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#1 2018-02-05 10:05:54

Jameson
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Wife's new car

Her '15 Regal which is really an Opel has been a great car.

We drove the new '18 Sportback and again loved it. 

The problem is the car is so new that lease rates blow.  We also wanted AWD this time and they stock very few AWD cars.

Meanwhile the Cadillac ATS, all leases are based on AWD.  The downfall to the ATS is rearseat legroom but we rarely have people back there.

We drove one Friday, a Luxury model which comes loaded(heated steering wheel, nav, memory seats etc).  The thing has better steering, handling and brakes than a similar BMW 3 series.  The 8spd auto was pretty damn good, not BMW ZF good, but good.  It's damn quick, I even got the rear tires to chirp from a dig.  It's been quoted at 5.4 to 60 and 14.1 @99mph.  Chip/intake and tune nets mid 13's at 106mph.  It's 100-150 lbs lighter than our FWD Regal and gets slightly better MPGs.

The price came out to $60 more a month than our current Regal but $70 less than the new Regal yet has a $10k higher MSRP.

So here it is, Phantom Gray over light Platinum.  We take delivery in a few weeks.

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1998 BMW M Roadster, Dinan/RMS stage [email protected]
2006 Saab 9-5 Aero'D Combi 5mt [email protected]
2009 Saab 9-3 Combi (too nice to call a beater-beater)
2018 Cadillac ATS 2.0T AWD (wife's)

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#2 2018-02-05 14:34:09

cjaama
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Re: Wife's new car

Looks awesome. Why 3 weeks?
I really dig the new Regal TourX.


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#3 2018-02-05 14:45:11

drewsro
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Re: Wife's new car

We got one in at my work just like that one, except it has black leather instead.  Drives alright but never did like Cadillacs, or GM cars for that matter. They're just too blah.


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#4 2018-02-05 23:39:16

racerjim
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Re: Wife's new car

Yet another great car I don't fit in.....  sadbanana  I remember getting called in to sit in a seating buck for the ATS early in the program and telling them they didn't have enough room even in the front seats for normal guys like me. 

I'd be interested in your experience with CUE.  Appartently early versions were abysmal, but I'm hoping by now they have solved some of the issues.


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#5 2018-02-06 09:55:34

Jameson
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Re: Wife's new car

cjaama wrote:

Looks awesome. Why 3 weeks?
I really dig the new Regal TourX.

I only like demos, great way to save some money.

He earmarked the car for me as a loaner, gave it to his sales manager to take a couple trips with so it can hit 2k miles before giving it to me.


1998 BMW M Roadster, Dinan/RMS stage [email protected]
2006 Saab 9-5 Aero'D Combi 5mt [email protected]
2009 Saab 9-3 Combi (too nice to call a beater-beater)
2018 Cadillac ATS 2.0T AWD (wife's)

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#6 2018-02-06 09:56:55

Jameson
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Re: Wife's new car

racerjim wrote:

Yet another great car I don't fit in.....  sadbanana  I remember getting called in to sit in a seating buck for the ATS early in the program and telling them they didn't have enough room even in the front seats for normal guys like me. 

I'd be interested in your experience with CUE.  Appartently early versions were abysmal, but I'm hoping by now they have solved some of the issues.

Up front it has the same dimensions as our Regal except being 1" narrower.  I'm 5'7 and my wife is 5'0 lol.

CUE seems fine so far especially with voice commands and Android Auto.  It's come a long way.  iDrive was a TWAT at first two and now no one complains.


1998 BMW M Roadster, Dinan/RMS stage [email protected]
2006 Saab 9-5 Aero'D Combi 5mt [email protected]
2009 Saab 9-3 Combi (too nice to call a beater-beater)
2018 Cadillac ATS 2.0T AWD (wife's)

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#7 2018-02-06 10:41:02

drewsro
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Re: Wife's new car

Did they fix the screen issues with the newer ones?  Both of the ones we've gotten in at my work needed to have the screens replaced because they were both cracked.  Luckily they were both under warranty still.


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#8 2018-02-06 11:01:24

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Re: Wife's new car

I just drove a '17 XTS (304 hp V-6, FWD) as a rental a couple of weeks ago, and was left thinking that it was a GM car I actually liked. It was loaded with features, and extraordinarily quiet and comfortable. I was also surprised that the seats were 'sportier' than I would have expected of a Cadillac.

However, the infotainment system was atrocious. I hated that there were no knobs or buttons anywhere to make quick adjustments to the radio or the climate control. The touch 'buttons' for things like turning down the heated seats or the climate control had an annoying lag, or were simply unresponsive. That they didn't work with gloves on was insult to injury. It was a neat parlor trick to wave your hand in front of the screen to get the menu to appear, but even after several days driving it, I was not able to turn the radio off, only turn the volume to zero. It shouldn't be that difficult.


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#9 2018-02-06 14:49:05

Jameson
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Re: Wife's new car

krazykarguy wrote:

I just drove a '17 XTS (304 hp V-6, FWD) as a rental a couple of weeks ago, and was left thinking that it was a GM car I actually liked. It was loaded with features, and extraordinarily quiet and comfortable. I was also surprised that the seats were 'sportier' than I would have expected of a Cadillac.

However, the infotainment system was atrocious. I hated that there were no knobs or buttons anywhere to make quick adjustments to the radio or the climate control. The touch 'buttons' for things like turning down the heated seats or the climate control had an annoying lag, or were simply unresponsive. That they didn't work with gloves on was insult to injury. It was a neat parlor trick to wave your hand in front of the screen to get the menu to appear, but even after several days driving it, I was not able to turn the radio off, only turn the volume to zero. It shouldn't be that difficult.

Our Regal is that way with heated seat and climate buttons, not my favorite aspect of the car.  But the screen and verbal commands work in their place.


1998 BMW M Roadster, Dinan/RMS stage [email protected]
2006 Saab 9-5 Aero'D Combi 5mt [email protected]
2009 Saab 9-3 Combi (too nice to call a beater-beater)
2018 Cadillac ATS 2.0T AWD (wife's)

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#10 2018-02-06 14:49:28

Jameson
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From: MI
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Re: Wife's new car

drewsro wrote:

Did they fix the screen issues with the newer ones?  Both of the ones we've gotten in at my work needed to have the screens replaced because they were both cracked.  Luckily they were both under warranty still.

No screen issues that I know of on the later '16-18 cars.


1998 BMW M Roadster, Dinan/RMS stage [email protected]
2006 Saab 9-5 Aero'D Combi 5mt [email protected]
2009 Saab 9-3 Combi (too nice to call a beater-beater)
2018 Cadillac ATS 2.0T AWD (wife's)

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#11 2019-03-14 07:13:50

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Re: Wife's new car

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