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    Possibly purchasing STS-V... opinions/comments please

    Hey guys, I am thinking of purchasing an STS-V... The car has 15k miles on it and is for sale by a Cadillac Dealer, it was a trade in towards an XLR-V.

    Anyways, I like a car that handles well, but has alot of power.


    Ive had a suprcharged z06, Mercedes CL 600 (non TT - it was a 2002)
    350z, sti, 04 e55 amg, audi s4 V8 toyota supra, and a E46 BMW M3.. to name some of the recent cars I have owned.


    I've contemplated now and again purchasing a cts-v.. and have driven a few.

    How is this car different handling/throttle response to the cts-v?

    Also, what are the services like on this car? I know with mercedes, it goes service a through like h and they are every 10k miles.. and BMW does service intervals every 15k miles with Service 1 and 2 and are quite expensive depending on which service.

    Is this car any different than a standard V8 STS maintenance wise?

    How long do most of you see brake pad/rotor life and tire life on the stock tires?



    Thanks for answering some of my question and giving your opinion

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    Re: Possibly purchasing STS-V... opinions/comments please

    Quote Originally Posted by CTSXtreme View Post
    Hey guys, I am thinking of purchasing an STS-V... The car has 15k miles on it and is for sale by a Cadillac Dealer, it was a trade in towards an XLR-V.

    Anyways, I like a car that handles well, but has alot of power.


    Ive had a suprcharged z06, Mercedes CL 600 (non TT - it was a 2002)
    350z, sti, 04 e55 amg, audi s4 V8 toyota supra, and a E46 BMW M3.. to name some of the recent cars I have owned.

    I've contemplated now and again purchasing a cts-v.. and have driven a few.

    How is this car different handling/throttle response to the cts-v?


    Also, what are the services like on this car? I know with mercedes, it goes service a through like h and they are every 10k miles.. and BMW does service intervals every 15k miles with Service 1 and 2 and are quite expensive depending on which service.

    Is this car any different than a standard V8 STS maintenance wise?

    How long do most of you see brake pad/rotor life and tire life on the stock tires?



    Thanks for answering some of my question and giving your opinion

    This car is no CTS-V, thats for sure. But thats exactly why I traded up from my CTS-V. The CTS-V as you know is a pushrod that you can really tweak w/mods if you so desire. Not so with the STS-V. Even a pulley swap is difficult due to the setup of the stock pulley and the way its mfgd. Handling is a bit boatier than the CTS-V cause its heavier than the smaller Caddy. If you dont like to shift, then the STS-V may be for you. Straight line acceleration is great, if you keep your toe into it, expect shitty mileage. Brake pad life? Change the stockers asap to Hawks. Youll see equal if not better performance and about 95% less dust. No rotor issues yet at 20K miles. They look like new. Maintenance has be 1/10th the issue it was w/the CTSV. Just not as much stuff to go wrong. The 6L80 tranny is bulletproof and the rear is a non-issue so far. The biggest problem w/the STS-v is ALL THE NANNIES! Get a tuner to disable your speed limiter, bump up your revs, adjust your a/f ratios and make your shifts quicker and youre in business.

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    Re: Possibly purchasing STS-V... opinions/comments please

    Quote Originally Posted by Florian View Post
    This car is no CTS-V, thats for sure. But thats exactly why I traded up from my CTS-V. The CTS-V as you know is a pushrod that you can really tweak w/mods if you so desire. Not so with the STS-V. Even a pulley swap is difficult due to the setup of the stock pulley and the way its mfgd. Handling is a bit boatier than the CTS-V cause its heavier than the smaller Caddy. If you dont like to shift, then the STS-V may be for you. Straight line acceleration is great, if you keep your toe into it, expect shitty mileage. Brake pad life? Change the stockers asap to Hawks. Youll see equal if not better performance and about 95% less dust. No rotor issues yet at 20K miles. They look like new. Maintenance has be 1/10th the issue it was w/the CTSV. Just not as much stuff to go wrong. The 6L80 tranny is bulletproof and the rear is a non-issue so far. The biggest problem w/the STS-v is ALL THE NANNIES! Get a tuner to disable your speed limiter, bump up your revs, adjust your a/f ratios and make your shifts quicker and youre in business.

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    Thanks for the reply. One thing to add: Has is the maintenance for the car? How often are oil changes needed? How long are service intervals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTSXtreme View Post
    Thanks for the reply. One thing to add: Has is the maintenance for the car? How often are oil changes needed? How long are service intervals?
    Hi CTSXtreme,
    here in Germany we do oil change all 15.000 km (about 9.000) miles and service all 30.000 km (about 18.000) miles.
    But don`t forget, we drive this cars much faster then you do in the US. so I would say these numbers for oil-change and service would be good for you too.

    Merry Christmas

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    Re: Possibly purchasing STS-V... opinions/comments please

    Quote Originally Posted by CTSXtreme View Post
    Thanks for the reply. One thing to add: Has is the maintenance for the car? How often are oil changes needed? How long are service intervals?
    I change mine every 5K miles... Service intervals...Id have to check my owners manual.


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    Re: Possibly purchasing STS-V... opinions/comments please

    Quote Originally Posted by Florian View Post
    ... The biggest problem w/the STS-v is ALL THE NANNIES! ....F
    What F means is you'll be beating all the Nannies you'll be attracting off with a stick.


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    Re: Possibly purchasing STS-V... opinions/comments please

    not your best effort, SD. (Ill be youve tapped all those fossils BTW)


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    Re: Possibly purchasing STS-V... opinions/comments please

    The car uses Mobil 1 synthetic (stock) and has an oil life service monitor to inform the owner when it's time to change the oil again, IF the owner chooses to follow it and not simply change it at some fixed interval, like 5K miles. The oil life service monitor is supposed to take into account the conditions under which the car is driven, not simply a mileage count. I haven't made it to my first change yet as I've only put 1500 miles on the car so far, but the monitor is at like 82% left right now. In most cases I would think one should expect to get at least 5K miles between changes. No real service checks begin to occur until 25-30K miles. If you look at the maintenance schedule starting on page 6-6 you'll see the major intervals and what's called for.

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    Re: Possibly purchasing STS-V... opinions/comments please

    Quote Originally Posted by Florian View Post
    not your best effort, SD.......

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    Thanks, I'll work on it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Dollar View Post
    Thanks, I'll work on it
    I really expected a Preparation H joke, maybe something to do with fiber....

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    Re: Possibly purchasing STS-V... opinions/comments please

    Don't waste your money on oil changes every 3k miles. Monitor the 'oil life index' and change when it says so. This info was given to me by a Caddillac service manager.

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    Re: Possibly purchasing STS-V... opinions/comments please

    See if the Cadillac dealer will 'certify' the car, it's worth it also be prepared to spend alot of money on tires because it's hard to keep from 'tromping' on it all the time.

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