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Thread: 2003 CTS - Good Used Car Buy

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    harrison512 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    2003 CTS - Good Used Car Buy

    I recently bought a 5-speed 2003 CTS with 49k miles on it. Luxury package. It took me months to research and narrow down what I wanted... a stickshift 6-cylinder sports sedan.

    Though I've had a number of warranty/service issues, one month later, I still feel it's a very good used car buy - especially compared to other competing sports sedans like the Infiniti G35, BMW 3-series, Audi A4, etc... I also hunted for a CTS with a build date that incorporated the updated safety enhancements that improved its crash rating.


    What I like about the CTS
    • Styling - very distinct
    • Handling/Ride - I think the CTS has a nicer balance between handling/luxury ride than the competition
    • Dash design - very futuristic and distinct
    • Size - very comfortable compared to the smaller European cars
    • Safety features
    • Great BOSE stereo
    • Wood interior trim


    What I don't like, at this point
    • Trunk lid has no handle
    • Parking brake is old-fashioned pedal
    • No locking gas cap - I bought one
    • No pop-open fuel door
    • Rearview mirror murky
    • Fold-down rear seat wasn't standard
    • No iPod jack


    So far, a real pleasure to drive. And it's a Cadillac!


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    Lord Cadillac is offline Cadillac Maniac
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    Re: 2003 CTS - Good Used Car Buy

    Great review. Thank you!
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    Benzilla is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
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    Re: 2003 CTS - Good Used Car Buy

    Yeah, nice review. You mentioned that you liked the wood interior trim, I can't remember, do the CTS's have real wood or plastic?

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    Re: 2003 CTS - Good Used Car Buy

    real wood, Ben.

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    Re: 2003 CTS - Good Used Car Buy

    Cool, thanks. I knew some of the newer Devilles had fake, so I wasn't sure about the CTS.

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    ImAShakiraholic is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
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    Re: 2003 CTS - Good Used Car Buy

    Yeah I just bought a 03 CTS on MLK day. Your review is perfect, I did the same thing. I almost bought a Crystler 300 then a G35 later I saw the CTS, test drove it and won my heart.


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