The CTS does not enjoy slippery conditions. Not a car to drive in Maine. While a great fun car to drive, it is a very expensive car to maintain. Tires will last about 24,000 miles, and don't hit a bump or you'll blow out a $650 rim. We did have significant electronic problems, which may have been due to dealer incompetence.
Over-all design. Wildly fun to drive (on dry pavement). Bose speaker system, gets up to speed quick, big trunk for a sedan, roomy, but limits visibility to rear view.
Traction control limits performance, tire-ware is horrible, some parts are hard to keep clean.
First of all there is more than one trim level and engine option. I have the top trim level one with the upgraded 3.6 L and all wheel drive with the gold emblem package. Love every thing about the car I have bought other cars since this one but love it so much I kept it and still use it. Here 9 years later and about 180,000 miles she is still running strong and fun as hell to drive. I remember when I first test drove it I was in disbelief it was a caddy. Ive owned and remember the devilles, sevilles, and fleetwoods big floaty land yachts, but this is small and sporty, something I used to think wasn't in Cadillacs vocabulary.
Everything but in particular the upgraded 3.6 L so worth the extra money.
The dash is so plasticky and hollow compared to other Cadillacs.
Bought the '04 CTS Sport used in June '09.
Had 86k at the time.
Fun car to drive.
So far had to replace the water pump, and throttle body at about a $700 a clip.
Seems to go thru tires pretty quick too.
Put a new set on about 12k ago and they won't last until next inspection April '12.
Overall, got a great deal on this car.
Paid about $11k.
Still can't believe I paid that amount for such a sweet ride.
Have taken on long road trips and love the performance.
My kids can't believe the turns i take with this car.
This car is glued to the road.
Have the Bose stereo and navigation system.
Hit or miss if it's going to work or not.
Some times the stereo acts up too.
went out and bought a garmin.
was cheaper to buy than fix the navigation.
My initial excitement with this car was replaced by disappointment. Rear Shocks went at 37K, Wheel hub bearing at 50K (900 USD to replace), timing chain at 43K (1800 usd), airflow sensor @ 62K (450 usd), uses 1quart of oil per 1000 miles. This american luxury did not impress me. No wonder consumerreports rates it at "below average". GM: please wake up
Everything listed above plus the transmission that appears to hesitate on acceleration
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