Sunday, March 26, 2017

A Better Five: 2008 Cadillac CTS 3.6 6-Speed

BMW is just about the last company on the planet to offer a clutch shifted manual gearbox in its executive class sedan -- and that is a good thing if driving isn't just an A-to-B exercise for you.  However, I'm going to let you into a little secret, if you want the best BMW 5-series from a few years ago, you should get a Cadillac. Find 2008 Cadillac CTS 3.6 6-Speed offered for $8,999 in San Diego, CA.

Cadillac released their CTS in 2003 as a rear drive competitor to the BMW 5-series (and 3-series to some extent) and of course you are probably familiar with the CTS-V version released in 2004 with a big lumpy V8 and 6-speed gearbox.  However, Cadillac offered a 6-speed gearbox in the V6 version from the very beginning of production.

I attended a GM ride-and-drive event around 2005 and drove a CTS back-to-back with a 3-series (and some Volvo) -- and found the CTS with 3.6 V6 to be the prefered driver's car compared to the base model versions from BMW & Volvo. The 3.6 liter V6 pushes out 263 horsepower and 253 ft-lbs of torque into a 6-speed shift-it-yourself gearbox -- which will be down a few ponies and torques from a 535i, but it'll smoke a 528i/530i.

See a better way to shift your own?


  1. Funny how car lots near Military bases have some the worst used cars around when they break down they just pick em up and sell it to the next E-1 inline.

  2. Do not touch a "rebuild title" unless you know how badly it was damaged and get a steep discount.


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