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Cadillac CTS, Cadillac CTS-V, Sedan
Aug 29, 2005 (1:04 pm)
It's been 2 months since I sold my 2003 CTS and I hadn't driven one since until today. Nornally I rent from Hertz but due to a scheduling snafu, I took a car from National. The guy at the desk said, "do you want the Bonneville or the Cadillac...or..." "I'll take the Cadillac" I said, thinking I was going to get the usual fleet Deville.
But instead a 2006 CTS was waiting for me (mfg 07/05). I didn't know that National had them in their fleet and I may have to start using them more often. The car came with the 2.8L V6 (no surprise there on the smaller engine), regular CD radio (but working XM sat radio), leather and the new autostick shifter, much like my SRX.
Driving it was much like my previous car although that vehicle had the sport suspension and better tires. Still, the overhaul handling was pleasantly familiar for someone who's had to get used to the much more pedestrian SRX.
#6287 of 6595 Re: Tires-CTS [mrjones1]
Aug 29, 2005 (9:12 pm)
My Goodyear tires on an '05 make the same noise. They are not quiet at all. They sound like they are running on rough pavement.
Sep 05, 2005 (7:37 am)
My neighbor surprised me (as he is a Chrysler guy) and just bought a 2.8L 05 CTS with auto. He said Chrysler didn't offer anything like the CTS so he decided to give GM (Caddy) a try.
He said he got the 2.8L because of the better mileage but checking around, I don't see much (if any) difference. What are the official numbers 2.8 vs 3.6 auto??
#6289 of 6595 Re: 2.8L [vanman1]
Sep 05, 2005 (8:14 am)
Both engines are rated 18/27 with the automatic by the EPA.
Sep 06, 2005 (5:07 am)
That's what I thought.
You would think the 2.8L would get slightly better mileage though. I'll bet the salesman fed him a line.
#6291 of 6595 2007 CTS?
Sep 07, 2005 (8:56 am)
I've read that Cadillac will "soften" the exterior styling of the 07 CTS, and upgrade the interior materials. Anyone heard anything else? Same engines? Six speed auto? Other?
Sep 09, 2005 (10:19 am)
Its not easy for them right now. The media says by and large the softer SRX style works great but when cadillac tried that for its STS the general response was along the lines of "ho-hum" styling.
I think the CTS looks hot just the way it is, and the interrior improvements are more than welcome at this point. If they soften the CTS it may get lost in the crowd. The CTS and XLR in particular both look very bold. The STS, while I think its good looking, it does seem anonymous next the the M35/45.
The cew Cadillac website looks great. check it out...
Sep 12, 2005 (5:54 am)
They can make the CTS look better with out softening it. I think the STS is just as edgy and looks a bit better. I agree though, the art and science is key to Caddy's recent success.
#6295 of 6595 New Caddy web site and 2006 CTS-V
Sep 15, 2005 (6:40 am)
A few notes...
The new Cadillac web site is awesone. Great job to whomever did it. It's generally well organized and easy to find what you want. The broadband movies everywhere are a great enhancement.
I notice in the 2006 CTS-V pictures that there is an exterior photo showing a wheel that isn't offered as an option. It's a pretty cool looking wheel compared to the standard CTS-V one. Does anyone know anything about it?
The CTS is due for a complete makeover in 2008 and none of us knows what it looks like. It's been widely reported that the SRX and STS will get new interiors in the next year to keep them competitive (Motor Trend's editor-in-chief alluded to it months ago) but I wonder if they will even bother doing it next year with the CTS since that is supposed to be the last year of the current car. The SRX's replacement has been reported to be delayed to 2010(!), so a new interior is more important for that vehicle.