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2011 Cadillac CTS-V Long-Term Update 4

Nothing has Broken!

Jonny Lieberman
May 3, 2012
Photographers: Motor Trend Staff
Nothing has broken! Excuse my exclaiming so, but not one single thing on our long term Cadillac CTS-V has broken! On the way in to the office this morning I noticed the odometer had crested 29,500 miles, and not one single anything has broke. See, I mention all this because while nearly 30,000 miles is a lot for any car in 10 months, the CTS-V Wagon's miles have been fairly brutal. In fact, the near-30,000 miles we've rung up on the Caddy's counter would have killed lesser cars. But it hasn't been perfect.
Photo 2/12   |   2011 Cadillac CTS V Sport Wagon Front Three Quarters In Motion
Off the top of my head, I can think of four occasions where the Diamond Black Wagon has gone to the drag strip. So much so that I just put it's third set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup II tires on last week. The first set last all of 10,000 miles, so the fact that this second set made it nearly 20,000 is... better than the first set. Of course, we were drifting the Wagon on that first set. Well, trying to drift. The phrase that kept getting tossed around was "Tank slappers." But that's OK, tires wear out and we did the wearing.
Photo 3/12   |   2011 Cadillac CTS V Sport Wagon Side In Motion
But again, nothing has broken. That's not to say there isn't a Gremlin or two. Every now and again the tire pressure light seems to think the right rear tire's flat. It's never been flat (even after all them tank slappers), so what's wrong with the sensor? It seems to register a false positive when someone does something, how shall I say this, taxing with the CTS-V. Like a burnout in gravel. Or running at over 100 mph for longer than 1 hour. When we got the new tires an alignment was performed and it was discovered that the right rear wheel was 2 degrees out of whack. Hopefully, that had something to do with the error message.
Photo 4/12   |   2011 Cadillac CTS V Sport Wagon Minneapolis 2 LosAngeles
The only other warning we've seen was, "Low on Oil. Please Add One Quart." Like many modern cars, the CTS-V has a countdown oil meter, telling you how much oil life you have left (e.g. 50% Oil Life). When the oil message popped up, we had 28% remaining. However, we'd just been running the car for six hours straight on some tortuous canyon roads at highly obnoxious speeds. So maybe it burned a little oil? I turned the car off and the error was gone. I added a quart of 5W30 anyhow, because what's another $4.22 to a car with a lifetime fuel economy average of (at the time) 11.8 mpg? Even with 28% life left, I got the oil changed the next day. No problems since.
Photo 5/12   |   Chicago 2011 Cadillac CTS V Sport Wagon Rear Three Quarters
Then there's the navigation screen. I mentioned before the issues I have with a pop-up navigation screen. Namely, it eats paper and I'm just convinced that one day it will fail to come up, rendering the backup camera non-existent. Granted, so far the screen has always risen. However, it's started to make a noise. When the screen is already raised, there's a randomly repeated electronic whirring noise. There's no pattern to it, but the noise is definitely the screen's motor straining against the already raised screen. Here's hoping it fixes itself.
Photo 6/12   |   Beer Run Grand Rapids Founders Brewing Company

Our Car
Service life 11 months/30,763 miles
Average fuel economy 14.9 mpg
CO2 emissions 1.30 lb/mi
Energy consumption 226 kW-hr/100mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $293.64 (3 x oil change, inspection, rotate tires; 1 x fuel injection service, air filter)
Normal-wear cost $2107.45 (Four Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires, mounting, alignment)

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