: New member, which car for winter weather.

06-16-11, 07:20 PM
Hi all,

I am tempted for my next car to buy a used Cadillac. I live in NH however so winter has to be taken into account. I can only afford to spend $24k hence the used aspect. My question is two fold. Can I get a lower mileage car with at least 3 years on warranty (be it new warranty or extended warranty)? Also I want big and comfortable for road trips so which car to look at?


06-16-11, 07:55 PM
There is no warranty but the cost more than makes up for it. I just purchased a used 2004 Cadillac Seville SLS for $12,000 with 43,000 miles on it. I know there is not an warranty but with the money I saved I can have a what if account. I have only had it a week but I can tell you the ride is amazing. Should be good in the winter due to its size and being FWD.

06-16-11, 08:00 PM
I've always had new cars and am always tempted to do something like you did. I drive 30 mins on the highway to work and every time I see some poor soul stuck on the side of the road I always swear I'll never get an old car. I know it seems silly as any car can break down. I guess in a weird way if it is under warranty it likely won't give me problems :) Weird huh!

06-16-11, 08:46 PM
Well, I live in Arizona and have no idea about how these cars run in snow! However what I can say is if you are ready to spend $24k for the car, I strongly recommend spend/loan 4-5 grands more and buy a certified cadillac CTS/STS or SRX, whatever meets your needs. Certified Cadillac comes with 100k miles/ 5 (6?) year warranty and it covers every thing....

06-16-11, 09:48 PM
$24K for a WINTER CAR? You want big, comfy, and reliable? I will find you a nice Caprice with low miles and put on a great set of snow tires. Then, you can make me out a check for the other $20K.

06-16-11, 09:52 PM
no it's not a winter car it would be my only car that would need to cope with winter weather.

06-16-11, 10:03 PM
Fund a nice used DTS and be on your way to winter happiness. :)

06-16-11, 10:21 PM
Also I want big and comfortable for road trips
I can't speak for the '05+ cars, but that's about what I paid for my '03 DHS (3 years old with 17K on it). It's big and comfortable. It was certified and thus I got the 6yr/100K extended factory warranty with it. For that price you should easily find a certified car with low miles and lots of warranty left on it.

Any FWD car does well in the snow.

06-16-11, 10:49 PM
I've only been in one 06+ DTS, and it was a base rental version (2010, I believe). We took it last year at the FL meet down to Davie for the big car show. It was pleasantly comfortable, and felt no issue with passing vehicles that I could tell from the front passenger seat.

Not to mention all non-driver occupants took very very comfortable naps in the car on the way home that night. It's been so long since I've been in an 00-05 DTS that I don't really recall much about the experience, though.

06-16-11, 11:07 PM
$24K for a WINTER CAR? You want big, comfy, and reliable? I will find you a nice Caprice with low miles and put on a great set of snow tires. Then, you can make me out a check for the other $20K.

$4k for a car that can't be any newer than 15 years old? Pff, terrible :stirpot:

06-16-11, 11:12 PM
Thanks everyone, I'll research the DTS. Not sure I want to stretch pass 25k but maybe I'll have to. The warranty is important to me.

06-16-11, 11:45 PM
DTS is a good idea..... And for some reason that I don't know a used DTS depreciates its value more than CTS does, so you should be able to find a cadillac-certified DTS in your price range. Certified CTS is normally priced very near to $30K and STS is even more expensive. But DTS sounds to be a good idea....

06-17-11, 01:18 AM
FYI the latest gen CTS and the now discontinued STS have an AWD option. Might be a little more than you want to spend, here's what's at my local Caddy dealer for about 30k.


Certified preowned Deville, oops DTS


And I'm always a sucker for a red Cadillac

06-17-11, 03:56 AM
24 grand should find a certified DTS without much trouble.

06-17-11, 04:17 AM
I have seen 2008 STS V8 and V6 All wheel drive models go for $23-27K depending on the options.

... and you can't forget the competition: Mercedes E350 4 matic, BMW 530xi/535xi, Audi A6, Lincoln MKS, Infiniti M35x, Lexus GS350 AWD....