: Got my First CTS-V today!!



kciaccio
04-21-12, 10:33 PM
I have always wanted to get a CTS-V. I work at a dealership as a buyer and I have test driven thousands upon thousands of cars for my job and I always felt that the CTS-V was the car that fit my lifestyle.

Today I pulled the trigger on one that a fellow buyer brought in on Thursday. It is a black 2007 with 32K miles on it and only been in Georgia and now Texas.

Just brought it home from work and have not had much time to play with it yet, but looking forward to being on this forum and learning new tricks about this car.

CTSV_510
04-21-12, 10:37 PM
Congrats and :welcome:

jmildoc
04-21-12, 10:40 PM
Awesome, post pics!

kciaccio
04-21-12, 11:02 PM
I will take some pics tomorrow and post them. Thanks guys.

wcryan
04-21-12, 11:18 PM
I hope you have deep pockets

kciaccio
04-22-12, 12:05 AM
LOL, can't be worse than a BMW right?

afaster68
04-22-12, 02:15 AM
Nice! "FIRST CTS-V"

wcryan
04-22-12, 02:47 AM
LOL, can't be worse than a BMW right?

you'd be suprised

D3l7a3ch0
04-22-12, 03:22 AM
it's an LS drive train and the car has a big community *ahem*

I think the styling is damn near timeless and it's at a sweet spot of mechanical integrity and below 50% of MSRP. especially at such low mileage.

I like how you said *first* V

I have a 2007, same color, and we're in Texas!

kciaccio
04-22-12, 12:36 PM
Here are some quick picks...Been busy fixing the wife's BMW this morning.

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EdmundGTP
04-22-12, 02:43 PM
nice score. if you don't mind sharing, what were you able to pick it up for?

kciaccio
04-22-12, 08:41 PM
22,500 was my price.

repenttokyo
04-22-12, 09:46 PM
you'd be suprised

mine's ridiculously reliable.

CTSV_510
04-22-12, 10:43 PM
mine's ridiculously reliable.

I think he was referring to $ for mods, not repairs. Though we all occasionally consider new mods to be "repairs." ;)

By the way kciaccio, it looks like a very clean car! And a great price!

Wingsfan4life
04-22-12, 10:49 PM
WooHoo, buy some new tires!!!!! Lol...Congrats!! Take it drifting once!

SevillianSTS
04-22-12, 11:04 PM
Congrats. Very nice car.

Now, go out and check your clutch fluid, anything darker than "beer" yellow; should get new fluid in there.

It gets dirty quicker than you think, and makes a difference when you get it filled and cleaned out.
My car had twice the miles, but clutch fluid was almost empty, and solid black. Easily overlooked by most of us.

Just my 2 cents...

tonyf2174
04-22-12, 11:12 PM
If you don't mind me asking, where did you purchase it from?

kciaccio
04-23-12, 10:37 AM
How strong are the rear ends in these things? It has been a while since I owed anything with this kind of power. Considering I only have a completely stock 32k mile 07. What would you do for upgrades? Any weak points I should strengthen up first?

I know wheel hop has been mentioned. Is that one of the first things to address?

rand49er
04-23-12, 11:29 AM
How strong are the rear ends in these things? ...

I know wheel hop has been mentioned. Is that one of the first things to address?You've got the the best OEM differential in your '07. If you're inclined to leave an occasional pair of black stripes on the pavement behind you, you may want to consider a set of axles. I've got DSS/Hendrix, but there are others available as well.

A CAGS eliminator and a shifter would be the first things to address, IMHO. Won't break the bank, either.

kciaccio
04-23-12, 01:32 PM
I work at Texas Direct Auto as a buyer so that is where I got it from. lol

Thanks for the advice on the clutch fluid and rear end guys.

Unfortunately I only received one key. Do these cars use a special key?

CAGS is annoying. Sucks you have to waste money and time bypassing it.

SevillianSTS
04-23-12, 04:23 PM
Unfortunately I only received one key. Do these cars use a special key

Buy a key blank on ebay. Take it to your local hardware store and have them cut it, then read online how to "learn" the new key with the car.

Key fob... also avaiable on ebay.

PISNUOFF
04-23-12, 06:12 PM
Your diff should hold up to almost anything. I've been abusing mine for over 4 years with well over stock power levels. You will want to consider a set of axles, I've tried most of the options and found the Gforce set to eliminate my hop the best. For around $550, it's good assurance.

kciaccio
04-23-12, 09:32 PM
Thanks for the advice on the key. ;) I have not even crawled under the car yet to look at the design of the rear. Sounds like it is independent rear back there. So there is a G Force set up specifically for these?

SevillianSTS
04-23-12, 10:44 PM
http://www.shop.gforce1320.com/category.sc?categoryId=22

Mine are on order, but I have read a lot of positive feedback.

kciaccio
04-24-12, 08:04 PM
Holy crap! Thanks for the link. Even with those axles, will the diff hold up to the abuse?

SevillianSTS
04-24-12, 08:31 PM
does your diff whine at all ? My car is an 07 also, and I did have some whine. Dealer replaced under 5yr powertrain warranty. (which is about to expire for all us 07 owners.)

Here is a before and after replacement. Completely silent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wR9Raq0vuLs

kciaccio
04-24-12, 10:31 PM
No whine. Very quiet car.

alradco
04-25-12, 12:17 AM
Very nice. An 07 with only 32k miles is hard to find. Congrats.

Peter

Cadillac Cust Svc
04-25-12, 08:26 AM
does your diff whine at all ? My car is an 07 also, and I did have some whine. Dealer replaced under 5yr powertrain warranty. (which is about to expire for all us 07 owners.)

Here is a before and after replacement. Completely silent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wR9Raq0vuLs

I'm glad that the repair was successful!
Many happy, QUIET miles,
Sarah (Assisting Katie)
GM Customer Service

JDB
04-25-12, 10:14 AM
Congrats and welcome!

Picture of the shifter makes the shifter look shorter than stock. So, maybe someone put in a shifter. But, if they did, you'd think they bought a CAGS eliminator (male & female connectors) ...off of eBay or some other vendor for ~$20.

Definitely flush the clutch fluid and rear diff fluid. Keep those fresh.

kciaccio
04-25-12, 11:38 AM
Funny you should say that, I was driving into work thinking the same thing. I think it has a short throw. When it is in 6th that shifter knob is real close to the center counsel. I will change out those fluids after my tints are installed.

Any good outside car covers for these things?

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Funny you should say that, I was driving into work thinking the same thing. I think it has a short throw. When it is in 6th that shifter knob is real close to the center counsel. I will change out those fluids after my tints are installed.

Any good outside car covers for these things?

PISNUOFF
04-25-12, 12:26 PM
Holy crap! Thanks for the link. Even with those axles, will the diff hold up to the abuse?

Yes, the '07 will.

Mine has howled since it was 6 months old. Still hasn't broken.

ctsvohio
04-25-12, 12:30 PM
Buy a key blank on ebay. Take it to your local hardware store and have them cut it, then read online how to "learn" the new key with the car.

Key fob... also avaiable on ebay.

These should work.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-CADILLAC-TRANSPONDER-CHIP-UNCUT-IGNITION-KEY-601-x2-/400209288447?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&fits=Year%3A2004%7CModel%3ACTS%7CMake%3ACadillac&hash=item5d2e551cff&vxp=mtr

kciaccio
04-25-12, 02:50 PM
Thanks. I had my operations department cut a new key. Just got off the phone with Cadillac they said it was a CPO car and has warranty until June 2013...Bonus

EdmundGTP
04-25-12, 04:49 PM
22,500 was my price.

SMOKIN deal.. Good job!

kciaccio
04-25-12, 07:40 PM
We were going to retail it for 26,980.

EdmundGTP
04-26-12, 12:45 PM
We were going to retail it for 26,980.

Even that would have been a good deal. 07's are listing for close to 30k still at dealerships.

kciaccio
04-26-12, 02:41 PM
Does anybody know of a good car cover for outside? I have a two car garage and I have a project car in one bay and my wife's brand new BMW we are picking up tomorrow gets the other side. That leaves the CTS-V out in the driveway unfortunately. I plan on only driving it a few times a week and using my wife's old BMW for the other days to keep the miles down.