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Hi to all! I'm another newbie here...

I am about to order my CTS... and I want the 3.6 with the 18"wheel sport appearance package...

The problem is I really like the Navigation and they don't offer it on the above trim. Should I get the 17" luxury with the nav and then get the "dealer installed" wheels and etc.

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Get the sport performance package and then install the Nav?

Thanks for any help.

Lexus, Mercedes, and all look nice...But the CTS Rocks!!!
 

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I have the luxury package and I upgraded the wheels to 18's. I dont have the sports package so I cant compare the performance difference to say whether or not it would be worth it. Others with the sport package will tell you that it makes a huge difference.

There must be a reason that the 18" package does not come with NAV so I cant be sure that a Nav would be easily added after the fact. I can tell you that I added the NAV after the fact and I can tell you that if you want a full functioning NAV that you should have atleast select the Bose system because adding a full working NAV to a non-Bose is a bitch.
 

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Welcome, tough choice. Maybe ask the dealer if they could install Nav on the Sport model?

This is my second car with NAV. I love the NAV and would be less likely to consider a car without vs a car with NAV. My .02 cents
 

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Welcome, tough choice. Maybe ask the dealer if they could install Nav on the Sport model?

This is my second car with NAV. I love the NAV and would be less likely to consider a car without vs a car with NAV. My .02 cents
If you give up the 18" which can easily be added later..would you also lose the Spt Grill? That would suck. I think the NAV system added by the dealer would be real costly. Personnally I would let the NAV slide. My driving needs really doesn't requires a NAV system. It's a pricey option for just vacations. Now I could see where a sales rep might find it useful. Hmmm..I don't think I helped you at all.:eek:
 

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Thanks! Any info is welcome... I will be receiving my "Fighting Chance" package this week and after the "Fax Attack" I will ask the dealer what can be done.

Tomm thanks for the tip about getting the bose system... I will definetly get it!
 

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Planediveguy said:
Hi to all! I'm another newbie here...

I am about to order my CTS... and I want the 3.6 with the 18"wheel sport appearance package...

The problem is I really like the Navigation and they don't offer it on the above trim. Should I get the 17" luxury with the nav and then get the "dealer installed" wheels and etc.

OR

Get the sport performance package and then install the Nav?

Thanks for any help.

Lexus, Mercedes, and all look nice...But the CTS Rocks!!!
I'm not sure if I am up-to-date on the 2006 packages / options, but if I were you, I would get the NAV right now. You won't regret it.

I had to drive to my son's soccer tournament in central PA this past weekend, and the NAV system made it unbelievably simple. All I had to do was the put the Hotel address in, and the NAV system took us to the front door. Then, the next day, all I had to do was put the address of the field in, and the NAV system took me right to the field.

The reason why I appreciated it so much this past weekend was because of the weather. The conditions were absolutely horrible (ton of rain while driving at night). I couldn't see very well, and was driving on a lot of unfamiliar roads (I basically had no idea where I was). The NAV system made it much safer for my son and I because I didn't have to look at a piece of paper or a map while driving. It enabled me to focus on safe driving during a torrential rain storm.

I have always used the NAV system pretty extensively in the past, but I really appreciated it more than ever this past weekend.

Plus, the CTS instrumentation looks way better with the NAV.

You can always get the 18'' wheels later.
 

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I vote for the NAV as well. For the type of driving you will probably be doing - in city and freeway--the sport package will make little to no difference. Add the 18s later on...

my 2 cents worth...
 

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I almost bought mine without the NAV. I changed my mind at the last minute and decided to get it. Now, I wouldn't buy another car without it. Add the wheels later!
 

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Does anyone know why certain options aren't available with certain packages?
$$$$..if you really want something that is not in a package, you end up paying for it as extra item..they have shrinks on retainer to figure us out.....
 

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Planediveguy said:
Get the sport performance package and then install the Nav?
:yeah:I opted for the sport supension etc w/o Nav...Since most of my trips where I would need, actually WANT the Nav are pre-planned anyway, yahoo maps work fine for me...And the sport suspension.......ooohhhhh weeee! Sweet on some of these CA winding and open roads
 

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Plane:

About a month ago, I was told by my dealer (in Northeast PA) that the 18" sport appearance package (with the wheels/grill/spoiler/rocker mouldings) wouldn't be available until 2nd quarter '06. If you're getting ready to order your car now, did they roll that date up? That'd be great news! It doesn't make sense that this option wouldn't be available with Nav. Were there any restrictions with the Nav in previous years?
 

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Plane:

About a month ago, I was told by my dealer (in Northeast PA) that the 18" sport appearance package (with the wheels/grill/spoiler/rocker mouldings) wouldn't be available until 2nd quarter '06. If you're getting ready to order your car now, did they roll that date up? That'd be great news! It doesn't make sense that this option wouldn't be available with Nav. Were there any restrictions with the Nav in previous years?
It doesn't make any sense, does it? Unless having such a nice CTS would conflict with the STS sales... Which by the way my dealer was desperately trying to push on me...Nothing against the STS, but I prefer the CTS design.

My dealer has ordered 2 CTS with the Sport Appearance Package and they should be here soon. I will take pictures and post them here as soon as I can.

The 2006 CTS catalog lists the Appearance package as "dealer installed items" So I can probably get the Nav and then have the dealer install the 18" wheels and the works...
:hmm:
 

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The 2006 CTS catalog lists the Appearance package as "dealer installed items" So I can probably get the Nav and then have the dealer install the 18" wheels and the works...
:hmm:
If you can do that, I say that is the way to go. You may notice that people without Nav say not to bother, but everyone with Nav says to get it. I too thought it would be a novelty at first, but, you'll likely be surprised how much you use it.
 

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:yeah:I opted for the sport supension etc w/o Nav...Since most of my trips where I would need, actually WANT the Nav are pre-planned anyway, yahoo maps work fine for me...And the sport suspension.......ooohhhhh weeee! Sweet on some of these CA winding and open roads
I too got mine without NAV, wasn't that important to me as I generally know where I am going and probably wouldn't drive it on any long trips. If I get lost I reach up to the OnStar button and ask them where I am. Of course I like driving my car so maybe getting lost isn't such a bad thing.

If I did get the NAV I would have to explain how to use it my wife... :banghead:
 

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Welcome to the Forum! :) Since you really seem to want the Nav, drive both with the 17" pkg. and the 18" pkg. If you don't notice a difference stay with the 17". You can allways upgrade later and you still have the nav. The 18" will allways be available. unfortunatley we've been unable to get a selling price for them yet as a latter add on.I kinda envy your dilema but am loking forward to upgrading my 04 with some of those new parts. GOOD LUCK!
 

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BugsyM said:
Plane:

About a month ago, I was told by my dealer (in Northeast PA) that the 18" sport appearance package (with the wheels/grill/spoiler/rocker mouldings) wouldn't be available until 2nd quarter '06. If you're getting ready to order your car now, did they roll that date up? That'd be great news! It doesn't make sense that this option wouldn't be available with Nav. Were there any restrictions with the Nav in previous years?
One member has already seen the new Spt Pkg. Don't forget you get more than the wheels. You get the tower brace and Spt body colored grill. The NAV units are cool but unneeded in my life style. You need to ask yourself the same question or are you buying it as a toy.:hmm:
 

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:thumbsup: I can't believe GM/Cadillac makes you choose between one or the other. I'd go with the factory installed NAV. You get more than the Nav. The interior appearance is nicer, radio info & vehicle info display is better. Plus you should be able to get a DVD disc to play. Over the life of the car you'll get plenty of use out of this system. The 18" wheels will become available through eBay, dealer, etc. Figure out which one you prefer. Factory install is better than doing it later. Which is easier?
 

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My vote is for the sport appearance package. You can add a NAV for 2K. You can't put CTS rims & tires, body colored grill w/mesh and the strut tower brace on for that kind of money.

Good luck w/whatever you choose.
 
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