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#1816 of 2880 B20 (Wood steering wheel) on rental fleet cars!?
Dec 04, 2007 (9:34 am)
As a person who was impacted by the B20 constraint problem I thought I would pass on this recent observation.
My brother was visiting Phoenix this past weekend and noticed new 2008 CTS cars in the rental fleet there. Knowing that my CTS order was delayed because of the Wood Steering wheel, he observed that all of the rental CTS cars had the Wood Steering wheel! I found this a bit frustrating and disconcerting.
Why would Cadillac put a constrained item on generic rental units at the expense of sold customer's cars? It doesn't make sense to me but I admit I am a novice at understanding the machinations of the car business. It really strikes me as disingenuous to talk about constraints to money in hand customers and then on the other hand do something like this?
This is a case where I truly wish for greater transparency on the part of Cadillac.
#1817 of 2880 Sapele Wood Trim
Dec 04, 2007 (12:53 pm)
So, have had a 2008 CTS since August and just now realized that the unit was produced without the Sapale Wood Trim on the Steering Wheel and Shift Knob (and the sticker makes this comment explicitely), although I essentially paid for this in the Premium Luxury Collection. Even though I accepted the vehicle, am wondering if I have any recourse......any thoughts? (please be gentle)
#1818 of 2880 Re: Ticking noise from Dash [rspruitt]
Dec 04, 2007 (3:51 pm)
I'm hoping I'm not in for the same problem I had with my Audi A6.which I traded for a new CTS. My Audi would make a clicking noise when I reeved the engine. Audi said it was heater vent doors opening and closing to distribute warm air to the cabin.Therefore you would only notice it when the engine warmed enough for the climate control to call for heat. Audi could not explain what the engine speed had to do with it but the noise only happened at 2500 rpms or higher. I hope I didn't trade one lemon for a new one. Please keep us posted if you find out cause of ticking.
#1819 of 2880 Re: Ticking noise from Dash [lenbroverman]
Dec 04, 2007 (6:34 pm)
Audi could not explain what the engine speed had to do with it but the noise only happened at 2500 rpms or higher
Sounds like they used vacunm motors to open/close those vent doors and the higher the engine revs the lower the vac. which means the doors snap either shut or open which ever way they are designed.
#1820 of 2880 Re: B20 (Wood steering wheel) on rental fleet cars!? [ctbarker3232]
Dec 04, 2007 (8:38 pm)
Cars (like mine) produced without the wood wheel and shift knob received a $150 option credit on the sticker. This was refelected in a reduced option package price.
Now if you want to add either, it's gonna cost a lot more. The shift knob alone is reported to cost better than $350 and the wheel about $600. Personally, I like the wood shift knob. I don't care for the wood wheel.
#1821 of 2880 Re: Hate to burst the bubble but... [bonddog]
Dec 06, 2007 (9:38 am)
I just bought one.....and I agree with the performance blog. I also own a 275 HP 2007 CTS and that car is definitly faster off the line than this 2008 awd DI car.
The 2008 is quieter than the 2007, more solid, and I think heavyer. I dont feel a performance issue once I'm off the line and moving...she responds to throttle and I'm OK with it. BUT I agree......she is not faster off the line or even as fast as my 2007.
#1822 of 2880 Re: Hate to burst the bubble but... [jgaffney1]
Dec 06, 2007 (1:57 pm)
What is the engine/transmission combination in your 2007 cts?
#1824 of 2880 Re: Hate to burst the bubble but... [jgaffney1]
Dec 06, 2007 (4:38 pm)
You are hardly comparing apples to apples. Your 2008 is about 600 pounds heavier than your 2007.
#1825 of 2880 Re: Hate to burst the bubble but... [jgaffney1]
Dec 07, 2007 (8:02 am)
Perhaps you are correct......255 HP not 275???
I'll throw this out there too and I'll stop knocking my new baby. On the AWD cars, the brake pedal is too close to the gas pedal which causes some drivers to clip the edge of the brake pad while your applying gas. Doesnt happen on 2007's, or 2008 NON AWD cars but somthing with the AWD models and the tunnel that enchroach's into the cabin has caused the brake pedal to be too close to the gas pedal. Scary feeling when your applying gas to be hitting the brake at the same time.
Size 10 regular foot in case your wondering.
I've also tried for 900 miles to re-train my foot to no avail. Anyone else with AWD's feel this issue?