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    Looking to buy a CTS-V

    Hi, I'm new. I currently drive a 412rwhp Camaro SS....starting to make a little more money, and looking to step-up my game.
    I know this topic has probably been discused several times, but I'm looking to buy a 2004-2005 CTS-V. Is there anything I need to look for when buying one of these cars, anything I need to stay away from?
    As far as the drivetrain goes, I don't care. In reality, this car will get raced and abused more than most people would imagine lol. I've built a few LS1's, and I have done over 10 cam swaps on Corvette's and F-body's; the LSx platform is nothing new to me lol.
    How have you all been liking you V's as daily drivers? I'll be driving it probably 25,000+ miles a year. Will probably keep it mostly stock for a while, and add a 100 shot to keep me satisfied.

    If anyone sees any deals on 2004/2005 CTS-V's, or know of someone selling theirs, let me know. Hopefully I sell my car soon so I can step up my game a notch

    Thanks,

    Jason

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    Re: Looking to buy a CTS-V

    If I read you right, when you say "raced," I assuming you mean 1/4 mile. If that's the case, then you'll be needing a differential upgrade.

    If you're talking about taking corners, too, and won't be dumping the clutch, then you may still may need diff protection but not necessarily a complete upgrade.

    In either case, the usuals will apply when shopping for a used car e.g. leaks, wear and tear, noises, etc.

    BTW, have you driven one?
    '05 CTS-V, Maggie, Kooks, Hotchkis, Ground Control, Corsa, B&M, DSS/Hendrix, Full 3M Clear Bra, Autovation, V Headrests, CTS Console, STS-V 55w Fogs, Black Vette FRCs, Specter Werkes, Katech LS9 Clutch, SS Brake Lines, Heavymetals U-Turn Fuel Line Eliminator, Momo Combat Evo Shift Knob, Wldwhl Clear Sidemarkers, Linea Corse LC855 Wheels or OEM wheels w/'06-'07 Center Caps, plus a couple more. 472 RWHP/411 RWTQ (Mustang Dyno).

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    Re: Looking to buy a CTS-V

    By raced, I mean on the street....I'm used to leaving my foot on the gas when I shift lol. First mod will be a shifter, and a tune for sure haha. Most of the time we do rolls, with the random race from a dead stop. In STL, it can be hard to find a place that is ideal for a dead stop race.

    How do the rear ends hold up with the anti-hop kit thing, and the different braces and whatever all is available? The main thing that worries me is the rear diff, everyone is telling me that I will trash them easily the way I drive.

    I have driven 1. I drove it at the autoshow in motion. Drove the absolute shit out of it lol. Spinning the tires and sideways the whole time. The salesman guy with my wasn't to excited about that LOL. Hopefully I can sell my Camaro ASAP...seems like all the reasonably price CTS-V's sell extremely fast

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    Re: Looking to buy a CTS-V

    Mine is for sale. Stock 04' blk/blk 25K miles. one year left on warranty. $29K OBO negotiable!

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    Re: Looking to buy a CTS-V

    Unlike a F-bod, there is no 12-bolt Moser or Strange to bolt up into a V chassis. It is custom one-off stuff and runs $6-8k.

    A V is all about the 3rd gear roll. Give up the hole shot and reel them in.

    Good luck on the hunt.

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    Re: Looking to buy a CTS-V

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    Re: Looking to buy a CTS-V

    Quote Originally Posted by 2 sslow View Post
    Hi, I'm new. I currently drive a 412rwhp Camaro SS....starting to make a little more money, and looking to step-up my game.
    I know this topic has probably been discused several times, but I'm looking to buy a 2004-2005 CTS-V. Is there anything I need to look for when buying one of these cars, anything I need to stay away from?
    As far as the drivetrain goes, I don't care. In reality, this car will get raced and abused more than most people would imagine lol. I've built a few LS1's, and I have done over 10 cam swaps on Corvette's and F-body's; the LSx platform is nothing new to me lol.
    How have you all been liking you V's as daily drivers? I'll be driving it probably 25,000+ miles a year. Will probably keep it mostly stock for a while, and add a 100 shot to keep me satisfied.

    If anyone sees any deals on 2004/2005 CTS-V's, or know of someone selling theirs, let me know. Hopefully I sell my car soon so I can step up my game a notch
    Thanks,

    Jason
    you'll definitely get the thumbs up on this one key thing is research on the previous owner and history of the car but sell the camaro first

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    Re: Looking to buy a CTS-V

    I told myself I can't spend more than 25,000, but I really don't want to spend more than $23,000...I've found a few in this range, but need to sell my car first. I just want one under $50,000 miles.

    Here what I drive now.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukjXctJefcQ






    and a little powershifting video clip



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    Re: Looking to buy a CTS-V

    fast car

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