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Camdcad
07-26-13, 04:07 PM
Hey fella's, just wanted to hop on here and see how much i can learn about my new car. I just bought a 2004 Cadillac CTS-V, silver with the black leather/suede interior.

I've owned mustangs since i was 16, but with my third kiddo on the way i decided it was time to get a sporty car with a full back seat. Hopefully i can fit 3 little ones in the back seat. (not all the time, i've also got a lifted 01 explorer sport trac that is my DD).

On to the car, its got Long tube headers, high flow cats, and corsa exhaust. its got a Hochkis rear sway bar, as well as rear bushings i guess. Car has 67,000 miles on it, and i paid 18,500 for it. Oh, and its got the red corvette FRC's on it.

Its got some little black box in the front lower grill that i cant figure out. It almost looks like a radar detector maybe. Will explorer it some more in the day light.

Current plans are to black out the grills, consider blacking out the rims. I want to cam it rather soon, (hence the name). It looks to me as though the headlights are aftermarket. Crappy thing is, the passenger headlight is cracked. But the dealership told me they are going to replace it free of charge.

Enough with the chitter chatter, here are some pictures of the car.

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt218/dolbs4082/00K0K_1cRwmf5r3uD_600x450_zps2288ef9a.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/dolbs4082/media/00K0K_1cRwmf5r3uD_600x450_zps2288ef9a.jpg.html)

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt218/dolbs4082/00H0H_coSfPjgcGVK_600x450_zpsc3c3d8d8.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/dolbs4082/media/00H0H_coSfPjgcGVK_600x450_zpsc3c3d8d8.jpg.html)

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt218/dolbs4082/00b0b_etmkOv3AECO_600x450_zps46ddfd4a.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/dolbs4082/media/00b0b_etmkOv3AECO_600x450_zps46ddfd4a.jpg.html)

I'll break out the T2I this weekend and get some good HD pics of her.

StretchASU
07-26-13, 04:38 PM
Congrats...Just got my silver 05 as well. More stock setup than yours but man I would love to have some of the parts off yours haha.

philistine
07-26-13, 04:55 PM
Welcome, car looks nice! From the pics it looks like you have a CTS arm rest? Looks a little thick.

H-town_V
07-26-13, 07:24 PM
Nice looking car. I personally wouldn't black out the factory grills as they are very expensive. If you want the blacked out look you can by aftermarket (black grills) on eBay for a 1/4 of the price.

Plus at my local car meets there's another V1 that's completely blacked out and lowered and my stock looking car still gets more attention.

rand49er
07-26-13, 08:49 PM
Congrats!

Looks like you've got aluminum pedals, too. Nice car!

Take good care of those little ones.

H-town_V
07-26-13, 09:16 PM
Welcome, car looks nice! From the pics it looks like you have a CTS arm rest? Looks a little thick.

Hmm... that deff is a base cts armrest. I wonder if this is a very early production care.

RyRidesMotoX
07-26-13, 10:15 PM
If you wanna black out the grille... Plasti dip it. If you want it glossy instead they have a glossifier as well. Its easy to take off and most importantly... CHEAP lol. I have done a few sets of wheels with it and it is easy. I'm going to do my grilles next with it, its just hard to find at the local hardware store sometimes.

Camdcad
07-26-13, 11:44 PM
Just got in from a fun little cruise. Put ~100 miles on the car, and only got pulled over once. Apparently my passenger headlight isnt just condensating on the inside, its also not working at all on low beams. So i got a warning to fix that. Other then that, this car feels absolutely amazing!!

Car def. does have an arm rest, front and rear? Is this not normal for the V? anyone have pics of their cars center console?

I've started looking at blacked out grills, not real sure if i'll go that route or not.

One thing i learned tonight, the car was at one point supercharged. and i found the old boost gauge location. it was in the little flip open deal under the hvac controls. I also found a disk in the glove compartment that had something about tuning wrote on the disk. Found paper work from the previous owner, all kinds of good stuff.

philistine
07-28-13, 01:11 PM
Car def. does have an arm rest, front and rear? Is this not normal for the V? anyone have pics of their cars center console?

Here's what the stock arm rest looks like:
http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t404/jaysenbaker/Races/IMG_6514_zps9f3abeec.jpg (http://s1058.photobucket.com/user/jaysenbaker/media/Races/IMG_6514_zps9f3abeec.jpg.html)

eagle-co94
07-28-13, 02:48 PM
My guess is that little black box on the grille is a toll transponder. Is that plate on your shifter bezel engraved with something? Where are you located? I'm also new to the LS community and picked up my '05 CTS-V a few weeks ago.


Shoot me a PM if you're interested in my spare passenger headlight.

Camdcad
07-28-13, 03:39 PM
Im from hillsboro Kansas. The little bezel by my shifter says GM performance department.

Today my car started throwing codes on the CEL :(

I've put 100-150 miles on the car, and if im not mistaken, by unhooking the battery it will shut the CEL off for about that distance??

I know the car was at one point magna charged, and then had a replacement motor installed. at which point they didnt put the supercharger back on. I've only had the damn car for 2 days and its already throwing codes... idk what to do, im tempted to take the car back and find another one... but idk :S

eagle-co94
07-28-13, 03:47 PM
If you bought it from a dealer I'd drive it straight back there and demand they find out what the codes are and fix them. If they even mention out of pocket costs tell them to just take the car back. I believe you have 72hrs in FL to take a car back, but that could be old/wrong info. I'd do something first thing in the morning before it's too late. Swing by your local auto parts store first and have them tell you what the codes are first. They have no reason to lie to you and it's nice to have that info before you walk into the dealer.

philistine
07-28-13, 03:58 PM
If it was SC previously then I suspect the dealership flashed the ECU to the stock program. You have an aftermarket exhaust so you MIGHT be throwing codes related to that. Depending on the codes, a tuner can remove those codes on a chassis dyno and smooth out the rest for your aftermarket exhaust.

From my experience a dealership strips most aftermarket parts back to OEM to avoid these kind of things. Just a FYI, I drove my car with the CEL for a couple months before taking it to a chassis dyno after installing a header back exhaust.

Camdcad
07-28-13, 04:01 PM
Yeah, that was my plan, go have the parts store pull the codes. Then take those codes to the dealership and tell them to fix it.

When i bought the car i specifically asked what happens if something goes wrong with the car this weekend. and he told me we will tear up the contract and he'll refund my money. so it looks like i'll be calling my sales rep in the morning! :(

Camdcad
07-28-13, 06:13 PM
Well, got bored so I ran to the autozone 30 miles down the road... Just popped up with the cats... No biggy I guess. I just need to get a cai then tune it

mberisha
07-29-13, 02:02 AM
OP congrats on the V....hopefully the codes that are popping are an easy fix....

BTW...threee kiddos at 23...God Bless ya....I just turned 35....and my wife just downloaded our first. I could only imagine....

As far as the 3 kiddos in the backseat...shouldn't be an issue at all.....

Anyways...I'm looking forward to strapping my little one into his new Recaro Baby Seat when I get back to the states in a few months....

Enjoy your V and drive it hard....stay safe....

Cadillac Cust Svc
07-29-13, 08:24 AM
Hey fella's, just wanted to hop on here and see how much i can learn about my new car. I just bought a 2004 Cadillac CTS-V, silver with the black leather/suede interior.

I've owned mustangs since i was 16, but with my third kiddo on the way i decided it was time to get a sporty car with a full back seat. Hopefully i can fit 3 little ones in the back seat. (not all the time, i've also got a lifted 01 explorer sport trac that is my DD).

On to the car, its got Long tube headers, high flow cats, and corsa exhaust. its got a Hochkis rear sway bar, as well as rear bushings i guess. Car has 67,000 miles on it, and i paid 18,500 for it. Oh, and its got the red corvette FRC's on it.

Its got some little black box in the front lower grill that i cant figure out. It almost looks like a radar detector maybe. Will explorer it some more in the day light.

Current plans are to black out the grills, consider blacking out the rims. I want to cam it rather soon, (hence the name). It looks to me as though the headlights are aftermarket. Crappy thing is, the passenger headlight is cracked. But the dealership told me they are going to replace it free of charge.

Enough with the chitter chatter, here are some pictures of the car.

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt218/dolbs4082/00K0K_1cRwmf5r3uD_600x450_zps2288ef9a.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/dolbs4082/media/00K0K_1cRwmf5r3uD_600x450_zps2288ef9a.jpg.html)

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt218/dolbs4082/00H0H_coSfPjgcGVK_600x450_zpsc3c3d8d8.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/dolbs4082/media/00H0H_coSfPjgcGVK_600x450_zpsc3c3d8d8.jpg.html)

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt218/dolbs4082/00b0b_etmkOv3AECO_600x450_zps46ddfd4a.jpg (http://s613.photobucket.com/user/dolbs4082/media/00b0b_etmkOv3AECO_600x450_zps46ddfd4a.jpg.html)

I'll break out the T2I this weekend and get some good HD pics of her.

Hello Camdcad,

Welcome to the forum! This is a great site to learn about your Caddy and get great advice from other members. Your CTS-V looks great with the silver color! I am glad to hear your car feels amazing. I see you have a headlight issue and stated the dealer is going to fix it free of charge. Have you been able to take your vehicle in yet? I also read about the code that had you worried, and you were able to go to a shop who informed you there was nothing to worry about? Just want to check on your vehicle status and make sure everything is well. If you ever have any other concerns or questions you would like to discuss, we can be reached via private message.

Sincerely,

Laura M.
Cadillac Customer Care

Camdcad
07-29-13, 09:03 AM
The car has an appointment to go into the shop on wednesday afternoon and have the headlight replaced. As far as the CEL, the only code they could find was one for the cat telling us to replace the cats.

One other thing i learned last night is that my passenger rear TPS isnt working, when going threw the little digital read outs, my right rear tire shows "---"


Would it show that if the pressure is too low? or would it just show that if theres something not working with the sensor?

Cadillac Cust Svc
07-29-13, 01:15 PM
The car has an appointment to go into the shop on wednesday afternoon and have the headlight replaced. As far as the CEL, the only code they could find was one for the cat telling us to replace the cats.

One other thing i learned last night is that my passenger rear TPS isnt working, when going threw the little digital read outs, my right rear tire shows "---"


Would it show that if the pressure is too low? or would it just show that if theres something not working with the sensor?

Hello Camdcad,

I am glad to see you made an appointment to go into the shop on Wednesday. I am not a certified technician so I am unable to offer technical advice as to what the issue might be. This is something I would wait to bring up with the dealer when you are in. I want to stay involved throughout this process and make sure your vehicle is taken care of. Please let me know after your visit!

Sincerely,

Laura M.
Cadillac Customer Care

Camdcad
07-29-13, 04:37 PM
Mberisha, where did you get your recaro baby seat? I really want to get the boys a matching pair of car seats, and then see about getting the newest one some sort of sporty looking infant seat.

mberisha
07-30-13, 02:31 AM
Mberisha, where did you get your recaro baby seat? I really want to get the boys a matching pair of car seats, and then see about getting the newest one some sort of sporty looking infant seat.

I bought it off of Babies R' Us website....I think it was around $240 with free shipping....

It's a pretty legit car seat....




http://img003.picture2life.net/22232833/Recaro_I_desktop4_medium.png






http://img003.picture2life.net/22232834/Recaro_II_document-small_medium.png

eagle-co94
07-30-13, 08:10 AM
Your tpms should work to the point you can visibly see that the tires are low. When I got my car two this were in the teens from sitting for months. I filled them up and they've maintained pressures fine. I believe I had one with dashes and it took a few miles of driving to d start reading.

Camdcad
07-30-13, 09:52 AM
I talked with the dealership last night, they're going to take a look at the tpms tomorrow as well as replace the headlight. Car goes in at around 1ish tomorrow.

Other then those couple little things i've been tickled by this car. I started looking for a short shifter last night. I saw uuc, kaetech, and b&m were the popular choices, but no one mentioned where they bought theirs from?

philistine
07-30-13, 11:46 AM
Quite a few on here enjoy the PISNUOFF shifter. I just ordered some bushings from him to take out the slop in some of the linkages (I use Katech).

The ongoing mile long thread is found here:
http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/2004-2007-cadillac-cts-v-general/192900-custom-short-shifter-ordering-process.html

Cadillac Cust Svc
07-30-13, 03:55 PM
I talked with the dealership last night, they're going to take a look at the tpms tomorrow as well as replace the headlight. Car goes in at around 1ish tomorrow.

Other then those couple little things i've been tickled by this car. I started looking for a short shifter last night. I saw uuc, kaetech, and b&m were the popular choices, but no one mentioned where they bought theirs from?

Hello Camdcad,

Thank you for updating us on your situation. I am glad to hear the dealer is replacing the headlight and going to take a look at your vehicle tpms. Please let me know how everything goes after.

Thanks,

Laura M.
Cadillac Customer Care

SevillianSTS
07-31-13, 09:05 PM
Brought my baby home from the hospital in his blue Recaro baby seat in the V.

Actually drove my Blazer TO the hospital... didn't want water breaking in the V nor did I want the V sitting in the parking lot. So I then went home and swapped cars when it was time to come home. :)

walmart.com has the recaro baby seats too. They are large seats but they have excellent reviews and look cool.

rand49er
08-01-13, 08:40 PM
... and my wife just downloaded our first ...Ah, how things have changed. I love it.