2005 Cadillac CTS Reviews

2005 Cadillac CTS 3.6 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carInfiniti G35

Summary:

This car was a horrible experience, and I can't wait to be rid of it

Faults:

Engine blew up at 51000 miles right after the manufacturer's warranty. Cadillac would not return my calls or help me in anyway. After paying for the repairs out of pocket, a crossover pipe inside the engine has a leak. This is estimated at 1150 for repairs. The value of the car is so low, it is not worth the investment.

The car is a nightmare to drive in the snow; you cannot get traction and get stuck in the driveway with a dusting of snow. I have kept up the maintenance and repairs on this car, and nothing seems to go right. I would never buy another GM car!

General Comments:

The car is unreliable, expensive to maintain, and generally not safe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th December, 2010

23rd Feb 2013, 08:44

GM and Cadillac have got clever with giving potential buyers of this type of car exactly what they want in a car. Most buyers of this model Caddy have never owned a Caddy before, so they seem to think this is what a Caddy should be. Those of us who have had Fleetwoods and Broughams wouldn't look twice at a CTS because we know it's a complete farce of a Cadillac. Fleetwoods and Broughams are heavy enough in the rear, so they don't get stuck easily. A dusting of snow is nothing for them to handle. An Eldo from the 70's and early 80's is so good in snow, it may as well be a 4 wheel drive. Yet every winter I see STS and CTS stuck on 1 inch of snow.

2005 Cadillac CTS 3.6 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carCadillac CTS

Summary:

Way cool with stylish looks and drive

Faults:

Pealing of interior.

General Comments:

It's fun to drive a Cadillac CTS. With a punch of V6 torque when needed, but mostly I cruise the vehicle around town and work.

The interior is comfortable with great BOSE stereo speakers. The stock 16s were replaced with 17" High Performance tires.

Drive one and you'll like it.

Maintenance on dip less stick transmission gets costly if not checked at 10-15k miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 21st April, 2010

2005 Cadillac CTS 3.6 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance45000 miles
Previous carVolvo S40

Summary:

Cadillac finally gets one right

Faults:

No mechanical issues!

General Comments:

I bought my CTS in November of 2006 with 21k on the clock. It is black with the sport/luxury package, which gets the 17" sport alloy spokes. Very sharp!

I have only put about 25k on the vehicle to date as I do not drive the vehicle in winter. Overall the car has lived up to my expectations. I completely agree with everything written in regards to the Goodyear RSA tires, which were stock. GARBAGE! I replaced them immediately with a set of Pirelli P-Zero Nero tires... $1300 and worth every dime.

I've had the ability to take this vehicle to a race track (Road America) and do some laps. The car handles amazing, considering the weight of it. The 3.6 liter motor paired with the sport mode button transform it to an aggressive machine!

Dislikes... Foot operated parking brake. The e-brake can be lot of fun as a driving input but not if its on the floor. The dashboard is pretty boring. The trunk lid is too heavy on the backside of the lid, making it easy to come down on your head. My girlfriend drew blood once... :( The seats are OK... but start to get a little uncomfortable on long trips.

I also replaced the front brake pads with EBC Red series ceramic pads. Another great improvement. Way more feel than the stock pads and less brake dust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2009

2005 Cadillac CTS from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired300 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles
Previous carNissan 280ZX

Summary:

The problem with the poor performance of the tires has caused a generally poor opinion of the car

Faults:

The tires that are on the car have lost all their tread. This initially began at approximately 18,000 miles and as of today, the front tires are completely bald, and will be replaced.

General Comments:

There is no problem with the car, just the tires; however, I do not know if that problem is initially due to poor car design.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th February, 2006

5th Oct 2006, 23:36

Funny...all the other CTS reviews are atleast satisfactory. If you don't like a car because the tires are bad, get new tires. If you can afford a Cadillac, you can afford a good set of tires. There's apparently nothing wrong with the car or it would shake or vibrate, it's just the low price tires that GM uses to keep the costs down on their cars, so the money you spend goes into the quality of the car instead.

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 4 reviews