Would buying this 2005 Cadillac CTS-V for $12,900 be a win?

Nice Price or No Dice 2005 Cadillac CTS-V

Today’s ad Nice price or no dice CTS-V calls the car because it is loud in both Bose stereo and its exhaust pipe. Let’s see if the price tag on this well-equipped car is also a reason to cheer.

Yesterday, many of you took offense at the fact that the… 1957 Chevy 210 we thought it was a four door. Granted, a coupe or two-door sedan would have been the chef’s kiss for an old-school hot rod — making you feel a bit like James Taylor in Two-lane blacktop — but then around here we like to live by the adage ‘run whatcha brung’.

The patinated paint and a good deal of missing chrome added to the chevy’s misery, but it failed to bring down the $8,500 asking price. That ended the day with a narrow but decisive 51 percent nice price gain.

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You know, when yesterday’s Chevy was new, another General Motors division was at the top of the American auto market. The division was Cadillac, and to the post-war car-buying public, that GM brand represented the pinnacle of luxury and status. Ford’s luxury Lincoln brand played in the same stratosphere, but the brand really didn’t have the same cachet as Cadillac.

Caddy enjoyed that position in the 1960s and 1970s. By this time, however, things began to change. The most notable of those change agents was: a golf of the OPEC-induced delays in petroleum production as a way to bolster the political strength of the organization. The resulting gas shortages and price spikes caused car buyers of all kinds to look for more fuel-efficient options, and that included luxury car buyers who started trading their Cadillac boats for smaller and more efficient options from Mercedes, BMW and Jaguar. The threat to US automakers became so acute that Cadillac released its own smaller, more fuel-hungry car, the Sevilla, in 1975.

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That was Cadillac’s first real attempt at rebranding itself in an effort to remain relevant in the US luxury car market. Over the years we have seen other attempts – the failed Cimarron and Catera and the more successful Escalade – none of which ever really pasted the to land.

In the early 2000s, Cadillac decided to embrace luxury performance as a way to compete and at the forefront of this effort was a performance line denoted by the letter “V”, and a new front-engine/rear-wheel drive compact car called the CTS. . The CTS-V would get its marching orders from a 5.7 liter V8 donated by Chevy’s Corvette and would be offered with a manual transmission, the first such drive-yer-own debut in a Cadillac product since the launch of the deplorable Cimarron from the 80s.

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This one clean title 2005 Cadillac CTS-V has 116,181 miles on the odometer and is described by the seller as “fast and loud”. What makes it fast and loud is the 400 horsepower V8 that sits under the hood. That’s mated to a six-speed Tremec stick via a dual-mass flywheel and which in turn sends the ponies back to a limited slip differential in the middle of an independently sprung rear suspension. Heavy-duty roll bars and shock absorbers/struts help preserve the car in line, and the entire wax ball rolls on model-specific 18-inch alloys packed in grease meats.

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Here those alloys are powder coated black except for the Caddy decal in their center. Also killed is the mesh grille and rim and all the rear trim. If you like that, it’s a good look. If not, look elsewhere.

The interior is upholstered in a mix of leather and suede and, appropriately enough, is also all black. The car has a large screen in the center console and an air freshener hanging from the rear-view mirror. Hopefully it’s not pumpkin spice flavor, I hate that. Everything looks perfectly usable here, albeit a little tin the rear, a result of the Caddy’s Sigma platform being RWD and only 113 inches between the axles. A Bose stereo system – also described as loud – takes care of the tuning.

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The ad makes no mention of mechanical or aesthetic problems Gift. It is doing Remark that the car “drives great and has many nice features.” That, of course, belongs to a Cadillac. In the space that Caddy has created for itself in the luxury car market, you still need your luxury in addition to your performance.

Since it’s 16 years old and a lot of the new has worn off, this CTS-V comes in handy has no price tag for a luxury car. Demand is $12,900 and if you consider the value for money, that’s a good deal. However, we use many factors when considering a car’s ultimate fate, and now it’s time for you to do so.

Say, is this black-on-black-on-black-on-black CTS-V worth that $12,900 price tag? Or is that just too loud a question?

You decide!

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