7th Jul 2005, 03:58
I also own a 2004 CTS and have 27K miles. Fundamentally, I love the car, but have had the tire problems referred to elsewhere. Just yesterday, another pair were replaced for edge cupping and excessive noise. According to the dealer, Cadillac and Goodyear claim a 10K mile life is all for tires on this car. 12K/15K is outstanding which is what I got on other pairs. They do NOT recommend anything, but the Goodyear RSA. I tried a pair of Goodrich tires and they were done in 8K miles. They also said to rotate every 3500 miles when coming in for oil changes. (Said to change oil every 3500 in spite of what the DIC says) Guess we are just going to have to live with the higher cost of ownership for now, but I have to admit that I have been looking at non-GM cars...
7th Jul 2005, 17:19
I was poking around comments on the Chevy Malibu and saw this about gas gauge problems: "Fuel gauge not a GM issue. It was caused by bad Shell gas sold here in South Florida containing Sulfur". Could this be the cause of CTS gas gauge problem someone mentioned? BTW, Shell apparently paid for the repair.
27th Jul 2005, 13:18
Of course the dealer is going to tell you that the only tires U should put on the car are Good Years. GM has had tire contracts with Good Year for decades. Try some Continental tires, but with any tire U have to look at the tread wear grades (UTQG).
14th Sep 2005, 19:29
On my Nissan Maxima I replaced my tires with Michelins and it was like driving a brand new car... an astounding difference.
3rd Feb 2006, 06:57
Just drive MICHELIN, they won't wear so quickly. They also don't give the driving comfort of a Pirelli, but with a Cadillac it makes not such a difference. I own a STS 2005 with Michelin, drove Mich's for decades and had to replace them always only because of degrading rubber (after 60k+ miles)...
13th Mar 2006, 09:21
I loved my Cadillac CTS it was a beautiful car. Until I needed brakes at 10,000 miles within the first year. Currently, 19,000 miles later I need rotors already I can't believe it. There was no brake sensory warning - the CTS doesn't come with one. I don't feel very safe with no brakes. The car also shakes; the dealer says it just runs rough. That's not why I brought a Cadillac. The radio had to be replaced because the CD changer made a loud noise. The ignition key is currently trying to stick. And within the first two years it has had two recalls. Not worth the money. I am very disgusted with the car, please don't waste your time buying this car. Too pricey for the headache!
21st Jun 2006, 21:19
We have just paid for the 3rd set of RSAs on our 2005 CTS with only 46500 miles on the car. We are simply sick about it and Cadillac simply cares the less. We get a different excuse each time we complain, but it is always OUR fault. This time we have been told to strictly rotate the tires at 6k mile intervals. I am going to do that and keep meticulous records, we shall see. I'm afraid Cadillac and I are about to permanently part company.
6th Sep 2006, 10:32
I have a 2003 CTS and replaced the RSA tires twice since owning (55K). The service consultant told me that he has never seen a tire wear (cupping and choppy) so bad unless it is a car that is literally heading to the junk yard. I replaced my tires... last year and wouldn't you know, it is in the dealership to get the tired replaced again... at a cost of 198 per tire. Can you believe this? They told me it is my fault and the alignment is way way out. a.041 degree). Whatever that means. If I look at degrees..041 is less than 1/2 of a degree--doesn't sound like that should be the culprit or much misaligned. Anyway, it is off to the Toyota dealership to Trade in the Caddy.. Sorry GM---if you would just pay attention to your customers. My First and LAST Cadillac.
6th Sep 2006, 15:03
Don't blame GM for your car being out of alignment. You had a crappy dealership. If they saw that you were getting premature tire wear, they should have checked the alignment. I hope your next car has better dealer service.
27th Sep 2006, 13:42
Excessive tire wear is obviously a problem on the CTS. It is not owner neglect. Why would CTS owners neglect their car over everyone else? It just doesn't make sense. That's terribly far-fetched, so it's obviously the cars fault. My Volvo wears through tires about every 15-20k miles. I was told it is due to the tall, top-heavy design of the car. When you take corners, the top-heavy design of the car causes more wear to the edges of the tires. The CTS is a very narrow, tall car, so this very well could be the case.
29th Oct 2006, 14:12
This is my second CTS. My first one the dealer changed my tires two times. I traded in at 25,000 miles.
Now 16,000 miles into this new car, I have rotated the tires every 6,000 miles, but continue to have tires issues. It sounds like I am driving a mack trunk. This has been my only issue and the dealer said they would replace with 4 falcon tires... for $200.00.
I think they need to fix the problem and pay more attention to the customer.
30th Oct 2006, 15:21
We have a 2.8 CTS. It has 55 series H rated tires. The performance wheel package & others have 50 series W rated tires. The CTS-V has run flat tires that are Z rated. Tire shops report lower tire life with the higher performance tires. Is this what is causing the tire wear out problems reported on the CTS forums? Several CTS-V owners report total wear out in 5,000 miles. I know one owner who switched away from the run flats due to wear out twice @ 8,000 miles and $600 per tire replacement cost. He says the regular tires in use now look as though they will last to 20,000 miles. I think our CTS will go to 40,000 miles on its 16" Goodyears. I'll post again to report how it is doing. With 3,000 miles on the car, I don't see any wear. Buddy.
13th Jan 2007, 05:58
I own a 2005 CTS Luxury Sport Package. The day I drove the car out of the dealer, my tires wobbled like the wheels were put on wrong. Went right back, they replaced the four tires and told me they had "flat spots" from sitting too long at the factory. That was a bunch of bull. Almost immediately, the tires started wearing unevenly, causing various degrees of vibration at some speeds, but not others. Long story short, I have rotated the tires endless times, received two alignments and the problems remain - cupping, uneven wear, vibration. I have never experienced a problem like this before through 25 years of driving and maybe a dozen cars - admittedly most of them Japanese over the past two decades. The CTS has a lot of positives, but this apparently widespread suspension/alignment/tire problem is really bad. I'm going out today to research the Yokohama's, Falkens and other low cost alternatives. I have about 19 months left on the lease (not at 30,000 miles) and it's not the time to invest in Michelin Pilot Sport A/S', which I have no doubt would be the best (if not costly) choice for this car. My experiences with Michelin for all these years has been nothing, but positive. I'll never buy another Goodyear product again, and certainly not on a Cadillac.
24th Apr 2005, 16:19
I also own A Cadillac CTS and have experenced the same gas tank and gauge problem. The dealer doesn't seem to understand what I am talking about, and has done nothing to correct the gauge. As for the computer I received a recall notice about a month after purchasing my car. The dealer took care of this right away and reprogrammed the computer without hesitation.