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Cadillac CTS/CTS-V



  • mannytrannymannytranny Posts: 175
    I only hope that there is a program around like this when I go to buy my CTS V.
         Sounds really great for those who can take advantage of it.
         It's also thoughtful of you to ask at this Board for future CTS owners to get the discount.
  • wwhite2wwhite2 Posts: 535
    Thanks for the offer , I too would like something like that to help myself get into a CTS-V
  • sonjaabsonjaab Posts: 1,057
    When did you get them? I will be checking my mail box closly as I am on the GM employee/family deal too. My bud wants a new GM truck and wishes he could get the DEAL too!...............geo
  • biglevbiglev Posts: 8
    How much more is the 2004 CTS going to be compared to the 2003 model?
  • oldsman01oldsman01 Posts: 1,203
    Every time I look at the pictures of your CTS I am reminded what a sharp car it is and just how good it looks in dark colors. Your pictures are better than any of the ones Cadillac uses in their brochures and promotional materials. Local dealer currently has one CTS in stock(at least according to and it is cashmere. Just a month ago they had about 9 in stock at once. I do see them on the road with increasing frequency while still not at every street corner.

    Copper Sunburst- The very first CTS I test drove(about this time last year) was copper sunburst. I'm not sure I'd want to wake up with it every morning but I will confess it did appeal to me some. And boy did it draw some looks during the test drive. Being 27 and single I guess I kind of like things that draw attention to me:) Although I think a black or blue onyx CTS would fit me best.
  • oldsman01oldsman01 Posts: 1,203
    Considering it's price I think the CTS has a very good interior, however if you want to see a nice interior then check out some pics of the XLR. I can't wait to see one in person as the car looks absolutely fabulous in pictures. To put things in perspective, I loved the look of the XLR the first time I saw a picture of one. That is not the same thing that happened when I saw the first pic of a CTS nearly 2 years ago as it took spotting one on the road in late September 01 to sell me on the car's look.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    I've read several rave reviews of the XLR. Cadillac is on a roll, no doubt. Now they need to get the rest of GM rolling also.

    I've always like the look of the CTS and I think the dark blue is the best color. I have stopped by the Cadillac dealer a few times this year to drool over one. Maybe in a year or two I'll get a used one if I can't afford a new one yet. I really want one some day though.
  • richw5richw5 Posts: 152
    My wife always gives me a hard time if I wave to other CTS drivers we meet. She says, "People will think you are crazy".

    Yet last week, when we where leaving the local Olive Garden Restaurant, a passenger in another CTS gave me the "Thumbs up" sign, while his wife was parking the car. I believe that, just like Corvette owners, there is a special bond between people who have challenged the ordinary, the bland, by buying a CTS.

    Am I crazy? Maybe, but it's just harmless fun and if I get a smile from the other driver, it's OK if they think I'm crazy.

  • mannytrannymannytranny Posts: 175
    Read Post # 2993
    The price will be up but how much it is not sure yet. The 04 will include the new engine and an auto trans as standard. So it just has to be more than the original base model 03.
  • necrosnecros Posts: 127
    Ajvdh, yeah that was the school in the Springs. Let me tell you, driving in that stuff at 5 am on summer tires sucked hardcore. I almost lost it a few times going down 25. And I don't think we're that far apart (I'm in Arvada), so we got a lot of snow, too. And of course, once we passed the Palmer Divide, it was beautiful and sunny.

    fav002, it was the pics of your car that made me get my CTS in black with the two-tone interior, and I love the looks of it. Very cool for you to try to hook members of the board up with a discount. Mad rup!

    AWD would be awesome. Now if I could only get the CTS-V in AWD, I could maybe make it my next car. ATM, thoug, it's looking like a Suby WRX STi in my future...

    I always give other CTS drivers a wave, and have yet to get one back. Dunno why. Although there was a white VTXi on the road the other day, and we were checking each other out...
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    Or the new engine comes with the auto option.

    i wonder how they will do that?

    Pay $1200 for the auto and get the new engine?
  • tornado25tornado25 Posts: 279
    From what I've seen, I believe the current engine will be available, but stick only and the new engine (3.6 totally new design) will be auto only. That applies for 04 only. Sounds like in 05, the "current" engine will be gone altogether and then the new 3.6 will be available with both trannies.

    I think this has something to do with the fact that the manual needs to be reworked a little to work with the new engine.
  • mannytrannymannytranny Posts: 175
    I was talking about the base price difference between the 03 and the 04 CTS. Since the 04 only comes with an auto trans it will cost more than the 03 CTS that came standard with a manual trans. To add an auto trans was about $1200 on an 03. So I figure that the base cost will be about $1200 more just to include it.
    Can't figure out how the 05 will price everything out. Maybe this is the way that Cadillac will gradually increase the base price of a CTS ......hmmmmm
  • pecclespeccles Posts: 52
    The base '04 will still be a 5 speed manual with
    the 3.2L engine. The auto trans will be optional
    with the 3.2L. The 3.6L is only offered with
    the auto trans in '04. In '05, the 3.6L will
    be the base engine. A 6 speed manual trans will
    be available in '05 but not sure if it will be
    standard or an option like the Corvette.

    I'll be in the market for a new car in 18 months
    and the CTS will be a serious consideration.
    Would like to see magnetic ride control and
    heads up display available for '05. Making the
    CD player capable of playing MP3s would be a
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    My understanding is that the '04 3.2L will be stick only with no auto available.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    That's right. 3.2L with stick only in 04. 3.6L with auto only in 04, manual added in 05.
  • thebugthebug Posts: 294
    Post #2993 list the expected base at $31,000. After a few bells and whistles, it will be up a bit I guess. Average options on the 03 was about 4-4.5K.

  • wwhite2wwhite2 Posts: 535
    night vision should be an option too
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Saw an ad today in the paper for a dealer with a Matrix theme with a CTS and they were giving away PS2 / Xbox Matrix games with purchase. I wonder if Cadillac will do the same in the coming weeks.
  • oldsman01oldsman01 Posts: 1,203
    The more I think about it I think I'm going to wait until the 04 CTS comes out and try to get a base model as for the most part the car comes well equipped in standard form. I would like the wood trim and heated seats that require a package but can live without everything else. Since I'm single and likely the only person who will ever drive the car, memory seats really are useless(except when you take your car to a car wash and the jockeys get the seats and mirrors in all different positions). I take it blue will still be offered in 04? How about the light grey/dark grey two tone interior? Since a temp gauge has already been added all I'm really waiting on is the new engine. After seeing Fav's pictures black or blue is definitely the way I'm going with my CTS. While my current car is black and is a paid to keep clean(espeically in the rainy season we are currently experiencing) dark colors look SO GOOD when they are clean and sitting in the sun. And IMO the CTS's body style just looks better in dark colors.
  • wwhite2wwhite2 Posts: 535
    Is a temp gauge really necessary
    1. I believe that most people dont look at their gauges enough to notice a problem before it turns into an event ( your suppose to be watching the road ) .A flashing red light will be caught by peripheral vision long before a gauge -you usually see or sense over heating evidence then look down at the gauge .2 The gauge isn't a true indicator that your engine has reached proper operating temp. That is determined by the OIL reaching proper operating temp . which happens well after the coolant has reached it's thermostat controlled temp .An oil temp gauge would be better and maybe coolant temp available in the DIC. That said ,a temp gauge looks cool so why not !!! PS I just read a review on the NEW 153K Aston Martin Vantage and it raved about the analog clock on the instrument panel
  • bingomanbingoman Posts: 373
    You may believe that most people don't look at their temperature gauges often enough to avoid trouble, but I believe that you are wrong. And, in any case I certainly look at my gauge, especially when I am going up a long desert hill in 110 degree summer heat. I want to know, long before the engine has overheated, what my engine heat situation is. In 15 thousand miles of driving around the country, including a number of trips across the Southern California deserts I have not yet had any trouble, but when the car has 75 or 80 thousand miles on it the situation may change, and I certainly want to know of trouble brewing in advance. Having the engine overheat light come on with no warning while in the middle of the dessert, at least 30 or 40 miles from the nearest service, on a hot summer day, does not strike me as a happy experience.
  • wwhite2wwhite2 Posts: 535
    ok I will give you an improperly maintained cooling system will eventually cause radiators tubes to narrow and give a slow temp rise to an over heating event while you travel up a steep grade in a desert. In a desert you probably need all the temperature reading you can get . Just guessing never been to one
  • sevenfeet0sevenfeet0 Posts: 486
    IMHO, if a Mercury Grand Marquis that's marketed to 70 year olds can have analog oil, water and battery gauges on the dash, then so can the CTS.
  • jemillerjemiller Posts: 183
    Please note, however, that many (most?) modern temperature gauges are 'buffered' - that is, they don't read normal variations in engine temperature, they'll have a 'cold', a 'normal', an 'overheated', and maybe a 'high normal' needle position.

    What's really useful if you want to know what your engine is doing is an OIL temperature gauge.
  • oldsman01oldsman01 Posts: 1,203
    Saw the Matrix Reloaded this afternoon, not a bad flick at all. Lots of great effects. It was cool seeing the CTS in there but man it got shot all to hell. The car chase scene was pretty good, but I'm always amazed at how easy cars will flip in the movie. I know I know it is on purpose to create excitement just like everytime a car drives off a cliff it explodes. Speaking of car movies, there is a sequel to the Fast and the Furious(not sure if thats a good idea or not) and an "Americanized" remake of The Italian Job.
  • oldsman01oldsman01 Posts: 1,203
    Not to beat a dead horse on the temp gauge and whether they are 100% accurate or not is debatable but I still want one. I know that if the temp gauge on my Intrigue gets above the 1/2 mark that something is not right as it NEVER goes above that point. That would give me a little extra time to get off the freeway and get to a safe stopping place or even to a service bay. When an idiot light comes on, it is usually too late to do anything but stop. I'll give you that most people probably don't look at their temp gauge unless a warning light comes on, but I'm one of the few who does watch my gauges. And a car's instrument cluster just doesn't seem complete without at least a temp gauge.
  • bingomanbingoman Posts: 373
    I for one find it very interesting that a "sport" sedan, even one with an automatic transmission, needs a tachometer, but not temperature, oil pressure or temperature, or ammeter (ampmeter) gauges. and it needs a clock, the one "gauge" of interest to passengers in a location invisible to the passengers.

    The 'powers that be' in detroit have this strange on and off' thing about driver information. Years ago they replaced some of the gauges, usually oil and ammeter with idiot lights. The public howled, so they put them back in some cars and made them an extra cost option in others. Now they seem to be going back to fancy pictogram idiot lights. When I learned to drive no one had tachometers except race cars, then the hot rods adopted tachometers which where reasonable for someone trying to get the most out of a small engine with a three, or maybe four speed transmission. Then Detroit discovered tachometers. What purpose does a tachometer serve with an automatic transmission, especially a computer controlled automatic transmission.

    One of the best arrangements I have ever seen was on a Chrysler in which they had a complete set of gauges and one large red idiot light which lighted when any gauge went out of the safe zone. The light was big enough to get your attention an alert you to check the gauges to see what needed attention.

    Please pardon my rant, but it is good to get it off my chest, thank you.
  • mannytrannymannytranny Posts: 175

    There I've said it! Enough...........
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