SPECS
Horsepower
400 HP
Torque
395 LB-FT
Curb Weight
3850 LB
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
Engine Size
5.7 L
Transmission Type
Manual
MPG (City/Highway)
16 MPG
VEHICLE STORY

Why I bought it: V8 (or decent power from the factory), 3 pedals, rear wheel drive with creature comforts that did not require costly maintenance. This ticked all the checkboxes. I didn't want an E46 M3 as I previously had a E34 5 series and the cost of maintenance soured me on owning another BMW or any other European sports sedan. STi's or Evo's might have been considered at the time except they're usually bought by chavs (google it). What I wish I had known: Not a lot of aftermarket parts for it save for the motor. It is different enough from the CTS and Corvette that not that many parts are interchangeable; not as many as you would think.  If you need replacement parts, you'll probably be buying new from dealer. Motor and go fast parts to gain hp is not an issue however... Wheels are 245 squared in an uncommon 6 lug pattern which for 400hp crank, woefully undersized. Only Forgestar and Team Dynamics made a set of wheels. Other than that, you're looking at custom or retrofitting Vette hubs. Things I liked: Everything that you'd but a V8 manual for. Reasonably quiet, comfortable and roomy. Stock sound system wasn't bad save for the UI. Things I disliked: Interior felt cheap. Like they wrapped up a base model GM sedan in some leather and called it a day. At least it didn't have the faux wood trim like the base CTS. Sit in a C-class Mercedes of the same era (W204), and it's night and day the difference in interior quality. The navigation seemed horribly outdated even for the era. Nav adds no value to the resale value in my book. The differential is reported to be a weak point (recalls) and tended to break while launching the car. Most people fixed it by some combination of subframe stiffening and/or replacing the rubber bushings with polyurethane. The more robust fix was to replace the entire diff with a 8.8" or 9" unit which costed a few thousand in parts. It had a weak clutch master cylinder which didn't push enough fluid to fully disengage the slave thereby causing premature wear on the transmission and obvious driving issues, particularly when driven in stop and go or canyon carving. Fix was to replace it with an aftermarket unit that didn't come until ~2015. The seats were marginally supportive, not nearly sufficient for sporty driving. Seat belts were integrated into the seats so aftermarket seats would also need a roll cage or harness bar to add seat belts/harness. Overall: It wouldn't be a bad road trip car. I didn't do a lot of freeway miles but when I did, I averaged 22mpg. Not a bad first attempt by Cadillac to compete with it's Euro counterparts but there are signs it was their first real try at the market. Almost like a tuner special, not a production car. They fixes pretty much all my complaints with the V2 second gen. If I were to buy one again, it'd be the V2.

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