Cadillac Responses

January 2, 2014 Comments (3)

Our recent article on Euro drivers prompted us to ask, why not Cadillacs?

These were some of the responses:

Peter: The big response to the Bronson article proves the demographic, herein. ;) The good folks trying to follow "You meet the nicest people on a Honda" have a long way to go in trying to beat the social stigma generated by others; be it film, local behavior or the racket they make. I like the new Cadillacs a lot. They're good looking, plus handling and power are very impressive. That level of ostentation is not for me. There's nothing subtle about them either. But a manual trans. with all that power! Good fortune, B~

Cadillacs. It's a fookin' Cadillac. My father-in-law used to drive Cadillacs. It now has the same problem of perception Volkswagen had with the Phaeton. Great luxury car, that. But it's a Volkswagen. We're not buying a luxury car with that brand name on it. So the new Cadillac is a high performance driver's car? That's just too bad. You know, BMW got around this issue... their front wheel drive turbo small car is called a Mini Cooper S!

For me, there is more to this question than handling. Of course, in the end, that is the best reason to buy any car, but image is also important. Cadillac is not what I want to be identified with. As a woman of a certain age, the brand has a long-standing repugnance for me. Too big, too lumbering, too glitzy, too aged-Florida-resident (sorry) who needs a lot of metal for protection.

Thank you Peter. I'll never forget the moment that Eldorado puked its headbolts (all 10 bolts on the rear head). I was in the middle of the Howard Frankland Bridge east bound over Tampa Bay at 90 mph plus and saw the temp. gauge spike to the red zone. I said to myself "you gotta be s****in* me!" All ten bolts in the rear head. I was able to pull the six center bolts out with my fingers! A fine world class engine design cheapened by poor quality, porous block castings. Do like the new Cadillacs very much but it would take a lot to get me to give up my two Jaguars.

God man! Think what you just wrote! You’ll have people peeing their pants all over America! (Peter)

About the Cadillac ATS: They'd sell more, at least to idjits like me, if they would get rid of the bling. Dump the phony Cadillac crest on the grille and trunk, soften and shrink the hey-look-at-me sea-of-chrome grille, itself. Hang big banners in the styling department proclaiming; AFTER 1938 HARLEY EARL LOST HIS WAY.

You could get an argument on that date. If gas was still .40 per gallon I would kill for a 1958 Cadillac Biarritz.

Cadillac El Dorado

Cadillac's new offerings are superb automobiles. I own a CTS V coupe which is fantastic, and I'm now deciding between the new CTS V sport or the upcoming ATS V as a replacement. Cadillac is definitely working its way back to the top, but admittedly does have a lot of baggage to overcome. I do get tired of the unenlightened looking incredulous when I tell them I drive one......they stare downwards looking for the SansaBelt and white patent leather shoes. However, I love to promote American design and technology in the process of explaining my choices.

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Comments (3)

  1. Roy B:
    Jan 03, 2014 at 06:32 AM

    Sorry, I simply don't get this new found Cadillac love fest by the automotive press. I travel every week for business. I've rented a number of brand new Cadillacs and not one of them even comes close to impressing me. Transmissions that shift like they are back in the 80s. Relatively rough idling engines. Cheap interior accoutrements. I'm not a Euro Snob, I think the new Chevrolet Impala is a fantastic car as are the dozens of SELTaurus I've rented. My wife and I own and drive C and E class Mercedes and in our opinion, nothing compares. I recently bought a Toyota Venza so we would have an SUV to use and this is a fantastic automobile for what it is and what it cost.
    And no one mentioned resale value. I haven't checked, but I have to believe Mercedes, Audi and BMW mush hold their value much better than Cadillac. So maybe the best deal out there is a two or three year old Cadillac?

  2. Don Hilston:
    Jan 03, 2014 at 06:59 AM

    Bought a 96' Cad 2 door in dark green with chrome wheels new in 96'. Lots of power and looked wonderful, BUT, in the dealers shop every other week with damn near everything going wrong. Drove it cross country to So Fl. when we moved from central coast of Calif and continued fixing the beast and being towed in at least 3 times in the next 6 years. I had a 911 C4 and a 53MG TD over the same years and loved the two of them. Traded the Cad for a Jeep in 2004 and the Cad only had 35000 miles on it and I was never happer. It's hard to think of something that Didn't go wrong with that damn Cad, but it did look good, the new ones look bloated and clunky and no way I'd touch one no matter how well they go. Have had a 66' E-type that is the joy of my life for a few years now, and no fat assed new Cadillac could ever come close. The MG is in a new home and the Porsche is sold and in Europe, but the garage looks good with a Mini beside the Jag E-type and the Jeep is still running well and looking good after 10 years of service and being parked outside in Florida weather. Don Hilston

  3. Tom Monti:
    Jan 03, 2014 at 08:09 AM

    Peter, I have to comment on the "Cadillac issue." We 've had three in the family, since 2011. All have been replaced. The first was a CTS with a manual gear box. Pretty car, great for road trips, but the 3.0 V6 was a stone. I would have kept it, I think, if they had mated the manual to the 3.6. That led to a CTS coupe with AWD and the 3.6. If it had a manual, it would have been great (except for the utter lack of engineering effort put into the front seats. Yes, I knew it had only two doors when I bought it, but the front seats limited movement made entrance into the back really difficult; probably easier to put a body in the trunk although that trunk had two arms attaching the lid, which smashed into almost anything you put in there). It was a nice driver's car and tourer, in spite of that. The last Cadillac (also since traded) was the ATS with automatic (big mistake here) and the 2.0 turbo. I blame the automatic, which acted as a "turbo lag multiplier." One bright spot on all three; they were leases and even with a very early give back they were economy car inexpensive to own (all in costs for each car was at or under $400 per month on an average hold of 18 months). My new family car is a Cayman with Pirelli sotto zeroes for the snow. It won't be boring!


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