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I started lusting after the new Eldorado body style in the mid-90's, and vowed, "Someday. . . " When I found out 2002 would be the final production year, I figured it was then or never if I wanted to purchase a new model. The only new vehicle in the area was an Aztek Red Collector's Series. I have had red cars in the past, and really didn't want another, but the carbon fiber interior just looked so good. . . No other production Cadillacs had it, which really made it very distinctive. And the moment I started the engine and heard the tuned exhaust, any reservations I had started fading away. It handled great, and had power to spare. After a night of thinking about it, I took the plunge.

All of a sudden, it was fun to wash and wax a car by hand again! During my two years of ownership, the only problem I had was an intermittent trunk lock solenoid. The car was roomy, quiet at cruise, and very luxurious. It does have a bit of a blind spot, so it pays to do a double-look before changing lanes.

There were only 532 of the Aztek Red cars built, and more than a thousand of the Alpine White models. These were the original colors when the Eldo first came out. Each comes with a laser-engraved Collector's Series plate.

I traded ultra-luxury and above-average performance for comfort and ultra-high performance in a CTS-V. If I were independently wealthy, I'd have kept both. There are times I miss cruising around at night in the Eldo with the top open and windows down, listening to the engine rumbling through the dual exhaust. It's truly a great ride and if you're interested in one, I would have no reservations with giving an ethusiastic, positive recommendation. And with Cadillac's famous depreciation rates, they get cheaper every day.
 

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It's a great car, I love the seats! It's different than any other car out there, I get many compliments on it. It has about 29,000 miles on it, and runs like the day my mother bought it:D.
 

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I have an aztec red collectors series eldorado with only 7200 miles and not a scratch...Just love it....my family wants me to trade it for an escalade...will they make an escalade with a brighter red in the future?
 

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I had a 1993, 96, 98, 2001 ETC, one at a time and loved that car.
Since I had the 2001, it didn't make sense to me at the time to trade a 1 year old ETC on the 2002 CE.

The Collector ETC really only had the 2 unique colors, cosmetic different interior and of course limited production.
I am not positive, but it may have been the only ETC's produced in 2002. As far as performance, engine, etc, it's the same car as 2001 and not
much different than the previous ETC's. The main upgrade in the ETC life cycle I went through was Stabilitrack.
 
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