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Cadillac CTS-V, Cadillac CTS, Sedan
#829 of 2880 Re: few questions... [fadywwf316]
Apr 18, 2007 (7:35 pm)
Not that I know:
1. Bluetooth - yes, no, but.
Yes it will have bluetooth, no, not in the United States, only in Europe, but, "later" in the US (said to be 6 months into the production) -- translates into "late, late availability in the US."
2. Rearview camera? Can't find it anywhere, but parktronic, assuming it is available from the get go has served me well since 2000. The RVC plus parktronic is supposed to be the best of all worlds, assuming there is also front parktronic.
My best guess is "no RVC."
Also no pushbutton start.
Editorial: I have pushbutton start. It was a $750 option in 2005 on my Audi A6. I use it about 1/3 of the time to start the car. The damn key plus the fob is so big, I hate having it in my pocket, so it ain't no THANG to stick the key in and turn it. BUT, the cool thing about the smart key is that when you approach the car and your hands are mostly full, the car knows its you and unlocks the doors you have programmed. This is a really nice feature.
I could give a cuss about pushing a button to start the car -- but since it is now even on the far far less expensive Nissans, it would seem a "me too" feature that you ought to put on the car just to shut some of us up.
My personal taste in pushing a button is not relevant to you, of course, but for pity's sake, I do like it when the car recognizes it is you and doesn't force you to fool around finding a button on a fob to push, especially in the winter when the key is buried deep in your inside coat pocket.
Ah, the height of laziness.
Acura and Infiniti seem to have some pretty slick voice tech -- my Audi is OK. At least I can recite phone numbers without training it and the nav system's voice works well, too as it does for the sound system.
I know not what Cadillac will or can do -- it would seem AT MINIMUM to need to be up to the OK Audi standards. The Acura TL's system is impressive -- I cannot imagine the Cadillac, if it has one, will be anywhere close.
Back again to Nissan Altima -- this voice tech must now be super cheap. And, now that I have had "OK" voice tech for almost 3 years, I believe it is a safety feature. It was cool for about 15 minutes.
My 2005 Audi, like many of the new breed of cars has (from the driver's seat) 82 knobs, dials, switches, buttons, dials and other stuff to push, twist, poke, slide, click and rotate. Without voice how could you drive the thing PLUS ever make a phone call (my phone is 100% hand and eyes free thanks to voice.) The point is, if the CTS has anywhere close to the number of buttons and do dads that a three year old Audi has (and it has MMI to boot!) and lacks voice command, well, more's the pity.
Drive it like you live.
#830 of 2880 Re: few questions... [markcincinnati]
Apr 19, 2007 (4:00 am)
And, now that I have had "OK" voice tech for almost 3 years, I believe it is a safety feature. It was cool for about 15 minutes.
Often tech seems to be added just for that "cool" factor. When I looked at an Acura TL a couple of years back, that was my first thought re the Bluetooth. "Cool" However, I agree that that is a worthwhile bit of tech and will definitely be something high on my list for my next car. If a Nissan Altima has it, there's no excuse for a Cadillac (or Lincoln, since that's what I now drive) to have it, and have it now.
#832 of 2880 Re: few questions... [markcincinnati]
Apr 19, 2007 (3:00 pm)
Push button start (with auto unlocking when the fob approaches the car) is an option.
Apr 19, 2007 (4:22 pm)
No Bluetooth for a while on this car?
#834 of 2880 Re: Am I correct? [carnaught]
Apr 19, 2007 (7:29 pm)
#835 of 2880 Re: CTS stupidity ...[ral1960]
Apr 21, 2007 (1:49 pm)
There was nothing ugly about the previous models of CTS's, however some may not have cared for the razor sharp edge look of which all of the Sigma platfom cars are based.
The only thing ugly about previous generation CTS's were the scream cheap interiors and the stupid seat mounted belts.
Why does Cadillac do things like that? Cadillac is supposed to be the flagship luxury brand.
The ugly headlights, busy black dash, and seat-mounted belts are gone.
#836 of 2880 Re: CTS stupidity ...[ral1960] [mediapusher]
Apr 21, 2007 (3:57 pm)
Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I rather like the interior of my '02. I also like the seat mounted seatbelts as I can adjust the seat at any time without worrying where the belt will end up. The dash could have been done better as the pattern reflects off the windshield on a bright day and can be distracting and hard to see through. And the missing temperature gauge and the clock on the left side of the dash, out of sight of passengers, were a big mistake.
I think the biggest mistake Cadillac makes with the CTS is to limit the available options. When you spend over $40k you want a car equipped the way you want it. It will be a mistake to leave off such things as a rear view camera when the navigation system is ordered, and the cruise control should have the adaptive option available. These things are available on lesser cars and ought to be at least optional on the CTS. The camera could even be a dealer installed option if it is a problem for the factory.
Apr 22, 2007 (10:54 am)
Anyone have any idea when GM is going to release specs and prices? MB is sending me all kinds of stuff on the redesigned C Class...from GM, wallpaper, which is driving me nuts because it looks so good. I'm always the last to know (two divorces), so apologies if this info has been posted before.