: Took a Pic of a Gorgeous '09



thebigjimsho
11-29-09, 10:36 AM
http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2241/2287429/4482063/378721033.jpg

dvandentop
11-29-09, 01:00 PM
congrats? :D

danothemano
11-29-09, 01:13 PM
congrats? :D

LMAO!!! Your parents must be so proud! :nyanya:

Tony407
11-29-09, 04:11 PM
Wow! It's a 2009 Black Raven CTS-V!! LOL

Tony

wfo
11-29-09, 04:18 PM
And the show keeps rolling on and in the best color too.

neuronbob
11-29-09, 05:10 PM
It looks like you finally bought one. If so, congrats and we look forward to more poasting. If not, GET IT DONE ALREADY. :D

shadybx7
11-29-09, 06:32 PM
NO WAY! i saw the same one!!
i got a better pic though.....

http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii384/shadybx7/DSCF5356.jpg

hXc95SLS
11-29-09, 06:34 PM
I spy with my little eye my V! She looked good today BigJim. Congrats man, have fun with her and hopefully the V1 will be back soon too.

Nutz
11-29-09, 11:13 PM
You just stepped up to the plate and took a BIG swing. Enjoy yir new beest!

thebigjimsho
11-29-09, 11:30 PM
Thank you, thank you! Yessir, I bought the demo '09 from Ken Batchelor in San Antonio on Friday night and by Sunday morning was in New Jersey with mah peeps.

Didn't have time to get ANY good pics so far nor have had time to type out a proper intro w/ story. Probably tomorrow with pics to follow...

But, oh the differences in cars and how they drive and operate. Still feels like a rental car to me...

Tony407
11-29-09, 11:51 PM
Well then I take back my comment. I thought you were really excited about taking a picture of a black V. Which would have been pretty lame in and of itself. Didn't realize you had bought it. Congrats!!!


Tony

thebigjimsho
11-29-09, 11:53 PM
Well then I take back my comment. I thought you were really excited about taking a picture of a black V. Which would have been pretty lame in and of itself. Didn't realize you had bought it. Congrats!!!


Tony
That was the beauty of my thread, no?

RightTurn
11-30-09, 02:20 AM
Did ewe see urby? :coffee:

Gary Wells
11-30-09, 05:40 AM
Beautiful car. Makes for an excellent replacement, Jim.

CIWS
11-30-09, 08:53 AM
Good to see your drive back was uneventful and deerless Jim.

thebigjimsho
11-30-09, 09:27 AM
Good to see your drive back was uneventful and deerless Jim.
Thanks C. It was indeed quick and painless. The Thanksgiving weekend traffic I was a little leery of didn't manifest itself until New England. When I left the spot of the meet, I planned on some nice backroads between I-84 and I-90. But I changed my mind to get home early. Didn't end up saving too much, though...

thebigjimsho
11-30-09, 09:30 AM
Did ewe see urby? :coffee:
And I didn't see you or Matt, either. If we didn't dicker(yes, I said it) over price so late into Wednesday, I could've had my insurance done that day and been on a plane on Thanksgiving and out of San Antonio early Friday.

OldRoadDawg
11-30-09, 03:01 PM
Just spotted this poast :highfive:
Hee-Hee-hee.... I'm really happy for you Jim. Congrats!
Guess that Monticello hook finally took hold.
Gotta go work on rand49er now.

RightTurn
11-30-09, 04:07 PM
And I didn't see you or Matt, either. If we didn't dicker(yes, I said it) over price so late into Wednesday, I could've had my insurance done that day and been on a plane on Thanksgiving and out of San Antonio early Friday.

:thepan: Excuses, excuses.

thebigjimsho
11-30-09, 05:24 PM
:thepan: Excuses, excuses.
That's it. I'm getting on a flight to smelly Houston right now...

thebigjimsho
11-30-09, 05:25 PM
Just spotted this poast :highfive:
Hee-Hee-hee.... I'm really happy for you Jim. Congrats!
Guess that Monticello hook finally took hold.
Gotta go work on rand49er now.
This is ALL your fault, Dave...

RapidRob
11-30-09, 11:29 PM
Yes sir - CONGRATS Jim! I remember you hanging around this forum last fall and winter, no-doubt salivating while a lot of us bought our V2's. And now you have yours ... GREAT!:thumbsup:

Rob

thebigjimsho
12-01-09, 12:41 AM
I can't believe that it's been over a year since Dave and I got to flog a V2 around Monticello.

I can't believe that it's been 19 months since being on Summit Point's Shenandoah with 2 V2s.

I can't believe it's been almost 2 full years since seeing the V2 debut in Detroit with The Tony Show, JimmyH and lawfive.




And I can't believe I've finally got one now. It's starting to hit me...

liqidvenom
12-01-09, 01:17 AM
thats the same blinding view i had sunday

RightTurn
12-01-09, 01:46 AM
I can't believe it's been almost 2 full years since seeing the V2 debut in Detroit with The Tony Show, JimmyH and lawfive.


Manstew was 2 years ago??? Wow. :alchi:

thebigjimsho
12-01-09, 11:51 AM
thats the same blinding view i had sunday
That frame is gone now. The dealer letters will be coming off of the trunk tonight.

thebigjimsho
12-01-09, 12:44 PM
So last week was quite the whirlwind, no doubt. But I wanted a V2 the way I wanted it and I had to get it when the opportunity arose.

A couple weeks ago was when the 0% financing became available. So I started crunching numbers and looking for reduced '09s...

I think I saw the demo from Ken Batchelor on Friday, the 20th on autotrader.com. I sent an inquiry about the car and to make sure it would qualify for 0%. Friday afternoon I get a call from the salesman at Batchelor. I told him what I wanted and the price and that I needed 0% or else I wait until next summer. Their online price had the rebates built in. Ouch. You can't combine the rebates and the 0%. But he sends me the numbers via email to digest. After looking at them, I sent an email back saying no thanks.

On Monday, I get an email from Batchelor's internet specialist. We crunch numbers all day Monday and early Tuesday. Still no dice.

On Tuesday, the first salesman calls me back and we talk about negotiations. I asked about GMS pricing but that seemed to not make the numbers any better. But he talked with the sales manager and emailed me a can't-go-any-lower number. That afternoon I emailed him back trying to get them to come down just a little. No response. After an hour, I call and leave a message. No response.

On Wednesday, I was thinking about the car and hoping I'd hear back. I then see a black V2 and I know I need to get on the horn ASAP! I end up leaving another message. Within 1/2 hour, I get an email saying the car was sold. UGH!

So I go on to Cadillac.com and start searching the country to see if there's any other V2s that have what I want. I find a couple and start having email dialogue with another dealer. Within a couple hours, though, I get a call. It's the Sales Manager from Batchelor. It was a what-can-we-do-to-get-you-in-this-car call. I told him what I was hoping to get it for. He then tells me he can apply the GMS pricing to a lower price, not the MSRP, since it was a demo. They got it just low enough for me to say yes.

So now it's Wednesday afternoon and I need to call my insurance agent to see what needs to be done in Mass to get insurance on an out of state purchase. My agent is closed until Monday!!! Crap. So I call my insurance company and get numbers of other agents. All closed.

So I decide to call the agent that covers my workers comp insurance. They're open! And they also will be Friday morning. We line up what needs to be done and I apply online with Batchelor for the financing. It's approved! But since the insurance can't be done until Friday morning, I plan on flying out then and driving back over the weekend. All the while, I lament that I didn't get the deal done earlier so I could've flown out Wednesday night or on Thanksgiving and had more time to drive back.

So now, I just needed everything to line up without hiccups.

Jon
12-01-09, 01:06 PM
Congrats Jim. I'm envious.

Kadonny
12-01-09, 01:14 PM
Grats there pal. Welcome to the board......tee hee.

thebigjimsho
12-01-09, 01:24 PM
So I wake up on Friday at 7AM.

I get driven to the insurance agent by my father. We get there at 8:50AM and they're already waiting for me. Amsome!

Done with the paperwork by 9:10AM and head over to the bank for the bankers check to pay the premium.

Leave the insurance agent with everything I need by 9:25AM. At the airport by 9:35AM.

Flight leaves from Boston to San Antonio via Atlanta at 11:35AM. For $69 per leg, I upgrade to Business Class. WELL worth it...

Flight gets in early at 2:07PM. I knew there was a connection to SA leaving at 1:57PM. I run to the schedule board. It's delayed to 2:34PM!!!

Within 10 minutes of getting off my plane, I'm getting on the earlier connection. But, alas, no Business Class available.

Instead of landing at 5:30PM, I land at 4:10PM. Since the dealer normally closes at 7PM, this is very nice. And it allows me to get on the road earlier.

Get picked up at the airport and am at the dealer by 4:40PM. Start signing paperwork, which takes an hour.

Then, I spend about an hour taking delivery, going over everything about the car. Which is good, since I don't spend any of the next 2100 miles tinkering with the car.

Leave at 7PM(8PM EST) and head north towards Dallas.

Make it through Dallas at 11PM(12AM EST).

Head through Texarkana at around 2:30AM(3:30 EST).

There is nothing open in Arkansas at night along the Interstate, even! No restaurants. Maybe 15% of the gas stations were open. And the V2 drinks so much gas, I needed to find something quick.

Around 5AM EST I get into Little Rock. After getting off 2 exits with everything closed, I see a Valero that's open. Phew. But when I get there, it is ghetto. And there is a patron getting into a very verbal spat with the clerk. I'm waiting for the gun fight that never comes. I fill up and get the hell out.

At around 7:30 EST I make it into Memphis. I keep going.

About 45 minutes later, just at sunrise, I stop at a rest area and get some much needed nap time. At 9:45AM EST, I'm outta there. And now I'm on a mission.

It's daylight and I find some good running partners. I average about 85mph to and through Nashville.

By about 2PM EST, I'm in Knoxville, TN. I spend about 3 hours straight on the phone, via Bluetooth, with my father and a friend. Loving it.

At about 4PM, I'm getting to Bristol, TN when there is a huge backup on I-81N. I get off at the next exit. Then I play with the nav for a few minutes to figure out how to get to the detour screen. Once I do, I get my route and am back on the highway within 20 minutes about 12 miles up.

Virginia takes about 5 hours to get through since there was a bit of traffic. Not thick, but was stuck around, or just over, the speed limit for much of it. And I stopped at a rest area to go online and see that the meet sefa01 was setting up was still on and to plan what area I should stay for the night.

Stop to get gas and eat in Hagerstown, MD at about 9:30PM. Was going to stop in Harrisburg around 11PM but nothing there seemed to appealing and I passed a Red Roof Inn which would've taken 20 minutes to get back to. So I pressed on.

Went through Allentown and finally had to stop in Clinton, NJ at about 12:45AM at a Hampton Inn. This was less than 60 miles from the meet on the Garden State Parkway Sunday morning.

Took a shower, did my thang, checked email and the caddyforums and went to bed at 2AM.

Got up at 9:15AM, left the hotel at 9:55AM and got to the meetup point at 10:50AM.

After the meet, I said I was going to take some backroads but I was antsy to get home so I hit I-84. Took me about an hour longer than usual but was in my home area by 8PM.

So about 2150 miles were driven including the fun run in NY. But the 1850 miles to the meet from SA took a little over 24 hours of driving in an overall travel time of 30 hours(not including the stay at the hotel).

It was a great way to get seat time in a new car.

I have a friend who left on Friday to go from Boston to Seattle. His final destination is Anchorage. He's in the Air Force. But we chatted for hours about each other's great trips as we drove.

Twas fun...

thebigjimsho
12-01-09, 01:26 PM
Congrats Jim. I'm envious.


Grats there pal. Welcome to the board......tee hee.Thanks guys!

And Holy Crap, Jon, how could I forget you in the Detroit '08 manstew???

rjoffe
12-01-09, 01:57 PM
That's a hell of a drive !
Next time I need a courier on short notice and for a long distance, I know who to call.

How were the seats?, average fuel ? arm rest level, etc etc ?

thebigjimsho
12-01-09, 02:35 PM
That's a hell of a drive !
Next time I need a courier on short notice and for a long distance, I know who to call.

How were the seats?, average fuel ? arm rest level, etc etc ?
I have to tell ya, I was nervous about the Recaros. I had sat in them and they seemed fine before. But after about 3 hours, my back was killing me. So I went hog wild on every adjustment. Once I got it right, I never had any discomfort again. The center console, like on that rental I put 600 miles on, was fine and doesn't dig into my knee. The armrest is perfect for me and it's also comfortable on the door side as well. It's almost as long-distance comfortable as my '04 was.

The exhaust is way too quiet. I can hear the supercharger over the exhaust most of the time. The Bose radio is better but the XM is much, much better sounding. The nav is worlds better than in the V1 and looks to be done by Fujitsu, who is behind Eclipse(in my TC) and does navs for automakers like Lexus. Bluetooth has converted me. The steering wheel controls are nice. And the iPod sounds great, too.

Fuel economy sucks. If you cruise below 70, it's OK. I was getting 19mpg on the highway early on. But as my trip went on, and in daylight, my speeds crept up to 85mph and I watched my mpg drop below 17mpg. And it's not just the boost. It's the gearing. My '04 would be at about 2050rpm at 80mph. The '09 is at 2400rpm at 80mph.

But I knew about the mpg going into this. It would just be nice if the fuel tank was 3 gallons bigger. Expect 300-325 miles to the tank on a road trip. Since the '04 would be the track car, it'll be nice to drive to VIR or RoadAtlanta and get my 25mpg back.

I'll type up a love it/hate it poast later...

thebigjimsho
12-01-09, 02:39 PM
Oh, and when you nail the throttle, the end result in the V2 is more fun. But the journey through the powerband is more fun in the V1...

Jon
12-01-09, 02:41 PM
Thanks guys!

And Holy Crap, Jon, how could I forget you in the Detroit '08 manstew???

You forgot me? :mad2:

So how many pedals does the V have?

thebigjimsho
12-01-09, 02:50 PM
You forgot me? :mad2:

So how many pedals does the V have?
Commmon! How many do you think it has??

OldRoadDawg
12-01-09, 02:55 PM
Now that you're all giddy, it's just about time to put it away for winter.
That's where mine is. Hatin' every second of it.

Jon
12-01-09, 02:55 PM
Commmon! How many do you think it has??
I dunno man, you had me worried after your review of the V at Monticello. You said the auto wasn't that bad. I thought a little part of Jim died that day.

jimbo1320
12-01-09, 02:57 PM
Jim, You must have closed on a great deal to have flown to Cal. Congrates on the new ride. Do you still own your other "V", I noticed a fleet of them in one of your pictures. Hope you don't mind the pictures of my "V" (600miles) on your thread. OK the Dice are tacky, enough said.

thebigjimsho
12-01-09, 03:18 PM
Jim, You must have closed on a great deal to have flown to Cal. Congrates on the new ride. Do you still own your other "V", I noticed a fleet of them in one of your pictures. Hope you don't mind the pictures of my "V" (600miles) on your thread. OK the Dice are tacky, enough said.
I got it in San Antonio. I still have the other V, but it needs to be fixed as it got totaled. The fleet was at a meet I was able to make in NJ on the way home. And I love the pics of your V. I head out Rte 2 all the time and am very familiar with Pownal...

thebigjimsho
12-01-09, 03:20 PM
I dunno man, you had me worried after your review of the V at Monticello. You said the auto wasn't that bad. I thought a little part of Jim died that day.
It does still feel like an automatic, though. Instead of trying to row through the gears, you make better time by getting it into 1 gear higher than normal and then riding the enormous torque wave...

thebigjimsho
12-01-09, 03:23 PM
Now that you're all giddy, it's just about time to put it away for winter.
That's where mine is. Hatin' every second of it.
Nope. I drove the '04 its first 2 winters but it was out of necessity. While I'm planning on keeping this car well past the loan term, I don't think of it as being something to keep forever, like the '04 was. So the '09 will be driven in the winter. Very carefully, and not in snow, but still driven...

Nutz
12-01-09, 05:36 PM
Oh, and when you nail the throttle, the end result in the V2 is more fun. But the journey through the powerband is more fun in the V1...I have found that after market mufflers helped significantly in this area.




I can't believe that it's been 19 months since being on Summit Point's Shenandoah with 2 V2s.I am shocked too, now that you mentioned it.:eek:



The "I can't believe it it's in my garage" thing STILL has not worn off for me.:thumbsup:

Take note of how quiet the shifter linkage is next time you drive it, and the lack of wind noise on the highway. I find both to be very cool.

You got napped-finished leather, or a variety of fabrics with a brushed finish and pedal bling with the Recaro's?

jimbo1320
12-01-09, 08:32 PM
Sorry Jim, San Antonio like in Texas. What was I thinking cal? I'll be putting the "V" away for the winter soon but come spring I'll be running her as much as possible. Will be going to hemmings cruise nights when possible.I've also hit Skip's in Chelmsford once in awhile.
Was heading east on rt 9 toward Wilmington today and came across snow, like they had 10" before the rain yesterday.
You and or any "V" owners are welcome to stop and say hi if your in the area.
Well happy motoring in your new ride.

thebigjimsho
12-02-09, 11:52 PM
Sorry Jim, San Antonio like in Texas. What was I thinking cal? I'll be putting the "V" away for the winter soon but come spring I'll be running her as much as possible. Will be going to hemmings cruise nights when possible.I've also hit Skip's in Chelmsford once in awhile.
Was heading east on rt 9 toward Wilmington today and came across snow, like they had 10" before the rain yesterday.
You and or any "V" owners are welcome to stop and say hi if your in the area.
Well happy motoring in your new ride.
Thanks! But I hate to tell ya, Skip's got torn down...

thebigjimsho
12-02-09, 11:55 PM
I have found that after market mufflers helped significantly in this area.



The exhaust is seriously lacking. And I don't want it to even be close in loudness to my '04. But I need moar! I'm thinking headers with stock exhaust. Maybe change the mufflers.

jimbo1320
12-08-09, 09:09 PM
Kimball's !!

thebigjimsho
12-08-09, 10:16 PM
Yeah! Kimball's is still there...

DansCTSV
12-08-09, 11:23 PM
Hey Jim, congrats on the new car. I haven't been on this board too much lately. My V is away for the winter. Every time I drive by your house I look to see if your V is in the driveway. Hopefully I see the V2 one of these days.

thebigjimsho
12-08-09, 11:28 PM
Hey Jim, congrats on the new car. I haven't been on this board too much lately. My V is away for the winter. Every time I drive by your house I look to see if your V is in the driveway. Hopefully I see the V2 one of these days.
Great to see you, Dan!

Not sure if you've seen it, but I totaled the V1 in August but still have it. It's at a friends' garage in Spencer. We'll need to meet up as soon as it warms up again...

RWFJR
12-09-09, 04:26 PM
Just SWEET!:D

jimbo1320
12-10-09, 06:47 PM
Dan, Did you purchase a Comaro. A few years back we spoke at Kimballs and you stated a intrest in the then to be Comaro.

thebigjimsho
12-17-09, 03:36 PM
I can't wait until it gets warmer and my burnouts squeal. Need to get the car cleaned and take some moar pics. Not today, though. Windchill below 0. I might need a coat...

turboSHO
12-18-09, 11:44 AM
Congrats James!! But you owe me! Only 3 hours from my place and no call!! Looking forward to Dearborn just that much more now. Or are you planning on bringing the 04? Turning it into a track beast?

thebigjimsho
12-18-09, 01:29 PM
Congrats James!! But you owe me! Only 3 hours from my place and no call!! Looking forward to Dearborn just that much more now. Or are you planning on bringing the 04? Turning it into a track beast?
The '04 has no set timetable for a return. So I'm not sure. Since Waterford Hills is not a track I'm excited about, I'll probably take the '09 either way...

turboSHO
12-18-09, 02:29 PM
Excellent! Maybe we cal line them up at the strip!

thebigjimsho
12-18-09, 07:23 PM
Excellent! Maybe we cal line them up at the strip!
This is the first car I've ever owned that I can actually launch without issue...