Cadillac STS Forum - 2005 through 2012 Discussion, 2005 buying advice. in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Hello gentleman, glad to be a member of your forum.
I have an opportunity to buy an sts v8. There ...
Price, negotiating and everything else aside, I love the way black cars look, but I'll never own one. I just don't have every second of my spare time to keep it looking good. IMO, these are far too time intensive to keep up. Black also shows swirl marks much readily than most other colours. My feelings on upkeep are echoed by the professional detailer I use. I'm also not a big fan of tan. These issues however are really that of personal preference. My personal favourite is Crimson Tint Coat (this can also be a difficult colour, but I'd take it over black any day). I just haven't been able to get my hands on one with the options and interior I want.
I also believe one point you should seriously consider is warranty. Don't get me wrong, I love my car, but unfortunately too many people here on the forum have found out how expensive these are to repair. Depending on your skill, ability and other available resources, you may be able to do some of the work yourself. My warranty was about $2500 if I recall correctly and it has already paid for itself two or three times over. If you haven't already, research the common problems with these vehicles so you know what you may be getting into.
Automobile(s): 2005 White Diamond STS N* 1SF RWD ACC/HUD
Re: 2005 buying advice.
You say the AWD is "plain Jane" but all of the 2005 AWD cars were equipped with the 1SG Premium Luxury Performance Package...it included every available option with the exception of the adaptive cruise control and heads up display. Many did have the ACC. It would depend on the option package on the RWD car for me to pick one.
RWD vs AWD it depends on where you are, the AWD system is really good in the snow, but if you live in a place where it does not snow then it's a waste of money and weight,
Also try to get the low mileage one,
one another thing, I didnt get the extended warranty and i kinda regret that a bit, my reasons for not getting it at the time was for $3000 the car will only get covered till 73,000miles or 3 years, knowing me i'll hit that number in a year, and I thought to myself what can go wrong in a year? even if something breaks it wont cost $3000 to repair, but since i got the car i had couple "cosmetic" issues that could have been covered by the insurance total so far $800,
also almost every other car i see on the street is black on tan (including mine) so yours will be a bit different.
And actually, looking at the information that 'was' there, it appears to have been the 3.6L (I thought in your poll you indicated it was a V8). Although that would have been my car of choice, not with the V6 option.
That '05 Black car in your second link above looks kind of beat, the carpeting, steering wheel and console lid look well worn out. That is not a highly optioned car either, doesn't even have NAV, I'd be willing to bet that is a northern car. I would walk away for that cheesy glue on wood kit on the dash that doesn't even come close to the color/grain of the original stuff. Def get a warranty if you buy that one.