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Cadillac STS Forum - 2005 through 2012 Discussion, new and looking into purchasing a cadillac in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Wysguy. Thanks for the tip. Do you have pics of her? Originally Posted by Wysguy As for modding wheels and ...
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    Re: new and looking into purchasing a cadillac

    Wysguy. Thanks for the tip. Do you have pics of her?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wysguy View Post
    As for modding wheels and lowering will affect your ride quality and that is up to you.
    As for changing the radio.....It's not going to happen unless your prepared to dump some big $$ into it. These cars in the non "V" format are not really mod friendly. With this car and a pick lock the Dobly and DVD/NAV are perfect for me. Sometimes I want just a tad more bass but I am not going to even introduce more electrical draw to the car. Do your homework, go on car gurus.com or something similar and get a nice cross section, eboy motors helped me too. I could only ever find 4 black on blacks for sale in my area at the time and they ranged from '06-'08. I educated myself enough with this model that I did not have to listen to the deal give his talk because I knew more about him. I think if your looking to do multiple mods to the car other than a CAI for example this is not the car for you. The "V" has some suppliers that will reprogram PCM and things but again there is not much you can do and not much out there.
    I highlighted your comment about the modding a Non V. What do you mean about that?
    This is awesome info about the stereo. Guess I will be looking for one with the Bose system
    I do not want to do any engine mods, since I already did that with my IS300. I/H/E and Im tired of the exhaust, (actually my gf is). Even tho I love the sound of it, especially in a tunnel, but dont like how the MPG went down a little

    I did go to a Caddy stealership last week to find an 08 or older STS. Didnt see one in the lot, but did see the 11 model. Was sharp and priced above what I want to pay. Now I am really picky with the color combo. It has to be either black or grey interior. No silver, black, white or red exterior. The salesman lol and said, thats 80% of caddy's out there. I lol back and said, this is why I am not in a hurry to buy one.

    I have the info about what engine and options I am wanting. Now is the time to find her in my driveway hehehe



    OFF topic...is there a thread in here that has pics of STS that are modded. I seen the one in the Sticky, but they're all stock looking

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    I have a 2011 CTS AWD for sale. Has the vogue package, 20 inch wheels, rear entertainment, Bose, etc. loaded.
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    Re: new and looking into purchasing a cadillac

    Post belongs in CTS Classifieds section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gwormald View Post
    I have a 2011 CTS AWD for sale. Has the vogue package, 20 inch wheels, rear entertainment, Bose, etc. loaded.
    Nice car. Sadness its not an STS

    Just like the other guy mentioned, post this car in the classifieds

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    Re: new and looking into purchasing a cadillac

    This is what my IS300 looked like in '09. Im hoping to do something similar with the STS, other than being yellow




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    Re: new and looking into purchasing a cadillac

    I saw this 07 red STS N* with grey interior with 97k for $13k. Is the price to good to be true. Should I be worried that there might be engine problems?

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    It's less likely than the V6. The 2005 & 6 have the best red in my eyes.

    For that much & those miles, I'd expect all the toys & no flaws.

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    Re: new and looking into purchasing a cadillac

    I have not seen this car in person yet. what do you think about this one? honesty doesn't hurt
    http://doseu.com/search/cfa_V0313A/68606_1

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    Re: new and looking into purchasing a cadillac

    Looks good nice color. Obviously there's the pinstripe on there. Not everybody is a pinstripe guy. V8 is a good thing. Some will disagree with me but id go 2007+ on the v8 for the 6 SPD's better fuel economy and acceleration. Overall, good looking car though. Also price is a little high I think.

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    Re: new and looking into purchasing a cadillac

    Damn, bro, a year later and you're still looking?!? I'd hate to be behind you in the grocery store when they ask "paper or plastic"

    Go test drive one and see if you like it. Then do a 200 mile search on autotrader with your desired info and go buy one already. You've wasted a whole year NOT driving an STS
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    Re: new and looking into purchasing a cadillac

    I'm new to Cadillacs as well, having purchased an '05 STS a little over a week ago. But I am not new to used cars, and have owned a bunch over the years. The first thing that I think of when I look at your ad link is the overall condition of the car - appearance, wear and tear, etc (assuming that you like the color). I am very pleased with the N* and think it is worth the small drop in mpg over the v6. The second thing I think of is the maintenance history. I don't balk at cars with some miles on them if they have been well maintained, and a complete set of service records is a must for me in an 8 year old car. In my case, my STS had been dealer serviced with clear records on what had been done from day one. I think this is critical for a car that you have no prior knowledge of. Oil changes on time? Coolant flushed at 5 years? etc. etc - if you don't know you have the potential for spending some big $$ down the road. I would pay more for a vehicle with good service records that is in good shape.
    The third thing I would want to do is get a PPI. I am sure this can be done at your Cadillac dealer for $150 or so and may be the best $150 that you have ever spent. I would run from any used car dealer that would balk at letting you do this.
    Good luck with your purchase!
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    Re: new and looking into purchasing a cadillac

    When I buy used cars I always budget the asking price +$1,000 and I tell the dealer I will pay his asking price minus $1,500. So if the car is advertised for $15K, I budget $16K and pay the dealer $14,500. No BSing about, take it or leave it. They always take it.
    The extra $1K go right away for a set of good new tires, first thing I do after I leave the dealer. The $1.5K I beat the dealer down are budget for the repairs needed to bring the car to as perfect condition as possible in almost all scenarios. There is no such thing as perfect used car, there is always something wrong And you can do plenty o' repairing on the STS with $1,500
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy.Seminerio View Post
    Looks good nice color. Obviously there's the pinstripe on there. Not everybody is a pinstripe guy. V8 is a good thing. Some will disagree with me but id go 2007+ on the v8 for the 6 SPD's better fuel economy and acceleration. Overall, good looking car though. Also price is a little high I think.
    Im no pinstripe guy. The price is high, because the PNW(aka WA state) is over rated in taxes. we pay 10% on title transfers and 9.5% on sales tax(not car related).

    Quote Originally Posted by atlrus View Post
    Damn, bro, a year later and you're still looking?!? I'd hate to be behind you in the grocery store when they ask "paper or plastic"

    Go test drive one and see if you like it. Then do a 200 mile search on autotrader with your desired info and go buy one already. You've wasted a whole year NOT driving an STS
    haha. Paper or plastic is an easy decision. I know its been a long time since I have been searching for this model. Im not the type of guy that goes to a dealership and ask him, what car should I get and what can I afford. I go with my head up and tell them what I am looking for, in the color combo that I want. If they dont have it, or try to get me in a new car, or perhaps a different car. I just turn them down and walk to the next dealership. Yes, its a PITA, but I get what I want.

    So, here is another tip that you dont know. I am not wanting Silver, Black or White. Which is the only major colors that cadillac seems to offer. This is also another Dilemma I seem to have

    Bare with me, as I will own one of these soon enough

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    Re: new and looking into purchasing a cadillac

    Good luck. They're out there.

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    Re: new and looking into purchasing a cadillac

    haha, let's hope you'll get one soon

    I feel you on the color, I'm personally not too picky on the outside, but cannot stand ebony or any other dark interior.
    Mine is blue (midnight blue or moon blue or something), pretty cool color, with gray interior.

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