General Motors produced the Cadillac SRX for two generations between the 2004 and 2016 model years, offering three rows of seating with the first generation, and two rows of seating with the second generation. Now, the 2012 Cadillac SRX from the second-gen nameplate has been identified as one model likely develop paint issues.
Per a recently analysis from non-profit consumer organization Consumer Reports, the Cadillac SRX is one of the top 10 models produced in the last 10 years to develop paint issues over the course of its lifespan. The determination was made via an analysis of Consumer Reports reliability data.
The 2012 Cadillac SRX isn’t the only General Motors model likely to develop paint issues, according to Consumer Reports. The recent analysis also identified the 2014 Chevy Tahoe and 2014 GMC Yukon, as well as the 2013 Chevy Avalanche as further three models likely to develop paint issues. The model years here are particularly interesting, as all four of these GM vehicles were produced in roughly the same timeframe.
Looking over the Consumer Reports reliability score for the 2012 Cadillac SRX, the organization rates the luxury crossover SUV with three out of five for overall reliability, and two out of five in owner satisfaction. Additional common trouble spots include the drive system and the trim. According to owners, the 2012 Cadillac SRX is also prone to air or water leaks.
“Water in the trunk area, casing [sic] the power lift gate hydraulic motor to fail,” writes one Cadillac SRX owner.
“Water leaked into the passenger compartment, it was a defective part that was not covered under warranty,” writes another. “They had a recall but unfortunately for me it had expired, had to pay $450 to get it fixed.”
The 2012 Cadillac SRX is equipped with the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LFX gasoline engine, rated at 308 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 265 pound-feet of torque at 2,400 rpm. The engine connects to a six-speed automatic transmission, with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive offered to put it to the ground.