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Cadillac CTS, Cadillac CTS-V, Sedan
#3118 of 6595 PROUD NEW OWNER
May 24, 2003 (6:07 pm)
I took delivery of a new 2003 CTS this past Friday. Blue Onyx with luxury package, bose music system, auto trans, bright finish wheels and heated seats. Total vehicle price was $35,960. Talked dealer down to $200 over invoice which brought price to $33,426 and received $1,000 conquest discount (traded Ford product). On top of all of this, I applied $2,700 in GM Card rebates. The CTS is fun to drive and has a feel of quality. This is my first Cadillac and I like the four year 50,000 mile warranty. I feel the Driver Information Center is too busy, but people like gadgets.
#3119 of 6595 New Owner - golfnut5
May 24, 2003 (8:00 pm)
Congrats on the new CTS
Great deal!!!!!!!! Hope you enjoy the ride. it's a great car.
Have fun driving this holiday weekend. Can't wait to hear back after you put some miles on.
May 24, 2003 (10:03 pm)
Took a CTS today for the 24HR test drive. What a surprise. I am impressed. Having owned alot of makes of cars, foreign and domestic, Cadillac hit the target with this car. The interior materials are of good quality. The textures are soft and grainy to the touch. The body is bank vault solid. And that chassis, wow, handles like it is on rails. Kudos, goes to the drivetrain. That 5 speed automatic shifts immediately when called upon, holds the gears to redline, and will decelerate like a manual when backing off the accelerator. The engine does make sweet sounds winding out to redline and has sufficient power, unless you plan on drag racing. That said, I am returning the car tomorrow, and I know there are several new builds in the pipeline, with the equipment I am looking for, being delivered to the dealership next week. Depending on how the negotiations work out, I plan on purchasing one.
P.S. I found driving the CTS addictive. Went looking for some two lane roads.
May 25, 2003 (1:18 am)
Congrats on your purchase, you're going to love it. You got a great deal. I've only seen two in blue in my area. What color interior did you get?
I will have my CTS back by Wednesday. Took it in to have the custom dual exhaust system installed. The holiday weekend added a day or two to the installation process. Can't wait.
bingoman: I agree, it would help to have rear fog lights, but even better with some type of automatic on/off system like the auto headlights on with wiper usage feature on the CTS. Not sure how they would swing that though.
#3122 of 6595 bigguyjer/choices
May 25, 2003 (1:45 am)
I don't know much about the other cars you listed, but the CTS is WOW!!! What a car. GM has hit the mark on this one. If you read through the post of current owners, you will find very few complaints.
I think the biggest complaint is the fact that most of us have two clocks that are out of sync (one is a little slow), and no temp gage. This has been corrected with the 04 CTS. I think it has a temp gage now, in place of the clock. As I read through other boards, I see a remarkable difference in owner satisfaction.
I've had my CTS for six months now 12,500 miles. Not a single problem. Can't seem to put the darn thing away. Love driving this car. And now you can go with the CTSv that offers even more.
I don't think you'll be disappointed. Test drive one and let us know what you think.
#3123 of 6595 congratulations Golfnut
May 25, 2003 (4:39 am)
You will really like the CTS . I cant wait to drive mine and cant believe how seamlessly the miles "click off" . Good Luck, Bill
#3124 of 6595 thebug/interior color
May 25, 2003 (5:10 am)
thebug, my interior color is light neutral. Since my exterior is blue onyx, I hope the light interior will help keep things cool on those sunny hot days. It is hard to believe how well the CTS handles and still offers a comfortable ride. I am waiting for the rain to stop today so I can go out and play (take a drive). Happy motoring!
May 25, 2003 (5:32 am)
My wife and I are coming up on 8 full months of ownership on our CTS with 15,100 miles(!) on the clock. It's our only car right now, so we depend on it heavily. So far, this is an easy car to recommend. The upsides so far include:
Tight as a drum chassis
Superior handling (we have the LuxSport model)
No dashboard squeaks or strange noises
Better room that a BMW 3, Audi A4, or Lexus IS
Decent mileage for the class (I see just under 21 MPG on average)
Looks like nothing else on the road
Could use some more power to better compete with the class leaders (fixed in 2004)
Dashboard and door designs will be a little stark coming from Lexus...this may take some getting used to, but general ergonomics are very good.
Automatic headlights could come on a little faster at dusk (nitpick)
Although I'm only 38 years old, I've owned three previous Cadillacs of 70's, 80's and 90's vintages. This car is not even produced by the same company in my opinion. It's so good, I'd not hesitate in getting another one or recommending it to others.
One of the other nice things is that Cadillac finally seems to realize that they just can't create a product and allow it to lie around the marketplace for 5-7 years with no real updates. The CTS's dash cluster has already changed to gauges that light up white at night instead of orange and replaced the dash board clock with a water temp gauge. This rolling change happened before the 2003 model year ended.
The gray license plate holder of the current car will reportedly change to a body color design for 2004 (as of right now, only black or gray body colors looked good from the rear of 2003 cars). The 2004 CTS will also gain suspension improvements gained from customer feedback and experience in designing the SRX, due out at the same time. And finally, the 400-HP CTS-V is due by years end. There is a lot of upside for this car.
There are "conquest" incentives for certain buyers, but they seem to vary from region to region and some expire after certain periods of time. Check with your dealer.
I would shop around and make sure that your Cadillac dealer is up to your Lexus standards. Most Caddy dealerships care very good but there are a few out there who haven't gotten with the program. Ask lots of questions. My dealer experience was so good the deal was done in less than 5 minutes and we still trade email from the sales rep on our experience with the car. Our rep ended up buying one too.
One last word about the handling: I've written in these pages before that my pregnant wife manuevered successfully out of a potentially life threatening situation when a large shovel fell off the back of a dump truck at 60 MPH. The reaction capabilities of this car is top notch.
May 25, 2003 (8:57 pm)
Thats my color! I love that blue on the CTS. I've only seen a couple of them in that color, but they are sharp. Keep us posted on how you like the car.