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Pros: Very comfortable ride
Cons: Rear end noise
Advice: Take a long test drive to get engine and rear end gears to temp and listen for noiseDrove in 2003 but waited for 3.6 engine in 2004. Great looking car and rides well on trips. Three minor recalls in first 18 months and then did not have parts in stock when I took it in. Loud noise in rear end at low torque between 20 and 40mph. One dealer did not even acknowledge the noise after driving. Another said he heard it but there was no fix from GM. GM extended warranty to 100K. Hey, it's a Cadillac, it shouldn't be noisy! Finally took back to the dealer from whom I purchased and he replaced the entire rear axle and differential assembly. Problem resolved and then got rear ended and car was totaled. Will not buy another GM. I gave them a another chance but the quality is just not there. I'm glad I kept the '97 BMW convertable. It still runs great!
Cons: Car dies out with no warning
Advice: Do not buy this carThe car rides well and looks great. However, the car has died out with no warning on three separate occasions. After one year I have had to replace two batteries. The dealership can't seem to figure out the problem of the battery being drained. The dealership couldn't care less and they have no answer for the car dying out. The corporate folks at Cadillac are not much help either. We are currently in negotiations for a new car if mine isn't finally repaired. Very frustrating having a car towed out of your garage on three separate occasions. Purchase this car at your own risk.
Pros: Beautiful trouble-free performance
Advice: Do not hesitate to buy this excellent value, beautiful automobileAfter researching and driving other cars, I knew this was the one. I have not been disappointed; I love it even more after almost two years-- bought new, Aug '04 luxury sport. It is a distinctively beautiful American car. The performance, comfort, features, reliability, safety are excellent.
Pros: The manual shifting is great.
Cons: The location of the emergency brake.
Advice: If you don't live in San Francisco or the like, go for the manual version. It is fun. However, the chance is you may have to order one as not too many dealers stock it.The emergency brake located under the console and is foot operated that makes it awkward at times. If starting the car uphill, one has to be more careful. It would be perfect if the emergency brake is located near the shift stick and hand operated.
Pros: The heated seats & lumbar support
Cons: repairs took over 6 weeks!!!
Advice: double check the traction control & stability system, otherwise love the car!Generally, I love the car. Only problem is/was, the stability sytem light came on, dealer said to bring it in no problem. Yeah, no problem as long as you don't mind waiting over 6 weeks to get the car back because the part is on backorder & no one could do anything about it! And, I still had to make the car payments, then they'd see about reimbursing me!!! No problems since, but I've only had the car 4 months & 6 weeks of it was spent in the dealership!
Pros: Engine power and GPS nav system.
Cons: GPS up date disc.
Advice: Try the rest and do what we did buy a CTS.We purchased our CTS 10-03 and have had not one single problem. It's by far the best car I've owned. The torque range is excellant and it's being copied by all the rest. We drive it 600 miles per week to our weekend home and look forward to the drive. This car is a real value. Best electronics out there.