Cadillac Jim

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    2011 CTS-V Sedan
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    Supercharged 6.2L (LSA)

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    Handling, performance, reliability, maintenance, photography, math, science, physics, engineering, Cadillacs

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  1. I suggest that you put an OBD code reader on it and solve the problems, and then see how the car is with no codes. That should get the car going well with a minimum of time and money. Problems that are actually caused by mods will be found and fixed that way. You can find the Easter eggs as you maintain the car over the years.
  2. A fully-equipped CTS-V sedan will have a sticker prices near $100K. Theoretically it's possible to get one new for $80K because the dealer can make money at that price if the car is not "banked" or bought from GM on borrowed money and put on the showroom, but you will need to get one on special order, cash on delivery without making the dealer wait after the car comes in, through the fleet manager - OR get it online through a bulk dealer. Look for a dealer that sells scads of Cadillacs including significant number of V's to find someone willing to deal. If the price starts climbing after the handshake, walk away. Or, get a good used CTS-V through Cars.com as I did. Pick the model you want and the must-have attributes (mine were sunroof, Ricaros and Bose sound) and watch for your deal, cash and insurance ready to go on short notice. Use CarFAX, and when you see your car, move quickly.
  3. Any STS-V or CTS-V will fill the bill for you. Here are some general points: AFAIK, the head gasket is not an issue for the 4.4 liter supercharged LC3 engine. Rating is 465 hp. There are three iterations of the CTS-V First generation, 2002-2007 model years, six-speed manual transmission only, 400 hp, 5.7 or 6.0 liter V8 Second generation, 2008-2015 model years, 6-speed manual or automatic, coupe and wagon (some years), supercharged 6.2 liter 556 hp Third generation, 2016-current model years, 8-speed automatic, supercharged 6.2 liter, 640 hp The STS-V will give you a better ride on bad roads. The CTS-V will give you a great ride on the interstates and good roads and superior handling, particularly the 2nd and 3rd generation. All four are very reliable cars, if you keep then near stock and don't beat on them. Your price range of about $25K pretty much eliminates the 3rd generation CTS-V. For the same amount of money, you can get a lower mileage STS-V than a similarly equipped CTS-V. Some interesting items, such as the heads-up display for night driving, are standard on the STS-V but aren't available on the CTS-V. If you drive a 2nd generation CTS-V, you will not likely ever run into a faster car by chance on the street in normal driving, except possibly to performance car events of some kind. For "a nice cruising car that will hold its own at a stop light" I would look at the STS-V first, then the second generation CTS-V. Your final choice will be more likely dictated by what's available than your first choice, because both cars are not very often seen on the used car market.
  4. I'm about ready for tires and am looking at what's out there right now. I'm very happy with my current Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric A/S tires and they are still available, but I see that Michelin has just come out with their Pilot Sport A/S 3+ (W or Y rated) with UTQG wear rating of 500. The end-of-life wear bar indicators are on the outsides of the front tires. The rears are fine but I will replace them as a set. The car is a V2 sedan with A6. Any comments from someone who has recently gotten new tires for their V2?
  5. Check the lock itself and see if the mechanism is sticking. It might just need some grease.
  6. Anybody have a 1989 FSM with schematics?
  7. The OEM stabilizer link should be good for up to ten years, depending on climate, salt, usage of the car, etc.
  8. Haaaapy Birrrrth day toooo Bruuuce...
  9. If it sits outside, then it may read the outside temperature after sitting overnight. It's hard to say what it will read, because in the coolest part of the evening just before dawn, the car may cool to the point that it will actually be cooler than the outside temperature by 7:30 AM.
  10. Congratulations on solving your no-code problem. Those can be very difficult to diagnose.
  11. The car takes several days to drop to ambient temperature, particularly if it is garaged and not subject to winds. 71 F after resting for a weekend is normal, if it is a few degrees warmer than the garage.
  12. The miss counter uses the expected crankshaft speed so a consistent miss on one cylinder will show occasional other cylinders as having a miss or two. But, if the car has over 100,000 miles on it with the original plugs, there is likely a real miss here and there on any given cylinder. They will likely all have a miss count of zero after new plugs are installed.
  13. Perhaps we have a candidate for getting a FSM for his car off eBay or equivalent.
  14. I find jobs go better and easier if you do what's necessary to make it easy when you start. I once pulled a grille and radiator to add factory A/C to a car (old full-size FWD GM). The hardest part, pulling the damper wheel for the new one with the needed extra pulley was a snap, sitting on a stool with four feet of extensions. I was done in a little over half a day, including charging and checking the drainage of the condensed water. To do a transmission, I would want a clean, well-lighted workbench.