2003 CADILLAC CTS 4DR CAR

Used Car - 2003 Cadillac CTS 4dr Car in St.paul, Mn

Price
$7,988
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    About This 2003 Cadillac CTS 4dr Car
    Vehicle Location:
    St.paul, Mn
    Year:
    2003
    Make:
    Cadillac
    Model:
    CTS
    Trim:
    4dr Car
    Price:
    $7,988 
    Condition:
    Used
    Mileage:
    102,426
    Engine:
    3.2L V6
    Transmission:
    Automatic
    Doors:
    Five Door
    Stock Number:
    146905
    VIN:

    Fuel Economy Estimates
    City MPG
    18
    Miles Per Gallon
    Highway MPG
    25
    Combined MPG: 22
    Estimated Monthly Fuel Cost: $107.39*
    *Based on $1.89 per gallon and 15k miles per year.
    Actual costs may vary.
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    Seller's Description and Comments:

    This 2003 Cadillac CTS is just itching to get back out on the road! With only 102,426 miles this CTS is just waiting to stretch it's legs & run! It features leather seats, power driver seat, aluminum wheels, auto & dual climate control, traction control, ABS brakes, remote keyless entry and more! Why not stop in and listen to this CTS rumble down the road on a test drive. Then, come back & sign on the dotted line! Remember Long's Auto Place - home of guaranteed credit approval!

    Located at Long\\\'s Auto Place in St.paul, Mn.  Call Long\\\'s Auto Place today at 651-488-8400 for more information about this vehicle.

    Vehicle Options:

    • Leather Seats
    • Power Driver Seat
    • On-star System
    • Am/fm Stereo
    • Cassette Player
    • Cd Player
    • Wheels-aluminum
    • Remote Keyless Entry
    • Trip Odometer
    • Tilt Wheel
    • Traction Control
    • Brakes-abs-4 Wheel
    • 4 Wheel Disc Brakes
    • Cruise Control
    • Steering Wheel Stereo Controls
    • Steering Wheel-leather Wrapped
    • Intermittent Wipers
    • Fog Lights
    • Headlights-auto-off
    • Child Seat Anchors
    • Child Safety Locks
    • Bucket Seats
    • Seats - Reclining
    • Power Mirrors
    • Mirrors-vanity-driver Illuminated
    • Mirrors-vanity-passenger Illuminated
    • Air Bag - Driver
    • Air Bag - Passenger
    • Air Bag - Side
    • Rear Shoulder Harness
    • Rear Defrost
    • Air Conditioning
    • Climate Control - Auto
    • Climate Control - Dual
    • Tachometer
    • Daytime Running Lights
    • Map Pockets
    • Arm Rest - Rear
    • Center Arm Rest
    • Console
    • Reading Lights
    • Remote Trunk Release
    • Power Steering
    • Power Windows
    • Power Door Locks
    • Power Brakes
    • Additional Power Outlet(s)
    • Clock
    • Cup Holders
    • 5 Passenger Seating

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    2003 Cadillac CTS Review

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    2003 Cadillac CTS
    Cadillac takes on the best of the European sports sedans.

     

    Introduction
    Cadillac has broken a lot of new ground with its all-new CTS. It drives like a European luxury sports sedan and, like Mercedes-Benz and BMW, this new Cadillac uses rear-wheel drive instead of front-wheel drive. It is designed to appeal to younger buyers who want European performance in an American luxury product. The smallest of Cadillac's sedans, the CTS replaces the European-built Cadillac Catera, two generations of which failed to capture the imagination of the American buying public.

     

    The CTS is built in America, but its power, handling, luxury, and electronics put it in direct competition with sedans from around the world: the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the BMW 3 Series, the Audi A4, the Lexus ES 300, and the Lincoln LS. Cadillac engineers used a BMW 5 Series (the previous 528i) as a performance benchmark. This is the first car to be built on GM's all-new Sigma rear-wheel-drive platform. The CTS will be built in GM's first brand-new factory in years, in Lansing, Michigan.

     

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    Lineup
    Cadillac CTS is a five-passenger, four-door sports sedan powered by a 3.2-liter dohc V6 engine. For the first time ever in a GM car, it comes with a choice of either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic overdrive transmission.

     

    Three variants of the CTS are available. The base CTS starts at just $29,990, which includes the $640 destination charge. (Everyone should include destination charges in their pricing.)

     

    Two big packages are available for the CTS. The CTS Luxury Package ($2,000) includes an eight-way power adjustable passenger seat, audible theft deterrent system, Zebrano wood trim, memory package, rear-view mirror compass, and a three-channel programmable garage door opener with electronic voice recorder.

     

    The CTS Luxury Sport Package ($3,500) includes all of those features plus the Stabilitrak 2.0 chassis control system, sport-tuned suspension, high-performance brake linings, load-leveling rear suspension, speed-sensitive power steering, and 17-inch polished wheels with V-rated tires.

     

    Other options on our test car included the five-speed electronic automatic transmission, a Bose premium sound system with cassette/six-disc CD changer and CD-ROM-based navigation, 16-inch wheels, an engine block heater, heated front seats, express-open sunroof, xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps and a split-folding rear seat: The entire enchilada, the most expensive CTS you can buy, and it retailed for $39,690.

     

    Whether buyers will opt for the five-speed manual transmission for truly sporty driving remains to be seen. But it is notable that Cadillac went to the trouble of developing the manual gearbox with German supplier Getrag. It says clearly that Cadillac sees the CTS as a sports sedan. It's a good transmission, whether anyone buys it or not.

     

    Walkaround
    Walking around the CTS reveals a festival of sharp junctions and angles, the first production car in Cadillac's new design vocabulary that started several years ago with the Evoq show car, a style called Art & Science.

     

    First thing you notice are the big headlamps. The lighting elements fore and aft are huge, especially for a medium-sized car, and each of the lamp units is full of complex reflectors and shapes that add overall interest to the design.

     

    The eggcrate grille is about all that's left of traditional Cadillac exterior design. The new look of the body shape and details takes some getting used to, especially with a short overhang in the front and a longer one at the rear that makes the 3500-pound sedan look tail heavy. Oddly enough, the big rear end houses a trunk that only opens up to 12.8 cubic feet.

     

    Any way you look at it, the CTS looks better than the rounded, nebbish Catera in either early or late vintage. The CTS design is brawny, more muscular, and should attract equal numbers of men and women.

     

    Interior
    Inside, the CTS is as different from the Catera as it is from the DeVille and Seville, with a much more European presentation of instrumentation and controls (after all, they are going to sell this car in Eastern and Western Europe, Japan, and the Middle East).

     

    In fact, the CTS interior isn't like anything else on the market today. Done up in several high-tech textures (about two too many for our personal tastes), the dashboard and instrument panel are rendered in muted shades of gray with excellent, highly readable graphics.

     

    The center stack, where most of the adjusting is done, juts out proudly and prominently from the rest of the dash, with the elaborate GPS navigation system, when ordered, at the top center location. Climate controls are at the bottom, controlled by amber-lighted pictograms like other Cadillacs. One year of GM's OnStar service comes with the car.

     

    The steering wheel, with more and different types of redundant sound system, cruise control and other buttons mounted to it, looks like something out of a luxury jet fighter, and is deliciously leather-padded wood, with a big, thick rim that's wonderful to use.

     

    The leather-upholstered seats, though they look pretty straightforward and planklike, are definitely not. Instead, they are very comfortable for all-day driving and there is plenty of side bolstering to hold your torso in place through the sharp corners. And Cadillac is happy to tell you that there is more room inside at CTS that there is inside some of its European competition. Although I am tall, in the 95th percentile in term of body type, I was very comfortable in both front seats of the CTS, and only slightly cramped in the rear seats when we tried them out.

     

    Driving Impression
    Cadillac went way out of its way in developing the ride and handling characteristics of the CTS. All the way to Germany, in fact, where for several years, prototypes were flogged for weeks at a time on the famous Nurburgring circuit, a 13-mile-long racing circuit with 177 corners and nearly 1000 feet of elevation change. They used it because Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, and Audi use it, too, and they wanted this car to handle as well as any of the European competition.

     

    One of the things that came out of the Nurburgring testing was the way the car is built, with an isolated subframe carrying the entire rear axle and suspension, and a solidly mounted subframe in front carrying the engine, front suspension, and steering. This was done for noise and harshness isolation at the rear, and precise steering action and steering feel at the front. In that regard, the CTS may be the best domestic car this side of the Corvette and Viper. The steering accuracy and the feeling of guiding precision machinery really comes through loud and clear, whether you're driving on the standard 16-inch tires or on the 17-inch tires that come with the Luxury Performance package. The suspension underneath this car is without a doubt the best ever on a Cadillac, singularly smooth, responsive, able to soak up the big bumps and the little undulations equally well without a hint of harshness. One the reasons it all works so well is that the body is enormously stiff and strong for its size and weight, allowing each corner of the car to work independently of the other three.

     

    The braking system on the CTS, consisting of four large-diameter discs, a power booster, and ABS hardware and software, was also developed on the Nurburgring circuit. The average driver on an average drive will never know it, but the braking system on this car is capable of an incredibly high number of full-force stops just short of ABS activation without any sign of brake fade, no hint of hot, smelly linings, or uneven pulling from side to side.

     

    The 3.2-liter V6 engine is an enlarged version of the 3.0-liter V6 that powered the German Opel-based Catera. However, the engine has been fully revised to improve driveability, power and emissions, and is represents a vast improvement. It is the world's only 54-degree V6 engine design (most are either 60 or 90 degrees). The CTS V6 is smooth and quiet, and responsive in traffic. However, with only 220 horsepower on tap, not reachable until 6000 rpm, and 218 foot-pounds of torque available at best, it will not thrill any driver who has had previous experience in a German or Japanese V6 of the same displacement. The CTS is not slow by any means, but neither is it quick. Driving this engine in a manual-transmission model, we found we had to downshift not once but twice to keep the engine in the powerband, and in the automatic, we either kicked the transmission down by hand or foot quite a lot when driving in the mountains of southern California. (The slick new 5L40-E automatic transmission is also used by BMW in the 5 Series and X5 sport utility). Cadillac says more power is a high priority for future models.


     

    Summary
    With a new chassis, a new body, a new engine, two new transmissions, a new factory and a new workforce, there is an awful lot that could go wrong with a car like the CTS in its first year of production. On the other hand, there is a lot that could go right, and that's what we're banking on when we recommend it as a car to be looked at and test driven if you are in the market for a entry luxury sports sedan.

     

    The Cadillac CTS drives beautifully, it looks and feels extremely modern from the left front seat, it has all the feature content an American driver is looking for, and it looks different from anything else out there.

     

    Model Lineup
    CTS Base ($29,350).

     

    Assembled In
    Lansing, Michigan.

     

    Options As Tested
    automatic transmission ($1200); Bose premium sound system with cassette/six-disc CD changer and CD-ROM-based navigation system ($2700); heated front seats ($400); express-open sunroof ($1100); xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps with high-pressure washers ($500); 60/40 split fold-down rear seat ($300); Luxury Sport Package ($3500) includes the Luxury Package with an eight-way power adjustable passenger seat, audible theft deterrent system, Zebrano wood trim, memory package, rear-view mirror compass, and a three-channel programmable garage door opener with electronic voice recorder, plus the Stabilitrak 2.0 chassis control system, sport-tuned suspension, high-performance brake linings, load-leveling rear suspension, speed-sensitive power steering, and 17-inch polished wheels with V-rated tires.

     

    Model Tested
    Cadillac CTS ($29,350).


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