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#2959 of 6595 CTS Ramblings by CTS Jerry
May 12, 2003 (10:00 am)
Hi all- I too would like to thank all the posters here. Great stuff and humorous too at times!
I agree that Cadillac is the car to buy in it's class. Don't you like the fact that you're driving a American design in this day and age? I would think that driving a MB or BMW would be an embassment, considering the German's political decisions of the past few months (and I'm of German heritage!). Anyways, getting off my soap box for just a minute, I'm VERY happy I bought my CTS. Heck, I wouldn't be spending my time writing this if I didn't! I've had my CTS for about 7 months now and I'm still reading all of your posts. How many MB, Altima and BMW folks are still posting and reading posts about THEIR model car after 6 months?
The CTS is a REVOLUTIONARY design. I feel proud and unique when I drive down the car the streets of Los Angeles. Everywhere you see MBs, Altimas, Lexus, and BMWs. Not very imaginative, and a bit boring. The most CTSs I see in one day is maybe three, usually one or none. I like the exclusivity of these cars. When I see CTS owners we wave, much like Corvette owners do. There is a comeraderie you don't see with MB or BMW owners.
By the way, I got my CTS up to 110 mph briefly last week. I was on a short stretch of the Marina Freeway here in L.A.. I got on the onramp and just punched it. It was still wanting to go faster when the end of the Freeway was coming up soon, so I wisely backed off. That car has alot of get up and go, especially once over 40 mph.
About the tire problems, I too suspected a Car Wash might be to blame. But I guess it wasn't. We all should keep an eye on the inboard sides of our tires (I'm sorry, I'm an areospace engineer and "inboard" is how we refer to Spacecraft and aircraft components).
About the interior: I like the CTS interior alot. To me, it's very futuristic. But for the fellow who DOESN'T LIKE the 2003 Interior I can say two things: 1) the 2004 Interior will be pretty similar except for the new Temp Gauge (some of you lucky guys already have this on your CTSs. WOW! Wish there was a retro fit?). 2) try buying one in a single interior color, like the Dark Pewter or black. I think the tu-tone or tri-tone interiors are what some people see at the Dealers and can be a turn-off.
#2960 of 6595 price/interior
May 12, 2003 (10:02 am)
I got an amazing deal on my cts. First of all I negotiated a 200 over invoice with the understanding that if the price went up I didn't have to pay anymore. It ended up that I got it for 30 under invoice after the increase. Add to that 1000 gm loyalty and 3540 gm card and that made 7800 off the price of the sticker. I got a silver sport lux pack with the special lights and a sunroof. So a 37600 car for just under 30,000.
The v series car gets a new instrument panel and brushed aluminum or similiar instead of wood in the interior. My sources tell me the 05 basic cts will get new interior. I cannot remember where I got that info.
I got the lousy clock instead of the temp gauge. When I get out of school I an going to take this issue up with them. I have already notified them about this. Did anyone find the fix they had is permanent. My garage man didn't know what to do. I am refering to the post on this site about the dual clock fix. Is it permanent?
Be carefull my dealership tried to pull some wool over my eyes. First they didn't offer me the 1.9% they tied to get me a loan thru a local bank. Second, they tried to charge me a Illinois surcharge of 288 I said no!!! Third, They didn't offer me the gm loyalty. Also guys I didn't pay any advertising fees!!!
May 12, 2003 (10:45 am)
Boy, the Mini sure hasn't been a smooth start. 4th to last place isn't very impressive.
#2962 of 6595 CTS Color Added 2004
May 12, 2003 (10:46 am)
Updates for CTS
CTS Week of 5/12/2003
Effective 5/12/2003, the following changes will be made to the Vehicle Order Guide:
Color and Trim section-(92U) Silver Green exterior color has been added and is available with (132) Light Gray/Ebony, (192) Ebony and (702) Light Neutral interior colors.
Wish I could order a 2004 now, waiting for prices.
#2964 of 6595 CTS Temp Gauge to Replace The Clock
May 12, 2003 (11:14 am)
Has anyone asked if there is a way to retro fit the Temp Gauge in where the analog clock presently resides? I have heard of owners getting their defective clocks replaced, so it must be fairly easy to get to. I'd imagine the wiring harness would be the major impacting factor. Sure would be nice tho!! -Jer:>)
#2967 of 6595 clock/temp guage
May 12, 2003 (12:33 pm)
I discussed the possibility of replacing the clock with a temp gauge with GM reps over a year ago, before I bought my car. They promised that it would be made as a running change, which apparently it was just recently although I don't know why it took so long. But they also said that it would not be possible to make it a refit item. It would be nice if some after market company could make a kit to replace the clock, but I imagine that now that it has been replace there would not be a large enough market to make it worth while. I even tried to get them to make the engine temp available in the information stack, which would only have required a computer programming change, but they said they would not do it.
There are only three items to warn of an overheat, the dashboard red thermometer flag, a warning on the radio or nav console that the A/C is being shut down due to engine over heating, and a warning to shut down the engine due to overheating.
#2968 of 6595 Two Clocks... No Temp Guage
May 12, 2003 (1:25 pm)
Wouldn't you love to hear the discussion of the GM engineers about the clock and temp guage. Do you suppose someone said, "Let's give 'em two clocks and leave off the engine temp guage."
Someone answered, "Great idea. Most buyers won't notice it before they buy it and then it'll drive 'em nuts for as long as they own the cars."
"Hey, I got a better idea," said a third misplaced rocket scientist. "Let's make sure the clocks don't sync on the same time and neither one of them keeps correct time."
"No Cadillac driver wants to know when the engine is cold or when it is getting too hot. All they want to know is that a possible reason it shut down was because it overheated. A red light will handle that."
"Hey, we can tell the guys in Quality Control that the normal engine temperature is ten past twelve. They'll never know the difference."
"What's more important? Knowing the engine temperature or having a backup clock in case you suspect the other clock doesn't keep correct time?"
"You can always check the engine temperature by touching it with your tongue. If a clock fails, you'd have to look at your wrist watch, check your cell phone, ask a passenger, drive by a bank, or turn on the radio to find out what time it is."
Okay... the actual discussions probably were funnier and less logical.
If their objective was to drive us nuts with two clocks, they succeeded.