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Cadillac CTS, Cadillac CTS-V, Sedan
Jul 18, 2003 (1:17 pm)
I have not posted here since I took delivery of my 2003 Blue Onyx CTS, automatic, luxury package, bose system, heated seats and bright wheels. My CTS is two months old with 5500 miles. Love the chiselled look and the way this car handles. The automatic transmission is superb. The CTS is truly fun to drive. I feel the 3.2 V6 is adequate, but the 2004's 3.6 V6 is a welcome change. Seems like you can never have enough ponies under the hood. The only gripes I have are:
1) I feel the steering is a tad too heavy.
2) Would like slightly more padding in the front seats. Seats begin to feel hard on a long trip. Maybe I just need more fat on my butt cheeks.
3) The lamp that surrounds my license plate is beginning to leak. Will probably have replaced. I know there have been comments posted here concerning the same problem.
4) Distant radio reception seems to be poor compared to other cars that I have owned. In other words radio stations (especially am) that are not local have poor reception. I also get a popping sound when tapping my brake pedal while listening to these same stations, this only happens while listening to distant stations.
5) On sharp curves and large bumps my key fob bangs against the steering wheel column. I believe my Dads Buick Park Ave has a rubber pad around ignition switch to prevent this from happening. GM must not always test under real driving conditions.
6) With the engine running and at a complete stop I can feel the engine idle. This feel to me is not one of refinement.
I hate to gripe, but there ain't no perfect car. If I had it to do over, I would still buy this car. I hope the CTS sales well for Cadillac. When I bought my CTS in May there were seven 2003's on the lot of my local dealer. The other six are still on the lot as of this writing, not a good sign.
Jul 18, 2003 (6:19 pm)
Lesson to be learned - Never buy a first year model car! I drove the '04 and the new engine and transmission are great. When the car idles you definitely don't hear or feel the engine. The steering is speed sensitive, I thought the steeting wheel felt very good. The seats are the same. This is good if you are used to driving a european car where the seats are firm. Almost every review I have read has complimented the comfort of the seats. If you are used to the typical cushy american seats then these will feel too firm. The car I drove had the standard radio, and I did think that this radio was not nearly as good as the standard radio in my 2001 Aurora. They should give you a better radio without having to spend an extra $1000- for the Bose.
Jul 18, 2003 (8:29 pm)
Nice to see your comments.....just a few replies from an 18K miles owner
1. I personally like the heavy feel. I think it keeps me in touch with the road a little more. But this is a subjective feeling.
2. I'm a large guy and I think the seats are pretty cool. It does need lumbar support, which didn't come until 2004. Pmdriver and his group listened to customer input by adding this.
3. The rear license plate leak is a common one. When was your car manufactured?
4. Did you set your radio up for distant reception bias? This is a configurable preference in the radio's settings.
5. I agree with you on this one. I solved this by using a heavy keychain which causes the keyfob to move around less.
6. The 54 degree V-6 will never have the smoothness of a 60 degree V-6 by design. The new V-6 in the 2004's doesn't have this problem I'm told. Having said that, the 220 HP V-6 in your car is still a pretty good engine and I've been generally happy by it's willingness to give what power it has.
Are you sure that your dealer hadn't moved his inventory of CTS's in 2 months? The CTS is one of Cadillac's hottest selling models, and this would be very atypical of the other dealers around the country.
#4018 of 6595 golfnut5
Jul 19, 2003 (1:49 am)
My test drive in a '03 bore out your comments on the steering. It is heavy. And I think it is artificially heavy.
Much heavier than the steering in my IROC.
Enough so that it drew attention to itself. Which is not a good thing.
Can't see how a 75 year old traditional Cadillac buyer would put up with it.
The '04 I drove has steering that is lighter.
Too light in my opinion.
I would guess that the '04 w Sport package has the same steering as the '03.
Jul 19, 2003 (1:32 pm)
I don't think that your typical 75 year old Cadillac buyer is going to be looking at a CTS anyway. He'll likely head for a base model Deville, complete with column mounted shift lever and digital speedo:) Maybe even dress it up with a padded top and some whitewall tires.
golfnut5, one thing overlooked on the CTS was the location of the ignition switch. On my Intrigue(and many other GM cars) the ignition switch is on the dash, just where MB and Lexus put theirs. Very easy to see and reach and I have little problem with the keyfod rattling against the dash. As for the engine vibration at idle, I think that has been resolved via the new 3.6 liter V6. I've pretty much decided that I will be waiting for the 04 as I want the new engine.
Jul 19, 2003 (2:48 pm)
You made a great point about the ignition switch. I have an '01 Aurora and it also has the ignition switch on the dash, and I was surprised to see that Cadillac still puts it on the steering column. This doesn't sound like a big thing, but it is much more connvenient, easier access and I think classier looking.
Jul 19, 2003 (4:37 pm)
The manufacture date on my CTS is Oct. 2002. That probably explains why I have the leak problem around my license plate lamp. According to remarks on this board, manufacture dates in 2003 don't seem to have the problem. I bought my CTS in May 2003, it must have been sitting for awhile. As for my radio reception problem, I do have the radio set-up for distant reception. The reception is not terrible, I just feel it should be stronger when listening to distant stations.
I was out today for a drive on a country road with the bose cranked, what a blast!
Jul 19, 2003 (4:43 pm)
Good point about the engine in my 2003, it does give you everything it has when called upon.