My little (younger) brother called me this week and told me that he decided that it's about time to relieve his beloved '96 Impala SS from t's duty as a daily driver. And even though his retirement is still about a year and a half away (Army scout/attack pilot) he is already midway into his 30s and just like every other retiree or soon-to-be-one... he wants a proper rear-wheel drive, V8 powered Cadillac. Specifically an '09 or newer Certified "pre-owned" CTS-V sedan for under $47K.
1. How realistic is this budget?
2. Would it make any difference to wait to buy a used CTS-V until the the new '14 CTSs hit the show rooms, or are the majority of current original 2009+ CTS-V owners going to hold out until the 2015 3rd generation CTS-V is available?
3. Are there any things he should look out for when sizing one up to buy?
P.S. I have my own questions as well: where is the cassette player hidden? I looked on the Cadillac site and could not find out how to uprgrade to wire wheels or even wire hubcaps, are these now only a dealer installed option? and every single CTS-V ( and CTS for that matter,) seems to have the hood ornament swiped off even before it hits the sales lot, or is it retractable? (which I doubt as GM is too cheap to include a power antenna, hoping to distract buyers with suspension and power gimmicks like tighter handling and a lousy few hundred extra horsepower, don't even get me started on the lack of faux wood trim)