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Cadillac STS/STS-V: What's New for 2007?



  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'll respectfully disagree.

    If you look at cars like VWs they do well in the IQ study but fall flat in the Durability Study.

    Mazdas tend to be the opposite. The Isuzu Trooper wasn't so good in the IQ study but took #2 in class for the Durability Study.

    IQ is just a forecast, often misleading.

    And please, someone tell me what poor gas mileage has to do with Quality?!

    CR is just gathering data and they report more detail, so IMO it's more valuable info. You just have to take it FWIW.

  • "If you look at cars like VWs they do well in the IQ study but fall flat in the Durability Study."

    Volkswagens are junk. They're superficially well put together, and fall apart easily. Volkswagen/Audi is the perfect example of what's wrong with the German auto industry. They stress perceived quality at the expense of actual quality. You can only fool people so many times.

    Volkswagen picked up a lot of yuppie buyers in the late 90's, but now these people aren't coming back to VW because of the bad experiences that they've had.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,824
    Let's get back to the upcoming Cadillacs, please.

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  • bostnwhalrbostnwhalr Posts: 128
    Hey, I thought I'd throw this one out there since none of the automotive press has mentioned it to date.

    The reviews are coming in on the new Chrysler 300C. While the styling is quite different, it has a very American bad-[non-permissible content removed] look to it with the chopped greenhouse. Old E-Class chassis, 340hp HEMI, tons of room, nice handling, 18" wheels. Nice interior (for a Chrysler). Available with AWD (this Fall). $33k base to $40k max. Available now.

    Autoweek did a recent story on it. Really appealed to a wide range of people, particularly younger people. _code=coverstory&loc_code=index&content_code=04277743

    Now, no one has mentioned this, and I'm probably out here in left field, so please don't spank me, but do you think that the 300C is a valid competitor to the upcoming STS? I know, the Cadillac name is more prestigious, but if you're looking for an American luxury sedan, with decidedly American attitude, wouldn't you consider the 300C (unless you're a GM loyalists)? My gut instinct tells me that people might. Plus, the 300C will underprice the STS by $15k or so.
  • rctennis3811rctennis3811 Posts: 1,031
    I think people will actually cross-shop the two! They're both big, bulky, powerful American sedans. Princing-wise though I'll take a 300C over an STS V8.
  • Where did you see the STS pics?
  • theo2709theo2709 Posts: 476
    At the GM Media site. ;)
  • rctennis3811rctennis3811 Posts: 1,031
    Oh, so you have that special ID huh. Lucky...
  • rctennis3811rctennis3811 Posts: 1,031
    Yes, we have all seen that picture and we, too, are all stunned by the good looks. Might as well since I'm talking about the interior make some comments:

    -real wood looks awesome
    -dash looks great
    -door panelings stink. i would love to see layers of leather overlapping each other in the door panels just like Lexus does
    -and is it just me or are the climate controls TOO low? I would've rather had them up a little bit higher, but that's just a small thing.

    Overall Caddy did an awesome job!
  • theo2709theo2709 Posts: 476
    "-door panelings stink. i would love to see layers of leather overlapping each other in the door panels just like Lexus does"

    Who said it doesn't have that? ;)
  • gteach26gteach26 Posts: 576
    I must have been on Pluto because I hadn't seen that interior pic yet -- still, it was a refreshing surprise to see how far caddy interiors are coming along.

    Is the caddy emblem on the steering wheel on that pic covered up with something or is it supposed to look that way? I know we'll see the real deal in a few weeks -- just curious. The steering wheel emblem on the XLR looks very nice -- I hope the STS has something similar.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Interior looks OK, but could have been a little more imaginative.

  • theo2709theo2709 Posts: 476
    Requested parts of the interior:

    door handle
  • gteach26gteach26 Posts: 576
    That emblem on the steering wheel looks nice. Do you know where I can find more interior pics before New York? If you cannot post them here feel free to email me. :)
  • theo2709theo2709 Posts: 476
    I would, but your email is private!
  • mbukukanyaumbukukanyau Posts: 200
    Is an Infiniti M45 and Lincoln LS competitor not a Cadillac STS competitor. I think GM will be forced to revamp Chevy Impala and perhaps a Pontiac to counter the ford Chrysler onslaught with Sedans.
  • 14871487 Posts: 2,407
    HAs anyone seen the back of this car yet? I would like to see the back and more inside pics of the car. If there is a way to see them let me know.
  • rctennis3811rctennis3811 Posts: 1,031
    WOW! Thank goodness the production version has overlapping layers of leather on the door panels! Great job! You do have a media ID for the GM website don't you... ;) Lucky...
  • gteach26gteach26 Posts: 576
    I am de-privatizing my email as we speak.. I didn't know I had it set up that way... If you've got 'em, fire away with links and pics... and thanks!!
  • gteach26gteach26 Posts: 576
    and in it was carved with the letters "STS" on the gorgeous wood paneling on the dash -- thanks theo2709. So far, on my initial impressions (yes I know I haven't seen it in person, sat in it, yada,yada), the STS looks like an import killer -- at what will probably be a MUCH better bang for the buck. Funny, just a few short weeks ago Caddy was nowhere near my radar -- now it sits at the top of my list for my upcoming car search. I've never driven a V8 northstar -- must be sweet.
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