Cadillac CTS - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Cadillac CTS owners have reported a total of 2,263 problems for their cars built in the 16 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 (371 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2018 CTS
1
  2017 CTS
3
  2016 CTS
12
  2015 CTS
17
  2014 CTS
42
  2013 CTS
84
  2012 CTS
53
  2011 CTS
119
  2010 CTS
79
  2009 CTS
163
  2008 CTS
203
  2007 CTS
237
  2006 CTS
309
  2005 CTS
312
  2004 CTS
258
  2003 CTS
371

  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 (312 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (306 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Cadillac CTS

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Air Bag
312
  Electrical System
306
  Power Train
287
  Service Brakes
266
  Engine And Engine Cooling
248
  Equipment
122
  Steering
110
  Exterior Lighting
85
  Structure
82
  Vehicle Speed Control
74
   
  Suspension
64
  Electronic Stability Control
64
  Other Fuel System
54
  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
  2018 14,6971    
0.21
  2017 311,1062    
0.14
  2016 1216,6003    
0.24
  2015 1712,5774    
0.34
  2014 4238,6985    
0.22
  2013 8432,3196    
0.43
  2012 5350,6367    
0.15
  2011 11956,2958    
0.26
  2010 7936,5349    
0.24
  2009 16350,94210    
0.32
  2008 20362,97911    
0.29
  2007 23753,85812    
0.37
  2006 30955,07013    
0.43
  2005 31261,33714    
0.36
  2004 25856,00615    
0.31
  2003 37168,27116    
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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