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Cadillac CTS/CTS-V

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  • rstephrsteph Posts: 109
    Found the OEM AC Delco filters at http://www.rockauto.com/
    $9.86 ea. plus whatever shipping/tax they add on.
    Anybody find them cheaper online???
  • rstephrsteph Posts: 109
    Found the OEM AC Delco filters at http://www.rockauto.com/
    $9.86 ea. plus whatever shipping/tax they add on.
    Anybody find them cheaper online???
  • pmdriverpmdriver Posts: 11
    Sevenfeet0, congrats! We're in this together - my wife and I are expecting our first ( a little girl) July 23rd. I think things are going to change a little bit in the work/life balance about then!

    Jemiller, thanks for the link to the M5 owner's forum. A proud group, as they should be. I'd never seen the picture they had posted of us on the 'Ring. It's amazing the places those photos show up. By the way, your request for a CTS-V preview for your M5 owner's group wasn't ignored. I actually heard about that one (didn't know it was from you, small world!) but with the clinic going on out in California we couldn't make it work. We have two show properties at the moment making them very hot commodities. That doesn't however excuse you not being contacted directly with an explanation. Sorry.

    Great discussion on manual vs. auto transmissions. In their purest forms they really do have separate missions and completely different selling points. However Jemiller hit it on the head - the CTS-V is a car developed with pretty specific tastes in mind and its low volumes reflect that.

    B4Z, we took care of T56 gear rattle (which is somewhat inherent in most manuals) with a dual mass flywheel. No hint of neutral gear rattle or drive away rattle.

    By the way, we've got two weeks off for the GM shutdown so I look forward to checking in more frequently!
  • rob35ctsrob35cts Posts: 53
    The new 3.6 is a brand new engine. It is the next generation of engines gm will be using.

    I also feel the windshield chips easily. I already have a chip. 2300 miles

    The guy who got his bezel fixed. What did they do? How is the part different? Does it seal off the edge so bugs don't get in it? I want to know what to tell them in the dealership.
  • rob35ctsrob35cts Posts: 53
    Did you guys follow the owners manual and change your trans fluid at 200 miles. I did change my oil at 500 miles. Have you changed your trans fluid at all? I didn't change my malibu as it has 100k trans fluid.
  • sevenfeet0sevenfeet0 Posts: 486
    Exactly why I'm lobbying for a F-1 style shifter. I can live with rowing my own gears if I can avoid a third petal. And best of all, it's not hard to give a shifter like this an automatic mode if you want to be lazy. Everybody wins.

    Have fun with your daughter! It's the hardest job you'll ever do (and even harder for your wife), but it's definetely the most rewarding.
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    I had a feeling you guys would do something to make the T56 more refined.
    Should be one hell of a car.

    Do you guys have any plans for a Sport V6 model?
    18" wheels, different grille, xenons, etc?
    Kind of like what BMW does.

    What do you think of my idea of seperating the xenons from the 1SB package and making them available on the base car with the PDX package?

    Probably a marketing issue?

    I am trying to get a pic of the new silver smoke.
    Do you have a link to an actual pic?

    Who'd ever thought that at the age of 40 I would be thinking of buying a Cadillac.
    Cadillacs are cool again!

    Thanks for all your hard work on the CTS.
  • necrosnecros Posts: 127
    So, if one were to get paddle shifters, how do you double clutch on it? Do you have to bump it all the way down through the gears to neautral, and then shift up? If so, no thanks. Or is there some sort of weirdo mechanism to make double clutching and heel-toe work on one of these things? F1 guys use it, so I assume there must be some way, unless theirs work completely differently...
  • jemillerjemiller Posts: 183
    Side note for you on dual-mass flywheels: the M5 has one (as you probably know), and it's a heavy beast, just over 50lb if memory serves.

    Dinan sells two lighter flywheels for it. The lighter of the two is a nice old-fashioned slab of machined aluminum with a steel friction insert, think it weighs 14lb. But they'd had so much trouble with gear rollover rattle complaints in the past that before they'll sell you the 14lb flywheel, you have to sign an agreement that you've been warned about the rattle and you won't whine about it. I don't think they get many takers for that one.

    The SMG-adapted T56 that Ford's got in the Astons is getting a lot of good press, can we assume someone somewhere's got this on the bench for future V-series use?

    The oohing and aahing right now seems to be going to the dual-clutch SMGs that minimize interruption of power delivery during shifts. Was reading a blurb yesterday that at least one design can engage both first and second gears momentarily (presumably with a dose of clutch slip on both sides) on dragstrip launches so that all the shock loading doesn't go through the first-gear cogs, shafts, and bearings. Cute.
  • jemillerjemiller Posts: 183
    What double-clutching? What clutch?

    In all the SMGs in hardware or on the drawing boards now clutch actuation isn't something the driver's foot has anything to do with.

    You've got some with paddles, some with levers, but the basic premise is the same - one way upshifts, the other way downshifts. How abrupt the clutch engagement is depends on the guy who did the software calibrations (and some have driver-selectable degrees of neck-whip.)

    Left-foot-stop, right-foot-go, just like M. Schumacher, or a 125cc shifter kart.
  • jemillerjemiller Posts: 183
    Everyone whines about soft paint now, but the domestics in general, and GM in particular, are probably doing better on paint now than they have any time since the mid '70s.

    The Germans went to water-based paint in the '90s, there's been griping about that too, but frankly I think a lot of it is just that there's a lot more crap flying around the roads now.
  • bigdaddycoatsbigdaddycoats Posts: 1,058
    Congratulations on your soon to arrive baby girl. They can be a lot of work, but so much fun. Nice to see you back and enjoy your two weeks off, it won't be so quiet pretty soon.
  • mannytrannymannytranny Posts: 175
    I still don't have it fixed yet. They are still waiting on the part. I was ordered at the end of May. I just checked in with the parts guy and he said he has still not heard, could still be a couple of weeks? We've had a lot of heat here lately and the moisture seems to have almost disappeared. The bugs are still there though, but you gotta look close.
  • mannytrannymannytranny Posts: 175
    I saw your pics on post #3614 and then noticed the topic about the missing emblems. I think that the idea is so cool. I ordered a set of CTS emblems and they should be here on Thursday. I can't wait to put them on the sides. After I saw the pics I just had to do it!.......Thanks!
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    Well, I drove it today.
    I went by to take a look at the '04 with the 3.6L and the General Manager said take it for a spin.

    The first thing I noticed with the hood open was that it idles quieter, and that it takes Mobil 1 synthetic oil.

    I noticed as soon as i turned the wheel that the
    steering is lighter than the 2003 Lux that I drove 3 weeks ago.

    It also has a slightly softer ride and a little more body roll.

    This car only had a few miles on it so I kept it below 4500 rpms.

    First off the transmission braking is hard to get used to. The car slows down when you take your foot off the gas. And it really slows down when in the Sport mode.

    I started off from a stop in reg. mode and it definitely has more low end torque and verve. It really pulls well.

    I did a couple of part throttle kickdowns and it really pulls strongly. Much stronger than the 3.2L.

    The most telling thing was when I put it in the Sport mode. This thing holds low gears like crazy. It doesn't need an automanual. I went through a roundabout and then took a series of left and right curves and it never upshifted!

    It also had all the power you could need. The rear tires actually squealed in one of the curves. And I never gave it more than 2/3rds throttle!

    This car is any easy 6.7-6.8sec car. More powerful than my IROC and probably quicker in the turns also.

    This engine just pulls and pulls. Torque above 3000 rpms is abundant. Much more than my Intrigue.

    The only negative I saw was a vibration in the gearshift and the body structure is not the last word in rigidity. BMW's are about 5% better in body flex.

    One heck of car. And plenty of power!
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    I would have to say the 3.6L engine is a huge improvement that is noticeable with the transmission in both the regular mode and in the sport mode.

    In the reg. mode it still has plenty of torque to move out smartly. Unlike the 3.2L which felt soft and underpowered once the car shifted into 2nd gear.

    The engine sounds very sporty and there is lots of induction noise under acceleration. I would prefer more exhaust noise.
    You know you are driving a real car when under acceleration.

    I would have to say that the BMW inline six, the Nissan 3.5L and the Honda V6's are smoother.
    But not by a huge margin. This engine is head and shoulders above the 3.2L.

    The overall feel of the car and engine is very sporting with a mechanical feel much in the BMW vein.
    Although the 3.6L might be a bit too agreesive sounding for the average CTS buyer.

    The car is powerful enough that I think a CTS with Sport package could take a BMW 330i automatic on a mountain road.

    I really want to buy this car soon.
  • rob35ctsrob35cts Posts: 53
    Let me know all about it when you get it fixed. I am really curious how this part is different. Where are the bugs at? Do you believe all of them are the same and all of us should get them fixed or does yours have a problem that the others do not have? I have bugs under the edge next to the paint but you cant get in to get it out.
  • oldsman01oldsman01 Posts: 1,203
    How would you compare the new 3.6 liter with the Intrigue's 3.5?
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    It is a completely different driving experience.
    The CTS has a 3.45 gear vs. the Intrigue's 3.29 or 3.05 gear plus the CTS has a 5 speed auto with much lower 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gears.

    The transmission is a revelation. It will hold a lower gear all by itself, and even if you lift off the gas for a couple of seconds it will not upshift!!

    The car is noticeably quicker off the line. There is none of that softness from 0-20 that the Intrigue has.

    It is also much more responsive to throttle inputs which are felt immediately. Feels like a sports car not a sedan.

    I wanted to keep putting my foot into it to hear it and feel it pull.
    Just like I did in my Intrigue but more so.
    The torque band starts much lower, is wider and there is more of it.

    Big improvement over the Shortstar.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Sounds like you are sold on the car?

    Thanks for the review. Nice to see the CTS is improving.
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