2003 Cadillac CTS User Reviews

2003 Cadillac CTS Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 13 reviews

  • Performance:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Appearance:5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 8 reviews
"sound" 3 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
CONS
"light" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"expensive car" 2 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews

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Sparky222 writes:
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5

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Great driving car, slick manual transmission, dealer service, 4 doors, trunkspace.

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Confusing controls, weird orange display lighting, need manual to set clock, horrible in snow w/all season tires, lots of bugs in 1st year-dealer fixed all.

Sparky222
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Modern, Fun, "american Bmw". — Great driving car, we had the 5 speed manual, which was hard to find. The cts is easy to live with, and dependable. Sporty handling, great sound and dual climate systems. The traction control, along with tight suspension, made twisty roads desirable. The engine is powerful runs on regular, with just the right amount of growl entering the quiet cabin. Nicely contoured leather seats w/2 tone inserts look sharp. Real wood on chunky steering wheel is nice touch, accenting attractive roomy cabin. Heated seats in front and thick carpet give a pampered feel. Tires wear fast with spirited driving, and brake dust coats wheels quickly and is tedious to remove from alloy wheels. Pull up door handles break ladies fingernails, a minor thing. Neon 3rd brake light broke repeatedly cost $600 to replace. Condensation from A/C flooded car 1st trip to FL, dealer provided loaner, repaired A/C replaced carpet, an example of new model bugs to follow. Not a user friendly car to work on with baffles and covers galore-had to visit dealer to replace fog light bulb for example. Overall a great car with a european feel, we had full options except HID headlamps. Replaced it with the 08 redesign and hated it, not as engaging as the original. Too bad.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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gandz writes:
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great feeling, smooth fast

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LED light, Red cover falls off, Brake problems

gandz
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Great Car, Should Have Put More Time Into Little Details. — Cts is a good fast car. Problems that occurr are minior, an can be fixxed easily with little money or time. drives like a dreams. and handles alright in snow in you get some good tires for the condtions. all and all good car

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Conan Donald writes:
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4

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Really nice looking

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Just had front brakes & rotors changed at 71,000km - not good. Third brake light is over $1,000 to fix - will never happen.

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Cadillac Cts — It is crude and querky like me! A lot of fun to drive. I have had no problems. Mileage is suprisingly good. It has all the options except navigation. Very low mileage - just passed emission test with flying colours! The third brake light is LED and only the dealer can fix it.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Merry writes:
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Very safe, Gas milleage is great. Fun to drive also very smooth ride.

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High cost repairs

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Great Solid Car!! Love This Car!!!! Hope It Dosn't Break Down. — I love this car!! It is a very solid car that needs few repai rs but, when it does it is expensive. I hate how the breakes leave dust on the rim. I guess it is because of the porcelain breakes. I recently had a problem with it not starting every 7 th time or so. Thought it would be about 1,5000 because that is the usual cost. Turned out to be a crank sensor. $ 28 dollor part, 136.00 to plug in and 125.00 in labor. Not too bad.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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galveze writes:
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5

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Great looking car has many accesories for the year trhat it is.  Very Smooth ride.

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Fuel economy is not as great as I would like. Maintenance is kind of pricey especially if you don't do it yourself.

galveze
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Great Car — The car has been great so far but I am having a problem with the traction control coming on all of a sudden while I am driving. Also the third tail light is out but I was able to modify it and install a set of neon lights in the back to make it work.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Elie writes:
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the coolest car...i can aford

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no reason

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Super Sport Saloon — best performance car i ever driven .......and very coooool look with big horse power and veryyyyy fun to drive cause the accelerating and the handling are really amazing and got very comfortable seats with an awesome surround sound system ... :D

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Derek writes:
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Everything!!

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They could have just a little nicer interior, but it is still great for the first car they made like this.

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Best Car Ever!!!! — This is one of the best cars I have ever owned/drove! (and I have driven many!) It is fun to drive, handles, great, is very reliable, and looks great! I love this car! Cadillac is back and this is the best car they have made!

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Renee writes:
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Its beautiful and has a lot of little gagets and fun extras.

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Too high tech. They should've kept it simple, stupid.

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Gorgeous! — I love love love this car. The only problem I've ever really had with it is that if something goes wrong with it computer wise, it really sucks. One little thing can totally screw you. Everything seems so high tech, which means expensive to fix. And hardly any mechanic in Iowa knows how to work on one!

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dodgeviper2022 writes:
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haven't found anything that is a pro about this caddy

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cost of gms parts they suck

dodgeviper2022
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Pos — would never buy another Cadillac even if they gave me the plant not worth the money don't buy a first gen anything is all I can say people they don't have the bugs out of them stick with a older car and get a second gen there better

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Preme writes:
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I love the appearance of the CTS!! the car just has a curb appeal thats hard to match.

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its missing many features that a luxury car should have, like heated mirrors, heated steering wheel etc,

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I Still Love This Car Hands Down — I would like more power and a little more mpg but this car does perform really well in sports mode. and i plowed through the snow as if i was in a truck! driving rear wheel drive vehicles can be tricky if your new to it.

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2010 Cadillac CTS Reviews

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2009 Cadillac CTS Reviews

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2008 Cadillac CTS Reviews

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