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#6116 of 6595 Secret CTS. . .inquiring mind.
Apr 26, 2005 (6:55 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 (9:26 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 (1:19 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 (4:30 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 (5:54 pm)
Anyone see/drive/own a 2.8 V6 yet? How does the non-leather interior look? Decent power? Just curious.
May 05, 2005 (6:25 am)
I like the 18's as well. IMHO they look better than the 7-spoke 18" design on the CTS-V.
Interesting that they went back to an exposed-lug design for all the new wheels. I recall many early complaints about the look of the exposed lugs, and for the 2004 and 2005 models, the 17" options had a full coverage center cap.
There's a hint at the look of the burl wood if you view the new surround for the DVD-Nav screen ... I expect the shifter knob and door handles will be the same. The Cashmere color is also on the '05 STS if you want to look at one "in the flesh". It's just a little more creamy beige than the "Light Neutral". I've never liked the lighter interior on CTS, mostly because it clashed with the dark grey dashboard. Hopefully that's what they mean by "color keyed instrument panel top pad".
#6122 of 6595 Re: CTS - Front Tire Wear [oboroguy]
May 05, 2005 (6:51 pm)
Ever since my dealer told me that I was out of alignment (and GM was not going to do a thing about my tires) I've been looking at the front tires of every CTS I come across.
I have an associate in NJ with a CTS 30,000 miles - been rotating his tires regularly - the outside edges are worn smooth. I pointed it out to him.
I love the car - but may have to get rid of it. I average 2000 miles a month, so I need 50,000 miles on a set of tires - that means replacing them every 2 years.
Right now, I figure that my CTS at 1 year old will not pass inspection with the tires. Bad news for me - another couple hundred down the drain for new rubber. Now the question is what tires should I put on to get some better wear.
Clearly something is wrong. The service manager at my Cadillac dealer would not even come out to talk to me. Too busy, hmmmmmm. I'm waiting for the GM survey to show up at my mailbox regarding the dealer and his level of service.
#6123 of 6595 Re: CTS - Front Tire Wear [thomasg]
May 05, 2005 (7:04 pm)
I would try a different dealership.Some are realy nice and some couldn't care less.
#6124 of 6595 Re: CTS battery... [imidazol97]
May 06, 2005 (8:31 am)
All Turtle Wax Car Washes are corporate owned. (www.turtlewax.com) there are 15 in chicago, and 4 in kansas city. I am a manager at a chicago location, and have worked in car washed for seven years. I also worked for delta sonic, and at all the locations i have worked at, this problem with the Caddy's has always happened. With talking to several service managers for GM, they have said they dont know what causes the problem, but they know there is one. and its not just when the car gets the undercarriage wash, it happens with any wash. the problem is more in the winter then the summer, but it does happen every once in a while during the summer. and this problem is with many different models of caddy, from different years. that is why it is so hard to narrow down the problem.
#6125 of 6595 Re: CTS battery... [impalaman1978]
May 06, 2005 (12:06 pm)
What battery problem are you talking about.
Are you saying that every Cadillac that goes through your car wash has a problem with the battery?
Please be more specific and clear this up.