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#2869 of 6595 CTS - The Real Car Of The Year
May 05, 2003 (12:09 pm)
Get with the program Motor Trend! I really think the reviewers at Motor Trend showed their collective predudices when they shunned the CTS this year. If you think about it, the CTS is a milestone car for Cadillac and GM on many levels. Shouldn't that make it the Car Of The Year? The ones they chose were just upgraded models of last years production. Ho-hum. The CTS is exciting and a real break from the past. Time will tell, when the 2003 CTSs will become recognized for the real landmark cars that they are. This is coming from a guy who collects '55 Chevys (Chevrolet's turning-point revolutionary car), and recognizes an innovative design when he sees it. -Jer:>)
#2871 of 6595 More Octane
May 05, 2003 (12:43 pm)
Thanks for the info. We're paying (locally) $1.47 for regular/87-oct, $1.64/89-oct, $1.74 for Premium/92-oct. Think we're gonna go with the mid-grade stuff for awhile and see what that does. I've only run 2 tanks through it so far (87-oct) so nothing's come up as far as pinging and so on. I'd rather it not start though (and based on what others are saying here, doesn't sound like it would anyway.) Since the manual "recommends" 91-oct but says you can use 87, I'll split the difference. Just over 500 miles on the car now. Got my license plates today..bummer, so much for the new car "look" dealer placard plates and temporary permit in the back window.
#2872 of 6595 I-15 Baker to stateline/bingoman
May 05, 2003 (1:03 pm)
I'm familiar with that stretch of highway, and it is yet another trap. It's very easy to drift into triple digits on that hill since the traffic flow is usually 90 and up. I normally take it easy in that section as well.
It's currently involved in a widening project in the southbound lanes. I guess it's an effort to get the traffic in and out of Neveda faster during holiday and big boxing weekends. I think they are going for 3 lanes both directions from LA to Las Vegas. An estimated seven year project.
#2873 of 6595 re: more octane/rsteph
May 05, 2003 (1:09 pm)
That's pretty much what I decided to do, and it works fine so far. The gasoline prices are starting to go down here. They are now at $1.85 (87 oct) to $2.05 (91 oct). A change of 15 cents over the last two to three weeks.
#2874 of 6595 So Much For CTS?
May 05, 2003 (4:03 pm)
Hi wwhite2- I assume you are referring to this photo?
It does look similar, but it's missing all the lighted programmable buttons & radio control wheel. It also doesn't have the Zabrano wood I love on the Luxury models. So I guess it's not too bad in my eyes. But like you I want our Cadillac to be exclusive, and agree I don't want the CTS to be cheapened by other lower priced models using the same parts. Especially ones so visible as interior components. Note the cheap A/C controls on the center console. I hate those things. All the imports have that style knobs too. Functional, but not too hi-tech. -Jer:>)
#2875 of 6595 GM parts bin
May 05, 2003 (7:11 pm)
Yeah, I hate how GM uses parts from different divisions like that. I dont think Id mind too much if Buick and Saturn shared parts, but if GM wants Caddy to be exclusive and have as much "snob appeal" as a beemer or benz, they cant be doing this non-sense with caddy parts.
Also, did anyone see pictures of that new Chrysler rwd car in the newest Automobile Mag, the 300C. The interior looks very XLR-ish to me. Are rival companies again looking to Cadillac for inspiration??? Maybe..........
May 05, 2003 (8:36 pm)
Originally, the MT car of the year awards were for a new vehicle that was not only superb but also was very significant for the manufacturer. To me, both the G35 and the CTS are superb cars from their respective manufactures, but IMO the CTS is a far more significant car for Cadillac. It not only marks uncharted waters for them, but also is leads the new direction of the marque in terms of styling, performance, and quality. But oh well, I never purchased a car due to it winning an award of some sort.
#2877 of 6595 New owner with couple questions
May 05, 2003 (9:21 pm)
Got my new CTS under the wire for 0%. Paid $30,800 for base model with auto and premium red paint. Love it so far. Questions. Radio has bad high pitched hum on FM- multiple stations. Anyone heard of that? Is 87 Octane gas really OK as one poster says? Auto transmission seems to really "clunk" into lower gear when braking to a stop, especially when cold. Anyone else have that? My digital clock is 1 minute fast but the analog is 3 min slow. I'll check out clock synch post I saw earlier. Anyone not buy GM's paint protection package. I did not and would like recommendation for keeping paint in top shape. Final question for now: the horizontal surface of the black window trim at the base of the windows collects water drops that leave white spots when they evaporate. Is this due to armor-all used by dealer prep or should I try armor all to get rid of them?
#2878 of 6595 j1205 new owner
May 05, 2003 (11:50 pm)
Congrats on the purchase of your CTS. Nice color choice. For the radio and tranny, I would take it back to the dealer to have them check it out. On the octane, I use 89%, but have used 87 and 91% and for me there was no difference. One question, did they walk you through the operation of the computer system? If not, ask for a crash course, (I had to take a mandatory 3 hour class before they would let me have the car). Also the owner's manual is a must read for best results. Enjoy your CTS.