2008 Cadillac CTS: Detroit to Los Angeles Part II
January 24, 2009
Soon after our meat sweats in downtown KC we reached the heart of dustbowl country. Time to boogie. We had an appointment in Durango, Colorado to pick up a 1975 Ford F-250 Factory Highboy pickup purchased sight unseen by a very trusting Ed Hellwig.
The plan was to buy the truck in Durango and drive it back to Santa Monica, so we knew that the 800-mile run from Durango to L.A. would be more like a walk. This was when we could make up some time, plus Ed was worried that if we were late, the truck would already be gone to a higher bidder.
I assured him that the line of F-250 Factory Highboy enthusiasts looking for a well-worn, rusty truck in Durango in the middle of winter was a short one, but he wouldn't listen.
This is a gas stop somewhere in middle America. Look around; every vehicle in sight is domestic. You don't see many BMWs in Kansas. We were already getting comments from fellow motorists on the Caddy's condition. "Well, that's a dirty car, ha ha ha. What, they don't have car washes in California? Yuk, yuk, yuk."
The cops were out and about through the plains, but our trusty Escort Passport 9500i kept us ticket-free. In fact, I drove nearly 5,000 miles that week and was not pulled over once.
The Caddy's nav system was a very nice luxury to have (we never had to crack an actual map) and its graphics are more detailed than the display of the X5's system, so looking ahead to the next town and finding gas stations is easier in the Cad than the BMW. But it did this to us about a dozen times and it went into a rebooting fit for about 20 minutes just outside Durango. The screen said the system was overheating.
Strange. Eventually the system always found our desired destination, and the reboot problem hasn't been seen since.
And there it is. When I took these pictures, Ed had owned the truck for about 10 minutes. Yeah it's cool. Even a four-speed. But it's not exactly King of the Interstate. Hell, we weren't even sure the 33-year-old truck would make it back to L.A.
From here on out our top speed would be about 68 mph. Up to this point, the Cadillac was averaging 22 mpg at an average speed near 70 mph.
-- Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief