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Cadillac CTS, Cadillac CTS-V, Sedan
Aug 03, 2003 (9:34 pm)
wwhite2: I hope I get a decent trade value too. Regardless, I have everything to gain but nothing to loose. The way I figure, they need to sell me a car more than I need to buy one. Worst case scenario I'll be "stuck" with my 2003 CTS, end up refinancing 3.29%, and adding new 18" wheels and tires...oh darn! Best case, they'll give me a decent trade value towards a 2004...middle case scenario I'll put my CTS up for sale and try to sell it myself then get the 2004 before Sept 2.
regfootball: Buying a Cadillac w/ a coupon is not "downmarket" or "cheesey" IMO. Selling a Cadillac without a compass, decent exhaust tips, garage door opener, rear seat passthrough, and power passenger seat as STANDARD equipment IS downmarket and cheesey in my opinion. There was a post a few months back asking the question "how can anyone that's bought a luxury car not spend a few extra $$ for premium gas?". My reply would be how can I afford a luxury car if I waste my money needlessly on gas that offers no performance increase or if I don't try to negotiate a "deal" at the dealership...if a coupon enables me to get a better deal all the better!!
zster1: No oil consumption issues w/ my 2003. I change the oil and that's it. I haven't needed to add ANY between changes.
redgtconv: I hate to say it (OK really I don't) but "I TOLD YOU SO!"
The CTS is a great car!
Aug 04, 2003 (6:27 am)
I drive a car the same way you do. I don't abuse them in any way, but I do like to drive a car the way it is intended to be driven. When I see all these duffers in a Deville or Seville blocking the left lane, I just want to jump in their car and plant my foot on the accelerator and show them what that Northstar will do! As for the CTS, when I did the 24 hour test drive, I had the same thing happen with the speed. I was on the freeway and from the sound of things I thought I was probably doing 65 or 70. Looked at the speedo and it had crept past 90. I haven't sampled the 04 with the 3.6 liter engine yet, but I hope to before long. All this talk about being able to get a base model for under $30K is really tempting. Especially as my Intrigue is in for service AGAIN. Also, I noticed Cadillac is offering a $750 "loyalty" discount for current owners of a GM car. And as far as I know, we are still eligible for GMS pricing through my company.
Sonjaab, these "coupons" your talking about, what type of price is that for? Is it close to GMS pricing or lower? And how long are the good for?
#4190 of 6595 CTS-V on cover of Autoweek
Aug 04, 2003 (8:02 am)
Just went to the autoweek site and saw a silver CTS-V on the cover.
Haven't goten my copy yet to read the story but hopefully it will arrive today.
Aug 04, 2003 (8:53 am)
I haven't gotten mine either, but I did get the latest issue of MT. Lots of powerful machinery in that one! I really like the look of the CTS-V and I'd love to see it's instrumentation find it's way into regular CTSs. Or least CTSs with the sport package. Another car that I like is the Chrysler 300C. There is just something about a big, stately looking sedan with a big V8 under it's hood. Having an E-class derived suspension isn't a bad thing either.
Anyone want to venture a guess as to what a CTS-V will cost? MT estimates a base price of 51K, but I'm thinking more around mid to upper 40s. The car does have some serious hardware upgrades, but not $20K worth.
#4192 of 6595 CTS-V and CTS brakes
Aug 04, 2003 (11:30 am)
Car and Driver is guessin $48K. The "first drive" is in this month's issue. Nice article. They think it's way cool
I have a question for those of you with a LuxSport CTS who know their car inside and out. I notice on the Cadillac website that the LuxSport package comes with "performance brake linings" and I have confirmed with my local dealer that the part numbers for the base model brake pads are different that those for the Lux Sport model.
My question is this: Are the pads the same size on the LuxSport and base model? If you don't know that, are the rotors and calipers the same size? I'll be looking to replace my pads at some point in the near future, and would love to swap some Sport pads into my base model...
#4193 of 6595 necros
Aug 04, 2003 (11:42 am)
Don't know the answer to your question but performance linings come with the sport pack in '04.
Aug 04, 2003 (12:12 pm)
I'm not sure the answer to your question either...
But I'm not sure I would look to get the CTS performance brake pads of you are going to look to upgrade. I'd investigate ceramic pads. The performance brake pads for the CTS are notorious for brake dust, as make similar pads are in other performance vehicles. (I'm CONSTANTLY cleaning my front polished wheels of dust). A friend of mine who owns a Corvette Z-06 went to ceramic pads and says he'll never go back. He also says the price is not as bad these days as you might think. Best of all, ceramics have the best heat dissapation characteristics of any brake pad.
#4195 of 6595 brakes
Aug 04, 2003 (3:08 pm)
Americans don't like squealing brakes so rotors are softer now.
They also wear out a lot faster than they used to.
#4196 of 6595 Sept. Car and Driver just arrived
Aug 04, 2003 (3:12 pm)
Lots of cadillac info.
Good preview of the CTS-V. can't wait for the real road test.
Some interesting technical stuff: 70mm driveshaft.
extra cooling fins on the rearend.
Carbon fiber engine cover. Carbon fiber strut brace.
loks like GM has given up on the tape and spoiler specials that they were famous for.
This is a real car.
For those of you who haven't seen the new silver smoke color there is a pic of it on page 116 with the new polished 17" wheels.
#4197 of 6595 CLOCKS OUT OF SYNC
Aug 04, 2003 (3:18 pm)
Took my CTS to Caddy dealer for oil change and tire rotation today (6700/miles). I mentioned to the service manager about my clocks being out of sync. The service manager said he was aware of the problem and offered to order a new instrument panel for me. I said lets do it, if I get rattles after installation of new panel I may regret this. Will keep you posted.