2005 Cadillac CTS Consumer Review: Great Design; Sub-Standard P
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Great Design; Sub-Standard Paint Job
By JERRY on

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2005 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6M)

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I love this car. It has a unique design and distinctive performance. It is super! Now for the cynical part of me: My unit has the "Diamond White" optional exterior paint, which cost $995 retail; $860 GM Employee price. As you know, the factory robotic spray paint booth does its job flawlessly. From 10 feet away, the car is very nice and pretty. From 2 feet away, the exterior white paint is rippled (like waves on a lake) and the final clear coat paint is noticeably dimpled. Not a world-class effort, IMO. I did not appreciate paying extra for a sub-standard simple white application. A much smoother paint job could have been programmed into the robots.

Best Features

Great headroom, enough for a Cowboy hat. High quality leather seats. OnStar Emergency Service Super engine, feels like 6-cyl. Corvette. Very good visibility, no "blind" spots.

Worst Features

Mirror-finish paint application. More seat cushioning for the drivers' sitting area Some type of backflow preventer on the rear wheel brake lines. Sound system controls on the steering wheel are not user-friendly, other GM models are much better.
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