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Cadillac CTS/CTS-V



  • pmerk28pmerk28 Posts: 121
    I live on L Island, know the land of BMW/Mercedes/Audi and I see CTS'S absolutely all over the place and being driven by people of all ages.
  • teach76teach76 Posts: 9
    I live in a rural area in west central Indiana; not any CTSs for 20 miles! I love my '03 CTS! :) I think this was such an "out there" designed type of car - never mind that it's a Cadillac - that it takes awhile to be accepted.
  • pmerk28pmerk28 Posts: 121
    At least Caddy took a risk and it paid off. They have to be agressive and uniquely American. Copying BMW/Mercedes/Lexus will never work.
  • Last episode of Car Crazy on Speed showed the CTS-V M-1 that the "Skunk Works" did for a show. Check it out

    Host Barry Meguiar joins Kip Wasenko for an exclusive tour of GM’s “Skunk Works”, General Motors Performance. Get a rare glimpse of the epicenter for horsepower and speed at the worlds largest automaker, where car guys lead the charge.
  • blckthreeblckthree Posts: 153
    Just under 2000 miles with my 06 CTS, see a pool of fluid under the rear end yesterday. Call the dealer at 430pm, he gets me an appointment for the next day and a loaner car that same night while they repair it. That is some customer service!

    I checked on it today, it has a faulty seal and the part had to be ordered. Per the service manager, they are using a different part than what was installed at the factory and there have been 3 or 4 of them at their shop with this problem. Part will be in tomorrow, repair completed tomorrow.

    Sure will be glad to get the CTS back and give them back their DTS! But the DTS sure beats walking!

    I wish it hadn't have happened in the first place, but it was great to see how the dealer treated me after the sale.

    Mike :)
  • I had an 05 CTS V. The gear whine never went away even after replacing the rear end at 1700 miles. The car also had alignment problems from the factory, numerous interior trim panels coming off.

    I dumped the car at $35k. Yes, I was a member of Cadillacforums and I loved the car. But now I love staying away from the dealership more.

    Cadillac won't admit that there is a rear end whine problem on the CTS (regular CTS uses the same rear end). Unfortately they send out the District Service Manager on your second rear end failure. He then determines that you abused the car because no car should have a rear end fail in its first few miles, definitely not two.

    There is a 200-300 post chat about this problem on I guess we all must of had a "bad batch".
  • teach76teach76 Posts: 9
    My '03 has 31,800 mi. and I need new tires. My tire guy says this original set is not worth rotating again...that I've gotten more miles than the tires were allowed, plus have some balding issues with 2 of the tires. He suggests Cooper H , not Goodyear. The car is doing that "vibrating" thing at speeds over 50mph so want to replace tires ASAP. Would I be doing a disservice to my CTS if I don't put the same tires on as these originals? Note - I'm a cautious driver, not a speed demon....I bought this CTS because it's a beautiful car, still takes my breath away, and plan on keeping it a few more years. :)
  • panzerpanzer Posts: 125
    If you don't think you need the benefits of a V-rated tire for handling and braking, get the quietest H-rated tire you can find. If you have the sport package, you got V-rated tires original, and you might notice a slight difference in sharpness of turn-in on corners with an H. Braking difference is typically very small or insignificant. If you are a cruiser, you probably will notice nothing but a quieter ride. Tire wear will probably be about the same. 30000 miles on an H-rated tire is excellent. It shows you don't flog the car.
  • teach 76, Panzer is about spot on. Lessons about tires I've learned the hard way are:

    1st rule-Vehicle engineers get paid (well) during development and testing to determine the best tire for many different things (ride, noise, wear, traction etc). They have test tracks, yrs of data, experience etc when it comes to installing the right tire for a specific model.

    What I learned:

    1. If a owner changes tires from what was OEM, be aware that those changes can result in more/less, wear, noise, traction, and affect the ride. Make sure when you change tires, you can live with more or less of the above. Many times I have bought tires based on advice from friends, magazine articles, etc only to be disappointed in one or all of the above and end up going back to the OEM tire. Other times I have purchased tires to increase performance/wear, but have to trade off by tolerating more noise, less traction in the rain etc.

    2. There are basically Three Tire Manufacturers in the world-Mitchelin, Goodyear, Bridgestone. All other "quote" Brands are made by the above 3 companies or their sub contractors under contract. So if your buying Yokohama, General, Winston etc you're buying from the "Big" 3, so it makes no difference what the name on the side says, your money is going to one of the big 3.

    In summary, Rule 1 above-The tire that's on your car now is probably the best "Compromise" of all tire features. Most of the time, the engineer did their homework. Changing to a lower profile, bigger wheel, wider tire, etc all have impacts on how your vehicle performs. BE VERY CAREFUL and think the whole process through.
  • teach76teach76 Posts: 9
    Thanks for the tire info. I appreciated it! :) I did some research, too. My '03 CTS now has Cooper Lifeliner Touring SLE (225/55R16) tires. The first thing I noticed was that the tires look good on the car, then the super quiet , smooth ride on the way home ( no more vibrating!!!). I noticed nothing unusual with cornering or far... I have a long-distance trip planned within the next week, so will see how the "Cat" likes her new tires. ;)
  • sevenfeet0sevenfeet0 Posts: 486
    Tire changes can be good and bad. I remember 15 years ago that I decided to upgrade my 1990 Mazda 626 I was driving while in grad school to Eagle GTs when the original OEM tires wore out. The more aggressive tread, larger contact patch and other factors made an immediate difference in the car...for the positive. In many ways, it was like a different car and it made the car interesting to drive again.

    And of course, in cold weather states, switching to a proper winter tire is essential. Nowadays, that winter tire doesn't have to be a non-performance tire.
  • bingomanbingoman Posts: 373
    Based on the CTS order guide I would say that there will be no new CTS for 2007, rather another upgrade of the 2003 car. I hope there will be the following new features when Cadillac finally upgrades the car: tire monitor as standard, available rear backup alarm, or camera for navigation equipped cars, tilt and telescope wheel or adjustable foot pedals.
  • temj12temj12 Posts: 450
    My wife's CTS started the tire roaring at 15,000. Very loud and annoying. I talked with the dealer service department and they said that you had to rotate every 5 or 6,000 miles; alignment at 15,000. I asked him why and he said it had a very aggressive suspension. The tires cup and that causes the roar. He said it was a race car. Has anyone found a solution to this or do I have to do constant maintenance on the tires.
  • arby1arby1 Posts: 83
    I have 16,000 miles on mine and no roar.I rotated at 7500 miles and plan rotating this week.If your tires are shot, the dealer should offer you compensation.Although the manual does say to rotate every 7500 miles, so he can claim that you did not maintain the car properly.If the car was not alligned, then it was not your fault that the tires are shot.
  • herc76herc76 Posts: 52
    I was thinking of trading my 02 Acura TL for a 03 CTS thats is going for $22,998 and it has 39K miles. I wanted to get a 04 but I am not trying to spend that much. I was thinking about financing it for 60 months but I wasn't sure if that's the route I want to take. Any opinions? Do you think this is a good deal or should I pass it up?
  • herc76herc76 Posts: 52
    Also I'm looking at 03 CTS with 23,988 and they are asking for $22,770.
  • teach76teach76 Posts: 9
    I'd vote for the CTS with fewer miles....more warranty left...check the tires ;) . A previous entry said the CTS was a "race car"; don't know if I'd go so far as to say that, but the get-up-and-go and the handling ability of the CTS is fabulous! What color choices do you have? Is that even a factor? Our '03 CTS is black and it still turns heads after 3 years. Keep us all posted.
  • herc76herc76 Posts: 52
    Both of the CTS are silver but here is the deal. They both have the two toned seats (black and gray). But the one that has the least amount of miles has the wood-grain interior and the bose system. My main problem is that I don't want my car payments too be high. I was looking at a 60 month loan instead of a 48 month. Would that be a problem if I go with the 60? Thanks in advance
  • teach76teach76 Posts: 9
    Silver is a good color...won't show dirt/grime quite as easily as a darker color. The wood grain interior is very classy - we also have that option as well as the Bose System - major selling point, in my opinion. Have you driven either (both?) cars? Do you know the history of the cars? As far as 48 vs 60 months, I'd go 48 if you can afford to. Only you know how much debt you can afford to carry. Do you have a vehicle to trade with the dealer? That might lower the initial price and help you decide. Will a bank be financing your loan or the dealership? A dealer may be more likely to have a lower interest rate than a bank. Consider all options, and you might check this forum for loan options,too. I bet there are others out there with something to add. Good luck, herk76.
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