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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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Thanks for advice. Im leaning towards the 3.6 - will have cheaper running costs and I will use the car as daily driver - 5 km to work. And for holidays with the family - so I will only be able to use a V for track days etc.

The car in question is on a leasing contract so it is not possible to buy it - unless you want to pay Danish VAT and road tax.

A funny thing is that on there are 15 CTS-V for sale - but no 2013 CTS 3.6 estates!!

Here the cars I have been looking on:
I found this offer at

Cadillac CTS-V 6.2 V8*Scheckheft*Org.Zustand*BRD*
First Registration: 03/2012
Mileage: 53.952*km
Fuel Type: Petrol

Price: 33.990*€

I found this offer at

Cadillac CTS-V Automatik* gelbe Brenssättel, Xenon, Navi
First Registration: 12/2012
Mileage: 49.700*km
Fuel Type: Petrol

Price: 34.888*€

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Thanks for the advice. I think I go for the estate so no V this time. Did not know it is better in Western Germany but sure you see some "good" offers in Lithuania.

My mechanic told me he just repaired a Mustang from Dubai. It turned out the airbags had been released and the repair shop just cut off the bags and soldered a new electric resistance into the electronics to fool the diagnostics. It was repaired again for 10.000 eur.

Nevermind: I guess the best thing about my situation is that I never driven a V :)
I do not know which package it has but it had electric trunk door, panorama roof, rear view camera, and chrome roof bars (I often use ski box so that's perfect).

Will come back when I have it in my garage. Will take a month or two.

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I would say white like the car it self. If it was grey it was very light grey.
Looks amazing (the guy drove it with a cover on the drivers seat on behalf of the next owner.

But imagine it gets dirty with my children.

Kkuz: came close to you today went from Würzburg to Stuttgart in my 1st gen CTS 3.2.

You Germans drive like I remember. Really really fast.
Found out in Kassel hills that I have a loose steering ball joint. Could not go as fast as I wished in the high speed curves.
For same reason did not drive so fast. Only 225 kmh one time around Hannover on a brand new piece of A7.

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Thanks for info. What about Bose hifi. I have in 1st gen and it is okay.

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Thanks again for letting me know. During the test ride I did not have to push into manual mode. I just pressed the buttons / paddles on the steering wheel.
It is perfect for the roads we have here : 80 kmh and one lane. For overtaking you need to slam it in the right gear before flooring it.
Cant remember which axle ratio it had. It went at least 60 miles in second gear. And at 90 kmh it went 1500 rpms in 6 th gear.

I do not like too high geared.

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I'm still struggling to get this car insured in this damn car hating country.
+300 hp is only a very few who wants to insure it.

And oh: a 2013 Cadillac is apparently an exotic car here. No insurance without satellite tracking device connected to a 24 hour manned central.

Insurance is around 1000 usd pr. year and same in self insurance if I smash it.
Sat tracking is 400 usd and 50 usd pr. year for sim card...

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Kkuz: you are right. But because of the open borders we have gangs coming up from Eastern Europe/Russia with trucks.

They steal it from public parking lots at night. When it is discovered the next day the car is already in Belarus.

A white Cadillac in Moscow looks gooood! :)

On a more serious note: the insurance guy said Cadillac is the brand in Denmark where they have the most cases of vandalism. Apparently envy...

I made the insurance so I dont pay self insurance if my car is vandalised.

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I hope you are right. Im getting a sat tracker now and a big sticker: "touch it and you die".

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