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I just hit 10k on my new CTS. Specifically, a 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport Premium in Phantom Grey Metallic, jet black interior with carbon fiber trim.



HIGHS:
First off, I have not any anything go wrong like nsap did with his ATS (http://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/f21/9-000-miles-later-2013-ats-175769/). If anything, the build quality and quality of materials on this car is superb and just as good as, if not better than, my '07 BMW 335i sedan that I traded in for the CTS.

The three driving modes (Tour, Sport, Track) and well suited for any driving situation. Putting the car in Track mode and using the paddle shifters is a blast. There are times I simply cannot believe that a car this big drives like a smaller sports sedan. The Alpha chassis is a real winner. The CTS feels like a bigger version of my old 3 series, which is exactly what I wanted in this car.

I get a lot of compliments and people asking me about the car, especially because they're interested in the new Vsport line. My wife's colleague got a ride in the car a few weeks back and he was shocked how much nicer the CTS was in design and materials quality versus his E-Class (admittedly a 2007 E-Class).

The twin turbo 3.6 is a powerhouse. Smooth, noisy in all the right ways, and it really feels like it has more to give. The ATS-V will have no problem getting more out of this engine.

Looks: Damn good looking car in my opinion. Makes me proud to own a CTS. Sure the rear could be more exciting, but I still think it looks handsome.

The seats: Best seats I've ever owned. The real test for me was after a 7 hour road trip up I-95, I got out of the car feeling great and was comfortable the whole way. I couldn't say the same for any of the other cars I've owned. I love taking road trips with this car.

Fuel economy: 21.2 mpg for the first 10k. Doing 75 on the highway and keeping it out of boost easily returns 27mpg. Even when I get on it hard, mpgs stay in the mid/high teens. I'm pretty impressed for a 420hp sedan.

CUE/hepatic touch: I like it. I can’t understand all the complaints I read about this system. It works bug free for me. I don’t miss real buttons or knobs either. In fact, I think it looks better without them.

LOWS:
Ok, this is me being very picky. The highs far outweigh the lows, but here they are:

Perception: When I got this car, my friends and coworkers were shocked I left BMW for Cadillac. I've had to do a lot of convincing that my car is not a bloated luxo barge and I didn't suddenly age 30 years and start collecting social security checks (I’m 32). A test drive is the most convincing people need to believe me. Cadillac needs to be like BMW and offer driving events. I do 2-3 BMW driving events a year at my local dealer and I have a very favorable opinion of BMW because I have spent so much time in their cars. Cadillac needs to get butts in seats to win customers over!

Rattles: the power rear sunshade is rattling around in the rear parcel shelf. It’s noticeable if I have the radio off and I’m driving down a less than perfect road. I guess this is what I get for getting all the bells and whistles…..they tend to make noise.

Exhaust note: This has bothered me since day one. It’s a raspy, tin-like, buzzy noise. From inside the car it sounds like there is a lawnmower running in my trunk. I’ve heard better six cylinder exhaust tuning. This is the #1 thing I would change about this car.

Shift programming: The car gets way too shift happy in sport mode. It will eagerly downshift for me, but it also eagerly upshifts. But to be honest, I also have the same complaints about 8 speeds in other cars in other brands. I kind of dread the upcoming 10 speed transmissions. How many gears are too many?


MY OPINION:
We’ve all got our opinions about why Cadillac sales are down this year, the sense of the new naming scheme, and marketing relocation to NYC. But after 10 months and 10k miles on my CTS, I believe that Cadillac has excellent product on the market right now, they just need to get people into the cars and let the product sell itself. I seriously love this car and look forward to driving it every day.
 

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All the good stuff I hear about the Vsport has me really excited about what the actual V-series is going to bring. I have a feeling it will haunt the dreams of engineers from other luxury companies.
 

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I've had my VSport Premium since April and also just passed 10,000 miles. I've had zero issues and no rattles. My only significant complaint is the **** tires! Ride and handling are fine, but the tire noise is embarrassing. Since I've had it, I've seen just five other 2014 CTS' and just one other VSport--and it may well have been you I spotted in N. Raleigh. I'm White Diamond.
 

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1850 miles on mine, agree with everything you said on the highs but not too much on the low side, though outside of your rattles its mostly subjective complaints. I think the exhaust sounds fine, I mean unless its an LS/LT under the hood I'd prefer it not to be noticeable. The first V6 I heard that sounded good was in the G35, but I'm over it now. I think the CUE hate is just automotive journalist group think, I don't get it.
 

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I've had my VSport Premium since April and also just passed 10,000 miles. I've had zero issues and no rattles. My only significant complaint is the **** tires! Ride and handling are fine, but the tire noise is embarrassing. Since I've had it, I've seen just five other 2014 CTS' and just one other VSport--and it may well have been you I spotted in N. Raleigh. I'm White Diamond.
Others have complained of alignment issues causing irregular tire wear, so that might be part of it? Also, keeping the pressure spot on can help, but sounds like you're too far gone on the wear.
 

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Now just do everything to make Your Mercedes/Audi/BMW-owning friends seriously consider CTS. GM with their so-so marketing and customers service need Your help.
 

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I've had my VSport Premium since April and also just passed 10,000 miles. I've had zero issues and no rattles. My only significant complaint is the **** tires! Ride and handling are fine, but the tire noise is embarrassing. Since I've had it, I've seen just five other 2014 CTS' and just one other VSport--and it may well have been you I spotted in N. Raleigh. I'm White Diamond.
I noticed the tire noise too but that is typical run flat noise. My BMW made the same noise until I switched to a regular tire. Problem solved.

You may have seen me in North Raleigh. I work over in the North Hills area. What dealer did you buy your Vsport from? I got mine from Hendrick in Cary.
 

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I noticed the tire noise too but that is typical run flat noise. My BMW made the same noise until I switched to a regular tire. Problem solved.

You may have seen me in North Raleigh. I work over in the North Hills area. What dealer did you buy your Vsport from? I got mine from Hendrick in Cary.
Got mine at Hendrick in Durham. Yesterday I replaced the Pirelli tires (at 12,600 miles) with the Michelin A/S 3 non-runflats. Recent cold temps were taking their toll on ride quality, and the road noise had become more than I could stand. I just hope the Michelin's serve me much longer. So far, they're a dramatic improvement and worth every penny.
 

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Got mine at Hendrick in Durham. Yesterday I replaced the Pirelli tires (at 12,600 miles) with the Michelin A/S 3 non-runflats. Recent cold temps were taking their toll on ride quality, and the road noise had become more than I could stand. I just hope the Michelin's serve me much longer. So far, they're a dramatic improvement and worth every penny.
I got a flat and replaced to run flat with the A/S 3 glad someone else has the same taste of tire
 
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