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I hope to do a full write-up soon. It is a fun car, lots of interesting features. I love my Wife's ATS 2L Turbo; add power, performance modes, and tuning, and the ATS-V seems close to ideal.

Bruce

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After Mike and I had discussed the ATS-V options & build here http://caddyinfo.com/wordpress/cadillac-chat-2016-02-25/

I targeted an ATS-V Coupe with:

  • Luxury
    • Includes Cadillac CUE1 and Navigation2
    • Sport alloy pedals
    • Universal Home Remote
    • High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with Adaptive Forward Lighting and LED vertical light signatures
    • Split-folding rear seats (ATS-V Sedan only; standard on ATS-V Coupe)
  • Safety & Security
    • Forward Collision Alert
    • Lane Keep Assist
    • Lane Change Alert
    • Lane Departure Warning
    • Head-Up Display
    • Rainsense™ wipers
    • IntelliBeam® headlamps
    • Rear thorax air bags1 (ATS-V Sedan only)
    • Additional shielded theft-deterrent alarm system
    • Tilt sensor
    • Steering column lock
    • Remote locking fuel filler door
    • Locking wheel lugs
    • Requires Luxury Package
  • 8 speed Automatic
  • Performance Data Recorder
    • Record video of your driving experiences
    • Includes data overlays and Cosworth analysis software
    • Allows you to share your on- and off-track driving experiences
    • Requires available Cadillac CUE1 and Navigation2
    • Included with available Track Performance Package

The car I purchased was a close match but also had:

  • Red calipers
  • Power Sunroof
  • Premium paint - Phantom Gray Metallic

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Wow Congratulations Bruce! I am surprised you traded the XLR, I don't think I read any impressions on it, you didn't have it that long did you? The ATS-V is beautiful

Pre-1995 - DTC codes OBD1  >>

1996 and newer - DTC codes OBD2 >> https://www.obd-codes.com/trouble_codes/gm/obd_codes.htm

How to check for codes Caddyinfo How To Technical Archive >> http://www.caddyinfo.com/wordpress/cadillac-how-to-faq/

Cadillac History & Specifications Year by Year  http://www.motorera.com/cadillac/index.htm

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I enjoyed the XLR very much. The STS-V was a great car, but as a daily driver was ready for replacement. However I discovered over time that I didn't enjoy having 2 cars and one garage space. Parking my daily driver outside the garage was a pain many mornings due to needing to clear the windows. When I wanted to get the XLR out I'd have to dance the cars around. The XLR was in very good condition, Crest had fixed the EBCM issue, and with my imported gadget I fixed the occasional repeat by calibrating the brake pedal.

My plan was to purchase a CTS VSport Premium and wait for the ATS-V to depreciate. The 2014 CTS VSports are at a good price point -- they started at $72 (more than an ATS-V) but are in the mid-$40s now used. By comparison, the CTS VSport is larger than the ATS-V, a bit heavier, and makes 420/430 hp/torque vs 464/445 hp/torque. The VSport and the ATS-V both have 8 speed auto available, although different ones. I planned to trade the STS-V on the VSport and keep the XLR.

To validate my plan I went over to test drive the VSport and the ATS-V back to back to understand the differences between the two. The CTS VSport has plenty of power but is tuned to be somewhat reserved compared to the ATS-V. The ATS-V is much more responsive, "let's go now". A new Vsport and a new ATS-V cost about the same (new), but a 14 VSport was $20K less than a 16 ATS-V. There are no used ATS-Vs for now.

Then I looked at many permutations which boiled down to 3 choices: wait 1-2 years and get an ATS-V, trade my STS-V for a Vsport & wait a couple of years to trade on an ATS-V, or trade my STS-V AND my XLR and get the ATS-V now.

After some back and forth, the Dealer offered me what I asked for the STS-V and XLR trade-in values, then a bit more to cover a dealer add-on. I wanted to buy from Crest since they have been a good friend for test drive reviews, and a forum sponsor, and I know Mike & Darin over there, so I am glad that worked out. They had several ATS-Vs in stock, but wanted to trade for one of the ones in inventory (as opposed to waiting to order one). The one I bought was the one closest to my spec above, but has a couple of options I didn't need. Even down to the last detail the deal was not complete until the last minute, but then it all came together - partially I think because we both wanted me to buy from Crest.

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Thanks. This morning I was surprised with the rush after a break in traffic allowed a quick burst of acceleration. The ATS-V is a lot of fun. The video from the pdr looks great on playback. i will post samples soon.

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Sounds exciting Bruce, I can see the smile on your face

Pre-1995 - DTC codes OBD1  >>

1996 and newer - DTC codes OBD2 >> https://www.obd-codes.com/trouble_codes/gm/obd_codes.htm

How to check for codes Caddyinfo How To Technical Archive >> http://www.caddyinfo.com/wordpress/cadillac-how-to-faq/

Cadillac History & Specifications Year by Year  http://www.motorera.com/cadillac/index.htm

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Our garage door is ready for refresh after 28 years or so; that will get the opener linked up with the V.

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Replaced everything related to the garage door. New opener linked right up to both Cadillacs, and does wifi for smart phone control, etc.

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Very nice!

Pre-1995 - DTC codes OBD1  >>

1996 and newer - DTC codes OBD2 >> https://www.obd-codes.com/trouble_codes/gm/obd_codes.htm

How to check for codes Caddyinfo How To Technical Archive >> http://www.caddyinfo.com/wordpress/cadillac-how-to-faq/

Cadillac History & Specifications Year by Year  http://www.motorera.com/cadillac/index.htm

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Still some trim work to do but simple things, like now the garage door opens quietly, the ATS-V can control it with the homelink in the car, etc. Oh the other feature for the new openers is battery back-up -- so if the power is out it can still open the door.

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I see a beautiful hood and grill waiting to get in there! Bruce I will give you that for the supercharger. Maybe it will just sit in the ats-v trunk when we do the summer swap :D

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