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Cadillac CTS, Cadillac CTS-V, Sedan
Apr 25, 2005 (9:11 am)
Some long-awaited changes (18" rims, autoshifter and MP3) .. depending on release date, I might just wait it out before upgrading my '03.
2006 Cadillac CTS - What's New
3 New Exterior Colours Radiant Bronze (53U), Blackberry (71U), Infrared (80U)
1 New Cashmere interior color replacing Neutral (Cashmere requires Y40 on 6DM69 and includes Cashmere Instrument Panel Top Pod)
New modular option packaging philosophy applied to reduce complexity
Driver Shift Control (tap-up/tap-down) feature on Automatic Transmission
New 17 wheel polished (painted 17 wheel not available)
Performance package including 18 wheels, high performance tires, uplevel brakes and performance suspension system
Appearance Package includes rear spoiler, 18 wheels (different than performance package), lower side and rear fascia and body colored front grille (requires Performance package)
Thermostatically controlled engine block heater cord
Wood package is now Walnut Burl wood and includes steering wheel, door handles, shifter knob and plate as well as centre stack
2.8L and 3.6L V6 VVT engines will operate on GF-4 mineral oil as opposed to Mobil 1 Synthetic
MP3 capability on base radios (interim 06)
6.0L V8 LS2 engine on CTS-V
Front grille now light silver
#6112 of 6595 Re: Defective Tires?! [fjohnson]
Apr 25, 2005 (12:13 pm)
I own a 03 CTS lux sport, my tires were recalled because of sidewall cracks. My tires were fine, no damage but I had them replaced anyway.
#6113 of 6595 Re: Defective Tires?! [stevem4]
Apr 25, 2005 (9:22 pm)
I had two crack and at different times before the recall came out. Replacing them was a good idea if they were under the recall. You never could tell when one of those tires might begin to smile, and it was on the inner sidewall so you couldn't see it until you had the tires rotated.
#6114 of 6595 2006 CTS-V
Apr 25, 2005 (11:44 pm)
Will the 2006 CTS-V come only with a manual transmission?
I hope so.
#6115 of 6595 Front Tire Wear
Apr 26, 2005 (4:58 am)
I've got a 2001 Catera; I'd read here that wear was a reported problem. At 22,000 miles I asked Cadillac to replace the two front tires. They did,and they have been quite generous with me these past four years. i've really enjoyed mt Catera, but it has been somewhat of a shop queen...so much that they extended my warranty another 24,000($50 deductible).
I've looked at the CTS,and I do like it,but I like the Catera better. The interior of the CTS isn't quite as big,and I regret this downsizing.
I am considering getting a manual shift one though...
#6116 of 6595 Secret CTS. . .inquiring mind.
Apr 26, 2005 (7:55 am)
Recently, I have had the pleasure of renting two new CTS's for long three day weekends (to drive between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh). These 2005 CTS's must've had only whatever comes with the 255HP V6/automatic (although both of these rentals did have leather seats).
Because I do want to own an AWD automobile, I had considered an STS based on the early press releases (before the configurators were on line). I also assume that "soon" the CTS will offer AWD making Cadillac have the CTS, SRX and STS offered with "available" AWD.
Whoever decided that the only way to get these fine cars with AWD was to fully option them, has done Cadillac and its customers a great disservice -- based on the posts here, I would say that I am not alone in this opinion.
But, like I said, I was impressed with the CTS and I thought it should be a contender in a town-hall for Luxury Performance Cars, insofar as the CTS 255HP version (like I have been renting) is competitive with the BMW 5 series that has been available up until now (RWD, 225HP, etc.)
So, I thought I would configure one of these cars to better inform my opinions as I write about the car -- well, cut off my legs and call me shorty! I knew the CTS-v was offered with a manual transmission but yesterday I configured a new non-v version of the CTS with the 255HP engine and a manual transmission for about $44,000+! Now, based on my experience, a somewhat similarly equipped BMW 530 would be anywhere from $6,000 to $10,000 more. And, while you may argue the CTS isn't a BMW -- duh!?! -- I can only imagine that such a Cadillac would be an absolute blast to drive and "if only" could be had with 18" wheels and tires, would be a superb (especially at its price point) near-Luxury-Performance-Sedan.
I guess then, this is what I meant by the title, the "Secret CTS."
How many folks have this version? What have your experiences been?
And, what in the wide wide world of sports does Cadillac mean by bundling everything together for the customer who wants an STS with AWD?
And finally, does anyone within the sound of my rant, know if the CTS will be offered with AWD (and without forcing the customer to buy $10,000 of options to get to the right to buy a less than $2,000 option -- AWD? -- and will AWD on the CTS be mated to a 6speed manual?)
Inquiring mind. . .
#6117 of 6595 Re: Secret CTS. . .inquiring mind. [markcincinnati]
Apr 26, 2005 (10:26 am)
I agree with your frustration on Cadillac's general practice of option bundling, and would welcome an AWD option, among other things, on the CTS, especially if it was a stand-alone or part of a general performance bundle. However, it looks like we'll have to hope it's included on the 2007 model year (full redesign according to R&T), as it's not on the list for 2006. See my post above re 2006 updates.
IMHO, a CTS with AWD would invite a ton of attention from those shopping the Infiniti G35x.
#6118 of 6595 2006 CTS Specs Online / Where is everyone?
May 03, 2005 (2:19 pm)
Find the 2006 details by clicking here and choosing "Print Book".
This confirms that the 5-speed automatic has Driver Shift Control, and there's an 18" sport performance package available on the 3.6L. Three new colors are available "Radiant Bronze", "Blackberry" and "Infrared (premium)".
Hopefully this will wake up this board ... it's been quiet lately!
#6119 of 6595 Re: 2006 CTS Specs Online / Where is everyone? [riskybusiness]
May 04, 2005 (5:30 pm)
Thanks for the link. I had a link for the 2005 site, but I couldn't find the 2006 details. I tried changing the 2005 to 2006 in the address, but that didn't work. Anyway, some good info in there. I like the new 17 inch wheels, but not too different than prior years. The 18's are pretty cool too. Although, I wish for once, Caddy would have a 5 spoke design for the CTS. Are BMW and Audi the only cars that are allowed to use that design!#!
I'll be interested to see the new wood and the cashmere interior to see if that is a step up.
XM coming standard is nice too since it's one of the options I want, but not that many cars are equipped with in in 2005.
I'm kind of surprised the 3.6L wasn't tweaked to 270-280 HP though. If the 2.8L can make 210 HP, I would think 270 HP for the 3.6L would be easy.
May 04, 2005 (6:54 pm)
Anyone see/drive/own a 2.8 V6 yet? How does the non-leather interior look? Decent power? Just curious.