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  1. Name: 2018 Cadillac CTS Luxury Category: Vehicles Date Added: 2018-08-05 Submitter: 2QuickZ's 2018 Cadillac CTS Luxury
  2. Name: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Touring Plus Category: Vehicles Date Added: 2018-08-05 Submitter: 2QuickZ's 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Touring Plus
  3. 2QuickZ's

    Bought a new minivan

    We took this on a 2200 mile family vacation road trip in early July. Here are my comments: The seats are supremely comfortable! Way better than the old T&C and better than my 200S as well. I have neck and back issues and usually take ibuprofen before hitting the road but it was not necessary in this at all. No complaints from the kids in the back seats either! Turns out you can play a different movie on each screen off the same USB stick. The kids were quite pleased with this! The built-in WiFi worked like...... well, WiFi. As expected I guess you would say. The downside is that it is a 5G system so it was useless with my kids 2.4G Kindle Fire's The factory Nav worked well on the whole but checking it against Google maps there were a couple of instances where Google maps had a more time efficient route I did not try Android Auto on the trip but I did use it last weekend for a 2 hour road trip and it connected easily and worked flawlessly with Google maps navigation I have the gas receipts and did calculate each tank. Most the time the VIC was optimistic by 1 - 1.5 MPG over actual but I did have one tank that calculated out a little higher than VIC predicted. I did not calculate overall trip MPG but I would guess it was around 26 MPG including a lot of remote starts (it was smoking hot weather) and a fair amount of in town driving at each stop including in the mountains in Tennessee Rain-X is awesome! We hit rainstorms in the Kentucky and Tennessee that had people pulling over with their flashers on and we never even had to turn the wipers on! I'm a long time but occasional Rain-X user and what I applied came out of a 10-15 year old bottle and still worked flawlessly. Overall I rate this van very, very highly. If it doesn't have any reliability issues, it's going to be an awesome vehicle!
  4. 2QuickZ's

    Picked up a new ride

    Now I just need to sell a 2015 200S. If anyone knows someone who is interested, let me know! I picked up a 2018 Cadillac CTS Luxury 2.0T a couple of days ago. Here are my initial impressions: The suspension is not as stiff as I have heard other people say. It absorbs the bumps pretty well with no real harsh impacts but it does squirm around quite a bit on the heavily potholed Michigan roads The 2.0T is a bit unrefined but has plenty of power for the application The stop/start occasionally causes the car to shudder on the stop and almost always causes a shudder on the start. It is pretty quite though. Kind of the opposite of the stop/start on our Pacifica. On the Pacifica it is smooth but loud. The 2018 version of CUE is vastly improved over the version I drove a few years ago. It oddly enough is still slow on the Radio station changes using the steering wheel buttons, though. I've only had it for a couple of days and I still haven't explored all the features yet. I'll post more comments as I get more familiar with the car. If you guys have any questions, let me know!
  5. 2QuickZ's

    Anyone have any thoughts on the CTS 2.0T?

    I know you have. You come to NAIAS every year, don't you? I was just giving you a hard time. Sorry if it came across differently. I appreciate your feedback.
  6. 2QuickZ's

    Anyone have any thoughts on the CTS 2.0T?

    I thought you have been to Michigan before. We have almost nothing but poor roads. Government at its finest. One of the highest gasoline taxes in the country and some of the worst roads imaginable. My brother-in-law just had to borrow the spare tire out of my 200 last week because he hit a pothole big enough to badly bend his rim and his Dart did not come with a spare. Thankfully it held air so he was able to drive it home and double thankfully he had spent the money on wheel and tire insurance. I hear you on the 4 cyl turbo's but almost every car magazine review I have read on the ATS and CTS has said that they actually prefer the turbo 4 over the V6. They aren't slow either.
  7. I am looking to replace my 200S soon and have been seriously considering a used ATS or CTS. I almost pulled the trigger on a CTS V-sport a couple of months ago but didn't and now the used prices on all CTS's (not just V-sport) seem to have rebounded since then. Good for Cadillac that they found bottom and are climbing again but bad for me. Sooo... after driving this 2016 ATS Luxury 2.0T and mentioning to the salesman about the CTS, when I got back to the dealership after the test drive he started talking to me about leasing a "new" courtesy vehicle with 4-5k miles on it already that would count against the lease. He didn't do any official calculations or put anything in writing but lets just say the number he through out was quite attractive. So do any of you have any thoughts you would want to share on these? It is a 2018 CTS Luxury RWD 2.0T. I have not test driven it yet but I did test drive a 2.0T performance model a year or so ago and felt the 2.0T was perfectly fine in it. What do you think? The only down side I can see so far is that it is a 39 month lease. Funny aside: When I was talking to the salesman about the CTS he was pointing out the ventilated seats as one of the features and how nice they are and I said "I know, I have them on my 200" and he was shocked! He said "You could get ventilated seats on a 200? You can't even get ventilated seats on the ATS!" Haha
  8. 2QuickZ's

    Bought a new minivan

    Hey Reg, I forgot but did you buy or lease your T&C? The reason I ask is because I was shocked what I was able to get for ours when we sold it. We had bought our 2013 used off lease and we got a pretty good deal on it but not spectacular. There were others around in the price range. After 2.5 years of ownership I was able to sell it for only $3.5k less than what I paid for it! And at that the guy that bought it was very happy with the price. Most of the comparable ones in my area were listed for at least $1500 more than I listed mine for and I live in metro Detroit so there is no shortage of them around.
  9. 2QuickZ's

    Bought a new minivan

    The T&C was purchased for me to drive because the wife refused to drive a minivan. We only had that for a week or so before she took it over and it became hers. She sadly is still stuck on the minivan stigma so she seriously considered an SUV instead this time around. We were looking at GMC Acadias and Chevy Traverses but at the end of the day, we just got way more for our money with the Pacifica. And she does love the convenience of the minivan. All that being said, I would say there is a 99% chance that when we replace it in a few years the kids will be old enough she will switch to an SUV. Our shot at the hybrid has come and gone. The S package is nice! It looks pretty good on all colors I have seen with it too. I saw a dark blue S-package yesterday and it probably looked better than our red one. I also saw an orange S-package and even that looked good! I personally think the Pacifica looks great in pretty much any color or trim save for maybe the base no chrome models. Weirdly enough I am very drawn to that Cordovan brown color. If we had not found this S-package, that is probably what we would have bought.
  10. Some of my comments having had ours for 2 months and not quite 2k miles: - I agree with you on the Console. It went backwards from the T&C in terms of storage. Glovebox as well. - I haven't noticed 9th gear. I need to go through the menu and see if you can add the gear count to the display like you can on my 200. I will say my 200 is in 9th gear a lot so I am surprised to hear you say this. - You are probably aware of this but you know you can drag and drop app icons to the main menu bar, right? Anything new you drag there will replace whatever icon you drop it on top of. I plan on adjusting the menu bar by season so in the winter the driver heated seat and heated SW are right on the menu bar. I will also add one more Low: - They took away the pop out vent function on the third row windows. This is also a step back from the T&C Overall it is a fantastic vehicle, though. I really enjoy ours. We did a 300 mile or so trip last weekend that was 40% interstate (80 mph), 40% two lane highway (60 mph) and 20% city and it was showing an indicated 28 mpg and I would only expect that to get better as the engine breaks in.
  11. 2QuickZ's

    Bought a new minivan

    Not at all. They are basically an enclosed pickup truck but without the towing capacity.
  12. 2018. Thanks for the tip! I'll have to check it out!
  13. I bought these tires for the Saab 9-5 I used to have. They were a great tire. Light years better than the noisy Falken tires that were on it when I bought it. I liked them so much that when it was time to put new tires on the T&C, I switched it over to Conti TrueContact DWS tires. I just replaced two of them tonight after about 30k miles but that was my fault due not fixing the alignment quick enough combined with not rotating them. It wore out the outside tread blocks prematurely. The back tires still have the S even after 30k miles! For those that don't know, Conti embeds a "D", "W" and "S" in the tread blocks with the idea that when the "S" is worn off, the tire is no longer good for snow, the "W", no longer good for Wet and the "D" ... well, its time for new tires.

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