A Home V-Run: The Cadillac of Performance Sedans

This morning I got up before dawn and drove my Son & my 2005 Cadillac CTS to Dallas-Ft Worth Airport to catch a flight to Houston to Shop.

Bruce CTS

OTW before Dawn

There was not a  lot of smiling, although I appreciated the good company and that our Son could bring the CTS back home after dropping me at the airport.  First they learn to walk & talk, get out of diapers, answer the door and pay the pizza man, and finally drive you to the airport to get a new car; brings a tear to my eye.

Although my favorite local Dealer, Crest Cadillac in Plano has kept a sharp eye out, we had not been able to find ‘the right’ car for my next Cadillac. They are always my first choice to buy from, and I highly recommend them as a Dealer (and yes, FTC, a CaddyInfo Sponsor).

After deliberation I had narrowed the likely candidates to either the 2008 Cadillac STS-V, or a 2009 Cadillac CTS-V, with price points for each.  As a thumb-rule, for shopping I decided the 2009 CTS-V is worth around $10K more than the 2008 STS-V — to me — due the LSA engine with more HP, Magnetic suspension, and updated Sigma 2 Chassis.  Both are attractive purchases, and very good buys but at 2 different price points, $10K apart.

David Taylor Cadillac in Houston had a 2008 Cadillac STS-V.  It had come in on a local trade for a newer Cadillac, and was Certified Pre-Owned, which among other benefits means a 6 year, 100,000 mile warranty with $0 deductible, roadside assistance, courtesy transportation, and attractive financing.

STS-V at Dealer

Unfortunately, we could not agree on a price.  We got to within $1K of a deal, but no deal.  Using my $10K delta rule, the negotiated price was just within $10K of what I felt I could get a nice 2009 CTS-V for.  I kept shopping, and began to feel increasingly that I would simply need to focus my shopping on a nice 2009 CTS-V.

Cadillac Stock Photo: 2008 STS-V Suede Seat center inserts

Luckily, last week Cadillac ‘re-launched’ the Certified Pre-Owned Program, with the offer to make the first 3 payments on your new CPO Cadillac — up to $1,500.  Also loan offers for qualified buyers were available down to 1.9%.  Suddenly the $1K that the Dealer and I were at logger-heads over fell from the sky, and I was on my way to Houston to get a CPO Cadillac STS-V.

Nelson Davies of David Taylor Cadillac in Houson

I tricked Nelson Davies of David Taylor Cadillac into posing with the car by asking “hey, would you mind if I take a picture of you with the STS-V?”  Note the not-subtle “Supercharged” lettering along the side of the STS-V; love the attitude this Cadillac has.

I flew down so no one (son) would have to drive 10 hours back and forth with me.  He just finished exams, and is on break.  Actually, I should have paid him to drive me down, since he is a penniless student and the $/hr compared to the flight and taxi ride would have been a great income source for him for the day.

BUT, then I would have missed the Taxi ride from the Airport to the Cadillac Dealer.  My poor Taxi driver shared his travails, at 57,  with 10 children spread among 3? “baby-Mothers”, and a new 25 year old Girlfriend who wants to go to parties while he is working instead  of waiting patiently at home.   He has trust issues, she wants to be 25.  I suggested the book Noble Intent, by Helen Davis  In the book Helen suggests that we always assume that others have Noble Intent — they they intend to do the right thing for example — and shape our opinions and judgments of others from this point of view.   I found it enlightening.  The Taxi Driver suggested I was just the Customer he needed to talk to today.  Win/Win.

Both pics were supposed to have the Cadillac sign in the background, but luckily Nelson used the camera correctly and saved the day.

The drive home was uneventful joy.  I cruised at 70 mph (or so, always within legal limits or so this post says, and any suggestions of anything to the contrary are just silly) with a few bursts of “Texas Jim” speed to keep up with traffic when traffic was moving along at that pace.  It is striking when a sport sedan puts you back in your seat at 70+ mph, and the STS-V just digs in and goes in remarkable fashion.  This car was designed to run for a full tank of gas flat out on a race track without missing a beat, and I believe that was accomplished.

When you’re talking about 469 hp, you want to make sure all that muscle is put to its best possible use. So Cadillac engineers created a balance of power in the STS-V that does just that. Externally, an elevated rearward-positioned spoiler creates balanced, road-gripping downforce. Structurally, an optimized low center of mass improves weight geometry, while 18-inch front wheels ensure accurate steering and 19-inch rear wheels deliver abundant power transfer. Expansive stabilizer bars and muscular spring rates harness massive braking and cornering forces. And corresponding to its substantial horsepower and torque, the driver-selectable four-mode StabiliTrak stability control system has been tuned to provide an exceptional degree of control in even the most demanding situations.

See this post if you are not familiar with the Cadillac STS-V.

Lots more to tell about the STS-V, but I wanted to get up a roadtrip report quickly.   Stay tuned.

Please post a reply here or in the forums if you have any questions about the V.  I am more than happy to talk about it 🙂