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I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on an ATS in the next few weeks - the choices go beyond trim level and engine (and options) to include model year. There are still a number of new 2014s available, prices are coming down on the 2015s and the 2016s will soon be rolling off the production lines.

Reading this forum, there appear to be several problems endemic to the 2013-14 model years. Even recognizing that they may not be *that* widespread (people tend to air a lot of complaints on forums by definition), I'd like to avoid them.

- Has the "moldy AC" issue been resolved for the MY15 ATS?

- How about the engine vibration/shaky idle condition?

- For MY15, there was *some* sort of change to the 2.0T engine as the torque was increased. However, I have not been able to find any hard information on any physical/mechanical changes in MY15. I have not seen any reports on this forum, at least, of blown MY15 2.0T engines. Have the issues with this engine been fixed, or is it just that the MY15s are too new to have run into problems?

It's a tough, but fun, decision. The three best options look to be:

-new 2014 3.6 Premium for ~$35-36k. This is looking like the least attractive of the three options.
-2015 CPO Premium with <5k miles for ~$37-38k (new would be in the low-mid $40ks so an easy choice for CPO, I think),
-2016 Premium for $?? (I'd guess a Premium 2.0T minimally optioned would run ~$46k right off the bat. I'd also guess that with the new drivetrains, a MY16 would save me ~$1500 in fuel costs vs. the MY15, so that should be considered as well.
 

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Its a good problem to have. Pick the option that you will not second guess after the purchase and don't look back just drive forward and enjoy..
 

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I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on an ATS in the next few weeks

Easiest answer, avoid the 13-14 model years. I have a 14. Had a 15 loaner car and found there were several notable improvements. CUE was night and day better. The rough idle seemed to be solved. The vehicle also makes more torque. If I could go back, I would have bought a 2015. I have no experience with a 2016 so I cant speak to them. Just my 2 cents. Others may agree/disagree.
 

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2015 Torque was increased for 2.0T, 1/4 mile is 14.1 vs 14.5.
2016 will also have a better 8 speed auto,
CUE will have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
2016 More power for the V6. 335 hp/282 tq
 

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If you want a 2.0T, you should get the MY15 for more torque.
The other main 15 change is the front grill and Wifi.
It appears that 2.0T engines fixes were done during 2014, so
15 should be fixed.

MY16 prices are not out yet, nor in stock. The new 3.6 engine,
new 8 speed trans in 2.0 + 3.6 and CUE upgrades make the 16 attractive and worth giving up some rebates.

Based on 2015 MSRP prices, a 2.0 Perf, RWD, 18" wheels,
Nav, Cold Weather, Without Sunroof and extra cost paint,
is $46k MSRP. Add $2k for 3.6.
 

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Bingo. My car was very lightly used with 11,000 miles and it dropped 34% in value. It will be paid off next month. I would NOT buy a new ATS.
I was leaning that way until GM offered numerous incentives earlier this year where I got my '14 for just over $27K (MSRP was $41K). I was also able to use my GM card $ that brought it down to $24K. At that point going new was just too good to pass up. Without the incentives though, I agree the depreciation on new is brutal.
 

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Even a better idea! Or get a demo car. Still considered a NEW car but at a substantial price cut.
A lot of demos are beat upon by drivers. I'd go for a lightly used gm executive car before I'd ever consider a demo.
 

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What you don't know is if the preowned car was a problem
car or simply wrong for the prev owner or reposessed.

The Demo cars are often the courtesy cars, which often get
driven hard.
 
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