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Cadillac CTS, Cadillac CTS-V, Sedan
Jun 10, 2003 (1:37 pm)
I was a little confused about the options list as configured on kbb.com. The "LuxSport" option is now 10 grand, but it also includes all the major options of the car, like the moonroof, the xenon lamps, heated seats, etc. This options group is *exactly* like what I ended up ordering for my 2003 CTS.
However, the Sport option can be configured with the base car. And the Lux option is still around.
So I think what's going on is that Cadillac looked at how most customers ordered their cars, the feedback they got from people who wanted alternatives, and came up with the current ordering process. There were people like me who ordered virtually everything (a small number). There were at (probably) 50% of the buyers who ordered the base car, but if they had a chance would have ordered the Sport bits without the Lux bits.
When Edmunds and GMBuypower's websites update, I suspect that this is what will be the case. I'm still not sure if the options list will be as "a la carte" as people would like.
#3377 of 6595 First unscheduled problem...
Jun 10, 2003 (1:45 pm)
was a flat tire this morning. Somehow I managed to make a 1 inch slash at the meeting of the sidewall and the tread on the inside right rear tire. The leak was fast, but fortunately we had to make a stop where someone pointed out that our tire was almost flat.
Called OnStar and had the roadside assistance guys from my dealership out in 40 minutes. The tire was changed to the compact spare in less than 10 minutes and I was on my way again.
One thing for sure...the Goodyear Eagle RS-A's are not a cheap tire, and figured this would happen one day. I guess this is what I get for going with the LuxSport car with the H-rated tires. Hopefully, I should have a new tire mounted and balanced by tomorrow.
One thing...has anyone taken a look at the compact spare that comes with the CTS? It has to be the prettiest compact spare I've ever seen. it's a curvy styled 5 spoke design that could have easily been the real wheel design for the car. I like the fact that someone in the design department actually thought this was a significant enough a detail to make it look good.
Of course, on the way back to the dealership I scraped the compact spare on a curb while I was trying to avoid an Infinity FX45 in a tight parking lot. Oh well, at least it wasn't the real wheel (or the car) I damaged.
#3378 of 6595 Goodyear Eagle RS-A's?
Jun 10, 2003 (4:36 pm)
Hi sevenfeet0- Just how expen$ive are our V-rated 17" tires? I've been dreading finding out too. My BMW 7 series buddy tells me he changes tires frequently and they are outrageously expensive on a big BMW. He says he doesn't get many miles out of them either. I wonder how many miles we can expect with "normal" driving (whatever that is!)
Yes, the spare does look nice! Good idea for everyone to check theirs out to make sure it's even there! Before an emergency strikes, it's always nice to know where the jack & spare tire is and how it all works. And of course read the least read book in the World: the Owner's Manual. -Jer:>)
Jun 10, 2003 (4:49 pm)
the 17" probably are not to bad . Now the tires on the Vette I used to have thats a different story
#3380 of 6595 Host Pat, Can you help re: 2004 CTS Review
Jun 10, 2003 (5:30 pm)
I was reading the First Drive review on Edmunds for the SRX. In this article it mentions that the same day the SRX was driven the new 2004 CTS (w/ 3.6L engine) was also tested (along with the XLR - for which I see a review as well). However, I see no review on the website for the 2004 CTS. Do you know if one is forthcoming?
#3381 of 6595 2004 Options
Jun 10, 2003 (5:33 pm)
Looking at KBB it seems that many bundled options for 03 are now 'a la carte'. For example it seems that you can order the Bose upgrade for 1275 without having to invest in any fancy Luxury or Sport package. That's good news if it's true.
Jun 10, 2003 (6:06 pm)
Different people have different expectations for tires.
The cars around here have Dunlop SP8000s ($150 approx for 235/45-17, 30K mile life, good grip, good ride), Bridgestone S-03s ($150 approx for a 235/45-17, $250 for M5 sizes, 22-25K mile life, GREAT grip, good ride), and Pirelli PZeros ($100 for a 205/50-16, 22-25K mile life, GREAT grip, good ride.) Nothing all-season (not needed here.)
Tire Rack shows only a few 225/50-17s and only a couple I'd buy. The Eagle RS-A (the OEM tire?) is $134, and they're a decent everyday tire, by far the cheapest-of-the-good in this list.
The Bridgestone RE040 is stickier and decently civilized but somewhat pricier (and out of stock right now.)
And if you want to see just how good the CTS chassis might be, they've got a few Michelin MXX3s left at $232 a tire. These things are expensive, but they're a wonderful tire. These were the OEM E36 M3 tire and you could hear the wails of anguish when Michelin stopped making them.
Jun 10, 2003 (6:24 pm)
They do make great tires . But it's that france thing
#3384 of 6595 wwhite2
Jun 10, 2003 (6:27 pm)
Is the transmission made in France?
Jun 10, 2003 (8:58 pm)
That is about how I would option my CTS, except I'd add XM radio which it appears doesn't require the Navigation system radio for 04(thank you Cadillac!). Heck, I would probably be happy without the sport package and xenon lights. And provided I am still working for the same company or they don't drop the benefit I am eligible for GMS pricing so I'm thinking maybe early fall and I may be trading my beloved, but troublesome Intrigue on the CTS.