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2008 Cadillac CTS

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  • thebugthebug Posts: 294
    After that review, I know you didn't buy one, at least I hope you didn't. In any case each to his own.

    thebug...
  • thebugthebug Posts: 294
    I was in the same ballpark, 43-45K with a few bells and whistles.

    thebug...
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    thebug,

    Yeah it shouldn't go up much at all. GM, wants to be competitive with the IS350, and BMW 335i in price. The plant where the CTS is built is among the best for efficiency so labor hours per vehical is very low because of the very flexible work rules at the Lansing Mi. plant and parts suppliers also have learned to cut costs while keeping quality high. :)

    Rocky
  • 14871487 Posts: 2,407
    This is not the first nice CAdillac interiro in decades and you assert. Check out the DTS, STS-V, Escalade and '07 SRX interiors. They are definitely on par with the competition.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    1487, yeah he needs to do some checking out. Even the current STS, isn't all that awful. ;)

    Rocky
  • The DTS interior is ALRIGHT, has OK materials and an uninpired design. The STS has a genuinely boring interior with mediocre materials, the Elscalade is generally good, but again, everything it is design has been seen before. The interiors are fine, on their own they look fine but I am talking compared to the competition they are seriously lacking in ingenuity and for the most part materials.

    "Isn't all that awful" doesn't mean 'good.'
  • Finally! I Cadillac interior that is actually interesting and sophisticated. I'm sorry but Cadillac interiors haven't been anything for quite some time. Too much hard, cheap plastics, poor built quiality, very uninspired desings...I could go on and on. Check out the interior of a 2000 Deville, it's horrible. My friend has a 2005 CTS and the interior is HORRIBLE, very cheap, it's just plain bad. This CTS interior is another story. The exterior is kinda 'eh' though, I was expecting a more cohesive design. One thing that really gets me...the nose drops off very sharply in the front and just doesn't look good from the side. Is this because of European pedestrian laws?
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    Cadillac's interior plastics were never hard or cheap--particularly in the current CTS. They only appeared that way.
    That was their major issue to deal with.
    That was a design issue that was first addressed on the SRX and Escalade.
    I don't know where you get the "poor build quality" from either. It was a high-quality, very well built, ugly design.

    The front is controlled by "pedestrian safety" (read: Government meddling/nannying) laws in Europe. You are correct about that.

    Here is the nose from the side:

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    I personally like it a lot.
  • thebugthebug Posts: 294
    sammc: For the current CTS, the entire design turned out to be love it, or hate it in nature, and by all accounts, the vehicle sold very well, so many did in fact like the design.

    I have an 03 CTS, and as I have mentioned in another post, this is the only car that I've owned that has not had one squeak or rattle in the four years that I've owned it. It has only been on the rack for oil changes. That says a lot about build quality. You've missed out my friend.

    About the interior design itself, that was a major selling point on my part, but I guess it all depends on what you are looking for, and or need it to be and do.

    As far as the competitors, in reading the owner reviews (suggested improvements), I can clearly see that they are not as happy with their interiors as the Edmunds reviewers say they should be.

    As you may well know (or not), word of mouth is the best source of advertisement. That being said, the owner reviews tell a much different story from that of those so called professional reviewers who simply do a one or two day test drive, and then offer up their opinions.

    Like the movie critics (who in my view) are sometimes wrong, those providing opinions on autos, fall in the same category. This is confirmed by the reviews provided by those who actually own and drive the vehicle on a regular basis.

    thebug...
  • 14871487 Posts: 2,407
    YOu are way off base. Compare the Esclade interior to the Navigator or GL450. It can hold its own and then some and I think you should name what competitors outclass it. You didnt comment on the new SRX interior but its just as good as the ML350 or RX350, even one of Edmunds editors said as much in regards to their long test vehicle. The STS-V has hand cut and sewn leather on its dash and door panels, it is extremely nice and is no worse than the E class or 5 series. The DTS interior could easily pass in a Lexus. It is very nice in materials and design. The new platinum series interior is even better.
  • albookalbook Posts: 1,282
    CTS won't run you over $45K IMHO.

    You seem to be forgeting one important factor, my friend- the V-factor!!! ;) And you should know that'll drive you north of 50 large!
  • You're so extremely biased. I will say that 'hand-cut' leather on the dash does not make the design any more inspired. The DTS interior could pass as a VW Rabbit interior with poorer material quality. Up until its recent interior re-do the DTS/Deville shared it's buttons and switch gear with the rest of the GM lineup including the Chevy Cavalier. Quality indeed.

    And when it comes to quality and interior sophistication I am talking things down to bottons and how they work and feel. The buttons on my friend's CTS (he is a very good friend, I sit in the car more than I like to) are made from HARD, CHEAP plastic. Even the font on them is what I call 'hokey' and looks very down-market. The dash is covered in a rubbery plastic, this is NOT the same as soft-touch plastic. There are countless plastic moldings on the interior with the molding process fringe still on them. There are gaps all over the place. The doors and switches feel hallow. The car comes with an embarrassingly cheap key etc...it's the details. From a design and materials standpoint the interior of that car is VERY unsophisticated. I don't doubt the car doesn't have squeaks and rattles but you know what?...neither does my Aunt's Ford Focus.

    Sit in an Audi and you will understand the difference. it's fundamental. Heck sit in a Toyota for that matter, it's miles better as well. Those companies pay attention to everything. The materials used on the bottom door plastic on my friends A4 is of HIGHER quality than that on the actual front dash of the current CTS.

    These Cadillac sell for less for a reason.
  • Which Cadillacs "sell less"?

    The Escalade sells a whopping 62,000 per year--by miles and miles the best sales in its class.

    The CTS jumped 100% in the second year and stayed there throughout its entire run--unheard of for any car.

    The DTS is Cadillac's best-selling car, period.

    Nobody argues that the interior design of the CTS was good--although it sold exceptionally well despite that.
    What I take exception to is your hyperbole.

    Everything you described in your answer is subjective.
    "Down-market" font?
    What is that?
    "Hard and cheap buttons"?
    All buttons are hard. Cheap ones are rubbery.
    "Rubbery" plastic?
    And just about any dashboard is inferior to an Audi A4.

    The materials in the CTS are expensive and first rate. The execution is poor.

    In any case, it's all moot, because despite that, people are buying it in droves, and even more will buy the 2008 model.

    And nobody would say the new Camry, Tundra and RAV-4 interiors were "miles better" at all.
    The long-term Editors at Edmunds have been complaining about the interiors of those Toyota models for weeks now (not to mention the FJ Cruiser interior).

    Lessen the hyperbole. Nobody needs to be told what the CTS's problems are. They have been pointed out over and over and over again since 2003. It's still a very good car nonetheless, and this new one should be even better.

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  • thebugthebug Posts: 294
    Sit in an Audi and you will understand the difference.

    sammc123: I took your advise, and went and sat in an Audi A6. Didn't do it for me. For some reason, I didn't get as inspired as you did when you sat in one. Don't know what it is.

    I couldn't help but notice that it did have plastic parts though, and it was hard plastic, and it didn't look cheap. You were right. I think you should buy an Audi A6.

    thebug...
  • chavis10chavis10 Posts: 166
    Couldn't have said that better myself.

    Also, please tell me what buttons or controls in a Deville/DTS were shared with a Cavalier? A wiper stalk maybe? Check a Corolla/Camry and a Lexus and u'll probably find the same thing.
  • thebugthebug Posts: 294
    rocky: I set my budget for $44,117.96, TTL, OTD. That's with all the options except the sunroof. May be a little over. That being said, I think I'm within 1K give or take.

    thebug...
  • chavis10chavis10 Posts: 166
    PS- The A4 has the most out-of-date boring plain jane interior in the ENTIRE class. The Nav system is stuck way downlow in the radio section with a terrible interface on the right side of the faceplate and whole cockpit follows the same theme as the last generation A4 that came out in '95 or so. Other than the IS, I can't think of any other entry level luxury sedans on sale that have a sophisticated or advanced looking design. C Class? Nope. 3 series? As basic is they come (same as the A4). G35? maybe but I heard it's better in photos than in real life.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    albook,

    I know about the "V" factor but I wasn't talking about that. I look at the "V" as like a whole other car.

    IMHO a fully loaded CTS shouldn't cost over $45K give or take a grand. The CTS-V I expect to be around $55K give or take a grand. ;)

    Rocky
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    readerreader,

    I couldn't agree with your post more. ;)

    Rocky
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    Well I don't think you will pay even that for it if you are savy enough and willing to cross shop dealers in a 500 miles rdaius. ;) thebug, you should be able to at least get $1500 off. If I bought a 08' CTS I would really have a leg up on everyone with my GM discount.

    Rocky
  • thebugthebug Posts: 294
    rocky: That's my cash reserve going in. You can bet I plan to deal with them. I got 4k knocked of the 03 CTS purchase during negotiations. This time I'm going in with a trade. That makes the dealing a little more aggressive (that's the fun part) and I can work it. I've been practicing at dealers where I have no plan to purchase. That process gives you a leg up on the latest sales BS (bologna sausage).

    thebug...
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