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Cadillac CTS/CTS-V

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  • calidavecalidave Posts: 156
    Is there an aux jack for an iPod?

    also, how is the real world MPG?
  • temj12temj12 Posts: 450
    I have an 05 CTS which I purchased in December of last year. It is my wife's car. I seldom drive it but I drove it the other night. I could not believe the noise coming from the tires. They sounded as if they had 50,000 miles. I called the dealer and he told me this is normal for the CTS. I have 14,000 miles on mine and he said that a man had brought his in this morning with 19,000 miles. He said the man was debating whether to buy a new set of tires or not. He asked me about rotating. I told him that I usually rotated every 15,000 with a rear wheel drive car. I know that exceeds the recommendation. He said that the way the CTS suspension is built that it is important to rotate every 5,000 and have an alignment at 15,000. I asked him if the body was out of alignment and he said no. My niece just traded a 350z. It ate up tires every 10,000 because the body was out of alignment. This is more maintenance than I want. The car sounds and drives like an older car.
  • thebugthebug Posts: 294
    Where did you see side and rear view pictures?

    thebug...
  • thebugthebug Posts: 294
    jpenn Are you kidding? I haven't seen anything other than the front view, and although, it's only an artist rendition, I think it looks pretty sharp. Thinking back (on my part), I thought the current CTS was ugly, but the more I looked at it the better it looked.

    I already like this new style, and hope it's close to the rendition when it finally hits the bricks. If it is anything close to this, I will have to buy one. It would be nice in black on black. BTW, where can I find pics of other views?

    thebug...
  • jpennjpenn Posts: 68
    The Bug,

    Everyone has their own tastes, that's what makes life interesting. If it looks like the artists rendering you can have the one I was going to get in Black on Black.

    You can see the side view of the new CTS (which I like) on post # 6338 in this forum. It's actually a nice update of the present model, my problem is with the front end. With that said I read in another forum that this artists rendering is in no way the official design of the new CTS and it will not look anything like this.

    So I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
  • thebugthebug Posts: 294
    jpenn, Never a truer phrase written as "each to his own." I had not seen this rendition in post # 6338. I like the rear view, (I still have to get one) and you're right, it will be interesting to see what they finally come out with. My gut feeling is that it will be pretty nice, and will appeal to that segment who liked the 03-06 version. That's if they're wise.

    thebug...
  • jpennjpenn Posts: 68
    thebug,

    I agree with you re: the redesign, they'd be foolish to make a drastic change after getting such a huge bump in sales from the present design.

    I'm still concerned about the nagging problems they've been having with the drive train and tires.

    After reviewing the IS 350 forum I've eliminated that car from my list (too small and too much of a performance oriented car). So I'm down to the Caddy and the new TL, I've also been eyeing the CLK320 coupe but it's a little pricey. All will need AWD in order for me to consider.
  • calidavecalidave Posts: 156
    jpenn: Your thoughts would be useful over here:

    http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.ef3fcce
  • I have a black/black 2004 CTS with luxury sport package, purchased here in Toronto in April 2004. I don't drive all that much so I only have 6,000 km (around 3500 miles), and the other day, while driving on a regular road, the car just died -- no power, steering wheel "locked", nothing, but I was luckily able to give it enough power to turn the wheel and park it on the side of the road out of harm's way. Thanks to OnStar, the police showed up and then a tow truck, and I was towed to a dealership (closed on Saturday of course). This morning they called to tell me the car needs a new fuel pump (!) and that this is a typical CTS problem. I am the unfortunate past owner of a 97 Catera, and while I realize the CTS is a far cry from that abomination, I'm already nervous that in this early stage the fuel pump needs replacing. Has anyone else had this experience? I've also brought the car in for 4 recalls, and for complete replacement of the DVD Navigation system due to inaccurate location and direction reporting (apparently also a known issue). I am about ready to dump this and go to a Honda Accord but am wondering if I should wait and see. Thanks.
  • You might want to check this site:

    http://www.cadillacfaq.com/faq/tsb/index.html

    I haven't found any reports of fuel pumps being a typical CTS problem. It seems that the problem would appear on this site if fuel pumps really were a common problem.
  • have you added any fuel conditioner or fuel cleaner to the tank?...
  • I was wondering the same thing when a few days ago, I was pulling out of the parking lot in my brand new 2005 CTS when all of a sudden, the car felt as if it was about to shut off. I could not believe it. First thing I said to myself was "I know this isn,t happening and this is a brand new car". Is this a problem with CTS? I was so proud when I first bought it. I thought I was getting a good car.
  • So the fuel pump was replaced. I asked if the fuel gauge was also replaced but was told that the problem with incorrect reading was tied to a sensor in the fuel pump, so that should all be fixed now. Well, driving the car away from the dealer after everything was "fixed", I noticed the needle bouncing all over the place. I turned on the "Fuel Range" item in the DVD Nav screen, and it too jumped around the place like it was playing hoops. Called dealer when I got home to ask if they even tested this, and was told "call us after filling up the tank if it persists". Super. Researching on www.nhtsa.com just a few minutes ago and found at least 2 other reports of 2004 CTS dying because gauge reports full when in essence tank is bone dry, and that the "Fuel Range" is totally inaccurate. I am selling my CTS as a result, I'm too nervous about all this. :mad: :lemon:
  • I'm almost in the market for a new car, and had pretty much excluded the CTS because of price...even though I like the look of the car very much. I saw an ad in my daily newspaper this week for a dealer about 3 hours away who is cutting some good deals on the CTS...a base 2.8l version with automatic which lists for @ $32,400 on sale for @ $24,800 (granted that's through a "SmartBuy" deal, but still seems like a bargain). This brings the car down within a range I'd consider...any known problems or concerns with the 2.8 engine to keep in mind? I don't think I'd want to spring for the larger engine at this point, so if the 2.8 should be avoided that answers my question...but if the 2.8 is a good engine, I'll give it a closer look.
  • sls002sls002 Posts: 2,788
    The 2.8 engine is very similar in design to the 3.6, but does have a shorter stroke as well as a different bore, so is not the same engine.
  • What about in terms of reliability, NVH, etc.? I guess I'm just trying to make certain there aren't any glaring reasons NOT to buy a 2.8 CTS.
  • sls002sls002 Posts: 2,788
    Since the 2.8 is very similar in design to the 3.6, the NVH should be similar, and reliability should be similar. The power output is less and there does not seem to be any increase in fuel economy. The big difference is that the 2.8 has about 23% less torque at the peak, which is at the low speed end of the torque curve, so this is significant.
  • I would sell more 2.8's, but there is NO fuel economy benefit. If it was 2 mpg we would sell many more.
  • sls002sls002 Posts: 2,788
    The difference in price is not enough to make the 2.8 worthwhile either. The 2.8 is probably a bit less expensive to build, but probably only by a few hundred dollars.
  • panzerpanzer Posts: 125
    Before I bought my 2005 CTS, a local Cadillac dealer told me to stay away from the 2.8, because of a problem with the engine seizing. The dealer said he had personally had several that had the problem, and he would not keep any 2.8's on the lot, even to offer as a price leader, and that the 3.6 was his recommendation. Last summer I looked at three dealers, probably 75-80 CTS's in all, and saw only one stripper 2.8. I did not drive it, but that dealer was dying to get rid of it. I bought the 3.6 with luxury and sport and I'm delighted with the performance, ride and comfort. Think BMW without the cost, but with much better seats. It has about all the grunt I can use without bringing a lot of unwanted attention. I don't know if there is any equipment decontent associated with getting the 2.8, but I can tell you the CTS is a heavy car and the 3.6 gets it moving very adequately. Average mileage is 19-20 mpg, not great, but better than what I would expect for the performance level. In 5500 miles, no issues, no visits to the dealer. Hell, it looks like I won't even need an oil change till 10k, even though I'll probably get one soon.
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