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    thinking about getting a 06 sts4

    can anyone tell me the difference between a v-series and the sts 4? pros and cons

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    Re: thinking about getting a 06 sts4

    Hiya, O4blk, welcome to the Forums. Where are you from?

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    Re: thinking about getting a 06 sts4

    V = More HP, only RWD, wicked fast.
    STS4 = AWD and 150ish less HP

    If you can afford it, I'd get a V in a heartbeat...
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    Hi, I have an STS4 with the N* and love the car. If I could have afforded the STS-V I would have bought one.

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    Re: thinking about getting a 06 sts4

    Unless you get an sts4 platinum, the v series has a much nicer interior with a deep tinted olive ash burl wood, leather wrapped dash, door panels and center console. The wood on the platinum isn't tinted and is also very nice. Also on the platinum, the seats and doors are fully leather where in the v there is suede in the center of the seats and in an insert on the door. Another interesting thing is that the headliner in the platinum is Alcantara, and the v has the regular STS headliner.

    If traction is a concern for you, you might want to go with the 4. The v has 275 series rear tires, and wide tires = poor traction in weather.

    If you have a "beater" to get you around on the real bad snow days, you can get away with the v 98% of the days in the year. People have had success using winter tires with the v in snow as well though.

    Different spoiler, different hood, front bumper and grille (stainless steel,) if you go 08+, the fender vents are different as well (stainless steel on the v as well) different rear bumper, side sills, rims, wood on passenger side has a v logo instead of "STS" on it, door sill plates have v logo, no spare tire for the v, bigger brakes on the v (which are available on the STS but was rarely purchased and I don't think was available on the AWD.)

    With the sts4 you could get HUD for any year. The v only had it for 08 and 09. You could never get adaptive cruise control with the v. You could never get ventilated seats with the v.

    When a v was purchased, the only options were color choices and a sunroof delete. So basically these came loaded automatically.

    The v was much rarer. ~2500 for all 4 years it was produced (2006-2009,) each year becoming progressively more scarce. I believe 2008 there were only 2 hundred something and by 2009 only 96. This was a limited production car.

    Engine was a de-bored northstar. Bored down from 4.6 to 4.4L so it could be reinforced to handle the power of the supercharger. It is a hand built engine, built in Wixom alongside LS7 and other LS series hand built engines, by the same builders. There is a plate on each of these engines with the name of the builder, with the exception of 2006 cars. The engine was also used in the XLR-Vs.

    More power, RWD vs less power and 4 tires clawing at the pavement. That's the gist of it.

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    Re: thinking about getting a 06 sts4

    Counterpoint

    The V is not a car to drive on Winter roads and is NOT available with the interactive Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) suspension or my favorite single feature Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). While I would love to have a V in my garage, last Winter I car remember at least a dozen days where I was glad I had my AWD so I could go when and where I wanted.

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    I forgot about the vented seat limitation on the V - they had those ugly solid color inserts, but that might not have been on all years.

    HUD was not available on all AWD's, only 1SG's until 2008. It was paired with ACC until then and it was never offered on any other trim level according to the order book that I saw. In 2008, option restrictions were relaxed and Lane Departure Warning was paired with HUD, even in V6-powered AWD's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EChas3
    Counterpoint

    The V is not a car to drive on Winter roads and is NOT available with the interactive Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) suspension or my favorite single feature Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). While I would love to have a V in my garage, last Winter I car remember at least a dozen days where I was glad I had my AWD so I could go when and where I wanted.

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    I forgot about the vented seat limitation on the V - they had those ugly solid color inserts, but that might not have been on all years.

    HUD was not available on all AWD's, only 1SG's until 2008. It was paired with ACC until then and it was never offered on any other trim level according to the order book that I saw. In 2008, option restrictions were relaxed and Lane Departure Warning was paired with HUD, even in V6-powered AWD's.
    V seats had suede inserts as well as on the door panel. Also had tango red interior optional.

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    Re: thinking about getting a 06 sts4

    I almost purchased a 'V' with the tango red interior only because V's are so rare to begin with. I just couldn't do it. The red was a deal killer for me despite the exterior colour being one of my favourites (gray). Having said that, the 'V' is really a seasonal car where I live. We have a lot of winter, a lot of snow and this makes a 'V' very impractical for too much of the year. I have an AWD Northstar and love it; it's fantastic in the winter. Sure the interior could be improved upon a little (like the platinum or 'V') but I'm not completely unhappy with it either.

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    Re: thinking about getting a 06 sts4

    even 325hp v8 rwd hard to drive during winter, driving V on snowy roads can kill you
    V is a seasonal car unless you live where winter months are warm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddalder
    I almost purchased a 'V' with the tango red interior only because V's are so rare to begin with. I just couldn't do it. The red was a deal killer for me despite the exterior colour being one of my favourites (gray). Having said that, the 'V' is really a seasonal car where I live. We have a lot of winter, a lot of snow and this makes a 'V' very impractical for too much of the year. I have an AWD Northstar and love it; it's fantastic in the winter. Sure the interior could be improved upon a little (like the platinum or 'V') but I'm not completely unhappy with it either.
    You can see my V interior on my STS when you come visit!

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