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With all due respect to everyone, but I noticed a lot more DTS owners showing up here under the age of 30.

Please share your story of what made you go with the Cadillac DTS vs other assumed cars of this age like the Mustang, Charger or Camaro, etc.

To those who are over the age of 30, what age were you when you first got a Cadillac?

I'm quite interested :)
 

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Hello I am 27 living in michigan I have owned mustangs a marauder also a BMW 740il by far my favorite car is my 06 dts performance package. The reason I love it so much is it has all the technology you can ask for nav heated/cooled/massage seats it rides great and is very fast it has a little everything looks, comfort, and speed! I have gotten more compliments in this car than any car I have ever owned. things I have done to it are upgraded to the Bluetooth onstar module and replaced the factory headliner and pillars with a black suede. The dts has 90 k on it and drives great! The wife loves it too!
 

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I am 68 and live in Fort Worth Texas.
I got my first one in 1980...A Triple White Sedan Deville...

That was probably the best car I have ever owned and I have owned a lot of cars between 1958 and 2013.
I put more miles on that Cadillac and had less maintenance on it than any car I have ever had.
I put over 260,000 miles on it and finally sold it in 2001. Had it for 21 years.

I had wanted a Cadillac, preferably a white one since I rode in my Uncle's brand new 1951.
I had never been in a NEW car up until that time, much less a Cadillac... LOL

We were poor and lived out in the woods in far SE Texas.
But....... After that 5 minute ride, I knew that "ONE DAY"... I would own a Brand New White Cadillac... LOL

I also had a 1981 Fleetwood Brougham,
1981 Sedan Deville Diesel,
1981 Seville Diesel,
1984 Fleetwood Brougham deElegence,
and a 1985 Eldorado Convertible...

This is not a pic of MY car... but mine was just exactly like this...
Same color and everything... it even had the factory CB Radio...
Wish I had kept that one... :(
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Im 23 bought mine at 22 years old. I wanted class power and comfort and my dad works at a GM dealer and I found Bigred, I some times wish that I went with a sts but im still happy.
 

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And my first caddy was an 01 Seville I was 22 at the time and I dunno why but the lines appealed to me. Then I drove it and fell in love. Bought with 50k drove till 109k now my girlfriend drives it and I still love it, my DTS I happen to stumble across when me and my girlfriend were searching for cars for her, I saw it up on a rack with rims on it and was like wow that's pretty , took it for a drive and three days later she was mine. Now im thinking a new CTS or ats looks nice as well
 

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I'm 20 turn 21 next month and my first car was an 06 srx , but I later traded for my 08 dts , I never was interested in those Camaros mustangs and stuff, not appealing to me , I love the smoothness of my car and the compliments and the car just fits me , it's classy and smooth , I'm pretty mature for my age so I chose a mature looking car and I love it, heated / Ac seats massaging seats, I love it all,
 

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I was 36 when I got my DTS. I was looking for an 04/05 Deville DTS and I found her instead. My first car was an Olds Delta 88. I drove that car hard. I guess it set me on the path of liking big cars. I prefer a large, powerful, quiet, awesome riding vehicle. A micro car will never meet my needs. Friends, family and even some coworkers ask me why I bought a Cadillac. They do this while crawling into their two door Honda/Scion/etc. I don't understand them any more than they understand me.
 

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Cadillac Deville theory - MOST new Devilles are initially bought by over-40 businessmen and post-soccer moms. When the cars get a few years old and the resale value drops to an "affordable" level for a younger "I want a Cadillac" group, then you see the 18 - 28 year group drivers.

Cars and why My first car (at 16 years old) (1955) was a "partnership" in a 1949 Cadillac hearse. Then a 1953 Morris Minor drophead coupe. Then from '55 through today: an MG, Austin Healey, Jaguar, Corvair, special order Corvair Spyder, special order '65 Chevelle Malibu SS 327/350, a series of family sedans (all used), a '72 Volvo wagon(POS), a resto '67 Cougar, resto '65 Pontiac GTO 398 tri, 3 Fox body Mustang GT's, 2 Taurii, the STS + trucks. Why the STS ?? Good deal, nice car, and I have not lost "the need for speed". In addition to daily driver cars I have had 7 motorcycles (both road machines and dirt track scramblers), 3 airplanes, and a few 1/4 mile drag coupes. Different time and economy - but that '65 Chevelle cost me - special order, new, delivered - $2388 out the door. A brand new 427/435 4-speed Stingray hardtop was about $7,000 out the door. As an indicator of how some things appreciate in value, in 1960 I bought a 1945 Piper Cub for $650 ! Today, that same airplane in good condition would easily sell for $50,000 !
 

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Cadillac Deville theory - MOST new Devilles are initially bought by over-40 businessmen and post-soccer moms. When the cars get a few years old and the resale value drops to an "affordable" level for a younger "I want a Cadillac" group, then you see the 18 - 28 year group drivers.

Cars and why My first car (at 16 years old) (1955) was a "partnership" in a 1949 Cadillac hearse. Then a 1953 Morris Minor drophead coupe. Then from '55 through today: an MG, Austin Healey, Jaguar, Corvair, special order Corvair Spyder, special order '65 Chevelle Malibu SS 327/350, a series of family sedans (all used), a '72 Volvo wagon(POS), a resto '67 Cougar, resto '65 Pontiac GTO 398 tri, 3 Fox body Mustang GT's, 2 Taurii, the STS + trucks. Why the STS ?? Good deal, nice car, and I have not lost "the need for speed". In addition to daily driver cars I have had 7 motorcycles (both road machines and dirt track scramblers), 3 airplanes, and a few 1/4 mile drag coupes. Different time and economy - but that '65 Chevelle cost me - special order, new, delivered - $2388 out the door. A brand new 427/435 4-speed Stingray hardtop was about $7,000 out the door. As an indicator of how some things appreciate in value, in 1960 I bought a 1945 Piper Cub for $650 ! Today, that same airplane in good condition would easily sell for $50,000 !

65 chevelle "drool"
 

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I was 36 when I got my DTS. I was looking for an 04/05 Deville DTS and I found her instead. My first car was an Olds Delta 88. I drove that car hard. I guess it set me on the path of liking big cars. I prefer a large, powerful, quiet, awesome riding vehicle. A micro car will never meet my needs. Friends, family and even some coworkers ask me why I bought a Cadillac. They do this while crawling into their two door Honda/Scion/etc. I don't understand them any more than they understand me.
This pretty much speaks for me as well, although the fact that my father's last two vehicles have been Deville/DTS also has something to do with it since it gave me a lot of opportunities to have the Deville/DTS experience.

Cadillac Deville theory - MOST new Devilles are initially bought by over-40 businessmen and post-soccer moms. When the cars get a few years old and the resale value drops to an "affordable" level for a younger "I want a Cadillac" group, then you see the 18 - 28 year group drivers.
Makes sense. However, even at that I think there are comparatively very few under 30...or even under 40....DTS drivers out there. It is definitely perceived as an appeal to older people. That's certainly the case with my wife, who has teased me for buying an "old person car" several times since I got it.
 

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Makes sense. However, even at that I think there are comparatively very few under 30...or even under 40....DTS drivers out there. It is definitely perceived as an appeal to older people. That's certainly the case with my wife, who has teased me for buying an "old person car" several times since I got it.
Even in the late 50's Cadillac was an "old person's car". Why ? Because the grunt in the bank with the green visor and quill pen slaving over a desk full of paper couldn't afford one - only the bank president could. See anything different ??? (except for drug dealers and little boys with silver spoons in their mouths..............)
 

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I'm 27, now. Bought myself the DTS for my 26th birthday since the insurance deemed my truck (Avalanche I had gotten for my 18th birthday) a total loss resulting from an accident a few weeks prior. I had a Catera when I was in high school, but I got into an accident with it within six months. I had been driving my truck ever since. I told myself I was going to get a DTS when I finished law school since I wanted another Cadillac, but I had to jump the gun a year early due to the circumstance. I'm happy with how things worked out though.

I notice the majority of DTS drivers around my way tend to be older people, but the city (Houston, TX) has a popular urban sub-culture for Cadillacs so it really just depends which part of town you're in.

The Deville Theory sounds pretty accurate. However, I think it applies to virtually any new car over $30k.
 

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Even in the late 50's Cadillac was an "old person's car". Why ? Because the grunt in the bank with the green visor and quill pen slaving over a desk full of paper couldn't afford one - only the bank president could. See anything different ??? (except for drug dealers and little boys with silver spoons in their mouths..............)
Im not a drug dealer nor a bank President nor have i ever had a silver spoon in my mouth, i am just a hard working adult. I work 63 hours a week to afford this beast.
 

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I was 21 when I bought my Cadillac DTS. I owned a Pontiac Bonneville before the Caddy and wanted to get the GXP. My mother had me test drive her 1998 Eldo and I feel in love with the ride.

I was in the market for a V8 with 4 Doors and a look that appealed to me. The DTS caught my eye and never left my mind. I landed a new Job for a Travel Company and 6 months later I got my DTS used at 72K Miles.

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I am 46 yrs old, bought my DTS when I was 43. And yes, many people tease me about driving an old mans car. But I don't care. In fact, I have impressed many of my coworkers by the speed of my DTS.

I bought my first used Cadillac at age 20. It was a 1980 Sedan Deville. It was 6 years old and a Diesel, thus very affordable. But it looked like a newer model, so it turned alot of heads.

I think every man or woman would love to drive a new Cadilac at a young age if they had the chance to drive one. But as pointed out earlier, new ones aren't in the budget for most people.
My theory is that the reason you see so many older people with them is that they always wanted one, but had to wait for their house to get paid off to be able to swing the payments. Thus after a 30 year mortgage , the person is now in their 60s and can afford to buy a new one. That explains why you see so many retirees driving them. They had to wait.

But many of us got a taste of the good life driving a used Caddy. And once you do, you realize that even used ones still turn heads and provide a higher level of features and comfort than lesser cars. When I arrived at work in my 3 year old DTS it caused a scandal at work. They thought it was new. Little did they know I paid no more for it than my coworkers with brand new Hyundai Sonatas. Nobody looks twice at you in a $25000 Hyundai, but an off lease Caddy will still look like a million dollars in your driveway.
 

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I was 35 when I bought my Concours. Later that year, on my 36th birthday, I bought the EXT. The following year, I bought the ETC. I was 39 when I traded the ETC and bought the DTS.
 

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I got my dts when I was 38 here in new york there no issued driving a dts it is not consider a old people car. It is a nice ride. The biggest problem is that is not a cheap car to keep up.
 
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