2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, Bought an M3 instead of a V in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; Man it was a tough decision I have to say (My test drive experience posted here ), but in the ...
Man it was a tough decision I have to say (My test drive experience posted here), but in the end the M3 was the better fit for me right now. Primarily because I don't *need* 4 doors right now... I really only need a back seat for the odd emergency trip with the Dog. Anyhow, new vs. new the CTS-V was the clear winner, but I found a lot of great local used M3s with light miles and managed to get a bargain (2003 M3 with only 9K miles!), and in the end the M3 was more "fun" for me (mainly due to it's smaller size and more "zippy go-kart" feel). No doubt the M3 has less power and is much harder to modify, but that might be a good thing for me given my panache for going crazy with modifications.
Anyhow I thought you all would like to know what the final decision was!
Here are some pics.
PS, Can't say I'm in "love" with the Bimmer owners so you may see me over at LS1Tech and here more often than the BMW boards
You'll be back to the General when the LS7 version is here.
I'm sure I will. The last 3 cars I've owned have been an LS1, an L98 and a L-81... I've got V8 in my blood I just needed to take a break for a while.
Now what is interesting is last month I came -> <- this close to getting a C6, but then Hurricane Ivan hit and wiped out a bunch of friends and Family down in Florida. Gave me a chance to reflect on things and I realized that I still need at least a back seat.
Anyhow I've allways loved the E46 M3, and really could only justify it over the V becuase I could find good ones used. New vs. New the CTS-V has all the same options as the M3 for $10K less.
BTW, I got a manual M3...I hated the SMG. I've been saying for the longest time that I wish the CTS-V and Corvette has an SMG tranny, but now that I've had some seat time in an SMG car, I have to say it's a poor replacement for an automatic and it takes all the fun out of a manual...sort of the worst of both worlds IMOHO.
And on another point, re the CTS-V and its competitors - I think I've been saying for a while that by and large the M3 does not compete with the CTS-V, someone buying an M3 doesn't regard the Cadillac's extra size and space as an advantage.