: Should I buy a 2011 CTS coupe?



jtb2210
06-21-13, 07:09 PM
Hi - new to the forum, and hope to be a new cadillac owner soon. I have my eye on a black 2011 coupe. I've come from an S4 which was fun, but plagued with problems, and then moved to an IS350, which didn't have the tight suspension I was hoping for. The coupe I'm looking at has the premium package with the 19s. Any help or advice from the community? Pros? Cons? Problems? Thanks so much for your help everyone!

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Ranger
06-21-13, 10:10 PM
:moved:

talismandave
06-21-13, 10:47 PM
:welcome5: You will be in good hands here!

angelbones
06-21-13, 11:15 PM
I'm sure you'll love it. Peruse the forums and you'll see few issues with the 2012 models. Not that every car is problem free but that is universal with all cars. The Premium has everything you need and in your case, you get the extra bonus 19" wheels which should mean you have the upgraded suspension (FE3). I have a 2012 coupe and I must say that is one option that I wish I had. It's hard to say any cons, but complaints I've heard include the blind spot, rear head and leg room, some say mpg, some say seat comforts. However, if you're interested in the coupe, you know what you're getting into with rear space and blind spots, and the mpg definitely varies among users, and I suppose the seats are taste specific (some hate, others have no problems with them (such as myself)). If you buy, you'll have to post photos. I love the looks of both black raven, and black diamond, so I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

gohawks63
06-22-13, 12:45 AM
:moved:

Love mine. Last year the CTS coupe was rated the most reliable domestic car.

It's a bit more sporty than the sedan but don't expect Corvette like performance unless you get the V.

OMG
06-22-13, 04:14 AM
Jealous love my sedan but wish I had the coupe.

EVH5150
06-22-13, 05:55 AM
I have a 2011 diamond white coupe with 6-speed manual RWD; FE3 suspension, 19 inch rims, etc. From what I hear its one of 65 ever produced! It sounds like you might have your eye on another rare one judging by your description. I would say buy this now!!!! Like yesterday!!! This is the best car ever and you will not regret it! One more thing to note; there are no Cons just Pros with this beauty.
Hi - new to the forum, and hope to be a new cadillac owner soon. I have my eye on a black 2011 coupe. I've come from an S4 which was fun, but plagued with problems, and then moved to an IS350, which didn't have the tight suspension I was hoping for. The coupe I'm looking at has the premium package with the 19s. Any help or advice from the community? Pros? Cons? Problems? Thanks so much for your help everyone!

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Xav8tor
06-22-13, 07:00 AM
Sit in it, take her for a test drive, but bring your checkbook. You won't leave the lot in the same car you came in. Have fun! I sure am in mine. Makes me feel like a kid in a candy store with all the cool features to play with, and my wife says I look "hot" in it!

Jagillac
06-22-13, 10:02 AM
You will run into the same problem almost every Coupe owner has run into. The second your in the car and drive it, your not going to be able to stop thinking of it.

I have a black 2011 coupe. I bought it brand new and even went as far as ordering from the factory. Best choice I ever made! I have everything I want and no matter where I go everyone is looking and taking photos. I hope you like attentions. They car honestly makes you want to drive it aggressively. It just feels right and handles great! That could be why people complain about their MPG but truthfully I don't believe mine is that bad. Others then very minor and mor annoyances I have not had anything major with my car go wrong.

Good luck and hope to see photos soon.

C "T" ess
06-22-13, 12:36 PM
I'm on my fourth CTS and the one I currently have is a coupe. It's the best I've had so far. The only problem I've had is the latch release on the back of the drivers seat. It's been three days and they are still waiting for the part. You have to think of the coupe as a two seater with a leather storage area behind the front seats. No human could sit back there. I have trouble getting my dogs back there especially with the seat protector over the back seat. Try to get the salesman to sit back there while you take a test drive. He may cut you a better deal just to get out of there. The blind spot is not a problem at all, you just have to adjust your mirrors correctly.

gohawks63
06-22-13, 12:57 PM
You will run into the same problem almost every Coupe owner has run into. The second your in the car and drive it, your not going to be able to stop thinking of it.

I have a black 2011 coupe. I bought it brand new and even went as far as ordering from the factory. Best choice I ever made! I have everything I want and no matter where I go everyone is looking and taking photos. I hope you like attentions.

Truer words have not been spoken. Check out my "Getting Coupe Love thread".

I am often getting approving nods at stoplights. Several times people have come up to me at the gas stations and just a week ago I saw a guy behind me on the highway trying to get pictures while we were running along at 80mph.

MotownPimp
06-24-13, 02:46 AM
Hi JTb, as you can tell we Coupe guys are pretty proud of our wheels. I've owned my Coupe for 2 years with no complaints. My only admonition is be aware you are buying a two seater.
The back seat is useless for anyone other than pint sized kids who can bend like a pretzel.

Like any used car, have it checked out by a mechanic you choose, pay, & trust.

jghiller
06-24-13, 06:15 AM
Biggest concern for me, especially in summer, is that its next to impossible to store food items in the rear. Rear set access is a nightmare. At times I had so many perishables on the front seat that the seat belt warning came on. As for cleaning rear windows - hire someone. And with the limited trunk space and annoying hinges, dont expect to carry a lot on long trips given the access to rear seats. Also the center console in rear makes it hard to store large heavy items so as to avoid scratching anything. I love the uniqueness of my coupe and how it drives compared to sedan, but the rear seat issues are a nagging thing. Never will I carry 2 passengers unless one is under 20.

tinman
06-24-13, 11:52 AM
Should I buy a 2011 CTS coupe?

Hell, yes!

Lac_Boy
06-24-13, 01:51 PM
Beautiful car. You'll get lots of stares and compliments. I've had my coupe for over a year and a half with only one major problem....my trunk latch malfunctioned. Other than that, the only complaint I have is the voice volume on the navigation screen changes by itself. I constantly have to adjust it to the right volume and it never stays there, it always lowers. Annoying when driving and listening for turn by turn directions. Oh, and the voice commands suck too. Outdated technology.

jtb2210
06-24-13, 04:42 PM
Wow. Youre all right, I am in good hands! I can't thank everyone enough. So helpful. I haven't had a chance to drive one yet. As a substitute, I took a sedan for a spin. Very smooth... but not the sporty feel I was hoping for. Safe to assume the coupe has more of a sporty feel? What does the cockpit sit like? Are the door sils higher than they are in the sedan? Does it feel like you're sitting lower? The othee thinf I was bummed about In the sedan was the lack of steering feel. Any thoughts on that? Is it communicative? Road feel? Or is there too much assistance? Lastly - can I squeeze the clubs in the trunk? Again thank you so much to everyone for your opinions and help. I truly am in good hands here.

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tinman
06-24-13, 04:46 PM
As long as you have the 3.6 engine which you do, you should be happy.

dreiloft
06-24-13, 06:17 PM
Wow. Youre all right, I am in good hands! I can't thank everyone enough. So helpful. I haven't had a chance to drive one yet. As a substitute, I took a sedan for a spin. Very smooth... but not the sporty feel I was hoping for. Safe to assume the coupe has more of a sporty feel? What does the cockpit sit like? Are the door sils higher than they are in the sedan? Does it feel like you're sitting lower? The othee thinf I was bummed about In the sedan was the lack of steering feel. Any thoughts on that? Is it communicative? Road feel? Or is there too much assistance? Lastly - can I squeeze the clubs in the trunk? Again thank you so much to everyone for your opinions and help. I truly am in good hands here.

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The clubs will only fit if you put down the back seats.

gohawks63
06-24-13, 06:28 PM
Wow. Youre all right, I am in good hands! I can't thank everyone enough. So helpful. I haven't had a chance to drive one yet. As a substitute, I took a sedan for a spin. Very smooth... but not the sporty feel I was hoping for. Safe to assume the coupe has more of a sporty feel? What does the cockpit sit like? Are the door sils higher than they are in the sedan? Does it feel like you're sitting lower? The othee thinf I was bummed about In the sedan was the lack of steering feel. Any thoughts on that? Is it communicative? Road feel? Or is there too much assistance? Lastly - can I squeeze the clubs in the trunk? Again thank you so much to everyone for your opinions and help. I truly am in good hands here.

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The coupe sits lower than the sedan.

Also depends on what sedan you drove. If you drive the base sedan it has the 3.0L engine (270hp), 17" wheels and it has the softer FE1 suspension.

The coupe comes standard with the 3.6L (318hp) engine, 18" wheels and the firmer FE2 suspension.

If you are staying with a RWD model you can opt for the sport package with the 19" wheels and track tuned FE3 suspension. This option is not available on AWD models.

As for steering feel, it does tend to feel a tad overboosted at slow speeds but it does firm up the faster you go.

Pdabs
06-24-13, 07:06 PM
Hi - new to the forum, and hope to be a new cadillac owner soon. I have my eye on a black 2011 coupe. I've come from an S4 which was fun, but plagued with problems, and then moved to an IS350, which didn't have the tight suspension I was hoping for. The coupe I'm looking at has the premium package with the 19s. Any help or advice from the community? Pros? Cons? Problems? Thanks so much for your help everyone!

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No you shouldn't buy it.

Jagillac
06-25-13, 12:37 AM
From what I remember. The coupe's roofline is 2 inches lower and the windshield is 2degrees back. Also the seats are lower giving you a "cockpit" like feel. my friends and i love every part of it. My best friend almost got the same car in white but didn't want to spend the $$. I test drive a sedan before the coupe was out. Even though it had all the same options the couple felt so much better specially with where all the controls are when your driving with the lower seat.

Also I have had golf clubs fit in the trunk. The have to be out in club first into the deep corner and then slid the back in into the opposite corner so they are diagonal. :-P obviously bag will make a difference but mine is not a small bag at all.

MotownPimp
06-25-13, 12:44 AM
Have not driven the sedan so no help in comparison. The Coupe does have a sporty feel to me but less than my previous fun car, a 350Z. But much more room and features; nicest interior I've ever owned. Cockpit is perfect for my 6'2", 210 lb frame. Lots of seating positions and loads of leg room; I can stretch my legs out straight with seat all the way back. The steering is not quite as tight as Z but fine; steering becomes more firm with higher speed. Yes on golf clubs with rear seat down (easy to lower).

You might see how you feel about seats; they are to hard for me but fine with a car cushion. Only an issue on drives over an hour or so.

Keep in mind my perspective is the Coupe is a fun second car for cruising on road trips and running through the gears in the twisties. If I need to haul more than my girl & me, I use our SUV.

Cadillac Cust Svc
06-25-13, 11:25 PM
Greetings and Welcome to the forum!

Amber N.
Cadillac Customer Care

Cadillac Cust Svc
06-26-13, 01:33 PM
Should I buy a 2011 CTS coupe?

Hell, yes!

Hi tinman,

I am loving your excitement on the CTS Coupe! Are you currently looking around to purchase one?

Laura M.
Cadillac Customer Service

tinman
06-26-13, 01:36 PM
Laura, no. Just trying to get another potential buyer to jump off that fence.

TrimThis
06-26-13, 01:51 PM
Post 13 is exactly right about the "rear" seats. This car is basically a 2 seater. Other than that it's one of the best looking cars on the road for the price. Over 36K on mine with NO problems. I've lowered mine, put V wheels and tires on it, blacked it out, tinted the tails, windows and added a rear spoiler. I luv this car and so do most people who see it. Get one.

Xav8tor
06-26-13, 05:01 PM
One "con" you may want to consider. I've had a few nice attractive cars through the years, one sort of "exotic" type, but I've never been waved at, thumbs up, horns honked, stopped at lights and parking lots etc., so many times by people wanting to know more about the car, or just tell me how wicked, sweet, on so on, it is. I don't derive my self-worth from material possessions, but I must admit it's a nice feeling after being "stealth" the last few years mainly driving an inherited Buick. You definitely will not be flying under the radar in a black CTS coupe. Speaking of radars, you might consider a high end model Escort detector if you have a heavy foot. I was tailed at least twice on road trips last week and locked on by laser and Ka band at least four times. If GM really does discontinue the CTS coupe, the best seller in the segment, they're absolutely crazy and the entire management team and BOD should be fired on the spot.

rchern
06-26-13, 09:31 PM
Give special attention to the seats and make sure you're comfortable in them. Drive the car a couple times and make sure you're happy with them. Some people found them uncomfortable and some no problem. You can search this forum for the threads on the subject but the bottom line is that you should spend a good amount of time concentrating on the seats. I hope you get the car and have good luck. I'm very happy with mine.

jtb2210
06-27-13, 04:45 AM
Hey Gohawks - thanks a mil for the color on the suspensions. I drove a 12 sedan, and I honestly don't know if it had something other than the FE1, but I'd be surprised if it did. However, I'd guess even if they had an FE1 in the coupe, that given the cars stance, it's probably a bit better? As I understand it, the one I'm looking at (far, far out of my geographic region so viewing in person isn't a possibility), has the FE3, but I think I'll be happy with it no matter what.

I can't seem to get the guy selling it to get me any pictures (I will before I buy - long story on the car - the guy is in the military and his fam is selling it for him), but I really want those 19 inch wheels. Anyone added them as an after market feature? What about the V wheels? Expensive?

To the latest post - Seats are hugely important to me. My first car was a G35 coupe, and the bolsters were great. The Audi S4 after that had recarros, and they were very firm, but supportive. The IS350 were incredibly soft and comfortable, but very little support. I just want some middle ground out of the CTS coupe, but the seat portion of the seat (if that makes sense) sure looks flat, and certainly was in the sedan. I'm hoping the suspension will help make up for the lack of seat support into corners. I didn't find the sedan seating particularly comfortable - but then again, I just came from a 350 - probably the most comfortable seats ever (but again, little support).

From my research, it sounds like I'll be sacrificing some power (the 350 was just one tenth slower to sixty than the S4) for some handling - which I'm okay with. How does the group feel about power? Pretty mid/back of pack where compared with it's peers. Excluding comparison - is it adequate? I know going toe to toe off the line with a 335i isn't going to get me the win to 60 or the quarter, but does it still feel decent at least? Any element at all of push you into the seat acceleration? Any non warranty voiding upgrades to give me a few more horseys?? I don't want to be up against an Accord V6 and lose (I know I'm sounding like a track nut - and I'm the furthest thing from it). I don't buy cars for attention or looks, I want a specific feel to the car, if that makes sense. The styling with the coupe is unbelievably attractive, but since I'm not in the game to be told how nice the car looks, I want to know that it doesn't feel like molases.

THANK YOU to everyone on this chain. Awesome, incredibly helpful input. So glad I found the forum.

angelbones
06-27-13, 03:09 PM
[/QUOTE]From my research, it sounds like I'll be sacrificing some power (the 350 was just one tenth slower to sixty than the S4) for some handling - which I'm okay with. How does the group feel about power? Pretty mid/back of pack where compared with it's peers. Excluding comparison - is it adequate? I know going toe to toe off the line with a 335i isn't going to get me the win to 60 or the quarter, but does it still feel decent at least? Any element at all of push you into the seat acceleration? Any non warranty voiding upgrades to give me a few more horseys?? I don't want to be up against an Accord V6 and lose (I know I'm sounding like a track nut - and I'm the furthest thing from it). I don't buy cars for attention or looks, I want a specific feel to the car, if that makes sense. The styling with the coupe is unbelievably attractive, but since I'm not in the game to be told how nice the car looks, I want to know that it doesn't feel like molases.

THANK YOU to everyone on this chain. Awesome, incredibly helpful input. So glad I found the forum.[/QUOTE]



As one who test drove many of the coupe's true competitors (cars in the CTS price range or less), let me offer what I can regarding performance.

I believe you'll enjoy it very much but it's no supercar. Here's what I drove and my performance comparison for each. The Merc C250: slow, and not close in performance. Merc C350: Equivalent to or slightly faster. The BMW 328i: slower but close; the Bmw 335i: definitely faster. The Infiniti G37: a little faster. The Audi A5: a little slower but best gas mileage. The Accord V6: actually pretty close, but you'll edge it out. Hyundai Genesis coupe: 2013+ with V6 Track version is comparable to the 335i in performance and way cheaper in price. Also, drove a V6 Camaro, and felt the CTS to be faster but that could just be me. The V6 Challenger is a little slower. So, with the exception of the Hyundai, you'll be able to keep with most, that is unless you want to spend an extra 10 grand. I'm sure you can't get a 335i as loaded as the CTS for less than that price difference.

tinman
06-27-13, 04:00 PM
I now need to qualify my post in #14. My automatic transmission went out again for the THIRD time. Only get a manual transmission.

al williams
06-27-13, 07:18 PM
jtb: If the car you are considering came with 19" wheels, then it is the FE3 suspension with staggered tires and slightly different swaybars from FE3 in the sedan to account for the difference in tire sizes. Axle ratio is 3.73 rather than 3.42 in the sedans so it will feel a bit quicker than a sedan. (Camaro also usually has a numerically lower axle ratio.) The roof and seats are lower than the sedan.

kalfonse
06-28-13, 09:22 AM
I'm reading all this input bc I am looking to buy a 2014 coupe. There are so many things I'm considering but I'm going for black even though its masculine. I love this car. Want the saffron interior but it's only available on the V..,,so many things to consider.

tinman
06-28-13, 09:39 AM
So consider buying a V.

EVH5150
06-28-13, 02:44 PM
Man do I love the ratio's on our manual coupe's! It feels like a rocket ripping through the gears, and it feels so effortless. I always hear about the automatics upshifting to sixth gear too quickly and to me that would suck a lot of the enjoyment out of our Coupe's, I have heard sport mode drastically changes the upshifting habits of the automatic coupes which is cool and should help the performance and feel of the car.
jtb: If the car you are considering came with 19" wheels, then it is the FE3 suspension with stare alwaysggered tires and slightly different swaybars from FE3 in the sedan to account for the difference in tire sizes. Axle ratio is 3.73 rather than 3.42 in the sedans so it will feel a bit quicker than a sedan. (Camaro also usually has a numerically lower axle ratio.) The roof and seats are lower than the sedan.

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Sorry for your problems dude. Funny you said only get the manual, I have preached those exact words to friends and family members for years.
I now need to qualify my post in #14. My automatic transmission went out again for the THIRD time. Only get a manual transmission.

CaddyRum
10-06-14, 09:16 PM
I'm a new member and just traded in my 05 Mustang GT for a Thunder Gray 2011 Premium CTS Coupe. I can honestly say I love my CTS Coupe. I thought I would miss the torque of my Stang but the Coupe gets up and moves. Now I'm looking for bolt on mods to inhance performance. Also looking for brake upgrade parts.

vfaninva
10-06-14, 09:44 PM
Congrats and welcome to the coupe club!

P.S. Nice choice of color! :)

gohawks63
10-06-14, 10:30 PM
Welcome.

I used to have a 2006 Mustang (V6) convertible that was a summer top down car. Traded it in along with my '12 Premium CTS coupe for the V.

I missed having a convertible and about a month ago I picked up a 2011 Mustang GT California Special convertible. It's a nice enough and good looking car, but it's not a V. Back in 2011 the 5.0 was rated at 412hp. Never thought I would ever say that 412 felt "slow".

Welcome to the forums and congrats on your V. You'll love it.

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Pictures of the GT/CS. The previous owner removed the GT/CS stripes. Assuming it was so that he could add the 5.0 emblems.

http://i772.photobucket.com/albums/yy5/onof1994/CTS-V/imagejpg1_zps327de195.jpg (http://s772.photobucket.com/user/onof1994/media/CTS-V/imagejpg1_zps327de195.jpg.html)

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Edit.

Never mind. Believe it or not, I thought I was posting in the V forum.

Nonetheless, my comments still stand. You will love your coupe. Never did I drive a car that got so much attention, and yes, I'm referring t my previous 3.6 coupe.

Congrats again.

wcthunder
10-08-14, 03:02 PM
Congrats and welcome to the coupe club!

P.S. Nice choice of color! :)

Welcome. and don't listen to vfaninva...he's color blind!!! lmao! :yup:

vfaninva
10-08-14, 04:06 PM
LOL! You're just jealous 'cause we got two colors for the price of one! :)