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Hi guys,

New member here. I'm thinking of buying a 2003 CTS with 190,000 kms (118k miles) and I had a few questions. I'm not new to Cadillacs, I sold them for abour 4 years but 03 is before my time and I'm not too sure of the service issues with them. Is there any major problems or failure with them I should be looking out for? Any important maintanance that is a must-do that I should look for? Its a pretty nice car, loaded with the wood grain trim. I dont mind fixing a few things here and there but I dont need a money pit.

I really appreciate any help I can get, thanks alot.

Here are the service records, please let me know if the images dont show.

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WOW, I can say this, it is terrific that you have all of that maintenance information, 2005 and 2006 appear to be years where lots of work was done, maybe that was because the warranty was about to expire?

What worries me is that not much has been done from 07 through 10 when about 80,000 KM were put on the car, is that a new owner as of 2007 that drove it with little or no recorded service?

I can't say that we have had any chronic CTS problems, the newer ones with the 3.6 had issues with the timing chains and some had GETRAG rear differential problems. Listen for a rear end groan especially on long sweeping turns. I see from the list that some rear axle work has been done (seals and vent).

Pre-1995 - DTC codes OBD1  >>

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How to check for codes Caddyinfo How To Technical Archive >> http://www.caddyinfo.com/wordpress/cadillac-how-to-faq/

Cadillac History & Specifications Year by Year  http://www.motorera.com/cadillac/index.htm

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Being a former employee for a GM dealer certainly has its perks!

Basically I just started a new job about a month and a half ago. Currently I have a Honda s2000 and its just not going to cut it with the professional image I need to convey to customer, also I need a bit more space. I drive for work a little bit but not alot, maybe 40kms per week, and I live about 10 minutes from my office. I'm looking for a car that I can put gas in and go. If it needs a bit of work on a weekend, I can do that because I'm fairly handy when it comes to oil changes, brakes, suspension etc etc. I just need reliabilty without the worry of catastrophic failure. I dont keep my cars for long, I may have this only a year, year and a half max. As long as I can bank on the 3.2 getting me where I need to be, I'm happy with that.

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