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I currently have a volvo s60 2.4T that has given me sooo many problems over the past 70k miles. I know that it is typical to get probs after 110K miles but now i want something that will be easier to fix (parts are american) and that wont cost as much for maintenance. That said i was wondering if the CTS 05 model is a reliable car? does any one have one that is over 120K miles, if so does it cost alot to maintain? will there be multiple tedious problems fixing this car? overall how reliable is it? Please advice as my volvo's tranny is dieing :bomb: and i need to get a new car NOW before it dies! I need a reliable car and I love the CTS model, is it the one for me? Thanks for any help!
 

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Not to bash American cars (I love them and own them), but if you want reliability, you want Japanese. And if you want affordable price, you don't want luxury.
 

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Infinitis and Acuras are no more reliable then Cadillacs. And besides the IS, Lexus make the most boring vehicles.

The guy didnt say he wanted affordable as much as he said he wanted something cheaper then the Volvo to maintain. The CTS fits what you want, especially if you like it.
 

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Infinitis and Acuras are no more reliable then Cadillacs. And besides the IS, Lexus make the most boring vehicles.

The guy didnt say he wanted affordable as much as he said he wanted something cheaper then the Volvo to maintain. The CTS fits what you want, especially if you like it.
So it requires as much maintenance as most mid-level luxurious auto's or less(or more)? Is it really expensive to repair this car? Volvo is expensive due to "specialist" and all parts are imported... which is what makes it cost so much. So can the CTS be seen by most mechanics, would the tranny, engine, valves, struts, etc be an easy job for a local mechanic? What is the life expectancy for:
Tranny -70-90/90-120/120-150K+
Engine -70-90/90-120/120-150K+
Clutch -70-90/90-120/120-150K+
suspension-70-90/90-120/120-150K+
valves -70-90/90-120/120-150K+
Struts -70-90/90-120/120-150K+

Before i drop 20G's, i would like to know more, please advice as this can save me headaches and anarchy:banghead:?
 

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and yes the CTS is a reliable car. Mine is an 05 and I'm almost at 108k miles now (doing 1k miles per week or 2 weeks). It still very strong!
 

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You want reliable? Get a Scion tC. Bought mine brand new in '06 and it has 42k on it now. Has NEVER had one issue whatsoever.

My '07 CTS on the other hand...18k miles mind you. I've had it 2 weeks and have already had the front struts replaced.

I'll never own an American car without an extended warranty.
 

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^^^ And you'd own a foreign car WITHOUT an extended warranty?

Its morons like some of the people in this thread who'll be the reason why it will take GM so long to be successful again. You guys have no definitive prooof other then your own experiences and opinions. Which, sadly, matter very little in the grand scheme of things. For every problem youve had with American cars, I can offer DOCUMENTED proof of lots of problems with foreign brands, from personal experience. And yet, it would still matter very little to the big picture.

JD Power says that Cadillac is a 4-star brand overall, including relaibility. Lexus is a 5-stars and Infinit and Acura are 4-stars. BMW, MErcedes and Audi are 3-stars. If you ladies are fine with loving watered down decaf coffee, then go buy your Lexus. If you want a finely brewed Cappuchino with a shot of vodka, there are some REAL automotive brands out there to choose from, and Cadillac is one of them.

Continue to be sheep spouting the same incorrect rhetoric that foreign yuppies have been pushing. Ill continue to love my CTS knowing that its a great car.


PS. Minor point. Comparing a bottom of the barrell Scion to a Cadillac is moronic. The Scion is more reliable then any Lexus, too, but I dont see you comparing those. Its a very simply idea...something thats more complex can potentially have more problems.
 

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#1. The fact that you have to resort to name calling pretty much ruins your credibility (if you even had any in the first place) and gives us all an indication of your maturity level.
#2. The point of my post was about reliability, not about what car has more luxurious features and what not. We all can only express opinions based on our own individual experiences.
#3. No arguing that Cadillac as a brand has clout, but it's still GM no matter how you slice it. The fit and finish factor just isn't there when compared to many of the foreign car brands. You also get what you pay for in most cases, thus the foriegn models can cost more at times.
#4. I obviously like my CTS because I bought one. I also had an 07 Trailblazer SS that had the rear end replaced 4 times...and I absolutely loved that thing. Once again just my experiences...

Overall, yes concorso, the CTS is a reliable car. Everyone has there own interpretation of what "reliable" is son...I was merely stating mine.
 

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Concorso, nobody here is dissing the CTS so... why would people do that on a CTS forum? It's not moronic to say that most Japanese cars are more reliable than Americans, because it's true. There are exceptions - I know there are Americans that run up to a million miles without much maintenance or repair, but what's the chance of that? Kind of like how there are Scion tC's that break at a thousand miles - does it happen? Yes, but it's very uncommon. I have an 01 Accord with 100k miles, I did absolutely zero maintenance on it except a timing belt replacement at 75k miles. That's $800 to maintain a car for 8 years. Can I do the same with a CTS? No. But why did I buy one? Because I like the car (like everyone on this forum). And I'm sure everyone here understands CTS reliability before buying it, but it's not a big problem compared to how much people love the car. I don't see why you would start calling people here morons - we are not trying to bad mouth the cars we own. If frank.campos wants a reliable car, then he should go with Japanese, because that's what they are known for. CTS is not a bad car, but its reliability is not so good compared to Japanese. That's all. Nobody said all Japanese cars are better than American cars or vice versa, so don't get your panties in a bundle.
 

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if you want a cts, drop 20g's and get a good warranty... i just bought my 05' cts with 30k miles on it for 19 and bought the best warranty that GM offers for an extra 1,500. I had a noise in my rear, so they replaced it with no questions... if u want cheap, buy cheap... if u want a cadillac, get the warranty and be headache free. If not, then go post things on a nissan forum.
 

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if you want a cts, drop 20g's and get a good warranty... i just bought my 05' cts with 30k miles on it for 19 and bought the best warranty that GM offers for an extra 1,500. I had a noise in my rear, so they replaced it with no questions... if u want cheap, buy cheap... if u want a cadillac, get the warranty and be headache free. If not, then go post things on a nissan forum.

That was well put!

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You guys have no definitive proof other then your own experiences and opinions.
Well what kind of proof should we look for then other than from friends, family, and forums. Should we wait for gm to tell us that their cars are reliable?
Cadillac was once known for producing very durable cars, this sadly is no longer true.
I've had it 2 weeks and have already had the front struts replaced.
This problem occurs to at least 1/3 of the people on this forum, at least it seems like it since it is so often brought up by new members, usually by describing the loud thump when going over bumps. This is a perfect example of the type of craftsmanship that gm actually puts out. This strut problem, mainly the strut mount,(every corner breaks within time not just a specific one) should of resulted in a recall since it is clearly a huge problem with a very high percentage all CTSs. I remember going to dealership for the first time, as soon as I mentioned thumping noises when going over bumps, they instantly said strut mount, which shows that they are very familiar with this problem.
This is the sort of thing that should have been either recalled or not even happen in the beginning due to testing. Furthermore, I have noticed that this problem doesn't just occur on one particular year model of the CTS, but instead it ranges throughout the whole line up (03-07), so what does that tell you other than the fact that GM have zero communication with their dealerships service departments.
One more point I would like to bring up is the fact that if the CTS has such a high depreciation value for a luxury car and it can not be compared with the depreciation value of a Lexus GS, Is, and LS. I think this has a direct correlation with build quality and the amount of maintenance needed to keep the cars going.
I am firm believer that GM went bankrupt for a reason.
 

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well here in canada, when you look at a used 2005 cts, you can have it for approx. 17000$. When you look at a used 325 or 3 series bmw, its around 17000$ too. When you look at a used 2005 lexus with approx same mileage, its again around 17000$. So when people are saying that cadillac depreciation is worst than others, you're wrong.. it depends where you live and what most people are looking for.

Is a CTS reliable, YES! it depends of the maintenance that has been done on the car. Could it be a lemon, YES. Can it break due to drivers exageration? YES does it have weakness? YES. Does it have strong points? YES!
Is a Lexus reliable, YES! it depends of the maintenance that has been done on the car. Could it be a lemon, YES. Can it break due to drivers exageration? YES does it have weakness? YES. Does it have strong points? YES!
Is a Bimmer reliable, YES! it depends of the maintenance that has been done on the car. Could it be a lemon, YES. Can it break due to drivers exageration? YES does it have weakness? YES. Does it have strong points? YES!

A car, for me is a love it or hate it! After that is a how well the maintenance has been done on the car with receipts + inspections + one week of driving before buying the car. Everything's fine and still love the car? Go for it!

Japanese car are better? NO. You say yes? Prove it! How come there's almost only american cars that are made in the 50's 60's that you see on the road? Is this because japanese are better? dont think so.

They have both goods and bads! I had a Nissan Altima and it is, my personnal experience, the worst car I had!

The best car I had that was the most reliable for now was my 2000 Chrysler Intrepid with the 2.7l. It still on the road as we speak and since I,m a sales manager on the road, I do about 75000km per year with a car. The car is still running strong and it has more than 400 000km on the odo (original transmission, a/c, engine etc).

Can I say the same thing for my CTS? Not yet, too early. It only has 174000km on the odo and its a 2005. Is it reliable so far, YES! Is it more confortable, YES! Do i Like it more, YES!
 

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As to the fit and finish, I've owned several german cars (BMWs, Porsche) and the CTS is right up there with them. Maybe not at Mercedes' level, but I am very satisfied with the Caddy. And I certainly don't miss the mandatory service updates every year costing $$$ that BMW forced upon every owner.
 

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i have a 2005 cts and haven't had major problems since i purchased it. I do have a slow oil leak (and after reading thoroughly through this forum decided i'll leave alone for now) (just add oil frequently). I did the brakes myself after 30-40k and that's pretty much it.
 

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i have a 2005 cts and haven't had major problems since i purchased it. I do have a slow oil leak (and after reading thoroughly through this forum decided i'll leave alone for now) (just add oil frequently). I did the brakes myself after 30-40k and that's pretty much it.
not sure if this applies to you or not, but i know some guys who have also had that slow oil leak have found out that it was because (i believe) the screws on there heads were lose and when they tightened them back down, no more oil leakage...just a thought
 

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i've been waiting for the summer (it's been raining like crazy in NY) but thanks, i will look into it as soon as i get the chance :)
 

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I love my 2005 CTS. I only have 24,700 miles on it. I bought it used. It's like having luxuary car with a corvette zoom feel. It's very responsive and handles well. I have the 3.6LT and it's fast! It is in mint condition. I had the Cadillac dealership give it a complete look. No warranty so I bought an extended plan just in case. But it runs like a dream and I love it! Buy one but make sure you get it checked out first. Carfax is not reliable. You won't regret your purchase of a Cadillac!
 

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Concorso, nobody here is dissing the CTS so... why would people do that on a CTS forum? It's not moronic to say that most Japanese cars are more reliable than Americans, because it's true. There are exceptions - I know there are Americans that run up to a million miles without much maintenance or repair, but what's the chance of that? Kind of like how there are Scion tC's that break at a thousand miles - does it happen? Yes, but it's very uncommon. I have an 01 Accord with 100k miles, I did absolutely zero maintenance on it except a timing belt replacement at 75k miles. That's $800 to maintain a car for 8 years. Can I do the same with a CTS? No. But why did I buy one? Because I like the car (like everyone on this forum). And I'm sure everyone here understands CTS reliability before buying it, but it's not a big problem compared to how much people love the car. I don't see why you would start calling people here morons - we are not trying to bad mouth the cars we own. If frank.campos wants a reliable car, then he should go with Japanese, because that's what they are known for. CTS is not a bad car, but its reliability is not so good compared to Japanese. That's all. Nobody said all Japanese cars are better than American cars or vice versa, so don't get your panties in a bundle.
Seriously, which world do you guys live in? Japanese cars are NOT more reliable. Toyota as a brand is more relaible then any other brand, yes. But Toyota isnt the only brand made in Japan, is it? Again, looks at JD Power ratings for example. Its not 3 Japanese brands at the top. Only 1 Japanese brand (Toyota/Lexus) at the top, along with an American brand.
 
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