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2008 Cadillac CTS



  • arby1arby1 Posts: 83
    Thanks . I will try it . I have always gotten the FE2 sportier suspension on my cars and I never had a problem where the tightness would create a rattle . I hope it works . By "tech in the back seat ", do you mean that you brought it to the dealer and a service tech took a test ride with you ?
  • So, after being completely jealous of all you CTS owners out there, I've decided to take the plunge, but was hoping all you fellow enthusiasts could give me a little advice. First off, I am really a fan of manual transmission. Is manual transmission available with Direct Inject? I see that it is NOT available with AWD. This is going to be my first luxury sedan purchase, so I am not sure if I am going to see much defference between DI or straight V6. Seems everyone is going DI, especially considering it's only an extra $1k. Still worth it? What about AWD? Is it worth giving up the control of manual trans? In my experience, it seems the more complex the car, the more things that can go wrong. And once last question (sorry for the barrage)... can someone explain why ordering custom from the dealer is cheaper than buying off the lot?

    Thanks, folks. Happy cruisin'.
  • arby1arby1 Posts: 83
    What kind of lube should I use ? WD-40 spray ,mineral oil , silicone or is there a specific type of lube that won't hurt rubber gaskets around doors ?
  • arby1arby1 Posts: 83
    I think that you will notice a 50 HP difference . AWD is important if you drive in snow or rain . The automatic is much smoother than the manual so I would test drive the manual to see if you like it . It should not be cheaper ordering than taking from the lot since dealers are usually happy to unload a vehicle from inventory . It is possible in this case where the CTS is in high demand , that the dealers are selling every vehicle that they have in stock and are commanding a high price . in that case , by ordering one , they don't lay out any money up front , and are more ready to give you a break .
  • adamg2adamg2 Posts: 12

    I have a 6-sp non-DI CTS with the FE2 suspension. In terms of the DI, that is pretty much a non-brainer if it is within your budget (not the case with me :( ). The manual transmission certainly requires some getting used to due to the odd clutch feel, the position of the armrest, and the proximity between the brake pedal and the clutch. However, as long as I am wearing narrow shoes, its not too problematic. If you insist on having a clutch (as I do), I recommend the manual. If not, the car is definitely superior in automatic.
  • Makes sense. I did also read about the poor arm-rest positioning for the manual tranny, and since I live in Brooklyn, we do tend to get an occasional snow shower or two ;-). Perhaps worth giving up my obsession with Manual, and going for an AWD. Thanks so much for the responses.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    I have a 07 STS with the regular V6 and being mine has AWD and is heavier than the CTS I have still be completely satified with the power of the engine. I think it is 265hp where the DI I believe is 306hp. The extra power is always nice but not needed for me. Of course there are those out there that will say I'm crazy for saying this but that is why different engines are offered. There is a need/want for the extra ponies. As far as the AWD, I'd give up the manual in a heartbeat for AWD. If you live where there is snow or ice to me its needed and fun besides. When the light turns green and those big SUV's pull away from the light in the snow waiting to look in the mirror and see how far they left the 2 wheel drive people (I know I did the same thing with my Trailblazer) and then look out there side window and see me right beside them they just freak out. Its great and I don't miss my Trailblazer at all. The bigger V6, it's up to you, but don't even think about it. Go with AWD, the handling anytime of year is great.
  • Hi All:
    In California it's illegal to mount the suction cup appartus for my Garmin 650 nuvi to the windshield. My only other alternative is to dash mount the unit. Has anyone dealt with this issue in their '08 CTS, and what did you do to solve the problem?

  • bingomanbingoman Posts: 373
    I'm not a lawyer, but in reading the Calif. vehicle code sect. 26708(b)3 you are allowed to obstruct a 5" square in the lower left corner of the windshield, or a 7" square in the lower right corner. So if your navigation unit is less than 5" square you might be able to affix it to the windshield there. But don't call me if you get stopped and can't convince the officer. :)

    edit: The code speaks of 'obstructing the drivers clear view'. If the unit is mounted low enough that it only obstructs the view of the hood, and not the road, is it still illegal?

    You might have to consult a lawyer for this. Good luck.
  • Just purchased a fully loaded 2008 CTS -
    but the dealer says there are no body
    side moldings that are available for the 2008.
    (2007 was the last year for moldings) --
    Cadillac-- why did you stop making the
    CTS with body side moldings???
    I am worried that my new car
    will get banged around--
    Anyone know of any options for
    side moldings for the 2008 CTS???
    I would love the moldings to
    match the color of my new car----
  • My advice is to move. Leave the People's Republik of Kalifornia behind you. Bring your loved ones (including the CTS) with you. :)
  • bingomanbingoman Posts: 373
    Hi Brian, just where is your paradise? :confuse: (Arizona?)
  • Paradise can be best found on tropical islands, but work is dicey...unless you sell straw hats to tourists.

    I live in Tucson, Arizona (not a native, but I like it). Just finished washing the CTS on my driveway in the middle of January. I don't miss MN or ND too much.

    Although we have a lot of Kalifornia refugees moving here (and bringing some of their politics into the picture), there is still respect for individual property here. Unfortunately, like most of the country, there are a growing number of nanny-laws being passed (mostly against smokers). Not a smoker myself, but whatever happened to letting people live the life they choose? Were I a business owner, why should the gov't not let me have a restaurant that lets people smoke? Let the patrons vote with their feet and their $$. Sorry, but I digress.

    Back to autos, I think many would be surprised what you can put a AZ license plate on and drive on the streets. Quads (Polaris) for instance. I've driven alongside 4WD pickups where I was literally looking up at the driveshaft.

    All I'm saying is Give Liberty a Chance.

    Anyone know whether Edmunds has a political board where I could vent?
  • bingomanbingoman Posts: 373
    Aridzona is a very nice place to visit, except in July and August. I've been in Phoenix and Flagstaff many times in the last few years, both for business and pleasure. I've also been in Tucson two or three times. As for the non-smoking laws here in California, I think a lot of cooks and waitress's are happier and healthier for it.

    I'm all for liberty, but it's amazing how exercising one's liberty can interfere with someone else's liberty, and that is why we have laws to clarify what liberties are permitted.
  • arby1arby1 Posts: 83
    I bought a Nav Mat dash mounting unit . It cost me $25 . It is weighted , and you put it on the dash , and attach your unit to it . In NYC , if the crooks on the street see a suction cup or finger prints on the windshield , they will break in to your car to steal the GPS .
  • jpennjpenn Posts: 68
    Well gang, it's finally here. Check out the Edmunds cover story for the first official posts and pictures of the CTS Coupe Concept. In a word, AWESOME !! It's a lot different than I expected: 2+2, very rakish ie: fastback and much "classier" than the sedan.

    Still no word on when it will be released or how much it will cost. Let's hope soon and not a whole lot more than the sedan.

    Ohh baby.
  • the mesh grille was a dealer installed item,looks like the V-series.Britetrim has them.I bought the side moldings from them and they are great.$130 they were getting around $600 for the grille
  • I didn't think it was possible to make the CTS sedan and even the V-series look a bit sedate. The coupe just outdid them both. A V-series coupe will be absolutely killer. If GM is thinking clearly, we'll see the coupe by January as an early '10, a few months after the '09 V-series sedan gets delivered. Then a V-series coupe comes in the fall of '09 as a proper '10 model. If I were GM, I'd play the Nissan model and kick the horsepower of the coupe up a notch over the sedan...try to do it naturally aspirated without getting into the cost of forced induction. Since we're not going to get a V8 next-gen Northstar in this car after all, the current V6 will have to turn a few new tricks.
  • jpennjpenn Posts: 68
    If this Caddy CTS Coupe really is a concept then they will most likely br tweaking it before production. While an in person inspection might change my thinking, I would suggest moving the C pillar in about an inch and a half and run an edge from the taillight to the beginning of the C pillar where it meets the side window thus creating a small fender area rather than a solid line from the roof down. There are so many pluses to this car that I'd be more than happy to take it as is. The fact that they only cut off 2 inches makes it a truly full size coupe rather than a miniature of the sedan. Also the 2+2 design of the interior is a real pleasant surprise. My guess would be that the production model will have a more sedate and luxurious interior and the sharp edged design of the rear will be muted. somewhat.
  • When pricing out the 2008 CTS on trying to figure out the "True-Value", it says that AWD is not available with the Premium Luxury Collection. Any ideas why not? Seems like pricing those options individually is almost twice as expensive. :mad:
  • DOES allow you to select the premium luxury collection and AWD. Edmunds is not always current with their selections. They were about three weeks late on the price increase.
  • My 2008 CTS has been in the shop over 9 days in less than 3 months of ownership and Cadillac expects me to pay user fees/taxes on the loaner car I am driving while they are trying to fix mine. Ride and sound system great. Cheapskates at GM don't make a rear view camera available (Accord has one) nor are fog lights without paying thousands extra. BOO GM. I wany my money back.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    So why has it been in the shop for 9 days. Did you back into something and now blamming GM for not putting in a backup camera. Did someone twist your arm and force you to buy that CTS. Why didn't you just buy the Accord with the backup camera and you would hav saved yourself a lot of money. As Paul Harvey says, I'd like to hear the rest of the story. :P
  • I have the garmin 660 unit. I use the "beanbag" mount that sits on the dash, It is very stable, easy to remove and foils the BMW (Break my Windshield ) people.
  • Awesome news. Thanks for the reply.

  • A point of interest with those who have the sunroof. My last 04 CTS had a flood with the rear port being clogged and water entered the trunk big time. This 08 had a clog on the front left drain. I seen a few drops of water under the parking brake. The problem was corrected before it became bigger. But how after 5 years do we still have this happening???????????????????????
  • "When pricing out the 2008 CTS on trying to figure out the "True-Value", it says that AWD is not available with the Premium Luxury Collection."

    I tried a couple of minutes ago, & gave me a price on the 3.6 DI with Premium Luxury and AWD.
  • Yeah... it prices it out. What threw me for a loop was the description of the AWD option says it's not available with the Premium Luxury Collection:

    MX7 All Wheel Drive
    NOT AVAILABLE with PDQ, Y41, Y43.

    "PDQ" being the Premium Luxury Collection.
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