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Cadillac CTS, Cadillac CTS-V, Sedan
#4212 of 6595 Wheels, Brakes, Clock, License Bezel, Lumbar...
Aug 05, 2003 (9:44 pm)
wwhite2: There are lots of different wheels available for the CTS. I'm looking to get something that's 18" diameter and somewhat "modest" in appearance...I might go with chrome (if it doesn't look too pimped-out) or I might get painted silver. I'm also leaning towards a 7 spoke design to keep with the stock Cadillac wheel theme. You can see many wheels at superbuytire.com, tirerack.com, discounttire.com and more pics of CTS's with custom wheels at cardomain.com (Warning: if you visit cardomain you will be subjected to the mindless ramblings of teenage idiots...it's still an entertaining site however).
Brakes: I have the stock base model brakes and they're excellent. I can't imagine a need for better performance than the stock pads. Also, the brake dust is minimal...nothing compared to the brake dust from my wife's new car.
Clock: I'm going to the dealer this week and will check to see if they will replace my instrument cluster...I've already mentioned it once but gotten no response from the service dept.
rob35cts/Bezel: I agree with the service dept AND I agree with you. YES, that's the way it's designed and NO you shouldn't have to fish around with a credit card to get the bugs out. Like the cheesey clock fix (Replace the clock with a temp gauge = no more clock problem) I predict Cadillac's "fix" will be to paint the bezel to match the body color thereby making it impossible to see the buildup of bugs behind it. FWIW, I have a bunch of pine trees near my house that drop needles which eventually end up behind my license bezel...the "fix" is to spray it out with high pressure water from the hose when washing the car. I've had good success with the spray method and (knock on wood) I haven't had any problems with my bezel leaking.
Lumbar Support: IMO the lumbar support on the 2003's is terrible. My lower back hurts after extended drives. I'm going to testdrive a 2004 this week...hopefully the seats are a big improvement over the previous year's. If I don't end up with a 2004 I'm going to have to get my wife to sew me a small lumbar pillow that will match the interior of my car for use on long roadtrips.
Aug 06, 2003 (4:34 am)
FINALLY!!!! The Cadillac website has been updated with an inventory search for the 2004 models. There's a 'trick' though...if you click on the CTS link you'll only be able to search 2003's.
If you click on the SRX first and select "search inventory" then pick "new vehicle search" at the top of the popup window you can select the 2004 CTS from the dropdown menu. Now if only I had that coupon...
#4214 of 6595 Odometer and Lumbar Support
Aug 06, 2003 (5:13 am)
I missed lumbar support when I first got my CTS because I had it on two or three prior cars, but after close to a year and 18k miles, I have to say that the drivers seat is quite comfortable for my frame. Most of my "long" drives don't exceed 2-3 hours, but I've taken a few all day drives with no complaint. But if I had my choice I'd opt for the lumbar support, if only for the ability to change from time to time.
Question: When the dash unit is changed (to get a synchronized clock), what happens to the odometer. In the pre-digital days, I got a zero odometer and a sticker on the door jamb. Is the odometer now reset to the "real" mileage?
Aug 06, 2003 (5:47 am)
They are supposed to set the new digital odometer you get to whatever your old odometer was. But in my case, somebody goofed and "gave" me back 1500 miles. I guess I'll have to disclose this whenever I sell the vehicle since the mileage figures on the service records won't add up if you look at them closely.
Aug 06, 2003 (7:05 am)
I reall, really like the stock brakes on my base model, too...BUT, that said, in September I'm going to be bringing the car out for Solo Trials to a road course. I've been thinking about flushing the brake system and loading up on some Motul fluid, and replacing the pads.
For normal driving, I agree that the normal pads are great. For road racing, however, you can never have enough braking power or consistency.
Aug 06, 2003 (7:07 am)
Another way is to go to gm.com and choose vehicle shopping and then, under that, choose buypower - this will then get you to where you can do a vehicle search for any 2003/2004 car (I think). At least this will get to CTS. They have changed this somewhat from what it was like before.
Aug 06, 2003 (8:33 am)
Motul 600 is good stuff for track use, but in my experience if you leave it in the car it goes 'off' after six months or so, resulting in a spongy pedal.
Does the CTS share calipers with any other car? Might want to start checking with Hawk Brake, Porterfield, etc. on pad availability. The Hawk Blue is a pretty aggressive pad, the Porterfield R4 maybe one tick less so. Depends on how much you think you need.
Aug 06, 2003 (8:38 am)
I would be absolutely willing to go with some Porterfield R4s, or Hawk, or AXXIS pads. I have no idea if the calipers are shared with other GM products, though.
#4220 of 6595 pmdriver - help!
Aug 06, 2003 (11:55 am)
Necros needs an FMSI # for the pads for the CTS front calipers!
Aug 06, 2003 (3:36 pm)
Mcgreenx cant they set the mileage . that sticker wiil raise red flags with some people . and if the run a car fax in the future it will show an event .
Maybe Cadillac went to the body color bezel not for style purposes and some think but to hide the leaks as AutoMole stated
Automole have you seen the "opal" finished wheels that Konig has. Great color I like the look
Rob35CTS Why would the dealer car about the cost of the cluster it is paid by Cadillac and the dealer gets paid the labor to install it .