the beast and let it roam! Yes, I have a few minor problems, but they were easily resolved. It must be the luck of the draw!!
 

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My '08 DI AWD CTS-4 was built 12/07 and it has also been problem-free. I'd still buy the exact same car again, if I had to replace it! :)
 

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I guess I have been lucky with my 08 DI AWD. My build date was 9/07 and I haven't had a single major problem and I drive my CTS very agressively. I love it when I awaken the beast and let it roam! Yes, I have a few minor problems, but they were easily resolved. It must be the luck of the draw!!
I picked up my car from the dealer and with the timing issue corrected I can understand what you mean by: "awaken the beast!" I don't think my car was running right from the begining, I had to run 89 octane to prevent light knocking/pinging and it would suck gas like a Hummer... life with my CTS seems like it will be much better now. :thumbsup:

Except for that cosmetic issue...
 

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Early 2008 build, no problems at all. Its not everyone, please dont give up on GM. You wouldnt want your BMW back out of warranty, haha! Hope whatever you choose goes smooth.
 

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I must admit I was taken by the new design of the 08 CTS and purchased an early model built 11/07. Like others on this site manufactured during that time-frame I have had my share of problems...
The first big problem was at 10K with the A/C blowing "white dust" all over the occupants and interior of the car, 1st attempted fix was: clean the evaperator core, drain the water and replace the cabin filter. The problem came back, next fix: the entire DASH assembly had to be R&R'd to replace the evaperator core and clean out the system (1 week down). The A/C has been operating fine now.

Now at 23K the check engine light would come on crusing around at low speeds... it was the known timing problem, execpt the head shim and timing chain replacement did not correct the problem. Currently it is being worked on: new crank, cams, ect... (3 week down so far)

There is also a small "brown" spot where the paint looks like it did not cover correctly on the passener side/rear fender that is noticable at certain angles.

Should I give up on GM? I miss my BMW! :banghead:
I've got the same problem. Check Engine light came on yesterday AM at around 23k miles. Took it to the dealer today and they said its the timing chain. I have to bring it back on Monday so they can take apart the front of the engine for a possible 2-3 day job. Little disappointed, but I've heard of this problem from independent mechanics so I guess it was inevitable. Not sure off the top of my head for the car's build date, but the car was delivered in Sept 07. 23k miles and no noticeable performance problems. :(
 

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... The law states it needs to be out of service for 30 days or more, and you will probably see that, especially if the engine isn't fixed properly. something to consider, for sure.
Actually, lemon laws vary by state. Since his profile does not have a location, I don't know what state the OP is from. Texas law:

A motor vehicle may be declared a lemon if it meets all of the following conditions:

  1. The vehicle has a serious defect or abnormal condition.
  2. The defect or condition is covered by a manufacturer's written warranty.
  3. The owner reports the defect or condition to the dealer or manufacturer within the warranty term.
  4. The owner gives the dealer or manufacturer a reasonable number of attempts to repair the defect or condition.
  5. The owner gives the manufacturer (preferably by certified mail) written notice of the defect and at least one opportunity for repair.
  6. The defect or condition persists and substantially impairs the vehicle's use or market value, or creates a serious safety hazard.
  7. The owner files a timely Lemon Law complaint and pays the filing fee.
How many chances does the dealer get to fix the vehicle?

Determining how many chances a dealer has to fix a defect is easy. Simply see if you pass either the four-times test, the serious-safety-hazard test or the 30-days test.

The law presumes you have given the manufacturer or authorized dealer a reasonable number of attempts to fix the defect if you pass one of these tests. The mileage requirements generally do not apply to TRVs.

Four-times test

If you have taken the vehicle to a dealership for repairs:

  • two times for the same problem or defect within the first 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first, and
  • twice more during the 12 months or 12,000 miles after the second repair attempt, and
  • the problem is still not repaired
you pass the four-times test.

Serious-safety-hazard test

If you have taken the vehicle for repair of a serious safety hazard:

  • once during the first 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first, and
  • once more during the 12 months or 12,000 miles following the first repair attempt, and
  • the problem is still not repaired
you pass the serious-safety-hazard test.

30-days test

If your vehicle has been out of service for repair because of problems covered by the warranty:

  • for a total of 30 days or more, not necessarily all at one time, during the first 24 months or 24,000 miles, and
  • there were two repair attempts during the first 12 months or 12,000 miles immediately after delivery, and
  • a substantial problem still exists
you pass the 30-days test.

If a comparable loaner vehicle was provided while the vehicle was being repaired, that time does not count toward the 30 days.

How long do I have to file a complaint?

A Lemon Law complaint must be filed within six months following the earlier of:

  1. expiration of the express warranty term;
  2. 24 months; or
  3. 24,000 miles following the date of delivery of the vehicle (except TRVs)
In other words, the filing period is determined by which of the above events comes first. To be safe, file your complaint as soon as you realize the dealer is having problems repairing the vehicle.
 
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My early production CTS has the drone/vibration problem which still remains. Cadillac customer assistance is the pits. I won't be buying another Cadillac or any GM car for that matter.:thehand:
 

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..Don't even get me started...

Early-build 08 here.

Gorgeous car and all, and luckily most of my issues are trim-related (so far).

(...mirrors with a mind of their own; very loud fuel pump; rattling sunroof; rattle from the center vents; extremely loud windows; MP3 titles getting shuffled; broken center console latch; rubber insulation falling out of the engine compartment; and so forth....)

Luckily, it's all under warranty.

Dealership is terrible.

Nice people and all. Cute technical adviser to boot. Helpful manager.

But nearly every issue starts with a "no problem found", and goes back and forth until it's fixed.

I FINALLY got them to replace the motor in my passenger mirror after videotaping the erratic behavior.

Sure enough, got the car back last week.

Same problem.

They changed the wrong mirror.

They promised to call me the next day. I am still waiting.

Soooo many of my friends have bugged and teased me for buying a Generally Mediocre (GM) car. Therefore, I always pretend everything is great, great, great with the car (hey, it's gorgeous!)...

...between you and me, I am really quite disappointed in the workmanship and the service.

Hopefully going bankrupt will teach them some kind of lesson. I guess we'll see what the new design is like.
 

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Not sure of build date. 08 DI AWD purchased Dec. 07. Only problems:

Battery was dead after sitting for a week. Recharged, no problems since.
HDD/Sound system went nuts once. Car was very hot. Next time I drove it no problem and no problem since.
Occasionally when closing the sun roof it reverses on its own (goes back to open). No big deal.

That's it. Does seem to be luck of the draw. Mine is the white diamond, no fit and finish problems whatsoever. 2 years old now but only 9000 miles.
 
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