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2008 Cadillac CTS

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  • 150mphclub150mphclub Posts: 317
    It is currently available in the CTS being sold in Europe.
  • It is clearly a mistake that Cadillac made by not including Bluetooth functionality as an integrated option at the outset of production. They have indicated it is an aftermarket option, but that device requires you to drill a hole in the overhead console or in the dashboard and install a speaker and button device that almost certainly will not match the much touted improved interior. It also has no integration with the audio speakers and radio system. I cant imagine anyone spending $40K on a car wanting to "drill in" some cheap looking aftermarket item.

    OnStar, however, has a microphone and is integrated with the entertainment system. One would sure think that there has to be a way to use these components to add Bluetooth functionality. Does anyone know how to "hack" into this system to accomplish this?

    I know verizon is offered but this is a VERY LAME alternative to Bluetooth. It requires you be on Verizon, buy a 2nd line, forward your phone to the car every time you get in, and unforward your phone every time you get out.

    Certainly there has to be a way to utilize the hardware that is in the car to add Bluetooth capability. Anyone know how to do that???
  • belvbelv Posts: 8
    This is what the new diesel will be when it arrives around 2010.


    The 2008 Cadillac CTS had its world debut at the Detroit show in January, but Cadillac saved the news of a new diesel engine for the CTS for the Geneva show.

    The new engine is a 2.9-liter V-6 turbodiesel with state-of-the-art emissions technology, GM said in a release.



    The diesel is destined mainly for the European market. The CTS will be the first application of the engine, and will appear in the 2009 model year in the newest Cadillac. It can be installed transversely or longitudinally, GM says, meaning it could be used across a wide spectrum of GM vehicles, with either two- or four-wheel drive.



    The engine is the product of a joint effort with Italy 's VM Motori. GM will develop the engine's emissions profile and technology, while VW Motori will adapt the engine to production and will build it at a plant in Italy.



    Cadillac says the engine produces 406 pound-feet of torque, but no other power nor any fuel economy estimates were released.

    It (the diesel) will also be available in the next gen Saturn aura. These are very exciting times.
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 3,262
    Thanks much for the information, but it does sound like it's a brand new engine.

    Call me stupid (you'll need to get in line), but I much prefer engines that have been proven over a number of years and millions, if not billions, of miles.

    Call me again in ten (well, five) years.
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,350
    Yeah, I'd give it at least 5 years. GM tends to do its beta testing by selling the product to the unfortunate public. And remember, GM's corporate slogan is 'caveat emptor'. Anyway, it usually takes 5 years or so before the howling gets loud and threatening enough that GM actually concludes that it better clean up its act (until the next time it decides to introduce some new technology, of course). The problem is, there are some GM products that I really like (my daily driver is a Corvette C5), and the new CTS shows serious promise. Oh well, maybe I'll pick up a lease return something until GM gets the CTS and the diesel sorted out.

    2009 BMW 335i, 2003 Corvette cnv, 2001 Jaguar XK cnv, 1985 MB 380SE (the best of the lot)

  • belvbelv Posts: 8
    I don't understand the notion that gm vehicals are somehow less reliable than other makes. I'm a genetasist now but I worked for a concrete company for two years who had 8 silverados with duramax engines and the oldest one one had over 250,000 miles on it. He's (the owner)never has any trouble with any of them which is amazing because they (his employees and himself) simply beat the [non-permissible content removed] of them. So I don't buy it. Also check out the reviews on the 2007 camry on edmunds or yahoo to find out how "reliable" toyota really is.
  • puckspucks Posts: 47
    Just like the 3.6 that was introduced in 2003. Exactly what problems has that had? Brand new engine back then. C'mon, lets be fair.
  • budibudi Posts: 41
    I have one of the earlier built CTS w/ 3.6 and have no problems. It is smooth, powerful and reasonably fuel efficient for its application. One of the reasons why I was first interested in the Enclave was because it had the 3.6.
  • I was wondering if anyone heard about the future Cadillac sedan lineup:
    • A new small rwd sedan to cmpete with the BMW 3 series- BLS
    • A current rwd sedan to compete with the BMW 5 series- CTS
    • A new, flagship rwd sedan to tackle the BMW 7 series- DTS
    Also, is there a new small SUV in the cards?? How about a four door coupe of new XLR???
  • Replying to: cdnpinhead (Aug 22, 2007 2:34 pm)
    Yeah, I'd give it at least 5 years. GM tends to do its beta testing by selling the product to the unfortunate public. And remember, GM's corporate slogan is 'caveat emptor'. Anyway, it usually takes 5 years or so before the howling gets loud and threatening enough that GM actually concludes that it better clean up its act (until the next time it decides to introduce some new technology, of course). The problem is, there are some GM products that I really like (my daily driver is a Corvette C5), and the new CTS shows serious promise. Oh well, maybe I'll pick up a lease return something until GM gets the CTS and the diesel sorted out.

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    You're twenty years behind the times.
    Modern, informed car researchers know that to be untrue--and that that has been so for a long time (even in the worst of times decades ago, this was an exaggeration).
    Hyperbole is no substitute for the truth.
  • Here are some pictures from Autoblog. I will link to the entire gallery here:

    http://www.autoblog.com/photos/first-drive-2008-cadillac-cts/

    Here is the review:

    http://www.autoblog.com/2007/08/21/first-drive-2008-cadillac-cts/

    "It's easy to write off a new model when clever ad campaigns and the PR machine work overtime to convince you that it's God's gift to tarmac. In the case of the new CTS, a hard sell is completely unnecessary. Eschewing the hype and the art-and-science drivel, you're left with a striking exterior and the driving dynamics to match. Surprised? We were. And after a day of merciless flogging though the undulating hills of the Pacific coast, followed by a two-hour all-out assault on Laguna Seca, we came away with a newfound respect for not only Caddy's 2008 sports sedan, but the automaker as a whole."
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    Here are some picture from that review:















    Here are some interior shots:

    http://www.autoblog.com/photos/first-drive-2008-cadillac-cts-interior-and-infota- inment/

















  • Does it not like this site? Or is it banned?

  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,876
    Dunno why it's not working... nothing we're doing here. You might just want to post the links since the photos aren't showing up.

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  • I kind of figured it out. The coding seems to have changed since I was last on here. I will try again.
  • I will post this again--

    Here are some pictures from Autoblog. I will link to the entire gallery here:

    http://www.autoblog.com/photos/first-drive-2008-cadillac-cts/

    Here is the review:

    http://www.autoblog.com/2007/08/21/first-drive-2008-cadillac-cts/

    "It's easy to write off a new model when clever ad campaigns and the PR machine work overtime to convince you that it's God's gift to tarmac. In the case of the new CTS, a hard sell is completely unnecessary. Eschewing the hype and the art-and-science drivel, you're left with a striking exterior and the driving dynamics to match. Surprised? We were. And after a day of merciless flogging though the undulating hills of the Pacific coast, followed by a two-hour all-out assault on Laguna Seca, we came away with a newfound respect for not only Caddy's 2008 sports sedan, but the automaker as a whole."
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    Here are some exterior pictures from that review:

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    That should work.
  • I will also try to look for other magazine reviews later and post the links:

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  • bingomanbingoman Posts: 373
    Well, I've just had a chance to sit in an '08 CTS and I am thoroughly disappointed. The car is beautiful but the seats appear to be impossible to get comfortable in. The problem is the headrests. They are adjustable vertically but fixed fore and aft. Sitting back in the seat my head seems to be hitting the headrest before my shoulders hit the seatback. This creates a very uncomfortable seating position. It is even worse in the passenger seat where a person would try to maintain an even more relaxed position. A situation similar to this caused me to leave a Lexus showroom without even taking a test drive when my wife said she could not find a comfortable position in the passenger seat.

    I hope a solution to this problem can be found as I was really looking forward to purchasing the car. :(
  • bingomanbingoman Posts: 373
    Regarding the inflator kit in place of the compact spare: It is an 12 volt air compressor with an attached (but replaceable) can of sealant goo which can be plugged into one of the cigarette lighter sockets to seal and inflate a flat tire. There are some cryptic instructions on the unit which indicate a limit of 55 mph and five miles, but I could not figure out if those were the limits of use or instructions to drive under 55 mph for at least 5 miles to distribute the sealant. The sticker referred you to the users manual, which was not available to me. Also, in answer to someone else's question, the spare wheel well is standard with or without the purchase of the compact spare. The compressor is held down by the hold down for the spare in the middle of the well.

    On another note, I found the battery in a compartment on the right hand side of the trunk, not under the hood.
  • Well, I've just had a chance to sit in an '08 CTS and I am thoroughly disappointed. The car is beautiful but the seats appear to be impossible to get comfortable in. The problem is the headrests. They are adjustable vertically but fixed fore and aft. Sitting back in the seat my head seems to be hitting the headrest before my shoulders hit the seatback. This creates a very uncomfortable seating position. It is even worse in the passenger seat where a person would try to maintain an even more relaxed position. A situation similar to this caused me to leave a Lexus showroom without even taking a test drive when my wife said she could not find a comfortable position in the passenger seat.

    I hope a solution to this problem can be found as I was really looking forward to purchasing the car.

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    All I can say is I hope so too.
    Di you try adjusting the rake of the seat, and retracting the headrests all the way?
  • arby1arby1 Posts: 83
    If you have the same problem, both on the Lexus and the Cadillac, maybe it is that you desire a odd placement. I recently had neck pain, and was told by my therapist that I was not sitting in my car properly. He was right. I always adjusted my seat in a way that most people did not. It is possible that the CTS seat is made for a natural healthy posture. I will have to check it out, because my lease is up soon.
  • taxesquiretaxesquire Posts: 681
    Also, in answer to someone else's question, the spare wheel well is standard with or without the purchase of the compact spare

    That was my question - thank you for the answer!!! :D
  • bingomanbingoman Posts: 373
    Having had the evening to reconsider my problem with the headrest in the CTS I realize I did not exercise the full range of motion of the seat. I will have to make another visit to the showroom to try again to find a comfortable position in the seat. Another idea I will pursue is to swap the headrest for one of the headrests in the back seat, which are much smaller and less intrusive. I will have to see is the supports match the front seats.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,876
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  • 14871487 Posts: 2,407
    I saw an ad for the CTS in automobile magazine. Its about 5 pages long with lots of pics and wording. It is impressive and just the type of ad Cadillac needs for this car. It talks about the performance, the design, the interior craftsmanship and draws direct comparisons between the car and its competition, mentioning some by name.

    If you dont want the car before seeing the ad, you will afterwards.
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