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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, it's getting bad. I can't control myself in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; Andringa, and Twitch: considering your advice, that $2k might be necessary... I'm at 98k and some change, and while the ...
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    Re: it's getting bad. I can't control myself

    Andringa, and Twitch: considering your advice, that $2k might be necessary...

    I'm at 98k and some change, and while the springs and shocks feel "ok" and they're great if I stay off the gas, I agree they're due for a change. however, the key to having this pre-owned V has/will be $ smart solutions to make it stronger and ready for another 100k miles.

    the upgrades/updates planned are a 6.6 kit and relevant motor updates, stronger diff, axles, wheel bearings, beefier sways, and a fresh transmission. also corsa exhaust for vanity. Something about the KW/GC/Eibach/D3 options and what I've read about them... feel like $2k is breaking the cost/benefit/durability ratio quite a bit.

    however. if it was worth the durability, and it was a name I at least -recognized- producing the shocks, I would go for it. for example, Bilstein coilovers such as the ones offered by LG Motorsports seems more worth $2k....

    thoughts? (whoa, misfire on the LG motorsports link. turns out those are for vettes. maybe a phone call or email is in order.)

    JDB, I laughed over the Driver's Education bit. I would not track this car because of the wear/tear, and it's not worth the thrill... but the driver's license classroom course... I wonder if they're elective, and if there is one that is better than the others. I've never attended one, but I've heard some are as bad as a VHS tape played to a classroom, and that's it ("that'll be $300, thanks very much").

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    Re: it's getting bad. I can't control myself

    Quote Originally Posted by D3l7a3ch0 View Post
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    JDB, I laughed over the Driver's Education bit. I would not track this car because of the wear/tear, and it's not worth the thrill... but the driver's license classroom course... I wonder if they're elective, and if there is one that is better than the others. I've never attended one, but I've heard some are as bad as a VHS tape played to a classroom, and that's it ("that'll be $300, thanks very much").
    Not worth the thrill? That's like saying sex isn't worth the thrill when you're dating a porn star.

    You bought a V, enjoying it, but in the wrong environment. You're much better off mod'ing the driver than any other mod you do to the car. And, if you track your car, you wont drive like a fuqtard on the street.

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    Re: it's getting bad. I can't control myself

    ...not with this car, I guess I should say. I would track a miata or S2000, but not a car this big

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    ...not with this car, I guess I should say. I would track a miata or S2000, but not a car this big
    I can respect that. These cars are pigs around the track. E36 M3 would be my choice. But, since this is my only car that needs to be driven 365, kid seats, and track time... there aren't many choices...and the V seems like the best bang for the buck.
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    Re: it's getting bad. I can't control myself

    my Blazer slows me down over the winter and rainy days, but the only problem then is I get used to the 4wd in snow and end up passing cars that piss me off frequently.

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    Re: it's getting bad. I can't control myself

    if that's supposed to be encouragement, I agree a commuter car would limit my V-driving, and help with a few other things like the lifespan of the V, and gas $... I would go with a pre owned corolla

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    I will say though... only problem with the commuter car is: "damn it always feels good to get back in and mash the gas on the V"
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    Re: it's getting bad. I can't control myself

    Quote Originally Posted by D3l7a3ch0 View Post
    I would go with a pre owned corolla
    Gross. I'd rather work 3 jobs to put gas in a nice car than drive one of those hateful things.
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    Don't be obtuse. the corolla has been in production for almost 50 years and it's a smart decision to have one as a commuter.
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    Re: it's getting bad. I can't control myself

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    I had added washers but still had the clunk on the RR any time I went over bridge joints or the like. I removed them and installed the MM spacer kit a few months ago and the clunk is gone, and the rear doesn't pump itself up... now sits about ½" lower. I also noticed the rear shocks aren't fighting the fronts anymore either.
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    Re: it's getting bad. I can't control myself

    Quote Originally Posted by D3l7a3ch0 View Post
    Andringa, and Twitch: considering your advice, that $2k might be necessary...

    I'm at 98k and some change, and while the springs and shocks feel "ok" and they're great if I stay off the gas, I agree they're due for a change. however, the key to having this pre-owned V has/will be $ smart solutions to make it stronger and ready for another 100k miles.

    the upgrades/updates planned are a 6.6 kit and relevant motor updates, stronger diff, axles, wheel bearings, beefier sways, and a fresh transmission. also corsa exhaust for vanity. Something about the KW/GC/Eibach/D3 options and what I've read about them... feel like $2k is breaking the cost/benefit/durability ratio quite a bit.

    however. if it was worth the durability, and it was a name I at least -recognized- producing the shocks, I would go for it. for example, Bilstein coilovers such as the ones offered by LG Motorsports seems more worth $2k....

    thoughts? (whoa, misfire on the LG motorsports link. turns out those are for vettes. maybe a phone call or email is in order.)

    JDB, I laughed over the Driver's Education bit. I would not track this car because of the wear/tear, and it's not worth the thrill... but the driver's license classroom course... I wonder if they're elective, and if there is one that is better than the others. I've never attended one, but I've heard some are as bad as a VHS tape played to a classroom, and that's it ("that'll be $300, thanks very much").
    First what is a 6.6 kit??? I think you mean the CS 8.8 kit. Also The LG coilovers are >$2700. If you want a relatively inexpensive coilover that still function fairly well buy the D2 coilovers (<$1000 for struts and springs). Also you would be surprised how fast a well setup V1 can be on the track, even relative to other cars out there.
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    Re: it's getting bad. I can't control myself

    Quote Originally Posted by D3l7a3ch0 View Post
    Don't be obtuse. the corolla has been in production for almost 50 years and it's a smart decision to have one as a commuter.
    I am obtuse. Just because it's been in production for 50 years doesn't mean it's not horrible.

    The V is my commuter.

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    Re: it's getting bad. I can't control myself

    Quote Originally Posted by mstrjon32 View Post
    I am obtuse. Just because it's been in production for 50 years doesn't mean it's not horrible.

    The V is my commuter.
    Just because the car exist as an A to B car does not make it a good car. It is still bland as hell to drive and lacks any sort of enjoyment behind the wheel (I commute in one everyday). I honestly can't wait to sell it and get something fun to commute in that is still reasonable (Focus ST, used cayman, FR-S, etc.)
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    Re: it's getting bad. I can't control myself

    Quote Originally Posted by OneFast V View Post
    Just because the car exist as an A to B car does not make it a good car. It is still bland as hell to drive and lacks any sort of enjoyment behind the wheel (I commute in one everyday). I honestly can't wait to sell it and get something fun to commute in that is still reasonable (Focus ST, used cayman, FR-S, etc.)
    I actually bought a Saturn Sky Redline as a "commuter" (I'm a practical guy, can't you tell?) but I ended up loving it more than I love my V. So it kind of ended up that I drive the car that gets worse fuel economy as the commuter and the one I bought as the commuter on the weekends. Oops.
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