Car and Driver happily acquired themselves a long-term Opulent Blue 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport for their test fleet earlier this year and in August, provided a comprehensive update on their time spent with the car. They mentioned a few small problems with the tires and the electronics systems but otherwise, all was well. However their most recent update on the car is a little more grim after it took a semi-truck’s tire to the face while driving on the highway.
You often see shards of steel-belted rubber and remnants of blown-out semi-truck tires pushed to the side of the highway, but it’s rare to see a tire fail right in front of you and send debris flying at your car. That’s what happened to one C&D road test editor while driving the CTS. The tire scrap dented in the car’s hood, cracked the front bumper and fender and damaged its Xenon lights, resulting in a significant repair bill of $5971.31.
The repairs to the car included a front bumper cover with two replacement clips, a parking sensor, the left-side lighting housing with a Xenon headlight assembly (which rang in at $1250 alone), a new LED driving light and a new hood. After $1958 in labor, the repair bill totaled nearly $6,000 after taxes.
For your own safety, you should always pay attention when driving on the road and look out for hazards such as debris being spit up from cars in front of you. But if you drive a Vsport or anything else with some pricey components, you’ll also be wanting to avoid a heavy blow to your wallet. Read C&D’s full account of their CTS’ run-in with a tire here.