Well, I wasn't even in the market.
Our main driver, a 2003 Nissan Murano only had 51,000 miles on it and was in fine shape.
My little "toy", a 1998 BMW 2,8L Z3 took up the other slot in our garage and was safe from trade as I loved it.
But I keep up on the basics of what is going on in the automotive world. And I keep pulling for GM and Ford to make it.
GM finally understands, it's the product, stupid.
And then I started seeing the first pix and the reviews of the new 2008 CTS...........
That changed everything.
The testing at the ring in Germany was the one that pushed me over the edge.
I had to go see that car, even if I wasn't going to buy one.
So off I went to Val Ward in Ft Myers.
"I would like to see a 3.6DI with FE2" I told the sales guy.
"So would I" he responded.......
This wasn't going well........
Anyway, I test drove what he had.....
a FE1 3.6 VVT without anything else on it and it was a fine motor car. and it was gorgeous. and it had me hooked.
And my wife wanted to know....what the hell was going on?
Well, I had to confess to her, that owning a brand new Cadillac car had been a dream of mine my whole life.
And I am 70.
It had been a very long held dream,.
For most of my life, I couldn't afford a Cadillac.
For the last few years, I wasn't motivated by what cadillac had.
And now, this.
The FE1, 260HP CTS was magnificent....but there were "better" ones....
But you had to order them....
And besides I didn't have any place to keep it.......my wife was adamant. The Murano had somehow became "hers: in these conversations and she wasn't going to trade it in. She loved it.
Now I was looking at the BMW......I wonder............NAH!
The BMW had been a great find and it is one of the best cars I have ever owned.
IT could do 140 and get there quick and never rattle or squeak and gets 30MPG at 70 MPH.
Nothing is better than top down motoring!
It is a great car.
Was a great car.
There was no other choice.
It all happened on or about Nov 29, 2007.
Val Ward got an unsold 3.6 Direct Injection FE2 car in. It didnt have a lot of the things I wanted..HIDs, HDD, Sunroof, Etc.....
But it was what it was and i drove it.
It isn't the greatest off the line machine known to man. I have owned several cars in the past that would beat it off the line.
But it gathers itself quickly, and by 4000RPM is rolling pretty good.
The exhaust has changed from a luxury car to an absolute screaming performance car. (Some say it is the same exhaust system as the vette?)
Not nearly as fast as say a BMW 335.........but close to a G35.......and just as fast as an ES 350..........all cars that I drove while trying to talk myself OUT of a CTS........
But it runs well. Very well. and keeps running well on up to numbers that I won't ever explore.
And it stops. Very solid brakes. Easily modulated.
And it turns. It's good to get back to RWD again. I didn't explore it's limits, but at long last I have a car again that doesn't plough when you hustle it along.
It is in fact a Sports Sedan.
A very good sports sedan.
A world class sports sedan.
And it is much more sporty than most luxury sedans at this price point....or a good bit above........
And it is more luxurious than most sport sedans..........
What a great balance of attributes.
The new design is a raging success IMO.
Art and Science Cadillac calls it.
Good call. Just my opinion, but the exterior is far more classy and far more sporty than any of the competition.
The new interior is far, far better than the three mentioned above. There is absolutely nothing that I have seen on the market that can compete with the interior of this car. It just continues to get deserved rave reviews.
It has a ton of technology. Direct Injection. Steerable Headlights. HDD. XM and Fm and AM and iPod. Rewind radio.......rain sensing wipers that not only start
when the windshield gets wet, but starts in the interval mode and then adjusts the interval according to the rain rate.......
I finally broke that day............
I ordered a Radiant Bronze (I never buy "common") 3.6 DI FE2 2008 CTS with every possible option except AWD.
I came home and put my beloved BMW up for sale. It sold in less than a week to the first guy that looked at it.
I'm gonna miss that car.
I know there are some great cars out there. And i can't afford some of them.
$100,000 for a motor car is just not going to happen.
But for $43,000 (GMU) this is the most amazing car I have ever driven, much less owned.
I'm sorry, but there is no Infiniti. No BMW. No Lexus that can touch it for the money...
Yes my life long dream has been realized.
It really DOES make you feel good to drive a Cadillac .... especially if it is back to being the Standard of the World.