2008 Cadillac CTS Consumer Review: 2nd CTS and probably not the l

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2nd CTS and probably not the last
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2008 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sedan w/Direct Injection (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


This is our 2nd CTS. the first was a Black 2005 with EVERY option except block heater (we're in FL folks) and pearl paint. This one is the same, in light platinum (looks like the silver on my 2009 STS). It also has AWD. The 2005 went strongly to 117,000 miles when we traded it; this one is up to 30,000.

No major issues, but the ultraview sunroof is too noisey, something's loose because i can push up on the divider and the noise goes away. Handling is superb, inside room is good (I also have a Fleetwood and like my room), performance is outstanding. Noise level will be great once the roof is fixed. Eye appeal is without par, wife gets compliments on the chrome wheels all the time.

Best Features

While the 2005 CTS took a few hits from the pundits, it was a very well executed car. I also have a 2009 NorthStar STS, so the 'bar' is set very high. The 2008 looks far nicer than the 2005, the head & tail lights look more 'refined' & the grill is sharper. The interior is much nicer as well. We miss the nice 17" 7 spoke polished wheels from the 2005, but we were able to get a set of the factory 18s chromed and they do look very good. The HDD based Nav is the best thing, you can copy CDs & USB MP3s to it. The sound system is very powerful. The big sunroof can let a lot of light (and heat here in FL ) in. Interior finish is very well done as is the cabin lighting. Well done Cadillac!!!

Worst Features

Should not have to go to 18" wheels for V & W rated tires. I can just imagine what a set of 18" 50 series tires will cost. 17s would have been fine. Yeah i know they have to 'bling' it up, but.. Remote entry / exit settings are psychotic. it moves the seat forward AND tilts the wheel down BEFORE you even get in. The 2005 had this perfect; it moved the seat to the EXIT position when you unlocked it and it had a manual tilt (much better). Then when you put the key in to start, it moved the seat to the memory position. The 2008 is all wrong. The HDD while it is supposed to copy single tracks off a CD or MP3, won't do it, it only copies the entire disc. DIC does not show gallons used, why??
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