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Going from 1st to 2nd gen CTS

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Picked up my 1st gen from service today. Made some basic things but my mechanic said it would soon be time for some more expensive repairs.

I have been looking for a 2nd gen CTS-V for a while and was close before x-mas but the vehicle had manual transmission and I want aut.

It is damn difficult to find a good CTS-V in Northern Europe - so back to the mechanic.

He had a 2013 white fully loaded 2nd gen 3.6 estate with Recaro seats and paddle shift. I tried it and it is impressive compared to my old Caddy. And the 3.6 works really well with perfect balance in the vehicle. The car is his own car (no sale - I simply take over the leasing contract) has low mileage and the mechanic has changed a lot of parts just to make it feel like new. Simply put: this is the best kept Cadillac in Northern Europe.

Has any of you driven both the CTS 3.6 and 6.2? I guess you can't compare when it comes to pure acceleration, but how is the handling of the cars, I guess the 6.2 should be nose heavy and brakes on their limits with 567 bhp.

The 3.6 has winter tires, treated with anti corrosion, has towbar - simply all the things I need and would have to buy in case I go for the CTS-V. It is not possible for me to test the CTS-V as I have to import it from Germany.

What would you do?

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I would go to Germany and go back seating in CTS-V. From the other hand 2013 CTS with Recaro seems to be a perfect deal for me.
Take into account that 2013 CTS will be much less expensive in daily use (gas and parts) than 2010-2012 CTS-V.
If you decide to buy CTS-V I will buy this CTS, just give me a link. :)
2013 CTS with Recaro seats in Europe is like white raven. I supose it has touring package. I saw only one a year ago at I was close to exchange my 2008 for this.
I would never import car without test drive, especially so rare car in Europe. Depending on place you go for CTS-V you will be at home at same day. Buying cars in Germany is very easy and not stressful, but I would be more careful and sceptic at east (like in Berlin).
"CTS Touring Packages include such luxury features as Recaro seats, microfiber suede inserts on the seats and steering wheel, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, a performance-tuned suspension, a V-series aerodynamic spoiler and performance wheel packages."

Good luck!
It is funny, no one would like to steal this car in Europe. From the other hand $1000 for insurance is not so bad. I pay similar for 2008 CTS though having max discount due to no-claims.
I think, those gangs steal BMW, Mercedes, Lexus or Rover, not exotic cars like Cadillac. I am sure someone in Moscow wants to have Cadillac he will buy new one.
Interesting is why so much vandalism is related to Cadillacs, maybe it is just statistical issue. ;)
I was never affraid about mine. I think today luxury cars are stolen on order or for other criminal acts. People who wants to have such "exotic" car are individuals and they will not be looking for it on the black market.
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