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#2105 of 2880 Re: Driving a '08 CTS from Avis [sevenfeet0]
Feb 12, 2008 (5:20 pm)
Thanks for the heads-up. I'm a current BMW owner, with the CTS on my short list.
I've been looking at the car for months, and one thing I took note of, was a sales manager at my local Caddy dealership, during his pitch to me early last fall, strongly assured me that Cadillac would NOT be placing the new CTS in rental fleets of any kind. He said Cadillac wanted to take the extra step to protect this car/brand from any extra depreciation. Either he was completely blowing smoke, knowing what vehicle I was in, or Cadillac decided to put the base car in, and not the DI engine and other upgrades.
As far as problems with first year production of the CTS, it happens. I feel for anyone that experiences problems with their car, because that's the only one that matters. From what I've gathered over this model year, it's in the minority. From memory, there seemed to be many more problems the first year of the redesigned 5 series(2004). The first year of the current 7 series(2002) is probably one of the worst BMW's ever built. Any Bimmer service advisor would agree.
I'm still a couple of months away from purchasing. We'll see where pricing is, and if there would be anything significant with the '09's that would make me wait through the summer. I've really appreciated all the input in this forum.
#2106 of 2880 Seriously considering...but
Feb 12, 2008 (6:35 pm)
I've encountered a showstopper. I'm looking at the CTS with AWD, and realized that there appears to be absolutely no way to put 4 pairs of skis in, or on this car. My old Audi A4 could do it..heck, most cars these days can at least mount an external rack. Not apparently the CTS.......
So...my question is, has anyone found a rack or carrier for this car that takes 4 pairs of skis?
#2107 of 2880 Re: Driving a '08 CTS from Avis [rayainsw]
Feb 12, 2008 (8:28 pm)
What Avis is charging me is probably not what you will get. I work for a major software goliath that has excellent rates with Hertz and Avis so your mileage will definitely vary. I'm not sure Avis has a "premium collection" like Hertz but it doesn't seem to be that hard to get a CTS is your location has them. The Boston airport location had literally just gotten them off the truck the day before and there were 5 on the lot...I may have been the first one to rent one period from this place.
You can specify a specific model with your Avis reservation so they can hold the car for you when you arrive. I'd try that since if you just ask for a Cadillac, you will probably get a DTS first rather than a CTS. It's still possible you might get a '07 model since its not uncommon for rental companies to have a car in the fleet for 24 months, but I didn't see any '07 CTS's on the lot in Boston.
#2108 of 2880 Re: Driving a '08 CTS from Avis [ctshadaflood]
Feb 12, 2008 (8:31 pm)
I don't mind the leatherette seats in the rental so much since they opted up for the heated seats. Frankly, the current Caddy leatherette seats in the CTS are worlds better than some real leather seats I've had in Cadillacs of old. I had to have some leather in a driver's seat replaced in my '91 Deville several years ago when I had that car, the and replacement leather was far better than the crappy factory.
#2109 of 2880 More comments from the Avis CTS rental
Feb 12, 2008 (8:49 pm)
The light piping on the inside of the car at night is cool without being annoying. So are the rest of the interior lights. It would be nice if the gearshift had a lighted display (you do see your gear selection in the gauges in front of you below the tachometer).
The car did pretty well on fresh snow tonight in Boston, but I only drove 2 miles on it.
I personally like the dark ebony interior vs. the tan interior...just a little too light for my tastes...but my rental car is Pearl White so the color is appropriate.
My coworker who owns a BMW X5 really liked the car and complimented it while we drove to dinner. He also remembered the car positively from the current Cadillac TV ad campaign, so I guess the ads are working.
Rainsense wipers didn't seem to work in the snow even though the system was on. Strange...
I'd swear the trunk opening is smaller than my old CTS...maybe its just an illusion.
With the front drivers seat properly adjusted for my legs, there is just enough leg room for my 20 mo. old daughter but not for my oversized 4 year old son. Still, I can live with that. In many ways, I would personally like the upcoming coupe since nobody full sized is going to sit behind me anyway.
#2110 of 2880 08 CTS Engine Update
Feb 13, 2008 (1:54 pm)
Well, they have the engine in my car, it isn't hooked up to anything yet, driveshaft, front suspension, etc, but the mechanic says he will have it completely installed tonight, running romorrow morning, Line the front end, recharge the airconditioner, test drive and back to us tomorrow afternoon. I am no car mechanic, but I do work maintenance in a gasoline refinery and it looks to me like he is being very optomistic. I would think more like maybe Friday afternoon at the earliest, but we'll see.
#2111 of 2880 Aother 08 CTS Update
Feb 13, 2008 (1:57 pm)
In one of my earlier posts, I mentioned an 08 CTS in the same shop as mine with electronic problems. It was still there this afternoon, with the console and one of the seats out of it. I didn't question my mechanic too much about it, but he did confirm that it only had 196 miles on it, and that this problem happened after the owners had it only a week. He said that the buyers refused to keep the car and that GM now owned it again. If only my engine problems had happened earlier maybe I could have done the same thing.
#2112 of 2880 Re: 08 CTS Engine Update [rcantwell]
Feb 13, 2008 (3:23 pm)
Didn't you say in an earlier post that the service manager was supposed to drive it for a day or so to see if all is well. If you have a loaner car it may be a good idea to have him drive it for a day or so. If not at least take it on an extended test drive before returning their car in case you find something wrong. Take it on the highway up to 70, take your hands off the wheel to make sure it tracks straight after they aligned the front end. Try the air conditioner if you live where it is possible, go through the gears, check everything, heat, wipers, radio, headlights, and just plain everything to make sure all was hooked back up as it should have been and good luck. Remember, if they have been in business for a long time they have replaced many engines and what looks impossible to us should be a piece of cake for them.
#2113 of 2880 Re: 08 CTS Engine Update [dmathews3]
Feb 13, 2008 (3:46 pm)
Yeah, the service manager did say he was going to drive it for a day. I wasn't talking to him today, just went in the back and was talking to the mechanic that is actually working on it. It was good to actually see the engine and the car as one again, but the suspension wasn't hooked up among other things. I will definetly test out everything I can think of, including the on-star and will have on-star run a diagnostic check on it as soon as I get it back. They diagnosed the miss in the first place. The mechanic said nothing should have changed on the front alignment, he showed me where they didn't mess with any of the alignment adjustments, but they are going to check it to be sure. The AC may have to wait for a while to get a good test, I live in southern Oklahoma, 60's today, but dropping into 30's for highs on Friday and Saturday. One good thing for me anyway was the other 08 CTS sitting right next to mine with the electronic problems. The mechanic said he had referred to it several times to make sure he was getting the pulleys, wiring routed right etc on mine. That is a plus anyway. Thaks for the good wishes, if everything is not as it should be I certainly know their number and the way to the dealership by now. Hopefully I won't be visiting it anytime soon.
#2114 of 2880 rainsence wipers
Feb 14, 2008 (1:19 am)
Can some explain how to turn the rainsence wipers option off? I drove my new CTS through a car wash and almost broke the wiper blades. I'm sure it's a simple procedure but the manuel doesn't seem to explain clearly how to turn this on and off. Any suggestions would be appreciated.