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Cadillac CTS, Cadillac CTS-V, Sedan
#6583 of 6595 Sat inside the CTS-V Coupe
Aug 15, 2010 (6:58 am)
The main forum has been quiet for a while so I thought I'd use it to comment on the CTS-V Coupe I saw at my dealer yesterday. Cadillac drop shipped a single copy onto it's best dealers nearly two weeks ago. My dealer is having a catered event for it on Thursday but it's been in a showroom for people to see for a few days.
First, I've never seen a CTS Couple in the flesh, much less the V version. So let's start with the styling. The lowered prow of the coupe almost makes the regular CTS nose look a little frumpy (and most everyone likes that nose). The windshield rake is almost Corvette-ish. The missing doorhandles are something I'd love to see on other cars. One thing I hadn't thought about with the new doorhandles is that the interior has to have a switch button instead of door handles as well. There is a lever on the floor that can open the door if the switch fails for any reason.
Some have described the rear end of the car as too large a butt...sort of like a Sir-Mix-A-Lot car. Now that I've seen in it person, I disagree. Part of that opinion I think is the wider track of the car, but overall I think the rear end works. The rear deck could have easily been built as a hatchback but that doesn't seem to be a type of car you'd build in this class. The trunk is deeper than I imagined but its still a tight fit to get anything in there. One thing I hadn't noticed before is that the rear seats can fold down for longer cargo, and the passthrough hole is of decent size. You won't get the utility of the wagon, but it's better than nothing.
The interior of the car is much like previous CTS-Vs already shipping. It would have been nice to see the SRX's instrument cluster but supposedly that was axed for budget concerns. On this car, it was equipped with the midnight Sapele wood, which I wholeheartedly recommend if you ever order this car. One of the complaints of the CTS-V interior was that the piano black details were too shiny and the faux carbon fiber trim looked too cheap. The wood trim replaces the faux carbon fiber accents and it goes a long way to dressing up the interior. At only $600, it's a good investment. The wood trim has been a CTS-V option for a little while, but this is the first time I've seen it.
But the deal killer for me on this car is something specific to me which I doubt many other buyers would run into. The roof is chopped two inches to get the daring profile, but the downside is that you lose two inches of headroom. The designers got back half an inch by lowering the seat (Recaros) but with someone of my height (6'11"), it's not enough. My head poked into the sunroof cutout and without the sunroof, I'd be banging the headliner (and I certainly can't close the sunshade). This is ironic since the car shares the amazing legroom of all of the other CTS's. But at my height, I can't expect to fit in most things. This is the closest thing to a 2-door sports car I could buy, but alas, the headroom is made for shorter people.
The sunroof is a bit disappointing since it only tilts open and doesn't actually open backwards. The reason for this comes back to the shortened chopped roof. The roof panel could slide out to the exterior of the car like in some other vehicles, but that is blocked by the Onstar shark antenna. Hopefully GM will revisit this and find a new home for the antenna that can give them a more practical sunroof design. The XLR and Corvette managed to hide the Onstar antenna (I believe in the rear view mirror).
Otherwise this is a sharp vehicle that will be mistaken for no other on the road. I'm glad GM had the guts (and budget) to get it built.
#6584 of 6595 Re: 2003 cts won't start [beachlover40]
Sep 26, 2011 (2:08 am)
I HAD THE SAME PROMBLEM ITS CALLED THE IGINTION SWITCH CRANK I GOT IT REPLACE BY MY LOCAL CADILLAC DEALER HAVENT HAD A PROMBLEM SINCE.
#6585 of 6595 Re: 2003 cts won't start [cadillacman06]
Sep 26, 2011 (5:59 am)
The message you're yelling about is over three years old, and this board is deader than Elvis, but glad to hear your car is running well, or at least that your ignition switch issue has been solved.
Apr 08, 2012 (5:34 am)
Hello friends, I have a 92 Lexus, and been looking to buy a cadillac cts. I came across a 2004 CTS with 114k miles on it for $9k, I would like to know if there are any owners who could tell me if this is a good deal? and a car with that many miles, how much life does the car have? thank you in advance..
#6587 of 6595 Re: Need Help [navaro927]
Apr 08, 2012 (6:18 am)
If you haven't already, look at the top of this page for "What is this discussion about" and click on the "Cadillac CTS" link. There are several topics related to the CTS that you might find useful, but the one not to miss is "CTS Engine Problems."
Lots of people really love their CTSs, but a significant number are having "issues related to sudden excessive oil consumption and resulting engine failure.
#6588 of 6595 Re: Need Help [navaro927]
Apr 10, 2012 (11:53 am)
I have had an '05 and an '09 CTS. I have enjoyed both of them. I drove the '05 50,000 and I have driven the '09 30,000. Don't buy it. It is not a car that you want to drive with that many miles. Your Lexus is one thing, but the Cadillac is a different one. You are headed for engine problems and who knows what else.
Jul 02, 2012 (6:16 am)
I just purchased a 2012 Cadillac CTS without Navigation. I'm fairly good with new technology, but can't seem to find anyway to download my HTC Droid Smartphone's phonebook to the cars bluetooth. I manually entered 30 telephone numbers, but that doesen't satisfy me. My Volvo (which is behind in technology compared to the Caddy) instantly downloaded the phonebook. Any suggestions?
#6590 of 6595 Re: Bluetooth Issue [yankman04]
Jul 05, 2012 (8:48 pm)
on the CTS, how did you manually enter, via a keypad or via voice-command ?
and how is it done on the Volvo. Just via keypad somehow, without any audio capability of speaking the numbers, right?
A reason I ask is:
(it's no caddy, but on my 2011 chevy cruze no-nav, I enter them via voice-command - there's no way for the car to know how my voice speaks the numbers without me programming the name for each one audibly.)
#6591 of 6595 Re: Bluetooth Issue [elias]
Jul 06, 2012 (9:00 am)
I used voice command on CTS - there is no keypad. On the Volvo the phone book is instantly downloaded and I can use the keypad from the radio to retrieve any number.
#6592 of 6595 Re: Bluetooth Issue [yankman04]
Jul 07, 2012 (5:12 am)
thanks.. sounds identical to the base/no-nav setup on my 2011 cruze. i too would like the feature you mentioned that your volvo has. i've actually kept the onstar subscription since it provides the turn-by-turn nav without the nav option. evidently all new GM cars have the turn-by-turn nav software, whether or not you order the nav option.