03-25-13, 12:21 PM
My son is returning from Afghanistan in a couple of weeks and has found an 06 CTS-V he wants to buy. He asked me to test drive the car for him, which I did this past weekend. (I've tested two others for him as well). I'm really turned off by the shifter -- I'm a small little lady, but jeez, it felt like I was shifting a Mack truck! The gears seem really far away from each other, is this normal? Also, it was pretty difficult shifting into first gear in two of the 3 I tested -- I had to actually apply force - is that normal for cts-v, or does this indicate a problem with transmission?
I'm just hoping to read up on this to educate myself so I discuss with my son. He doesn't have internet access right now in A'stan.
Any help on how to search and/or advice on the shifting issue is appreciated.
03-25-13, 03:16 PM
I know I am of no help, but I love your first name. Mainly because my girl friend's is the same, but she spells it with two e's at the end.
Tell your son thank you though.
03-25-13, 06:44 PM
I moved this to the proper CTS-V forum - those guys can give you straight info.
03-25-13, 07:09 PM
I modify stock shifters into short shifters that take up most of the long stroke (35% reduction) and side to side play. The difficulty you had getting into 1st gear on two of them was most likely due to old/low clutch fluid. It is very typical. The slave cylinders in the V's are very sensitive to the condition of the fluid.
You can do a search on this V forum for short shifters, I can never get too many good results that way though. Here are a couple links to reviews and/or comment about my shifters.
03-25-13, 07:52 PM
I agree with Brian (PISNUOFF). I installed his shifter after having the factory shifter and the difference is amazing. Install took about an hour on my own...very easy if you can work a wrench.
Tommie, if you are near Nashville, I can help with the install.
Where are you located. Maybe someone can help you look over a car? Either way i would go with pisnuoff shifter. Good guy with a great product.
Cadillac Cust Svc
03-26-13, 10:33 AM
Welcome, Tommie! I'm pleased to see forum members already chiming in to assist, and Customer Service is available via private message on this forum if you would ever like further assistance.
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