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    Opening the trunk

    I got my 03 CTS back from the body shop. They did a great job matching the diamond white. They forgot to hook the power window back up when they replaced the door and some of the interior trim was loose, they fixed that, not a big deal.

    The loaner car they gave me was a Buick Park Ave. and one thing I sure liked was how the trunk opened all the way when I pressed the button on my fob. On the CTS, the latch only unlocks and you have to open it by hand. Is this common to all Cadillacs?

    Would it be hard to change this to open like the Buick?

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    Re: Opening the trunk

    The Buicks have sprung trunks. The CTS uses hydraulics to conserve space. I can't imagine how you could get one to open smoothly without major modifications.

    Does anyone else notice that the hydraulics on the CTS trunk seem to work backwards? It's very hard to open, but slams shut easily...
    I also miss the 'draw down' mechanism like what I had on my Eldorados. That always seemed classy.

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    Re: Opening the trunk

    Quote Originally Posted by gothicaleigh
    Does anyone else notice that the hydraulics on the CTS trunk seem to work backwards? It's very hard to open, but slams shut easily...
    I also miss the 'draw down' mechanism like what I had on my Eldorados. That always seemed classy.
    Yep, I noticed this too. It's useful when you are carrying a long load that sticks out beyond the trunk in that the trunk lid stays down without having to tie it. Other than that, it's a PITA when you have both arms full and you need a third arm to open the trunk lid. As for the "draw down" mechanism, those are nice, but, for me, not necessary.

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    Re: Opening the trunk

    On the other hand, when opening the trunk in a strong wind or pouring rain you're going to be happy that trunk doesn't pop up all the way.

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    Re: Opening the trunk

    FWIW - I asked the salesman why no pull-down trunk when I bought my CTS a couple weeks ago and he said that Cadillac stopped putting them in because a kid got his fingers caught in one.

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    Re: Opening the trunk

    I'm sure the reason for not having a feature like that in the CTS is very simple.

    Cost.

    It was basically designed to be a $30K car, and building a car with decent content for $30K means you have to decide what NOT to do somewhere along the line.

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    Re: Opening the trunk

    Just replce the hydraulic shocks with motorized actuators. They just bolt right in where the shocks were.
    T.

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    Re: Opening the trunk

    That is tougher then it seems, i was looking into it.....also pretty expensive....do you have it done?

    IF it is that easy lets get a group buy going.

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