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I am trying to find a 2006 with the 6 speed to replace my aging Tahoe, and gain a few more MPG's. I really love the idea of the 6 speed because ever since I sold my Corvette I have missed the fun of shifting.

I am interested in opinions from those that have them or the opinions of those with the auto's. I have called both dealers local to me (withing 50 miles) and they all act like I am crazy for wanting the 6 speed (I know they just want to sell a car they have) but they also told me I could order one or wait a few days to locate one since they have a hard time selling the manual tranny's.

Obviously I am not gonna drop that kind of change on a car I have never driven, so any insights would be helpful.

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If you want a Manual, don't settle for a car without it.

I bought an automatic because I didn't stick to my guns, the opportunity knocked and I came running.

I really wish I had gone with the stick instead of the auto.

But you live and learn.
 

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My Dever area dealer had to swap cars with a Gallup, NM dealer for my 2005 3.6L 6MT. It added a small transportation cost to the car but I'm glad I have the manual. I'm having fun again on my daily commute!
 

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If you want a Manual, don't settle for a car without it.

I bought an automatic because I didn't stick to my guns, the opportunity knocked and I came running.

I really wish I had gone with the stick instead of the auto.

But you live and learn.
I hear you on that. I really wanted a 6spd myself but settled for the auto. My salesman actually told me CTS's didn't come in 6 spds. only the V did. I told him he was wrong but I settled for that auto b/c I needed a car.
 

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I hear you on that. I really wanted a 6spd myself but settled for the auto. My salesman actually told me CTS's didn't come in 6 spds. only the V did. I told him he was wrong but I settled for that auto b/c I needed a car.
Wow, you should've told him he needs to spend a single night on the website learning about the cars he is selling...or grab a brochure and read it on his coffee break.

I love the auto, don't get me wrong, but I really think that i'm a manual guy at heart.
 

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Manual trans Cadillac's are a VERY small proportion of those cars manufactured. I'd venture that there are less V6 manual CTS's than there are V's (~4000/year). When I got mine, I got an incredible deal, since it had sat on his lot almost 2 years! He thought I was crazy to buy it, but when I didn't back down, he took the opportunity to unload it and score brownie points for pushing an 'unsellable' Cadillac. Most people who buy new Cadillacs are older (>45-50 years old) looking for luxury. He also told me that they'll NEVER get another manual shift Cadillac on his lot again.

You will likely have to special order one, but it will be worth it. The gearing is much more agressive than the automatics, and if you love shifting, it gives you that 'direct' feel with the car. Mine's only a 3.2L with the five speed, but if it wasn't for that I wouldn't have gotten the CTS, since I was unimpressed by the 3.2L auto. My car is a blast to drive, and I can't even imagine how much more fun it would be with another gear for the highway, and another 35 HP. If my car was totalled tomorrow, I'd order a 3.6L 6-speed manual CTS, no hesitation.
 

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I have called both dealers local to me (withing 50 miles) and they all act like I am crazy for wanting the 6 speed
I got the same reaction when I asked the same thing about a 6 speed. If you are dealing with Alex at Massy on JYP you can tell him that he could have sold at least 2 now if he had them.
 

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I got the same reaction when I asked the same thing about a 6 speed. If you are dealing with Alex at Massy on JYP you can tell him that he could have sold at least 2 now if he had them.

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I got a call today from Massey on OBT, they have a black 6-spd with the 17" sport package. I told him I would be there first thing in the AM. I had driven the auto in 2004 but only with the small v-6 and was NOT impressed. I think they have come a long way in options/availability and definitely powerplant since I drove one last.
 

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I had a bitch of a time locating a manual back in the spring when I was looking for a car. The only 4 or so manual tranny's i did find were BASIC 2.8's. I mean no options at all! I finally found a CTS that was a factory order, but the guy backed out of the deal, so that dealership it was being sent to happily rerouted the shipping from Montreal to Calgary. If you want a manual, don't settle for an auto, it just may take some time to find or order a manual with the colors/options you want. The one you're going to look at sounds like it's identical to mine. Hope you like it:yup:
 

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By all means, wait for a 6MT! I've had the 3.6L auto as a loaner a number of times while my 6MT has been in the shop and it just isn't fun. No offense to the folks on this board with autos, but it seems like you ride in an auto, but actually drive a manual...no other way to put it.

Cadillac designed this car to compete with BMW, Audi, etc. The only way to compete with those established players in the sports sedan realm is to offer a good manual transmission. We are sending a message to Cadillac that they made the right choice when we insist on the manual transmission.

I simply will not buy cars/trucks with automatic transmissions. My wife can't drive stick so the CTS is all mine! :cool2:
 

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By all means, wait for a 6MT! I've had the 3.6L auto as a loaner a number of times while my 6MT has been in the shop and it just isn't fun. No offense to the folks on this board with autos, but it seems like you ride in an auto, but actually drive a manual...no other way to put it.

Cadillac designed this car to compete with BMW, Audi, etc. The only way to compete with those established players in the sports sedan realm is to offer a good manual transmission. We are sending a message to Cadillac that they made the right choice when we insist on the manual transmission.

I simply will not buy cars/trucks with automatic transmissions. My wife can't drive stick so the CTS is all mine! :cool2:
I love manuals too, '05 6spd, I own. But you'll only drive manuals on trucks as well? Serious?
 

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I am trying to find a 2006 with the 6 speed to replace my aging Tahoe, and gain a few more MPG's. I really love the idea of the 6 speed because ever since I sold my Corvette I have missed the fun of shifting.

I am interested in opinions from those that have them or the opinions of those with the auto's. I have called both dealers local to me (withing 50 miles) and they all act like I am crazy for wanting the 6 speed (I know they just want to sell a car they have) but they also told me I could order one or wait a few days to locate one since they have a hard time selling the manual tranny's.

Obviously I am not gonna drop that kind of change on a car I have never driven, so any insights would be helpful.

Thanks!!
If I were you (which is what I did to get my '05 6spd) was just order it. I din't have to wait months as we barely get any Caddy's in this area, let alone manuals. I got all the options I wanted, none of the options I didn't want, and I get really good service because they know I love my car. I'm not impressed by the manual, has fairly long throws and the feel is a little clunky, but this is all relative. The autostick will be ok if you can really control gear changes, but if not, the manual really brings out the sport in the CTS.
 

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I love manuals too, '05 6spd, I own. But you'll only drive manuals on trucks as well? Serious?
Yup, previous ride was a '93 Isuzu Trooper w/ 4.5" of lift on 33" MTs. The Trooper had a 5 speed manual with a Hurst T-handle shifter. That thing was a blast to drive on the road and even more fun on the trails. Had lots of ARB parts on it, but it was time to sell, I had 3500 points on my GM card and the Caddy dealer had a 6MT on the lot, lol
 

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Be Patient. Don't settle for the auto.

I love my '05 3.6L 6mt. When I was shopping, I also looked at the manual versions of the competition. I rate the transmission and clutch about on par with the G35, a little below the Acura TL. Then again, nobody makes a shifter like Honda.

I also lucked into a deal on it. When I found it back in May it had 40 miles on it. The dealer had it on his lot since the pervious November. I figure it had been on 1, maybe 2 test drives in 7 months.

I was the right buyer, and he was ready to deal. We both went home happy. :cool2:
 

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I simply will not buy cars/trucks with automatic transmissions. My wife can't drive stick so the CTS is all mine! :cool2:
:yup: I agree, wouldn't own anything with an auto. When we bought my wife's 2003 CTS in June 2003, I asked her what she wanted, auto or 5 speed? She chose the 5 speed, I was happy. If I had a choice, I'd take a six speed over the five speed. I never use fourth gear in any of my cars/truck so I really have a four speed in each. A lot of people don't want a Cadillac with a manual transmission. Many don't know it's available in the CTS.
 

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I'm 57 and have been driving automatics for the last 20 years. Working for a Auto Company evaluating a new car every 3 mos. I finally had to buy a car myself and found a new 05 3.6 6spd with Nav in the Chicago area in a day. Bought it in April and have not regretted it yet. Fun to drive, not borinmg like an Automatic. Beautiful response and easy shifting, find myself more attentive in traffic than with an Automatic. Would not go back to an Auto ever again
 

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Any issues with the shifter on the CTS like the V? In comparison to my Acura the V's shifter is sloppy (hard to find gears), although an UUC shifter is on its way.
 

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The shifter on the Asin trans on the 3.6 is rock solid, no slop or vibration. I am not familiar with the V trans or shifter
 

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Thanks for all the replies, I am going to test drive one in the morning and will keep everyone updated on my decision and thoughts. The last 6-spd I drove was in my Corvette and it was worth it.

I know from my experience that the dealers really have a hard time getting these cars off their lots, one dealer told me they had one for 8-months and they would not be getting another. I will have to contain my enthusiasm at the availability of the car so that I can "help" the dealer get the car off their lot :)
 

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:thumbsup:

BOUGHT IT.

I didn't have any adverse thoughts on the shifting or the "clunkiness" of the tranny. The dealer had already installed the V-series grill, the chrome exhaust tips and a rear spoiler as a dealer package. It does not have navigation or the power passenger seat so I think it lacks the luxury package but it sure looks nice and does have the 17" performance package.

Now that I got it I can appreciate some the the nit-picky things that some don't like about it - i am not a fan of the cup holders in the console nor am I all that fond of the lack of storage in the console.

I am happy I finally got one and I am happy that GM finally decided to offer a bigger v6 with the 6-spd.

I will have to get the Allante out of garage and take pics of them together.
 
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