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Cadillac CTS First Generation Forum - 2003 - 2007 Discussion, Curiosity Question in Cadillac CTS Coupe, Sport Sedan and Sport Wagon Forums; I have had my CTS for about 2 weeks now and really love it. It sure is a pleasure to ...
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    I have had my CTS for about 2 weeks now and really love it. It sure is a pleasure to drive a 4 door sports car that handles good and gets nearly 24 mpg in town. When a was looking under the car to admire the underside, I noticed the rear differential was not the usual one. Does the CTS have a rear axle tranmission? I believe the Corvette has that type. I also noticed the drive shaft is smaller that the normal. Also, was the V6 engine designed by Holden?

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    Re: Curiosity Question

    The trans:

    http://www.gm.com/automotive/gmpower.../apps/5l40.htm

    The articles on the engine say it's "global." Here's one that says it is build in Canada and Australia:

    http://www.ai-online.com/issues/arti...ail.asp?id=173

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    Re: Curiosity Question

    No, not a rear transmission. The trans is mounted in the conventional location, right behind the engine.

    The rear end uses a Getrag (German) differential. The rear suspension is independent which makes it look a lot different than the old solid axle rear drive cars that were common through the 1980s.

    The driveshaft is a smaller diameter than older cars. I believe it is two piece which helps allow this.

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    Re: Curiosity Question

    Thanks for the great information. Looks like the V6 is a really great engine design.

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