2003 Cadillac CTS User Reviews

2003 Cadillac CTS Review Ratings

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  • 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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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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Brandonyen writes:
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4

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I love the look and style of the cts. It has sport mode when using it it'll go a lot faster then normal mode

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The thing I don't like with the 03 cts is it was stiff on the road because it doesn't have sport suspension

Brandonyen
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The 03 Cts Is Stiff On The Road — The 03 cts is a good looking car. It's expensive to buy one. I've always wanted this car and wanted to own the cts-v next time. But maybe decide to get the Mercedes Benz C-class instead . Because the prices are abou the same.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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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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,

Preme
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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.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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sweethart9688 writes:
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Roomy, love the sound system very comfortable to drive!

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Little more expansive on gas

sweethart9688
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Riding In Style — I love the look and style of this car. The only downfall is the gas is not as economical as say a honda. Love the heated seats in the winter and the smooth drive! The sound system is top notch!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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rockets57 writes:
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5

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Great car if you need to get somewhere in a hurry
you can carry 3 bodies in the trunk

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Nothing worst then a Caddy going bad ....
when the electrics start to act up they are bad

rockets57
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Mob Moblie — It's the first year for the CTS still looks good, handles good a few electric issues also did not hold it's value to good but it's all mine and paid for but you can't beat the overall handling and spunk

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Donald writes:
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excellent brakes, headlights and handling

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poor reliability, expensive repairs, no lumbar support in seats

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Looks Good But May Leave You Stranded — This car has been very unreliable and very expensive to maintain and repair. Oil cooler failed 62650 miles, repair cost $1230. Crankshaft position sensor failed 67430 miles, repair cost $400 + towing. Replaced thermostat and timing belt, repair cost $780. The front seats have no lumbar support which make long trips uncomfortable. Headlights (std not HID) are great.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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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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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2004 Cadillac CTS Reviews

Awesome Car By ambermor

it is a great car. the car runs good, fun car to drive, it accelerates nicely. this car was built to last. it is an all around good looking car. the car does not need repairs often. its an awesome ca... Read More

Luxury, Performance In A 6 Cylinder Car By retirednco

I love this car and really can't believe how quick it is. I've tied six Mustang GT's in drag racing. It has great styling. I love the wood grain shifter and steering wheel. It was soft in the corner... Read More

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2005 Cadillac CTS Reviews

Cadillac Cts Is Reliable By gerardo01

I love this car, it's reliable, the 2.8l engine is powerful and it has a smooth ride, i put 270,000 miles on it and it's still holding up. Although it's American made that's the only drawback, they do... Read More

Over All Good Car By terria27

this 2005 Cadillac CTS is the car i always wanted just don't like the color its an Olive green color.. what I don't like is that rust spot by the right rear tire. my car drives and runs great!!! happy... Read More

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2006 Cadillac CTS Reviews

Good By Bosteph

Dependable car. Good on gas and perfect ride for What I neede it for. Ride was smooth easy shifting, nice ride suspension perfect, if u take care of it it will take care of you kind of car. Not bad of... Read More

A Great Car! By JC_Cadillac

Sleek & Stylist! - When this particular Cadillac CTS model was first shown, I recall being "wowed" and in awe. What's not to like? It's bold, stealth-like angular lines remind me of the F117 Fighter J... Read More

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2007 Cadillac CTS Reviews

Cts Review By birottet

Car has great power and good steering. It didn't handle great in the snow but did decent for a car with rear wheel drive. I have never really had a problem with the car. Just routine maintenance thus ... Read More

Fun To Drive! Great Looks And Comfort. By an672

This car looks great and is fun to drive. Built very well with a solid but not overly stiff suspension. More sporty than your typical Cadillac so a little less refined. You can still get all the be... Read More

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2008 Cadillac CTS Reviews

Timeless Style With An Enjoyable Ride. By dozier41

The car has a timeless style supported by low fuel cost and a response engine. The ride is smooth and the maintenance on the vehicle has been minimal, just routine oil changes. This is not your grandf... Read More

Great Performance By jdozier41

Love the way the car looks, how handles and how it performs. It has a great sound system and the XM radio is great for short or long trips. No major issues with the car. I prefer a larger back seat, I... Read More

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