2008 Cadillac CTS Long Term Road Test


2008 Cadillac CTS: Shortcuts That Try My Patience

February 10, 2009

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Although I liked hanging with the 2008 Cadillac CTS last weekend , I wasn't blind to the annoying little problems in our particular vehicle.

I didn't experience any of the recently reported nav system glitches, but just as Chris noted, the passenger-side mirror would tilt down as I backed out of a parking space and still be tilted down when I got on the freeway. This happened six times on Friday night, but then, the mirror behaved itself the rest of the weekend.

My front passenger also pointed out the issue in the above photo. This is the fabric cover that attempts to conceal the wires at the base of each of the Cadillac's front seats. It's not a very elegant solution and, as you'll see, it's not really even a solution anymore.

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Velcro is supposed to secure the fabric cover, but the adhesive holding on the velcro strips is no longer doing the job.

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For comparison, here's the base of the driver seat, where the velcro is still securely affixed. Note that the fabric cover tucks underneath the plastic trim piece. This is good. However, it would obviously be better if the fabric had been cut more exactly to fit over the gap -- without bending and creasing.

Here's the other thing about the Cadillac CTS that bugged me all weekend. It has a hand-operated release for the parking brake. Nothing wrong with that. But, this release lever is located just above the hood release and it's not illuminated.

In daylight, you can easily differentiate between the two.

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But at night, it's a completely different story.

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After accidentally pulling the hood release at 2 a.m. in pouring rain, I started turning on the map light every time to make sure I got the correct lever.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 25,373 miles

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