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2008-2013 Cadillac CTS General Discussion Discussion, 08-12 CTS's in Cadillac CTS Second Generation Forum - 2008-2013; I was wondering do all the CTS's look the same. I know some have different rims and features, but is ...
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    08-12 CTS's

    I was wondering do all the CTS's look the same. I know some have different rims and features, but is the body the same for all of them. I am looking to buy one butl ooking at the pictures( i realize it a pic only) some CTS's look different then others

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    Re: 08-12 CTS's

    With the later years, the front grille is different and nicer and there are some cosmetic touches to the rear at the trunk. Overall visible changes were minimal. Of course make sure you compare apples to apples and only compare Perf/Prem. to the same model.
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    I think the grille from the 08-10 look nicer. New ones look plastic and el cheapo
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    Re: 08-12 CTS's

    That's the right time and place to refer to the following thread:
    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...rehensive.html
    Thanks to RAB for the comprehensive list of feature differences throughout the years
    Cheers!
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    Re: 08-12 CTS's

    thanks guys. Its just some look so nice while others look so different. Maybe if i put on bigger rims it will make it look better. Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajazolino
    I think the grille from the 08-10 look nicer. New ones look plastic and el cheapo
    I prefer the 08-10 grill also!

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    Re: 08-12 CTS's

    Well for sure the Lux. model with 17 inch wheels and cheapo rims looks real bad compared to Perf./Prem. with 18 inchers and betters wheels options. Fog lamps also add to a better look.

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    Re: 08-12 CTS's

    The rocker panels from 2010 forward give the car a significantly different look as well. Where 2008-09 was more classic the flared panels from 2010 on gave a decidedly more sporty look.
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    Re: 08-12 CTS's

    Quote Originally Posted by ajazolino View Post
    I think the grille from the 08-10 look nicer. New ones look plastic and el cheapo
    Definitely agree. Actually, the original great looking grille is the same from model years 2008 to 2011 - which is the m-y of my CTS. Then Cadillac went with the aforementioned plasticky el cheapo looking grille for m-y's 2012-13. LOL!
    Of course, all things considered, 2011 is THE model-year to have for the 2008-2013 2nd gen CTS.


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    The rocker panels from 2010 forward give the car a significantly different look as well. Where 2008-09 was more classic the flared panels from 2010 on gave a decidedly more sporty look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RAB

    Definitely agree. Actually, the original great looking grille is the same from model years 2008 to 2011 - which is the m-y of my CTS. Of course for m-y's 2012-13 Cadillac went with the aforementioned plasticky el cheapo looking grille. LOL!

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    I actually like the grille on my car.

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    Re: 08-12 CTS's

    I have a 2009 but liked the 2012 sport grille so much I swapped it out. I can say the 2012 grille is much heavier and has more depth to it.
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    Re: 08-12 CTS's

    Quote Originally Posted by exm22psu View Post
    I have a 2009 but liked the 2012 sport grille so much I swapped it out. I can say the 2012 grille is much heavier and has more depth to it.
    That's interesting. IMO the optional 2012 "TL1" Sport Grille is quite an improvement (more sporty looking) compared to the standard grille for 2012-13. If I owned a 2012-13 CTS I would be changing out the standard grille in favor of the sport grille - for me that would be modification job #1.

    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...ml#post2733514

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    Re: 08-12 CTS's

    Agreed, RAB ... that's exactly what I did ... the black on black looks good ...

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    Re: 08-12 CTS's

    Yes exm22psu, I bet it does look good. Do you possibly have a photo of your '09 car (with the '12 sport grille applied) that you can post here?

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    Re: 08-12 CTS's

    Don't be haters; the 2012-13 grille is of course the nicer grille. If I still had my 2010 then that would have been the nicest grill.

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