Cadillac CTS First Generation Forum - 2003 - 2007 Discussion, CTS interior wood kit in Cadillac CTS Coupe, Sport Sedan and Sport Wagon Forums; We've never been into messing with cars much, especially now that they come with good sound systems and alarms. However, ...
We've never been into messing with cars much, especially now that they come with good sound systems and alarms. However, there are a few places in the CTS that (IMHO) would look so much better with wood, so I've been looking at wood kits.
What I really want to cover are those big grey textured panels on the doors (those kits seem hard to find). Maybe I'd also do around the shifter. Not sure about the rest. I wouldn't want to overdo it. Our concerns are that it will look cheap, that it won't really match the factory wood, that it won't be a perfect fit, etc.
Any comments, recommendations or advice? Pros? Cons?
I should mention we have an '03 and will trade it next year before the factory warranty runs out. Does something like this lower the resale or trade-in value?
I first installed what was supposed to be a factory match wood kit on my 2004. Hated it. Once of the reasons was it was not "real wood". I removed it and ordered real brushed aluminum for the center stack, console, door handles and A/C vents. Looks great, as if it was built that way. If you go with wood make sure it is real wood and not synthetic. Also the wood watch is not easy as the steering wheel and shifter on my car had a different grain that the door handle pulls.
I have used many different wood kits...i have put them in my Hummer H2, chevy trailblazer, and my freinds lincoln LS...if you order the kit from a good company and get the real wood instead of the synthetic wood it can look very good. I love the look of wood and I am going to buy the kit for the cts...i took am going to buy the kit with the wood for the doors...the kit i think is around 41-47 pieces but i probably wont use every piece.
Wood kits whether real or fake do not give a 'sport look' or feel. They also are over whelming. Just too much of the stuff and in too many peices. You might want to try the XRS console piece. It looks the same as the CTS. Just my opinion, I dont like the appliques. If I were going to do it, I like the aluminum Idea. YMMV.
Local dealership (Don Massey in Plymouth) has a couple tarted up CTSs on the floor for sale. They have the brushed alum kit installed. Looks very good, although they must have been installed by a blind man as they are not lined up well at all!
The brushed alum look is very complimentary to the CTS sporty look IMO.
Automobile(s): '93 Cadillac 60 Special; '03 Lincoln TownCar Limited ED
Northern New Jersey
Re: CTS interior wood kit
I have done many woods kits. Did on on my '03 Town Car and my dealer flipped! Took photos & hung them up. I've done a few for him. The BEST, absolute BEST, come from sherwood dash.
Go here:- http://www.sherwooddash.com
you can see actual photos of completed cars & schematics too. They guarantee and are upstanding company. You'll be pleased. However, if you have never done one .... it's ALOT harder than it looks, in order to get it flawless!!
actually i think the logo on the door panel is chrome or a type of stainless steel..however i think you have the option of leaving it off...the kit i had for my hummer came with a stainless H2 logo that you could put on the wood or leave it off.
I was thinking of aluminum for the center console stack and console around the shifter. Do you think this would look out of place with the factory wood as most companies go with one or the other, but not both? I don't want to go with more wood because too much always reminds me of those old conversion van kits. Maybe around the center stack ala the SRX would be okay though... it definately needs just a touch of something to dress it up. I like the design, but wouldn't mind upgrading the materials on a few pieces...
Exotic wood dash has them but they are not listed as a choice. You have to call them. The price is the same as the real wood prices. Also, bitrim.com has them. It turns out that they are the manufacturer for Exotic. You may get a lower price quote for them. Only thing that sucks with the real brushed alum is that fingerprints show. Easily removed with a damp cloth, plus the overlay is very thin since it is not coated with polyeurethane like all the other dash kits.