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2004 Cadillac CTS Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by ccclarke1958

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Reviewed: 2004 Cadillac CTS

4dr Sedan 400-horsepower 5.7L V8 6-speed manual RWD

Why the 2004 Cadillac CTS?

Powertrain performance

In stock trim, this car is a little monster! It has enough torque to snap your head back and smoke the tires. Tough to find a car that can blow its doors off, though many try.

Handling

Without any modifications, this car rides on rails and excels on twisty mountain roads. Just sheer pleasure to take for a spirited drive. As well handling as anything out there and a bargain in its price range.

Why Not the 2004 Cadillac CTS?

Reliability & durability

Rear end failures started popping up early on this model. I knew it when I bought it, so I nver do hard launches off the line. You are a begging for a blown rear end if you do. FACT: GM knowingly under-engineered the materials for the torque output.

Ride smoothness

This car does not have the typical "Caddy" ride many expect. While the ride is more comfortable than most cars I drive, (I rent cars 6 mo a year) it gets a little harsh when the road becomes rough. The run-flat tires have much stiffer sidewalls.

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