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#2419 of 2880 Having Cold Feet About Buying American
Jul 08, 2008 (1:12 pm)
My name is Rob and I am new to this site. I post today because of my concern about the 2008 CTS. I absolutely love the design of the car, inside and out – there is no question that the 2008 Cadillac CTS is an award deserving car. BUT, as a driver of Japanese cars my whole driving career, I am having cold feet when it comes to purchasing an American car. Due to the many miles that I drive per year, I will have to purchase the car. Its story like this one (follow the link), that concerns me:
This is a 2007 CTS, you would think after four years of production they would get the kinks out of the car. I ask anyone who currently owns a 08 CTS, if they have had any initial problems that may inhibit the vehicle down the road. Also, has anyone actually used the Bluetooth on the car yet?
#2420 of 2880 Re: Having Cold Feet About Buying American [concrndconsumr]
Jul 08, 2008 (1:41 pm)
You can find these kinds of stories about any car. I remember one of the Car mags testing a top of the line Lexus and a lot of the time they parked it only to come back and all the windows and sun roof wide open. Got wet a number of times. Had it in the dealers like 3 times and they still couldn't fix it. At press time it still was a problem. Go over to the Toyota Camry site and listen to them cry about the 07-08 Camrys with the same hesitation problem that the government wants to do a recall for on the Tundra as it has killed some people. Or the big Toyota truck that came out a few years back and the engines were blowing up right and left. This could be a never ending back and forth posts on any cars. As a retired GM employee the cars of old could be a problem but even then, once you got the bugs out of them during warranty they ran forever and didn't rust out like foregn cars of old. It can be a gamble buying anything new but sitting back and day dreaming isn't fun either.
#2421 of 2880 Re: Having Cold Feet About Buying American [concrndconsumr]
Jul 08, 2008 (3:06 pm)
I'm on my second CTS, an '08. The first an '03 had its little glitches. None worth worrying about and all quickly fixed by the dealer. This one only has 1600 miles on it, but the only problem I had was a sticky temperature switch in the AC console.
Every manufacturer has its own problems. Toyota had an engine sludge problem and Mercedes had quality complaints. BMW service prices are outrageous.
I have been buying GM for fifty years (except for one Mustang II) and have never had a major problem. Maybe it is luck, maybe the way I drive and maintain my vehicles, but I think in the vast majority of cases it is simply good manufacturing.
It is really not in the interest of any producer to put trash on the market, and I think American engineering is still about the best. But one has to recognize that the engineering goes into cars for the mass market and not specialty niches.
Assembly is a different problem. Individuals do a job over and over and sometimes they make a mistake or become careless. I've had a rear universal joint with a missing bolt, and a disconnected door lock, but they were quickly fixed.
Over all I am a satisfied purchaser of GM products,and I've had samples from almost all of the car divisions.
#2423 of 2880 CTS Recommendations
Jul 09, 2008 (11:30 am)
After 10+ years of driving Lexus/BMW's, I have decided that my next car will be a CTS. I would appreciate input on the following:
1. What are the benefits of the DI engine? I am told 3% better fuel economy. For me the added HP is not important.
2. We live in Southern Ohio- maybe 3-4 snows per year. Is AWD worthwhile?
3. Any suggestions on how the different color combinations look:
4. Should I find an '08 that fits my needs or order/wait for an '09?
Thanks for any input you provide.
#2424 of 2880 Re: CTS Recommendations [tribmw]
Jul 09, 2008 (11:51 am)
2. This is a question only you can answer. Can you get along without it till they plow the roads? I love my STS AWD as it even handles better but there is I'm sure a impact on fuel mileage but I bet it isn't much. I love being able to power away from a light on a snow covered street leaving even the big 4 X 4 trucks surprised.
3. To me the black on black would be the best, but also the hottest too. Nothing beats a clean shiny black car. But again only you can decide.
1. Again only you can decide. My STS has the unDI engine and being a heavier car than the CTS is still powerful enough and I come from the supercar days and owned a Ford 406 tri-power, Boss Mustang etc. I would get the DI if I ordered but wouldn't let it bother me if I could find a 08 I liked for a good price if there is such a thing.
#2425 of 2880 New 2008 CST
Jul 09, 2008 (5:46 pm)
I am new to this forum. I just purchased a new 2008 CTS after trading a 2007 Toyota Avalon that only started when it wanted to do so. I have a few questions that may have already been covered in prior posts, but I am unable to find them if they indeed were covered.
First, does anyone know if the parts and pieces can be secured to install the Homelind transmitter. I have to believe that all is required in the transmitter, the buttons, and the cover plate. Once it is hooked up to a 12v power source and a ground it should be good to go. In any case, I would like to do so.
Second, I live in PA but the dealer obtained my CTS from WV. As a result the front license plate mounting frame was already installed and rivited to the front bumper. I would like to have it removed. Years ago Honda had painted plugs for just such a purpose. Does anyone know is such plugs exist or will the bumper have to be repaired or replaced.
Third, I have a slight vibration in sunroof. Has anyone had any experience with this issue and more importantly, how was it resolved.
Thanks for you time and patience with me as a new poster.
#2426 of 2880 Re: CTS Recommendations [tribmw]
Jul 09, 2008 (6:01 pm)
Although I had to act quickly, I still did my research before buying the new CTS which I love. Car & Driver did a comparison of the both engines and stated: "For 90% of daily driving the two sedans behave like fraternal twins." They are exactly the same from 0 to 30 mph and to 60 mph the standard engine is .4 seconds slower. At the quarter mile the standard engine was .3 seconds and 3 mph slower. As far as colors go, obvioulsy that is a personal choice. I chose Black/Ebony because I did not wan another light color interior. Lastly, here in Western PA I would not even think about a car without either front wheel or all wheel drive. If you only need it once, it is worth it in my opinion.
#2427 of 2880 Re: CTS Recommendations [tribmw]
Jul 10, 2008 (6:17 am)
My 08 has the non DI engine, and it has plenty of power for me. Noproblem pasing or with highway acceleration. Currently getting around 27 28 mpg if I keep my foot out of it onthe highway.
AWD? don't know here in southern Oklahoma there isn't much need for it.
Color? Mine is goldmist with cashmere interior and I love it. Really dusty around here so a dark color wasn't for me. The Thundr Gray with ebony would appeal to me though.
Caddy was running so great interest rates on the o8, don't know if those have expired yet or not. All depends if you want the best new options, or can live with the 08 options.
#2428 of 2880 Re: CTS Recommendations [tribmw]
Jul 10, 2008 (7:24 am)
2.5% price increase from 08 to 09 and no incentives (yet) for the 09. If you can find an 08 you like, be as coy as you can be with the dealer, but buy it.
As far as the engine is concerned, you will need timing lights or a stopwatch to tell the difference in performance. Fuel economy--is $1000 price differential worth a 3% (less than 1 mpg) differential?