I would like to know how the suspension feels on the 08/09 CTS. I like a soft Lincoln TOWN CAR type ride, however, I do not like the Volvo stiff suspension. Bob.
Reply to Bob.
The suspension on the CTS comes in 3 grades; FE1, FE2 and FE3. FE1 is the softer "old school" caddy feel. FE3 is very tight and fantastic on the track. Finally FE2 is the middle ground between soft and performance. I think the softest ride possible would be the FE1 suspension with the 17 inch wheels (good news for you, it's also the cheapest).
My mom has had both a Town Car (loved it) and a Volvo (hated it) so I know what you mean about the harsh ride on the Volvo. Mom currently owns a Lincoln MKZ. It is not as soft riding as the Town car, but much better than the Volvo. The soft suspension on the CTS is very acceptable. My wife loves these cars and we drove a couple when she was looking at another car purchase. Since we drove used ones (2-4 years old) I'd think that would be an even better indication of how they should ride than a brand new one. Both the ones we drive were basic V-6's with the softer suspension and smaller tires. The larger tires should ride even better.
Has any owner of a 2009 Cadillac CTS with automatic transmission had a problem with the car engine missing while going up a slight grade between 40 -60 mph in 6th gear? I have that problem with my car. The two Cadillac dealers assured me the computer checked out the system and found nothing wrong.
I have that problem (engine missing) right now. It's at the dealer, but they don't know what the problem is either.
Engine light finally came on while my car was missing, and they had to replace a fuel injector and rebuild the other five. It was fine for two days, and then started missing again while I was going 60 mph, but no engine light. It's back at the dealer.
I'm a Caddie tech, and absolutely love these cars. I caution all new owners about the oil life index and oil change intervals. I recommend changing the oil no more than 5k miles on synthetic oil. On vehicles that exceed this recommendation, I have found that I end up replacing timing chains before 50k miles. If these engines are run low on oil, you may experience poor performance and a noise in the front of the engine.
Most of the engine misses I have encountered have been the result of faulty ignition coils, especially for a single cylinder misfire.
I have a 2009 CTS, and it has over 60,000 miles, and the engine is missing, and all the dealer does is change the oil, but it keeps on missing. The engine light does not come on, but I know we have a problem. Please let me know, so that I advise the dealer what to look for.
If it has over 60K miles on it, why are you still going to the dealer with it? Take it to a better mechanic and get it fixed properly. Dealers are known to have the lowest paid entry level mechanics. Ask around and see if you can get a good recommendation for a decent shop that is honest. Dealers are good for free service and warranty repairs only. Beyond that, you are just paying too much.
You have a missing engine? Well I would say you do have a major problem.
Don't bring your car back to that dealership -- I'm not sure how they could miss the fact that the engine was missing!
How do you keep the 18" tires from deflating in -20 degree weather? Please do tell, I'm dying to know, for on several occasions in extreme cold my 18" tire deflate, and talking to the tire store, this is typical.
Never had that problem with my 18" wheels. I took it to the dump once and got a nail in the tire, but that's the only time I had a slowly deflating tire.
I have done 4 winters with this vehicle and the same set of tires (minus the one with the nail), and every winter the tires lose approximately 2 extra PSI when parked. But when I get back to driving temps, they are back to normal. I probably add a few PSI here and there about 2x per year; totally normal.
But deflating sounds like a completely different issue all together. Sounds a little fishy actually, especially when tire shop says that's normal - thus requiring more vehicle service. Proceed cautiously my friend.