: Looking to Buy 06-07 STS V8



trackbait
04-22-09, 05:27 PM
Greetings all.. Newbie to the Caddy world, but have been driving a C5 Vette for the last 5+ years. Just sold it and looking strongly at the STS. Drove both a V6 and V8 and was like night and day - so V8 it will be. Speaking of....what is consensus on the Northstar V8 motor?

Now the confusing part. These all seem to have a ton of options on them but I can't seem to make heads or tails out of the different packages.

If you get one with Luxury package and it has Nav, Heated Front and back seats does that mean they will also have the A/C seats, Bluetooth, adaptive cruise, etc? Are these options really that neat?

I would like to find one that has Nav, Voice Command, Remote Start, Good sound, heated seats (may a/c too)+ all the other goodies. Bluetooth, adaptive Speed Control, and HID lights Do they all have REAL HID lighting?

What should I be looking for?

Realibility?

Why are some cheaper than other (by a good bit), but look the same with options and mileage on them?

Better to buy from dealer, specialist, auction cars all with clean CarFax??

One I drove had a smaller steering wheel than the other.. Why? Only diff I could tell was V8 vs V6?

Do these cars hold up well. With all the high tech goodies, does that stuff break or is it all fairly reliable.

On my C5 Vette, the corvetteforum^com site had more info for people to fix their own cars instead of getting ripped at the stealership. Tons of tech tips, fixes, workarounds, etc. Very friendly board with some very tech/mech savy folks.

With a full set of tools (air, hand metric/SAE) full compliment Snap-On box, full to the brim - will that be enough?

Biggest question, why is there so much differences in price from one seemingly same make/model/options over another? I've seen a nice 06 as low at 19-20k up to 30k. Why? Similar mileage (mid-upper 20's)

What am I missing here?

Thanks and looking forward to participate on this forum. I was very active on the Vette Forums over 5 years or so. Did a boat load of mods, fixes, cosmetic and HP enhancements.

Thanks

EChas3
04-26-09, 12:29 AM
1. N* is one great motor. In the 2005-9 STS it has finally been refined to the point where Caddy owners don't use it hard enough! The mileage advantage of the V-6 is so small that it is almost a stupid option (except in newer models).

2. Go for the goodies. 1SG has everything except ACC & AWD (which are separate options), but you will usually not find them on other models. Test drive the ACC because it won't suit some people but it is paired with the Head-up Display. AWD should be considered mandatory if the car is ever to be driven regularly in snow (unless you're prepared for semi-annual snow tire changes). Final drive ratios also vary. Check the build sheet (codes are on the spare tire cover) or have the VIN run over on the CTS-V forum.

3. It sounds like you want the cooled seats. Be aware that they are not refridgerated, just air blown by fans. It's cool (pun) but some cars just have the heated seats and not the seat blowers.

4. Get the Nav even though it's inferior to aftermarket. In a used car it doesn't add much to the price but it does then include the toys like Bluetooth. Likewise, insist on the Bose 15-speaker sound to get the other features you want. I couldn't recommend less than 1SE. When buying used, Cadillacs are a great deal.

5. Get a Lockpick to bypass GM's lawyers.


Bottom Line - These are great cars but with so many features, often have flaws. IMHO I would not buy from anyone but a Cadillac Dealer offering a Certified Pre-Owned car. They might want $2,000 more but the CPO is a 100,000 6 year like new car manufacturers warranty. (It costs them half that.) Negotiate. I think some kind of warranty is a requirement. A single major repair on an STS can cost thousands. Most mechanics won't have the specialized tools for the sophisticated systems (A TechII costs $2K). Regular maintenance isn't an issue - there isn't much an owner can't handle.

Finally, prices vary for many reasons. Right now, you should find good deals on late '06's and low mileage '08's. Used cars are a bit higher since fall but I'd bet there are a lot of hungry dealers trying to survive.

Good Luck

rnkath08
04-27-09, 10:46 AM
this post helped me feel better about my new purchase, but i bought a lease buy out from another state direct from a dealer that is a wholesaler, there is still some remaining factory warranty left..anyone have any good thoughts on where I could get a really good extended warranty to cover me? I'd appreciate any thoughts....

R1chard
04-27-09, 01:47 PM
this post helped me feel better about my new purchase, but i bought a lease buy out from another state direct from a dealer that is a wholesaler, there is still some remaining factory warranty left..anyone have any good thoughts on where I could get a really good extended warranty to cover me? I'd appreciate any thoughts....

I bought mine directly from my local GM/Cadillac Dealer and picked a GM Major Guard Protection Plan (the most inclusive warranty, baring CPO). Make sure you shop around with as many dealers as you can (including out of state) to get the best price though. I had originally gone to one dealer and was quoted a price, after I shopped around with other dealers and found a rate about $1000 cheaper I went back to the original dealer and showed them the different quotes. After a quick consideration by their manager (~5 seconds at most) they matched the price and earned my business.

The peace of the mind of the warranty is well worth it! Good luck! :thumbsup: