: Ordering a CTS-v



Streety2k
05-12-06, 10:28 AM
Well I joined this forum to get an honest opinion of the car. Since salesman donít like to tell the truth about the car. I really wanted some input about some of the problems the car has. From what Iím reading there seems to be a huge problem with the differential...Could anyone explain this and any other problems so I donít have to go threw another lemon.

I have been threw a 330ci, Mini Cooper S both lemons my current car a z4 is working great but I hate it since itís so small.

Thanks in advanced

-Ben

AmesCTS-V
05-12-06, 10:41 AM
I DD my V and haven't had diff problems. There are certainly a lot of people on here with diff problems though. I don't know how well we represent V's overall though.

I'm sure my next car will be another V if that says anything and I trade often since I get tired of most cars after a year.

P-Funk
05-12-06, 10:54 AM
I really like the car. I haven't had any problems with it yet (although I have only had it for a month) and use it as a daily driver.

Streety2k
05-12-06, 10:57 AM
im really sick of bmw and german cars in general. I live in america might as well support its cars right? I have several choices im thinking of but the cts-v is almost the perfect plend of class and speed. Hell its a four door vette.

I just want it to be reliable. And i dont drive hard at all :bigroll: at least i dont think so.


You mean in ordering the car? Or in the choice i make?


thanks

-Ben

P-Funk
05-12-06, 11:02 AM
If you haven't already, check out the newest survey results here:
http://www.cadillacfaq.com/faq/survey/

dqw1
05-12-06, 11:16 AM
yep, look the survey results for a reality check.

Streety2k
05-12-06, 11:17 AM
If you haven't already, check out the newest survey results here:
http://www.cadillacfaq.com/faq/survey/
Wow thanks that helps alot. Gues people mostly have no problems but the people who do seem to have it alot.

mike041357
05-12-06, 12:15 PM
I'll put it like this.......I look for excuses to drive the car. Take the kids places, etc. If my wife says I have to take her car (a Denali), then I make her drive.

Have 6000 miles now with no major issues. I have a few minor things that need to be done, but don't want leave the car for a day.

The only problem you'll have is deciding what mods to do first, second, third.......etc.

Good luck and don't fret....

cjones
05-12-06, 01:25 PM
I think the diff problem has been largely fixed in the 06 model. Be sure to get the optional F1 SC tires, the Goodyear RS-A become the standard tire in 06. Those tires suck, the car handles like a dumptruck with bald tires in the snow being driven by a old blind asian woman with one arm. I just swapped them out after 500 miles for some Pirelli Rosso, serious difference.

I used to have an 01 M5 and 01 S4, you won't miss the germans as much as you might think. The V is not quite as refined, but loads more fun, yes even more fun than the M5 (though probably not the new one!).

dannystang
05-12-06, 01:31 PM
I think the diff problem has been largely fixed in the 06 model. Be sure to get the optional F1 SC tires, the Goodyear RS-A become the standard tire in 06. Those tires suck, the car handles like a dumptruck with bald tires in the snow being driven by a old blind asian woman with one arm. I just swapped them out after 500 miles for some Pirelli Rosso, serious difference.

I used to have an 01 M5 and 01 S4, you won't miss the germans as much as you might think. The V is not quite as refined, but loads more fun, yes even more fun than the M5 (though probably not the new one!).

Mmm one armed blind asian women, you and I must have the same porn collection...tight.

Florian
05-12-06, 01:46 PM
Mmm one armed blind asian women, you and I must have the same porn collection...tight.

ManWhoreStang, I guarantee you dont have the same porno collection. The only way youd have a 1 armed blind Asian woman in a film is if that same woman was holding a rubber dildo between 2 gay men bumpin uglies. Dont try to pretend youre hetero...we all know better. :bigroll:


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CADI-V
05-12-06, 02:27 PM
The V is the best car on the road period !!!! Trust me you will love it, and you will be like all of us V geeks lookin for any excuse to drive it...welcome to the forum...:bouncy:

mike041357
05-12-06, 02:28 PM
Don't know what the difference in price is between the F1 Supercar Run-Craps and the RS-A's when you order the car, but here is something to consider. I agree the RS-A's are noodle-like, but nobody (including me) is happy with F1 SC run-craps that came on our '04 or '05. Most last between 5K and 10K miles, even with easy driving. And then to get them off the wheel is a pain in the $&#%, and most tire companies will screw up your wheel getting them off.

You may just want to get the RS-A's, burn 'em up showing your buddies how fast your car is, and save your money for some GS-D3's or whatever other tire you decide on. There is a lot of discussion here on what tires are best.

Just MHO.

ctsvett
05-12-06, 02:43 PM
the RSAs come with a lower programmed top speed limiter (have not confirmed personally, but this is what I understand)... therefore you will want a program if you want to go above 150...

Reed

mike041357
05-12-06, 02:57 PM
Anybody know if your '06 comes with RSA's, do you get a spare, jack, etc?

Davidstan
05-12-06, 03:44 PM
Have had my 06 for 6 months and still real happy with it. Has a few quirks like the interior is off beat and the diff sweats fluid but for the money i dont think anything compares. I still cant wait to drive it.....its the most fun car i have owned.

I have the RS A tire and it is adequate and thought it was run flat as well.

I'm wierd but i like the stock exhaust and stock shifter but am used to a long shifter so i may not know better.

Not sure about reliability but would guess it depends on how hard you drive it. Good luck.

ophio6
05-12-06, 03:49 PM
I just picked my V up today!!!:cloud9: I left work about 11:00 and just getting back after a looooong ride. :woohoo: I'm lovin' it.

SwampFox
05-12-06, 03:51 PM
Mike has it right. I am the same way. By 3 in the afternoon, I can't work worth a darn and want to be driving.

BTW No Spare in my car, in fact, the cavity is blocked by a stiffining frame so I use the space for storage of stuff I don't want beating the inside of the trunk when I am moving fast.

SwampFox
05-12-06, 03:54 PM
[quote=SwampFox]Mike has it right. I am the same way. By 3 in the afternoon, I can't work worth a darn and want to be driving.

BTW No Spare in my car, in fact, the cavity is blocked by a stiffining frame so I use the space for storage of stuff I don't want beating the inside of the trunk when I am moving fast.

Streety2k
05-12-06, 03:58 PM
thank you for all the replies. :)

now i need find some other stuff out. Like does the corsa exhaust from the dealer worth it? also the suspention upgrade is that worth it?

Then about the tires im sick of run flats but i dont want the car to be limited if i dont. So is this a fact or just a rumor?


Thanks again,


-Ben

mike041357
05-12-06, 04:14 PM
You can get the Corsa for about a grand (incl shipping) off of eBay. You can then decide how much your dealer wants to charge you. Corsa's web site shows the detailed installation, so you can get an idea. But then you're stuck with the stock exhaust. Some folks are gicing them away if you can find someone in your area.

No opinion on th FG2s. May depend if you plan on any track time. I'm jealous if you do.

Not sure about what you mean about "limited" with the run-flats. May be limited in what else you can buy if you have to replace these every 5K miles. I had an easy 3K miles on mine and was down to 5/32 at best. Goodyear is replacing them for me with the GS-D3's. I run a set of winter tires/wheels so I use one of these as a spare. Check Reed's cadillacfaq.com for the details on what you need. I got the full jack, wrench, tub, etc. from Geoff Green at Spaldings (ggreen@spaldings.com) for $29 shipped. There are a lot of good tires out there for you to choose from.

Streety2k
05-13-06, 09:25 AM
the RSAs come with a lower programmed top speed limiter (have not confirmed personally, but this is what I understand)... therefore you will want a program if you want to go above 150...
This is what i ment by "limiter"


-Ben

kjr39
05-13-06, 10:37 AM
Get the FG2s. Absolutely love that stiff ride.

Also, if you are interested in a Corsa, talk to your dealer about installing it before you buy and how much $$$. Some of the guys here were able to get it rolled into their payment.

TNT V
05-13-06, 12:41 PM
The car is a lot of fun in the summer but you get more snow down in Ames than we do up here in Mpls. Believe me, you are going to want a serious winter tire or you will just park the thing. I was trouble free basically except for unacceptable tire wear but now at 45,000 miles the diff is starting to whine.

calicadi
05-13-06, 01:45 PM
The Corsa is primarily a sound issue. There's already so much power you'll probably not feel any horsepower increase. But I have one 'cause I love that sound. Not noticeable around town so the Klingons will leave you alone unless you're an exhibitionist. And no drone with the Corsa. Stomp on it and it sounds like a GrandAm car. Team it with a Volant CAI and you will notice better throttle response.

Definitely get the FG2 shock upgrade. Stock shocks have reportedly zero rebound. That's for comfort no doubt. The power and torque of the LS6 demand keeping the wheels planted at all times. Get the FG2 and the Hotchkis anti-roll bars if you enjoy spirited driving.

Many of us have been bitten by the mod bug. Stay strong... try to resist. Maybe just a couple............hahahaha.. you're doomed!

Streety2k
05-13-06, 03:34 PM
The car is a lot of fun in the summer but you get more snow down in Ames than we do up here in Mpls.
Snow? Im in florda the cloest thing to snow is the once a year hail storm :)


Many of us have been bitten by the mod bug. Stay strong... try to resist. Maybe just a couple............hahahaha.. you're doomed!
Im a huge mod guy my first car the mini s had alot of engine mods and no visual stuff it was puting out 265 without sprey I was never able to trust myself with that stuff.

Thanks for the help everyone im going out the country for a month but when i get back im going to the dealership that month. See everyone in late June with a new car

-Ben