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Cadillac CTS, Cadillac CTS-V, Sedan
Jun 12, 2003 (9:25 am)
Yes, there is a difference in the ride quality. The LuxSport version is a bit more unforgiving than the standard Lux package, but both are a generally firm ride. The steering feel may also be a little different since the LuxSport has a variable ratio thing going on there. I own the LuxSport, and both my wife and I appreciate the aggresive feel.
Of course, all this changes for 2004 as Cadillac is tweaking the overall suspension, and supposidly the car gains some tweaks from the SRX as well. If you just test drove a 2003 CTS, you'll probably want to directly compare it to a 2004 when they arrive any day now.
#3416 of 6595 Ebony vs. Dark Pewter
Jun 12, 2003 (9:29 am)
I just saw an Ebony dashboard car about 3 weeks ago. It is noticeably darker than the dark pewter of my car. I'd say I like the new darker color better, whether you like it is up to you. The darker colored dash also comes with the new water temp gauge and white facing gauge cluster.
#3417 of 6595 sevenfeet0,oldsman01
Jun 12, 2003 (10:08 am)
Thanks for the input.
#3418 of 6595 Ride, Interior, and Unsolicited Advice
Jun 12, 2003 (11:42 am)
I agree with the earlier comments of others about the Lux Sport being a little firmer or stiffer.
I test drove base, Lux, and Lux Sport models. I wasn't sure whether the difference I felt was real or imagined, but I thought I actually liked the feel of the base model ride and steering a little better. However, I wanted some of the options that were only available on the Lux or Lux Sport. I found a Lux Sport that had everything I wanted and the GM Family price was great, so that is what I bought. I couldn't be more satisfied(after 3 months and 3,000 miles).
I think I would be completely satisfied with the ride and handling of any of the models. I personally wouldn't base my decision entirely on the difference in ride/handling, but I understand why everyone wants to consider all the factors.
I looked for a Pewter interior with Sable Black exterior in March and was told by several dealers that Ebony had replaced Pewter. (However, Cadillac still sells Pewter floor mats, but doesn't have Ebony. Go figure.) I saw cars with both Pewter and Ebony before I bought and it appeared that all the cars with Pewter were built before mine (Feb03). I did internet searches and the dealers also searched for a Sable/Pewter combination. but we found none.
My advice to anyone considering a CTS is to find one you like and buy it! I haven't heard anyone who owns one make a serious complaint about the car. If I found a 2003 that I really liked, I wouldn't wait on a 2004 that might not be exactly what I want and might also be considerably more expensive.
Jun 12, 2003 (5:45 pm)
CTS is a success and is selling without rebates.
What happened to all the nay sayers who called it a "2003 Cimmarron"?
Jun 12, 2003 (7:31 pm)
I can see why some people may have been skeptical at first, but calling it a Cimmaron was just silliness.
Jun 12, 2003 (8:51 pm)
Some are calling the XLR Allante II. I'm not sure how accurate it is, but someone posted over in the Fans of the Cadillac XLR thread that the first year run has already sold out. No matter what Cadillac does they will have their nay sayers. Oh well, the rest of us who are more open minded about cars will enjoy a fine ride.
Jun 13, 2003 (6:03 am)
Have not seen even 1 one marginal (let alone a bad) review of the XLR or the SRX. Both are getting the thumbs up pretty much all around. People can certainly citisize the styling as that's subjective but in terms of performance, Cadillac is building good product.
#3423 of 6595 new surprise
Jun 13, 2003 (7:47 am)
I thought that my CTS was out of surprises, but I was wrong. To preface, I have the base model. Since day one I've been carrying around the key fob marked "1", and number "2" has been sitting with other spare keys in a basket in the kitchen. Well, I wanted to run out and put my cd case into the CTS last night and grabbed key 2 because my keys were sitting upstairs on my dresser. I get in, decided to load a cd, so I started the car. And hear static from the radio. That strikes me as odd, and when I look up all my presets are wrong. And the programmable buttons on the radio face aren't set to the shortcuts I created. And the climate control temperature is higher than I ever set it. I turn off the car, turn it back on and realize that the display is saying "Driver 2". Needless to say, I was pretty surprised, I had read the owner's manual and was under the impression that the two driver personalization was part of the memory seats that come with the Lux and LuxSport. Do other owners with the base model have the two driver arrangement I described or is my base CTS a quirk?
Jun 13, 2003 (8:10 am)
Nope, I have the same thing on my base model. I actually found out in a most inconvenient way. I was at a race, and used my girlfriend's key fob to open the door. I pulled up to the starting line, and pressed my "4" steering wheel button, which I have set up to turn off traction control. To my surprise, it didn't go off (because she doesn't have that setting). So I had to run the race with my traction control on, since I couldn't figure out how to turn it off in the short time I had. But it is cool!