: New member and Soon to Be New V Owner



sgtdestruction
04-18-12, 05:34 PM
Afternoon everyone,

Wanted to reach out and say hey to my future buddies here. I have been browsing through the forums for the past 8 months, soaking up all that is CTS V. As of today, I have set in motion for a CTS-V to be transferred (via Carmax) from South Carolina to Tennessee for purchase. Silver 2007 with ~36k miles + 125k mile warranty (gotta have that piece of mind :thumbsup:) for $26,000. These cars do not make it out near Tennessee very often, as I have been waiting for the right car for the past 6 months.

Anyways, here's to you all and yours and I hope to get as much out of this site and it's members as they can get from me.

Seth

FuzzyLogic
04-18-12, 06:30 PM
Welcome!

I don't know how your wallet is feeling like right now, but you'll probably want to invest another $2,000 to really get the most out of the car. The following recommendations will not produce more power, but they will drastically improve driveability/fun factor:

- OEM LS7 clutch and flywheel from eBay ($500)
- Katech short shifter ($250)
- Creative Steel differential bushings ($95) and shifter bushings ($30)
- Hotchkis sway bars ($450)
- USA Spec PA15-VETTE iPod/iPhone integration kit from eBay ($125)
- Ground Control Coilover Conversion kit ($500)

Unless you don't have an iPod/iPhone, or plan on modifying the living crap out of the car (in which case you may need a stronger clutch), I'd consider every single one of those upgrades a definite must have.

sgtdestruction
04-18-12, 06:59 PM
Thanks for the info Fuzzy. I have been reading up on a number of the "issues" these cars present to new unsuspecting owners and appreciate the assistance. Good lookin out!

FuzzyLogic
04-18-12, 07:09 PM
Thanks for the info Fuzzy. I have been reading up on a number of the "issues" these cars present to new unsuspecting owners and appreciate the assistance. Good lookin out!

By the way, you've probably heard of the hardware CAGS eliminator, but don't bother. When you get your car tuned, any good tuner will able to eliminate it in software.

rand49er
04-18-12, 10:34 PM
... but you'll probably want to invest another $2,000 to really get the most out of the car. ...Oh, boy ... here we go again! :yup:

GDPossehl
04-18-12, 11:34 PM
Are the sway bars really worth $450? It corners pretty flat stock and even better lowered... that $450 seems like it could go somewhere more productive.

CTSV_510
04-19-12, 12:15 AM
Are the sway bars really worth $450? It corners pretty flat stock and even better lowered... that $450 seems like it could go somewhere more productive.

Hard to say for me...I went from stock suspension w/FG2s, then added the hotchkis sway bars and I felt they were worth every penny of the $250 I spent on them (used). I just recently lowered the car with ground control and 600/650 springs and that was well worth the $500 or $600 that it cost. I never had ground control without the sway bars, but I imagine they still help quite a bit. I think those springs + hotchkis bars is an underrated combination of mods. Fast cars are fun, but fast cars that can turn are way more fun.

If I were to start over again from stock...after 4 and a half years of ownership...

- any shifter
- ground control with 600/650 springs
- headers + tune (throw creative steel motor mounts in with this install)
- ls7 clutch (replace ALL the shifter linkage bushings with non-rubber parts when this is installed)
- hotchkis sway bars
- magnacharger (I only put it this far down on the list because of the cost, it should be done first rather than pining over it for years :sneaky:)

So there ya go, I spent about $10k for you already and you didn't get the car yet.

By the way, :welcome:

mstrjon32
04-19-12, 01:15 AM
Check out the car carefully. I bought my car from CarMax (for the same reason you did, at the time I was in MD and I couldn't find a Platinum/Ebony 06/07 ANYWHERE nearby, so I had them ship one from Oklahoma City) and they repainted my front bumper, and did a terrible job, and now a year and a half later, all the new paint has peeled off. Looked great when I bought it. Also, they installed the wrong speed rating tires, so I complained, they installed new ones, but the new ones weren't RFT, and in the process, scuffed up the accessory wheels that were on the car. Then they finally agreed to "fix" them, by painting them silver. :thepan: Never have I dealt with such a group of morons.

Not trying to scare you off, but buyer beware.

sgtdestruction
04-28-12, 10:07 PM
So I pulled the trigger this morning. Been in Orlando at an IT conference all week and glad to be back home. Here are some of the first pics...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7212/6976954158_2538f2cdcb.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/77358806@N05/6976954158/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7059/7123030735_7582f3de29.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/77358806@N05/7123030735/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7125/6976945806_e6e436b7ca.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/77358806@N05/6976945806/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7139/6976942584_a5db55a936.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/77358806@N05/6976942584/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8019/6976938908_3e360c1829.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/77358806@N05/6976938908/)

Tomorrow morning starts a long day of cleaning the paint completely, then building it back up. Same with the interior.

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I have actually purchased 4 cars from Carmax, and only 1 of them (Hyundai minivan) experienced issues (which were all covered under their extended warranty, so I really can't complain). Sorry that you had a bad experience though...

Faber
04-28-12, 11:25 PM
welcome & congrats on the purchase. This forum is a wealth of knowledge & helpful people.

sgtdestruction
04-29-12, 05:55 PM
Thanks Faber. So far, I am loving the car (must be dead not to).

MurphV
05-03-12, 04:40 PM
I am also a new V owner as well. Beautiful car man. Good luck to ya.

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Hey fuzzy how much travel do you have with the katech? Looking to pick up either that or one from
From brian (PISNUOFF). I'm shooting toward brian because I'm a big supporter of small buisness but want the best for my car.

sgtdestruction
05-03-12, 08:49 PM
Thanks Murph. Welcome to you as well.

Koooop
05-03-12, 09:20 PM
You're going to love that car! I'm about to retire mine after 7 1/2 years, it is the perfect sedan.

wcryan
05-03-12, 09:30 PM
Looks like you got some aftermarket exhaust with that too

Andringa
05-03-12, 11:42 PM
Welcome! I'm sure you will have a blast with the new (to you) V.

sgtdestruction
05-04-12, 02:42 PM
Looks like you got some aftermarket exhaust with that too

Yes sir...came with Magna Flow...sounds pretty nice.

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Welcome! I'm sure you will have a blast with the new (to you) V.

Thanks Andringa...

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Probably not the best place to post this, as I know most people don't street race...but this was too good to pass up. Pulled up next to a 2003 M5 yesterday...we agreed to wait til about 30 mph to run it...he did the 3 honks and off we went...had him by a little more than 1/2 car length for over 3/4 mile...then we stopped. Never would have stood a chance with my previous junker...

Man I love this car!!!

JDB
05-04-12, 03:01 PM
As long as it happened on a street in Mexico, you're fine.

Welcome!

CTSV_510
05-04-12, 03:03 PM
[/COLOR]Probably not the best place to post this, as I know most people don't street race...but this was too good to pass up. Pulled up next to a 2003 M5 yesterday...we agreed to wait til about 30 mph to run it...he did the 3 honks and off we went...had him by a little more than 1/2 car length for over 3/4 mile...then we stopped. Never would have stood a chance with my previous junker...

Man I love this car!!!

Put some headers on and get a tune and you will put 3 car lengths on him...been there with same model M5. ;)

Koooop
05-04-12, 11:35 PM
From the back, it looks like the installed the center section of the exhaust upside down. The guy that installed my Magnaflow put it on upside down and the tips were not centered, I had him turn it over to correct it that crosseyed look.