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    Howdy folks, thinking about buying a 2003 CTS & have a question or two

    Greets,

    Been driving a Seville for the last 8 years or so and was thinking about retiring it for a CTS. Are there any known problems that aren't apparent I should look out for or any particualr history error codes? Anything I should watch for in a carfax report that sounds innocent but isn't?


    Thanx,
    DJSG3


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    Re: Howdy folks, thinking about buying a 2003 CTS & have a question or two

    without stating the usual... if not mechanically inclined, one of those peeps would be wise to have a second set of eyes. as for the older the car the more brittle the interior seems to get. i just a 2003 cts with 65k miles and i think i like it very much. everything works as it should. but i do know it will fail like any used car. my first thing is going to be change the trans cooler. i do it with other cars as well. this is a vague reply but thought i would ramble on and on )))

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    Re: Howdy folks, thinking about buying a 2003 CTS & have a question or two

    I would suggest something newer than the 2003. It was the last year for that engine from what I understand. I think owners of the newer years have been pleased.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomV
    I would suggest something newer than the 2003. It was the last year for that engine from what I understand. I think owners of the newer years have been pleased.
    2004 was the last year of the 3.2 in the US. In my opinion a well maintained 3.2 is far better than the 2.8 or 3.6. I know all the 3.6 owners are going to chime in and try and convince you otherwise but the 3.2 is all around a better engine. Just make sure to stay on top of the timing belt and valve cover gaskets, other than that it doesn't have the oil consumption, timing chain, and burnt valve issues of the 3.6.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jran0823

    2004 was the last year of the 3.2 in the US. In my opinion a well maintained 3.2 is far better than the 2.8 or 3.6. I know all the 3.6 owners are going to chime in and try and convince you otherwise but the 3.2 is all around a better engine. Just make sure to stay on top of the timing belt an valve cover gaskets, other than that it doesn't have the oil consumption, timing chain, and burnt valve issues of the 3.6.
    My thoughts exactly!! The more I read bout 3.2 specs, the happier I am even with 30 less HP. 4 bolt mains with support girdles, forged crank and pistons, no vvt (good idea, poor followthrough) and if you're losing oil it's because you have to change $60 gaskets, not $600 and 10 hour timing chains. Rant over

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    Re: Howdy folks, thinking about buying a 2003 CTS & have a question or two

    while that is true, it's not as fast or responsive as the 3.6. and as long as you take care of the 3.6, it'll take care of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DopeEffect
    while that is true, it's not as fast or responsive as the 3.6. and as long as you take care of the 3.6, it'll take care of you.
    That's why I have walked 3.6 CTS'. Off the line the 3.6 is quicker but doesn't take long to catch and pass. Still the 30hp difference isn't worth the headache that comes with the engine. I have yet to come across a good 3.6.

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    Re: Howdy folks, thinking about buying a 2003 CTS & have a question or two

    Quote Originally Posted by jran0823 View Post
    That's why I have walked 3.6 CTS'. Off the line the 3.6 is quicker but doesn't take long to catch and pass. Still the 30hp difference isn't worth the headache that comes with the engine. I have yet to come across a good 3.6.
    I would put that on the owner not the car. A car can't take care of itself. As long as you maintain a 3.6 properly, it'll sing for you. And while 30hp might not seem like a big difference, it is. And of course a properly maintained 3.2 will walk past a poorly maintained 3.6. Same goes for the 2.8.


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