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STS is a Great Driving Car
Pros: The power the vehicle has, as it is On Demand. There is no lag when you hit the pedal,
Cons: Fit & Finish, but not thrilled with the front wheel drive either, as it pulls to the left on hard acceleration.Although I purchased it used with 33,000 miles, and have had my share of totally unexpected repairs with the miles I put on, I am still very, very happy with the purchase, and would buy a newer model without further consideration. The ride is great, power band & acceleration excellent, and the gas mileage a huge plus. This car is fantastic on road trips and gets you there safely & tirelessly. I am not impressed with the fit and finish of the vehicle, as they used cheap materials that don't fit well, especially the dashboard. Small things break easily, and can be expensive to replace. Power train repairs can be costly, and some repairs came with lower mileage too, like the water pump & motor mount repairs. Those were costly repairs that really put a tarnish on my appreciation of the model. But once repaired, and taken on a trip, the love comes right back.
Pros: The navigation system and the sound system.
Advice: Get it now, this was the last year it was made.The best ride on the road today! My STS is fully loaded and handles like a charm. Most of my driving has been in less than the best weather, and while the BMW'ers skid and slide, I just drive right by.
Pros: The fact that I was able to get one.
Cons: The silly way they have the trunk cargo net set up.
Advice: If you don't get one soon, you won't get one at all. This is the last big STS.This is truly a great car. In spite of the fact that it's a really large and heavy car, it handles wonderfully and actually feels as if it's gripping the road, not just driving on it. It accelerates & stops powerfully & never feels as if you're pushing towards the edge when cornering. Having good computer skills will help you program a car in which almost everything can be set & adjusted for your comfort. Alas, the 2003 STS is the last of it's kind. The 2005 will look more like a CTS. Get one now if you can & you'll save thousands in rebates & the like.
Pros: sound system
Cons: Color (black) Clear coat scratches easily.
Advice: Try it.Good sound system. The ride is quiet. Powerful car that looks good. I drove a 1998 CATERA before this one and was suprised at the difference in handling and turning radius.
Cons: does not have an automatic pull down trunk
Advice: include the STS when shoping comparable $50,000 carsI owned a Lincoln Town Car, my dream car, for five years and wanted a more youthful car with more 'punch.' I decided upon a Lexus(430) or an Infinity(Q-45). After extensively driving the Lexus, I thought to go home to think about the price and the value. As a coincidenece, a Cadillac dealer was across the road from the Lexus dealer. I decided to drive a Sevelle STS. I was absolutely amazed by the handling and the ergonomics of the STS. I bought the Cadillac on the spot! It is absoultely a fantastic car. It does everything I ask of it. It is clearly better than the European cars I previously owned. It's fast, quiet and very comfortable. The only thing missing is 'snob appeal,' which doesn't mean anything to me. My STS is an outstanding car and if were stolen, I'd replace it with another STS.