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Cadillac CTS First Generation Forum - 2003 - 2007 Discussion, CTS and CTSV Design Flaws? in Cadillac CTS Coupe, Sport Sedan and Sport Wagon Forums; Originally Posted by Cal Did anyone mention the driver's seat rubbing on the center console? This is a defect. Your ...
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    Re: CTS and CTSV Design Flaws?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cal
    Did anyone mention the driver's seat rubbing on the center console?
    This is a defect. Your dealer can correct it. Mine did..

    -Ben

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    Re: CTS and CTSV Design Flaws?

    2004 3.6 Luxury:

    1 - Onstar unit's GPS receiver not integrated with a Navigation system... why pay for a two GPS receivers?

    1 - Locking gas cap

    3 - Look of standard plastic front grille (on SRX too)

    3 - Initial grey rear bezel being issued

    3 - rear fascia cutouts with no exhaust tips???

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    Re: CTS and CTSV Design Flaws?

    Quote Originally Posted by mrbadss
    Cal,
    I agree 100% with your comment about customers doing some level of customization.

    Example, I hate (and will never want) a gold trim kit. I hate the way it looks and it looks cheesy (no offense to those who like it). But offer a customer the option at the dealer will make some people happy.

    Customizing a car is something that everyone will do to some extent, its why you dont see 20 million of the same cars on the road right now.

    However, when it is virtually impossible to add a in car cell phone to the existing stereo system and use an existing microphone that is already installed in the car, that is stupid.

    My preference is that GM left MORE opportunity to do modifications... Example: I cant find a single way (easily or within warranty-no solder mods here) that will allow me to add an external video source to the very large LCD display that is cleanly installed in the car and I already paid for.

    I am somewhat tired of very proprietary systems where there is no room for modification, and I fear that GM (an other car makers) are headed this direction.

    ...However, I LOVE my V.....
    Reed
    Yeah, I agree. That navigation system (imo) is inferior to the one I briefly played with in the M3. Also having output ports as you suggest is important for some people and probably a pennies-per-install upgrade for the manufacturer. The cel thing seems to me like GM is trying to get you to use their overpriced onstar satellite minutes. Personally I don't mind the antenna on the back (I think the extra drag is bearable ) and I like the idea that I can be reached almost anywhere other than downtown Manhattan, where my normal cel works fine anyhow. I favor connectivity over a small antenna flopping on my back window. But not everyone does (benjet).

    I think some of the features you are mentioning are better suited to the higher end luxury cars not the performance sedans, but I agree it can't hurt (GM makes a profit on each option, after all) to at least offer them.

    - C.

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    Re: CTS and CTSV Design Flaws?

    I would like to see more storage room on the console and relocating the cup holders for easier access. The ash tray could provide a place to store a cell phone. Also the sport mode button is hard to get to. The glove box is also hard to see in and get to. I like to see the outside temperature on the rear view mirror. I would rate these a 2.

    I love my car, but just want to suggest improvements.

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    Re: CTS and CTSV Design Flaws?

    1. Audio input!
    1. MP3 playback!
    2. Bluetooth phone capability
    1. pedal and steering adjustability
    2. lumbar adjustment in seat

    Thanks

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    Re: CTS and CTSV Design Flaws?

    Quote Originally Posted by RFJ
    relocating the cup holders for easier access
    I'm rather surprised this didnt get mentioned sooner, even a pint (or half liter) water bottle in (either of) my cup holders is in the way of my conrol of the shifter in my V (assumption is that this would also be the case in non-V manual trans.).

    -Ben

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    Re: CTS and CTSV Design Flaws?

    The only flaw I can see is that I don't own a CTS yet

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    Re: CTS and CTSV Design Flaws?

    Magnetic Ride Control as an option which becomes Selective MRC when optioned with
    Sport Package - 1 (CTS)

    Auto-leveling HID headlights - 2 (CTS/CTS-V)

    Top of the line audio system - 5.1 speaker system with DVD player capable of playing
    DVD-A, DVD wtih DTS, SACD, mp3 playback, and Dolby Prologic II to simulate 5.1
    with stereo music. - 2 (CTS/CTS-V)

    More comprehensive sport package to include larger from brakes and more powerful
    V-6 (~275HP/265 ft-lbs) - 3 (CTS)

    Tall 6th gear for manual trans for low RPM cruising and better mpg - 2 (CTS, realize
    this might already be true for '05MY).

    Displacement on Demand - 3 (CTS)

    Rear ventilation ducts - 3 (CTS/CTS-V)

    Displacement on Demand - 3 (CTS)

    Privacy glass for rear window and rear passenger windows - 4 (CTS/CTS-V)

    6 speed automatic trans - 3 (CTS)

    Less Weight (~100lbs) - 3 (CTS/CTS-V)

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    Re: CTS and CTSV Design Flaws?

    Quote Originally Posted by peccles

    Auto-leveling HID headlights - 2 (CTS/CTS-V)
    This is available on the CTS and standard on the CTS-V...
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    Re: CTS and CTSV Design Flaws?

    What? No rear seat air vents for the air conditioning??

    No engine temp readout?
    How about a light on the ignition key hole?

    User replaceable headlamps.

    AD (2003 CTS)

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    Re: CTS and CTSV Design Flaws?

    Quote Originally Posted by miscreant
    This is available on the CTS and standard on the CTS-V...
    I kow the HID lights are available but I don't think they have the auto-leveling
    feature.

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    Re: CTS and CTSV Design Flaws?

    Quote Originally Posted by peccles
    I kow the HID lights are available but I don't think they have the auto-leveling
    feature.
    I do believe they are - I've never taken one apart, but the parts listing lists a headlamp leveling module, leveling armature, and leveling linkage. The schematics also show a leveling arm and module that is not on my non-HID headlamps.
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    Re: CTS and CTSV Design Flaws?

    GOOD STUFF! I think I can agree with most listed even some offered as options.
    I'm having to think harder to make up my OWN list now.

    -Ben

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    Re: CTS and CTSV Design Flaws?

    My wife will not get ( let me get) a CTS-V until an automatic transmission is offered.



    That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

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    Re: CTS and CTSV Design Flaws?

    Quote Originally Posted by miscreant
    I do believe they are - I've never taken one apart, but the parts listing lists a headlamp leveling module, leveling armature, and leveling linkage. The schematics also show a leveling arm and module that is not on my non-HID headlamps.
    This is the feature I meant which is available on non-North America STSs:

    "On vehicles sold outside North America, the STS will only be equipped with the
    HID lighting system as well as a dynamic headlamp leveling system – a feature where
    the lens automatically aligns itself to the vertical height of the road based on vehicle pitch."

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