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Best car I've ever owned!
Pros: overall performance.
Cons: nothingThis vehicle has done everything perfectly. Fun to drive and with all types of power and it's only a 6 cylinder. Great in town and on the open road. Never had a problem.
Cons: rear wheel drive - handling in the snowI've enjoyed driving my CTS daily to work and on long trips. Had to adjust to rear wheel drive in the winter, but it was fine.
Pros: Steering Wheel and Radio features
Cons: The transmission problems
Advice: Test the car out for a few days if allowed. Then make a decision! I didn't know about my cars problem untill I had the car home!I just traded my 04' Toyota Scion Xa in for the 05' Cadillac 2.8L. I had a much smaller car and needed safety for my 1yr old. However all I have had is trouble with this Luxury car. It is only four days old to me now. And the car is not reading my shift modes. When I'm in drive it sometimes thinks I'm in second. The same thing with park it thinks I'm in drive and I sometimes can't get my key out... And so on! Is this a problem with all these CTS cars or do I just have bad luck? Don't know, but I do know foreign cars are definitely better for me now!
Pros: performance and appearance
Cons: trunk and hood lights; leg room rear
Advice: Go for it ,you will not have any reason for regretI bought the CTS for my wife at christmas,and can barely get to drive it. It has great appearance (everyone wants to talk about it), handling and performance is great as well as turn radius. It is surprisingly quiet on the hwy. Also quiet at stand still.A little louder in the city with windows down. Only things I didn't like is the rear trunk light should have dual (one on both sides of the large trunk).Also a light under the hood would be nice. And a little more leg room in the rear,I'm 6'2 and it's a little cramped. Overall we love it,she has already put 2800mi on it in 2weeks,and she works from home.
Pros: the style
Cons: interior and build quality
Advice: do a lot of comparaitve shopping before you buy this carI just purchased an 04 with all that you can get except the NAV. Moon roof, sports package, heated everything.. The dealer even put 18 inch STS wheels and new Michelins on this car and installed the rear spoiler which is one of the nicest I have ever seen to compliment the styling of a car. This was a certifed used car so it came with the 100k warranty. It had 45k on it so I have 55k miles to go. I like that - especially for an American made car. The color is the custom red that you pay 1500 extra for and the dealer popped V emblems on it. hmmm. My car is a 3.6 and at first drive is peppy but in no league with a BMW -- more like Toyota. I am disappointed by all the cheesy plastic interior and high pitch transmission whine (hydromatic auto) at idle and slow speeds. Lack of Caddy class in this car just looks like a way for GM to save money. Something inherent in all US made cars. I traded an 01 Jag XKR. I am a certified idiot.
Cons: Cruise Control Switch
Advice: Buy it!A great car with some downsides... I am very tall (6’-7”), and finding a car that I want to drive and fit in can be two mutually excusive things. I shopped a ridiculous number of cars before selecting the Cadillac CTS. I am very happy with my purchase with a few minor exceptions. Twice, during rain showers the check engine light has come on and the engine loses all power. It runs fine, but can’t get out of its own way on the roadway. The driver’s seat has a strange clunk, which is pretty irritating. The Goodyear RSA’s that came on the car are terrible. I have only 17,000 miles on the car and the front tires have maybe 50% wear left, they are also cupped (irregular wear), causing them to be very noisy. Can’t wait to buy a decent set of Michelins. The engine and transmission are to die for! I have the 3.6L w/ the 6spd manual (a difficult combination to find). The transmission and clutch are generally very smooth and easy to use and make good use of the available power. I am surprised that the magazines have such slow 0-60 times, because my car seems like a rocket ship to me. The engine has almost bottomless torque available at all RPM. I do have a little trouble from time to time distinguishing 1st gear from reverse. I do wish reverse was over be 5th gear instead. The engine also occasionally feels a little rough at idle. I have received numerous comments from those inside and outside the car that appreciate is looks and comfort. I know it sound crazy, but some day I hope to take it to an SCCA autocross.
Cons: a tough question; hard to think of anything other than no grab handle for passenger.
Advice: take it for a drive on a winding country road and hit the performance button. great!It is too bad Mazda owns 'zoom-zoom-zoom' since it really applies to this Cadillac. As tame and docile as it is in regular driving, push it through some some curves and it feels like the best of the import sport sedans. Floor it and you know it is not your Grandfather's Caddy; hit the performance button on the transmission and you will surprise some of the 'hot' cars. Seats are firm but comfortable. Loaded with all the creature comfort items(and I don't even have the luxury option) Bonus item; Cadillac service great without the snobishness found at BMW,Mercedes and some others.