Cadillac CTS - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Cadillac CTS owners have reported a total of 2,208 problems for their cars built in the 15 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Cadillac CTS. The 2003 Cadillac CTS cars have the most problems reported (366 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Cadillac CTS

Model Year Number of Problems
  2017 CTS
1
  2016 CTS
12
  2015 CTS
17
  2014 CTS
42
  2013 CTS
79
  2012 CTS
50
  2011 CTS
117
  2010 CTS
74
  2009 CTS
150
  2008 CTS
199
  2007 CTS
233
  2006 CTS
305
  2005 CTS
306
  2004 CTS
257
  2003 CTS
366

  Common problems of Cadillac CTS

The following chart shows the 25 most common problems for Cadillac CTS cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (302 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (299 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Cadillac CTS

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Air Bag
302
  Electrical System
299
  Power Train
282
  Service Brakes
263
  Engine And Engine Cooling
238
  Equipment
118
  Steering
105
  Structure
79
  Exterior Lighting
79
  Vehicle Speed Control
74
   
  Electronic Stability Control
64
  Suspension
63
  Other Fuel System
53
  Wheel
35
  Visibility
31
  Tire
29
  Seats
21
  Seat Belt
18
  Unknown Or Other
15
  Gasoline Fuel System
14
  Latches/locks/linkage
11
  Traction Control System
10
  Air Brake
3
  Interior Lighting
1
  Parking Brake
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Cadillac CTS of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across CTS model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Cadillac CTS model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across CTS Model Years

CTS
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2017 111,1062    
0.05
  2016 1216,6003    
0.24
  2015 1712,5774    
0.34
  2014 4238,6985    
0.22
  2013 7932,3196    
0.41
  2012 5050,6367    
0.14
  2011 11756,2958    
0.26
  2010 7436,5349    
0.23
  2009 15050,94210    
0.29
  2008 19962,97911    
0.29
  2007 23353,85812    
0.36
  2006 30555,07013    
0.43
  2005 30661,33714    
0.36
  2004 25756,00615    
0.31
  2003 36668,27116    
0.34

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Cadillac CTS is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2016 CTS
5
  2015 CTS
7
  2014 CTS
12
  2013 CTS
14
  2012 CTS
8
  2011 CTS
8
  2010 CTS
8
  2009 CTS
13
  2008 CTS
25
  2007 CTS
21
  2006 CTS
19
  2005 CTS
34
  2004 CTS
27
  2003 CTS
21


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