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#2838 of 2880 Re: overpowered RWD cars & snow, most-likely CTS-V buyers [elias]
Apr 28, 2012 (12:00 pm)
Front wheel drive may not be perfect, but front wheel drive with snow tires and adequate ground clearance is suitable for most severe winter situations. I live in northern Ontario and was travelling in a severe snow storm about 2 months ago. It was early Sunday evening, many of the roads had not been plowed, and the parking lot to our apartment building certainly had not been plowed. I was returning from Duluth, MN. There was about 8 to 9 inches of snow on the ground. I had no problem navigating the snow. I drive a front wheel drive Chevy Uplander with snow tires in the winter. The next day at work, my work colleagues were describing how their 4 wheel drive vehicles were getting stuck in the snow. They did not have snow tires.
#2839 of 2880 transmissions & traction , AWD&4WD
Apr 29, 2012 (8:20 am)
agree 100% JPF... one time I've found AWD/4WD is absolutely required in addition to snow/ice tires - is on steep/ice/snow driveways - with at least one switchback turns - so you can't use momentum to compensate for lack of traction. gotta have 4WD/AWD for that application!
another big win for traction in winter is: MANUAL TRANSMISSION - much better than automatic.
It's nice that Cadillac offers manuals in so many CTS. A manual transmission with AWD could be veeeery nice, maybe nicer than a CTS-V with manual. (!?)
#2840 of 2880 Re: overpowered RWD cars & snow, most-likely CTS-V buyers [jpf]
Apr 30, 2012 (7:50 am)
It has been my experience, living in a snowy climate, that the tires on your car make the biggest difference regarding performance in the snow. If you have summer or even high performance all-season, they really are not geared for snow, whether in FWD, RWD or AWD. Going to a set of dedicated snow tires makes all of these drive modes much better in snowy conditions. Not to mention much better STOPPING and TURNING, which is even more important. So if you really need to go out in snow with your car and your get much snow at all, get a set of true snow tires.
#2841 of 2880 AWD/RWD/FWD/To be or not to Be
Aug 26, 2012 (10:33 am)
I have had all these types of cars. I am a little older and remember the days of no AWD. Well, like most of the posts here. The tires matter a lot. In the old days I had 'snow tires' so, that just meant 2 snow tires for the rear end. They worked just fine and with careful driving. Today, I think that AWD with a set of 'dedicated snow tires' and skill and careful driving is the ans. for 'best'performance. Pretty much what people are saying here. I live in a snowy climate and I do see a number of 4 WD vehicles in the ditches every year. That doesn't mean that FWD with good snow tires isn't good or not preferred. Another caveat is what are you driving? Some just like certain types of cars' High performance or not H/P. My wife and I owned 2 Caddy CTS x4. Good cars. The posts here are right. The CTS is a performance sedan so it usually has the P tires. So to get the maxium benefit in the winter;get the 'dedicated S/Tires. It's all good. We have a FWD car and I have a set of Blizzaks for it. That does well too but must admit the AWD makes a 'Tad' differrence.
#2842 of 2880 2008 CTS - no body side moldings
Apr 12, 2012 (7:17 am)
#2843 of 2880 2008 CTS - no body side moldings
Jan 12, 2008 (9:29 am)
Just purchased a fully loaded 2008 CTS -
but the dealer says there are no body
side moldings that are available for the 2008.
(2007 was the last year for moldings) --
Cadillac-- why did you stop making the
CTS with body side moldings???
I am worried that my new car
will get banged around--
Anyone know of any options for
side moldings for the 2008 CTS???
I would love the moldings to
match the color of my new car----
Jan 25, 2008 (9:15 am)
I have a new 2008 CTS that has an interior smell. The odor began after the first 400 plus miles..It is awful..Quite noxious I must say..Gives you a headache and makes you nauseas..Noone can sit in the rear seat at all..The smell begins as it warms up and most noticable when you come to a stop or drive slowly.. The car only has 1050 miles on it..I brought it in to my selling dealer who is blowing me off..At first I figured it had something to do with the catalyst converter, and it may..Or perhaps it is something leaking on the exhaust..Nothing like paying 45000.00 for a car you can't stomach to drive. Also night driving is trecherous to make turns..I do not have the adaptable forward lighting so there is no light from the sides..The car should have no other option but to have the headlights with the adaptable foward lighting ,it's unsafe. I have contacted Cadillac on these issues and are awiting the solution.. My seller dealer is totally useless. Way to go! Motor Trend Car of the Year 2008!! I believe sales will be slowing down..Also since this has begun I have noticed a dratic drop in the MPG. Is anyone else experiencing this problem ?
#2845 of 2880 Re: 2008 CTS - no body side moldings [gottavio]
Jan 25, 2008 (9:51 am)
That omission is a case of design ignoring the real world.... You'll find side trim strips on the Vogue Tyre website so they're probably available elsewhere as well. Not sure if was here on the 2008 CTS forum, or on Cadillacforums.com that someone bought aftermarket side moldings, color matched, and had their dealer install them and was quite satisfied. You might do a search.
#2846 of 2880 Re: 2008 CTS [anniesez455]
Jan 28, 2008 (11:56 am)
sounds like a bad catalytic converter...find a new dealership...and when you get the customer satisfaction survey for the old dealer.....nail them on customer service...bad MPG could certainly be traced to a clogged or bad converter.......assume you are getting on codes or a check engine light??
not sure about the lighting issues.....most cars made today dont have the adaptive forward lighting, nor is there a side light like you refer to....so not sure about this particular issue
#2847 of 2880 Re: 2008 CTS - no body side moldings [gottavio]
Jan 30, 2008 (8:52 am)
I think I was the one that posted about BSM's. I purchased them from http://www.brighttrim.com color matched to my 08 Thunder Grey. Very good instructions for install, because I live in cold country, I had the dealer install them for $50. They look GREAT on the car, just like they were OEM.