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      Cadillac CTS Wagon thinking about getting one. Is there anything I need to look out for?

      Always liked the CTS wagon and now that I can find a used one I can afford. Anybody have one that hates or loves their wagon and why.

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      I used to love these way back when... I remember thinking it's preferable to get the 3.6L V6 over the 3.0L, but I'm sure neither is very exciting per se... I think they still look good.

      Typical GM, large outside/small inside use of interior space. As good as the 2nd gen CTS was, the third/current is better in every way...though that's moot since no wagon obviously.

      I'm sure these can be had for next to nothing so there's a value there at least. Can be had with AWD too, so that's a plus if you need it.
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      TCL only likes the V.

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      Quote Originally Posted by S4cabriofox View Post
      TCL only likes the V.
      Not true at all. I'd love to have a CTS4 wagon for the wife to drive.
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      V wagons in 6mt must be great cars, because people still want crazy money for them.

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      No 6MT Vagon no care
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      You guys are missing the point with manuals...not only does not one want to drive a manual, many active safety systems do not work with manual transmissions. Soon manual trans cars are going to be the most dangerous cars on the road. If they dont die a natural death, they will be outlawed.

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      Quote Originally Posted by NoXenons View Post
      No 6MT Vagon no care
      What's interesting, is that you can still actually find a 2nd gen CTS non-V with a 6 speed manual. But they are rare, and sedan only.
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      The CTS-V Wagon is called the unicorn for a reason. Only 1500 produced, only 514 were manual. The reason they hold their value so well is the rarity coupled with the fact that 556hp 6 speed wagons are much more popular with the enthusiast crowd than the people who could afford $70k wagons. High demand, low supply. I wanted one but couldn't find one when I was looking.

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      I'd avoid pre 2009. The timing chain isn't a gamble, it is an eventuality and it's about $3-4k to fix outside of the warranty, which I'd imagine most of that age are by now. I had an 09 sedan cts4 3.6 which was pretty fun to drive when it worked. Unfortunately it was the single most unreliable vehicle I've ever owned. I hope they wouldn't all be that bad, i see enough on the road still, but it makes me very cautious. Definitely get an independent inspection done before buying one.

      Other specific things to note or watch it for- the keyless entry door handles fail when water gets into the housing and it's about $400 per handle. There is next to no storage in the cts. Carbon builds up fast in these. They eat oil.

      If you find a good wagon that you are confident in it's upkeep and reliability, go for it. If I'd gotten the wagon over the sedan i may have put up with the issues a bit longer.
      Last edited by SlowMyke; 06-18-2017 at 07:28 PM.

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      Quote Originally Posted by 88c900t View Post
      What's interesting, is that you can still actually find a 2nd gen CTS non-V with a 6 speed manual. But they are rare, and sedan only.
      They pop up for sale every now and then, usually at a discount vs the automatic ones. It's a tough sale because well, manual CTS V6.

      I think it would have been much more desirable with the LS3.
      Quote Originally Posted by RS-SIX View Post
      You guys are missing the point with manuals...not only does not one want to drive a manual, many active safety systems do not work with manual transmissions. Soon manual trans cars are going to be the most dangerous cars on the road. If they dont die a natural death, they will be outlawed.

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      Some owners have had serious rust issues on the wagon body shell. That would give me real pause and I'd examine it carefully.

      http://www.ctsvowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=52794

      Otherwise I'd second the "poor use of space" comment. Love the looks, but if practicality is your mission, look elsewhere.

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      Quote Originally Posted by lowlight View Post
      third/current is better in every way...though that's moot since no wagon obviously.
      I think that's the biggest drawback for me. the 3rd gen cars are just sooooo much better. The V is a hoot in its own right, but the standard spec cars aren't anything special IMO. I know you can't get a wagon in the 3rd gen, but even so. I'd go so far as to say that if a 2nd gen auto V and 3rd gen V-sport were the same price, I'd pick the V-sport 10 times out of 10.

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      For the size of the car overall its the most cramped wagon I've ever sat in. I'm 6'2 and 220 as a reference.