2009 Cadillac CTS

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The Caddy with the mostest
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The 2009 Cadillac CTS-V is the ultra-sport version of Cadillac's mid-size sedan. With the CTS-V, Cadillac has gone all out to create a true rival to BMW's M cars and the AMG sedans from Mercedes-Benz. With its massive, supercharged V-8 engine and a host of supporting upgrades, the CTS-V plays in a league far above that of the regular CTS. It's also priced well above the standard CTS, starting at just under $60,000. But compared with the German rocket sedans, that's a bargain.
Form follows function
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Cadillac's faceted-design language has really come into its own in the second-generation CTS, and the good news is that the V-series doesn't screw it up with a lot of gratuitous, "sporty" add-ons. In fact, Cadillac engineers stress that all exterior changes were made for function. The new front fascia, which uses the chrome mesh grille texture seen in other V-series cars, allows twice as much airflow, which is necessary to feed the big V-8. It also integrates air ducts to help cool the brakes. The new hood - made of aluminum - is redesigned to clear the engine and the intercooler. The neatest detail, however, is the rear CHMSL (center high-mounted stop light), which is reshaped to add downforce at high speeds, eliminating the need for a rear spoiler.
An upgrade was made
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The CTS-V cabin manages to look both purposeful and classy. Our test car's black interior was set off by the varying textures of its materials. The primary material is a matte-finish leather, on the seats, the center armrest, and the dash. The seat inserts, however, are upholstered with a grippy microfiber that mimics the look and feel of suede. The same material also covers the shift knob and the extra-thick steering wheel rim, which feels great. Shiny black trim and bits of chrome keep things from looking too dour inside, as does the optional oversize glass roof (its mesh shade, however, might not provide block the sun well enough for those baking in the sun belt). The optional Recaro sport seats are a must; the adjustable lateral supports in both the seat cushion and the seatback help cement the driver in place during high-g cornering, and the Recaros are more comfortable than the standard chairs even if you're idling in traffic. Even the dead pedal is larger than the standard car's, thanks to space made available by the V's electronic parking brake. As in the regular CTS, the navigation screen when lowered displays only the stereo information, but it can be raised for full functionality. The audio system includes a 40-gig hard drive and Bluetooth.
Powertrain
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Like the previous CTS-V, the heart of the new car is its supercharged, OHV V-8. The hearty 6.2-liter V-8 (which happens to be the same size as the AMG V-8) is topped by an Eaton blower that spins to 16,000 rpm. This engine, which GM dubs LSA, is a derivative of the LS9 V-8 in the ZR-1 Corvette. The LSA does without the LS9's dry sump lubrication, and it doesn't quite match the ZR-1's output of 638 hp and 604 lb-ft of torque; instead it settles for a wholly adequate 556 hp and 551 lb-ft, numbers that make it not only the most powerful Cadillac in history - easily surpassing the 400 hp from the previous version's 5.7-liter engine - but also eclipse both the BMW M5's V-10 and the aforementioned V-8 in the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.
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As before, the CTS-V offers a manual transmission. This time, however, it's not a truck-like beast paired with a heavy clutch. The only hangover from the old car's manual is the presence, once again, of a first-to-fourth skip-shift, but it only comes into play in a narrow speed band, so you might encounter it only rarely. On a happier note, the new six-speed provides solid - if not silky - shift action and a nicely weighted, easy-to-modulate clutch. This is a transmission you could happily shift every day. But those who'd rather not deal with a manual gearbox, even a good one, have an option they didn't before: a six-speed automatic that includes shift paddles and a sport program. The automatic gives up nothing in performance to the stick-shift car, and in fact it was an automatic CTS-V in which development chief John Heinricy set a sub-eight-minute lap record at the Nürburgring.
Animal magnetism
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The CTS-V chassis is part of GM's Sigma family of rear-wheel-drive cars and is an evolution of the previous CTS-V. The wheelbase is unchanged at 113.4 inches, but the front and rear tracks are fractionally wider. The new car's ability to provide a civilized ride along with blistering track performance is largely a credit of the latest-generation Magnetic Ride Control. These variable dampers not only react instantaneously (adjusting their firmness level every millisecond), but their range from softest to stiffest is greater than before. The driver can select from two suspension settings, Tour and Sport, the latter of which triggers much more aggressive responses and leads to a very firm ride - too firm, really, for everyday street driving. The Tour mode also adds a welcome extra bit of heft to the steering. Of course, the CTS-V has standard stability control, with three levels of computer control: full on, competition mode (traction control off and stability control allowing more leeway), and full off. The brakes are by Brembo, with six-piston calipers for the fronts and four-piston at the rear. Two-piece front rotors and red-painted calipers are part of the Track package.
A much broader range of talents
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The CTS-V is a comfy Caddy with a bad-boy streak that's a mile wide. It has far more polish than its crude but capable predecessor, yet it's blazingly fast. Once again, the CTS-V is comports itself very well on a racetrack, with amazing levels of grip, cornering attitudes that vary from neutral to oversteer to understeer depending on your inputs, and strong brakes. Even with the serious increase in torque, Cadillac engineers have quelled rear axle hop with a cast iron differential and asymmetrical driveshafts. Given a driver with Herculean restraint, the muted engine and comfortable ride could fool passengers into thinking they're riding in just another CTS. But for most of us, the urge to press that right pedal is too great. When you do, the CTS-V instantly blurs the surrounding traffic. Cadillac claims a 0-to-60-mph time of less than four seconds. And the CTS-V is game as long as you are, easily surpassing the self-imposed 155-mph speed limit of it German counterparts and accelerating all the way to 175 mph for the automatic-equipped version (which is reined in to limit the speed of the transmission output shaft) and 191 mph for the manual.
In conclusion: Wow
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Whereas the previous CTS-V was a capable but crude hot rod, the new one feels as if it has jumped forward two generations, not only effectively addressing the old car's shortcomings but pouring on more performance as well. This car offers vastly greater mechanical refinement and interior quality, better styling, and oh-my-god performance. Certainly, it's the best Cadillac in modern times. And it sits on par with German competitors that cost thousands more. Unfortunately, the money you save will likely go toward paying for speeding tickets.
2009 Cadillac CTS-V
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Base Price: $59,995 (estimated)
Powertrain
Engine: 6.2-liter supercharged OHV V-8
Horsepower: 556 hp @ 6100 rpm
Torque: 551 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Drive: Rear-wheel
Measurements
L x W x H: 191.6 x 72.5 x 58.0 in
Legroom F/R: 42.4/35.9 in
Headroom F/R: 38.8/37.2 in
Cargo capacity: 13.6 cu ft
Curb Weight: 4200-4300 lb (est.)
EPA Rating: N/A
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The Federal Reserve offered GMAC some relief this week, as it announced that it would buy a $5 billion stake in the lender and offer $1 billion more to GM. GMAC in turn has announced that it will lower its lending restrictions, now offering financing to retail buyers with a credit score of 620 or higher, down from the 700 it was requiring previously. Now, to help spur sales, GMAC will also offer reduced rate financing for buyers.
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2009 Cadillac CTS Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.6L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
16 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
25 MPG
Horsepower:
263 hp @ 6400rpm
Torque:
253 ft lb of torque @ 3100rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 72 months
Roadside
100,000 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:00
Component
EQUIPMENT
Summary
GM IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009-2010 CADILLAC CTS ALL WHEEL DRIVE AND CTS-V VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 208, "OCCUPANT CRASH PROTECTION."
Consequences
IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, THE FRONT PASSENGER MAY BE AT AN INCREASED RISK OF LEG INJURY.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE GLOVE COMPARTMENT ASSEMBLY AND, IN SOME VEHICLES MODIFY THE INSTRUMENT PANEL STRUCTURE. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 20, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339.
Potential Units Affected
20,224
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS CORP.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:10
Component
SUSPENSION:REAR
Summary
GENERAL MOTORS IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009-2010 CADILLAC CTS VEHICLES. SOME OF THESE VEHICLES HAVE A CONDITION IN WHICH A WAX COATING ON THE REAR SUSPENSION TOE LINK JAM NUTS MAY ALLOW THE NUT(S) TO LOOSEN. IF A NUT SUFFICIENTLY LOOSENS, THE TOE LINK COULD SEPARATE AND THE REAR WHEEL WOULD BE ABLE TO TURN INBOARD OR OUTBOARD. OWNERS MAY HEAR A METALLIC CLANKING NOISE COMING FROM THE REAR OF THE VEHICLE THAT MAY WARN OF A LOOSENING NUT.
Consequences
THE DRIVER MAY EXPERIENCE SUDDEN CHANGES WITH VEHICLE HANDLING AND MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CONTROL THE VEHICLE INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL CLEAN ALL WAX RESIDUE FROM THE REAR SUSPENSION TOE LINK AND INSTALL TWO NEW JAM NUTS. IF NECESSARY THE REAR SUSPENSION TOE LINK MAY BE REPLACED. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE MARCH 24, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339 AND AT THE OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
Potential Units Affected
44,147
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS CORP.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:00
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
GM IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006-2009 BUICK, LUCERNE; CADILLAC DTS; HUMMER H2; MODEL YEAR 2008-2009 BUICK ENCLAVE; CADILLAC CTS; MODEL YEAR 2007-2009 CADILLAC ESCALADE, ESCALADE ESV, ESCALADE EXT; CHEVROLET AVALANCHE, SILVERADO, SUBURBAN, TAHOE; GMC ACADIA, SIERRA, YUKON, YUKON XL; SATURN OUTLOOK; AND MODEL YEAR 2009 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A HEATED WASHER FLUID SYSTEM (HWFS). A RECALL WAS IMPLEMENTED IN 2008 TO ADD A FUSE TO THE CONTROL CIRCUIT HARNESS TO ADDRESS THE POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES OF A PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD (PCB) ELECTRICAL SHORT. HOWEVER, THERE HAVE BEEN NEW REPORTS OF THERMAL INCIDENTS ON HWFS MODULES AFTER THIS IMPROVEMENT WAS INSTALLED. THESE INCIDENTS RESULTED FROM A NEW FAILURE MODE ATTRIBUTED TO THE DEVICE'S THERMAL PROTECTION FEATURE. THE SIGNIFICANCE VARIES FROM MINOR DISTORTION TO CONSIDERABLE MELTING OF THE PLASTIC AROUND THE HWFS FLUID CHAMBER.
Consequences
IT IS POSSIBLE FOR THE HEATED WASHER MODULE TO IGNITE AND A FIRE MAY OCCUR.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL PERMANENTLY DISABLE AND REMOVE THE HEATED WASHER FLUID MODULE. AN UPDATED PAGE FOR THE OWNER MANUAL WILL BE PROVIDED AND INSERTED IN THE OWNER MANUAL TO DOCUMENT THAT THE FEATURE HAS BEEN PERMANENTLY DISABLED AND REMOVED FROM THE VEHICLE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 11, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BUICK AT 1-866-608-8080, CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339, CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, SATURN AT 1-800-972-8876, GMC AT 1-866-996-9463 AND HUMMER AT 1-800-732-5493 OR AT THE OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
Potential Units Affected
1,365,070
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS CORP.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:41
Component
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
Summary
GM IS RECALLING 12,662 MY 2009 CADILLAC CTS VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 208, 'OCCUPANT CRASH PROTECTION.' UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, A SOFTWARE CONDITION WITHIN THE PASSENGER SENSING SYSTEM MAY DISABLE THE FRONT PASSENGER AIR BAG WHEN IT SHOULD BE ENABLED OR ENABLE IT WHEN IT SHOULD BE DISABLED.
Consequences
IN A VEHICLE CRASH, IF THE FRONT PASSENGER AIR BAG DOES NOT OPERATE AS DESIGNED, INCREASED PERSONAL INJURY COULD OCCUR.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE PASSENGER SENSING SYSTEM MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 18, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339 OR THROUGH THEIR WEBSITE AT HTTP://WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM .
Potential Units Affected
12,662
Notes
GENERAL MOTORS CORP.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION
Summary
This defect can affect the safe operation of the airbag system. Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring. General Motors LLC (GM) notified the agency on July 2, 2014 that they are recalling 554,328 model year 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS vehicles manufactured August 16, 2001, to April 28, 2014, and 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX vehicles manufactured March 20, 2003, to August 11, 2006. In these models, the weight on the key ring and/or road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine.
Consequences
If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will install two key rings and an insert in the key slot or a cover over the key head on all ignition keys, free of charge. The recall began on September 15, 2014. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14172.
Potential Units Affected
554,328
Notes
General Motors LLC


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Applicable

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