: Suddenly, a wild Vagon appeared!



Jinx
05-27-13, 03:59 AM
When last my salesperson contacted me, the story of my wagon order was that it had been pushed to MY2014.

So when he called me Friday afternoon (May 24th), I figured he'd heard when GM was taking orders and/or starting production for MY2014.

But no. "A black CTS-V wagon just showed up on the truck today." I was gobsmacked. Apparently they'd scheduled, built, and shipped it while he was on vacation.

So Saturday morning I took one last romp in the Corvette -- man oh man I'm gonna miss that car -- and then traded it in and drove off in my new wagon: Raven Black, polished wheels, UltraView, ebony Recaros, suede.

Following break-in rules is hard -- the problem isn't driving gently, it's not going a constant speed.

Favorite feature over the first 150 miles: ventilated seats.

Build glitches: wrong shift knob (it's leather, should be suede), loose shift knob (knob and boot came off the shifter in my hand, quickly fixed), and loose center console carpet (bulging so much that, when my foot is on the accelerator, the edge of my shoe clips the brake pedal if I'm not careful. It's not as scary as it sounds.) Should be patched up when parts arrive Wednesday.

.Jinx
Remo Williams!

VMoose
05-27-13, 05:51 AM
Congrats, multiple pics please!

thebigjimsho
05-27-13, 08:19 AM
Amsome! Enjoy that beast!

I know when I had my replacement diff put in my V1, I needed 1500 miles to break in. So I went out for a drive. Took it down through the Berkshires, western CT, down into the Catskills, through Binghamton and across NY south of the Finger Lakes. Headed out to western NY state and then up to Lake Erie, through Rochester(where a Jaguar S-type R and M5 wanted to race, had to sadly decline) and stayed along the lake, then south towards Syracuse, then NE towards Albany and then Rte 2, through the Berkshires, all the way home.

Did about 1,000 miles in about 17 hours. All different speeds, breaking it in gently...

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And, funny enough, that diff was always louder then my first from day 1. When I got my final gen IV replacement from Lindsay Cadillac, I could only do about 250 break in miles before V-Day I at Summit Point. With only those few miles before a track day, that diff still was quiet and gave no problems...

neuronbob
05-27-13, 08:47 AM
One of us.....

Welcome wagon brother!

Random84
05-27-13, 09:09 AM
Congratulations!

Blakester
05-27-13, 09:56 AM
Congrats & enjoy!

Jinx
05-27-13, 01:30 PM
I must admit, for a while there, I was thinking, "why am I in limbo when other people have their build dates?" and then "why did theirs get built and mine get bumped?" I had dark thoughts, like "my dealer doesn't really have allocation" and "that lease info page said they wouldn't start building wagons again until September" and "what if some mold or die wore out or broke and there won't be any more wagons?" I thought about getting in the dealer's face, but decided I'd obsessed over the car a little too much already and just needed to chill for a while. After all, if 13s are done and 14s haven't started yet, there's no point getting wound up.

And yeah, in hindsight, my salesperson dropped the ball on the information front. He should have picked up on my repeated question of "what's our status code, do we have a TPW yet?" and the fact that I was calling him to ask that weekly. He should have engaged me more directly and proactively. And he should have stayed on top of the order, and had someone else do it while he was out.

But that's okay. He was exceedingly helpful as I stumbled my way from "I know exactly what options I want and I just have two questions" to actually committing. And he went the extra mile searching for a more useful rendition of that panic-inducing plum.

And I cannot deny that he said it would probably take eight weeks, and the car showed up eight weeks and one day after I put down a deposit.

Small photos attached, including one I'm going to have to get used to.

.Jinx

neuronbob
05-27-13, 01:49 PM
ROFL at the last one.

Yes, you will be best buddies with the oil companies. Unless you end up parking your car. I've already filled up twice in the last week. I am counting the fuel stops between the Grand Canyon and Durango on highways 64 and 160 for my trip to the GC and back next week. And hell yes, I'm taking the V wagon. It's got enough room for the family and our stuff, so why not? Even with the gas, it's still cheaper than flying three people with our planned multiple stops.

vfaninva
05-27-13, 02:25 PM
Congratulations on your beautiful ride!

Jinx
05-27-13, 02:38 PM
Fuel consumption -- I have a plan.

The Vette started making "I want more money" noises when cold, so I finally buckled down and started taking the bus to work most days. (No, that's not a euphemism. Literally, public transportation.) I got to work on time, didn't work stupid hours, read books... and then when I did drive the car, I was more in tune with its awesomeness.

I plan to apply the same trick to the Caddy, at least as long as the weather holds out. OTOH, the break-in could take months... but I've decided it'll be fun to see how long I can go before anyone at work notices I've got new non-Corvette wheels.

I guess my next order of business is to find a good transparent film installer before the nose gets bugged and chipped to hell.

BTW, has anyone Scotchguarded their seats? I'm a little worried about the "suede" going naked against water or grease. Having a back seat, I'll probably have a greater variety of passengers and thus a greater chance one of them will break the "no spilling" rule.

.Jinx

r_calif
05-27-13, 10:33 PM
Raven Black, polished wheels, UltraView, ebony Recaros, suede.

Congratulations! Great choice -- mine is very similar (except black diamond, graphite wheels, no suede (which I'm regretting!)).

Did I miss your transmission choice in your post?

Jinx
05-28-13, 12:18 AM
Manual transmission. (I've never owned anything but a sporty hatchback with a manual transmission. And the streak continues...)

And actually, I'm finding the suede wheel offputting. I guess I've been conditioned (!) over many years not to touch suede because it gets dirty, so I can't bring myself to just GRIP it. It makes my skin crawl. And I swear I'm going to rub a bare spot in the wheel getting in and out. I'm even contemplating asking to keep the leather shifter.

neuronbob
05-28-13, 05:54 AM
Don't worry about the Alcantara. Is easy to clean. Grip it. Love it. Keep control of your car... :)

Jinx
05-28-13, 10:09 AM
I'm having second thoughts about having the dealer replace my carpet. Except... it's not just the outer bit by the dead pedal, it's drooping and bulging out along the transmission tunnel, affecting my foot position on the accelerator. Maybe the edge of this carpet really is defective and a replacement will fix it. Or maybe the act of pulling and installing carpet with this glitch their focus will reposition it enough to fix it. I'm not so sure about a velcro fix because there's insulation behind the carpet. But I really don't want to speed up the development of squeaks and rattles. Sigh.

Xaqtly
05-28-13, 11:19 AM
Oh god, you're a Pokemon nerd.

(Kidding, kidding)

As far as the suede/alcantara, don't worry about it. I know the feeling you're talking about, but I have 37k miles on mine now and while it does start to get sticky and flatten a little bit, it's easy to clean. Warm water and very mild soap, just use a microfiber towel and wash then rinse, then dry, and when you dry it the suede should go back to normal. I wouldn't trade the suede for anything else, I really like it.

Your picture at the gas pump gave me an idea though. I think we should make a pinup calendar for 2014, consisting of glamour shots of our Vs at gas pumps. You know, their natural environment? Maybe it was funnier in my head, but I like the idea anyway.

Cadillac Cust Svc
05-28-13, 12:36 PM
When last my salesperson contacted me, the story of my wagon order was that it had been pushed to MY2014.

So when he called me Friday afternoon (May 24th), I figured he'd heard when GM was taking orders and/or starting production for MY2014.

But no. "A black CTS-V wagon just showed up on the truck today." I was gobsmacked. Apparently they'd scheduled, built, and shipped it while he was on vacation.

So Saturday morning I took one last romp in the Corvette -- man oh man I'm gonna miss that car -- and then traded it in and drove off in my new wagon: Raven Black, polished wheels, UltraView, ebony Recaros, suede.

Following break-in rules is hard -- the problem isn't driving gently, it's not going a constant speed.

Favorite feature over the first 150 miles: ventilated seats.

Build glitches: wrong shift knob (it's leather, should be suede), loose shift knob (knob and boot came off the shifter in my hand, quickly fixed), and loose center console carpet (bulging so much that, when my foot is on the accelerator, the edge of my shoe clips the brake pedal if I'm not careful. It's not as scary as it sounds.) Should be patched up when parts arrive Wednesday.

.Jinx
Remo Williams!

Hello Jinx,

Congrats on your new vehicle! That is always an exciting time. I hope you are enjoying driving it around! I am sorry for some of the glitches you have noticed with your vehicle and I hope patching it up goes well. If there are ever questions or concerns that arise, please reach out to us.

Sincerely,

Laura M.
Cadillac Customer Service

thebigjimsho
05-28-13, 12:41 PM
Manual transmission. (I've never owned anything but a sporty hatchback with a manual transmission. And the streak continues...)

And actually, I'm finding the suede wheel offputting. I guess I've been conditioned (!) over many years not to touch suede because it gets dirty, so I can't bring myself to just GRIP it. It makes my skin crawl. And I swear I'm going to rub a bare spot in the wheel getting in and out. I'm even contemplating asking to keep the leather shifter.

Stop being Monk. Get out there and molest that wheel! Grip it and rip it. It's microfiber, not swayde.

AC Promotions
05-28-13, 01:52 PM
Congrats on the wagon arriving. As you will soon find out the gas mileage is horrific. Even babying it around town with partial highway it returns a stellar 14mpg. I loved what the lead instructor at a local road race course said after taking a friends stock '13 coupe out for a sesson; "I couldn't hear enough exhaust to heal and toe downshift but I could watch the gas gauge go down on each lap".

Chrispy
05-28-13, 02:17 PM
Congrats on the wagon arriving. As you will soon find out the gas mileage is horrific. Even babying it around town with partial highway it returns a stellar 14mpg. I loved what the lead instructor at a local road race course said after taking a friends stock '13 coupe out for a sesson; "I couldn't hear enough exhaust to heal and toe downshift but I could watch the gas gauge go down on each lap".

Mileage should be the furthest thing from your mind with a 556hp 4600pd wagon.

BTW - I get 15mpg around town and 18-20mpg on the highway :)

Jinx
05-28-13, 02:37 PM
Not a Pokemon nerd. I only know the phrase from the endless echoes of the Internet meme. It struck me as appropriate :)

I like the idea of a collection of gas station glamour shots. In fact, I think that's going to become a regular part of my road trip snapshot routine. "Here we are at the Grand Canyon gas station... here we are at a gas station in Sedona... here we are at the Chevron in Needles... and here's the Shell in west Bakersfield..."

"It's microfiber, not swayde." Maybe chanting that will help.

So far (150mi) I'm getting 11.3 mpg. Changing up the rpms and speed is not the path to efficiency. I'm not worried.

MReiland
05-29-13, 08:49 PM
Remember you can always change out the wheel and knob yourself relatively cheaply if you ever have a problem with it.

Jinx
06-01-13, 07:20 PM
Carpet came in, but the knob still hasn't. In the meantime, I tested to make sure the boost guage works (oh boy does it) and got in a couple more photos from exotic places.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5346/8914001089_59fc665652_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/31832823@N07/8914001089/)
Welcome to San Jose (http://www.flickr.com/photos/31832823@N07/8914001089/) by Atomic Buffalo (http://www.flickr.com/people/31832823@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3672/8914037271_8b8c0cff85_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/31832823@N07/8914037271/)
does not run on palm oil (http://www.flickr.com/photos/31832823@N07/8914037271/) by Atomic Buffalo (http://www.flickr.com/people/31832823@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7428/8914046353_bd2af7ac41_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/31832823@N07/8914046353/)
Come again. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/31832823@N07/8914046353/) by Atomic Buffalo (http://www.flickr.com/people/31832823@N07/), on Flickr

Trapspeed
06-01-13, 08:51 PM
A couple exotic, one familiar. :)

Zhariak
06-01-13, 11:47 PM
ROFL at the last one.

Yes, you will be best buddies with the oil companies. Unless you end up parking your car. I've already filled up twice in the last week. I am counting the fuel stops between the Grand Canyon and Durango on highways 64 and 160 for my trip to the GC and back next week. And hell yes, I'm taking the V wagon. It's got enough room for the family and our stuff, so why not? Even with the gas, it's still cheaper than flying three people with our planned multiple stops.

What the shit? lmao

I fill up 1 tank a day (my coupe is my daily driver)...

I used to get 2 days out of a tank with 91, until I found out 94 was available here (the 94 here has 10% ethanol). After switching to 94, BAM a tank a day! haha

PS. I'm a consultant, so I'm doing minimum 100+ km a day (sometimes 200km)

VMoose
06-01-13, 11:50 PM
Thanks for sharing more pictures! The black looks really sharp.

spearfish25
06-02-13, 07:22 AM
Let me know how the carpet swap goes. My carpet is bulging by the dead pedal too. Pulling the trim piece it seems there was a little hole cut near the carpet edge that was supposed to be held by the clip of the trim piece. The carpet is so thin it tore there and bulges out now. Of course I don't want to trade a small issue for a big one knowing dealers easily make problems worse.

hakalugi
06-02-13, 11:37 AM
congrats! I was unsure of the steering wheel, my first non-leather in 15+ years, but it's growing on me, and glad its equpped with they swayed-ish stuff.

I'm still in my honeymoon phase, but it's going by /fast/..

RobF300
06-03-13, 01:22 PM
Stop being Monk. Get out there and molest that wheel! Grip it and rip it. It's microfiber, not swayde.

my thoughts exactly, grab that thing and appreciate how it feels, dont fear it, lol

Moneypenny
06-03-13, 10:36 PM
Welcome to the Vagon club! FWIW, I was supposed to have a leather shift knob and got the sueded one. If you want to trade, PM me...

dennych
06-04-13, 02:43 AM
agree with all of the above. the faux suede steering wheel is awesome. Glad I bought one with it.

Jinx
06-08-13, 03:01 PM
I dropped the car off Thursday night and picked it up Friday afternoon.

The carpet still sags away from the transmission tunnel -- press your hand up against it and it feels like almost an inch -- but it's much better than before and no longer in the way of pedal work. It's good around the dead pedal, hope it lasts.

The microfiber shift knob feels good. The steering wheel still feels slippery, but I guess I'll get used to it.

I've noticed a couple more fit issues. The center speaker grille sticks up slightly on the left side. The plastic bit on the back of the left steering wheel spoke isn't flush. And the top of the rear bumper cover isn't flush. I don't know if they're the kinds of things that are easily fixed, but I guess I'll ask.

The thing I know isn't an easy fix is orange peel. I know it's just a fact of life especially with a dark nonmetallic but once it catches your eye it's insistent. Definitely worse than the Corvette, which I know isn't really fair. It almost makes me not want to bother protecting the paint and just sock away money for a high-class paint job, but I'm not really a show & shine guy anymore.

Cadillac Cust Svc
06-10-13, 09:37 AM
I dropped the car off Thursday night and picked it up Friday afternoon.

The carpet still sags away from the transmission tunnel -- press your hand up against it and it feels like almost an inch -- but it's much better than before and no longer in the way of pedal work. It's good around the dead pedal, hope it lasts.

The microfiber shift knob feels good. The steering wheel still feels slippery, but I guess I'll get used to it.

I've noticed a couple more fit issues. The center speaker grille sticks up slightly on the left side. The plastic bit on the back of the left steering wheel spoke isn't flush. And the top of the rear bumper cover isn't flush. I don't know if they're the kinds of things that are easily fixed, but I guess I'll ask.

The thing I know isn't an easy fix is orange peel. I know it's just a fact of life especially with a dark nonmetallic but once it catches your eye it's insistent. Definitely worse than the Corvette, which I know isn't really fair. It almost makes me not want to bother protecting the paint and just sock away money for a high-class paint job, but I'm not really a show & shine guy anymore.

Hi Jinx,

I've enjoyed looking at the photos of your vehicle you previously posted. Looks like a nice ride :) I apologize for the vehicle concerns you experienced and had to get fixed, in addition to the couple more issues you've noticed. If there are ever questions or concerns you would like to discuss, don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Regards,

Laura M.
Cadillac Customer Service

Jinx
06-11-13, 11:07 AM
The carpet's already loose near the dead pedal. Can't say I'm surprised.

Cadillac Cust Svc
06-11-13, 03:54 PM
The carpet's already loose near the dead pedal. Can't say I'm surprised.

Hi Jinx,

I apologize this is already happening to your vehicle! I understand how this can be frustrating. If there is anything I can assist you with, please let me know. I can be reached via private message to further discuss your concerns if you would like.

Sincerely,

Laura M.
Cadillac Customer Service