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2008 Cadillac STS 3.6l DI - Black Cherry

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Love the DTS with a 1/4 roof. :rolleyes: Shows you who buys those FWD dinosaurs.

Thank God we do not put canvas carriage tops on anything here. I've yet to see a

new Cadillac here with any cheesy dealer installed accessories. If a customer wants

it then we'll install it but not until the car is sold and it's a done deal.

The STS looks sharp, we have a Graystone Metallic STS Northstar. :wub:

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the grille is ill-suited to this car. The interior redo only addresses some concerns; tactile feel of the center stack switches and buttons were a letdown in the past, and they remain the same. this car is missing just a couple marks to be great.

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Damn, I love Cadillacs. The Cadillacs in the past couldn't hold a torch the it's international competition, but the current Cadillacs are outstanding. Sure the interior in the STS is lacking a little, but hell, it's better than it used to be. Exterior is better with the new grill, it give the car a bolder feel, more inline with the new CTS. Now Cadillac needs to decide on a small RWD offering and a coupe.

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So basically it is a purple color, hidden in the incongruity of naming?

Interior could be better. But the DI is a gem in this car.

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Speaking of the interior, to all the dash molestors out there, about 90% of everything is soft touch. - dash, door panels, most of the center console even.

I never had any problem with the switchgear. I don't see exactly how quality is divined by such miniscule proportions.

And, yes, the gem is the DI 3.6l.

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You'd have to see it in the flesh. It's NOT Purple.

It really is a greaqt description... black cherry is very much the color.

Sounds better than eggplant, whish would also describe the color

pretty well I suppose.

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Speaking of the interior, to all the dash molestors out there, about 90% of everything is soft touch. - dash, door panels, most of the center console even.

I never had any problem with the switchgear. I don't see exactly how quality is divined by such miniscule proportions.

And, yes, the gem is the DI 3.6l.

how often do you use the radio controls? how often is your climate control manipulated? is the center console the "centerpiece" of your interior? can quality be apparent or deduced at every point of the interior? should an interior be consistent and thoughtfully designed, especially when the asking price is above $40,000 and all the way to $60,000?

if you answered yes or always to these questions then you understand the importance of a high quality center console.

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>>"I don't see exactly how quality is divined by such miniscule proportions."<<

Some people are drivers, some people are diddlers.

Grille looks fantastic- much richer and more detailed than any of it's competition.

Interior should likewise reel many new buyers in.

Looking forward to a considerable reshuffling of the segment's marketshare numbers.

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>>"I don't see exactly how quality is divined by such miniscule proportions."<<

Some people are drivers, some people are diddlers.

Grille looks fantastic- much richer and more detailed than any of it's competition.

Interior should likewise reel many new buyers in.

Looking forward to a considerable reshuffling of the segment's marketshare numbers.

STS will lose most of it, CTS will gain considerably. the imports will continue on seemingly unstoppable rise. I guess you'll be looking foward for a considerable amount of time, or at least until Cadillac gets a large sedan that makes an impact.
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While you're at it, what's this week's Pick-6 numbers, t-200?

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I agree about the grille esp. It is gorgeous.

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how often do you use the radio controls? how often is your climate control manipulated? is the center console the "centerpiece" of your interior? can quality be apparent or deduced at every point of the interior? should an interior be consistent and thoughtfully designed, especially when the asking price is above $40,000 and all the way to $60,000?

if you answered yes or always to these questions then you understand the importance of a high quality center console.

I don't 'feel' the gulf of disparity between a Mercedes/Lexus and Cadillac in the new radio controls is what I mean. I use steering wheel buttons mostly, anyway, and GM has IMO been superior in easy-to-use satellite controls. I also put ergonomics far above the 'click' quality and would rather have a slightly more ratchety feel that's easy to deal with than butter-soft buttons that are hopelessly tiny and clustered in impossible groups.

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Hey Fly, it looks almost the same color as my Grand Prix GXP (Purple Haze), do you know if it's the same paint code?

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After sitting in several previous STS's I can say they feel and look better in real life than they do in pictures. I love the new interior and could live with it without major issue. However I hate how watered down the Art and Science looks on the STS. I mean I really dislike it and that is the only thing that would or has kept me out of one.

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these pictures still don't do it justice. I saw a new one at the dealership the other day. these changes make the car looks 100x better, and more expensive and classy. def like the new grille and vents.

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This car looks better than the first one. The grilles helps, the interior is the same, but addresses some issues. I think it is an improvement. For those that say we should get the SLS, I watched a car show yesterday I learned BMW does the same thing as Cadillac. They sell a stretched wheelbase BMW 5 Series in China. but they do not sell it anywhere else. As I was watching Top Gear writing this, I noticed the Germans over engineer, and the Japanese sell quality and not style. Where does that put Cadillac?

I just wish the STS sold more..

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I test drove one of these in early August. It was a base car, black, the only option was a sunroof. I really liked it, although I felt the suspension was too soft for the performance minded engine. I agree with Fly about the interior. It's mostly soft touch, and everything is within easy reach and is easy to understand. The new engine gives this car a completely new attitude, unfortunately the suspension tuning without the sport package will give you a fast car with a floaty suspension on certain road surfaces. I should have brought my camera to take pics when I took that test drive. The black car I drove listed for mid $44K.

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Speaking of the interior, to all the dash molestors out there, about 90% of everything is soft touch. - dash, door panels, most of the center console even.

I never had any problem with the switchgear. I don't see exactly how quality is divined by such miniscule proportions.

And, yes, the gem is the DI 3.6l.

I honestly never think or care about "soft" or "hard" touch dash. When you have an impact during the accident all the touches are gonna touch the same.

It is just that the interior does not look cohesive like the Chinese model or the CTS. And yes I have had a loaner STS and I never found problems with the switchgears. I think they are just fine and quite intuitive.

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I wonder how close this "Black Cherry" color is to the 96 Impala SS's DCM, Dark Cherry Metallic. :scratchchin:

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This is definitely a chunkier and more substantial car than the CTS. It might not be as technical as its little brother, but I can still see the appeal. It will be far less common than the CTS.

will there be a DI 4.6?

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That STS has HUD but not the special emblem in the grille that allows for the adaptive cruise control... is this new? Is there a non-adaptive cruise HUD unit available?

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too bad the US spec interior sucks so bad. this would be a nice sleeper car otherwise for those who be able to pony up for dealer markups for the CTS

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